Two malls, Tysons Corner Center and Tysons Galleria, dominate the shopping in the area. Tysons Corner Center contains more than 300 retailers and eateries and includes an American Girl store and LL Bean. The Galleria specializes in high-end retailers and includes more than 120 stores on three levels.
Between the two malls and several outdoor shopping centers, national chains are well represented. For smaller, locally owned stores, head east to Falls Church. On Broad Street (route 7 in downtown Falls Church), you can walk between shops. Pick up home repair items and knowledgeable advice from the staff at Brown's Hardware. This old-fashioned hardware store provides all the basics plus key making, tool sharpening and even glass cutting.
If you need a gift for a child, visit Doodlehopper 4 Kids. This one-stop shop carries hard-to-find educational toys, books and baby gifts, and the staff offers to wrap your gift at no extra charge.
The CD Cellar carries a vast selection of CDs, vinyl, DVDs and Blu-ray discs, much of it used but high quality. You can listen to almost everything in the shop at a listening station.
Harris Teeter holds the distinction of being the only grocery store in Tysons. Tucked away on a side street in a shared building, you access the store by parking in a garage
underneath and taking the escalator up. This surprisingly large store includes a pharmacy, an extensive salad bar and hot-food bars for when you need to get dinner on the table in a hurry.
The Wal-Mart Superstore on the western edge of Tysons contains a full grocery store. Other grocery options to the east in Falls Church include Trader Joe's and Whole Foods Market, specializing in organic foods.
A conveniently located farmers market takes place from 8 a.m. to noon year-round on Saturdays in the Falls Church City Hall parking lot, offering fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, wines and baked goods More than 40 local vendors participate during the season, but it shrinks to about 15 vendors in the winter.