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“Politics, Music, Art, Veganism, Fun!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Firestorm Books & Coffee

Firestorm Books & Coffee
Ranked #15 of 25 Bakeries in Asheville
Price range: $5 - $10
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Dining options: Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Downtown Asheville
Description: Firestorm is a worker-owned and self-managed co-operative in Asheville, NC. Our bookstore features a unique blend of off-beat, underground and independently published materials while our in-house cafe serves up an extensive selection of organic and fairly-traded espressos and teas, complimented by delicious snacks made locally.
Greeneville, Tennessee
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Politics, Music, Art, Veganism, Fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

This location is great. There is some parking in the back, a little in the front (free after 7pm), and there is a hilarious mix of people coming in and out the doors. If you like co-ops, worker collectives, political lit/signage, strange birds, cafe food, being a veg*n, or (like me) all of the above, this is an amazing place for you. The coffee with cayenne syrup was amazeballs, the indian soup was delicious, and I adored the live music we happened upon that night. :) I wish I lived in Asheville, simply because of this place. Chicagoans: it's similar to Wicker Park's vibes!

  • Visited April 2013
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Asheville, North Carolina
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87 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Amazing Joint!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

If you're into progress, meeting amazing people, and an overall good vibe, this is the bookstore/cafe for you! They have an incredible selection of books, and all sorts of unique events taking place. Definitely worth a visit on a lazy afternoon!

Visited February 2013
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Asheville, NC
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224 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Good vegan food, out of the ordinary books”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This small establishment is interesting in many respects: It is owned and operated by the workers, offers a glimpse of Asheville's bohemian side, serves vegan food, and has an unusual collection of socially conscious books. The brewed coffee and teas are excellent. Fortunately for us, Firestorm is open until 10 PM. We visited on a Saturday evening when we could not get into several other restaurants and were pleasantly surprised by the food quality. We had a fresh garden salad, a tempeh salad wrap, and a side of hummus, which was freshly made and very tasty. The food menu is not extensive or elaborate -- bagels, wraps, and salads -- but it is good, honest, and all vegan. Browsing the book shelves is an enlightening experience too!

Give it a try -- Firestorm won't disappoint.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Asheville, North Carolina
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42 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Local hangout”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

If you want a taste of Asheville's locals scene with vegan food and good coffee, Firestorm is the place. They always have some sort of local unique event going on in their back room, staff is always nice, and they have an interesting selection of books. Sometimes the customers can be a little, say, eccentric, but that's all part of the charm.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Asheville, North Carolina
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26 reviews
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“interesting Asheville place - very "local"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

great independent bookstore with a cafe (plus community space at the back for local lectures or music). internet connections. cafe serves local food - from sandwiches to truffles. staff is friendly.

Visited July 2012
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