Southpark Mall: Southpark Mall
Southpark Mall is a good-sized shopping mall in the tri-cities (Petersburg, Hopewell, and Colonial Heights) area. It offers more than 80 stores from which to buy just about anything under the sun. Southpark Mall has been in the news recently requires visitors under 18 to be accompanied by a parent or guardian while in the mall after 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. This is the first in the area to introduce a policy barring unsupervised, underage visitors during specific hours of the day. The change came in response to an increasing number of fights and incidents of disorderly conduct involving teenagers. I'm for the law because many teenagers these days do cause trouble. However, it will be hard to enforce. Just as they use fake ID to buy alcohol and tobacco, they can use the same fake ID to present to those who check. I last went in that brief interval between Halloween and Election Day to have a light snack during a day of touring battlefields and military museums nearby. They were already decorating for Christmas.
What to buy: See store directory.
What to pay: Southpark Mall in Colonial Heights is not quite as upmarket as its namesake in Charlotte, NC.
Woody's Antique Mall: antiquing in Petersburg
Although the store in the first photo has been on Old Street since 1973 and it's full of old things, this place never gets old. Apparently, this building was once a warehouse. It's tall ceilings and that indescribable antique smell has the look and feel of Grandma's attic. The second featured antique store is a patriotic-themed store on Market Street.
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