When was the last time you went shopping without a screen and a mouse? We encourage you to think outside of the screen (or mall!). Come to Kilmarnock for a day of shopping with the girls. When you’re here, you can support other women who have made their homes here. From home decor to jewelry to flowers, the women of Kilmarnock have curated a unique shopping experience you can find anywhere else. We’ve put together this shopping guide of women-owned businesses for your next getaway!
Grab a girlfriend to cure your shopping bug and wanderlust all at once. On your way in, stop for a coffee and a snack on the way in at Front Porch Coffee House. Then, head out on foot to Downtown Kilmarnock, known as Steptoe’s District.
Shop local, shop women-owned, shop the River Realm…
A Women-Owned Shopping Guide to Kilmarnock
Bay and River Home Decor: This cute little storefront is packed with art, decor, and furniture for the river home, office, or your mantel.
Burkes Fine Jewelers: Fine jewelry and the river meet at this local gem. From diamond rings to sterling silver shell necklaces, you find something precious and ready-to-wear.
Cathy’s Unique Pursuits : Cathy takes great care to stock her store with colorful, art-inspired clothing, jewelry and accessories. Find a large selection of elevated casual wear, including bags handmade by Cathy herself.
When Ordinary Won’t Do: If you’re looking for a closet upgrade, Dianna Jamison and Vicki Kinsel can help at this colorful and eco-conscious boutique. Finding fun, artsy, edgy, comfy clothing is what we do. We bring to you “not my mother’s linen” and other feel-good fabrics, “not my sister’s traditional chic style”, but loose-fitting, eclectic, boho dresses, tops, bottoms and accessories. We hope you, our far beyond ordinary customer, enjoy our exciting collections.
Grow NNK: Kilmarnock’s newest store featuring fairy gardens, classes and custom CBD oil.
Northern Neck Popcorn Bag: Need a snack or a tasty gift to take home? There are 50 gourmet flavors of fresh popcorn to pick from here. They can be labeled and gift wrapped just for you.
Pearl Boutique: You’ll want to walk inside just by the looks of Pearl from the outside. This River Realm staple carries a large collection of casual women’s clothing with an emphasis on brands made in the USA and with Fair Trade practices.
The Pedestal: Located in the original Kilmarnock post office, you’ll find a well-curated collection of Interior design and home decor options, with an emphasis on window treatments, including motorized shades.
Papeterie: There’s more than simple cards at this paper goods and gift shop. Find gifts like river themed pillows and pick up gorgeous patterned napkins and plates for your next picnic or event. As for cards, You’ll find unique pop-up designs, modern messages, and more.
Rappahannock Hang Ups: Art lovers, make sure you head here. This gallery in the heart of Kilmarnock carries paintings, sculptures and woord work from artists near and far. Many feature Tidewater and Bay scenes.
Rivah Antiques & Accessories: You might get lost in here! It’s packed with new and old decor, art, jewelry, and collectibles.
The Rivah: Explore this shop for rivah-inspired home decor, gifts, accessories, and women’s clothing. Locals love it for gifts on the go and visitors never leave empty handed.
Specials Wine Cellars: Specials Wine carries more than 3,000 wines. Owner Amy is a Certified Executive Wine Sommelier and can offer pairing suggestions and help you discover your new favorite spirit.
Ultimate Interiors by Fran: Working on your home? Stop into this complete design studio for a really personal experience. You can look for everything from furniture, window treatments, carpet, upholstery, paint, and more..
Weekends Fashions: Weekends is a specialized men’s and ladies’ boutique located in a former Sears Roebuck house that was built in 1904. Located in historic Kilmarnock, Virginia’s Steptoe District, the store is located on Main Street and houses more than 3,500 square feet of merchandise.
The Wild Bunch (featured photo): Owned by one of the leading floral designers in the area, Cindy Naylor, The Wild Bunch provides the most beautiful wedding and occasion flowers in addition to flower pots, decor, and unique gifts.
Enjoy A Picnic at the End
We expect you can work up an appetite with all that shopping! We hope you found what you came looking for from our women-owned businesses–and what you didn’t! Enjoy a social distanced meal by the water before you head home. Virginia’s River Realm is known for its hidden foodie treasures.
Many of these spots offer takeout for easy social distanced dining. Bring your Specials’ wine selection, flowers from Wild Bunch, and dinnerware from Papeterie for a calming, relaxing picnic by the water. Pick the spot, put your phone away, and let the River Realm calm your mind. Think about all of your great finds from the day and plan your next return….