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The Riches of Richmond

The magic of the holiday season can be found in downtown Richmond.

Shop for a memory, find a unique treasure, stay for the day, dine with abandon and, maybe, spend the night in a charming bed and breakfast. The past is closer than you think, the future is just around the corner, and the present is in everything around you in charming Richmond.

Just like Richmond shopping adventures, the residents are an eclectic mix. Descendents of the original settlers of 1838 and hundreds of new homeowners seek quaint, serene neighborhoods just south of the Wisconsin border and on the shores of Nippersink Creek. You’ll feel at home here when you visit for a few hours, days or longer.

Learn the legends of yesteryear through visions of lace, custom furniture, time-tested tools, colorful dishes and every possible accessory. Consider a driving tour of vintage homes with accompaniment from a travelogue CD available at the Richmond-Spring Grove Chamber of Commerce.

Is it antiques you seek? Visit one or all of the many antique shops in the historic part of town. Scan the windows, walk the aisles and ask questions of the owners. There is a story behind almost every item on display.

Unique gifts await you and your loved ones when you shop up, down and all around town. Browse the antique shops or visit any one of Richmond’s specialty shops: Kelly’s Leather Works; Celtic Home & Hearth; Paw Prints; The Wise Woman; Wool, Warp & Wheel and Ginger Blossom. Shed light on your good taste in décor with help from the experts at Caravelle Lighting, representing more than 40 lighting manufacturers for over 30 years.

Drop into Anderson’s Candy Shop at 10201 Main Street, Richmond’s oldest tradition, making hand-dipped chocolates and confections since 1919. The family has three generations of candy-makers and has been honored with “Best In the USA” by “Consumer Digest,” “L.A. Times” and “New York Times.” If you miss this part of the trip, you missed a little bit of heaven and a lot of Richmond tradition.

For a fabulous, fun and food-filled adventure, start your evening at Olive Black Martini & Wine Lounge at 5607 West Broadway. Experience an authentic 1940s-era martini lounge with dozens of delicious martinis, elegant décor, soft lighting and live jazz. Gourmet appetizers and desserts compliment a full selection of spirits to lift yours.

Paisano’s on Broadway is fast becoming a favorite for more than a hundred miles around. Owned by Phil and Karen Gilardi, this Italian bistro offers full bar service and the most delectable Italian fare.

Other area dining establishments include J.W. Platek’s Restaurant & Brew Pub, Dilar’s Restaurant and Heuer’s Restaurant. Doyle’s Pub & Eatery on Route 12 and Mill Street has a historic Irish flair and a fine following year round.

If you haven’t had enough, you must scoop the loop and pop into Skoopers Ltd. for homemade fudge, ice cream and old-fashioned malts. After lunch, after dinner or anytime, Skoopers satisfies the sweet tooth in young and old alike.

This holiday season, the Richmond Business Partners is hosting the first annual Clark Griswold House Decorating Contest. The first place winner will have their name engraved on an official trophy and receive a $150 gift card for Van’s Supermarket. Expect to see lots of bright lights on holiday nights.

Decked out in its finest, the shops and stops of Richmond will touch your heart with fond affection for years to come. The holidays or any day in Richmond is better than a day somewhere else!

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