Back To The Future at the Hollin Hall Shopping Center in Mount Vernon VA

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The Hollin Hall Shopping Center located on Fort Hunt Road has survived handsomely since it was built in conjunction with Hollin Hall Village in the late 1940's and early 1950's.

  

The facade of the Safeway at the north end of the complex is typical of the architectural design of that period. 

Although the Fort Hunt area of Mount Vernon is not an incorporated town, the Hollin Hall Shopping Center is about as close to a "downtown" as you can get.  It is two blocks long and has all of the neighborhood necessities - most of them have been there for years.

   

 

Over the years there have been several different pharmacies in tnis section of the center, but Rite Aid appears to be well established, albeit dated.

 

 

 

 

The Village Wharf, originally under the same ownership as The Wharf in Old Town Alexandria is a popular Fort Hunt eatery for both lunch and dinner. It receives satisfactory reviews fot its' crabcakes and crab soup - just like its' big brother in Alexandria.  I've had both and agree. Good crabcake reviews are important for a seafood restaurant in the National Capital Area.

 

Step into the Variety Store and you will be stepping back into the days of Woolworth's and Kresge's - it is aptly named.  The aisles are narrow and crowded, but there isn't much they do not have from seasonal items to fabrics, toys, kitchenware, cards, etc. - a real "five and dime".   My husband doesn't believe Christmas can happen until he visits the Variety Store for one of my stocking stuffers.

 

Kids Again has been in the shopping center for over 25 years - it is an extremely popular consignment shop - they take great care in assessing the merchandise they will accept.  Much of it is well known designer brands.

One of the most patronized stores is the Hollin Hall Pastry Shop.   I cannot describe it adequately, because everything they sell is "one of my favorites".

 

 

 

 

 

One of my husband's favorite activities is visiting what he calls "real hardware stores" and there is no finer example of that lost American phenomenon than the VILLAGE HARDWARE located in the shopping center.  It is in its' 28th year of operation.

 

The two most famous tourist attractions in the Mount Vernon area are MOUNT VERNON and WOODLAWN PLANTATION. However, a trip to the Hollin Hall Shopping Center will be time well spent.

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