Best of Columbia SC 2022 - Shopping

Posted On July 2, 2022

Appliance Store

Jeffers McGill Appliance & Furniture


Jeffers McGill has earned its sterling reputation through many decades of dependable service to South Carolinians. Don’t just think “appliances.” At this retailer, furniture, including mattresses, is available in a wide variety. Whether you’re setting up your first home, improving a long-time residence, or moving into your dream home, Jeffers McGill Appliance & Furniture can help you find the right fit. Need an entire bedroom suite or just one chair? Either way, they have what you’re searching for!

Art Gallery

OTM Gallery  


Julia Moore, an artist and art educator from Columbia founded Over the Mantel (OTM) Gallery 

in 2013 with the purpose of providing original artwork to the community at affordable prices. She and her Artistic Director, Julie Coffey, felt the city needed a gallery that appealed to its fast-growing population and broadening diversity. OTM currently represents over 30 Columbia-based artists as well as a select few from the southeast who have inspired the local art scene with their distinctive techniques. 

Bike Shop

Outspokin’ Bicycles


Sales? Service? Know-how? Advice? All this is available at the Columbia and Irmo locations of Outspokin’ Bicycles. Outspokin’ has earned a reputation as the go-to bicycle shop in the Midlands for riders of all experience levels. Whether you are beginner or are a seasoned cyclist, this shop has what you need. They offer the latest in technology and bike design, even offering electric bikes. At the other end of the spectrum, youngsters just beginning their bike odyssey can find the right bike and look forward to a lifetime of help and resources at Outspokin’. 


Mid Carolina Marine


Mid-Carolina Marine is centrally located in this fantastic boating state right near the Congaree River and only 20 minutes away from beautiful Lake Murray. They keep a large inventory of freshwater and saltwater fishing and cruising boats year-round, offering leading brands such as Scout, Sportsman, Grady White, Stingray, War Eagle, and Berkshire. Mid-Carolina Marine also has an unmatched parts and service team who is committed to keeping you out on the water enjoying fishing and relaxing for years.

Bridal Boutique

Bella Bridesmaids


Bella Bridesmaids is a network of 50+ franchises owned and operated by a group of dedicated and inspiring entrepreneurs offering dresses for wedding attendants in a vast range of colors and styles. They recognize that every bride has her own vision and that every bridesmaid is unique. Bella showrooms offer hundreds of styles from the world’s leading designers. Your personal stylist can guide you through the fabrics, colors, and styles to find the perfect look for your dream day, helping make your wedding vision a reality.

Car Dealership

Dick Dyer & Associates


Three generations of the Dick Dyer family are investing their careers into the family business, making sure that their reputation of superior sales and service is upheld. For over 50 years, Dick Dyer and Associates has offered both new and pre-owned quality automobiles. Great financing options are available to make a beautiful Volvo or Mercedes within your reach. Stop by their state-of-the-art showroom today and speak with a friendly, qualified sales professional who can help you find the car of your dreams. 

Clothing Kids

Duck Duck Goose 


Your precious little ones are only young once, and the darling baby and children’s clothing at downtown Columbia’s Duck Duck Goose children’s boutique can help you make the most of every moment. Whether you need a special outfit to bring your newborn home from the hospital in, matching sibling outfits to wear when capturing priceless family photos, or just a sweet outfit for an average day, Duck Duck Goose has beautiful, timeless options that you are sure to adore. 

Clothing Men

Craig Reagin Clothiers 


Craig Reagin Clothiers took a chance on downtown Lexington and are gratified that it has paid off handsomely. Sample the growing entertainment, dining, and shopping options on East Main Street while paying a visit to this classy clothing store. Custom tailoring is available to provide the perfect fit. Some are surprised to learn that this shop also includes some accessories and outerwear for women with brands such as Patagonia and Barbour along with the full range of men’s attire. 

Clothing Women

J. McLaughlin


For shoppers looking for the most stylish options in women’s clothing, the Columbia location of J. McLaughlin is the place to go. They offer a complete wardrobe worth of options. Dresses, blouses, sweaters, jackets, pants, skirts, shorts, swimwear, accessories … you name it, J. McLaughlin has it. In addition to the wide variety of items for ladies, the store also has a great selection of clothing and accessories for men, making for a convenient and fun shopping experience whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone else in your life. 

Consignment Clothing

Roundabouts Consignment


Roundabouts Consignments in Northeast Columbia offers gently used consignment items that have plenty of life left to be enjoyed. Roundabouts sells furniture, antiques, toys, appliances, clothing for all ages, accessories, and jewelry at substantial savings for substantially less than purchasing brand-new. The 36,000 square foot showroom has a huge selection and department store-like atmosphere. You’ll surely find your next must-have item at Roundabouts! It’s also a great option for selling your own gently used items to make some quick cash and clear out space in your home.

Consignment Furniture

Main Street Home


Main Street Home is the Midland’s most unique furniture and home décor shopping experience offering a broad selection of new items as well as deeply discounted returns from model homes that have been staged. Main Street Home is the best source of quality, gently used consignment furniture that can help create a vibrant home that is a reflection of your personality. They are also the go-to place for home builders and designers staging homes. 

Dive Shop

Scuba John’s Dive Shop


Say hello to underwater adventure with Scuba John’s! Serving Lake Murray, Lexington, and Aiken, Scuba John’s offers small, personalized courses led by highly skilled trainers. The SDI Open Water Diver course is the place to start for your scuba certification. More advanced courses are also available including the SDI Advanced Open Water Diver course and the SDI Rescue Diver course. If you’re ready to learn an exciting new skill or enhance your existing scuba diving abilities, Scuba John’s is the place to go!


Barron’s Outfitters


It’s been the go-to spot for fishing and other outdoor sports since 1947.  Need advice before you head out to land the big one?  No problem.  The staff is knowledgeable and committed to making your outdoors experience the best it can be.  Reliability is key in outdoor sports as is the right equipment and apparel.  Barron's continues to provide everything needed for sporting men and women in the Midlands and across the state of South Carolina.

Furniture Store

Whit-Ash Furnishings


With over 40,000 square feet of showroom space, it’s easy to find exactly what you’re looking for at Whit-Ash Furnishings. Thousands of furniture options are available for every room in the house. Whit-Ash also carries rugs, mattresses, and a variety of home décor including lamps, clocks, baskets, mirrors, and more. Reigning on Gervais Street in Columbia for many decades, Whit-Ash has earned a reputation of reliable customer service as well as a wide selection of both trendy and classic items for the home. 

Garden Center

Wingard’s Market  


Wingard’s Market, a family-owned business based in Lexington, grew out of Margie and Judson Wingard’s love of plants and their desire to help others enjoy them too. After over 50 years in business and three generations of family involvement, the market has expanded to feature a variety of products including trees, shrubs, flowers, houseplants, fresh produce, gifts, and wild bird supplies. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a trip to the market where you can take in the natural beauty of the items available. 

Gift Store

Gibson’s Gift Shop


Gibson’s is a beloved gift store located in the heart of Five Points in Columbia. Since opening their doors in 1955, they’ve brought joy to generations of customers and gift recipients alike through attentive customer service and high-quality products. Gibson’s is proud to offer something for every occasion, every age, and every price range. Top gift brands include Kate Spade, Crane, Caspari, Mariana, and Willow Tree Angels. All purchases are loving wrapped with the store’s complimentary service. 

Home Accessories

Ethan Allen


Celebrating 90 years of quality and innovation this year, Ethan Allen is proud of their legacy. The company provides a range of furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom, home office, and outdoor spaces. Important touches such as mattresses, lighting, rugs, and décor can also be found at Ethan Allen. Their products are crafted and delivered with care and precision by the world’s finest artisans, and 75% of their products are made in North American workshops. A visit to the Harbison Boulevard location may inspire innovation in your home. 


Sylvan’s Jewelers 


Sylvan’s Jewelers has been Columbia’s trusted family-owned jeweler since 1987. This vendor was in the hands of the Sylvan family for eight decades before being sold to Arnold Schiffman of another family jeweler tradition out of Greensboro, NC. The iconic clock on the corner of Main and Hampton streets invites you into the display rooms of fine jewelry and watches, including estate jewelry, engagement rings and Rolexes. After more than a century of dedication to the shoppers of Columbia, Sylvan’s continues to sell and service the very best.  

Lighting Store

The Nest


With a mission to provide “exceptional customer service and inspiring, beautiful interiors and design,” The Nest offers unique and affordable products in plumbing, lighting, and appliances. Customers can shop for a variety of home products in one location with the assistance of staff product specialists in each category who provide undivided attention and service to each client. The store is owned by the successful plumbing wholesaler The Cregger Company. Over the years, they’ve expanded their residential footprint, opening their flagship showroom, The Nest, in 2017 in downtown Columbia.


Columbiana Centre


Columbiana Center changed Columbia’s shopping scene when it opened for business in 1990. Dozens of businesses opened near the mall to catch shares of its traffic, playing a large part in making Harbison the bustling retail area that it is today. Three decades later, the mall continues to thrive with its sprawling one-story layout. Stores such as Belk, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Sephora, Victoria’s Secret, and Forever 21 provide a range of options for shoppers. The food court also offers a diverse selection of restaurants where shoppers can grab a quick bite. 


Thunder Tower Harley Davidson


Founded in 1903, Harley Davidson has spent the past century cementing its reputation as the classic American brand for motorcycles. Harley Davidson has a legacy of speed, stability, and pure adrenaline that makes it the clear choice for many riders. Located conveniently near I-20, Thunder Tower Harley Davidson boasts a large showroom with a vast inventory of both brand new and quality pre-owned bikes. Thanks to the great financing options at Thunder Tower, the freedom of the open road can be enjoyed by all.

Outdoor Furniture 

Casual Living


Summer is the perfect time to invest in the outdoor oasis of your dreams. You can bring the resort feel to your own home with outdoor furniture and accessories from Casual Living. Established in 1976, Casual Living was the first outdoor furniture store to open in the Columbia area and has offered a wide selection of high-quality pieces to customers ever since. Whether shopping in-store or conveniently shopping online, you will be sure to find the right pieces to make your house a home. 

Outdoor Outfitters



At Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), they believe a life outdoors is a life well-lived and that it’s in the wild, untamed and natural places that we find our best selves, so their purpose is to awaken a lifelong love of the outdoors. Since 1938, they’ve been bringing customers top-quality gear for camping, hiking, climbing, cycling, running, as well as snow and water sports. Each year, REI returns about 70% of its profits back to the outdoor community, supporting nonprofits that help get people outside.

Pet Store

Super Starr Pets


Super Starr Pets is your one-stop shop for quality pet food, various pet supplies, and dog grooming. Whether you are a first-time pet owner or have owned animals your whole life, walking into the big box pet stores can be overwhelming. Hundreds of choices, but which one is best for your pet? The experienced staff is happy to assist you with making the right choices regarding how to feed and care for your beloved four-legged family member. 

Shoe Store



Built on a love for fashion, Monkee’s of Columbia offers the ultimate selection of ladies’ shoes, clothing, and accessories. They offer a fun and personal boutique shopping experience. Carrying top brands such as Corey Lynn Calter, Crosby, and Marie Oliver, Monkee’s has something for every fashionista to love. Whether your style is young and trendy or classic and sophisticated, they carry a designer to match your taste. Visit today to make your wardrobe a thing of beauty. 

Surf Shop

Salty’s Board Shop


Salty’s Board Shop, the premier local boarding and lifestyle retailer, offers gear, clothing, and accessories from all your favorite brands like Billabong, RVCA, Obey, and Brixton. Whether you skate, surf, paddle, or just want a pair of new flip-flops for an upcoming beach trip, Salty’s has you covered. Carrying the latest styles of Reef, Sanuk, Rainbows, and more, you’ll find the best footwear brands for looks, comfort and quality. Stop by Salty’s today to get equipped for all your summer fun. 


Half-Moon Outfitters


Half-Moon Outfitters offers all of the outdoor gear and clothing you need for every adventure including hiking, camping, kayaking, paddleboarding, and swimming. Their offerings include jackets, hats, boots, hammocks, tents, hiking poles, and more. Additionally, Half-Moon Outfitters is the Columbia area swimwear destination for both men and women, offering everything from bikinis and swim trunks to long-sleeve rash guards and wetsuits. One visit to Half-Moon Outfitters can outfit the whole family for a variety of fun summertime water activities. 

Window Coverings

Beautiful Window Fabric & Curtains


Quality, reliability and service have been the key factors of success for family-run Beautiful Window Fabric & Curtains during the 15 years they’ve been in business. They offer over 2,000 fabrics in a huge range of styles, colors, and patterns ready to be handcrafted into luxurious custom curtains. Curtains are a detail that can significantly impact a room’s style and comfort level, and the experts at Beautiful Window Fabric & Curtains can help you find options that will work best in your spaces.