Best Places to Shop Locally in VB During COVID-19

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Local businesses are the heart of our community’s economy! Read on to find some Virginia Beach businesses where you can continue to shop locally!

Now, more than ever, we need to step up and show some love to Virginia Beach businesses. By continuing to shop locally at businesses and restaurants in newer, safer ways, we can help boost the local economy and come out on the other side of COVID-19 as a stronger, healthier, more resilient community!

Shop Locally at Old Beach Farmers Market

Old Beach Farmer’s Market “strives to be able to give families locally sourced foods straight from their hands to your family,” says executive director of the market, Lori Golding Zontini. Check out their Facebook page for up-to-date vendor menus, specials, and offerings! Vendors will be accepting orders online only. So, be sure to check out their Facebook page for all the Easter goodies available for pre-order and pick-up during their special Easter Drive Thru Farmers Market on 4/11/20 9-12 pm!

Forbes Candies, Inc.

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A Virginia Beach staple for local candy, Forbes has always been a FamilyApp go-to for green saltwater taffy! They’re open 10 am-6 pm through Saturday, 04/11, with new hours after Easter (Mon-Sat 10 am-4 pm, and Sunday 11 am-4 pm). You can pre-order personalized eggs, baskets, and goodies anytime online. They’ll have your order ready for curbside pickup at Forbes Candies, Inc. at Hilltop East. Pre-orders can also be placed and picked up on Saturday, 04/11 9 am-12 pm at Old Beach Farmers Market!

The Lemon Cabana

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A preppy-chic women’s clothing and jewelry store, plus beach-inspired home decor and furniture! Check out their website and browse all the unique treasures and gifts! They’re offering free delivery for orders over $95 and curbside pick up 12-4 pm every day. The wonderful ladies at Lemon Cabana are also available to chat on their social media platforms and even FaceTime appointments if you have any questions or wish to make a purchase.

Shop Locally at The Shack

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At the Shack’s Grocery Market, you can find fresh seafood and produce, grab n’ go favorites, beautiful plants, household and grocery staples — it has it all! Enjoy your shopping in a safe, clean environment at the outdoor oasis on the corner of 8th Street and Atlantic Avenue at the oceanfront. It’s open Mon-Fri 10 am-6 pm and Sat-Sun 9 am-6 pm. You can visit to order ahead for curbside pickup, view their new list of fresh items daily, and see their hours! Give them a call at 757-319-5146 if you have any questions!

Sprout Boutique

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A unique and fun children’s clothing, toy, and gift boutique offering styles for newborns up to 14 youth. Shop brands like Ruffle Butts, Tea, Kickee Pants, Jellycat plushies, Copper Pearl, and Melissa and Doug. They have plenty of goodies that are great for Easter baskets, too! Check out their featured items on Facebook! Or, you can make an appointment to shop by calling 757-422-0644!


Rock-A-Bye-Baby at Hilltop is your one-stop-shop for everything you need for the kids with a wide range of boutique items, clothes, toys, and furniture. Check out what they have to offer on Instagram and send them a direct message or call the shop at 757-962-7977! They’d be happy to set up a curbside pickup or a front porch delivery!

Shop Locally at Nectar

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Nectar is a home accessory and gift boutique located in Hilltop. Items include coastal decor, exclusive candles, and great jewelry. We hear Aspen Bay Candles (the Volcano candles) make great gifts! Check them out on Facebook where they feature cool and unique home accessories! To shop, you must call ahead first at 757-422-5400. Their current hours are Tuesday-Friday 12-3 and Saturdays 11-3. Curbside pickup and delivery are available! 

The Designer Workshop

The Designer Workshop is a trade workroom and interior design resource center, providing full fabrication services to designers. Right now, they’re working hard on making reusable and washable masks. They are accepting mask pre-orders to be fulfilled next week! Call 757-499-1651 to place your order!

Now is the Time to Shop Locally!

With all the uncertainty we’re currently facing, one thing is for sure: locally-owned businesses are the heart and soul of local culture. It’s up to us to make sure we continue to see them survive and thrive. Instead of ordering from a big chain online, try one of these gems today!

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