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Ellwood Thompsons Natural Market

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Ellwood Thompsons Natural MarketEllwood Thompsons Natural Market
BA SCORE
89
very good

15 Ratings
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 8.83%
[ Store ]

4 N Thompson St
Richmond, Virginia, 23221-2718
United States
phone: (804) 359-7525

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @ellwoods

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(Place added by: Darkale)
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Photo of scottstrades
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%

Ellwood Thompson has seriously cut back on their beer selection. When I began going there in 1997, they had a great selection. Since then, they have slowly reduced the selection. With the latest rounds of redesign, their selection is at an all time low. It is now more of an after thought selection. Meaning, if you already went to Carytown but forgot to go to the far superior Carytown Wine and did not want to go back, you can find a decent beer to take home, but not much more. Though as a beer buying store they no longer are of concern to beer lovers, Ellwood Thompson is still a great store. We love their cheese & bread selection, as well as organic produce and foods.

scottstrades, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of MrOH
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%

For a largish, independent natural foods market, you get what you get. The beer selection, while fairly small, is pretty good, almost all craft except for the stuff they stock for the hipsters. However, the turnover on some items is not as fast as desired, you never have any idea what will be there, and I often leave without a beer, just because nothing strikes my fancy that evening.

The service, well, it depends on who's working. Some of the employees are genuinely helpful and into what they do, but a lot of them seem to be hired purely because they look the part.

Prices on some of the food items is comparable to elsewhere, but almost every beer I've bought there and then seen elsewhere has been more expensive at Ellwood's.

If you live in the area, support the store, but don't make a big trip if you live out of town.

MrOH, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of TinusTime
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%

Another stop during my weekend in Richmond. Mainly went there to check out the produce and NICE cheese selection. The beer selection was a pleasent surprise. Not a huge selection, but very few dogs in the group.. DFH, Troegs, Unibroue all represented among others. Prices seemed in line with other beer shops in the area, which is surprising as I have found that health food stores are usually a bit higher. All in all if you are going there and need beer they will have something for you, but I would buy my cheese there and drive the 5 minutes to Carytown Wine and Beer.

TinusTime, Jul 11, 2004
Photo of nriech
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

Decent clean place. Good selection of beers if you are looking to do some pairings. Easy too since the fancy foo foo cheese is right next to the beer. :-)

Not much in the way of help when Ive been there, regarding beer anyway. Other areas of the store are great.

Selection consists of 3? coolers of a mix of 6 packs and 750s. Then there are a few more 750s in the cheese coolers. All good stuff though. Whoever orders the stock has an idea of whats going on but maybe should educate the wine staff a little more.

nriech, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

Fellow BA Darkale has written an excellent review of ET, so I'll just throw in my $.02.

Definitely a different atmosphere. Sorta "Starbuck's"-ish...lots of wool socks and sandles, alternatively-dressed, etc. people in the store. Vast selection of natural products and other "environmentally-friendly" goods.

Beer selection is very nice. Lots of singles to help you try something new. Good selection of 6- and 4-packs as well. Imports are well-represented, too.

I've been there several times and have yet to find an employee to help me. This isn't an issue with me, as I'm able to find what I want on my own. I would, however, like to meet the person who is responsible for the inventory and congratulate her and perhaps find out how she came up with the list of the inventory.

Prices seem right on par with other local establishments. As always, this place has some beers that I can't find at the other stores (and vice-versa), so E-T will continue to be a place I'll stop at every now and then just to see what catches my eye (most recently: 4-pack of DFH's 90-minute IPA in 12oz. bottles....thanks to Darkale for that tidbit of info!).

OldFrothingSlosh, Jul 15, 2003
Photo of Mantooth
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%

This is a great local fresh food market with a very nice selection of beers. It's not a world class beer and bottle shop, or a must-stop destination, Corks & Kegs is a better local choice for that. Still, I wish I had a similar grocery store near my home in NC, fresh food and a very nice selection of local and national brews. Cool place, glad I stopped by. Got some great coffee there too.

Mantooth, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of gopens44
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

gopens44, Nov 13, 2014
Photo of JFear
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

JFear, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of phisig137
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Ellwoods has cut back thier selection in the past couple years, but I feel that there is still a very nice selection there. 2 full coolers of 6 packs, with only 3 or 4 selections of macro stuff. So there are probably 20 differerent micro 6-pack slots, and a full cooler of singles. and a row of bombers. There are also 8 or so slots in the cheese case for belgians.

They do tend to be slightly higher in price (maybe $0.20 on a six pack) than others in the area. But all of the employees there are very helpful and nice.

phisig137, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Man is this place ever difficult to get to. It is in a niche T intersection parking lot where Ellwood and Thompson come together. I only saw a few sixers warm around the store, most of the inventory is in the cold case. It is a great place to pick up a six pack of good beer, but does not have a very large selection to choose from. The reason I rate the selection as good is that all the beers are well thought out, not a looser in the bunch. The prices seemed very much in line, and if I need a cold six pack, I would not hesitate to drop in again.

GCBrewingCo, Nov 25, 2003
Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +3.9%

I stopped by Ellwood Thompsons for, of course, the beer. I didn't realize it was as huge an establishment as it was; I thought it was a little market, not a specialty grocery store.

They have tons of health food and organic food, most of it pretty pricey, but that stuff's expensive, so get used to it if you go there.

The beer section's in the back of the store, where there are 6-packs and 12-packs (they featured Magic Hat and DFH when I was there), and there's a cooler where most of the bombers and other specialty beers were, also in cold 6-packs too. There were decent Belgians, some IPAs, overall a decent selection.

However, with Carytown Wine and Beer and River City Cellars so close in Carytown, I think I'll be making a once-a-month trip to Ellwood Thompsons to see if I can get something that the other stores may not have.

It's not a place featuring beer, but they do have quite a nice selection, and all of it's quality stuff. The cheese section, if you're back on that, is also pretty huge, so that's something to think about also.

asabreed, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of Eric03101
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Eric03101, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of brocktune
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

brocktune, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of Darkale
4.35/5  rDev +13%

Ellwood-Thompson's Natural Market is a non-traditional beer store, but do not let that stand in your way. We are not so awash in beer stores in Richmond that we should let a little yogurt and homeopathic herbs stand in the way of a great selection of beer.

E-T is tucked into a small strip mall at the end of Carytown, at the intersection, of course, of Ellwood and Thompson. The front of the store is full of organic produce, canned and bottled food, vitamins -- a good selection if you are into that sort of thing.

At the back of the store are a several refrigerator cases full of GREAT beer. Unibroue, Belgians (Chimay, Caracole, Gouden Carolus, Brouwerij Huyghe), Dogfish Head, Stone, Allagash, Smuttynose, Harpoon, Brooklyn, Victory, DeGroens, Anchor, St. George, Troegs, Bear Republic, and Sierra Nevada are all regularly available.

Prices are decent -- not remarkably more or less than anywhere else in Richmond. I have heard the employees talking with other folks about beer and the ones responsible for that section seem to know what they are talking about. Also, a great selection of wine can be found in the shelves in front of the beer case.

The employees at the registers can be a bit slow; E-T hires mostly kids who are a bit on the countercultural side (or at least who like to look like they are a bit on the countercultural side), and while they are all very pleasant and courteous, they don't often break a sweat. Just wait patiently, and use the time to consider which of the may beers you are purchasing you will try that night.

E-T is one of my three favorite places to buy beer. They have a couple of cases full of cold and interesting singles, which is especially nice when you are feeling experimental.

Darkale, Jun 19, 2003
Photo of Sanchezrox23
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Sanchezrox23, Apr 01, 2014
Ellwood Thompsons Natural Market in Richmond, VA
89 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.