At first glance, Mongrel might look like a pet store. However, upon closer inspection, you will find that Mongrel is an extraordinary cards and stationary store that carries quirky and humorous gift items. First there are your standard greeting cards and gifts, like books and writing utensils, and then there are the more unique items, such as inflatable unicorn horns and Shakespeare insult band aids. The store is spacious, nifty and unbearably cute, with wood paneled walls and tons of shelves filled with trinkets and treasures. Stop by this Carytown location and be amazed!
Few places in Richmond are as full of fascination and fun as World of Mirth. How about sticking a hobbling nun on your dashboard? Or, grab a bag full of rubber chickens and bugs to hide away where others will discover them. Add a "Superman" or "Yellow Submarine" cookie jar or "Betty Boop" salt and pepper shakers to your kitchen. Buy a wind-up robot or chicken and use them as unique gifts. In addition to novelties, this store has toys too.
Carytown is a treasure trove of specialty stores and restaurants. Stroll down the sidewalks and explore antique stores, salons, vintage clothing stores, coffee places, bookshops and more. On and off-street parking is plentiful. The eateries represent many different kinds of food, from Mexican at Nacho Mamma's to French-Asian at Indochine or Indian at Farouk's. The shops include Premiere Costumes, The Compleat Gourmet and Leo Burke Furniture. These and other stores have sidewalk sales in the spring and fall and open houses on December Sundays. In August, the street comes to life with the Watermelon Festival.
Short Pump Town Center is a beautiful outdoor mall that is the perfect place for strolling around on a sunny afternoon. Shop your heart out at stores like Apple, Gap, Ann Taylor and Tommy Bahama. The best part? There are a plethora of restaurants, including but not limited to: Tara Thai, The Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen and Maggiano's.
High-quality antique shops, upscale clothing stores and restaurants line Grove and Libbie Avenues. Find fine jewelry at Rothschilds, women's clothing at Monkeys, antiques at Chadwick, household items at Country Charm and much more. Restaurants include tranquil, sidewalk fine dining at French-themed Du Jour and Richmond's best Chinese at Peking. For more relaxed, casual fare try Phil's, where outside seating and vodka limeades attract many from the neighborhood to stop by in the evenings. "Dog Days of Summer," an event on the third Saturday in July, brings a sidewalk sale and parade of dogs to the Avenues.
Whether you are looking to sell your used books or buy new ones to delve into different adventures, Chop Suey Books in Carytown is for you. Here, you can get credit or cash back for your books and then peruse the spacious store for novels of all genres. There are over 45,000 books in the store, so you will never get bored!
Shockoe Slip is the city's oldest mercantile district and was once the site of the State Capitol building. This area has been a bustling hub since the 17th century. Though the earliest buildings here were destroyed during the Civil War, original cobblestones and structures dating from 1868-1888 make this beautiful and historic area a perfect place for sightseeing. Shockoe also offers shopping - there are antique and book stores and a variety of clothing boutiques - and a ton of dining options, such as a Japanese steak and sushi restaurant and Morton's Steakhouse.
Fountain Bookstore contains many books about Richmond and the surrounding areas that are hard to find elsewhere. Topics include Thomas Jefferson and other famous Virginians, slavery, life in the old South, plantation homes, and other attractions. Diaries and novels written by Virginians and other southerners before and after the Civil War are plentiful here as well. Greeting cards, art books, photography books and a good selection of contemporary authors are also available. There is a small secondhand section in the store as well.
Ledbury is a Richmond-based chain of shops which specialize in formal and smart casual clothing and accessories for men. Located right in the downtown area, this is one of the best places to com to if you are looking for a new shirt for a corporate meeting or a couple of casual polo shirts to add to your wardrobe. Pants, shorts and blazers can also be found here as well as a variety of accessories like belts, pocket squares, socks and belts.
For more than 200 years, this market has been Richmond's favorite spot to shop for fresh fruit and vegetables. Local farmers peddle red, ripe Hanover tomatoes, sweet Silver Queen corn, huge, crisp cucumbers and other items essential to southern dishes like okra, butterbeans and snap beans (so-called because of the brisk "snap" sound they make when broken in half for boiling). You can also find creamy, thick homemade cheese, fresh flowers for that special someone and antiques and collectables in this fun, bustling environment.
Tucked away in a corner of Richmond's historic Fan district, Black Swan carries hundreds of used and rare books. The shelves are full, but not cluttered, and are easy to browse. The knowledgeable staff will help you quickly locate a particular author or title in the store or through an Internet search. Special orders are welcome. Antique couches and chairs provide comfortable places to sit and read discoveries before purchasing them. Cats curl up here, too, when they tire of prowling through the store.
At Diversity Thrift, it may be a little overwhelming at first because there are just so many things for sale! There are clothes, vintage furniture, CD's, books, frames, appliances, jewelry - the list goes on and on. The items in the store are constantly changing, so you will rarely find the same items being sold twice. All proceeds go towards benefiting the Gay Community Center of Richmond.