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April 11, 2014

Everything WILLIAMSBURG Moves to New Location in Merchants Square

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., (April 11 , 2014) – Colonial Williamsburg’s retail shop “Everything WILLIAMSBURG” has moved from its previous location on Henry Street to new space in the heart of Merchants Square. To celebrate the opening of the new location, a Leicester Longwool ewe and her newborn lamb from Colonial Williamsburg’s rare breeds program will be on hand from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 19 during the Farmers Market, weather permitting.

Colonial Williamsburg coach and livestock staff members will be on hand to discuss the rare breeds program and allow photographs of the lambs. Plush stuffed lambs and infant lamb blankets are among the Colonial Williamsburg products available for sale in the store.

“The opportunity to move to the larger store in the heart of Merchants Square is very exciting,” said Teresa West, director of retail stores for Colonial Williamsburg. “The new space allows us to expand our presentation of existing merchandise and develop additional categories.”

The store offers sundries such as aspirin and sunscreen for the convenience of visitors in addition to WILLIAMSBURG merchandise that includes 18th-century and 21st-century toys and games, soaps, souvenirs, children’s jewelry, seasonal products, Colonial Williamsburg books, collectibles and stationery. Food and beverage items include tavern ginger ale and root beer, snacks, American Heritage chocolate products as well as Old Stitch and Dear Old Mum beers brewed by Williamsburg AleWerks for Colonial Williamsburg.

The store is located at 415 W. Duke of Gloucester Street in the space vacated by the Toymaker of Williamsburg, which had been a fixture in Merchants Square for four decades.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation preserves, restores and operates Virginia’s 18th-century capital of Williamsburg as a 21st-century center for history and citizenship. Innovative and interactive experiences, such as the street theatre Revolutionary City® and the RevQuest: Save the Revolution!TM series of technology-assisted alternate reality games, highlight the relevance of the American Revolution to contemporary life and the importance of an informed, active citizenry. The Colonial Williamsburg experience includes more than 400 restored or reconstructed original buildings, renowned museums of decorative arts and folk art, extensive educational outreach programs for students and teachers, lodging, culinary options from historic taverns to casual or elegant dining, the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club featuring 45 holes designed by Robert Trent Jones and his son Rees Jones, a full-service spa and fitness center, pools, retail stores and gardens. Philanthropic support and revenue from admissions, products and hospitality operations sustain Colonial Williamsburg’s educational programs and preservation initiatives.

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