950 East Parham Road
Richmond, VA 23228-6511
Phone: (804) 515-7800
Fax: (804) 515-7700
950 East Parham Road, Richmond, VA, US, 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.
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.
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.
It is hard to walk by this shop without stopping in for a look. The window is full of fascinating items from almost every period of Richmond's history. Inside, a charming collection of antique clothing, shoes and accessories await discovery. Cases look more like your grandmother's jewelry box, filled with antique jewelry, gloves and fans. The shelves are almost a time-line, showing hats and shoes from the closets of decades of fashionable southern men and women. Tuxedos and beaded dresses from the 1920s, capes from the 1890s, and kid gloves and feathered hats are just a few examples of items you will find here.
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!
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.
If you are looking for a cheap record store, then the hunt ends at Steady Sounds on West Broad Street. The store has a wide range of classics and a great collection of vinyl records which are in the best of condition.