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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  • August 8, 2017
    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 »
  • August 8, 2017
    I come here often -- it's convenient to get to right off 395, the restaurants are varied and there are some cute shops. It's nicely lit in the evenings and parking is usually available. Nail salon, co...  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    Shirlington is an excellent place to enjoy a lunch, dinner, movie theater or live productions at the Signature theater. The Arlington Library has a branch here with a very helpful staff. If you need t...  more »
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  • May 29, 2017
    Fun place to go out to eat or jog through off the 4 mile run trail and grab a smoothie. All restaurants with outdoor seating are pet friendly (bring your dog) and there are lots of cuisine choices. The library is very nice, I use the hair salon Studio Salon and Spa for years, and you can also hang out w your friends at a fun pool hall (Bungalow Billiards) or the quaint movie theater. Great little town center.
  • June 17, 2017
    Always liked this place for the variety of offerings. Restaurants for all times of day. Shopping, too, but admittedly more of a restaurant bonanza. The library with its events for kids as well the playhouse round out a complete offering for most visitors. Very dog friendly, too, with water bowls in a lot of places and a dog park across the road/stream.
  • June 29, 2017
    A great way to spend an afternoon! Good food, an active library, live theater, an indie move theater, multiple places for coffee... If you can't find something fun in Shirlington, you're doing it wrong!
  • June 13, 2017
    This village is so dog friendly and pedestrian-planned! Parking garages are available and once on foot, everything is an easy walk. Many food options! Grocery, theater, dining. I love it.
  • May 24, 2017
    Shirlington is great place to eat. Many upper class restaurants. Not the best shopping area due to lack of stores. Area has definitely achieved the neighborhood vibe with everything you need. Would be a great place to live without kids.

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