Small Business Saturday is almost here and Richmond has some fantastic locally owned boutiques with gift ideas you won’t find anywhere else. Throughout the next week, we’re going to be showcasing some of our favorites and Gather in Midlothian is up first. This charming shop is a hidden gem that, in our opinion, is a must visit.
Gather is housed in the old Hallsboro General Store that was originally built in 1850. When the building got new owners, they decided they had to bring it back to life. It was rehabbed in 2005 into what is now a beautiful retail space, but still in keeping with its original character, for patrons to shop, host gatherings, and enjoy an outdoor lunch on a warm day.
Its location is a destination–surrounded by a rural setting with gorgeous mature trees, open field and forest, and the most picturesque train tracks (looks like something straight out of a Hallmark movie); however, it’s mere minutes from some of the convenience of Midlothian.
Other than its lovely backdrop and exterior appeal, the draw to this boutique is knowing that its completely unique and that what’s inside is always a surprise.
Before even stepping foot inside this treasure you can smell the fresh aroma from the many luxury soaps and toiletries they sell. A welcome scent for a pleasant shopping experience, if you ask us. Easily imagined from the exterior, the interior space is just as characteristic of its past, with original wood flooring, antique touches everywhere, and a friendly staff to greet you.
They offer a wonderful mix of home decor items, toiletries, gifts, clothing, housewares, and more, with that rustic, country vintage feel that we all love. They like to call it “refined rustic”. Gather is an ideal spot to find those unique pieces you want for yourself, as well as gifts for any occasion that are sure not to be duplicated, and all at very reasonable prices.
There are two full stories to this shop and we had such a great time perusing and discovering all that Gather had to show us. Of course our favorites were the beautiful home decor pieces. But Gather isn’t just great shopping, they also offer lunch on their quaint outdoor patio during the warmer months. They have everything catered, so ordering at least a day ahead is a must, but it’s a beautiful setting for an afternoon with friends or a small gathering.
Visit shopgather.com for their operating hours and even more information on this local shopping destination or, better yet, visit them in person at 920 Mount Hermon Rd. Midlothian, VA 23112.