A new month and a new blog post!
I love to shop. I hate to say it, but I do. However, I try to make wise choices. Such as supporting local or small businesses.
We've compiled a list of our favorite local shops, eateries, artisans, and just some awesome people doing some awesome things....which also proves what an awesome city we live in!
So grab your beverage of choice and get that bank card out.
Besides the local stores where you can find us (Papeterie, Buford Rd Paharmacy, South of the James Farmers Market, Outpost Richmond & Richmond Integrative Psychiatric & Nurtrition Services)
Need something shiny?
Check out The Inspired Spirit! Gorgeous wearable art using crystals and other treasures to inspire the spirit. I love the moonstone and amethyst pieces.
If you love jewelry but not as shiny, I'm loving all the simple but colorful pieces that Clarissa B Design Co has. I'm ogling one of those necklaces that includes navy blue!! One day it might be chilly enough to order one of her knitted or crocheted pieces.
A different kind of wearable art.
Looking for a more personalized gift of wearable art? We are digging Trails + Shores screen printed tees and more. Super fun designs consisting of simple images or words all printed here in VA, but you can customize for any city or state, making this, the perfect gift!
Hang it up!
I love being at home. And I work hard at making my house a home. A warm and inviting place that people feel comfortable in, whether they are staying over, eating or celebrating! That means surrounding my space in things that make me happy. Like art!
I've been crushing on Joy in the Midst for a few years now. Unique hand painted signs (and more) on salvaged wood, covered in color and words that will help you find JOY in your midst.
I found Sherri Conley at Gallery in 2013. She covers a little bit of everything in her photography. Black & white. Pastel or bright colors. Animals, nautical, farms, and ocean. Absolutely stunning. My first piece was of Richmonds famous train station clock. It hangs in my dining room and I LOVE it.
This year at Gallery, my daughter is the lucky recipient of a Dandelion Studio original. Simple & whimsical mixed media art. They are fun and full of color. I wanted several pieces because in each one I found myself saying "that's so C".
Now that you've worked up an appetite, lets talk Food!
Thinking of You Creations, baked goods and edible gifts. Granolas, cookies, cakes, brownies, tarts....count us in!
We couldn't write this post without mentioning Perk! First they are in our neighborhood. They are always giving back to local schools, community events, charity auctions and more. They have a friendly staff, a childrens play area and delicious coffee and treats. They also have lunchboxes that are made from more local favorites like Bon Air Seafood, Ellwood Thompsons and RVA staple, Sally Bells Kitchen. So we consider it a double dip in the spending wisely department! And let's not forget it's a fabulous place for hiding giveaways.
For an incredible and comfortable dining experience you have to check out Shagbark. Named to the Taste of the South magazine’s Taste50, the annual round-up of the best in Southern food, and recently honored for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator's 2017 Restaurant Awards. And here's the disclosure...I'm partial. My talented brother made all the pottery for this restaurant. So your incredible meal is plated perfectly on a handmade, one of a kind local piece of art. Boom. Check him out at Tree Hill Pottery.
For dining at home we love Hummingbird Gardens. Cut flowers, herbs, salts and edible flowers! Decorate your plates and table! Take a look at her blog for some fun adult popsicles using fresh herbs and citrus!
For a yummy on the go treat, check out MaloKin Popped Amaranth Treats. Brittles and bars made from delicious ingredients like honey, molasses, and marshmallow!
Obviously, this isn't everyone! Keeping up with all the great local people and places in Richmond would be a full time job in itself....and we've got soap to make!