These Four Walls specializes in unique, quirky home goods fashioned by craftspeople around the world and the greater Richmond community. Husband-and-wife owners Hank and Angie travel to locales as disparate as Peru and Narnia to find eclectic, often organic or recycled furnishings, accent pieces, and objets d'art. Wash your hands with Row House Soap ($5) made by local artisans and dry them on a decorative towel ($10.50), all the while being silently serenaded by a musician statuette ($14) fashioned from nuts and bolts. Whimsical metal cows ($25) enjoy the aromatherapeutic benefits of scented Trapp candles ($30). Even crafty tots can get in on the action, ogling a fanciful array of toys including the miniature monster-footed stilts ($10.50), manufactured with no harm to monsters, ogres, and/or bogeymen.
Strawberry Fields invites fresh, artfully attired seasonal flowers to its bounteous bouquets. Prospective decorators may select one of the shop’s signature styles and then work with veteran petal primpers to design a one-of-a-kind composition of colors and aromas. A splash of roses in a day brightener ($40+) buoys spirits more gracefully than a squad of professional cheerleaders, and signature arrangements ($50+) overflow with an array of warm hues and mingling fragrances. For a touch of greenery or to expand scale recreations of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, customers can craft a proper plant arrangement ($35+). All prices vary based on the type and number of flowers.
Feathernesters' proprietors, Marc Goswick and Tony Turner, scour their local farmers' market for fresh produce and eggs they transform into elegant spreads that have earned praise from RVANews. Marc, an avid gardener and cook, draws on homegrown recipes handed down from his mother and grandmother to craft the tasty creations found in Feathernesters' bakery. Among these creations, the signature buttermilk pie reigns supreme, earning a mention in Richmond magazine for the care Marc takes when making each pie fresh by hand every morning.
During afternoon tea, fingers emerge from their bowling-ball hiding places to pluck sandwiches and fresh scones from a two-tiered tea tray as loose-leaf tea blends steep in personal pots, peppering the air with floral aromas. Brunch in the tearoom plays host to a smorgasbord of all-you-can-eat goodies, including baked Virginia apples with cinnamon and brown sugar, seasonal fruit, and Southern cheese grits. After meals, patrons can peruse Feathernesters’ 5,000-square-foot shop laden with vintage jewelry, handmade folk art, and hand-painted furniture arranged in displays designed by Tony. Marc and Tony also welcome parties to the tearoom, with events for all occasions from bridal and baby showers to tea parties for children aged 5–10 and child-sized cornhusk dolls.
Fab’rik has garnered a lot of praise and wolf whistles from the press thanks to its wide range of women’s apparel and accessories. With the change of seasons imminent, stock up on winter fashions so that you’re not forced to craft makeshift loincloths out of Christmas tree skirts when the fall outfit you’re wearing magically vanishes. Attract admiring looks with a paisley silk top ($52) or dazzle lumberjacks with a pair of suede chain flats ($28) during flirtatious log-rolling contests. A striking fringe one-shoulder dress ($58) will give you the power to turn heads of passersby and sashay past territorial badgers unharmed, while the big buddha carrie handbag ($68) comfortably accommodates knickknacks and jars of nail clippings. Fab’rik’s helpful, fashion-forward staff is on hand at all times to help you piece together gorgeous get-ups for your life-size action figures, and will dislodge the heads of any customers who mistake a pair of skinny jeans for a top.
A champion for safe, earth-friendly child rearing, Franklin Goose presents parents with an array of creative and practical organic, natural, and chemical-free supplies for youngsters of all ages. Cloth-diapering essentials, such as Thirsties Duo Wrap Snap, adjustable to two sizes, comes in an array of stylish patterns ($13.75). Babybjorn’s soft bib boasts a quick-clean material and a clever pocket ideal for catching errant crumbs and pet hamsters ($11.99). A Green Sprouts gator, hippo, or pig bath puppet can transform a bath into a playful event and a venue for rehearsing for aquatic operas. A charming newsboy cap ($20) keeps pintsize heads warm and stylish, and a Green Babies “Totally Bananas” romper swaddles either boys or girls in organic cotton accented with nickel-free snap closures ($34).