Holiday shopping season is upon us (yes, already!), and Richmond is once again turning it out with a whole host of new store openings and seasonal events. We’ve complied a list of the most buzzed-about brands and openings; time get out your calendars and start planning!
Did you know that beloved indie-label shop Na Nin opened a second location in Jackson Ward this fall? A sweet sister to the original Addison Street shop, it’s decked out in lush greenery, local art and driftwood. Stop by to stock up on the in-house fragrance and candle lines for hostess gifts during the holiday party season. 321 Brook Road
Planning a winter wonderland wedding? Check out Annalise Bridal at 1309 E. Main St. (Photo by Megan Parry)
Whether you're last-minute shopping for your winter wonderland wedding or pre-planning for your spring soiree, be sure to stop by this new bridal shop in the Financial District for high-end designers such as Anne Barge, Amy Kuschel, Hayley Paige and Liancarlo. Owner Lindsey Livesay is as lovely as she is knowledgable. You’ll not only leave with the dress of your dreams, but make a new friend in the process. 1309 E. Main St.
The fast fashion retailer has just opened a new location at Chesterfield Towne Center and features a number of “stores-within-a-store” for accessories, beauty, lingerie, cosmetics, plus-size and maternity.
Alex and Ani jewlry shop, found in Short Pump Town Center, uses only sustainable practices and eco-conscious materials. (Photo by Megan Parry)
This socially conscious jewelry company has just opened a new location in Short Pump Town Center where it will sell its American-made bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rings and handbags. The brand uses only sustainable practices and eco-conscious materials so you can feel good shopping their wares. Plus, they count Beyonce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kerry Washington and Sandra Bullock as fans.
Duck boot dreamers, rejoice! L.L. Bean has just opened a 15,000-square-foot shop in Short Pump Town Center. The new space will sell men’s, women’s, children’s and pet apparel. The store also will host an array of clinics and sporting events. Check out their GoPro and camping-in-the-cold clinics in November.
If you’re the kind of holiday shopper who likes to get their gift buying done in one day and wants to make sure each loved one is getting something super special, you’ll definitely want to head to the Bizarre Bazaar (and how can you not want to go, with a name like that?). A Richmond tradition for 40 years, the Bazaar plays host to hundreds of vendors selling handmade pottery, jewelry, arts and crafts alongside vintage vendors. December 3 - 6, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. $9, Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave.
This local gift and antique shop is hosting its annual gift marketplace that features more than 45 local makers’ wares. Find handmade ornaments, artwork, jewelry and home decor now through Dec. 31. Daily through Dec. 31, Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun. noon - 5 p.m., 3404 Semmes Ave.
Grab your girlfriends and head over to this organic spa, Scents of Serenity Nov. 19 for snacks, champagne, spa treatments and shopping! Local stores Lola Pepper, Angelica’s Aromatics, Naked Goat Soaps, Mac’s Smack and APOTHEC will be on hand to get you started on your holiday gift buying, and the spa will be giving away hundreds of dollars worth of free spa treatments! Nov. 19, 6 - 8 p.m., $5, 3016C Mountain Road, Glen Allen
The much-anticipated indie craft fair is back this year at the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. The collective has added lots of new members: Freckled Farm Soap Company, Awl Snap Leather Goods and Phoenix Handcraft. Dec. 5, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., 2408 Ownby Lane
If you’re looking for a statement piece to dazzle the discerning fashionista in your life (or are just looking to add to your own curated collection), stop by the Cary Court Schwarzschild Jewelers location from Dec. 3 - 5 to shop their vintage and estate jewelry showcase. The event will feature delicate Edwardian-era gems alongside outsized 1970s statement earrings and bling-y 1920s era pieces that Daisy Buchanan would die for. Dec. 3 - 5, 3144 W. Cary St.