Speaking of Charlottesville in yesterday’s post about the Messiah Sing-In at UVA, this college town is a road-trip worthy shopping destination, too. We made a day of it last week, though C’ville really merits an overnight stay, perhaps at The Boar’s Head Inn. We even skipped lunching at any of the area’s well-known eateries in order to power-shop our way through many of the town’s hottest stores and thought you might appreciate our shopping guide.
The Ivy Nursery
On the west side of town, the Ivy Nursery makes a wonderful starting point. Maybe the prettiest garden center we’ve ever seen, I think “Garden Shoppe” is a better description considering all of its beautiful offerings and charming vignettes. Give yourself plenty of time to visit. They’ve got so much merchandise you’ll love that it will take you awhile to decide what not to buy.
Near the Corner
Heading east, Foods of All Nations is the original food emporium that Fresh Market and Whole Foods have imitated. It sits near the busy Corner area in Charlottesville. Roaming its aisles is a must-do when in town. For the treasure hunters,
the neighboring stores are must-stop-ins, too. Ellen found her vintage Fostoria ice bucket for the Just Right Bar Cart here, and the latest location for
Comer & Company, a Kilmarnock shopping pleasure, sits just across the parking lot.
High end boutiques are mixed in with big box retailers at Barracks Road Shopping Center. The economy is bustling in this massive shopping complex where anyone can find a store to love.
Oil & Vinegar makes great gifts for everyone.
We saved our favorite store in the most historic of the shopping destinations for last. Caspari on
the Downtown Mall is worthy of a road trip on its own. The center of its design business, Caspari’s Charlottesville store is stunning and filled with loads of inspiration.
We discovered so many gifts and decorating ideas everywhere we looked on our shopping day. Charlottesville’s treasures extend beyond Mr. Jefferson’s University. With only six shopping days left until Christmas, a road trip may be just what you need to find the right delight for everyone on your list.