Comfort Inn Richmond Airport
5240 Arpt. Square Lane
Sandston, VA 23150
Phone: (804) 226-1800
Fax: (804) 226-0958
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.
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.
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.
Sediment is a contemporary gallery and retail store by artists. Helmed by Claire Zitzow and Gary Stevens, it displays the works of visual and performing artists which are exciting and enthralling. These are solo and group exhibits, and includes the likes of photography, installation, painting and sculpture. While the store stocks eclectic items that highlight art, design and music. These are carefully selected from regional and international artists. You will find rare prints, jewelry, apparels, records and more vying for your attention.
Located in Downtown Richmond, Books, Bikes and Beyond, the do-good thrift store lies on Broad Street. Inside is a treasure trove of wonderful eclectic and random things ranging from old uniforms, books, bags, shoes, furniture, clothes and lots more. Their inventory is quite impressive and you are sure to find something that strikes your fancy here. All of these are gently used items that are donated by a different people in the community. The prices are delightfully low, but they do request donations, all proceeds from these are reverted to a charity named Books on Wheels. If you're sick of feeling guilty after a shopping spree, Books, Bikes and Beyond is where you should go.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.