Tucked in amongst residential streets in Richmond’s near west end, there’s an intersection with a longstanding retail tradition amongst native Richmonders. “The Avenues” as they are known by locals, refer to Libbie Avenue and Grove Avenue – two sidewalk-lined streets that have seen storefronts change with the decades. The retail district, more formally known as Libbie and Grove, offers a shopping experience that’s nostalgic in nature, while simultaneously offering just about anything one could need in today’s world. Spend the day strolling through stores that have been there for decades, or find a new favorite. Below are some of our suggestions for a great day on the avenues!
First things first, you’re going to need coffee. Grit Coffee is one of the newest additions to the retail district. Conveniently located a few doors down from the only larger-sized parking lot in the area.
One thing that makes everything seem more special? Starting the day with a blowout or a fresh cut. Mango is a hair institution in Richmond with locations all over town, but their location on Grove Avenue is truly stunning.
Once you’re finished at Mango, pop next door to Taste for a quick bite to eat – you’re going to need sustenance. They’ve got grab-and-go options as well as made-to-order sandwiches. Taste is also a perfect place to pick up locally-made snack foods.
Head down Libbie to Carreras Jewelers to see what’s new in their estate jewelry collection – you never know what vintage treasures you’ll find. Carreras also offers a wide selection of bridal and designer jewelry, as well as a selection of fine gifts including pewter baby cups, frames, and keepsakes.
From there you’ll want to cross the street to check out Fraîche – the perfect place to shop for everything from home goods to jewelry, baby items to unique furnishings. Fraiche also offers a wedding registry for brides looking for a local option.
Nellie George or Alton Lane
Cross back over Grove Avenue and pop into Nellie George for the latest women’s clothing with brands such as loveshackfancy and Rebecca Taylor, or slip into Alton Lane for a custom-fitted menswear experience like non-other – in just two minutes they can have you fitted for a custom suit that will be delivered in two weeks.
Zazoli Sweets & Candy
From there you’ll want to swing by Zazoli Sweets – because who can resist the opportunity to build their own truffle box?
Heading down Libbie, you’ll want to stop by 1z2z3z to pick something up for any little ones that may be in your life. This one-of-a-kind baby and toddler boutique offers everything from basics to special occasion outfits and accessories, plus other gift items.
By now you’ve likely shopped up an appetite so head back towards that parking lot but keep going until you hit The Continental on Grove. A unique, retro-inspired nod to its predecessor, Phil’s Continental, the Continental Westhampton offers an expansive menu with something for everyone as well as a full bar. Whatever you get – just make sure to wash it all down with a limeade!
End the day with an ice cream nightcap at Gelati Celesti. Their homemade ice cream and unique flavors are a Richmond favorite for a reason! We recommend Don’t Ask – white chocolate ice cream mixed with a “magical combination” of frozen peanut butter and chunks of oreos.
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