WILLIAMSBURG-Three empty storefronts on Duke of Gloucester Street in Merchants Square will soon be occupied.
J. Fenton Gallery, which is currently located on S. Henry Street, is moving a block over to Merchants Square later this summer. It will occupy the space where the former The Toymaker of Williamsburg and later Everything Williamsburg gift shop used to be.
J. Fenton Gallery carries artisan jewelry and fine American handcrafts in wood, glass, ceramics, and metal as well as women’s clothing, accessories, and other gift items.
Another clothing store is also returning to Merchants Square. R. Bryant, Ltd., which specializes in traditional menswear, first opened in Merchants Square in 1981. The store closed in March after the retirement of its owner, but recently announced plans for a grand reopening in the fall of 2021.
Meanwhile, activity has been spotted inside the space that was formerly Williams-Sonoma kitchen store, which closed in January 2020. A building permit has been issued for the location, which was most recently a Simply Southern Popup store. Colonial Williamsburg, which owns the properties within Merchants Square, has not released specifics on what will soon occupy the space.
“Plans have not yet been finalized for the old Williams Sonoma storefront,” said Amy Ritchie, community affairs manager for The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. “We hope to make an announcement about new businesses coming to Merchants Square in coming months.”