The district’s mix of almost exclusively locally-owned retailers and restaurants set it apart from many shopping and dining districts in the country.
Carytown, the Mile of Style, got some recognition this week from ABC News, who picked up an AP wire story praising the Richmond shopping and dining district. AP writer Dorothy Abernathy shared her thoughts on what makes Carytown so unique, saying:
Carytown is a ¾-mile stretch of shops and restaurants a few miles west of downtown Richmond, Virginia, near the museum district. It’s where I tend to go when I’m having trouble finding the right gift or just want to have a pleasant afternoon window-shopping. The neighborhood hosts several annual events, including the Watermelon Festival, Chalk up the Town, Savory Strolls and Halloween Scarytown.
The architecture is an eclectic mix, with many of the businesses in converted row houses painted in bright colors. Carytown also is home to Cary Court, described on Carytown’s website as the “oldest outdoor shopping center on the East Coast.” The neighborhood is a favorite among locals but attracts tourists, too.