Class and Trash Thrift Antiques: One man's class...
Class and Trash is one of the funkier antique stores in the area. It is a two-storey brick building next to a garage on Route 1 south of Ashland.
What to buy: They sell architectural items, furniture, jewelry, artwork, toys and collectibles, and old advertising signs.
Virginia Center Commons Mall: Where shopping is "pure pleasure"
Almost 100 stores with everything you can imagine. With more upmarket stores in the area, Virginia Centre Commons, or VCC as it's locally known, caters more to the lower end. This is not to say that it will soon suffer the fate of the former Azalea or the soon-to-be-former Cloverleaf Mall, but it attracts a different clientele than when it first opened in 1991 and people who thought shopping here was "pure pleasure" back then are finding more upmarket malls further west.
UPDATE: I will no longer buy anything at this mall or any other by the same management (Simon Group) because they evicted a tenant based on the content of his store and applied this standard only to this vendor. If you're interested, write me an e-mail for more details.
What to buy: See store directory
What to pay: Varying price ranges from the thrifty to the upmarket.
The Creeks at Virginia Centre: Up the creek
The Creeks at Virginia Centre is a rather upmarket strip mall on Brook Road across from Virginia Centre Commons Mall. Major tenants include, but are not limited to, Circuit City, Barnes & Noble, Pet Smart, and Pier 1 Imports. On enlarging the photo, you can see the main tenant roster and the well-landscaped terraced creeks. Most recently, I went to the Barnes & Noble for my daddy's birthday.
What to buy: All manner of items including electronics, books, pet supplies, shoes, imports, breads, and other fine things are available at The Creeks at Virginia Centre.
Private Stock Cigar & Wine Company: Some folks would call it "the Sin Store"
This is less a b1bob type of store than an acemj kind of shopping opportunity. I use wine only to cook and I never acquired the taste for tobacco, even the finer kind. This local chain offers 1200 wines, ports, champagnes, microbrews and imported beers. Specialty foods, racks, glasses and many other things. I go to the one on 10124 Brook Road (Glen Allen) at The Marketplace at Virginia Centre, across from Virginia Centre Commons Mall. Other locations are in the West End 435-A Ridge Road and 10246 Staples Mill Road, as well as one downtown 12-A East Main Street.
What to pay: It leans a bit to the upmarket, but it is good to splurge every now and again for those friends who appreciate the finer things.
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Parkside Marketplace: Another upmarket West End strip mall
Parkside Marketplace is a strip mall in the Innsbrook area of Richmond's upmarket West End. At this shopping centre, there are several eateries including Leonardo's Pizza, Moe's Southwest Grill, Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Parlour, and the omnipresent Starbucks (they must enjoy bad coffee on the snooty side of town). There is also a travel agency, a home furnishing store, an arts and crafts store, and Benjamin Moore Paints.
What to pay: The location in the upscale West End militates higher prices.
Marketplace at Virginia Centre: While you're at the Marketplace...
The Marketplace at Virginia Centre is a slightly more modest strip mall on the other side of the neatly landscaped creeks. It is anchored by Target and Ukrop's as well as Private Stock Cigar and Wine Company, a Mexican restaurant (Casa Grande) and an Italian one (Gino's Ristorante).
What to buy: Cigars, wines, Mexican and Italian food, groceries, and all sorts of general items can be found here.
What to pay: It is more moderately priced than the strip mall nextdoor, but it's not b1bob's Thrift Store either.
Green Top Sporting Goods: The largest hunting and tackle headquarters in VA
Those who read Patricia Cornwell novels might know of Green Top which gets brief mention in some of them. This sporting goods store has supplied central Virginia with hunting and fishing supplies for more than 55 years. It is technically in that small piece of Glen Allen that is in Hanover County (just south of Ashland) along Route 1. Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-9pm, Saturday 8am-6pm, Sunday 9am-5pm.
What to buy: Airgun/paintball, ammunition, archery, books and videos, clothing, cooking, eyewear, firearms and accessories, fishing, footwear/waders, hunting/shooting accessories, knives, lights, marine electronics, muzzleloading, optics, reloading, safes, specialty gifts and everything else you could associate with hunting and fishing.
What to pay: The price depends on the item you buy, but, overall, you would pay less here than at Bass Pro Outdoor World.
Colonnades West: Even the name says "snooty"
Colonnade West isn't some snooty cluster of condominiums in the West End, but rather a snooty strip mall in the West End, right across the street from Parkside Marketplace. Among the key tenants are Comp USA, Officemax Furniture Mart, Shoe Carnival, Stein Mart, Marshall's, Men's Wearhouse, CVS, and Great Taste (Chinese) Buffet.
What to buy: You can find computers, furniture, shoes, pharmaceuticals and toiletries, mens and women's clothes, and food here.
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