Williamsburg Shopping

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    Here's A Sample of Places to Shop in Williamsburg: So Many Places to Shop, So Little Time.....

    by deecat Updated May 28, 2005

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    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.

    Tarpley's store
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    Merchants Square~Duke of Gloucester Street: Enjoyable

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 25, 2012

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    In 1927, Merchants Square is was recognized as one of the earliest, if not the first planned shopping districts in the United States. While John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and the Reverend W.A.R. Goodwin were envisioning the restoration of Virginia’s colonial capital, they realized that the business community already in Williamsburg would need to be folded into the master plan.

    There are some really wonderful shops here with lots to offer. Many common items, yet some very specialty items too. If you call the number below, they will connect you to any of the shops.

    What to pay: Anywhere from average to high range too!

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    Greenhow Store: The Wal-Mart of the day

    by b1bob Updated Jul 27, 2006

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    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.

    Greenhow store
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    Williamsburg Marketplace: Every gift you could ever want

    by b1bob Updated Jul 27, 2006

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    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.

    Williamsburg Marketplace
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    Millinery: My hat's off to you

    by b1bob Updated Jul 27, 2006

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    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.

    J.D. and me modeling tricornered hats

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    Williamsburg Outlet Mall: Shockingly Low Prices

    by b1bob Updated Sep 19, 2007

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    Williamsburg Outlet Mall is a collection of 31 stores all under one roof that sell overstocked product of various clothing and accessory companies at between 20-70% off the original retail price. There are many outlet malls in the area, but this is the only enclosed outlet mall for many miles and kilometers. My favourite places to shop at this mall are not the clothing outlets, but Crafters Market and Always a Holiday are perfect for buying cheap but meaningful whatnots.

    What to buy: Cosmetics, clothing for all shapes and sizes, shoes, jewelry, toys, and health food are for sale here. There is also a Hershey's Ice Cream Parlor to treat yourself and well-behaved kids whom you take shopping.

    What to pay: Discounts are commonplace here. Many folks travel for hundreds of miles and kilometers for this kind of bargain. Sadly, outlet malls like these prosper at the expense of well-established local institutions such as Basketville and the Candle Factory.

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    Williamsburg Outlet Mall Crafters Market Always a Holiday 3-D mural autumn/Halloween decorations

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    M. Dubois Grocery: Groceries anyone?

    by b1bob Updated Jul 27, 2006

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    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.

    M. Dubois Grocery
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    Williamsburg Pottery: The original pottery outlet

    by VeronicaG Updated Oct 28, 2005

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    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

    Williamsburg Pottery

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    Prime Outlets: Spend spend spend

    by bugalugs Updated Jan 25, 2004

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    We have been to other Prime Outlets so its a must for my husband and son. The prices are incredible compared to the UK. Reebok, Timberland, and Tommy Hilfiger are usually where we head to first.

    There are toilet facilities and cafes.

    Opening hours vary in the winter/summer.
    Most nights in the summer open until 9pm, winter in the week closes at 6pm and 9pm friday and saturday. Check web site.

    What to buy: Items like Timberland polo shirts that cost approximately $80 in the UK were about $15-20 here. Tommy Hilfiger shirt in the UK approximately $100+, was about $30 here. With savings like that these outlets are a definite must.

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    Williamsburg Outlet Mall: A shopping mall

    by bugalugs Written Jan 25, 2004

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    This was more of a mall and when we went there one evening, a lot of the shops were shut and those that were open were not half as good as the Prime Outlets. There was also a lot that were empty.
    Open Mon-sat 10am-9pm
    Sunday 10am-6pm
    Different hours during winter months of January and February.

    What to buy: Shops they did have included men's, women's, children's clothes, shoes, home furnishing, toys, and jewellery.

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    La Tienda: The best of Spain in America

    by b1bob Written Feb 25, 2008

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    La Tienda ("the store" for those from Roxboro) is located in Toano just south of I-64 and north of the Rt. 60 and 30 intersection in an office park. Despite explicit directions, you really have to be on your toes to get there without being lost. What makes La Tienda unique is that it is the only store that specialises solely in Spanish products in this part of Virginia. Sometimes, they leave the shop unattended. There is a sign requesting customers to ring the bell for service.

    What to buy: They offer all manner of food including Spanish hams, and all the fixins for paella, sweets, wines, sherries, and other Spanish delicacies. There is also cookware which includes paella pans of different sizes, plates, and even bath products. I couldn't find any saffron or any other spices in the store. As expensive as saffron is, I bet they keep it under lock and key. It is a great place to shop if you love Spanish cuisine like I do. There is probably more in their online store than there is in here.

    What to pay: Because all of the things are imported from Spain, you are going to pay more for items sold here.

    La Tienda inside La Tienda
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    Prime Outlets: Prime Outlets

    by b1bob Updated Sep 22, 2007

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    Prime Outlets is a shopping centre of about 80 outlet stores. An outlet store helps a company unload its surplus product at a reduced price. Among the more prominent tenants of this shopping centre: Nike, Oshkosh B'Gosh, L.L. Bean, Samsonite and Corningware. There are many more. All those clothing stores are nice. I mean, what's wrong with overstocked clothes at a serious discount? However, I like to stuff my face. The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is one of my favourite places, but I also enjoy Le Gourmet Chef. Not only does the Gourmet Chef offer kitchen supplies, but they also offer a wide range of foods and sauces, many of which are put out by Food Network personalities such as Emeril Lagasse, Ina Garten, and Paula Deen. I picked up a couple of sauces by Paula Deen. There were free samples of several brands of sauces for pretzels and corn chips. I was most keen on the olive oil based dipping sauces for bread. Stopping here was like an appetiser before lunch.

    What to buy: Women's, men's, children's and family apparel; health & beauty; shoes; luggage / handbags; home furnishings; housewares; accessories; specialty; and food.

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    What to pay: Everything is sold at discount.

    Prime Outlets Calvin Klein & Kay Bee Toys Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Harry and David Le Gourmet Chef

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    The College Shop: The College Shop

    by b1bob Updated Mar 16, 2004

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    The College Shop is located in Merchant's Square between Colonial Williamsburg and the campus of the College of William & Mary.

    What to buy: The sign on the front says souvenirs, gifts, jewelry and apparel. Specifically, Mark and I bought a calendar, a t-shirt, a recipe book, and some shot glasses (used by bars to measure alcohol).

    What to pay: The prices were a tad on the high side.

    The College Shop

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    John Greenhow Store: 18th-century Décor

    by Yaqui Updated Aug 5, 2012

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    We ventured into here to escape the heat. What a wonderful shop with so many different type of goods. It's a replica of an actual historic building. You will find imported porcelain, floorcloths, needlepoint fabrics, tinware, candles, toys, craftsmen’s tools and much more. They even have a little exhibit of what John Greenhow's office desk might have looked like.

    Hours of
    Operation:
    Mon.:10 a.m.–6 p.m.
    Tues.:10 a.m.–6 p.m.
    Wed.:10 a.m.–6 p.m.
    Thurs.:10 a.m.–6 p.m.
    Fri.:10 a.m.–6 p.m.
    Sat.: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
    Sun.:10 a.m.–6 p.m.

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    McKenzie Apothecary: Food and Drink~

    by Yaqui Written Aug 5, 2012

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    This little shop is only seasonal. It is a small counter-service concession offering drinks and light refreshments. My sister treated us to some really huge delicous chocolate and oatmeal cookies and some much needed water.

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