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RVA Holiday Shopping + Events


Photo by Sarah Walor

Last week I kicked off my holiday shopping, which is a huge feat, considering every year I wait until last minute. R•Home Magazine held its annual Embellish holiday party at Williams & Sherrill with local makers like Mother Shrub, Bear Ceramics, Drift / Riot and Tulip & Bear. I loaded up with all sorts of goodies for friends and family (and maybe for myself, too).

While shopping, it reminded me how special Richmond is because of its local artisans and businesses. With Amazon and other websites as my go-to, sometimes I forget to stop and support RVA during the holidays. After all, isn’t that what the holidays are about — giving back and showing love to our neighbors?

While in the holiday spirit, I compiled a little list of fun shopping and holiday events in and around Richmond. Mark your calendars and grab your friends and family for these fun yuletide happenings.

xo, marissa


Photos by Nikki Santerre

Tart Event Co. Holiday Wrap Bash

WHAT: Tart Event Co.‘s giant gift wrapping party. (View photos of last year’s fun here.)
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 11, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE: Paisley & Jade‘s warehouse in Scott’s Addition @ 3119 W. Moore St.
WHY GO: Because wrapping presents with your friends is fun and is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit! There will beautiful paper and craft supplies so you can personalize each gift.
RSVP: Tickets are on sale now!


Wreath Workshop with Photosynthesis Florals

WHAT: DIY floral design class with Photosynthesis Floral Design
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 6 to 9 p.m.
WHERE: Paisley & Jade‘s warehouse in Scott’s Addition @ 3119 W. Moore St.
WHY GO: I took this workshop last year and it was a blast. We made two kinds of wreaths — a lush wreath and a minimalist wreath. Make one for yourself and give the other to a friend. This is a good way to get in the holiday spirit, while creating something beautiful.
RSVP: Purchase your class via Photosynthesis’s site


Dear Neighbor Grand Opening

WHAT: Dear Neighbor is a fabulous gift shop that will be opening its doors just in time for holiday shopping.
WHEN: BLACK FRIDAY! How perfect, right?!
WHERE: In Church Hill @ 2416 Jefferson Ave.
WHY: This new gift shop has a curated array of gifts from local jewelers to other makers from far off places.
STAY TUNED — Follow the shop on Instagram for updates on opening events.

andrea-donnelly-scarfCraft + Design Show

WHAT: Visual Art Center of Richmond‘s annual high-end craft show
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 18 – Sunday, Nov. 20
WHERE: Science Museum of Virginia @ 2500 W. Broad St.
WHY: In its 52nd year, this craft show is a one-stop shop for unique gifts made by artists from here in Richmond and around the country.
RSVP: Buy your tickets via VisArts


Moore + Gile’s Holiday Pop-up Shop at Ledbury

WHAT: Ledbury will host Lynchburg-based luxury leather bag + accessory maker Moore & Giles for a holiday pop-up shop
WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 16 kick-off party, 5 to 8 p.m. (w/ goods for sale through the end of November + Black Friday weekend)
WHERE: Ledbury’s brand-new flagship store in downtown Richmond @ 315 W. Broad St.
WHY GO: Because supporting local is important, and Moore + Gile’s is a badass company. Also, during the kick-off party, Mattias Hagglund will be mixing Bulleit cocktails. (YUM!)
RSVP: More info on their Facebook event page.


And a few other things to keep on your radar this season . . .

QUIRK GALLERY trunk shows — A perfect opportunity for purchasing unique and beautiful gifts

PHARSALIA holiday workshops — From ornament-crafting to wreath-making, these workshops are ideal for those who like to embrace the holidays surrounded by crafts and nature.

STUDIO TWO THREE print workshops — Tis the season at Studio Two Three with fun classes like Holiday Photogram. The art center’s gift shop is a great option for cards and gifts too.