In 2002, Staunton, Virginia won the prestigious Great American Main Street Award, and it is still deserving of recognition among shoppers who visit the historic city, with its shops, boutiques, and antiques purveyors. On any given day downtown, you may find yourself serenaded by musicians, or drawn into an impromptu summertime dance recital by a group from the Staunton Performing Arts Center.

If you're not familiar with the Statler Brothers a visit to the Statler Brothers Gift Shop on Augusta Street will remedy that. Calling Staunton home, the four Statler Brothers have been warbling for over 40 years, starting as backup vocals for Johnny Cash in 1964. Anyway, they now have a gift shop with their music (remember Flowers on the Wall?), related souvenirs, and gifts.

In an antique town, you're bound to find antique shops and Staunton is the place for that. In particular is 17 East Beverley Antiques in the historic downtown area, hosting over 15 antique dealers with everything from "primitives" to pottery and advertising to artwork. Combine your shopping with a historic walking tour and you're back in time. Pick up the Staunton Antiquers Guide at the Visitors' Center to find at least a dozen stores with everything from estate jewelry, books, clocks and more and two great thrift stores.