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.
At Ashby, a secondhand and resale shop located in Carytown, you will find clothes from all of the hottest brands (Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, Gap, H&M and more), as well as a wide range of fashionable accessories at affordable prices. The clothes are gently worn, so they will practically be new. If you are interested in having your clothes, shoes, and accessories for resale, stop by every Thursday and Sunday. You don't need an appointment. Sellers get 30% cash on the spot or 50% in store credit.
Chef Tanya Cauthen's new Belmont Butchery is a European-style storefront that offers a wonderful selection of hand-cut meats, house-cured sausages and prepared foods. The meats are fresh and are brought in from local farms. The selection is incredible and you can find any esoteric cut of meat over here. The gourmet section features rubs, packaged edibles, and a beer and wine list selected to complement specific meats. A must visit for any cook, the meat store's knowledgeable staff will help you with to pick the right cut of meat for your recipe.
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.
Offering a great choices in vintage clothing and accessories, Rosewood Clothing Co. is a remarkable little shop. With a super friendly service and wide selection available for customers, something definitely will catch your eye. With detailed and designer jewelry and accessories, this shop offers a unique shopping experience
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.
Rare vintage clothing items like boot-cut tuxedo pants, ruffly 70s shirts and neon tuxedo jackets are easy to find at Halcyon. From shabby chic to antique chic, the selection here is fantastic. Victorian, Art Deco and more contemporary periods are all well represented. Although several vendors in Richmond specialize in vintage clothing, Halcyon tends to have items of a higher quality at a lower price. This shop also has a better selection of men's clothing than other stores.
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.