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Discover the Pleasures of Shopping in Downtown Anderson

Marie McAden Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.
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Anderson offers an array of shopping options, from the quaint downtown to a modern mall.

Ordinary or extraordinary. You’ll find both in Anderson’s malls, retail centers and locally owned specialty shops.

And that’s what makes shopping in the Upstate city so much fun. There’s everything you need and so much more, from handmade chocolates and fine loose leaf teas to trendy apparel and high-end kitchen wares.

For the basics, head to Anderson Mall, an indoor shopping extravaganza with well-known retailers like Belk, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Victoria’s Secret, Bath and Body Works, Rue 21, American Eagle Outfitters and Aéropostale.

This modern mall also features a food court, cell phone charging stations, a nursing mother’s lounge, complimentary Wi-Fi services, kiddie rides and even DogSpot, a technology-enabled, climate-controlled dog house where you can leave Fido while you shop.

For recreational equipment, head to Grady's Great Outdoors in Anderson.

If you enjoy the thrill of the hunt, you’ve got several awesome choices. Apple Dumplin’ Antique Mall offers vintage and unusual items, from wood doors to kitchen utensils. The Vine Antiques, Gifts & Consignments is more upscale with fine furniture, china and silver sets.

And then there’s Anderson Jockey Lot and Farmers’ Market. Each weekend, some 1,500 vendors gather at the 65-acre flea market to peddle a mind-blowing assortment of goods. You’ll find books, videos, CDs, tools, hardware, home, garden and farm items, automotive parts, fresh produce and even pets and small farm animals.

Looking for outdoor gear? You’ll want to hit Grady’s Great Outdoors. It features kayaks, bikes, fishing rods, hiking boots and many of the best performance apparel brands, including Patagonia, North Face and Columbia.

CocoBon Chocolatier offers handmade confections, from truffles and chocolates to bars and treats.

Cooks will love The Kitchen Emporium Gifts and Wine Bar. Its extensive collection of products includes Le Creuset cast iron cookware, Casafina hand-painted Portuguese stoneware and J.A. Henckels cutlery. The European Market is another must-shop spot for those who enjoy spending time in the kitchen. It sells food products from 25 countries along with homemade cabbage rolls, pierogies, bulochki, chebureki and blintzes.

Two other great destinations for locally produced foods are CocoBon Chocolatier and Split Creek Farm. Tea lovers won’t want to miss Carolina Parakeet, offering a variety of fine loose leaf teas and tea accessories.

Belle Beauty is one of the unique shops in downtown Anderson.
Pixel Point curated gallery features functional, handcrafted works of art. Photo courtesy of Pixel Point.

The selection of locally owned gift stores in Anderson is even more extensive. Check out:

City Seed at the Station – plants, garden tools, gifts and seeds
Pixel Point – artisan gallery crafts from candles and baskets to birdhouses and brooms
Unique Things – home decor, candlesticks, lamps, vases, furniture, pillows, jewelry and men’s and women’s clothing
The Beehive – gifts, clothing, baby items
Simply Country Chic – apparel, accessories, bath and body items, gifts, jewelry, home decor and gourmet foods

Other cool shops to browse during a visit to Anderson include McDowell’s Emporium, a new and used book store located in a little house off North Main Street; BARK, an over-the-top pet store offering haute cuisine and couture, beauty accessories, beds, loungers and toys for dogs; andRainbow Records, featuring an amazing collection of music and movies.

Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.