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Seneca Shopping Is as Unique as the Town

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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The historic Ram Cat Alley, Seneca’s lively downtown district, is the place to shop if you’re looking for local merchants offering unusual antiques, South Carolina products and one-of-a-kind goods and apparel.

Whether you’re looking for gifts to take home to friends and family or a souvenir for yourself, you’ll find a great selection of shops to peruse during your visit. Here are just a few:

M. Tannery & Sons – If you love shopping for antiques, you won’t want to miss this shop located in the famed Ram Cat Alley District. The eclectic collection includes new and antique home accessories and furnishings in a variety of styles including vintage, country home, lakeside living, primitive, French country and modern. The store also carries architectural salvage and gifts.

Green Springs – Another Ram Cat Alley favorite, this quirky, independent gift boutique specializes in American-made products, including toys, baskets, candles, totes, soaps and nightlights, along with the work of 18 American potters and seven American glass artists.

Hochstetler’s Country Store – Looking to take home a taste of the Upstate? This family-owned and operated natural food store offers top-quality products, including whole grains, flours, granola, homemade pasta, spices, candies, meats, cheeses, locally produced raw milk and feta goat cheeses, and hard-to-find ingredients.

Emily’s “Especially for You” – This ladies boutique specializes in fun everyday wear as well as special occasion apparel. They are known for their personal service and can help you select the perfect outfit with the perfect shoes, purse and jewelry. You’ll also find lots of Clemson gear.

The Healthy Olive – At this Ram Cat Alley store, you can sample unique and flavorful extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars from large stainless steel urns. Once you choose your selections, they are bottled on the spot for you to take home.

The Red Door – You’ll find stylish lamps, clocks, antiques, placemats, napkins, guest towels, candles, baskets and so much more at this gift and decor shop located at 120 Ram Cat Alley. It also boasts the largest selection of Lake Keowee and Lake Hartwell items.

Casual Carolina – While this business specializes in embroidery, it has its own brand of merchandise, including T-shirts, hats, totes, seasonal items, mugs and more.

Heartwarmers – It may be known for its large selection of gourmet food (samples are always available) and gift baskets, but Heartwarmers also offers tons of home accessories, seasonal decorations, table accents and silk flowers. Name brands in stock include Kavu, Spartina 449, Noelle, Magnolia Home, Mud Pie and Crabtree & Evelyn. Add to that stylish fashions, jewelry, handbags and baby gifts and you’re bound to find the perfect memento or gift to complete your shopping list.

Applewood Shopping Center – For name-brand stores, check out Applewood Shopping Center across the street from Oconee Medical Center. It includes GameStop, Hobby Lobby, Hibbett Sporting Goods, RadioShack, GNC, Bath and Body Works and Cato.

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.