Columbia has become an epicenter for craftspeople, artists and chefs (and craft beer) of all stripes. Thanks to the creative spirit of our city’s makers and entrepreneurs, the list of local products to choose from looms large.
Looking for the unexpected? Look no further than our craft beer and distilling scene. For the beer lover, no visit to Columbia would be complete without stocking up on the brews from local favorites like River Rat Brewery, Swamp Cabbage Brewery, and Conquest Brewery, just to name a few. It never hurts to go to the breweries themselves and try a pour (or two) in the sunshine before you buy.
A little on the stronger side, Copper Horse Distilling, is a vodka, gin, and rum distiller known for their Copper Cream line. This decadent line features creamy dessert liquors like Pecan Praline Cream Whiskey and Salted Chocolate Truffle Cream Whiskey. Another local spot, specializing in whiskey, is Crouch Distilling. This operation started in the kitchen and continues to craft each bottle with care, from grain to glass. You can find the spirits of both Copper Horse and Crouch at their own tasting rooms. If you want to take your whiskey mixology to the next level, shop the ruggedly-sophisticated products of Whiskey Wood. These cocktail smokes and wooden stirrers will help bring out specific flavors in your favorite whiskey.
There are few things more Southern than properly prepared shrimp and grits and when it comes to the grits, Columbia has options. Start with Adluh Grits, whose iconic white building is visible The Vista district. Congaree Milling Co. grits can be found around town in specialty stores like Rosewood Market and Crust Bakehouse. Check out their website for handcrafted recipes you can master at home. Take your pick of Anson Mills Products. They offer everything from grits, flour, oats, Southern peas and beans, rice, corn... we will leave it at that for now. Pro tip - You can order their products by the pound online. You'll find that all of these product lines are on the menus of local restaurants around town.
Find unique, homegrown eats like Two Brothers Jerky and Adam's Apple Eatables across the region in stores and restaurants that boast local pride. Two Brothers Jerky is owned by two brothers who were adopted into separate families, only to reconnect in their adult lives and team up to make a line of grass-fed beef jerky. Adam’s Apple Eatables caters to your sweet side with apple butter and pie jams. They offer gift sets that come with an adorable spoon - perfect for serving guests, or yourself.
In Columbia SC, we're all about accessories. Bow ties, bags, and eclectic jewelry can be found among the wardrobes of the locals, and for purchase online or at Soda City Market. Check out Titanic Alley Bow Ties, a local business that scours thrift shops for unique patterns to repurpose into bow ties. Or, get a handbag from Nana by Sally, crafted from end-bolts of fabric and leather, making each one-of-a-kind. January Jewelry is your go to for indie jewelry, sure to accessorize your outfit in a simple, elegant statement.
Take a piece of Columbia to your home with a sophisticated, custom piece of furniture that's tailored just for you. Bricker and Beam specializes in made-to-order wooden furniture, cutting boards, and leather goods. If you have an idea for something, they want to hear about it. Don’t forget about Fido! Their sister company, Bricker and Bark, makes a beautiful line of dog beds and leather leashes.
Looking for something a little smaller 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, with every piece made of hand blown glass. If you want something even more personalized, you can sign up for one of their glass blowing classes and leave with your own work of art.