Great local galleries
There are several wonderful art galleries in Mathews. The Bay School for Art is located in downtown Mathews and great place to start and get more info on artists in the area. The have a decent size gallery in the building. You may take several different classes there.
What to buy: Art, Printmaking, Glass, Pottery etc.
What to pay: Prices are quite good
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Gifts for Home and Garden: Like a yard sale
This shop is in what once was a private home and it looks, for all the world, like an ongoing yard sale.
What to buy: All manner of small whatnots for the inside and things such as handcrafted bird houses and feeders for the outside.
Hudgins Pharmacy: Hudgins Pharmacy
When the Rexall drug store and soda fountain closed, Hudgins Pharmacy took over for the drug store part. It is an old style small-town pharmacy, only without a lunch counter or soda fountain. However, when I was there, I was told that a soda fountain will go up nextdoor. The only thing different will be that the drug store and soda fountain will be separate entities. I hope the damage caused by Hurricane Isabel will not cancel plans to reopen the soda fountain.
What to buy: All manner of medications (prescription or over the counter), toiletries, and film developping.
Sibley's General Store: The last real general store in town
Sibley's is pretty impressive! The store (and some of the things in it, I'm sure) is more than 100 years old, opened since 1898.
What to buy: Just about anything and everything can be found here. I was especially surprised and heartened to find Confederate flags of all sizes on sale here (given these overly sensitive times). This is a throwback to old general stores common in towns large and small before the advent of the shopping mall and the chain store. Sibley's stubbornly maintains its presence in downtown Mathews despite competition against Dollar General Stores (a national chain of faux general stores).
What to pay: Everything is reasonably price. If you want to pay high-end prices, go to the Short Pump Town Centre in Richmond.