Unique shopping in Staunton

Photo via the Visit Staunton website. 

We know that we're located in the middle of absolutely everything in Staunton. But it wasn't until we started listing off all the things to do and places to eat in our first blog that we realized, "Wow, we can't even fit it all in one blog entry!" It's clear that you don't have to be in Manhattan or Georgetown to enjoy a bevy of fashionable and creative options.

So we saved a shopping list for this blog. We're sure you'll see that there's something for everyone in downtown Staunton, Virginia — and it's all just outside our door.

Book ends

In case you're hankering for any historical or theatrical schwag, there are mini gift shops at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum and the American Shakespeare Center. They're both quite fun (and the places themselves are wonderful — a must see!)

But we've also got our fair share of interesting book shops, all within 1-4 blocks from us:

  • The Sacred Circle sells spiritual and religious books and gifts.
  • Barrister Books offers used and rare books in an artistic setting on Barrister Row. (Here's a photo-intensive blog entry about it by a local photgrapher.)
  • Black Swan Books is another seller of used and rare books, along with vinyl records and local art all in a gorgeous space right on Beverley Street — they also host art and music shows and other happenings. 
  • Book Works is at the other end of Beverley Street and boasts a newsstand with The New York Times and Washington Post available daily as well as gifts, magazines, and bestsellers. 

What's old is new

Antique lovers in particular will enjoy Staunton, with its many choices, from highly curated and lovingly displayed to bargain treasures unleashed at the bottom of a junk box. Here are some highlights all from within a block of us to up to a quarter mile from us — all delightfully walkable.

Margaret McElroy Interior Design is just down the block, housing within its large showroom stately and whimsical antique and vintage furniture and home goods along with custom design and uphostery services.
17 East Beverley Antiques, which is right out our back door, hosts a variety of antique dealers and the eclectic vintage clothes of its upstairs boutique Retro & Me while providing the most consistently charming and inventive front windows of any shop in town.
The Staunton Antiques Center, again, just a few blocks away, boasts two (and soon three) floors of activity, with loads of floor space, dozens of dealers, and a neat, well-laid out interior for easy perusing. 
At Beverley and Lewis you'll find Inside Newtown Antiques with its collection of art, furnishings, fabrics, jewelry, and homewares.
If rummaging through the basement and wondering what you'll find is more your speed, try the adventurous digs at Warehouse Antiques & Collectibles on Beverley.

We could go on and on because this is far from all of our antique and vintage. Within two or three blocks from downtown's edge you'll find more antique/vintage shops or inspired shops — Sweet P'sInnkeepers XtrasRagalia, and LTD 7 — to name a few. All are walkable enough if you're adventurous and have your good shoes on!

Bringing it all back home

But we know what you really want — to take things home to your kids or grandkids. There's plenty to find there. Pufferbellies is a full suite alternative toy store, offering unique brands and clever toys for the playful child and the adults in her life. And the folks at Grandma's Bait knew exactly what to call their shop — just a block from us, it's stocked to the hilt with fine childrens' wear and accessories. It should have a "danger zone" sign out front but instead it's just got really cute windows!

But we're sure you want something for you, too. All within five blocks of us are:

  • Design @ Nine, offering upscale and fashion-forward ladies wear and accessories.
  • The Emporium, a gift shop with a personal touch, including custom Virginia sports team entertaining accessories. Also some Lily Pulitzer and other top brands. 
  • Turtle Lane Gift Boutique with local artisan gifts, jewelry and art.
  • Made; By the People, For the People, a shop focusing on mostly American-designed and manufactured goods. 
  • Yes, a place for the men (mostly). The Beverley Cigar Shop is not only a place for fine cigars and distinctive accessories, it's also a hang out spot — smoke one and stay for awhile.

Other gift shops very close by include Harmony Moon, the gift shop at the Staunton Augusta Art Center, and niche shops such as clockmaker, an old school photography shop, knicknack shops and more. 

Clearly there's enough unique shopping to keep you busy for days. And if you're looking for something else, or something further afield, just ask us. It's our pleasure to provide all our guests with personal service and insight into the area we love so much!

--Joe and Evy (rhyms with heavy) Harman, Proprietors,