950 East Parham Road
Richmond, VA 23228-6511
Phone: (804) 515-7800
Fax: (804) 515-7700
Shoppers from Richmond and Fredericksburg come to the Commons to browse through the more than 90 stores here. Recently built in 1998, the mall has stores like Bath and Body Works, the funky Up Against the Wall and department stores like Hechts and Dillard's. A Mall Perks frequent shopper program allows shoppers to earn a point for every dollar spent at the mall. There is also a credit card offered, Mall VIP, that can be used anywhere. Virginia Center Commons is on Route 1, a half-mile north of I-95 near the Henrico/Hanover County line.
Over one hundred shops fill Willow Lawn Shopping Center in the West End—Dillards department store, Tower Records and Hannaford Grocery are a few of the larger ones. Willow Lawn also has the largest Bombay Company and Foot Locker stores in the area. After finding just what they are looking for, shoppers can stop in for a palm or tarot reading at the Aquarian Bookstore. Lunch at Ruby Tuesdays or in the food court is also a nice way to take a break and set down the bags full of goodies for a while.
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.
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.
Southern ladies surrender their gently used clothing at The Hall Tree. This upscale secondhand store offers lovely clothes in excellent condition that are sold for a fraction of their original price. Items are carefully selected, dry-cleaned and in-season.
Old Virginia Tobacco is a family owned and operated business that has been around for thirty years. Their quality products have kept them around with a multitude of satisfied customers. This is one of the best tobacco stores in the nation's oldest tobacco state, so stop by and peruse the different kinds of cigars, cigar cases, lighters, pipes, and much more.
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.
Richmond's alternative music store, Plan 9 Music, specializes in titles, imports and small labels that are difficult to find. Discover what you are looking for on CD, DVD or LP, with every genre of music available. Used records and cassettes, a vast collection of T-shirts and posters are also on sale and decorate the store's walls, ceilings and aisles. Live performances by local bands are held in the store on occasion and usually their recordings are available for sale.
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.
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.
From the 1890s to the 1970s, Luxor Vintage displays the luxury of several decades. Packed with clothing, hats, shoes and accessories, there are many unbelievable bargains. For example, a 1930s brocade box purse, over $100 in most stores, was only $30 here! You could spend hours poring through the racks and piles of offerings. This is the largest collection of vintage wear in town.
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!