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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  • Shirlington Village is a great area for entertainment and food! In the past two weeks we went to the Signature Theatre to see Crazy For You and two movies at the remodeled AMC theater which has very c...  more »
  • Very small but nice village with good restaurants for branch, dinner etc.. The best cinema I've ever been to!!!  more »
  • Shirlington is a special place with live performances at Signature theater, AMC theater and so many choices of eateries all in one cosey block. Highly recommend for all who visit Washington D.C. Area  more »
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  • This is a wonderful pedestrian friendly area. An array of restaurants to satisfy almost any palate from good old American fare to Thai or Indian cuisine. There are a few sweet shops thrown in the mix as well. AMC has a fine movie house and one theater has reserve seating for you just-in-timers. There is also a live theater and and library. All of this within a short walk of each other. Great for a date night or day.
  • I've lived in this neighborhood for over a decade and totally love the quaintness, the urban feel in a small space of with beautiful (dog) parks and trails connecting and surrounding Shirlington. Family friendly, date night and breakfast/ brunch spots. It's good all the time, yes.
  • The Village of Shirlington is amazing. Utilize the free parking garages and don't bother with street parking. There are a ton of shops and restaurants to choose from. Grab a beer at Capitol City Brewing to start and make your way around. There are way too many stores to count, but if you find yourself in the area, enjoy the walk. It's such a friendly layout.
  • 5 stars for restaurants. -5 stars for parking. Despite Arlington County's wish to have all people walk and live in "urban villages," it's not a reality. So, I infrequently come here to visit phenomenal restaurants and face the parking struggle.
  • What a wonderful little place. I'll definitely be back. What a wonderful shopping place and a beautiful little community

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