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If you’re in the market for boutique shopping, River Road Shopping Center and River Road II throws it all together for a one-stop show of clothing, jewelry and home furnishings. Boutiques such as the Pink Palm, Pendleton and Acorn are the staples of this shopping center. For more upscale shopping, Saks Fifth Avenue, Dillard’s and Galyan’s anchor the Stony Park Fashion Mall; it promises the highest end shopping experience, with boutiques from Louis Vuitton and Tiffany and Co. to Restoration Hardware — just don’t forget that charge card.
Located just down the road from Richmond, the Lightfoot Prime Outlets in Williamsburg cut deep discounts on everything from Burberry to Kate Spade and over 100 other retailers. If you prefer antique, vintage or boutique shopping, head to Carytown, where you’ll find over a mile of shopping, dining and antiquing at one of the East Coast’s best shopping streets. Whether you’re a strip mall kind of shopper, or a pick-and-choose Tiffany’s customer, you’ll find enough retail therapy in Richmond to satisfy that purchasing hunger.
Richmond offers a wide variety of shopping opportunities. Perhaps the most popular with residents and visitors alike is Carytown. These 10 blocks near downtown Richmond feature more than 200 one-of-a-kind boutiques, restaurants and services, including the historic Byrd Theatre (circa 1928), where movies are still only $1.99.
The Shops at Libbie and Grove and River Road Shopping Center are two other uniquely Richmond shopping experiences, each featuring a selection of upscale shops and restaurants in the city’s prestigious West End.
Richmond is also home to two open-air malls, each featuring a large selection of chain retailers and restaurants. Short Pump Town Center is located just 15 minutes west of downtown Richmond and is anchored by Nordstrom, Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn and Macy’s. Stony Point Fashion Park is 15 minutes south of the city and features such retailers as Saks Fifth Avenue, Anthropologie and Louis Vuitton.
The region is home to six other shopping malls and more than 100 antique stores. Visitors still looking for more may also consider a day trip to nearby Williamsburg (one hour east) for outlet shopping and the unique shops at Merchants Square.