Columbia has a lot of interesting and eclectic locally owned shops, and they deserve your attention — and your cash. Plus, we’re attracting new national retailers all the time. We’ve prioritized the former here. Here are some highlights to get you started.
Gifts & Galleries
Be Beep a Toy Shop | Forest Acres: 4525 Forest Dr., 803-787-5772, bebeeptoys.com. Legos, action figures, arts and crafts, puppets and stuffed animals: Be Beep has it all, including stylish school supplies and of-the-moment toys on your child’s wish list.
Bella Vista Art & Framing | West Columbia: 324 State St., 803-791-6060, bellavistaartgallery.com. Custom framing with an emphasis on artistic design. And reasonable prices.
Blush Boutique and Home | Lexington: 5175 Sunset Blvd., 803-520-0643. Jewelry, gifts, home goods, custom gift boxes and more. Also offers wedding director services.
Carol Saunders Gallery | Vista: 922 Gervais St., 803-256-3046. From fine jewelry to holiday ornaments and unique glassware, Carol Saunders is an excellent spot for gifts and art viewing. In the gallery space there’s always an interesting artist’s work hanging.
City Art | Vista: 1224 Lincoln St., 803-252-3613, cityartonline.com. With two floors full of art hung in a beautiful open space, the inspirational City Art sets itself apart from other Vista galleries not only with its size but also with its wide selection of art supplies.
Classy Cruet Olive Oils and Vinegars | Lexington: 5175 Sunset Blvd. Ste. 10, 803-785-7887, theclassycruet.com. Carries more than 50 varieties of premium olive oils and balsamic vinegars, as well as pastas, sauces, gourmet chocolates and more. Also has a Chapin location.
CMA Shop | Downtown: 1515 Main St., 803-343-2159, columbiamuseum.org. From coffee-table-worthy tomes to jewelry, stationery, toys and puzzles, the shop at the Columbia Museum of Art has some of the most unique gifts in the city. Curated with a stylish eye.
Cotton Mill Exchange at the S.C. State Museum | Vista: 301 Gervais St., 803-898-4967, scmuseum.org/shop. Features a huge selection of South Carolina-themed items in a 4,000-square-foot space. From ties to holiday ornaments to gourmet food and jewelry, it’s one of the best places in town to find South Carolina-themed gifts.
The Crescent Olive | Devine Street: 2901-C Devine St., 803-771-7774, thecrescentolive.com. Who knew olive oil could be so interesting? The Crescent Olive, obviously. Offers premium olive oils and aged vinegars, as well as honey, premium pastas and more.
Elite Framing | Five Points: 2119 College St., 803-951-4600, columbiaframeshop.com. Need a painting or print framed? Leave it to the experts.
if ART Gallery | Vista: 1223 Lincoln St., 803-238-2351, ifartgallery.blogspot.com. If ART has its finger on the pulse of contemporary art, showing work by artists from South Carolina and beyond.
Lewis + Clark| Vista: 1001 Huger St., 803-765-2405, lewisandclarklamps.com. A true Columbia original, Lewis + Clark makes postmodern art lamps made of paper, steel, glass and wood. If you want a truly unique lamp, this is the place to go.
Luna Lola | Shandon/Rosewood: 3000 Rosewood Dr. Suite C, 803-500-0485, lunalola.com. Fine yarns, needles, books, kits and other supplies for knitting and other fiber arts — plus a diverse selection of gifts, notes and teas. Hosts knitting classes, too.
Mad Platter | Shandon/Rosewood: 3101 Millwood Ave., 803-771-8080, mymadplatter.com. Creative arts studio offers pottery glazing, glass fusing and wood-plaque painting projects. Hang out and make art at themed weekly events, including College and Date Night and Military Night.
The Market Tea Room and Country Store | West Columbia: 322 Little Brooke Ln., 803-212-9248. This State Farmers Market shop-inside-a-restaurant offers South Carolina foods — honey, barbecue sauce, etc. You’ll also find books, handmade soaps, jewelry and more. Plus, a tea shop!
One-Eared Cow Glass | Vista: 1001 Huger St., 803-254-2444, oneearedcow.com. Since 1991, One-Eared Cow has been Columbia’s hand-blown glass studio and gallery. Offers colorful vases, bowls, birdfeeders, chandeliers and even sinks — all made by the artists who own the shop.
Portfolio Art Gallery | Five Points: 2007 Devine St., 803-256-2434, portfolioartgal.com. A Five Points landmark, Portfolio offers handmade jewelry and crafts, and art by local artists at a variety of price points, which makes it great for gift shopping.
Something Special | Downtown: 1546 Main St., 803-407-7123, floristonmain.com. It’s a florist, yes, but Something Special also offers a slew of seasonally rotating little gifts, from quirky ornaments to trinkets to candles to silk arrangements. An unusual place.
Southern Pottery | Devine Street: 3105 Devine St., 803-251-3001, southern-pottery.com. Southern Pottery displays pottery from artists throughout the region in a quirky Devine Street house, where owner Donna Green is always willing to give you a piece’s backstory. Also offers classes inside a converted carriage house.
Sunrise Artisan Bath and Body | Five Points: 730 Santee Ave., 803-828-4755. Specializes in handmade artisan soaps, bath bombs, bubble bath and more.
Uptown on Main | Downtown: 1204 Main St., 803-661-7651, uptownsc.com. Whether you’re looking for a custom gift basket, embroidered clothing, locally themed books, greeting cards, baby gifts or something for that hard-to-shop-for man, Uptown on Main has it covered.
Clothing & Accessories
2G’s Clothing | Five Points: 723 Saluda Ave., 803-254-2016, facebook.com/2GsClothing. Carries quality women’s vintage and overstock clothes and accessories. If you want to make over your tired wardrobe, the price is right.
Bohemian | Five Points: 707 Saluda Ave., 803-256-0629, shop-bohemian.com. Whether you want to dress up or dress down (i.e., cool), Bohemian specializes in contemporary tastes. Stocks stylish women’s clothing, shoes and jewelry.
BP Skinner Clothiers | Vista: 1003 Gervais St., Suite A, 803-661-7665, bpskinnerclothiers.com. Custom menswear shop offers clothing and accessories from brands like Oxxford, Castangia and H. Freeman. Also offers wardrobe consulting and wedding services.
Brittons | Devine Street: 2818 Devine St., 803-771-2700, brittonsofcolumbia.com. A fine clothing store for men and women, Brittons gets to know its customers. Shop there enough, and they’ll do the shopping for you. Really: You’ll get a call when something is perfect for you.
Cho on Main Salon & Boutique | Lexington: 127 E. Main St., 803-356-1111, choonmain.com. Style tips extend beyond hair and nail color. With a small boutique offering trendy clothing and shoes, Cho on Main stocks brands like Velvet, Wildfox, Chaser and Michael Stars.
Coplon’s | Forest Acres: 4825 Forest Dr., 803-790-0015, coplons.com. From the stunning dresses of Jason Wu, Oscar de la Renta and Miu Miu to the coveted shoes of Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo, Coplon’s is Columbia’s high-end women’s clothing shop that also sells handbags, jewelry and cosmetics.
Copper Penny | Five Points: 610 Harden St., 803-376-4411, shopcopperpenny.com. Charleston had it first, but this stylish Southern boutique has a place in Columbia. Perhaps best known for its shoes, also carries a variety of designer women’s wear, jewelry and accessories.
Craig Reagin Clothiers | Lexington: 103 E. Main St., 803-785-7848, craigreaginclothiers.com. Men’s and women’s boutique features clothing and accessories, with Southern brands from Vineyard Vines to Brackish Bowties. Also sells Yeti gear and tuxedos.
Dems Fine Jewelers | Harbison/Irmo: 1068 Lake Murray Blvd., 803-407-5290, demsjewelers.com. Founded in 1969, Dems Fine Jewelers relocated to the Irmo area in 2004. Prides itself on having a casual, friendly atmosphere and offering quality, fashionable jewelry, watches and gifts.
Ever Row | Five Points: 619 Harden St., 803-939-6876, everrow.com. Sorority gear, clothing, gameday gear and more women’s clothing and accessories.
Frame of Mind | West Columbia: 140 State St., 803-988-1065, artofeyewear.com. Stocks unique, high-end glasses and sunglasses. Known for his role in the arts scene, owner Mark Plessinger created the First Thursday on Main Street art-crawl series and continues to organize arts events in his West Columbia location.
Gentleman’s Closet | Five Points: 717 Saluda Ave., 803-256-3868. Need a vintage suit, a cool shirt or some dress shoes, but you don’t have a fortune to spend on it? Dig around in this place; you’ll likely leave happy.
Good for the Sole | Five Points: 728 Saluda Ave., 803-254-9488, facebook.com/GoodForTheSoleShoes. You need shoes, but you don’t want to drive to a mall. So don’t. Just go here and step into a pair of shoes from top contemporary designers.
Granger Owings | Downtown: 1333 Main St., 803-252-6714, grangerowings.com. Caters to the Main Street business crowd with fine clothing and top-notch customer service. With brands like Agave, Barbour, Cole Haan and Southern Proper, Granger Owings offers both business attire and casual clothing for men and women. And on-site tailoring. Also runs Bespoke across Main Street in the Arcade Mall.
HandPicked | Devine Street: 2822 Devine St., 803-251-2946, behandpicked.com. Need something for a graduate, family member or significant other? Or yourself? With four locations in the Midlands — including the Northeast, Irmo and Lexington — HandPicked sells jewelry, handbags, wallets and scarves, plus a great selection of sterling silver (which can be engraved). Additional locations in Irmo, Lexington and the Village at Sandhill.
Heathcliff’s Jewelers | Vista: 1000 Gervais St., 803-256-8362. No website, no advertising. It’s simple: “We just sell jewelry.”
Just the Thing | Devine Street: 2732 Devine St., 803-771-9969, shopjustthething.com. Add drama and flair to your outfit. From jewelry and handbags to accessories and clothing, Just the Thing has plenty of fashion-savvy pieces to complete outfits at several price points.
Loose Lucy’s | Five Points: 709 Saluda Ave., 252-1390, facebook.com/loose.lucys5points. Loose Lucy’s got its start in 1990 selling tie-dye shirts in the parking lot at Grateful Dead shows. Almost a quarter-century later, it’s Columbia’s established venue for hippie and bohemian clothing and merchandise of all kinds.
M Boutique | Cross Hill Market: 702 Cross Hill Rd., Suite 400A, 803-765-2243, mboutiquestyle.com. M Boutique sells contemporary women’s clothing from brands like Joe’s Jeans, Charlie Jade, French Connection and BCBG Generation. The personalized customer service makes it easy to work on individual style.
Men’s Wearhouse | Five Points: 701 Harden St., 803-799-6254, menswearhouse.com. It’s a one-stop shop for suits, dress shirts, ties, shoes and tuxedos — but offers plenty of casual clothing, too. If you need to look presentable for a wedding, this place will hook you up.
Miss Cocky | Downtown: 1450 Main St., 803-748-4771, misscocky.com. Gamecock fashion and accessories mostly for her — but you can find something for him, too.
Monkee’s of Columbia | Devine Street: 3211 Devine St., 803-764-2890, monkeesofcolumbia.com. Mother-daughter-owned boutique carries vintage designer duds and modern brands (Shoshanna, Badgley Mischka, Kate Spade and more), with a hip selection of shoes.
The OOPS! Co. | Five Points: 601 Harden St., 803-252-8734, theoopsco.com. You don’t have to drive to outlet malls for reduced-price, name-brand clothing.
Pelliclaude | Downtown: 1332 Main St., Suite 105, 803-447-3966. Quirky boutique inside the Arcade Mall sells locally made clothing, handmade jewelry, art and home goods and more. Named for an adorable rabbit whom you might meet as well.
Petal | Five Points: 743 Saluda Ave., 803-252-7100, shoppetal.com. From dresses, blouses and sweaters to jewelry, handbags and shoes, Petal knows that a great outfit can make you bloom. And hey, it’s almost spring.
Pout | Devine Street: 2738 Devine St., 803-254-5051, shoppout.com. Located in the upscale Devine Street area, Pout stocks the latest luxury beauty products and offers a wide array of skin services.
Revente | Five Points: 737 Saluda Ave., 803-256-3076, shoprevente.com. Revente is Columbia’s designer consignment shop for the knockout look. And with labels like Chanel, Christian Dior, Tory Burch, Louis Vuitton, Prada and much more, regulars know that visiting frequently is key to scoring big at Revente.
Savoy Menswear | Vista: 721-C Lady St., 803-765-0313. Are you a man with contemporary and discerning tastes — or do you shop for one? Start here.
Sid & Nancy | Five Points: 733 Saluda Ave., 803-779-6454, facebook.com/shopsidnancy. A buy-trade-sell store, Sid & Nancy carries affordable clothes, jewelry, accessories and more. Recycle vintage clothing for cash, and buy something to make it new again. Also your source for Columbi-YEAH! gear.
SugarBelle | Downtown: 1625 Main St. Beaufort-based clothing boutique has a new downtown Columbia location. Denim, jewelry, dresses and more.
Sunday & Co. | Downtown: 1520 Main St., Suite 1-D, 803-602-5909. Upcycled denim, handmade jewelry and accessories for discerning downtown shoppers.
Sylvan’s | Downtown: 1500 Main St., 803-779-2250, sylvans.com. Sylvan’s is a Columbia institution for special-occasion jewelry gifts, diamonds, estate pieces, watches and more. Sells the likes of Rolex, John Hardy, Mikimoto, Sweet Charleston Designs and more. Though it carries all the high-end brands, Sylvan’s offers some more accessible options, too.
Unforgettable Jewelry | Devine Street: 2511 Devine St., 803-779-3636,unforgettable-jewelry.com. From diamonds and pearls to semi-precious jewelry, Unforgettable Jewelry is a young, hip jewelry store that offers classes each month on selecting diamonds.
Urban Outfitters | Vista: 912 Gervais St., 803-254-5381, urbanoutfitters.com. Known for its hip, on-trend clothing for women and men, Urban Outfitters also keeps it fresh with music and tech products and accessories.
Vestique | Five Points: 631 Harden St., 803-764-0654, vestique.com. With stores in Charleston and Greenville, as well as North Carolina locations, this women’s clothing and accessory boutique knows how to dress a fashionable Southern woman.
Wildflower Boutique | Five Points: 721 Saluda Ave., 803-799-1616, facebook.com/fivepointswildflowerboutique. Women’s clothing with an emphasis on boho chic.
Home & Garden
Birdhouse Rooms & Garden | Shandon/Rosewood: 3019 Millwood Ave., 803-351-6075, facebook.com/birdhouse.columbia. Sells an eclectic array of furniture, lighting fixtures, gardening supplies, antiques and various home-related consignment items.
Bohemian Home | Devine Street: 2720 Devine St., 803-779-4966, bohemianhome.com. If you want your couch to look like Homer Simpson’s, don’t shop here. But if you have taste, Bohemian Home carries an impressive selection of contemporary home furnishings and accessories, including stylish contemporary lines. Also carries gifts and jewelry.
Bricker and Beam | West Columbia: 130-B Sunset Blvd., 803-369-3570, brickerandbeam.com. Custom furniture maker combining contemporary, clean-lined design with traditional craftsmanship.
Capital Kitchen and Bath | Downtown: 1801 Gervais St., 803-254-5889, capitalkb.com. Offers design and installation services on cabinets, countertops, hardware, tile, wood trim, flooring and more. Also offers interior design, construction management and general contracting services.
Carl Thomas Lamps | Vista: 724 Lady St., 803-256-3713. This gallery of lighting also sells custom lamps and chandeliers and does lamp repairs.
Carolina Imports | North Columbia: 2965 N. Main St., 803-748-9889, carolinaimportsfurniture.com. From traditional heavy wood tables and accent pieces to on-trend chairs and bedroom furniture, Carolina Imports is known for both its selection and its good prices.
Columbia Flag & Sign Company | West Columbia: 633 Meeting St., 803-748-8524, columbiaflag.com. No matter where your loyalties lie — among sports teams, businesses or countries — Columbia Flag can help you out.
Ellen Taylor Interiors + Design | Vista: 807 Gervais St., Ste. 100, 803-758-1007, ellentaylorinteriors.com. Interior designer Ellen Taylor’s Gervais Street retail shop and gallery has fine original art, a selection of furniture and accessories.
Gardener’s Outpost | Shandon/Rosewood: 709 Woodrow St., 803-252-0041, gardenersoutpost.com. Sustainable, organic and local gardening products and plants, along with landscape design and more.
Gourmet Shop | Five Points: 724 Saluda Ave., 803-799-3705, thegourmetshop.net. If it has to do with food, wine or your kitchen, it’s at Gourmet Shop. Stocks a variety of cookware, fine linens, cigars, kitchen accessories, prepared foods and wine. Also a popular café; eat outside if you can find an open table.
Hay Hill Garden Market | Southeast: 1625 Bluff Rd., 803-834-6652, hayhillgardenmarket.com. Offers an extensive and thoughtful variety of plants, ranging from native flowering plants and shrubs to the odd and unusual. Also carries English-forged garden tools, outdoor furniture, top-of-the-line grills and accessories and select gifts.
MACK Home | Forest Acres: 4840 Forest Dr., 803-790-9911, mackhomecolumbia.com. Handcrafted furniture, lighting, art and home accessories are all available at MACK. The interior designer-owned shop’s neutral, relaxing palette offers a welcome shopping experience in Forest Acres.
Nadeau Furniture | Cross Hill Market: 702 Cross Hill Rd., 803-790-2400, furniturewithasoul.com. Nadeau offers handcrafted, well-designed contemporary furniture at reasonable prices whether you’re shopping for something indoors or outdoors.
Non(e)such | Devine Street: 2754 Devine St., 803-254-0772, nonesuchltd.com. A favorite of brides forming their gift registries, Non(e)such also stocks antiques, jewelry, home accessories, linens and baby gifts.
Southern Vistas | Shandon/Rosewood: 2825 Commerce Dr., 803-256-0559, southernvistasinc.com. Southern Vistas has done landscape architecture for Riverbanks Zoo and Asheville’s Grove Park Inn. Offers a full range of flourishing plants, shrubbery, perennials and ground cover.
Strobler | Forest Acres: 4721 Forest Dr., 803-790-6300, strobler.com. From furniture to lighting and drapery, Strobler has a 15,000-square-foot showroom in Forest Acres showcasing an excellent selection of well-priced home furnishings.
The Urban Garden Hydroponics | Northeast: 9557 Two Notch Rd., Ste. E, 803-788-9313, growurbanstyle.com. Sells everything you need to get started with hydroponics, a method of growing plants without using soil.
Westend | West Columbia: 830 Meeting St., 803-794-5010, westendluxury.com. Specializes in timeless, classic and tasteful interiors for your home or business.
Whit-Ash Furnishings | Vista: 919 Gervais St., 803-779-5123, whitash.com. A mecca for affordable furniture in Columbia. The huge Vista warehouse also offers oriental rugs, mattresses and accessories.
Outdoors & Sports
Adventure Carolina | Cayce: 1107 State St., 803-796-4505. Specializing in canoeing and kayaking gear, Adventure Carolina also carries equipment and clothing for backpacking, rock climbing, camping and bicycling. Also schedules regular trips down the Congaree and more.
The Backpacker | Vista: 1215 Wayne St., 803-799-7571, backpackerqualitygear.com. Established in 1973, The Backpacker carries all your favorites from Patagonia, The North Face and other top brands, including anything you could possibly need to go camping, hiking or climbing.
Bluetile Skateshop | Five Points: 621-23 Harden St., 803-376-1880, bluetilesc.com. A skater-owned skate shop, Bluetile carries a variety of skateboards, equipment, shoe and clothing brands. Also puts on skate-related events.
Cycle Center | Five Points: 1001 Harden St., 803-256-0557, cyclecenter.com, Maybe you know brand names like Specialized, Cannondale, Pinarello, Fuji, Haro and Masi. Maybe you don’t. Either way, Cycle Center can help you out.
Half-Moon Outfitters | Devine Street: 2912 Devine St., 803-929-0771, halfmoonoutfitters.com. Established in 1993, Half-Moon Outfitters offers a full range of gear for stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, rock climbing, backpacking, hiking, trail running, surfing and more. If you’re going on an outdoor adventure, Half Moon has what you need.
Mast General | Downtown: 1601 Main St., 803-771-2300, mastgeneralstore.com. A key player in Columbia’s ongoing Main Street revitalization, Mast General stocks everything from outdoor gear to candy by the pound, clothing, kitchen tools and vintage children’s toys.
Outspokin’ Bicycles | Devine Street: 3223 Devine St., 803-254-9797. Irmo: 7601 St. Andrews Rd., 803-254-9797, outspokinbicycles.com. Ever seem like your bike just doesn’t feel right? This place prides itself on its fittings, and has done them for thousands of riders. Wide selection of bicycles and accessories.
Palmetto Outdoor Center | West Columbia: 131 Alexander Rd., 803-404-8254, palmettooutdoor.com. Sells used kayaks, canoes, tubes, life jackets and paddles. Also rents full line of gear.
River Runner | Vista: 905 Gervais St., 803-771-0353, shopriverrunner.com. With three rivers in the Midlands, River Runner has everything you need to tackle them, from kayaks and canoes to gear and car-top racks. River Runner also rents canoes and kayaks daily.
Salty’s Board Shop | Devine Street: 2712 Devine St., 803-748-9946. Whether you’re surfing, snowboarding or skating, Salty’s has it covered — along with all the gear, clothing and accessories you’ll need. Also carries a full line of eyewear and flip-flops.
Summit Cycles | Northeast: 10171 Two Notch Rd., 803-462-0380, summitcyclesbikeshop.com. Whether you’re a hardcore cyclist or just someone looking to have a lot of fun, Summit Cycles has you covered. Website features a bike-finder tool to help you narrow down what you need.
Todd & Moore Sporting Goods | Vista: 620 Huger St., 803-765-0150, toddandmoore.com. Founded in 1944, the locally owned Todd & Moore is conveniently located downtown and offers a full range of athletic wear and equipment for baseball, football, soccer, tennis, lacrosse and more. Here at Free Times, we appreciate Todd & Moore’s selection of ping pong equipment.
Bet-Mar Liquid Hobby Shop | St. Andrews: 736-F St. Andrews Rd., 803-798-2033, liquidhobby.com. Do you have what it takes to try your hand at making your own beer or wine? Bet-Mar can get you started.
Bottles | Shandon/Rosewood: 4410 Fort Jackson Blvd., 803-728-0737, shopbottles.com. Did someone say “15,000 square feet of wine, beer and spirits”? Why yes, they did.
Cromer’s | Vista: 1700 Huger St., 803-779-2290, cromers.com. Popcorn! Boiled peanuts! Cotton candy! Caramel apples! Yes, it’s like having the fair in town every day. Also sells a variety of tailgating party supplies and has an in-house coffee shop. Serving Columbia since 1935.
Green’s Beverages | Downtown: 400 Assembly St., 803-799-9499. St. Andrews: 4012 Fernandina Rd., 803-744-0570. greensbeverages.com. Whether you’re frantically scurrying for the right wine to serve with dinner or heading to a tailgate, Green’s is one of the city’s go-to sources for all types of alcoholic beverages. Also hosts tastings and has a growler station.
If It’s Paper | Downtown: 1810 Gervais St., 803-252-3636, ifitspaperonline.com. Need wrapping paper, cake-decorating supplies or an envelope of a particular shade? This place is chock-full of difficult-to-find paper supplies.
Morganelli’s Party Store | Forest Acres: 3155 Forest Dr., 803-738-2337. Ice, mixers, kegs, liquor, wine, beer — everything you need for a party. Morganelli’s has a staff that’s particularly knowledgeable and helpful with wine selections. Well-stocked growler station, too.
The Peanut Man | Vista: 1215 Lincoln St., 803-799-9988, thepeanutman.com. It’s called The Peanut Man, and sure, it sells boiled, raw, roasted and gourmet peanuts. But you’ll also find candy apples, cotton candy, fudge, popcorn and more here. Also has locations in the Village at Sandhill, in Ballentine and at Lake Murray.
Total Wine | Harbison/Irmo: 275 Harbison Blvd., 803-407-3737, totalwine.com. There’s a reason why Total Wine calls itself America’s Wine Superstore: Each location carries approximately 8,000 different types of wine, 3,000 types of spirits and 2,500 different beers.
The Vino Garage | Downtown: 2327 Main St., 803-834-3392, thevinogarage.com. Want to discover new, hard-to-find wines and beers? The Vino Garage is a great place to do it. Hosts frequent tastings and events. Curiosity Coffee Bar is nestled within.
8 Sins Tattoo | St. Andrews: 2301 Bush River Rd., 803-750-2485, 8sinstattoo.com. Strives to provide an excellent experience for each customer and make each tattoo a work of art. Past winner of several Best of Columbia awards.
Animated Canvas | Vista: 1209 Park St., 758-6002. Lexington: 4325 Augusta Rd., 359-3241, animatedcanvas.com. What do you want — a butterfly? Flower? Skull? Celtic cross? Dragon? Marilyn Monroe? The artists here have just about seen — and done — it all.
Devine Street Tattoo | Devine Street: 4451 Devine St., 803-782-0753. The experienced ink artists at Devine Street Tattoo can create just about anything you want, with attention paid to detail, color and shading.
The Glo Room | Lexington: 4325 Augusta Rd., 803-996-9353. Vaporizers, glass and other smoking accessories — plus costumes, lingerie and novelties.
High Life Smoke Shop | Five Points: 631-A Harden St., 803-255-3485, highlifesmokes.com. E-liquid, e-cigarettes and vaporizers are pretty popular these days, and High Life is on top of it. Also carries a wide variety of hand pipes, water pipes, hookah supplies, T-shirts and jewelry.
Hip Wa Zee | Five Points: 940 Harden St., 803-376-1500, hipwazee.net. Founded in 1999, this eclectic shop rents costumes of all kinds year-round. Also offers vintage clothing, jewelry and accessories.
Immaculate Body Piercing | Five Points: 2009 Greene St., 803-799-2877, immaculatepiercing.com. Immaculate Body Piercing’s employees are trained to exceed South Carolina requirements, and after your piercing has healed, Immaculate also offers a wide variety of jewelry, including custom settings and jeweler-quality pieces.
Indigo Rose Tattoo | Five Points: 2009 Greene St., Ste. 112, 803-799-2844, facebook.com/indigorosetattoostudio. Owner Shannon Purvis-Barron and her shop are perennial Best of Columbia winners, and Indigo Rose does top-quality, beautiful work.
Knotty Headz | Dentsville: 1608 Decker Blvd., 803-603-0641. St. Andrews: 1221 Broad River Rd., 803-603-9030, knottyheadz.com. Tattoo and body piercing studios owned by a husband-and-wife team with years of experience and a dedication to reasonable prices.
KURE Vaporium & Lounge | Vista: 620-B Gervais St., 803-845-1099. Upscale vape lounge offers custom-blended liquids and more.
Lucky 7’s Tattoo | West Columbia: 3937 Platt Springs Rd., 877-756-7868, luckysevens.net. Custom tattoo studio and art gallery.
Madvapes | Five Points: 701 Santee Ave., Ste. B, 803-708-5611. Harbison: 285 Columbiana Dr., 803-888-6028, madvapes.com. Sells e-cigarettes, e-liquid and all the vaping accessories you could need.
Nancy’s Nook | St. Andrews: 3311 Broad River Rd., 803-798-1010, thestoreforcouples.com. From lotions, lubes, leather and lingerie to all the “toys” you could possibly want, Nancy’s Nook is not called “the store for couples” for nothing. Open 24 hours.
Natural Vibrations | Five Points: 719 Harden St., 803-771-4144. Founded in 1997, Natural Vibrations is a classic college-town alternative shop. Carries hand-blown glass pipes, vapes, fair-trade clothing, incense and more. And if you’re looking for all things Rasta, this is your place.
Planet Vapor | Vista: 300 Huger St., 803-851-1418, planet-vapor.com. Specializes in electronic cigarettes and high-quality e-juice. Also has locations on Two Notch and Garners Ferry roads, and in Lexington.
Sickle and Moon Tattoo | Five Points: 2009 Greene St., 803-931-0007. Award-winning tattoo artists and quality ink.
Taboo Adult Superstore | Devine Street: 4716 Devine St., 803-738-8307. Despite the City of Columbia’s neverending efforts to close it — and despite its frequent Going Out of Business sales — Taboo is still open.
Vision Quest Body Art & Gallery | Downtown: 2620 Main St., 803-542-7115, phippstattoo.com. Founded by Steve Phipps, Vision Quest is the first tattoo parlor on Main Street. Phipps got his start as an apprentice under Troy Schlegel in 1998 and keeps connected to the tattoo industry, often traveling for guest appearances and conventions.
Whit E. Octopus Vapors | Vista: 404 Pendleton St., 803-800-2094, columbiascvapeshop.com. Locally made vape juice, hardware and a chill atmosphere.
Music, Books, Comics & ‘Zines
2nd & Charles | Harbison: 275 Harbison Blvd., 803-749-9378, 2ndandcharles.com. Large store stuffed with used books, Blu-Ray and DVD movies, albums on CD and vinyl, toys, and comic books.
Addams University Bookstore | Downtown: 152 Assembly St., 803-256-6666, usc.bkstr.com. Student-textbook store also offers computer and smartphone accessories and Gamecock apparel.
Barnes & Noble | USC campus: 1400 Greene St. (Russell House University Union), 803-777-4160. Forest Acres: 3400 Forest Dr., 803-787-5600, barnesandnoble.co. Aisles and aisles of books, plus a Starbucks on site.
Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor | West Columbia: 710 Meeting St., 803-796-6477, billsmusicshop.com. The place to go in Columbia if you’re looking for a dobro, banjo, mandolin, acoustic guitar or any other old-timey instrument. Offers lessons and books, and presents concerts.
The Book Dispensary | St. Andrews/Broad River: 710-C Gracern Rd., 798-4739, mybookdispensary.com. Maybe you want to browse aisle upon aisle of used romance novels. Maybe you want to dig through books on South Carolina history. Maybe you have a hankering for a gardening book or a classic novel. Have at it: It’s all here. Also offers book repair and rebinding.
Comic Nirvana | West Columbia: 3935 Sunset Blvd., 800-356-0605, comicnirvana.com. With comics, graphic novels, Marvel action figures, T-shirts, and new and back-issue comic books, it’s a comic lover’s paradise.
Cosmic Rays | Devine Street: 4427 Devine St., 803-661-8504, cosmicrays-online.com. Carries comics, games, collectibles and DVDs.
Drip Coffee | Five Points: 729 Saluda Ave., 803-661-9545, dripcolumbia.com. Come for the coffee — which is amazing — and stay for the vinyl. Great selection of classic indie and punk.
Ed’s Editions | West Columbia: 406 Meeting St., 803-791-8002, edseditions.com. If you’re the kind of person who can’t resist browsing the shelves of a used bookstore, then this is your place. Don’t miss the Rare Book room, which houses books ranging in value from $100 to $1,000.
Heroes and Dragons | St. Andrews/Broad River: 1621 Broad River Road, 803-731-4376. Comics, graphic novels, games and toys — including lots of collectibles.
Manifest | St. Andrews/Broad River: 1563-A Broad River Rd., 803-798-2606, manifestdisc.com. Features a massive selection of music, both new and used, as well as movies, games and clothing. Also buys and trades.
Papa Jazz Record Shoppe | Five Points: 2014 Greene St., 803-256-0095, papajazz.com. It might be small, but its racks are full not only with jazz, but also plenty of new and used R&B, hip-hop, indie rock, progressive rock, classic rock, reggae and more. A rite of passage for any self-respecting local music fan.
Pecknel Music Company | Five Points: 732 Saluda Ave., 803-799-6860, pecknelmusic.com. From guitars to keyboards to DJ and club gear, Pecknel has it. Also carries sheet music and rents band and orchestra instruments.
Scratch N Spin | West Columbia: 513 12th St., 803-794-8888. facebook.com/scratchnspinofficial. This Triangle City shop carries music, movies, comic books, video games and more — in just about every format past and present, too.
Sims Music | St. Andrews: 1110 St Andrews Rd., 803-772-1185, simsmusic.com. It’s worth the trek to St. Andrews to get to Sims — it’s a huge store full of guitars, amps, keyboards, sheet music, accessories and more. Also offers repairs and lessons.
South Carolina Bookstore | Downtown: 801 Main St., 803-799-7406. Textbooks, supplies and much more.
Star Music | Downtown: 1322 Assembly St., 803-252-8133. Northeast: 9810 Two Notch Rd., 803-699-5200. Irmo: 6169 St. Andrews Rd., 803-750-0990. starmusicsc.com. Carries guitars, band and orchestra instruments, sheet music and accessories. String players take note: This is the place to get the old violin set up.
Turntable City | Lexington: 202 West Main St. Suite A, 803-546-2319. Vinyl from a variety of genres, including some rare finds.
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