Charlottesville and Albemarle County are brimming with fine boutique stores. What follows is not so much a "Best of" list as a sampling of highlights to help you get your shopping off to a good start. While you're exploring one of our best shopping areas, such as the Downtown Mall, the Shops at Stonefield, West Main Street, Crozet, or Barracks Road, you're sure to find many more stores that pique your interest.
Visiting the store is a wonderful experience, but so is scrolling their homepage, which gives a great glimpse at their wide range of offerings, everything from fine jewelry to designer clothes, dresses, and sleepwear. Eloise is centrally located on West Main Street.
Be sure to stop by Finch should you find yourself on the Corner near the grounds of the University of Virginia. They carry a wide range of women’s clothing brands, as well as jewelry, home goods, and gift items. If you would feel more comfortable booking a private appointment before you check out their interior space, that’s certainly an option. Be sure to check out their website for the latest on store hours and safety protocols.
Few know denim better than the folks at Jean Theory. Their expansive collection includes a curated selection of denim, new and used, and a range of complimentary clothes and accessories. But it’s the assistance of their wonderful team, above all, that you should look forward to—they’ll brighten your day and make sure you leave feeling amazing. Click here to learn more about the story behind the store, and here for the latest on store hours and safety protocols.
Pets need stuff, too! Here you’ll find toys and treats for your cat and/or dog and/or self and/or friend who loves their pet. This is a prime spot for pet-related gifts. Conveniently located near the middle of the Downtown Mall, Pawprints Boutique is well worth including on your shopping route this holiday season.
Our dear friends at the Crozet Artisan Depot have a new in-store neighbor: Gearharts Fine Chocolates! Peruse shelves full of exquisite handmade art. The vast majority of the offerings in-store are made by local artisans.
Darling has been a Charlottesville staple since 2012! They’ve been named Best Consignment Shop by Cville weekly five years in a row (2014-2019). Imagine a store full of clothes you’d want to borrow from your best friend’s closet. This curated boutique offers a wide variety of women’s consignment as well as handmade artisanal goods. Here you’ll find home décor, jewelry, accessories, fashion at an affordable price, and bargains on higher-end items. If you’d prefer to keep your distance, curbside pickup is an option, as is online ordering.
Founded right here in Charlottesville in 2001, there are now four BitterSweet locations across the state of Virginia. They specialize in high-quality boho chic clothing and classic apparel for women of all ages. Shop online or check out their extensive online store—whichever you’re most comfortable with!
Find Spring Street Boutique at Barracks Road Shopping Center. They offer a carefully curated selection of accessories, which complement the spot-on seasonal clothes in store—new offerings every week! Regular shoppers at Spring Street will notice how seamlessly the colors of the items in the store shift to match the time of year. Please be sure to check ahead of time to be sure you’re up to speed on the latest hours and safety protocols.