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Village at Shirlington, Arlington

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The Village at Shirlington opened as Shirlington Shopping Center in 1944, and was the first large shopping center to open in the Washington, D.C. suburbs and one of the earliest in the United States. It is located along Campbell Avenue (formerly South 28th Street) at the intersection of Shirley Highway and Quaker Lane / Shirlington Road in Arlington, Virginia. The center has been known since the mid-1980s as The Village at Shirlington.HistoryThe center was originally developed by Joseph Cherner, automobile dealer and banker, on a 23 acre site to provide for the basic shopping needs of the nearby sprawling Parkfairfax, developed by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, and the Defense Homes Corporation development at Fairlington. He established the Shirlington Corporation in August 1943, and the first store opened in June 1944. The center expanded gradually, with an increasing variety of retail offerings. In 1947, the local women’s clothing chain Jelleff's chain opened a 7000sqft store; its fourth branch and first suburban location. It was also known as ‘’’Shirlington Business Center’’’. By the time of its fifth anniversary, there were 48 stores operating in the shopping center. In addition to Jelleff's, there was an Acme supermarket, F.W. Woolworth, Singer Sewing Center, Fanny Farmer candy, Firestone as well as standard local offerings, such as a Shirley Food Store. In 1951, the center expanded with 25 additional stores.
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  • Came here on a Friday night (I know it's a Friday night and a lot of people go out) but it took almost 40 minutes to find parking. There are a few garages, a parking lot AND street parking, still not ...  more »
  • The Village is great for cuisine and in warm weather the sidewalk cafe style reigns supreme for people and animal watching. In winter there is a festive feeling and the crowds move indoors for great f...  more »
  • If these close... is a good place to out to eat, go to the cinema or out of cups... has with parking
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  • Looking for great food, shopping and a theater in a village like setting? Look no further than the Village at Shirlington. This quaint little city is close to 395 but feels like it should be hundreds of miles away in a small but bustling town. Shirlington offers tins food options, shopping options and even hosts a local theater company, has a small library and a movie theater that's been updated with recliner seats and a small beer and wine bar. Looking for a fun day away from the city? Come see what The Village at Shirlington has to offer.
  • it's only a few blocks long but it's a great spot for happy hour. very dog friendly. tons of outdoor seating. four or five parking structures provide plenty of spaces. just off 395 makes it super easy to Uber. there's also a bus terminal if you're advanced at transit. No metro, Pentagon city is probably the closest stop.
  • Just a nice relaxing place for families, couples, and young adults to walk through with a variety of food options. Most places serve alcohol so it's a great place to go for a date night if you can't decide on a restaurant beforehand.
  • All the dog loving amenities my kids luved!😍 Also the Xmas decorations.
  • Cute neighborhood that's filled with great restaurants and fun shops... Parking can be tricky during the day. The parking garages open after 5p to the public.