Quaint, Historic, and Uniquely Local

Downtown Staunton is perfect for lazy summer strolls, and there are plenty of unique sights, stores and restaurants to keep you entertained along the way. Known for its fiercely independent entrepreneurial and arts-focused culture, a meander down the main drag won't disappoint. And you won't find even one chain store or restaurant!

Shopping. Browse one of Staunton’s three unique, locally-owned bookstores The Sacred CircleBlack Swan Books & Records or Barrister's Books. If antiques are your passion, there are several large stores to choose from--check out the list HERE. And if eclectic is more to your liking, Staunton has a plethora of choices to scour for just the right gift or home item. 

Coffee Shops & Cafes. You won't be hankering for a great cup of joe, as independent coffee shops abound, with The By and ByBlue Mountain Coffees, Staunton Coffee Co  and Cranberry's Grocery & Eatery just around every corner. Want to sit on a sunny patio enjoying a delicious sandwich and cold drink?  George Bowers Grocery - an 1881 storefront converted to a delightful cafe is waiting for you! And if you’re up for a longer walk through the the historic Newtown District filled with restored Victorian era homes, you'll find a sweet reward  waiting for you at Newtown Baking, Staunton’s premiere pastry shop. 

Music & Art Abounds. Wander down Beverley St. any weekend of the summer and you'll likely experience firsthand some of Staunton’s distinguished local musicians performing in a local business like Fretwell Bass and Acoustic Instruments, outside at Sunspots Pavilion or busking on the street. Live glassblowing can be observed every day at Sunspots Studios and local art galleries offer many exhibits to peruse. 

And if that's not enough to pique your interest, visit www.stauntondowntown.org for more details on the unusual and strictly independent merchants you'll meet in Staunton's historic downtown. Snag a map, ask our staff about their favorite spots, then head out for a fun-filled walk!