Shopping in Virginia Beach
17th Street Surf Shop
Within a stone’s throw of the beach, this large, well-organized store is one-stop shopping for surfers. Brands like Billabong, Quicksilver, Roxy, O’Neill, Rainbow, and Reef are all represented in the clothing section, while leashes, wax, fins, and other surf equipment are on display throughout the shop. Six other locations have sprung up throughout the region, but this beachy branch is the most atmospheric and convenient to the boardwalk.
Need a new beach read? In addition to stocking bestsellers, magazines, and movies, the newly opened Books-A-Million boasts a large interactive children’s area and an espresso bar with an ample seating area where parents can sip cappuccino and preview their literary choices before they buy.
Stock up on picnic supplies at Virginia Beach’s very own Farmer’s Market, open year round. A butcher shop, cheese stand, and organic foods section provide basic supplies for a lunch on the beach, while homemade hams, plants, and flowers make pretty gifts. Saturdays bring live music performances of various genres to the market.
When the weather is rainy and chilly on the beach, both locals and visitors migrate inland to Lynnhaven Mall, a shopping complex that shelters over 180 stores (including Barnes & Noble, H&M, Old Navy, Jessica McClintock, the Disney Store, Gap, and Macy’s) and an 18-screen AMC movie theatre.
Mellow Mermaid Studio
The retro, beach-inspired home decor for sale at the Mellow Mermaid Studio is the handiwork of local artist Lori Goldwag. Visitors looking to take home a whimsical reminder of the seashore (or those lucky enough to be furnishing their own beach houses) enjoy the selection of one-of-a-kind garden art, furniture, artwork, and vintage-style photo albums.
Provided they have cash to spare, women hoping to update their vacation wardrobe can’t do much better than Moorea Boutique. This cool shop handpicks sundresses, cashmere wraps, and designer jeans from labels like Alice & Olivia, Miss Sixty, and True Religion. Beauty products and funky accessories round out the offerings at this stylish, feminine boutique.
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