Virginia Diner Shoppe sets up shop in Carytown

The original Virginia Diner opened in 1929.

If you ever have out-of-state visitors, it’s your obligation to send them home with the following items: Virginia peanuts, country ham, and at least three items emblazoned with the RVA logo. It just became easier to take care of the peanuts and other Virginia items–if you so desire.

Virginia Diner Shoppe opened on June 5th at 3004B W. Cary Street. Richmond has more details.

“We’ve been trying to get into Carytown for three years,” said Stanley Mays, a co-owner of the Virginia Diner Shoppe. “We have to have foot traffic. Most of our gifts are under $20, and we have to do volume.”

Just like the three other Virginia Diner Shoppes, the store in Carytown sells the popular Virginia Diner peanuts, collegiate flags, cheekily branded hot sauces and an assortment of souvenirs. Mays said each store carries over 100 different blends of nuts.

The original Virginia Diner opened in 1929 in Wakefield. In 1979, the Galloway family bought the business and has owned it since, according to the diner’s website.

Image: Virginia Diner

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Richard Hayes

When Richard isn’t rounding up neighborhood news, he’s likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest craft beer.

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