Discover Richmond’s Artisan Culture: 6 Unique Shops and Creators to Explore

Courtesy of Knapping Press

By Emily Richardson

June 17, 2023

There’s nothing quite like a unique piece of jewelry, home decor or… anything, really. Richmond is one of the top spots to find these items made with love.

Rich with markets, artists and creators, Richmond is known for its artisan culture. Looking for a new spot to find one-of-a-kind, handcrafted goods? Check out these six shops and creators.

APOTHEC

Discover Richmond's Artisan Culture: 6 Unique Shops and Creators to Explore
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It’s so much more than a parfumerie. From soaps to candles to honey, APOTHEC’s products care for your body as much as they do your senses.

Find moisturizers, essential oils, and parfums lining the shelves of this Instagram-worthy shop in Three Chopt, or book a service like an aroma therapeutic massage or HydraFacial treatment.

All APOTHEC products are produced locally in small batches with all-natural ingredients. 

Location: 318 Libbie Ave

Bud & Thorn

Discover Richmond's Artisan Culture: 6 Unique Shops and Creators to Explore
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Everyone needs more pockets, right? Check out Bud & Thorn’s handmade infinity scarves, all of which have a hidden zipper pocket to securely store whatever you’d like. Most of their products are one-of-a-kind, and all are made by hand.

If scarves aren’t your style, these cloths can double as shawls or crossbody bags.

Check out their Facebook to find Bud & Thorn at local markets and events. You can also order from their Etsy page and receive a shipped order in fully compostable packaging.

On U

Discover Richmond's Artisan Culture: 6 Unique Shops and Creators to Explore
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On U is the spot for one-of-a-kind designer jewelry in Richmond. Designed by owner Donna Silvestri, find handcrafted necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and anklets marked by their intricate hand-knotting and crochet elements.

Stop by the Grove Avenue studio space to explore Silvestri’s designs alongside work from local artists.

Location: 5707 Grove Ave, Suite I 

Knapping Press

Discover Richmond's Artisan Culture: 6 Unique Shops and Creators to Explore
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Shop memorable and impactful stationery at Knapping Press. Born out of artist Kaitlin Knapp’s desire to connect with loved ones early in the pandemic, the shop features cards and artwork inspired by nature in both subject matter and technique: Knapp’s dyes are made from household items like coffee and avocado skins.

Knapping Press works are produced and shipped sustainably, using packaging made from partially or fully recycled materials. Cut out the middleman and visit Knapping Press at local markets and events!

White Shed Pottery

Discover Richmond's Artisan Culture: 6 Unique Shops and Creators to Explore
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White Shed Pottery, home studio of artist Ruth Anne Young, boasts ceramic works designed to be a joyful part of your everyday life. Find cups, plates, earrings, mugs, and more on White Shed Pottery’s website or at local events (you can find details on the shop’s socials).

Richmond Makers Market

Discover Richmond's Artisan Culture: 6 Unique Shops and Creators to Explore
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This curated monthly event held in Manchester, the Richmond Makers Market, invites Richmonders to explore beloved small businesses alongside up-and-coming local creators selling handmade products.

Check out Richmond’s best in craftsmanship and handiwork: candles, prints, jewelry, soaps, and more. Every month looks different and is worth checking out.

Upcoming Makers Markets include August’s celebration of National Women’s Day and Women’s Equality Day. The August event will raise funds for the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project.

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