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Second Place: Virginia Wayside Furniture
Third Place: Leo Burke Furniture
Once upon a time, there was a city full of stuffy, fussy furniture, brass pineapples and Laura Ashley curtains. Don't blame the poor residents; it was all they had to work with. Then in 1992, a Brit named Andy Thornton opened a Richmond location of his furniture store, LaDifférence. Richmonders' eyes opened to a world of curvy chairs and sexy sofas. LaDiff remains a destination for modern furniture pieces. The 45,000-square-foot store in Shockoe Bottom, co-owned by Thornton and his wife, Sarah Paxton, also sells gifts, home accents and children's furniture. Second-place winner Virginia Wayside Furniture is beloved for its wide selection of comfortable and elegant pieces, many of which are made in America. And Leo Burke in Carytown is the place to go for very-Richmond décor with an unexpected twist.
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