Shop Fredericksburg, VA


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.

Walker Home

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? or (540) 899-3683.

Riverby Books

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. 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. 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. or (540) 371-4455.

Simply Lilly

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.


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    October 4, 2011 at 1:04 pm
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  6. Elizabeth

    Sorry to say that Walker Home moved away. Love the downtown and all the wonderful little shops.

    June 19, 2011 at 10:40 am
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    Its always good to see local shops promoting local talents, that way we help ourselves and help the economy of our states as well. The Walker home sounds perfect to pick up some feng shui collectibles.

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    I bought a lamp from The Copper Shop the last time I went to Virginia..I love going to the stores there..
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    February 19, 2011 at 6:37 pm
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    February 19, 2011 at 11:47 am
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    November 11, 2010 at 9:15 am
  14. laurrie Iceman

    After an entire day of the Candelight Tour I took my Mother in Law and Brother in law to Bistro Bethem. My family could not say enough about the extraodinary meal. Larry had the duck and was still talking about it the next morning. Aby, Larry finally came to realize that you thought he was the other internationally known and loved Iceman, which is his brother. Love and Best wishes from the entire Iceman Family. Laur

    December 15, 2008 at 7:10 pm
  15. R. Rok

    Another old town Fredericksburg gallery that combines both history and art is the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts (FCCA) at 813 Sophia Street. FCCA is housed in the Silversmith House (which dates to 1785). And, “Yes”, FCCA is having a holiday art show and sale during the month of December so please stop on by! 🙂

    December 2, 2008 at 6:55 pm
  16. Jo

    Our town has so much to offer! For those of you planning to visit Fredericksburg overnight, I’d like to suggest The Schooler House as the best little B & B in town.

    December 2, 2008 at 12:51 pm
  17. Christopher Park

    Another noteworthy mention should have been Bistro Bethem. A downtown favorite of mine owned and operated by Blake and Aby Bethem. Not only is the cuisine made in-house and organic, but many of the dishes include specialties grown or raised by local organic farmers. 540-371-9999

    December 2, 2008 at 12:45 pm
  18. Victoria Herndon

    I will be visiting family and friends in the Fredericksburg area. I love art galleries. Since my time is limited are the galleries having special showings over the holidays at Christmas. I live in Orlando, Fl so don’t know the area that well. I’ll check back with this blog.

    December 1, 2008 at 10:12 am
  19. Dan Finnegan

    What a shame that no mention is made of the many wonderful galleries in town. LibertyTown Arts Workshop is a fabulous center with more than 50 working artists. Art First Gallery. Brushstrokes Gallery. P. Rose Gallery. Wegner Gallery etc. We are so much more than a quaint historic town.

    November 30, 2008 at 6:25 pm
  20. Mathew and Ann Durette

    Kybecca is one of the places we like to shop. Very knowledgable on all of the wine offerings. Our family enjoys the downtown. Hope to catch Santa wandering around again. Love all those stories he tells. Thanks…your friends Lake Anna.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:31 pm
  21. Kate Mcdonald

    I love the copper shop Southern Living featured in Shop Fredericksburg article. I have one that graces my home. What was the editor thinking about “Santa Cause”, “Dueling Santas”? Shame on yourselves.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:15 pm
  22. Linda

    We love old town Federicksburg. I am an antique collector. My home is decorated with many items from the wonderful shops of this quaint little town. Christmas is very special. Last year a group of us attended a “Teddy Bear” workshop at “Rocking Horse”. These are the finest collectable bears and dolls in the country. Artists arrive from all over the world to attend and display their works. I love going to Claiborne’s for dinner( reservations required) at the train station. ***** stars from us. Eileen’s at the Chimneys for lunch. What could top the day off but an evening at the Richard Johnston Bed and Breakfast. What a beautiful setting. The dinning room is exquisite. Do not miss Whittinghams, one of my favorite stores. I love the kitchen section there. Do not miss the wonderful store front display. Last year they featured a hand built candy house. I can’t wait to see this years creation when we return for the Open house at Rocking Horse. It is Dec 5th and 6th. I would never miss it.

    November 25, 2008 at 9:04 am

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