home for the holidays: julia topaz in richmond, virginia
And it's Christmas! Merry Christmas, all - if you're like me you're lazily celebrating the day with movies, candlelit church services, and plenty of food. Right now we're in anticipation of an incoming snow storm, which should cover Neil's rural Illinois hometown with ten inches of snow tonight (pretty excited).
I'm also excited for the latest home for the holidays post - today it's Julia Topaz in her Southern city of Richmond, Virginia, home to not only scores of both Revolutionary and Civil War-era history but also one of the most artistic spots in the country. Julia has been a long-time favorite of mine for her effortless, often thrifted style, so I'm especially glad to welcome her to the blog today!
Richmond, Virginia is a small city that really feels more like a big town. It’s usually overlooked by travelers in favor of larger neighboring metropolises like D.C., but Richmond is a diamond in the rough with a Southern charm all its own, and it really lights up this time of year (literally!). I thought it’d be fitting to share my Richmond holiday shopping guide to highlight some of Richmond’s treasured local businesses that really make holiday gift-giving an exciting and special experience.
For vintage lovers: Luxor Vintage
Richmond is home to a handful of great vintage shops, each with a unique personality, but I’m partial to Luxor Vintage. Digging through the mounds of vintage treasures there is always an adventure, and every vintage-lover knows there’s nothing better than the thrill of the hunt. Luxor is a great bet to secure a holiday buy that’s timeless and meaningful.
For modern apparel lovers: Need Supply
Need Supply is one of the most popular webshops for on-trend clothing right now, and it boasts its only brick-and-mortar storefront in Richmond. Beyond the great labels they carry, they also host a slew of exciting events, including their ‘Meet the Maker’ series, which invites shoppers and style-lovers to meet designers and brands, like Collina Strada, Samantha Pleet, and Dusen Dusen, in person.
For the kiddos (and the kids at heart): World of Mirth
World of Mirth is the self-described "place where Pee Wee's Playhouse meets Dr. Seuss.” Whether you’re 5, 55, or 105, World of Mirth’s bright and colorful selection of zany toys and games will make your eyes pop.
For candy lovers: For the Love of Chocolate
Likely the most dangerous shop on this list, For the Love of Chocolate stocks every kind of chocolate imaginable from all over the globe. They also sell an impressive assortment of candy, both nostalgic (Charleston Chew, anybody?) and modern (every M&M and Jelly Belly color has its own dispenser). Perfect for gift baskets. Perfect for stocking stuffers. Perfect for late-night Christmas movie marathons.
For book lovers: Chop Suey
Chop Suey is a fantastic place to pick up new and used books, but what really makes it stand out is its devotion to community empowerment. Chop Suey is known for its Books On Wheels program---a mobile operation that brings free bicycle repair and free books to low-income and underserved communities all over Richmond and beyond. Shopping at Chop Suey is a great way to get into the holiday spirit by supporting a wonderful cause.
Next time you’re traveling on the East Coast, I do hope you’ll consider stopping by Richmond to take advantage of some of the marvelous holiday shopping here, or just to get to know this delightful and historic city.