Best of Columbia SC Shopping 2021
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 upscale into the dream home, these are the folks who can help with your decisions and come up with the right fit. Complete rooms or simply a chair, or a lamp, or a desk – be sure to look over the selection at Jeffers McGill while you’re planning.
Carol Saunders Gallery
Handmade to be special. That’s the motif expressed at Carol Saunders Gallery, a gift shop extraordinaire in the Vista. In a light-filled room with whitewashed floors, the unique items of jewelry sparkle, fashioned by E.L. Designs, David Yurman, and others.
Handcrafted china and original art works call out to be noticed. Carol Saunders is known for an eye for beauty and original design; you owe it to yourself to visit.
Sales? Service? Know-How? Advice? All this is available at Outspokin Bicycles at two locations in Columbia and Irmo. It’s earned the reputation of the go-to bicycle shop in the Midlands, whether you’re a raw beginner or a seasoned bike traveler. You will also find the latest in technology and bike design, and you just might flip out over the E-bike. That means Electric Bicycle, a realized dream for bike lovers. At the other end of the spectrum, youngsters just beginning their bike odyssey can get what’s right for them and look forward to a lifetime of help and resources at Outspokin.
Blinds, Window Treatments
Budget Blinds of Lexington & Chapin
Local owners, but with a national affiliation which provides big resources and flexibility, Chris Petty and his family are proud to head Budget Blinds of Lexington and Chapin. He calls it, “A style and a smile for any budget,” and stands firm on that commitment. Budget Blinds will come for a free consultation at your home or business, which will be followed by measurement, design, and installation plus an unparalleled warranty, to set you up with the right blinds and window treatments. This business participates in HFOT. That’s Homes For Our Troops, a concentrated drive to provide barrier-free homes for severely disabled military veterans.
Cove 2 Coast Marine
Established in 2015, and purchased by the Baird family in 2010, Cove 2 Coast is recognized for superior sales and service for those seeking the right watercraft. Suzuki Marine enjoys a world-wide reputation for up-to-date technology in marine craft, with a wide range of price options, all guaranteed for dependable performance. “Drive-by-wire” is the newest catchphrase, with advanced technology and a 5-to-6% improvement in fuel efficiency. In addition to its boat merchandise, Cove2Coast also offers a full line of apparel, featuring the shirts, hats, and pants that water-patrons love.
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. Bella Bridesmaids virtual appointments and showrooms are available to keep planning for the big day on track during times of uncertainty. Get connected to your own expert stylist for a personalized consultation without leaving your house. They’ll guide you through the fabrics, colors, and styles to find the perfect look for your dream day.
Three generations of elegance have led Non(e)Such to its preeminent position for South Carolina brides. Margaret Davis and her daughter Jean Bruton established this shopping destination in 1978, with granddaughter Margaret Bruton joining them later.
A prime selection of tableware, linens, and other household accessories make Non(e)Such the top shop for creating a lovely home. Such labels as AnnieGlass, The Gold Bug, Juliska, and dozens more provide everything needed for elegant entertaining, and these consultants will also furnish complimentary gift-wrapping and personal shopping.
Dick Dyer & Associates
Three generations of the Dick Dyer family are investing their careers into the family business, making sure that superior sales and service are maintained every day. Know why the customer lounge is lonely? Because this dealership does not keep its clients sitting around waiting; a loaner car is provided to each Mercedes or Volvo owner who brings in the car for service. For more than 50 years the Dick Dyer dealership has offered quality automobiles – both new and previously-owned - along with a highly-trained service department. They welcome visitors and enjoy showing off their state-of-the-art sales and service resources.
Clothing - Kids
Marigold Modern Kids
Modern yet timeless, homey but worldly, classic yet whimsical – all of these can be expressed at Marigold Modern Kids. Owner Louisa Vann combines eclectic taste with an unerring eye for class so that Marigold’s kids are dressed just right for the occasion. A long list of brand names joins a variety of clothing and gift offerings such as accessories, books, and toys. Treat yourself to a moment of indulgence, and enjoy what Marigold has to offer for your child. Hand embroidery can be ordered to personalize any clothing item. Just one of Marigold’s special touches.
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 locales on East Main Street while paying a visit to this classy clothing store. Trendy or classic? Youthful or serious? How about formal? Recently added: custom tailoring, for the perfect fit. Some are surprised to learn that this shop also includes some outerwear for women (think Patagonia) along with the full range of men’s attire. Jeremy Reagin Addy, his mom, and the rest of the staff look forward to welcoming you for a satisfying shopping experience.
Clothing – Women
In the five decades since the flagship store was founded in Charlotte, Coplon’s has become a coveted destination for chic Carolinians. The boutique stocks luxury clothing from designers from the likes of Michael Kors, No. 21, Lanvin, Lela Rosa, and Simone Rocha, as well as cosmetics, jewelry, and shoes. Whether you’re in the market for Rag & Bone jeans or an Oscar de la Renta ball gown, Coplon’s has a knowledgeable group of fashion consultants who can help you find the perfect look.
On the lookout for affordable housewares, clothing, and more? Try Roundabout Consignments in Northeast Columbia. Gently used, with plenty of life left to be enjoyed, Roundabout offers furniture, appliances, clothing for all ages, accessories, jewelry, antiques, and toys at substantial savings from brand-new. At the 36,000-sq-ft showroom, you’re destined to be surprised by something you didn’t know you wanted but now just have to have. A WOW assortment for choosy shoppers.
The Red Lion Antiques & Interiors
Vintage and classic, there’s something about fine antiques which inspires respect, admiration, and maybe an overwhelming desire to own. Chris Livingston is knowledgeable about the antiques he has traveled the world to acquire and seeks out sellers as well as buyers as he assists in estate dispersal. Furniture, rugs, art, and jewelry are displayed in the huge showroom for your perusal. Red Lion inventory is unique and ever-changing.
Scuba John’s Dive Shop
Welcome to Adventure with Scuba John’s! Serving Lake Murray, Lexington and Aiken, this diving resource will train you into certification, and from there, diving specialties such as Deep Diver, Navigation Diver, Wreck Diver, and others. You’ll learn what the underwater world has to offer and move into a lifetime of adventure. Highly skilled trainers will lead you to competence in the water. A five-star training facility at 1630 West Main Street, Lexington.
Since 1947, Midlands outdoorsmen have turned to Barron’s for everything needed in outdoor sports. Charlie Barron himself served his customers for 65 years, now Jon, Jake and Justin supply advice and expertise along with a full stock of fishing and hunting merchandise. Their customers come back often, because they know they’ll get knowledgeable tips for the local outdoors scene along with reliable equipment. You can’t go wrong at Barron’s.
Havens Framemakers & Gallery
Havens has been a respected name in retailing in Columbia for many decades. While offering framing services, they also sold items such as furniture, jewelry, and gift items. When Betsy Havens retired in 2003, new owner Jackie Vasquez returned the store to its roots, offering custom framing and a gallery for display of local artists’ work. They pride themselves on making each project perfect, whether it’s framing original art, creating a shadowbox for memorabilia, or repairing and restoring a damaged antique.
Forty thousand square feet provides ample space for literally thousands of home furnishings, and the knowledgeable staff will provide the assistance to focus on your special search. Whit-Ash has reigned on Gervais Street in Columbia for many decades, earning a reputation for a wide selection of trendy as well as classic items for the home. The pandemic year brought an emphasis on home offices, and Whit-Ash can equip that for you with desk, chair, lighting, and storage. The mattress selection includes many of the top brand names, along with accessories such as lamps, mirrors, ottomans, and baskets.
This family-owned business displays a huge variety of gorgeous plants, and offers local and fresh grocery items at the produce store. Place an order by Monday for a produce basket that feeds 4-6; they’d love to have your recipes for creative things to do with South Carolina fruits and veggies. The gardening experts can help you with any problems with growing things. Shop the gift shop on-line for books, clothing, and Lake Murray specialties. Treat yourself to a tour of the beauty that is Wingard’s.
Blush Boutique & Home
Do what makes you blush every day! Blush Boutique is a small gift boutique in Lexington that is run by a cheerful mother daughter duo with a heart for community and everything cute! Open since 2014, they work to make every customer’s experience at Blush the best shopping experience in the Midlands. Inventory includes accessories, beauty, candles, drinkware, home décor, paper goods, and wedding supplies. They also offer wedding directing services, making sure the smallest details are expertly taken care of.
At Ethan Allen, shoppers find a legacy of quality and innovation over 89 years in the making. The Harbsion location offers a variety of home furnishings to include living room, dining room, bedroom, mattresses, home office, outdoor, lighting, rugs, and décor. Their Ethan Allen | Disney collection is made up of inspired-by-Disney furniture including rugs, artwork, lighting, and more – it’s for kids of all ages. 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.
Steeped in a 122-year tradition, while priding itself on keeping up with the times, Sylvan’s is a name long recognized in Columbia for its commitment to quality. The iconic clock on the corner of Main and Hampton streets invites you into the display rooms of fine jewelry and watches. 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. Their service remains the same: sales and service of the very best, including estate jewelry and watch repair.
Lighting is crucial to the function and ambiance of home or business, and Ferguson offers expertise across the spectrum. Chandeliers, sconces, recessed lighting or track, indoors or out—Ferguson stocks it all and has a team of experts to help create a space you’ll love. Their Farrow Road showroom is currently open by appointment only, and their website offers a local image gallery for your consideration. Virtual consultations are also available. In addition to lighting, Ferguson offers bath and kitchen supplies. Think cooktops, mirrors, sinks, showers, and appliances.
At Soma, an all-women staff with specialized training will assist you with purchases of intimate lingerie items as well as loungewear and swimwear. They offer designs that fuse fashion and function – you don’t have to choose one over the other! The right fit is guaranteed, making your decision the right support system. This local enterprise contributes to our community, also, making it a good neighbor to all the Midlands.
Columbiana Centre Mall
Columbiana Center changed Columbia’s shopping scene when it opened for business in 1990. Dozens of businesses opened surrounding 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 anchored by original tenants, Belk and Dillard’s. Victoria’s Secret, Forever 21, and Coach drive traffic along with options for dining. The Food Court is spacious and welcoming with a diverse selection of restaurants where shoppers can grab a quick bite. Dave & Buster’s offers a sit-down dining experience, an extensive bar menu, massive TVs for watching sports, and an arcade that children of all ages can enjoy.
This full-service dealership sells new and used bikes, and offers full service for maintenance and repairs, including how-to videos for riders. They’ll answer your questions, give you a test drive, and assist with any needed financing. Just for fun, ask them about the Carolina Challenge. Two ways to win: 1, mileage accumulation. 2, visit dealerships. Pick up your Tour Card at Harley Haven in Irmo and start your adventures. Some lucky winner will take home a prize motorcycle when the contest ends Nov. 30, 2021.
Outdoor living is a lifestyle, a hobby, and in beautiful South Carolina, a year-round indulgence. Casual Living offers furniture, rugs, cushions, firepits, accessories, and everything else you can imagine accenting time spent in outdoor living spaces. But what if you don’t know how to pull it all together? This store has been serving Columbia for many decades and the staff knows how to navigate the sometimes-tricky waters of product selection. For example, many manufacturers claim weatherproofing and durability, but not all of them live up to the promise. Casual Living knows the difference! Let them guide you to the right products for your purposes and advise you in making your choice.
Half Moon Outfitters
Start with the Web page: Bring a large grain of salt and your Captain America de-coding ring to make sense of Half-Moon’s “history.” A review of 30 exciting years while this Charleston-born enterprise samples expansion up to nine locations around S.C. and GA. It’s what an inventory of popular, wearable, and durable outdoor clothing for all ages has brought to life for Half-Moon. They thrive on making new “friends” (i.e. customers) for enjoyment of the outdoors.
Pet Supplies Plus
The Covid pandemic brought about some innovations at Pet Supplies Plus. You may now take advantage of same-day free delivery, and one-hour curb-side pickup after ordering on-line or via telephone. That’s for the products you’ve learned to love at PSP, such as specialty pet foods, vitamins, chew toys, and calming treatments such as “Thunder Ease.” Find wearable outfits, too, for your pet, to star in the July 4th festivities. Join the satisfied customers at Pet Supplies Plus.
Monkee’s of Columbia
At Monkee’s, they focus on providing a shopping experience that goes well beyond the norm. This includes offering high-quality designer brands (many that are exclusive to the Columbia Monkee’s location), a talented and well-educated staff, and a liberal approval and return policy. Additionally, they place excellent customer service as their top priority, proving honest feedback in a very relaxed environment. Their goal is to uncover what customers actually want and need, while focusing on even the smallest detail to help you look and feel your best!
Salty’s Board Shop
Salty’s Board Shop, located on Divine Street, is Columbia’s hub for all things beach and skate. Find skateboards, paddleboards, paddles, surfboards, and all the accessories. They have men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing, shoes, accessories, and swimwear. Bags and packs, hammocks, designer sunglasses, stickers, candles, and more line the shelves at this destination shop in the heart of Five Points. From a wide variety of brands such as Billabong, ENO, RVCA, Vans, and Rainbows, you are bound to find something to your liking.
At Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), they believe a life outdoors is a life well-lived ad 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, for all. Since 1938, they’ve been bringing customers top-quality gear and that includes swimwear! Cool fact: Annually, more than 70 percent of their annual profits are invested back into the outdoor community! g