It’s the biggest day for shopping of the year, and if you plan on braving the crowds in search of fantastic bargains, you’ll need to be prepared. Use this guide to Virginia’s retail destinations, both large and local, to find the best places for shopping on Black Friday, during the busy holiday season, and throughout the year.
—OUTLETS & MALLS—
This 1.1 million-square-foot mall has been operating since 1999 and is located adjacent to the General Douglas MacArthur Memorial in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area of Virginia’s coastal region. See all of the shops in MacArthur Center.
Shops Include: Apple store, Barnes & Noble, Brookstone, The Children’s Place, Eddie Bauer, Pottery Barn, Talbots, White House Black Market, Williams-Sonoma, Nordstrom, Dillard’s
Extra Entertainment: 18-screen movie theater, 7,200 square foot outdoor ice rink, Chrysler Museum of Art
Nearby Places to Eat/Drink: 219 American Bistro, 80/20 Burger Bar, Todd Jurich’s Bistro, Supper
The 5th largest mall in the U.S., Tysons Corner has over 300 specialty shops and restaurants. Only 12.5 miles from Washington, D.C., the mall’s close proximity to a booming city makes it a popular shopping destination year round.
Shops Include: Apple. Bloomingdales, Gucci, L.L. Bean, Michael Kors, Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Armani Exchange, Louis Vuitton, and Macy’s. L’Occitane, Free People, Brooks Brothers, Coach, LEGO, Sephora, Restoration Hardware. The North Face, Under Armour
Extra Entertainment: Claude Moore Colonial Farm National Park, Tysons Corner Ice Rink, Great Falls National Park
Nearby Places to Eat/Drink: Barrel & Bushel, Elevation Burger, Coastal Flats, Wasabi
135 stores make up the Williamsburg Premium Outlets, and you’ll find discounted prices throughout the year at almost all of the retail shops in the massive shopping center.
Shops Include: Dooney & Burke, Calvin Klein, Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren, J Crew, Burberry, Adidas, Brooks Brothers, Carter’s, Kate Spade, Nike Factory Store, Sunglass Hut, Vineyard Vines, Talbots
Extra Entertainment: Historic Jamestowne, Go Ape Treetop Adventure
Nearby Places to Eat/Drink: Oceans & Ale Restaurant, Miyaki Sushi & Grill, Café Provencal, Fat Canary, Blue Talon Bistro, Cochon on 2nd, Second Street Bistro
Situated a few miles from the Maryland/Virginia border in Loudoun County, the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets offer discounted shopping much like the Williamsburg location for Northern Virginia residents and visitors.
Shops Include: Michael Kors, Coach, Burberry, Barneys New York, Juicy Couture, Calvin Klein, Jos. A. Bank, Lacoste, Armani Outlet, Banana Republic Factory, Bose, BCBG Max Azria, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5thExtra Entertainment: Children’s Colonial Garden, Morven Park
Nearby Places to Eat/Drink: Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen, Melt, Roots 657, The Wine Kitchen
With a total of more than 225 retailers, the Potomac Mills Malls off the Interstate 95 corridor was one of the largest outlet malls in the country when it was built in 1985. Today, it is still one of the most well-known shopping destinations in the Commonwealth.
Shops Include: Bloomingdales, DKNY, the Lego Store, Vans Outlet, The Children’s Place Outlet, Tesla, Sears Outlet Store, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Nordstrom Rack, Polo Ralph Lauren, Nike, Marshalls, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Ikea, Disney Outlet
Extra Entertainment: Gunston Hall, Mill House Museum, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Laser Quest
Nearby Places to Eat/Drink: Dixie Bones BBQ, Madigan’s Waterfront Restaurant, The Secret Garden Cafe
Informally known as Pentagon City Mall, this shopping destination has four stories of retail stores and can be accessed by the Blue and Yellow Lines of the Washington Metro. A total of 170 retailers and restaurants fill the bustling mall.
Shops Include: Henri Bendel, Nordstrom, Lego, Sperry, Vince Camuto, Steve Madden, the Children’s Place, Swatch
Extra Entertainment: Arlington Arts Center, cross into Washington D.C. for visits to the various Smithsonian Museums, including Natural History, American History, Air & Space, and the National Art Gallery.
Nearby Places to Eat/Drink: The Shake Shack, Matchbox Restaurant, Dippin’ Dots, Haagen Dazs
Short Pump Towne Center, about 15 minutes northwest of Richmond in Henrico County, opened in 2003. The mall is an open-air retail center that holds a mix of over 140 upscale local, national, and even international shops. Since its opening, the region has become a shopping hub for the area, with dozens of strip mall buildings surrounding the original structure.
Shops Include: Nordstrom, Apple, Godiva, Urban Outfitters, Arhaus, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Saxon Shoes, Tommy Bahama, Macy’s, Madewell, Lilly Pulitzer, Hollister, Express, The Children’s Place, Eddie Bauer, Build-a-Bear Workshop
Extra Entertainment: Live shows at Funny Bone Comedy Club & Restaurant, The Children’s Museum of Richmond, pampering at Red Door Spa
Nearby Places to Eat/Drink: The Boathouse, Casa Del Barco, Rock Bottom Brewery, Maggiano’s, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Firebirds
Find more outlet and large shopping districts in every region of Virginia. —SMALL & LOCAL—
A western portion of Cary Street, Carytown acts as an urban retail neighborhood near the famous Fan District of Richmond. There are more than 230 shops, restaurants, and offices in the district, many of them in restored historic buildings.
Shops Include: Need Supply, World of Mirth, Mongrel, Lex’s of Carytown, Phoenix, and Roan. Several consignment shops like Ashby, Clementine, The Hall Tree, Clover
Extra Entertainment: The Byrd Theater, visit the nearby Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Nearby Places to Eat/Drink: Can Can Brasserie, The Daily, East Coast Provisions, The Jasper
Located in Old Town Alexandria, the historic district on the Potomac River, King Street’s shopping district spans one mile of shops, restaurants, and outdoor cafes. The brick sidewalks and cobblestone streets add to the charm of this upscale shopping area situated across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. Learn more about Black Friday in Alexandria.
Shops Include: Red Barn Mercantile, She’s Unique Jewelry & Gifts, Bishop Boutique, The Dog Park, Duchess M, Current Boutique, Dash’s of Old Town, Silver Parrot
Extra Entertainment: Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, PBS’ Mercy Street self-guided tour, Mount Vernon Bike Trail
Nearby Places to Eat/Drink: Hank’s Oyster Bar, King Street Blues, Magnolia’s on King, Jackson 20, Vermilion, The Wharf, Brabo by Robert Wiedmaier, The Creamery
Charlottesville’s Historic Downtown Mall is an outdoor pedestrian mall made up of 120+ shops and about 30 restaurants, many with outdoor seating areas open during the warmer months. The brick-paved walkways that map out the mall are lined with shops that reside in the restored and renovated buildings along Main Street.
Shops Include: Boutique boutique, Posh, Rock Paper Scissors, J. Fenton Too, New Dominion Bookshop, Spring Street, The Virginia Shop, Treasures Through Time, Petite Bebe, Jean Theory
Extra Entertainment: The Virginia Discovery Museum, indoor ice skating rink at the Omni Hotel, live music and entertainment at the Jefferson, the Paramount, the Charlottesville Pavilion
Nearby Places to Eat/Drink: Bizou, C&O Restaurant, Citizen Burger Bar, Rapture, The Whiskey Jar, Revolutionary Soup, South Street Brewery
Over 40 shops and restaurants make up this 18th-century style retail village in Williamsburg. Merchants Square is adjacent to the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area and only a few miles from Busch Gardens Williamsburg theme park.
Shops Include: French Twist, Blink, Binns, Danforth Pewter, Scotland House Ltd.
Extra Entertainment: Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Nearby Places to Eat/Drink: Blackbird Bakery, DoG Street Pub, The Cheese Shop, then stop into the Williamsburg Winery for a tasting and a few bottles as gifts.
Mason Avenue—Cape Charles
On the southern end of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Cape Charles is a charming community on the Chesapeake Bay. Small local shops line the streets, keeping the town close knit and loyal to buying chiefly from the residents.
Shops Include: Moonrise Jewelry, Periwinkles Consignment Boutique, Gull Hummock Gourmet Market
Extra Entertainment: Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge, biking at Kiptopeke State Park
Nearby Places to Eat/Drink: The Shanty, Deadrise Pies, Cape Charles Confectionary
Virginia and Tennessee split State Street directly down the middle, and this well-known avenue has plenty of shops, restaurants, and live music on the Virginia side. After you get in a little retail therapy, head over to the Birthplace of Country Music museum only a few blocks from State Street to learn about the region’s rich musical history.
Shops Include: Be.Ella Boutique, Cranberry Lane, The Distressed Gentleman, Grand Antiques, Serendipity Boutique, Willow Creek Antiques, Shoozie’s
Extra Entertainment: The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace in Abingdon
Nearby Places to Eat/Drink: Burger Bar, Blackbird Bakery, Bristol Brewery, Studio Brew
Downtown Main Street—Harrisonburg
A variety of commercial, residential, and governmental buildings make up the historic downtown area of Harrisonburg, and while there is shopping around every corner, Main Street acts as the chief shopping route. Many old buildings and warehouses have been renovated into charming shops run by the locals, adding to the burgeoning home-grown movement occurring throughout the Shenandoah Valley.
Shops Include: Glen’s Fair Price Store, the Lady Jane, Gypsy Catwalk, Green Hummingbird Fair Trade Clothing, Bluetique, Walkabout Outfitter, Laughing Dog, WithSimplicity
Extra Entertainment: Explore More Discovery Museum, Virginia Quilt Museum, Hugo Kohl’s Museum of American Jewerly Design and Manufacturing Company, Grand Caverns
Nearby Places to Eat/Drink: Pure Eats, Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint, Little Grill Collective, Brothers Craft Brewing, Pale Fire Brewing Co.
Whether you’re supporting local or looking for the best deal in a nearby retail chain store, this guide will get you through the bustling holiday season of shopping. Tell us where you go to find great shopping deals and unique gifts!