Heading to Urbanna for the oyster festival or just for a getaway from the city? This town may be tiny, but it has several boutiques you’ll certainly want to discover. And, in case you were wondering, most Urbanna shops do stay open during the Urbanna Oyster Festival. I wondered if they might close in order to avoid crazy crowds—instead as one of the ladies at Cyndy’s Bynn informed me, they stay open for their busiest business weekend of the year. Because I’m sure these stores are totally packed during the festival, though, you might want to plan a day or weekend visit another time. Trust me, the shopping (and relaxing views and food and fun) is worth the drive.
R.S. Bristow Store
This store has been in operation since it opened as a general store in 1876 and if you browse the shop today you might notice a few old boxes stacked on the shelves behind the counter. The current inventory is more dedicated to apparel and accessories with a sophisticated selection. On my recent visit, I ended up bringing home a wonderfully comfortable three-quarter-length sleeve tee in a stylish black-and-white bohemian print. I also loved browsing druzy jewelry, insulated nautical tote bags, sweaters, scarves, and more. Make sure to look high and low as the store is packed with inventory.
Marshall’s Drug Store
While you’re at R.S. Bristow, make sure to wander down the street to the owners’ other business, Marshall’s Drug Store for a trip back in time. Along with your typical pharmacy items, you’ll find a selection of gifts as well as an old-fashioned soda fountain with food and ice cream. Follow the Marshall’s Soda Fountain Facebook page to view daily specials.
This is your destination for resort wear, ranging from Lilly Pulitzer summer-all-year-long prints to more subdued, sophisticated horse country fashions. I fell in love with Lowe Tide’s jewelry selection, which ranged from designer to costume, and ended up bringing home a pair of sparkly pearl-and-rhinestone earrings that were only about $25 and a pendant that was cast from an oyster shell—yes I gave in to oyster fever and I regret nothing.
Urbanna Harbor Gallery
Representing more than 70 artists and craftspeople, Harbor Gallery is the place to browse local art. The gallery is also a custom frame shop. The gallery will be renovating this winter, so make sure to check the hours before you go.
Don’t miss this boutique that’s a little past the rest of the Urbanna downtown boutiques in front of the IGA grocery store. Cyndy’s Bynn might look small from the outside, but inside it’s quite spacious, hosting a wide selection of apparel, shoes, jewelry, purses, and gift items. The owners of this store must be Marco Style Kindred Spirits because I instantly fell in love with the selection of sparkly, shiny footwear. I ended up taking home some sparkly black cowboy boots that were available in several shades—at only about $100 they were a great deal. Apparently Cyndy’s Bynn ships these boots around the nation to dedicated fans. I also snagged a pair of black loafers that were covered in rhinestones and a red vintage-inspired car coat that looks retro glam.
ReSail is Urbanna’s consignment boutique. Check the hours before you go. I happened to be in town on a Wednesday, which is the day the shop is closed during “summer hours.” From the window, though, it looked like a well curated selection of like new clothing, accessories and jewelry that would be perfect for a weekend away. It’s on my list for a return visit!
Urbanna Shopping Parking
Street parking is available in downtown Urbanna. Just make sure to read the street signs to be sure you’re in spot where you can stay for a few hours.
Getting to Urbanna
Urbanna is about an-hour-and-ten-minute relaxing drive from Richmond, Va. The small town also features numerous restaurants and lovely water views so you can make it a lovely day trip.