The bustling avenue linking the city’s Downtown Mall to the University of Virginia is filled with quirky shops and food-lovers’ gifts. Here are a few of our favorite stops along the lively street.
In their upscale boutique, mother-daughter duo Cyd McClelland and Amy Kolbrener carry trendy yet timeless pieces—casual basics such as AG denim, Frank & Eileen button-ups, and super-soft Monrow T-shirts. You’ll also find rugged leather wallets and Charlene K cuffs.
The Spice Diva
Phyllis Hunter squeezes more than 250 different spices, rubs, salts, peppers, and teas (sold as bulk) into her tiny shop. The Spice Diva’s inventory ranges from basil and bay leaves to far-flung flavors such as pink salts from a 200-million-year-old salt mine in the Himalayas.
Gearharts Fine Chocolates
Owner Tim Gearhart’s chocolates are handmade and preservative free. Take home a chocolate bar with roasted pistachios ($7.50) or a box of dark chocolate caramels ($6), which pair perfectly with red wine from Feast! next door.
Folly Home Furnishings
Co-owners Beth Ann Kallen and Victoria Pouncey sell a mix of tchotchkes, furniture, pillows ($295), and gifts in their shop that doubles as a full-service interior design studio. The two have collected antiques from across the Old Dominion, as well as classic furnishings from Hickory Chair Furniture Co. and Tritter Feefer.
This nonprofit-minded shop carries bohemian chic clothing, funky accessories, and home goods that are also eco-friendly (with brands such as Maya Moon Designs and Prairie Underground). We love the Stoned & Beautiful recycled jewelry and comfortable ecoSkin jersey-knit dresses.
If you can’t make it to this gourmet food shop in person, you can have them ship you a taste of Virginia in a box ($75) with an assortment of artisan cheeses like Caromont Chevre from nearby Esmont or Monastery Gouda made by nuns in Crozet, locally made chutney, and salami from Olli Salumeria.
Horse & Hound Gastropub: Pair a flight of beer (from $16) with the Roquefort Burger ($11), topped with peppered bacon, Roquefort cheese, and onion marmalade.
Albemarle Baking Co.: Get here early for a sliver of the quiche of the day ($3.90) and a cup of coffee.
What’s your favorite shop along Charlottesville’s West Main Street? Let us know in the comments below.