SHOPPING & RESTAURANTS
For restaurant guide, see http://www.cpe.vt.edu/home/resources/restaurants.html The Blacksburg/Christiansburg area offers a wide variety of restaurants. See "Restaurants" in the yellow pages. Fast food restaurants (like Wendys, Burger King and McDonalds), serve hamburgers, fries, etc. for relatively low cost, and are available on and near campus (Johnson Student Center, Turner Street). Also, there is a food court at Squires Student Center.
Generally, a tip (a cash gratuity left on the table for the server) is expected at any restaurant where a waiter or waitress serves you. The acceptable standard is 15% to 20% of the total bill. For large groups, the restaurant may automatically add the gratuity to your bill.
Grocery stores sell a wide variety of foods and other products. The major grocery stores include Food Lion, Kroger, and Wal-Mart (see "Grocers" in the yellow pages). Most of the grocery stores are on the bus route.
Oasis World Market. http://oasisworldmarket.com/ , 1411 South Main Street, Blacksburg Square Shopping Center , Blacksburg (953-3950)
Lotus Oriental Market, 871 Kabrich Street, Blacksburg (552-3588)
Department stores (like Sears, JC Penney, Belk) offer a wide variety of products, including clothing, appliances, household items, and many other products. Discount department stores (like Wal-Mart, Kmart, Target) offer generally lower prices.
Thrift shops sell used clothing, furniture, and household items at much lower prices. Thrift shops include YMCA Thrift Shop (1000 North Main Street), Humane Society Second Time Around Store (Ellett Road), and Goodwill (Market Place, Christiansburg).
American families often sell unneeded items at "Yard Sales ." Yard sales are more common during the Spring and Summer, when the weather is warmer. See the classified ads of the newspaper.
Is it Acceptable to Bargain?
Most prices in the U.S. are fixed and cannot be changed through bargaining. Generally, bargaining only takes places when buying a car or house, or used items from an individual, like at a yard sale.
Sales tax is an extra charge added to the price of an item (generally 5.3% in Virginia), though it may be more for some items, like food at a restaurant.