FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 18, 2007
Contact: Jennifer M. Guild, Senior Officer for Public Relations and Marketing
(804) 342-9665 email:
Where Do You Go For the Virginian Who Has Everything?
Capitol Restoration and Expansion Includes First-Ever Shop
Richmond, VA – With customers like Governor Tim Kaine and former Lieutenant Governor John H. Hager, your store had better be in tip-top shape. And The Capitol Shop: A Virginia Historical Society Store did not disappoint at the Virginia Capitol Preview Gala on Monday, April 30, 2007. The Shop, part of the underground Capitol Extension project, is operated by the Virginia Historical Society (VHS).
"We are a great resource for gifts for Virginians to give and receive," said Doris Delk, Retail Operations Director for the VHS. "There are a number of products with the state seal and Virginia emblems, as well as unique items like prints featuring the Capitol and Richmond."
The VHS signed a two-year contract with the Virginia Capitol Foundation to operate the Shop, the first ever within the Capitol complex. The Shop features nearly 800 square feet of merchandise celebrating all things Virginia. The Capitol Shop will carry products similar to the Museum Shop, located in the lobby of the VHS, but will also have distinct items relating specifically to the Capitol. Visitors will also enjoy browsing the impressive selection of Virginia history books.
The Shop, located just inside the new Capitol Restoration and Expansion, opened to the public Tuesday, May 1, 2007, after the rededication ceremony. Proceeds from Shop sales benefit the Virginia Historical Society and the Virginia Capitol Foundation, both non-profit organizations.
Delk said the first few weeks have been very successful. She added, "The Capitol Shop is a great way to introduce the many visitors that come through the Capitol every year to the Virginia Historical Society."
The Capitol Shop: A Virginia Historical Society Store is open to the public Monday–Saturday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm (except holidays).
The Virginia Historical Society is located at 428 N. Boulevard. The Story of Virginia, An American Experience, a 10,000-square-foot exhibition with more than a thousand objects covering all of Virginia history from prehistoric
times to the present is featured in the Robins Center for Virginia History. Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am - 5pm
and Sunday 1pm - 5pm (Museum Galleries only). Admission: $5/adults, $4/seniors 55+ ($2/Tuesdays–galleries
only), $3/children and students, free/members. Admission to the galleries is free on Sundays. For group tour
information, call (804) 342-9652. For more information, please call (804) 358-4901 or visit