12711 Old Stage Road
Chester, VA 23836
Phone: (804) 796-5200
Fax: (804) 796-3703
Children will love South Park Mall's carousel! An arcade with talking and singing bears is another delight for the little ones. Adults will find over a hundred stores here. From large department stores like Dillards and Hechts to specialty shops carrying clothing, furniture, health products and pets, South Park has a comprehensive group of retailers. The Limited, The Gap, Britches, Victoria's Secret and Petland are just a few of many places to find what you need.
City Market, also called Farmers Market, is an octagon shaped building constructed in 1878. Local produce is sold at the Farmers Market on Saturday mornings between April and October. It also doubles up as a visitors information center for helping tourists with detailed information about the city landmarks and so forth.
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.
If you are or know a Civil War enthusiast, stop by the Richmond Arsenal. Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy and many Civil War battles took place here and in the surrounding areas. As a result, the city is filled with relics and artifacts of the event. This intriguing shop has a large collection and is one of the best places to go if you are seeking out a historic souvenir. Civil War uniforms, swords, canteens and accoutrements fill the place.
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.
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.
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!
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.