The Downtown Mall: 4 of Charlottesville's Beloved Shops

Charlottesville shopping has an exciting mix of antiques, handmade pieces, and hidden gems. The Downtown Mall area of the town is an ideal place to find all of these types of items and much more.

Daedalus Bookshop
123 Fourth Street, N.E.
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 293-7595

Daedalus Bookshop is a wonderful secondhand bookstore literally packed with books from floor to ceiling. The three levels of the store have stacks of books scattered about every single empty space. Book lovers will find the store to be magical and full of hidden treasures. Out-of-print and antique books are hidden amongst other used books. Searching for the right book to take back to your Charlottesville Bed and Breakfast is part of the whole adventure of the Daedalus Bookshop. The Downtown Mall store is opened Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Tastings
502 E Market St
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 293-3663 / (434) 971-9463
http://www.tastingsofcville.com/Welcome.html

Wine connoisseur will adore Tastings. It is a wine shop with a restaurant attached, which serves lunch and dinner daily. The shop sells French, Italian, German, Australian, and Californian wines. Products from local wineries are also available to be purchased. A nice selection of wine glasses are sold in the wine shop as well. If you wish to drink your new bottle of wine along with your meal at Tastings, you can pay a $5 corking fee and enjoy your new breverage with the fine food that was prepared. Of course you can always take your newly bought bottle of wine back to your Charlottesville Inn for a flavorful nightcap. The staff is knowledge and willing to aid you in the proper selection. Tastings opens at 10:00 am daily and closing times vary from 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm.  

Quilts Unlimited
118 West Main St.
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 979-8110

Quilts Unlimited is quite an eclectic store. Whimsical gifts and handmade pieces are sold along side new and antique quilts. Shopping for new additions to the family will be exciting with a well-stocked section for babies, which include clothing and cloth books. Flax clothing, jewelery cases, pottery, and handbags also fill the store. There are several other Quilts Unlimited across Virginia, but the store in Charlottesville has a unique atmosphere that visitors feel when they enter the store. Some very special purchases can be found at Quilts Unlimited. The store is open Sunday through Wednesday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm and Thursday through Saturday 10:0 am to 9:00 pm.

Vivian's Art for Living
301 East Main St.
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 977-8909
http://www.viviansartforliving.com/index.cfm

Vivian's Art for Living looks more like an art gallery than a store. The Charlottesville store sells handmade glass, wood, and pottery products. Sculptures, jewelry, and metal work are also sold. Most pieces are locally made and of high quality. Items are well priced for being handcrafted. If you are searching for an interesting gift or a piece that will fit perfect in your house, Vivian's Art for Living will probably have it in stock. The only problem that you'll have with the store is worrying about your precious purchases on the trip back home.