The recession has not been kind to Carytown, Richmond’s historic shopping district. But a host of businesses are opening where others failed. Here is a slideshow that highlights a few of the recent additions and departures, as well as some changes to the scenery.
Among the changes: Bang On, a T-shirt shop we wrote about last year, has closed. Coming in its place is The Healing Center.
Basilis, a Greek carryout joint, has opened in the former Carytown Seafood location.
Ben & Jerry’s closed their new location in a renovated laundromat.
Bonvenu is another new addition to the Carytown restaurant scene.
Bangles and Beads has moved next door while they remodel their old location.
A hookah shop looks like it is opening soon, judging from a peek through a papered Carytown window.
Plan 9 has replaced a large part of its CD selection to make way for lots more vinyl. CD sales have been falling nationally, while sales of records have been growing.
Secco is a wine bar that will be opening soon at the intersection of Sheppard Street.
Happy the Artist recently finished a new mural on the side of Helping Hands veterinarian surgery. BizSense wrote about them recently.
Al Harris covers commercial real estate for BizSense. Please send news tips to [email protected]