We experienced two mighty fine purveyors of chocolate while we were in Asheville. Our hotel included a turn-down service and provided us with two delectable and exquisite chocolate bites from The Chocolate Fetish. The package enticed us to drop by the shop for another free sample. We did. These guys were definitely artisans. We took our free sample and then loaded up on some of their other temptations. The sea salt caramels were my favorites.
We discovered the French Broad Chocolate Lounge after dinner one night. We thought, "Wouldn't it be nice to get dessert here, but it's after 9 o'clock." Lo and behold, this joint is open until 11 PM on weeknights! And contains all types of ways to enjoy chocolate - chocolates, brownies, cakes, ice cream, drinking chocolates, and the Mudwrestler (ice cream, local nitro stout beer, and espresso). And the Lounge was packed. We opted for a couple of chocolate milkshakes.
Artisan chocolate and a late night lounge - gotta love Asheville.