Local Shopping Guide – Charlottesville, Virginia


Its that bittersweet time of the year when we get to shop for our loved one’s Christmas presents. Some of us spend countless hours searching online for that perfect gift. And some of us like to go out exploring to stumble upon the unique expression. Let’s explore some local shops in Charlottesville to help you with your holiday shopping.

First on the list is Cville Arts located on the downtown mall next to the Jefferson Theatre. They are the shop for the creative person in your life. From artwork to photography and jewelry to organic balms, Cville Arts has a wide variety of great gift ideas from local artists. They also host monthly special exhibits and are part of the Virginia Artisans Trail Network so you can keep coming throughout the year.

Another great unique spot is Found Market located in Belmont near Oasis Day Spa and Body Shop. Grab a coffee and shop while you wait for your food to be ready. That’s right they have the trifecta of eat, shop and caffeinate. Their collection of “handmade gifts created by independent makers” offers a good starting point for the person you just don’t know what to get. Peruse the soaps, jewelry, books and linens and your sure to come up with some ideas.

And we’re off to Preston Ave where Fifth Season Gardening will make you feel welcome as soon as you walk in the door. Plants and flowers are gifts that not only clean the air but look nice too. Beer brewing kits and cheesemaking kits will encourage fun new hobbies. Fifth Season has an exorbitant collection of gardening supplies from food to hemp and from standard to organic. They also have a great hydroponics selection and they have a new Eco line of reusable products for the sustainable loved one. Reusable straws for the turtles and reusable snack bags for the kids!

Last but definitely not least are the furry friend lovers. Scurry on over to Pawprints Boutique on the downtown mall for all things tail wagging and adorable. There are treats, toys and apparel (like bow ties) for the cat or dog in your household. For the homosapiens there is all sorts of socks, t-shirts, mugs and magnets to commemorate your animal. Bringing your pet to shop at Pawprints is not only welcomed but encouraged.

Now that you have some great local options, get your shoes on and your reusable shopping bags and hit the town! If you see one of the staff from Town Realty out shopping, don’t forget to say hi, we love to see your local Cville faces.