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Discover the Pleasures of Shopping in Rock Hill

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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If you’re like most travelers, your vacation plans include a few hours of recreational shopping. It’s a great way to explore a city and learn more about its culture and vibe.

Whether you’re looking for a memento of your visit or unique gifts to take back home to family and friends, you’ll find Rock Hill offers plenty of options for retail therapy, including an enclosed regional mall, a multi-merchant megastore and a charming collection of downtown shops and boutiques.

Rock Hill Galleria features anchor stores Belk and JCPenney, a bowling center, several restaurants and nearly 50 specialty shops, including American Eagle, Claire’s, Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works and Foot Locker. Nearby are other retail favorites—Academy Sports + Outdoors, Hobby Lobby, Target and Kohl’s—along with more dining options from LongHorn Steakhouse to Buffalo Wild Wings to Ruby Tuesday.

If it’s antiques, furnishings and unusual items you seek, head to the Shoppes at River’s Edge near the Riverwalk community. Don’t be fooled by the plain, warehouse-style exterior. Inside, you’ll discover beautiful displays of home décor, jewelry, wall art, garden items, candles and more—all under one roof.

Old Town Rock Hill offers an equally eclectic collection of wares in small shops along the historic Main Street corridor. For gifts and accessories created by local artisans, pop into Overhead Station, now in its fifth decade selling handmade items, including original Rock Hill dinnerware embellished with images of Rock Hill landmarks. If you enjoy shopping for clothing in the more intimate setting of a boutique, hit up Song’s Fashions, featuring women's and children’s apparel and accessories.

Take home some bargains from Friends Books on Main, operated by the Friends of York County Library. Open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the store features thousands of donated books, DVDs, audio books and CDs. Down the block is The Newsstand Records and Books, where you can browse through new vinyl pressings of classic albums and recent recordings, along with a well-curated selection of books.

Main Street also includes art galleries, Tattooed Brews, McHale’s Irish Pub and several restaurants, including Amélie’s French bakery and café, to dip in for lunch or a sweet snack.

You’ll find lots of other fun shops around the city. Love Polish pottery? Stop by Blue Rose Pottery and peruse the endless shelves of dinnerware, bakeware, serving dishes and accessories in classic and modern patterns.

Pick up a custom bow tie handmade in the Carolinas at The Cordial Churchman. The store also features neckties, lapel pins, scarves and pocket squares to complete your Southern gentleman look.

Comic book and sports card collectors will love Grand Slam Cards & Comics. Along with new and old comic books and autographed, rookie and hard-to-find cards, you’ll find sports memorabilia, games and a small selection of toys and collectibles.

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.