Shockoe Slip is tucked between the Central Business District and Shockoe Bottom. The name “slip” refers to a narrow passageway of land from the James River to Main Street where the former Kanawha Canal existed. The slip was necessary to load and unload goods from the large ships in the Canal. Beginning in the 1960s, Shockoe Slip was redeveloped as a district catering to upscale living and entertainment. With its historic buildings and cobblestoned streets, the Slip is still known for its restaurants and nightlife. Everywhere you turn is an amazing restaurant, bar, or historical site, all set against the beautiful Italianate architecture. The Slip is steps to the Canal Walk and a short walk to Brown’s Island for their summer concert series, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming and more. Residents to this area enjoy a short bike ride to the start of the Virginia Capital Trail, and walking to work in the Central Business District.