From the Neptune Statue at the Virginia Beach Boardwalk all the way down the Laskin Corridor, The Artery in the Oceanfront District is quickly becoming one of our favorite hubs for dining, shopping, and fun in Virginia Beach. Whether you need to relax and unwind or are looking to roll up your sleeves and dig in to a new crafty project, this emerging district has everything for locals and visitors alike. Here are some of our favorite spots to explore in The Artery at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

 

Glow Apothecary

 

Glow Apothecary

From holistic, high-performing skincare products, to chic, natural clothing and more, this boutique has everything you need to nourish your mind, body, and soul. 

 

The Beauty Tree Holistic Day Spa

 

The Beauty Tree Holistic Day Spa

With every service, from therapeutic massage and organic skincare, to natural nail care and more, inspired by nature, The Beauty Tree Spa is a place of healing and enrichment, and you will definitely leave refreshed and rejuvenated. 

 

SmartMouth Pilot House

 

SmartMouth Pilot House is serving up some of our favorite craft beers out of an old post-office-turned-brewery, just a block away from the boardwalk at the Oceanfront. The 8,000-square foot Seapines Station post office first opened in 1958 to help with the crowds at the main post office at the time. Today, the now-brewery regularly brings in food trucks and allows dogs in their outdoor space, which was converted from the post office’s old loading dock, so you will never want to leave. 

 

French Twist Boutique

 

The French Twist

Inspired by owner, Annie Reichhoff’s, visits to family in Paris, the French Twist offers exclusively European-inspired fashion, decor, design in this charming little boutique. From clothing, jewelry, and accessories, to candles and artwork, you will fall in love with this spot.

 

The Mermaid Factory

Mermaid Factory

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The Mermaid Factory, originally out of neighboring Norfolk, is an engaging activity for the entire family at the oceanfront. You begin with a blank mermaid or dolphin sculpture and choose your paints, materials, and decorations, then you’re on your way to a one-of-a-kind souvenir to take home with you from your trip. All mermaids and dolphin sculptures are handmade right here in Coastal Virginia of a durable casting plaster that works perfectly with whatever non-toxic acrylic paint and decorations you choose.

 

Aloha Snacks

Aloha Snacks

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For laid-back, Hawaiian vibes that will have your taste buds singing, stop in or ride your beach cruiser through the pick-up window of Aloha Snacks at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. This place fast casual dining spot offers an unbeatable local vibe with a Hawaiian-inspired menu that you have to try. Their patio is a great place to enjoy a local beer, some of our favorite local burgers or poke, and regular live music.

 

Meg’s Swimwear

 

Meg's Swimwear

A favorite stop for locals and tourists alike since 1993, Meg’s offers a variety of clothing, shoes, and accessories that are the perfect compliment to all your beach needs. No matter what summertime style you seek, there’s a good chance Meg’s has what you’re looking for.

 

AR Workshop

AR Workshop

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If you love all things DIY, but need a little help, or just want to have some fun with your friends creating charming home decor, AR Workshop is something you need to try. This boutique DIY offers hands-on classes and instructor-led workshops where you will create custom wood signs, canvas pillows, tote bags, centerpiece boxes, and more, all from raw materials. Head to the webpage to book a workshop.

 

Perked Up! Coffee

 

Perked Up Coffee

Located at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Perked Up! is a locally-owned coffee shop serving up fresh baked goods and delicious coffee. Try a classic cappuccino with one of the house-made scones, which come in flavors like coconut lime, and blueberry lemon, or one of their banana Nutella muffins. 

 

Home Republic Brewing Co.

I Am BRUT Home Republic

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Home Republic is a restaurant and brewery located in the Oceanfront District and is crafting some delicious brews. The laid-back, pub-like atmosphere is exactly what you’d expect for a resort-area brewery and the beers certainly don’t disappoint. Sip on the King Kolsch for refreshing summer brew that is a nod to the God of the Sea himself. The crisp King Kolsch also happens to pair perfectly with the richness of their mouth-watering fried mac ‘n’ cheese with gouda cream.

 

OL 2 NU

 

Ol 2 Nu

As their eclectic name implies, OL 2 NU offers custom creations made from reclaimed wood. From coastal rustic furniture to farmhouse tables and handmade craft gifts, you will be shocked to see what your old, scratched wood pieces can become.

 

Terrapin Restaurant

Terrapin

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For over a decade, Chef Rodney Einhorn has helmed this James Beard-recognized, AAA Four-Diamond restaurant, serving contemporary American Cuisine with creative use of locally sourced, seasonal farm-fresh ingredients at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Terrapin Restaurant, which has been credited for launching the farm-to-table movement in Virginia Beach, offers a warm, elegant dining room with an open view into the kitchen, giving visitors a glimpse of how the culinary magic comes to life.

 

Piscator Inc.

 

Piscator

Meaning fisherman, or angler, Piscator offers clothing and gear for those who feel drawn to the water. This home-grown company for local anglers will get you geared-up with high quality clothing for your next adventure on the high seas.

 

Grom Coast Surf and Skate

 

Grom Coast Surf & Skate

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Grom Coast has everything you need to hit the waves or the local skatepark in style. From surfboards, skateboards, bodyboards and clothing, you’ll be catching the local air in no time.

 

PlantBar

The PlantBar

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PlantBar, at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, offers workshops on creating your own air plant or succulent terrariums. Stop in anytime, pick any size terrarium, and build your masterpiece. No appointment is necessary, and prices include plants, filler, accents, and whatever else you need. PlantBar’s staff will be available to help guide you through your design and general plant care. They also offer classes, which you can sign-up to create your terrarium alongside an instructor.

 

Lemon Cabana

 

Lemon Cabana

The Lemon Cabana is your one stop shop for women’s clothing, gifts, jewelry, home decor and furniture. This unique boutique is filled with surprise finds you won’t likely find anywhere else.

 

Bikini Hut

 

The Bikini Hut

Whether you need the perfect suit for a day at the beach, or an outfit for a night out on the town, The Bikini Hut has everything you need. This local women’s clothing store has a wide selection of coastal finds that you will love.