Visitor’s Guide profile: Kirsten Blowers of Riffraff

This year’s Fayetteville Visitor’s Guide features four profiles from a handful of influential locals to give visitors an inside track on some of the best things to do, places to eat and shop, and must-experiences while in Fayetteville. One of our profilees is Kirsten Blowers, owner of Riffraff on the Historic Downtown Square.

Kirsten, who grew up in Fayetteville, was named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” in recognition of her work at Riffraff, which has become a staple of Fayetteville's boutique shopping. Below are a few of her answers to questions we threw at her.

When friends visit, where do you take them in Fayetteville?

Brunch at Arsaga's Depot and then shopping trips to Riffraff, Shindig Paperie, Mae's Emporium and 410 Vintage. Finish the day with a drive through campus and a view from the cross on Mt. Sequoyah.

What is it about Fayetteville that made you want to start your business here?

My family moved to Fayetteville when I was in seventh grade. Immediately, I experienced how supportive and warm this town really is. I cannot imagine living and growing a business anywhere else.

Name something people would be surprised to learn about you.

I've never participated in the “Cha Cha Slide.”

What's your favorite meal/drink in Fayetteville?

The Brezinski and a honey almond milk latte from Arsaga's Depot.

What's your favorite Fayetteville view?

Sunset on West Mountain Street looking from the square toward the library. I used to live right behind Loafin Joe's when I first started Riffraff, so the view on the walk home is something I'll always cherish.

If you were to move away, what would you miss the most?

Running into friends at the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings.

What are three pieces every person should have in their closet?

A good pair of ankle booties, a long layering necklace and a Fayetteville T-shirt for the weekends!

What did the Forbes 30 Under 30 mean to you as a woman business owner?

It was such an honor! More than anything, I loved the opportunities it's brought me to share the struggles of creating a business, as well as celebrating the rewarding moments!

For the full Q&A with Kirsten — including what style she’s like to see come back — order a Visitor’s Guide online, or stop by the Fayetteville Visitors Center to pick one up! 

Director of Marketing & Communications

Director of Marketing & Communications