What does a Columbia native and a first-time visitor have in common? We all love having uniquely Columbia products in our homes. Thanks to our city’s artists, entrepreneurs, and craftspeople, there’s no shortage of things to choose from.
If you’re looking for something urban and unexpected, look no further than our craft beer and distilling industries, which have been growing rapidly thanks to WORD in regulation. For the beer lover, no visit to Columbia would be complete without getting some bottles from our local breweries like River Rat Brewery, Swamp Cabbage Brewery, and Conquest Brewery.
The breweries are all located near Williams Brice Stadium, making them perfect tailgating spots in the fall and their outdoor spaces are family favorites all year around.
While we’re on the subject, beer isn’t the only alcoholic beverage that’s local to Columbia. Our city is also home to two distilleries. Copper Horse, a vodka, gin, and rum distiller is known for their Copper Cream line. This decadent line features creamy dessert liquors like Pecan Praline Cream Whiskey and Salted Chocolate Truffle Cream Whiskey.
Don’t forget about Crouch Distilling! This local shop specializes in whiskey, but has a creative streak that keeps them branching out. Their latest non-whisky creation is a traditional rum distilled from sugar cane grown in St. George, SC.
If you want to take your whiskey mixology experiments to the next level, be sure to pick up some Whiskey Wood. This local shop offers cocktail smokes and wooden stirrers to help bring out specific flavors in your favorite whiskey.
What is a good drink without some good food?
There are few things more Southern than properly prepared shrimp and grits and when it comes to local products, Columbia has options on the grits front and you’ll want to taste them all. Start with Adluh Grits, whose iconic white building is visible from the Vista Arts District. Then work your way over to Congaree Milling Co., which uses both New and Old World milling techniques. And finish off with Anson Mills Products where you can choose between grits, flour, oats, heirloom Carolina Gold Rice, Sea Island Red Peas and Sea Island Benne Seeds.
Not into grits? Beef jerky is the perfect snack for hiking on our city’s trails, taking a road trip, or…who are we kidding? It’s always the perfect snack! Two Brothers Jerky, owned by two brothers who were adopted into separate families and grew up apart only to reconnect in their adult lives to team up to make a line of grass-fed beef jerky. With three flavors to choose from, there’s something for everyone.
If you have a sweet tooth you need to try Adam’s Apple Eatables for their apple butter and pie jams. They offer gift sets that come in a gift box with an adorable serving spoon that’s perfect as a souvenir that you can enjoy for a long time after your visit.
When you’re out in Columbia eating at one of our fine dining restaurants or cheering on the Gamecocks at a tailgate, you want to look good. And in Columbia, it’s just as common to see a man wearing a bowtie at a fine dining restaurant as it is to see him wearing one at a tailgate. If you want to fit in you should check out Titanic Alley Bow Ties, a local shop that scours thrift shops for unique patterns to repurpose into bowties. If you’re looking for more than a bowtie, check out Nana by Sally where the ladies can also find some new, one-of-a kind accessories.
Speaking of accessories for the ladies, you have to visit January Jewelry’s shop for her gorgeous metal jewelry that is both feminine and modern.
Dressing up for your visit is always fun, but you may also want something you can keep in your house that will always remind you of your Columbia adventures. What better way to do that than with something truly custom? Bricker and Beam specializes in made-to-order and custom wooden furniture, cutting boards, and leather goods. Don’t forget about Fido! Their sister company, Bricker and Bark, makes a beautiful line of dog beds and leather leashes.
Looking for a smaller item for your home? Our local craftspeople deliver in a big way.
One Eared Cow Glass is an art gallery and store specializing in glass products. They offer everything from birdfeeders to wine glasses. Since all their pieces are hand blown, they are truly one of a kind. If you want to make your glass art even more personalized, you can sign up for one of their glass blowing classes and leave with your own work of art.
There’s so much to see and do in Columbia, you’ll probably need a little rest and relaxation after your visit. Be sure to pick up a Creative Energy Candle before you leave. These soy-based candles smell great and, when you burn them, the wax becomes a great smelling lotion you can use on your whole body.
Our city’s list of great, local products is always growing. Explore the city or check out Soda City Market and you might be the one who discovers the next greatest Columbia product on your visit!