16 Local Shops You Need to Know About
Augusta's River Region is full of small, locally owned shops and boutiques that offer everything from beautiful paper notebooks to hand-loomed sweaters. These are just a few of our favorites from local brick-and-mortar stores and online shops offering goods from local makers.
Brick + Mortar Stores
What do you get when you mix high quality, vegan, cruelty-free, plant-based skin care products, a smidge of fun accessories, and a dash of style? Field Botanicals. Step inside the bright and airy shop and you'll likely meet Jennifer Tinsley, the owner and creator of the Field Botanicals product line. Grab a few bottles of her signature products or shop from her curated selection of skin care and beauty products.
Like a breath of fresh air, literally. All of the scents you'll find inside are crafted in-house with pure fragrance oils. If somehow you can't find the perfect scent for you, you can curate your own by creating your scent and pouring your own candle. You can also bring a bottle of wine and cozy up at the bar for a fun night out.
You won't find any tires inside this quirky artist workshop. Instead, browse the hand-thrown bowls, vases, jugs, and mugs that are created and kiln-fired in the studio by a collective of potters.
On any given day, you could step inside and find a piece of art by a number of local iconic artists - like Leonard "Porkchop" Zimmerman, Carey Mogianesi, Staci Swider, LouAnn Zimmerman and Carrie Brooks - just to name a few. You'll also find a fun and eclectic, curated mix of functional and decorative art pieces.
The Book Tavern
From rare books - like a first edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - to the latest cookbook by local chef VeryVera, you can find a book for everyone on your list. The staff of the bookstore are super friendly and never fail to make great suggestions when stumped book lovers are in need of a good read.
Handpicked styles in a variety of sizes line the racks at this women's clothing boutique. If you need help finding a piece to take home, the staff are well versed in the art of a curated closet and will help find what you need.
Whether you're looking for recent artists or something a little more old school, you can find it at Grantski Records. Making this the perfect spot to shop for the music lover in your life.
Don't let the Washington Road address of this shop fool you - it's a little hidden and, if you're not sure where to look, you could pass it altogether! Inside, you'll shop from the best outdoor brands and apparel on the market with a little help from the awesome staff and a few of their furry friends.
Just like the name implies, you can find a little bit of everything in general at this downtown Edgefield store. From pocket knives to paper Field Guide notebooks, candles to macaroons, pottery to hand lotion - this local favorite carries carefully curated goods from quality companies that are often based in the South.
For every woman who's ever wanted to shop from her Pinterest home design boards. This downtown Edgefield store has only been around for a year - but it packs a big punch for those looking to infuse style into their home.
This small shop that's been a staple in downtown Aiken for 40 years is packed from floor to ceiling with high quality cookware and kitchen accessories from trusted brands.
Fireside Outdoor Kitchens and Grills
Add a little something fancy to your grill game. From grill cookware and accessories to high quality charcoals, wood chips, meat rubs and more - this downtown store has what you need for the King (or Queen) of the Grill in your home.
Handcrafted knitwear designed and created by Kristine Rodriguez in her Augusta studio is cold-weather perfection. If you're looking for a timeless sweater that will last you a lifetime - then you need a Responsive Textiles piece (or two) in your closet.
Small batch clothing made by Adrienne Antonso in her studio in Thomson, Georgia - just outside of Augusta. Her clothing is the perfect balance of practicality and a creative spirit.
These burned-by-hand wall art, home accents, and accessories have the perfect amount of humor, pop-culture, and personality. Most products are made of wood or leather and range from succulent planters to pennants, and passport covers to their popular "Boss Lady" keychains.
Handcrafted ball markers with custom designs are perfect for the golf lover in your life. Aiken local, Joel Leopard hand stamps most markers and they can be customized with initials, sayings, or logos.