It's crunch time leading to Santa's big day. We hit Carytown with Ayana to see how a local shops for the holidays and to get some gift inspiration. From handmade crafts to soaps and unique household items, you'll find something for everyone on your list.
You have to get your energy up for shopping. A recent Portland transplant opened this local bakery and coffeehouse to offer espressos, lattes and an assortment of flavorful croissants, and vegan treats. Try the blackberry biscuit. Grab a few extra wrapped nicely with baker's twine before you go for a nice host gift.
We stopped by this go-to gift shop decked out with ornaments, cards, scented candles and whimsey. Mongrel is gay-owned and has been a Carytown staple for over 25 years. This destination has been named "Best Shop" by multiple publications over the years.
Chop Suey/Bizarre Market, 2913 W. Cary St.
Chop Suey has kept richmond reading since 2002. With a carefully curated collection of new releases and gently used books, you'll be able to find something for even the pickiest literary wiz. Each holiday season, the Bizarre Market returns to its nook on Chop Suey's second floor. You'll find handmade creations from many local artisans.
Vintage lovers will have a field day searching for a throwback outfit here. Bygones can dress you from head to toe with their assortment original and replica attire.
World of Mirth is a mecca for kids of all ages. With toys, gag gifts, greeting cards, games, it's a must-visit during any Richmond shopping trip.
Fairly new to Carytown, Orange has a Richmond-centric focus with plenty of inspiration in the form of wall art, handmade crafts, and candles.