Why shop local? Each dollar you spend at an independent business returns three times more money to our local economy than one dollar spent at a chain!

Shop Small

At Selden Market you can find the best gifts that support small local businesses. A one-of-a-kind experience in a historic venue, the market gives a home to inspired shops from Norfolk’s up and coming retailers and restauranteurs. There’s no place better to shop small and hyper-local. On your way out, swing through the Slover Library gift shop for a literary-inspired present for the book lover in your life.

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Monticello Arcade

Monticello Arcade might be the hidden holiday gem of Downtown! Snap a selfie with the beautiful tree in the historic building’s atrium and then shop for gift cards at VIP Nail Salon or find luxurious gifts and cheeky items for men and women at the boutique in Smooth.

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Dinner On You

You can’t go wrong with a restaurant gift certificate as a holiday gift. Give a gift certificate from one of the many independent and local Downtown restaurants. You can even give a gift certificate to Downtown Norfolk Restaurant Week this January. Just click here to order through DNC.

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The Mall Has It All

We are so lucky to have MacArthur Center in Downtown to cover all your shopping needs, with one million square feet of retail offerings and an ever-growing collection of small and independent boutique shops.

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Get It on Granby

Once lined with Norfolk’s iconic department stores, Granby Street is now home to unique retail and independent, local restaurants. The historic buildings hold great opportunities for gift inspiration from retailers like Prince Ink, The Rustic Tart and Sole Food Kicks.

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Main Street Merchandise

Main Street is home to everyone’s favorite local bookstore Prince Books (celebrating 37 years in Downtown!) and the recently renovated and full stocked VisitNorfolk’s Mermaid Market.

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Support the Small Businesses That Make Downtown Norfolk Special!


Cardi • The CBD Shoppe • Cardinal Skate Shop • Cream • d'Art Center • The Fixx • For All Hand Kind • Garden Gazebo • Hamilton Perkins •  Holly's Kollectibles • Hummingbird Macarons & Desserts • Joost • KOR Vintage • Lemon Seed Designs • Lorak Jewelry • Loud Accessories • Mad Hatter Studio • Nexus • P.O.P. • Pop Culture Gourmet Popcorn • Prince Books • Prince Ink • Pure Lagos • Rootz • The Rustic Tart • Selden Optometry • Skin a Medical Spa • Smooth • Sole Food Kicks • Spruce Home & Design • Stark & Legum • Silver Stream • Surplus • Tinto Wine & Cheese • Velvet Witch • Vessel Craft Coffee • Werther Leather Goods 


219 American Bistro • 456 Fish on Granby • aLatte Cafe • Baxter's Sports Lounge • Big Easy Oyster Bar • Brick Anchor Brew-House • Byrd & Baldwin Bros. Steakhouse • Cafe Crema • California Burrito • Chartreuse Bistro • Chicho's • Circuit Social • Commune • Cork & Co. • Culture • Cure Coffeehouse & Brasserie • d'Egg Diner • Famous Uncle Al's Hot Dogs & Grill • Freemason Abbey Restaurant • Gershwin's • Gourmet Gang • Grace O'Malley's Irish Pub & Restaurant • Granby Bistro • Granby Street Pizza • Grain • The Green House Kitchen • The Grilled Cheese Bistro • Hair of the Dog • Hell's Kitchen • Hokkaido Sushi Bar • Jhane's Sweet Lounge • La Hacienda • Lamia's Crepes • Leone's • The Lizard at Prince Books • Luce Restaurant • Miss Teas Southern Kitchen • Monastery • Norfolk Seafood Co. • Norfolk Tap Room • Omar's Carriage House • Plaza Azteca • Pokey • Rama Garden • Riverbank • Saffron Indian Bistro • Saint Germain • Saltine • Sanctuary • Scotty Quixx • Slide Thru Fam • Southern Eats • The Stockpot • Stripers • Tap It Local  • Todd Jurich's Bistro • Town Center Cold Pressed • Urban Ice  • Varia • Voila! • Ya Ya Asian Gourmet House • Zeke's Beans & Bowls