Grandfather's Country Creation: As if from an old attic
Of all the antique shops into which I ventured to get out of the heat, this was my favourite hands down. Not only were there a wide range of collectibles and antiques, they were all in several well-decorated and themed rooms. Not only was the experience pleasing to the eye, but the fragrant candles up for sale were pleasing on the nose as well. It was a smaller Island Gallery and Christmas Shop (see Roanoke Island, NC). As you come into Clarksville from the old bridge, Grandfather's Country Creations is on your right as you go up the rather steep hill from the lake.
Virginia Avenue Mall: Get "malled" in Clarksville
Virginia Antiques Mall is so big I literally got lost in here. There are 40 independent retailers all under one roof, just like any big mall selling everything from antiques to yarn. This isn't a mall in the sense of Regency Square in Richmond or Menlo Park Mall in Edison, NJ, but rather a large space under one roof where independent local retailers (as opposed to national or regional chains) rent space by the month to sell their wares which could be about anything. It is rather reminiscent of a flea market at Henrico Plaza in Richmond there through to the mid 1990s. When you come to shop here or just escape the weather, bring breadcrumbs because it is easy to get lost or separated which briefly happened to Lee and me.
Virginia Avenue Mall: What NOT to buy?
Virginia Avenue Mall is not really a mall the way most Americans think of it. It is more like the pavilion at the Virginia State Fair where you have a lot of vendors who sell things from their booths. I was looking for antiques here. Nat only went in to enjoy the air conditioning. Nat got lost in the big store: he would get lost in a broom closet!
What to buy: Everything you could think of except guns could be found here in some form. I was interested in antiques and Christian books and supplies.
What to pay: Everything is reasonable here.
Strum & Co.: Strum & Co.
The Strum family had been in business here in some form for more than 60 years. After the supermarket and feed store closed on the retirement of their father, Jean Strum Crowe opened this antique store. She set up shop with some friends when they were in their 50s and say they plan to keep it open past 90. That friends-and-neighbors feel was even more impressive than what they were selling.Antiques!
What to buy: Antiques!
Hite's Clothing has been in the Clarksville area for longer than I've been around: Nat remembers it from when he was a kid. They carry a whole range of clothing for men and women. I always like to look for neckties and other things for when I dress up and it was a good excuse to enjoy the air conditioning.