This is a great little boutique in Occoquan and one of my all time favorite places to shop. Everything is so well put together. The store is charming and has a very eclectic selection. They offer a variety of unique housewares, sofas, farm tables, other furniture, jewelry, gardening, home accents and gifts. I would describe their style as a modern French country. A little like Shabby Chic, a little like Anthropologie.
This is the place I go for decorating my house. I bought my sofa here a couple years ago and I absolutely love it! After shopping around for a one I found they had the best deal. They sell the some of the same sofas as Crate and Barrel, but for much less plus they had more fabric selection to choose from, which made me happy. I’ve also bought a number of other items from them that I absolutely love -- my rustic coffee table made of really cool reclaimed pine, a heavenly armchair and ottoman, and a beautiful original painting framed in an antique mirror frame.
This store consistently has a wide variety of delightful little trinkets, decorative items, jewelry. This is usually the first and last place I stop for gifts. I do my Christmas shopping here every year for their votivo candles or the fragrant Capri Blue candles and whatever else I think is cool. I rarely walk out empty handed! Plus, the staff is helpful and knowledgeable and they will kindly wrap any gift item for those like myself are always in a hurry.
Dynamic Baskets & Gifts is a small gift shop on the second floor of the wooden Riverwalk edifice on Occoquan's main drag, Mill Street. The staff is very friendly and helpful and will sell you premade gift baskets or help you custom build one for someone you like, love, or work with.
What to buy: You can buy floral arrangements (not my style), fruit baskets, and other gifts for holidays, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and other occasions.
What to pay: It's fairly pricey, but you wouldn't want to skimp on family and friends, would you?
Located on the edge of the Occoquan River, this is the closest thing to a shopping mall in historic Occoquan. Instead of concrete and brick, this shopping centre a two-storey wooden structure with more of a neighbourhood feel than a strip mall or enclosed shopping mall. Its 15 stores featured on the marquis in the photo are primarily arty in nature with one small bakery. Of the assortment of shops, I visited Dynamic Baskets & Gifts which specialises in gift baskets and Lee found one on personal care products called Just Between Friends.
What to buy: Arts, crafts, gift baskets, personal care products, and baked goods can be found here.
David and Paula Givens first opened this store in Alexandria in 1976, but moved it to a more fitting location in historic Occoquan just a year later where it has remained ever since.
What to buy: Village Americana offers solid wood furniture reproductions of the 18th and 19th century and decorative accessories and lighting. Some of the featured furniture makers are: Bucks County Furniture, Ltd., John K Spicer & Son, Virginia Metalcrafters, and Capel Braded Rugs.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11-4 Sat. 10-5 Sun. 12-5
What to pay: They like to say their price is low, but antique reproductions are not exactly cheap.
*Free Wine tasting daily.
*Every Saturday tastings with a visiting Virginia vineyard.
*Gourmet items including: cheeses, wine jellies, special crackers, nuts, dips even cigars!
*Wine accessories for home use of gift giving.
*Custom gift baskets
*Awarded Retailer of the year 2002 by the Virginia Wine Association.
What to buy: Hmmm...what would you think?
The photo is of one of the women that works in the wine shoppe. She has written two cookbooks, one she proudly displays in her hands. She also is a writer for a local newspaper. You may purchase the books in the shoppe.
What to pay: You know wine....a lot or a little, depends
Handpainted furniture, gifts & accessories for home & garden, pine farm tables & furniture.
What to buy: Anything eclectic.
What to pay: Hmmm..another pricy shoppe.