The Shops at Willow Lawn, Richmond
The Shops at Willow Lawn is located between historic Monument Avenue and busy Broad Street. There are over 60 great places to shop and dine including Ben Franklin Crafts & Frames, Cocoanut Jewelry, Old Navy, Starbucks, Ross Dress For Less, Hallmark, Blades Day Spa, Picture Parts, Rack Room Shoes, Bath and Body Works, Victoria's Secret, Padow's Hams & Deli, Chick-Fil-A. You can also enjoy live theatrical performances at Barksdale Theatre. This was the Richmond area's first major shopping centre when it opened in 1955. At that time, it was anchored by J.C. Penney and Miller & Rhoads department stores. It used to be called simply Willow Lawn and, despite the uppity addition to the name, most folks still call it that.
The shops at Willow Lawn used to be a real nice place to go, but over time alot of the larger stores have since gone else where with the opening of Regency, and Short Pump. There used to be a J.C. Penny's and a Target there, but they both left over time. Now the only real anchor stores are Old Navy, which is a cheaper version of The Gap. Williow Lawn also has Tower Records which is the only one to my knowledge in Richmond. Willow Lawn has restaurants like Padow's and Ruby Tuesday. There are some other small local shops like a nail salon, a barber shop, a hallmark, and other odd and end stores. If you are really looking to do a great deal of shopping than Willow Lawn isn't where you want to go, you will find the newer shopping centers down the road to be more useful or just Regency Mall or Shortpump. The one good thing about Willow Lawn is its location on Broad Street. It is located real close to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, and other restaurants on Broad like Bills Barbecue, and Arby's.
What to buy: Mostly made up of local stores, and you can expect to find a variety of things from magazines and books at Tower Records to clothes at Old Navy. There is also a Friedman's Jewelry there, and a pharmacy of some sort.
What to pay: The prices are pretty reasonable considering the area in which it is located which is a very low income area.