RICHMOND, Va. – Shoppers who wish to support Richmond artisans and businesses will find plenty of holiday options among local shops.
The guide below is organized by category, with location and contact info listed. CBS 6 contacted shops to inquire about their holiday best sellers.
In addition to the handmade items for your favorite people, consider a gift certificate or membership to a beloved destination spot, like Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia Historical Society, Valentine Museum, or even a Richmond City Food Tour.
And let’s not forget that most of your favorite people would probably enjoy a gift card to one the hundreds of local restaurants, doughnut shops or bakeries.
Is there an item you would like to see listed? Drop the web team an email. Also, make sure to share your holiday favorites in the comments below.
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ART AND GOODS
From jewelry to candles to Richmond-themed prints and pillows, buyers will discover a healthy abundance of shops selling wares made by the locals. Items listed as popular this holiday are not the only items sold at the shops.
Art 180 gift shop feature fine art, crafts, and other handmade items by local artists ranging in price from $3-$300, and proceeds benefit the Art180 programs.
New this gift guide is Roaring Pines, who only sell only products made domestically. Their popular Richmond-made items include Square Trade Goods, candles and reed diffusers, Montrose Shine polish leather conditioner, and cloth covered extension cords and pendants made by Marion Hill. Look for plenty of other sundries and even craft soda.
Gather, in Midlothian, said Sydney Hale candles (clementine and clove is popular) and the great hostess gift Razzle Dazzle, delicious food mix, are best sellers.
The Shops at 5807, in the Near West End, features over 20 artists under one roof. Go here for funky, whimsical ornaments, handmade wreaths by Verve and beautiful ceramic Modern Artifacts Virginia ornaments by Tasha McKelvey. They also have locally made candles.
Twig in Northside says that “Naked” brand soy candles — especially the Frasier fir scent — are popular, along with ornaments, jewelry, his and her gifts and pottery. Locally made jewelry, including stuff by Scatttered Brains, sells well.
Orange, in Carytown, said everything is moving fast, especially Richmond-themed prints, especially those by Peyton Millikan. Also popular is the handmade art of Brian Kirby, who creates frames of reclaimed wood with vintage Richmond maps inside.
South of the river, Nest Antiques Art and Gifts sells items from over 60 local artists and makers. Nest said that candles and soaps are hot sellers, along with other items like jewelry and paintings.
The Winter Print Fair at Studio Two Three will provide the opportunity to purchase printed works made by a bevy of local printmakers. The shop is located at 3300 W. Clay Street in Richmond, and the print fair will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 10 and 11.
SHOPS CARRYING LOCAL MADE WARES *Make sure to contact shops for specific holiday hours*
- Addison Handmade and Vintage, 103 S Addison St, Richmond
- Art 180 Holiday Market, 114 W. Marshall St., Richmond, 804-233-4180 *seasonal market through 12/15*
- Bizarre Market at Chop Suey Books (upstairs), 2913 W Cary St, Richmond *seasonal market though 12/24*
- ClawHammer Co., online retail. A wide variety of goods created by master artisans.
- Etsy. Don’t want to leave this house? Search *Richmond, Va. in handmade* on Etsy.
- Gather, 920 Mount Hermon Road, Midlothian, VA (804) 379-0441
- Handmade Holiday by Richmond Craft Mafia, at Hardywood, 2408 Ownby Ln, Richmond *12/3 and 12/4 only
- Nest Antiques Art and Gifts, 3404 Semmes Ave, Richmond, (804) 233-0134
- Orange, 3007 W Cary St. Richmond, (804) 257-9800
- Quirk Gallery, 207 W Broad St, Richmond, (804) 340 – 6036
- Roaring Pines, 2025 Venable Street, Richmond, (804) 269-5395
- Shops at 5807, 5807 Patterson Ave, Richmond,(804) 288-5807
- Strawberry Fields, Flowers and Finds, 423 Strawberry Street, (804) 213-0232
- The Valentine Museum, 1015 E Clay St., Richmond, (804) 649-0711
- Tinker, 2409 Westwood Ave, Richmond, (804) 359-1843
- Tweed, 4035 Lauderdale Dr, Richmond,(804) 249-3900
- Twig, 6112 Lakeside Ave, Richmond, (804) 393-1601
- Virginia Museum of Fine Arts gift shop, two locations, Short Pump Town Center (upper level between Crate & Barrell and Nordstrom) and 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, (804) 340 -1525.
Richmond doesn’t lack for craft beer and this section has certainly grown from previous years. There are some popular brews which release during the holiday season and will make fantastic gifts for the beer lover in your life.
Sidenote: A growler is good for a week unopened in the refrigerator, and you have 24 hours to drink it before carbonation begins to disappear. Some beers listed below aren’t available by bottle, but by growler.
You can use the web-based site or cellphone app Trinkin to find out if the beer you seek as a gift is available at a store or the brewery’s tasting room. Or call them.
Don’t overlook a gift certificate to a brewery, or to a locally operated beer shop like Growlers to Go, Corks & Kegs, De Fles Winkel and Once Upon A Vine.
Many breweries carry stickers, glasses, shirts and hats that would allow your favorite person to show off their flavor style!
Also popular are the Richmond Brewery Tours, where your favorite person gets driven around to try multiple Richmond-made beers.
BREWERY CONTACT INFO
- Ardent Craft Ales, 3200 West Leigh Street, Richmond, (804) 359-1605
- Buskey Cider, 2910 W. Leigh Street, Richmond
- Blue Bee Cider, 1320 Summit Avenue, Richmond, (804) 231-0280
- Castleburg Brewery and Taproom, 1626 Ownby Ln, Richmond
- Center of the Universe 11293 Air Park Road, Ashland, (804) 368-0299
- Garden Grove Brewing Company, 3445 W Cary Street, Richmond, (804) 918-6158
- Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2408 Ownby Lane, Richmond, (804) 420-2420
- Isley Brewing Company, 1715 Summit Avenue, Richmond, (804) 716-2132
- Legend Brewing Company, 321 W. Seventh Street, Richmond, (804) 232-3446
- Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, 4100 Knolls Point Drive, Goochland, (804) 314-438
- Midnight Brewery, 2410-B Granite Ridge Road, Rockville, 804-719-9150
- Steam Bell Beer Works, 1717 E Oak Lake Blvd , Midlothian, (804) 728-1875
- Stone Brewing Company, 4401 Williamsburg Ave, Richmond, (804) 922-2494
- Strangeways Brewing, 2277A Dabney Road, Richmond, (804) 303-4336
- Triple Crossing Brewing Company, 113 S Foushee Street, Richmond, (804) 308-0475
- The Veil Brewing Co. 1301 Roseneath Rd, Richmond
There are a number of authors from the Richmond area, whose masterpieces range from cookbooks to nonfiction and mysteries to botanical books, as well as kids and young adult fiction.
Chop Suey bookstore suggests the River City Secrets: Stories from Richmond. It is one of the most Richmond books you can get this holiday season, featuring 24 local authors, historic settings, and local printer and publisher. Stop by for books and visit the Bizarre Market upstairs!
Also popular this year is Artists Coloring Book Vol. 2, featuring some of Richmond’s most admired artists.
Visit one of the places below and ask about more local authors. Not sure what to buy? Try a gift card for your favorite person.
- bbgb Tales for Kids 3003 West Cary Street Richmond, (804) 353 5675
- Bell Book & Candle, 106 1/2 S Railroad Ave Ashland, (804) 798-9047
- Black Swan Books, 2601 West Main Street, Richmond, (804) 353-9476 *collectibles of Richmond and Virginia writers*
- Book People, 536 Granite Avenue, Richmond, (804) 288-4346
- Chop Suey Books, 2913 West Cary Street Richmond, (804) 422-8066 *Don’t miss the Holiday Brew Ho – Ho on Dec. 11, featuring more than 30 local authors*
- Fountain Bookstore, 1312 E Cary St. Richmond, (804) 788-1594
Celebrate a spirited holiday with these local offerings, available at the Virginia ABC stores. Check store availability here.
- Cirrus Vodka is an award-winning vodka made on Ownby Lane. The potato-based vodka is a rarity in the U.S. — most vodkas are made from grains.
- James River Distillery for the gin lover in your life. Offerings include Commonwealth, Continental and UA Navy Strength gin. Made on Hardy Street.
- Reservoir Distillery offers wheat and rye whiskey, and corn bourbon. Made in Scott’s Addition.
- Belle Isle Craft Spirits produces a variety of flavorful, premium moonshine for cocktails. Made in Manchester.
CHOCOLATE AND CONFECTIONS
Richmond is sweeter than you may know. Visit websites or call to confirm shop hours. Many products are available at locally owned retailers.
At Chocolate Cravings, popular holiday items include peppermint bark, dark peppermint, hot cocoa cones and white Columbian chocolate.
Chocolates by Kelly is now in Scott’s Addition. There 24-piece assorted box of chocolates is a best seller, for $36. Also a must have for foodies is the $20 bottle of CHOCOLATE BALSAMIC VINEGAR (why wouldn’t that be in all caps!).
Gearharts offers gift assortments, a popular hot chocolate mix and malt whiskey truffles to go with the Reservoir whiskey you bought, or any local beer.
Pecan Jack’s are now operating out of the Omni Hotel in Shockoe Slip, so stop by when you go to check out the James Center lights. They offer a variety of delightful confections, with plenty of gift options available.
- Chocolates by Kelly, 414 W. Broad Street, Richmond, (804) 814 -5496
- Chocolate Cravings 6929 Lakeside Avenue, The Hub Shopping Center, Richmond, 804-363-6873.
- de Rochonnet delights 13228 Midlothian Turnpike (804) 794-1551
- For the Love of Chocolate 2820 West Cary Street Suite A (804) 359-5645. Get your traditional items as well as artisanal treats.
- Gearharts 306 B. Libbie Ave Richmond, (804) 282-1822
- Pecan Jacks Omni Richmond Hotel, Corner of S 12th and E Cary St. Richmond, (804) 643-3800
- Willie Byrd chocolate sauce, online and in stores
Richmond’s fashion designers offer plenty of clever options to keep your loved ones well-dressed.
Need Supply Co. first opened in Carytown, but its online shopping has left its mark internationally. You can peruse their online gift guide for his/her gift ideas.
Ledbury’s gift guide includes stocking stuffers, ties, scarves, hats, and their internationally renown shirts.
Peter Blair has hundreds of handmade and hand-designed ties and bow-ties. They also offer local-centric key FOBS that could make fun stocking stuffers, as well as Virginia-themed belts with flair such as the state cardinal, tobacco leaf, Capital, and peanut.
- Ledbury 117 S 14th St Richmond, (804) 285-6768
- Nectar Sunglasses, online retail.
- Need Supply Co., 3100 West Cary Street Richmond, (804) 355 – 4383
- Peter Blair, 5800 Grove Ave, Richmond,
- Rosewood Clothing 16 West Broad St, Richmond.
- RVA Creates, an online guide to ALL merchandise with the RVA logo. Includes items like pins, glasses, stickers, shirts, blankets, wine glasses, travel mugs and golf towels — most anything you need.
- RVA Threads, sold online, and featuring Richmond-themed t-shirts. Free shipping on orders right now.
- Shockoe Atelier 13A South 15th Street Richmond, (804) 269-0851
- Plank Eyewear, online retail.
There are plenty of places to pick up local beans and delights instead of a generic gift card to Starbucks. Blanchard’s offers a Holiday blend of Ethiopian and Sumatran beans, in addition to their numerous varieties and gift boxes. Rostov’s has a holiday Spice Butter Rum, as well as Richmond Tea Blend; a black tea with cinnamon oil. They also provide gift baskets for the tea or coffee lover.
Both places offer brewing equipment as well.
The Shockoe Swirl is a popular, Cinnamon Hazelnut blend available at Shockoe Espresso and Bakery. Black Hand offers a classy Museum District blend.
Iron Clad Coffee Roasters are new to the gift guide this year. Their specialty-grade coffee, many lighter roasts, can be found at plenty of local retailers, click here. The darker-coffee drinker in your life will appreciate the House of Usher blend.
If you have a coffee lover in your life, one of these places will have what you need, guaranteed.
- Lab by Alchemy, 814 W Broad St, Richmond (804) 608-9873
- Blanchard’s Coffee Roasting Co. 1903 Westwood Avenue, Richmond (804) 516-5213. Available in multiple stores around Richmond-metro.
- Black Hand Coffee Co 3101 Patterson Ave, Richmond (804) 855-0800
- Captain Buzzy’s Beanery 2623 East Broad St Richmond (804) 377-6655
- Iron Clad Coffee, online and in stores.
- Lamplighter Roasting Co.
- 116 South Addison Street Richmond, VA 23220 (804) 728-2292
- 26 N Morris St Richmond, VA 23220 (x Main St) (804) 728-2292
- 719 Summit Ave Richmond, VA 23230 (x Norfolk St)
- Rostov’s 1618 W Main St, Richmond, (804) 355-1955
- Shockoe Espresso and Roastery 104 Shockoe Slip, Richmond (804) 648-3734
In addition to the hundreds of places where you can probably get some kind of gift certificate, there are multiple stores that sell an array of Richmond/Virginia based products.
Food writer Stephanie Ganz, who works with dozens of food businesses in the Richmond area through her business The Apple Cart, has some recommendations. The Apple Cart also features a holiday-giving gift guide. She suggested gift boxes from Little House Green Grocery, which are full of almost 100% Richmond-made items, bundled up very cutely.
Additionally, there are still some copies of 804ork Vol. 2 available — one of last year’s most popular gift item.
For the spice-lover in your life, Stephanie suggests the Berbere spice blend from The Nile in Church Hill, assorted spice blends from The Village Garden (available at the SOTJ farmers market), Crunch Dynasty, award-winning tasso ham from Stock Provisions, Kim Kim sauce, and Dang! That’s Hot Chimichurrious.
For the sweeter palate, she recommends Gearhart’s Chocolates, La Vache Caramels, Upchurch Chocolate, C&C’s Cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning available at Yellow Umbrella, Buche de Noel and/or a holiday treat box from Whisk.
- Ellwood Thompson’s, 4 N Thompson St, Richmond, (804) 359-7525
- Little House Green Grocery, 1227 Bellevue Ave Richmond, (804) 262-7474
- Outpost, 4813 Forest Hill Ave, Richmond, (804) 447-1730
- Saison Market, 23 W. Marshall St.Richmond, (804) 269-3689
- Stock Provisions, 1531 W Main St, Richmond, (804) 257-4300
- Union Market, 306 Jefferson AvenueRichmond, (804) 716-7233
- Yellow Umbrella Provisions, 5603 Patterson Ave., Richmond, (804) 282-9591
If Richmond had a soundtrack, it would be quite diverse. Many musicians known around the world call the River City home. Check with the local record shops to get the latest and best tunes. Some record shops sell more than vinyl.
- Deep Groove, 317 N. Robinson St Richmond, (804) 278-9112
- Plan 9 Music, 3012 W Cary St, Richmond, (804) 353-9996
- Steady Sounds Record Store, 322 W. Broad St Richmond, (804) 308-2692
- Turnstyle, 102 West Broad St Richmond, (804) 643-8876
- Vinyl Conflict Record Store, 324 South Pine St Richmond, (804) 344-8095
Plenty of talented soap makers will keep the stink away.
Cricket Cove Soap Co. offers plenty of stocking stuffer and gift set ideas. Naokeidoe Creations offers body, hair and home products that are sold at Kroger and Whole Foods.
House of Lukaya has a variety of holistic lotions and potions for body care.
Row House Soaps has been in production for locally for a decade. Hit up their soap factory downtown for all-natural, vegan soap.
Day Three soap has a gift guide to help you decide.
- Row House Soaps 121 East Main Street, Richmond, (602) 717-7739. One of the few soap makers with a storefront.
- House of Lukaya online sales, in-town deliveries, and various local shops.
- Day Three soap, 8161 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Suite C (Behind Cold Harbor Restaurant), Mechanicsville
- Rustik Essentials, online sales and in local stores.
- Cove Soap Co. online sales and available at various local shops, (804) 442-6832
- Naokeidoe Creations online and available at Kroger and Whole Foods.
- The Freckled Farm Soap Company online and available at various local shops, (804) 629-7051
- Serene Suds, LLC online and available at various local shops.
TOYS AND HOBBY
Consistently voted “Best for Children’s Gifts and Toys” we would like to add that World of Mirth has plenty of things for the adults in your life as well.
- Carytown Dolls and Bears, 3457 W Cary St, Richmond, (804) 204-1545
- One Eyed Jacques, 3104 W Cary St, Richmond, (804) 359-5163
- Toys That Teach, 3038 Stony Point Rd, Huguenot, (804) 272-2391
- World Of Mirth, 3005 W Cary St, Richmond, (804) 353-8991
The Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office reports that Virginia has at least 230 wineries. While the bulk of those are in Northern and Western Virginia counties, there are several near Richmond. Their products can be found at many retailers.
- Black Heath Meadery, 1313 Altamont Avenue, Richmond, (703) 582-0856
- Cooper Vineyards 13372 Shannon Hill Road Louisa (540) 894-5253
- Green Springs 1890 Poindexter Road Louisa (540) 967-WINE
- Grayhaven 4675 East Gray Fox Circle, Gum Spring (804) 556-3917
- James River Cellars 11008 Washington Highway, Glen Allen (804) 550-7516
- New Kent Vineyards 8400 Old Church Road, New Kent (804) 932-8240