A Few Columbia Favorites

You’ve heard of Shakespeare’s, Booche’s, Tiger Spirit and Harpo’s, right? Of course you have. They’re Columbia traditions that are packed on football Saturday and some plain old Tuesdays too.

But have you checked out all of Columbia’s favorites? Locals in the know might send you the way of these spots…

To Shop

ACME T-shirt Company: Pick from one of the dozens of pre-designed tees hanging on the walls, bring in your own design or let their artists help you create the perfect tshirt. Buy just one or one hundred in a rainbow of colors.

Makes Scents: Browse shelf after shelf of high quality bath, body and home products. Then create a custom scent that can be turned into everything from lotion to hair fragrance. A true sensory experience.

Mustard Seed: Fair trade items from around the world create a unique shopping venture. A scarf from India, chocolate from Latin America, handmade necklaces from Africa. You never know what you’ll find at Mustard Seed but it will always become a treasured purchase.

Calhoun’s: Specializing in unique gifts that everyone loves and no one forgets. For your friend with a new house, a new baby, a new job or for yourself, Calhoun’s has something for everyone who needs a souvenir from your Columbia visit!

To Eat

CJ’s in Tiger Country: Promising hot wings and cold beer, CJ’s in downtown Columbia has been a local favorite for years. Ranging from mild to BYFO (that’s Burn Your Face Off), CJ’s sauces complement their wings perfectly and the atmosphere is casual and sports-centric. Be sure to check in before you go to make sure all the wings haven’t disappeared!

-International Cafe: Ready for one of the best gyros you’ve ever had? Stop by International Cafe on 9th Street in The District, where the food is authentic, the owners are friendly and the hummus…oh the hummus. Dine inside or pick a patio table and watch the action on 9th Street.

Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream: We seriously can’t say enough about Sparky’s. Even if you only kind of like ice cream, Sparky’s will make you a believer. Like traditional favorites like chocolate and vanilla? Sparky’s has you covered. What about trying something new like lavender-honey, rice krispie treat, pumpkin pie, chai and Georgia bourbon peanut? Sparky’s constantly rotating menu of flavors means every visit is a new adventure and if that wasn’t enough, make sure you check out the art while you’re waiting in line.