Hobby Lobby: Craft Supplies, etc.
Hobby Lobby is one-stop shopping for crafters. This craft supply store has everything you need for your next project. Prices are typically fair, and a different section of the store is on sale (usually 50% off) every week.
What to buy: Silk flowers, vases, fabric, yarn and knitting/crochet supplies, frames and framing service, canvas and painting supplies, scrapbooking equipment, wedding decor supplies, lawn and garden (no live plants) decor, some furniture (decorative, mostly), home decor, holiday decore, etc. Near Christmas time, Hobby Lobby also has the best selection of Christmas ornaments available.
What to pay: Fair pricing and frequent sales.
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Richmond Center: For Shiny New Shopping
Newly opened (to locals' delight) Richmond Center is home to several restaraunts and chain stores. If memory servers, there is an Olive Garden, Logan's Road House, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chick-fil-A, Culver's, Panera Bread, Koto (Japanese), and a coffee shop clustered among the shops. Stores include JC Penny, TJ Maxx, Belk, Meijer, Dress Barn, Hastings, Rue 21, Maurices (apparel), Rack Room Shoes, Hibbett Sports, etc. This is also where Richmond's movie theater is located (Cinemark). See website below for a complete list.
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Peddler's Mall: Find Your Diamond in the Rough
Shopping at Peddler's Mall is like searching for buried treasure -- sometimes you get lucky, and sometimes you go home empty handed. The store is made up of booths rented to local venders. Some use their booths like a permanent indoor yardsale, while others take business more seriously. There are countless booths of used books, VHS tapes and DVDs, a few antiques booths, and some where locally handcrafted goods are sold. I myself have a collection of small teapots that started with a particularly beautiful find at Peddler's Mall. It's a great place to find a bargain, but enter with patience, because sometimes digging through the rubble is tiresome.
What to buy: Antiques, used books, handmade craft items, assorted nic nacs and decorative items, comic books, old VHS tapes and used DVDs, etc. The possibilities are limitless.
What to pay: Serious antique booths are pricey, but everything else is pretty cheap. On a lucky day you can enter with 10$ and leave with something fantastic.
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Chestnut Tree Gallery & Still Waters Studio: Local artists share their talent....
An ecclectic mix of local art. Gallery is now open. Open Monday through Saturday 10am-6pm. Closed Sundays.
What to buy: Local artists' work. There are beautiful sketches, amazing pottery, and fantastic sculptures available.
What to pay: From under $10 USD upwards of several hundred.
Chestnut Tree Gallery: Support Downtown
Well, I always like to see people that I went to school with doing something interesting. Jennifer (formerly Pence) Rollins and her husband Jonathan have relocated first from Berea and then from Geri Lane to their new digs on Main Street. The Chestnut Tree Gallery recently opened in the summer of 2007 in yet another hope of revitalizing downtown Richmond. Their stock is mostly based on commission by area artists, although both Jennifer and Johnny are artists themselves. Other items they sell include paintings, drawings, pottery, sculptures, and one of my favorite things-house replications. Yep, you can commission someone to build a replica of your house. Or maybe someone else’s house if you like it better. (Just kidding.) They’re very friendly and the store has a nice vibe to it with the prices being much more reasonable than those that you might find for similar items in Berea.
They also have classes and workshops if you want to learn calligraphy or broaden your horizons in that way.
What to pay: The prices are pretty good and don't have huge markups. $20 will buy you something. $50 will get you something really special. And then you can spend even more.
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While Richmond has a Catholic grade school (I went there as a child), they do not currently have a Catholic high school. A group of well-meaning parents are trying to remedy this and as a result, a new one is being organized. Since a school needs money, Cabrini’s Closet has opened up on Main Street to help fund their cause. It’s a second-hand store and all money goes to the cause. I stop in from time to time and have been able to find some really good buys. They have everything from appliances to furniture and clothing. And all of your money goes to a good cause. They also have a listing under Ebay. The name to search for is “cabrinicloset.”
If at all possible, I advise against buying any candles at local shops in Richmond due to the fact that they are usually quite expensive ($20 and up for the big ones), especially considering that you can get those same candles for under $5 at the factory store in Berea. It’s a nice drive to Berea and you can really stock up there. The little tea candles run about twenty-five cents and sometimes you can find entire gift sets for under $5. Great deals.
This is pretty much THE place in town to buy health food products, organic items, alternative medicine, vitamins, and other items relating to holistic health. You can also bring in your own water jugs to fill up at their pure water station. My most recent purchase was a bottle of catnip oil that I pour into my son’s formula to help settle his stomach from colic. The staff use the products as well so they are very helpful and knowledgeable.
Support Downtown-Tassel and Toad
This is a new gift shop located on Main Street in the old Jett and Hall building. It offers a bevy of items including homemade fudge (free samples) photographs by a local artist, picture frames, crafts, and jewelry. One of my favorite things are the drawings of the local gates done by artist Paul Burns. (Or, as I call him, the “gate guy.”)
Bybee Pottery: Not recommended
It seems this is about the only touristy thing in Richmond. It's kind of neat, but in my opinion not worth a trip unless you are driving through. The pottery was once lovely and unique, but has become standard and looks mass produced. I would suggest finding a local art gallery (two of which are listed above) and get something for it's asthetic value, and not for the name on the bottom.
What to buy: In my humble opinion, it is a waste of money...
What to pay: Too much. Again, much nicer items are available at a better price.
Hidalgo Tienda: Yummy!
This is an authentic Mexican market. The food available is all imported and better than the Americanized junk one gets at the local chain groceries. They carry Mexican sodas, candy, and various other needs. My personal favorites are the tostadas. They just aren't the same from anywhere else.
What to buy: Tostadas! I also recommend any of the varieties of Mexican candy.
What to pay: $20 will buy a plentiful supply of candy, soda's, hot sauce and much more.
Hastings: Great media
Hastings is a great book store that carries everything from books to t-shirts. They have a good selection of nontraditional literature and many self help and religious books. Their religios materials are everything from "The Purpose Driven Life" and "The Left Behind" series to Wiccan, Buddist, and Islamic materials. They carry cd's, dvd's, cassettes, and even vinyls. I have gotten some of my favorite vinyls from here as well as quite a few movies and games. If there is anything they don't carry, they will order it for you. I have ordered many a cd and book, and they are prompt and accurate.
What to buy: I like the eclectic mix of reading materials available, but my two favorite purchases have been "Lady Cottington's" and "Mirror, Mirror".
What to pay: They are actually cheaper than most book stores in this area (usually). I usually get purchases on sale. Anywhere from $5 (small books) to $30 (really nice tarrot cards).
Richmond Mall: Great window shopping
While I am not all that much into shopping, I do realize that others are. I do enjoy a nice day window-shopping and Richmond Mall is pretty good for this. It has many small stores which include (but are not limited to) Claire’s, Sears, J. C. Penny’s, Goody’s and newly added is a karate studio where one can watch through the windows. There is also a movie theater, food court and arcade.
Village florist: Flowers galore
Danny and Joyce have done a beautiful job with this shop. It is more than just flowers. There is a seemingly endless array of gifts and holiday items that are pleasing to eye, ear and nose. If it sounds pretty, looks good or smells wonderful it's probably there!
What to buy: Candles!!!!
What to pay: Flowers are a gift that changes price seasonally based on availability.Candles...$20 will buy something beautiful!
Gallery on Main: Art
This small shop, cozily situated inside Community Trust Bank, offers an array of unique gifts. The gallery offers several art shows throughout the year.
What to buy: All the art is original and wonderful, but if I had to choose, it would be pottery. Also, my own work is soon to be available for purchase in the gallery.
What to pay: Some items are available for a small price, however most go for several hundred or more.
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