White Hall Gift Shop
This is pretty much your standard museum gift shop, although there are items that you can buy there that you might not be able to find elsewhere. You can get local history books, books about Cassius Clay (check out my friend Keven McQueen's bio about him), and several different kinds of period crafts. You can also buy postcards and prints of the house.
This is basically just a big indoor flea market, but as far as indoor flea markets go, this one is better than most. It's convienently located behind Rally's and next to Goodwill and although the hours are strange (never seems to be open long enough) the inside is well kept and doesn't have an overly cluttered look to it. You can find everything from new furniture to swords and porcelain dolls. I bought a hoop skirt there from the 1800's for about $10. It was in perfect shape. I like going in and wandering around sometimes, even if I don't buy anything.
What to pay: Since the store is broken up into booths, the prices vary. They can range from the ridiculously cheap to the extragavant-especially if you're looking at antiques.
Note: Irene's is now closing. Shame, really. It was a good place to buy formal wear in Richmond, although the dresses sometimes went for $400 and over. I went in there to buy a prom dress when I was in high school and found one that I really liked. Until she told me that I was too fat for it. Back then, I weight a little under 90 pounds so there is no telling what she should think of me now. At any rate, it will be sad to see the empty storefront on Main Street.
What to pay: A lot! :-)
The Added Touch
I've known Sharon for a long time now and she continuously impresses me with her creativity. Aside from running the shop out of her home, she is also a wonderful wedding/party coordinator. Her shop has everything from candles to antiques and trinkets. You never really know what you are going to find. In the back she has a pretty little garden that some of her guests use as a wedding setting.
Bypee pottery is the oldest potery west of the Alleghenies. It's actually located in Bybee, about ten minutes outside of Richmond, and on Tuesday mornings they have huge sales. You have to get there early but you can get some incredible deals if you're willing to push and shove and fight your way inside. (No, I am not making this up.) The pottery is mostly white with blue spots on it, although the color scheme can also be pink, red, green...Made from local clay.
What to pay: As little as a couple of dollars for a small item to $100 or more.
Creative Arts By Sherri
Mostly a framing store, they also sell paintings both framed and unframed. I have found some really great paintings here and they have some amazing sales where you can get good stuff for a little of nothing. They do a really good job of framing and matting and I come here for all of my portrait needs.
The Gift Box
Note: Alas, this store has closed as well. BUt I am leaving my review in honor of it since it was one of my faves.
This is a wonderful store. I always go there to get myself in the Christmas spirit. It's Chrimstas year round!!!! Trees, lights, decorations, music, apple cider...It really is a magical place to be. During the rest of the year they have other decorations as well, but this is mainly a holiday place. It's just open all the time.
Lots of stuff going on in this store. Music lessons, instruments, sheet music, and accesories for all types. Located on Main Street, this place has been around for a long time. If you can't find it here then you probably can't find it anywhere. They also carry karaoke tapes and CDs. Oh, and you can pay your phone bill here as well. Go figure.
While quite small in comparison to many area malls, the Richmond Mall is still a pretty decent place to shop around in. The anchor stores are Penney’s and Goody’s and besides those they have Maurice’s, Fashion Bug, DEB’s, KB Toys, a formal wear shop, Payless, Clair’s, the requisite four jewelry shops, and some other stores that come and go pretty frequently. I like going out there and walking around and since my feet are so small (I wear children’s shoes) I always duck into Payless because nobody else in Richmond carries my size. There’s a pretty good pizza place (buffet) that’s a good places for families (we take ours there and it doesn’t matter if they’re loud) and a movie theatre that mostly stays on top of the new releases. On the weekends it gets packed during the night with teenagers. There really isn’t a lot to do in Richmond for them but go to the mall. I know I did it when I was a teenager. I guess they’re just carrying on the tradition. But if you get bothered by loud noisy groups of girls with too much makeup and guys trying to be ghetto then you might want to stay away on those nights. Ah…to be young again.
I admit it, I shop at Wal-Mart. I try not to, and I totally understand the arguments against shopping there, but it’s just so convenient. The one thing I don’t buy there in the summer is any kind of fruits and vegetables. Farming is a lost art around here these days, but if you know where to look you will find that there is always someone set up on the side of the road selling anything you want. We do have a farmer’s market, but since that is only one day a week the best thing to do is to go for a drive. You mostly see the farmers set up on the side of the road on 25, the road that runs from Richmond to Berea. They sell the stuff right out of their cars. It’s easy to pass them up so you have to keep your eyes peeled. You’ll find people with tomatoes, corn, apples, watermelons, chairs (?) and basically whatever you else you could want. The prices are usually pretty good (cheaper than at the store) and you can feel better knowing that the money went to a farmer instead of a large corporation. You’ll find them set up from early morning to late afternoon, although you should really go pretty early in the day to get the best produce.
What to pay: The other day my friend that runs a local restaurant paid $8 for a crate of tomatoes. That's pretty good.
Note: Yes, Remedy has closed too, which means I now have nowhere to buy my dresses. But, I will leave up the review for old time's sake.
Remedy is a new eclectic store so new in Richmond that I had trouble locating a phone number for them. They opened in the Spring of 2005 and are located across from the court house on Main Street. It’s a tiny tiny store but they have some neat things in it. It seems to be mostly vintage and I have found everything from old concert T-shirts to cowboy hats and old aluminum lunch boxes with TV shows from the early eighties on them. Their stock changes frequently so it’s a good place to pop into on a regular basis.
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.”
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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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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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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