Are you looking for a Valentine’s Day gift? Here are a few local ideas we love. Purchase them for your loved one or use them as hints to help your significant other find the perfect present.
Artisanal Jewelry: Unique, hand-crafted pieces, like this stunning red diamond ring from Ana Cavalheiro Fine Jewelry, are sure to be timeless and treasured gifts.
A Valentine’s Day Look: For the woman who likes to dress up, this is an excellent gift idea before an evening on the town—surprise her with a new chic dress, like this beautiful one from Verdigris.
Personalized Floral Arrangements: While this may seem like a classic gift idea, talented floral designers, like those at Tourterelle Floral Design, can help you pick and/or design a spectacular arrangement that is sure to take your love’s breath away.
Artisanal Chocolates: Gone are the days of guessing which chocolates in your heart-shaped box will taste good when you order artisan, hand-crafted chocolates, like these from Charlottesville’s Kilwins.
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With all of the amazing stores in Charlottesville, it is easy to find something for everyone on your list this season. Here are some of our favorite CHO•ho Style items for the home, for her or for him to help make your search a little easier! You may even find something for yourself.
For the Home:
Six-in-One Spirit Chest in Antiqued Wood with Brass Hardware from The Shop at Monticello | $165
Antique English Mahogany Muffin Stand from Melrose Antiques | $595
Artisan-Made Wine Bottle Opener by Grandpa Gene from Horton Vineyards | $52
Hand Crafted 9″ Saute from Blanc Creatives | $210
Curry and Company La Malaquita Chandelier from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery | $4,994
Artisanal 7″ Stainless Santoku with Cholla Cactus in Resin from Monolith Studio | $500 & 8″ Damascus Chef’s Knife with Koa Handle from Monolith Studio | $700
Découpage Garden Lacquer Tray in Black from Caspari | $120
Jefferson’s Monticello Obelisk Clock from The Shop at Monticello | $1,791
John Hardy Legends Naga Three Row Bracelet in Pearl and White Moonstone from Finks Jewelers | $1,695
Leather Rachel Tote with Pouch by Fossil from Short Pump Town Center | $198
Handcrafted Whiskey Soy Candle from Lux Aromatics | $34 & Handcrafted Beer-Infused Soap from Lux Aromatics | $12
“The Vineyard” Hat with “The Traveler” Scarf from the Wine & Country Collection | $65
Harriet & Vee by Thierry Drapanis Necklace from Pour La Maison | $218
Three-Quarter-Length Princess Jacket by Joseph Ribkoff from Verdigris Clothier | $358
Stone Rose Crew Neck Sweater from Verdigris Clothier | $199
Dubarry Kerry Men’s Leather Ankle Boots from Country Club Prep Charlottesville | $399
Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch of Quartz in Stainless Steel Case with Silver Dial and Leather Strap from Schwarzschild, Keller & George Jeweler | $795
Locally-Made Navy Blue & White Wide Grosgrain Braces with Leather Tabs from Barron’s Hunter | $100
Artisanal Large Hoof Pick Belt from Wiley Brothers | $185
Be sure to check out our CHO•ho Style section in each book of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living for more of our favorite local finds!
Whether you are shopping for someone on your holiday list or are looking for the perfect look for upcoming holiday parties and events, the right jewelry is a must. We collaborated with Schwarzschild Keller & George to share some stunning pieces we are loving this season:
LAGOS Bracelets & Rings: We love the intricate detail in each masterpiece from the LAGOS “Caviar” collections. These pieces are sure to stand out from your attire.
Hearts on Fire Diamond Rings and Bracelets: These dazzling diamond pieces (below: top left and bottom) look amazing when stacked with other bracelets and rings, and can add the perfect touch of glamour to any look.
Roberto Coin and Marco Bicego White Gold Bracelets: The chic Roberto Coin bangle bracelet with 0.50 carats of diamonds and the Marco Bicego “Masai” hand-engraved bracelet with 0.21 carats of diamonds (below: top right) help create a classic and effortless holiday ensemble.
Marco Bicego Yellow Gold Necklace: The perfect finishing touch to your casual outfit, the Marco Bicego 18K yellow-gold hand-engraved “Jaipur Resort” necklace has rose cut cushion mother of pearl.
For more jewelry, or to find these pieces, visit Schwarzschild Keller & George. Be sure to also check out the CHO•ho style section of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living for more fashion.
When the holiday season begins, we are always looking for great local gifts for all the loved ones on our shopping list. Historical sites and homes like James Madison’s Montpelier are great places to look for items that showcase and exemplify our rich and unique area. Here are some of our favorites from the Montpelier Shop.
For the Kitchen
Assorted Mugs from Montpelier: $6.99–$12.99
Half-pound of Montpelier Coffee, Roasted and Blended by Shenandoah Joe Coffee Roasters: $8.99
Virginia-made Jams, Jellies, Preserves and Marmalade: $5.99–$8.99
“Taste of Country Cooking” by Edna Lewis from Orange County, Virginia: $24.99 for Hardcover Edition
Hand-blown Glass Items from Blenko Glass Company: $45–$105
For the Closet
Limited-edition Silk Scarves by Nina J. Design Studios: $40–$55
For the Living Room
Assorted Seasonal Snow Globes by Cool Snow Globes: $50–$54
Here at Charlottesville Wine & Country, we believe that Charlottesville Loves, not hates. That is why, in light of recent events on our beloved Downtown Mall, we urge you to visit the locally-owned businesses on the Mall who have struggled financially in the wake of these events.
We will be donating 100% of net proceeds from the sale of our “Charlottesville Loves” bags to the Heal Charlottesville Fund, established by the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. Please support this and other local efforts and campaigns to not only move our community forward, but most importantly, help our Downtown Mall thrive.
You can find the “Charlottesville Loves” bag locally at the following locations:
In 1966, French clothing designer Yves Saint Laurent designed Le Smoking—the first tuxedo suit for women—a move so bold for the time that most restaurants did not allow women to wear the tuxedo suits, or any pants for that matter, when dining in their establishments. Le Smoking was just one of the designer’s memorable legacies. Saint Laurent’s influence on the industry is still seen today as his ingenuity lives on in modern fashion. In a rare opportunity, lovers of fashion can view Yves Saint Laurent’s most groundbreaking work on display at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) until August 27th.
The exhibit, Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style, features 100 examples of the designer’s garments and accessories, some of which have never been seen before. The VMFA is the only venue on the East Coast to house the exhibit, which has been organized by the Seattle Art Museum in partnership with the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent in Paris.
Yves Saint Laurent’s legacy is visible throughout the exhibit, starting from his first design as a teenager, including his work that challenged gender norms in the ’60s, and culminating with a runway of the icon’s most spectacular evening gowns sorted by color.
Local Charlottesville artisan, Liz Hanson created jewelry pieces honoring Yves Saint Laurent’s distinctive style for the exhibition’s gift shop. An artist who strives for “depth and simplicity” in her work, Liz Hanson created a beautiful and bold jewelry line that echoes one of the dresses on display from Saint Laurent’s Mondrian Collection. Yves Saint Laurent’s Mondrian Collection, an homage to the work of Piet Mondrian, featured what Mondrian called “The Trinity”—primary colors red, blue and yellow—and geometric shapes. Hanson created bangles, cuffs and chandelier earrings using those primary colors and the geometric shapes that were distinctive of Mondrian’s work and Saint Laurent’s following collection. In addition, she used hand-cut ovals to create necklaces featuring the primary colors that would add a softer element to her line.
Metalsmith Liz Hanson’s jewelry displayed at the VMFA and jewelry in her Yves Saint Laurent and Piet Mondrian inspired collection.
Another feature of the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition is the inclusion of sketches and notes that offer insight to the fashion designer’s creative process. On a wall display are color swatches from 40 years of pioneer work in the fashion industry.
Yves Saint Laurent officially retired in 2002 with his final runway show, just six years before his passing at the age of 71. His character and legacy live on today in the many designers he has inspired.
Once you have completed walking through the exhibition, be sure to browse the gift shop’s carefully selected items that speak to the exhibition and show the many ways in which Yves Saint Laurent’s style and work is still influencing new works today, including Liz Hanson‘s jewelry.
Are you still looking for that perfect Mother’s Day gift? Browse this chic selection from Keller & George highlighting the beautifully designed LAGOS jewelry. Founded in 1977 by Steven Lagos, LAGOS is inspired by the elegant, virtuous, passionate woman.
Classic pendants (below, top left) make for a timeless and fashionable gift idea. Or, consider a beloved White Caviar piece, like the bracelet, ring and earrings below (bottom left). Featuring the stunning caviar beading, a signature design of LAGOS, Caviar jewelry is bold and iconic.
Consider a stylish bracelet stack (below, top right). Mix and match some of the lovely LAGOS collections, like the Maya, Diamond or White Caviar styles for a unique look. For an eye-catching gift, browse the Caviar Spark collection for jewelry that fuses the classic diamond with the Caviar style (below, bottom right).
The diverse and unique patterns of the LAGOS collection at Keller & George ensure that you can find the perfect style for the mother(s) in your life, even yourself! The collection can be browsed online or in person at Keller & George’s Millmont Street location.
With Mother’s Day approaching, we partnered with Fink’s Jewelers to create a special gift guide perfect for a mother in your life, or for your own wish list! This guide showcases some of the stunning collections at Fink’s Jewelers, like Roberto Coin jewelry (below). From timeless jewelry to trendy or even environmentally friendly gifts, we think you will find something you love in the Fink’s Jewelers Mother’s Day Gift Guide.
The ASHOKA® Diamond Halo Stud Earrings (above), are a radiant and lavish gift. The diamonds, cut by the master cutters at William Goldberg, are held to the highest standards, creating a unique and unparalleled diamond. | $13,250
The Roberto Coin Diamond Princess Flower Mini Pendant Necklace (below, left) is an elegant piece, sure to be as timeless as the mother who wears it. Perfect for the feminine woman, this necklace beautifully exemplifies the Roberto Coin collection (above) as it fuses the classic diamond with a romantic flower pattern. | $1,400
However you choose to treat the mother in your life, or if you are the mother being honored on May 14, we wish you a lovely day celebrating all the amazing things that mothers do! You can find more jewelry on the Fink’s Jewelers website or in store at their Barracks Road Shopping Center location. Visit Fink’s Jewelers on Pinterest to create your own gift guide. You can also check out the CHO•ho section of our latest Charlottesville Wine & Country Living for other fashionable ideas!
It was an exciting Sunday, April 23, at the Historic Garden Week tours in Charlottesville and Albemarle, as Charlottesville Wine & Country Living launched some of our new products from our exclusive Wine & Country (W&C) Collection to rave reviews.
Our little pop-up shop of local artisan crafted pieces, including wine & cheese items, luxury bath products, jewelry and more, all blended perfectly. The collection also included our exclusive hat scarves, W&C wine & market bags and locally crafted picnic linens made from beautiful fabrics from France as well as from charming made-in-Virginia ginghams.
The new W&C Collection will soon include our complete Countryside Fetes Collection and more over the next few months. From steeplechases, polo matches and art exhibits to music festivals, vineyard tastings and farm-to-table events, we are so excited to embrace the season in Wine & Country style. We had such a wonderful time debuting our collection this weekend and cannot wait to see you at the next event.
Living in and visiting this stunning area of ours means having a plethora of activities at your fingertips all summer long. With fly fishing, horseback riding, wine tastings, live music and more, Charlottesville certainly is a bustling corner of the countryside. With all the wonderful features of our little slice of paradise, we also enjoy wonderful shopping, whether as a pursuit on its own or in preparation for another adventure.
One of the main shopping destinations for locals and visitors alike is the Barracks Road Shopping Center, which offers a remarkably well-curated selection of local boutiques and national retailers. In a town where nothing is untouched by history, it is now considered one of the oldest in the country at 57 years of age.
Even before it became a notable shopping center, the area was already steeped in history. It should be no surprise to any Virginia native to hear its roots date back to colonial times. The road itself actually takes its name from the military barracks west of town near Ivy Farms that used to house British and German prisoners during the Revolutionary War. If you look closely at the Barracks Road logo, you will notice a rider on a horse, which serves as an ode to the Cavalry soldiers who manned the “Barracks.”
This shopping center has become an intricate part of Charlottesville life year-round, hosting events such as the Annual Holiday Parade. Hundreds of locals partake in the festival each year, welcoming Santa Claus into town for the holiday season. This 40-year-old tradition includes colorful floats, costumed characters and horse-drawn carriages.
Not to be overlooked is the prominent fountain outside of the space now shared by Panera Bread and Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Many locals have fond memories of tossing a coin and watching it ripple away. The enchanting fountain has recently been upgraded to provide a pleasant backdrop for the new, outdoor sitting area. Inviting, cozy sofas sit under a wooden trellis with twinkling lights overhead, making it the perfect place to sit and spend time with friends day or night.
The Barracks Road Shopping Center collection of stores specifically caters to the goings on around Charlottesville, whether you’re looking for sporty fishing gear, a Foxfield dress or just the right present for that UVA student.
Looking for some CHOho style? The Pink Palm is sure to fit the bill with their popular Lily Pulitzer collection or the many fashionable accessories. Kate Spade’s bold designs and crisp colors exude a sense of playful sophistication. Strappy espadrille wedges and delicate pearl earrings complement the wide selection of leather clutches, wallets and purses in this storefront. Or try the ever classic couture of White House, Black Market.