We love museums. They're the best. Sometimes we love the museum gift shop as much as the museum, maybe even a little more in very, very rare instances. If you're someone who likes the shop more than the art or history, we've got an amazing event for you this weekend at the Library of Virginia on Broad Street.
The Museum Stores of Richmond Holiday Shoppers' Fair brings together more than a dozen of the region's best gift shops under one roof! You'll be able to shop the likes of: Agecroft Hall, Beth Ahabah Museum & Archives, Chesterfield Historical Society, Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Library of Virginia,Poe Museum, Preservation Virginia (John Marshall House & Scotchtown), Richmond Railroad Museum, Science Museum of Virginia, the Valentine, Virginia Historical Society, Virginia Holocaust Museum, Virginia State Capitol and the Virginia War Memorial!
We've got 5 awesome, locally made selections here from the Valentine's recently retooled gift shop (check out our post about why you need to see the new Valentine here.)
1. Paper Cut Holiday Ornament
This paper cut holiday ornament by Janet Lynch is produced in the German tradition of Scherenschnitte and would make a perfect holiday gift.
2. MEAT JUICE GROWLERS
We've made no secret that Meat Juice is our favorite thing at the Valentine and the folks at Big Secret (see what we did there?) have brought this iconic tonic back to life in growler form. These growlers are amazing.
3. RVA Baby bib and Nursing towel
Your baby probably can't drive yet, but there's no reason they can't show off the RVA logo too. Hook them up with this sweet bib/towel combo so your baby can properly rep the RVA.
4. Valentine Soap
The Valentine is so fancy they have their own soap made by Cricket Cove Soap in Glen Allen.
5. RVA Pillows
These RVA pillows by RVA Pillow Works are awesome. The Valentine will be bringing the RVA all over and Monument Ave Icons print pillows.
6. RVA Map Print
Here's the thing, you go on Etsy and you look for a cool map print and somebody wants $60 for something they printed on their computer except they call it a giclee because they want it to sound more involved than pressing a button. These Studio Two Three prints are screen printed by hand.
7. Meat Juice T-shirt
We love the meat juice. This is meat juice as t-shirt.
The shopper's fair runs 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.