New Dominion Bookshop
Historic Downtown Mall
404 East Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Charlotetesville is a college town, home to University of Virginia and a well-known book festival. And New Dominion Bookshop is the very proper, very genteel, store on Main Street. It’s a nice place to look at. The shelves are tall. A smart selection. It’s the oldest bookstore in Virginia — opened in the twenties.
A general trade bookshop with an emphasis on architecture and landscaping, according to the person I spoke with its strongest aspect is the fine-tuning of the inventory.
It’s also an event heavy store. Longevity is assured by the fact that they own their own building and work closely with their community. There’s a thriving rose garden out back, complete with trellis and birds. It’s not hard to miss being on historic Main.