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Carytown: Richmond's Artsy Fartsy Center
Carytown is definitely the home to the ecclectic shoppers of Richmond. This is the only part of town where you can find stores dedicated to the care and feeding of your dogs, right next door to the maternity clothing shops and a couple doors down from the mystic art shop where you can buy all the things you need to become a witch. Some of the store titles you will find are "Its Hip to Be Round" maternity clothing, "Dogma" Pet Supplies, "One-Eyed Jacques" for those in need of the latest Warcraft assembly, and of course Beads and Rocks for your assortment of Beads, and well... rocks.
You can get just about everything you have never wanted and more in these shops, which show off the side of Richmond that compassionate conservatives try not to ask about. All in all though, it does make for an interesting afternoon walk and if you need a gag gift for anyone, this might be the place.
What to buy: Beads, Crystals, Warcraft cards, Granola Dog Biscuits, and Boppy Covers.
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Carytown: Heart of Richmond
Cute, trendy and unique shops can be found in Carytown. Most are owned and operated by Richmond residents, making for a cozy and welcoming feel. There are art stores, toy stores, clothing botiques, and a few antique places. For teens, I'd recommend NEED, and for children, try World of Mryth. Carytown is truly an enchanting place with shops for everyone.
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Carytown: Best Local Shopping Street
Carytown is comprised of 8 blocks and has a great assortment of mostly locally-owned and operated shops and restaurants. There's nowhere better to spend a lazy afternoon window shopping or sitting outside a restaurant sipping a coffee than in Carytown. A wide variety of cuisines (French-Vietnames, Thai, Indian, Italian, Chinese, BBQ, Nouveau American, French Brasserie) to choose from. Also catch movies in second run before they leave town at the Byrd Theater.
What to buy: Decorative items at Lane Sanson; CDs and vinyl at Plan 9; candles at Jack B. Nimble; kitchen supplies at Compleat Gourmet; toys at World of Mirth; surf and ski wear at Glass Powder; cards, frames, and knick-knacks at Mongrel; wine/cheese at River City Cellars; international arts and crafts at Ten Thousand Villages; lots of other stuff (Oriental rugs, books, wine, coffee, shoes clothes, vintage clothes, candy, gardenening supplies, quitars, tap shoes, antiques, bicycles, etc!)
What to pay: Varies
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