ABOUT THE DOG & PONY SHOW, ASHEVILLE

“It’s the sort of place where if you want it,
you should get it, because it’s truly one-of-a-kind”

ASHEVILLE, NC – Dog & Pony Show opened July 27, 2021 at 59 Haywood Street, owners and longtime Asheville locals Margaret Lancaster and Rick Ramsey have establishing something of a destination. The store sells an eclectic mix of curios, including unique gifts, one-of-a-kind found treasures, locally made art, and select Dog & Pony Show branded merchandise. “We’re sourcing estate sales, antique shows, and auctions for our found treasures and selecting items at markets not sold elsewhere in downtown Asheville, and we’re only buying one or two of each,” says co-owner Margaret Lancaster. “It’s the sort of place where if you want it, you should get it, because it’s truly one-of-a-kind.”

On the found treasures front, shoppers can expect to find everything from obscure vintage accent chairs to sculptures from Thailand to hip needlepoint (that’s definitely not your mother’s). Unique gifts include locally crafted charcuterie cutting boards for the host or handsome humidors for the gentlemen. Jewelry, handbags, celebrity-endorsed Averie loungewear, luxury designer dog beds, glassware and other items for entertaining, and more home décor items are among the mix of eclectic goods in store. In addition to attracting visitors, the shop is a resource for discerning locals and interior designers seeking special and unusual pieces for the home or house staging. 

Additionally, special shopping events, trunk shows, and artist receptions will be taking place as well, with later store hours and a back veranda (attached to Zambra and several other businesses) offering ample spillover space for wining and dining. “We aim to bring people together via themed celebrations that honor the makers behind the goods,” says Lancaster.

“Our store represents a culmination of our love of discovering treasures, wanderlust, and gypsy spirit”

Margaret Lancaster made Asheville her home nearly 20 years ago after having lived in New York, Paris, and Los Angeles. She’s always loved creating and collecting the unique, artisan, and beautiful while working in leadership positions with perfume and cosmetics companies Estée Lauder and Lancome, and leather and jewelry company Brighton Collectibles. The idea to open a retail store and concept came together during the pandemic and a kismet conversation with friend Rick Ramsey. “Our store represents a culmination of my love of discovering treasures, wanderlust, and gypsy spirit,” she says.

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Rick Ramsey is a born-and-raised Asheville native and community leader. He worked as the Environmental Control Officer for Buncombe County for 24 years, spent many years chairing the Asheville Downtown Association, and worked in development and as an events specialist for Asheville Community Theatre. He’s also the creator behind the Asheville Area Arts Council’s Color Ball and was involved in planning the annual fundraiser for many years. Even earlier in life, Ramsey worked in retail at the erstwhile Bon Marché and at The Gap. He too had yearnings to open his own store, and this, he says, “really feels like a homecoming.”

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