photo by Scott Suchman
We’ve chosen our five favorites in this Virginia city.
We’re huge fans of the Old Town district of Fredericksburg, and here’s why: All the stores are locally owned. When browsing for everything from antique furniture to contemporary gifts, you’ll find the shop owners right on the spot. Check these out.
You may think you’ve stepped inside an eclectic museum at Walker Home. En route to centuries-old Asian antiques, you’ll spy dinnerware based on Andy Warhol prints. (Think Ming Dynasty altar tables and silk screen Marilyn Monroe plates.) At this furniture and home accessories store, owners Benjamin and Yasmeen Walker take pride in scribbling mini-essays–sharing a piece’s history and proposed uses–on the price tags. Who knew a Tibetan cabinet could be perfect for holding a plasma TV? www.walkerhomeinc.com or (540) 899-3683.
Owner Paul Cymrot carries as many Virginia-authored and Civil War books as he can, but his used and rare inventory spans countless genres–and three levels. www.riverbybooks.com or (540) 373-6148.
Kybecca Wine Bar & Shop
"Every day is a great day to taste wine," says Kyle Snyder of Kybecca Wine Bar & Shop. Friday nights and Saturday afternoons, the store hums with activity during the free tastings. www.kybecca.com or (540) 373-3338.
The Copper Shop
Allen Green III carries his father’s name and talent for coppersmithing. The shop’s signature Fredericksburg Lamp ($90) hangs on front porches all over town. www.thefredericksburglamp.com or (540) 371-4455.
This contemporary gift boutique features a little bit of it all. Editor’s Tip: You’ll probably like the modern-designed aprons by Kitsch’s Glam and sticky notes ($5 per pack) featuring sassy quotes. (540) 373-7444.
For another Fredericksburg, VA post featuring the "dueling downtown Santas," click here.
Note: This story appeared in the December 2008 issue of Southern Living.