Saturday, December 28, 2013

Happy New Year!

We want to thank everyone for the warm support we've received here in West Asheville! It's been a wonderful beginning & we can't wait to see what 2014 has to offer!

We'll be taking a holiday break for a bit, with a portion of the time devoted searching for new treasures at the gift show in Atlanta!

will be closed from 
Sunday, December 29, 2013 - Sunday, January 12, 2014.

We wish all a very Happy & Healthy New Year! 
See you in 2014!! - Nora & Damond

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Article from the Asheville Citezen-Times from Oct 3

by Carol Motsinger

Damond Gallagher didn't just open a business in West Asheville.
He's staging a show.
Gallagher and his partner, Nora Yockey, have backgrounds in theater. So it's easy for him to see a retail shop as a stage: You hang the lights, build the sets, he noted.
Yockey and Gallagher recently debuted a new play in West Asheville: Whist, an independent gift shop on Haywood Road. This piece's cast of characters include fun and festive greeting cards, as well as just-because gift items like jewelry, candles and pictures frames.
The store is really a second act for the duo, who were proprietors of Scaredy Kat, a card and gift shop in Brooklyn. "We just jumped into (business ownership)," Gallagher said. "We both have design background; have collected stuff. We started from scratch and built it up over the last 14 years."
They will celebrate Whist with a grand opening from 5-8 p.m. Friday. The event will include Permanent Vacation, an exhibit of vintage arcade tourist photos from the duo's personal collection.
Gallagher got his first taste of North Carolina when he moved to Winston-Salem to attend University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He studied lighting design and stage management at the prestigious school, and worked in theater professionally in New York after graduation.
His art background shaped his aesthetic eye and introduced the Tar Heel state to this Colorado native. "I traveled around a bit, but I never came to Asheville during that time," Gallagher said. "I had a really great time."
So after two decades in New York, Gallagher and Yockey sought a change -- and looked South to the state that had been his home once before. The surrounding mountains and the vibrant community in Asheville called to them, they say, especially reminding Gallagher of Colorado. They came to visit friends last year, went to an Orange Peel show, and when they got in the car, they felt like they should be driving to their house, Gallagher said.
"We wanted a new adventure," he said.
Some of the lines have migrated with Gallagher and Yockey from Brooklyn, but Gallagher also aims to incorporate more local artisans in the shop's shelves.
"For us, Asheville seemed to be the perfect combo of a creative community with the right-sized town," he said.
Whist, which is in the former Ship to Shore design studio, is smaller than Scaredy Kat. This change has forced the duo to essentially streamline the business and focus on what they do best, Gallagher said. "The space itself really caught our eye," he said. "We wanted to try to build a local clientele."
And they are that local clientele: They found a house that's just three blocks away. "We get to walk home to make lunch," he said.
Whist "has an emphasis on greeting cards, and then some general gifts," he said. "It's a little bit of everything that catches our eyes. We really look for the design of an item. ... We want something that looks fresh and modern, and something that you haven't seen in other places."
They also strive to keep the prices low: Cards range from $2.50-$5; candles, for instance, will run you $10-$20.
These price tags welcome the sort of everyday gift, the kind of I'm-thinking-of-you gestures that have so much value. I love it when I get postcards in the mail and have made a habit out of sending my boyfriend letters (mostly so he will be forced to check his mail).
I think we all need more excuses to show people that we care with little treats. I delight in the process of gift-giving; if I made a lot more money, more of my salary would be dedicated to doing things such as sending flowers to my mom.
Whist, with its fun, fab selection with the right price, certainly encourages me to do more of those priceless nice, little things. Two bucks at a time.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Some Belated Thanks!

We've been so focused on our Grand Opening Weekend that we haven't had a chance to send out a Thank You to Jason Sandford of Ashvegas for his great mention of us in the 10/3 'Hot Sheet'! Whist in Ashvegas

Thanks also go out to AskAsheville for their mention of Whist in their blog! Whist in AskAsheville

And, speaking of links, here's Carol Motsinger's Citizen-Times article from last Sunday: Whist in the Citizen-Times

We had a truly fabulous Grand Opening Weekend! Thank you to all who came & thank you West Asheville!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

End of "retirement"

Here are a few shots of the new store. Have to say it's nice getting back to regular hours although our short "retirement" last month was fun.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Today is the day!

We are all set and ready for action. Today we will be open from 11-6 - so come on in and say hello.

Our regular hours will be 11-6 Monday-Saturday / closed on Sunday.

See you soon!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Almost there.

The signs are in being hung by the rafters with care. All in hopes that tomorrow we will open the doors like a breath of fresh air.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Coming Soon.

Things are shaping up and it's starting to look like a store. We should be open by the end of this week so stop in to take a peek and say hi.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Here We Go!

We've finally made it to Asheville - and we're now about to set up our new shop WHIST, located at 428A Haywood Road in West Asheville. 
We can't tell you how excited we are to be here in this community, nestled up in the Western Carolina mountains. It seems a vibrant and unique setting that we look forward to exploring and getting to know inside and out. 
You can follow some of our exploits and adventures here on the blog or on our soon to come facebook page. 
See you soon at WHIST!

The truck arrived in the rain from Brooklyn, and it seems like we already filled the space.

Everything is getting a fresh coat of paint. Including myself as well it seems.

Nora is wondering if we will ever get it all done. The answer is "yes!" and it should be sometime around the 12th of September. Check back soon to see how we are progressing.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Who Are We?

Hello! We are happy to introduce you to us as well as our new venture WHIST, located in West Asheville. WHIST is a greeting card and gift shop filled with unique and interesting goods for friends, family – or maybe even yourself! Our opening is planned for the beginning of this September – check this blog for updated info.

We’ve traveled to Asheville from Brooklyn, NY, where we owned and operated a neighborhood card & gift shop, Scaredy Kat, for 14 wonderful years. After over 20 years in New York, Asheville called to us as our next step and here we are!
We hope you’ll enjoy WHIST and what we have to offer! We’re so excited to be here and we can’t wait to meet you!

See you soon –
Damond Gallagher and Nora Yockey

Asheville, NC 28806