The stretch of West Cary Street in Richmond known as Carytown is home to antique shops, beauty salons, furniture stores, art galleries and clothing boutiques.
"Without this urban location in this mostly conservative town, I doubt we would have made it to celebrate our 21st anniversary coming up this fall," says Deborah Boschen, owner of Pink, one of the boutiques. "Carytown evolved because Richmond's downtown retail vacated. That's when the diversity started to take place, when fresh, new retail collided with old, established retailers like hardware stores and delicatessens. It's alluring and familiarly comfortable at the same time."
Other Carytown favorites include Clementine, a vintage clothing store, Mongrel, a funky gift shop, and JetSet, an airport-inspired boutique.
"Not only is the atmosphere unparalleled, with blocks and blocks of charming, rainbow-colored rowhouses," says Denton Kump, owner and designer of Poesis purse company, "but nowhere else in Richmond can one find the eclectic, one-of-a-kind gifts, products and services offered on Cary Street."
-- Janelle Erlichman Diamond