Life in a Charlottesville apartment life has several advantages, and one of them is the outstanding shopping nearby. Charlottesville offers a wide variety of unique and charming choices that makes shopping here incomparable. Among this plethora of choices are some fantastic gems, places you’ll want to revisit often to find treasures for your apartment home. Here are a few of our favorites:
C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery
C’ville Arts displays a surprising variety of crafts and art and connects visitors with artists. Located on the Historic Downtown Mall, the gallery features an ever-changing selection of decorative and functional items including photography and paintings, jewelry and accessories, sculpture, organic balm, and so much more – you’re guaranteed to find something wonderful for your Charlottesville apartment home.
The Virginia Shop
The Virginia Shop is sometimes affectionately called “The Nut House” by locals because of the delicious Virginia roasted peanuts that initially made them famous, but the shop offers a much wider array of treasures. Books, chocolate, wine, nuts, locally made jams and more will entice you to return long after you’ve overcome your “tourist” status.
Gearhart’s Fine Chocolates
The best part of living in a Charlottesville apartment is your proximity to Gearhart’s! The chocolate shop was once located on Main Street before moving a few blocks away to their current cafe-style venue in response to the ever-increasing demand for their chocolates. Belgian chocolate is the highlight of their creative and elegant confections. The cafe also offers other fare including coffee and hot chocolate – make it a regular stop on your way from your Charlottesville apartment to work.
Toys are for kids, right? The staff at Shenanigans would agree. They thoughtfully pick toys that are extremely creative, kid-friendly, and encourage children to be imaginative as they engage with the world around them. This “old-fashioned” toy store staff is knowledgeable and wants to help. Complimentary gift wrap is a special treat. And for those of us “kids” who still collect Playmobil, they stock an impressive collection.
Are you a “yarn nerd”? Would you like to learn how to knit? Whether you are a beginner or an experienced knitter, Magpie Knits will provide inspiration for new projects with exceptional products that are a pleasure to work with and great classes and events. The staff is very helpful and enjoyable, and they offer advice and product information that will keep you supplied with new projects.
Lee Angelo Marraccini has enjoyed a 40-year long career as a nationally recognized jewelry artist, and when you visit the store on the Downtown Mall that is managed by his wife, Pam Perugi Marraccini, you’ll understand why. Contemporary design that is bold and nuanced makes a visit to this store like a trip to an art gallery.
Ten Thousand Villages
Clothing, accessories, gifts from around the world, and charming and friendly staff – all of that would be plenty to recommend Ten Thousand Villages, but they also offer the chance to make a difference in the world! They feature items from more than 130 artisan groups in 38 countries that focus on fair trade practices and well-made products. Modern, global, and wallet-friendly, this is the perfect place to find jewelry, accessories, and decor for your Charlottesville apartment home.
The Spice Diva Emporium
If your passion is taste, make sure to visit The Spice Diva. The walls are lined with every herb, spice, salt, chile, and botanical you can think of, and probably quite a few you have never tried. Experiment with them on your own in your Charlottesville apartment kitchen, or let the professional chefs teach you in their Cooking School.
Telegraph Art and Comics
Telegraph Art and Comics is not your average comic book store. Telegraph promotes independent local artists and collaborates with them to make art affordable for everyone. A wide and varied selection of comics reflects their dedication to the philosophy that comics are for everyone. The high-quality graphic art prints from local artists will make a bold statement in your Charlottesville apartment home!
These are just a few of the unique and enticing blend of shops near your Charlottesville apartment. Get out there and enjoy the adventure!