This store was located in a brick house with gable roof and door with... no balcony on the second floor. It offered expensive one-of-a-kind handmade items created by skilled staff of the Colonial Williamsburg.
What to buy: If you like: leather goods, iron hardware, reproduction pottery. Urszula found some very pretty warm blankets but they were expensive.
What to pay: Williamsburg's prices. Generally expensive or... very expensive!
This reconstructed small store is placed on the site where Monsieur Dubois operated a grocer's shop in 1779.
The store was full of such traditional southern favorites and delicacies as Virginia smoked hams, preserves, peanuts, port wine and many others. I found there a lot of secret food of past times, not so easy to find anywhere else. I preferred to look at than to buy quite any, mostly expensive, food there.
- modern foods (beef sausage 5 oz. = 142 g for $3.00!),
- specialty foods (chocolate cream sauce :-),
- beverages (apple cider, ginger ale, root beer),
- meals (plantation porrige for $3.25 - for lower classes :-),
- meats (ham :-),
- ceramics and glassware,
- cookie cutters.
What to buy: Being at the beginning of quite expensive trip I buoght only two small bottles:
1. Sparkling Scuppernong Cider ($1.76)
2. Fentimans Ginger Beer ($2.00).
Both were drinkable but nothing special.
Add 4.5% Virginia sales tax to all above mentioned prices.
I thught about:
- cookbooks (Williamsburg Cookbook for $16.95 or Recipes from the Raleigh Tavern Bakery for $4.07)
- meats (Virginia smoked hams - 4.95 - 5.95 per lb or $8.00 a small pack of ham slices),
- peanut soup ($4.50) as I never tried it.
Just in case... I see the store online here now.
What to pay: Generally high or very high prices that's why a lot of food was packed and sold in very small quantities.
More details in my travelogue Colonial grocery.
Located in the visitor's centre, the folks at Colonial Williamsburg don't waste any time pawning off all manner of gifts, particularly those with the Colonial Williamsburg logo. Just as some folks cheerfully pay $2 from a drink from vending machines all across the historical area, they think nothing of buying these campy gifts.
What to buy: Everything from bookmarks, collector's spoons, coffee mugs, Christmas ornaments and other stuff too numerous for allocated VT space is sold here.
What to pay: Given the fact that Colonial Williamsburg has the rights to their logo, anything with it is sold at confiscatory prices here and in shops all over the historic area.
Along Williamsburg's Duke of Gloucester Street are many shops of the period including the Millinery.
What to buy: The millinery is a hat shop that sells plenty of period tricornered hats. These are mass-produced and worn by the little nippers here the way they do at Disneyland. When J.D. and I visited here some years back, we figured we would have some fun and model them.
M. Dubois is the grocery store along Colonial Williamsburg's main drag, Duke of Gloucester Street. It is a lot smaller than your Wal-Mart, Corte Ingles, or Carrefour because they had no refrigeration in those days and many fruits and vegetables (like pineapple) we regard as commonplace were rare back in the 18th Century.
What to buy: Such traditional Southern favourites as smoked hams, peanuts, preserves, wine, ales, root beers, and candies are sold in this reconstructed store on the site where Monsieur Dubois operated a grocery in the 18th Century. All my friends have stopped in here. J.D. bought some Chownings Tavern Ale here. If you can't carry it with you, they do mail order.
John Greenhow was the Sam Walton of his day. On his ship, he regularly cruised the waters between the James River and Philadelphia carrying peas, pork, lard, and butter northward. The return journey brought earthenware, flour, bread, bar iron, chocolate, coffee, iron skillets, saddletrees, soap, and furniture such as chairs, tables, and chests of drawers. Greenhow operated a second store in Richmond.
What to buy: Today, you can find wrought iron, willow baskets, fine imported porcelain, floorcloths, fabrics, cooper's items, tinware, craftsmen's tools, and other good similar to those sold by Mr. Greenhow in the 18th century.
Choose from such traditional southern favorites as smoked hams, peanuts, preserves, wine, Chowning's Tavern Ale, and King's Arms Tavern Root Beer in this reconstructed store on the site where Monsieur Dubois operated a grocer's shop in 1779.
Brush up on the news from 1774 with a copy of the Virginia Gazette, select a print for the living room, or replenish your letter-writing supplies. This store is also a United States Post Office, so you may send letters and postcards hand-canceled with a replica of the 18th-century Williamsburg postmark.
Select a memento from the wrought iron, willow baskets, fine imported porcelain, floorcloths, fabrics, cooper's items, tinware, craftsmen's tools, and other good similar to those sold by Mr. Greenhow in the 18th century.
Stock up on imported English creamware, first made popular by Josiah Wedgwood in the mid-18th century. Goods imported from England as well as objects handcrafted by Colonial Williamsburg tradespeople are sold here.
With over 100 outlet stores, this is a stop that the frugal shoppper doesn't want to miss.
The outlet center is about 6 miles outside of town on US Rt 60 (Richmond Road). You can't miss it.
What to buy: Here is just a taste....
Shops & Services include: Polo Facorty Store, American Outpost, Bass Outlet, Big Dog Sportswear, Bombay Company, Book Cellar, BOSE Factory Store, Bostonian Clarks, Brass Factory, Brooks Brothers, Carter's Childrenswear, Coach, Cole-Hahn, Collections, Corningware Corelle Revere Outlet, Cosmetics Company Store, Crabtree & Evelyn, Dana Buckman, Dooney & Bourke, Easy Spirit, ecco, Eddie Bauer, Elisabeth, tienne Aigner, Fragrance Outlet, Geoffrey Beene , Guess Inc. , Haggar Clothing Co. , Hush Puppies , Izod , J.Crew , Jockey , Jones New York , Jos. A. Bank Clothiers , Kasper A.S.L. , Kitchen Collection , Koret of California , Le Creuset , L, eggs - Hanes - Bali - Playtex , Le Gourmet Chef , Lillian Vernon , Little Me , Liz Claiborne , Lladro , L.L. Bean , Maidenform , Mikasa Factory Store , Motherhood Maternity , Movado Company Store , Music For A Song , Naturalizer , Nautica , Nike Factory Store , Nine West , OshKosh B, Gosh , Perfumania , Reebok Factory Direct , Rockport Factory Direct Store , Samsonite Company Store , Saucony , Seiko - The Company Store , Socks Galore , Stride-Rite Family Footwear , Sunglass Hut , Tahari , Timberland , Tommy Hilfiger , Ultra Diamond & Gold , Van Heusen , Vans , Waterford Wedgwood , Welcome Home , Wilsons Leather , Zales - The Diamond Store Outlet Food Services
Restaurants & eateries include: Ben & Jerry's , Harry & David , Rocky Mountain Chocolate , Sandwich Board Cafe
Yanke Candle Company has recently (November 2005) opened a 50,000 square foot emproium of Yankee Candle products. Upon entering the building, you look up to see that the ceiling of the entire building is painted as a beautiful summer sky. The store has several depatments including candles, accessories, dishes, etc...
Kids--and adults for that matter--can make their own Yankee Candles. With some supervision, you can do the wick dipping yourself to create and candle you can take home as a keep-sake.
If you are a bargain shopper, you wikll enjoy this store. We purchased several of the "Jar" candles for 50% off, which is unheard of for Yankee. You can also find all the hard to find discontinued scents.
If you are a Yankee Candle fan, you cannot, I repeat CANNOT miss this store.
What to buy: Candles
What to pay: Less than normal
Our family has shopped at the Williamsburg Pottery Outlet for decades. I remember going there with my parents, then with my children and now with my grandchildren. It's been around for a while!
Williamsburg pottery makes the pieces you'll see in the gift shops in the historic area. That was the original intent, as well as offering overruns and seconds to the public. The store offers a vast selection of patterns and styles. Eventually other stores were added to this complex such as: Pfaltzgraf Factory store and other shoe and clothing outlets.
What to buy: All types of pottery are offered, as well as nicely priced glassware and home accessories
What to pay: Dicounted prices
The largest shopping facility in the area....a convenience, relaxed atmosphere of shopping , purchasing brands you're passionate about, from the hottest names in fashion to America's top factory outlets. A great variety of shopping articles from women's, men's and children's apparel and accessories...to health & beauty, shoes and luggage...to housewares and specialty shops.
Wheelchairs and strollers available for those in need.
There was so many quality places to shop in Williamsburg, that I decided to consolidate them into one tip.
Mary Dickinson Store This is a milliner shop, and you can purchase goods similar to those sold in the 18th-century shop. Samples are straw hats, jewelry, ribbons, caps, silver, scents, bows, stockings, and soaps.
John Greenhow StoreThis is a nice shop to buy what was on sale two hundred years ago such as fabrics, basket, hats, supplies, tinware, craftsmen's tools, and woven goods.
Craft House is in Merchants Square along with 50 other shops and services. Craft House offers reproductions of Williamsburg antiques such as mirrors, furniture, silver, brass, pewter, books needlwork, and china.
Sign of the Rooster is located downstairs from the Craft House and has reproduced items from the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller folk Art Center Collection. There is jewelry, needlework, toys, furniture, and accessories for the home.
McKenzie Apothecary Remedies such as those that dr. Kenneth McKenzie sold in the mid-18th-century are sold here. The shop stocks medicinal herbs, candied ginger, rock candy, horehound drops, and spices. They also sell bayberry candles, tea, coffee, clay pipes, tobacco, soap balls and bars, and pomander balls.
What to buy: The Golden Ball you can purchase silver hollow ware and gold and silver jewelry on the east side of the Golden Ball.
Raleigh Tavern Bake Shop Oh, boy, we loved this one! Breads, cookies, tarts, and gingerbread are sold and often eaten here!
Tarpley's Store Typical 18th-century toys, three-cornered hats, boxes, dried fruits, jewelry, and candies are offered here.
Hutner's Store M. Dubois Grocer's Shop at Hunter's Store offers food products such as tea, coffee, cider, preserves, condiments, and delicious Virginia hams.
Prentis Store which I mentioned before sell pottery, blankets, candles, tobacco, pipes, baskets, and tools .
Post Office Things that were sold at the colonial post office are available such as maps, stationery, sealing wax, seals, newspapers, games, playing cards, and books.
Nine of the shops have been restored to re-create the world of the colonial merchant; in addition, there are gift shops, sport shops, folk art shops, museum shops, a children's toy store, and many specialty shops in Merchants Square so it's some of" the best shopping in history!"
We purchased jewelry, pewter candle holders, and foods.
What to pay: Price varies extremely; for the quality, it all seemed fair to me.