Spoil them with a trip to these favorite local candy shops!
The Peanut Man Candy & Nut Co. has three locations in Columbia – downtown in The Vista, Ballentine/Irmo, and Village at Sandhill (Fernandina Rd. coming soon), so wherever you and the grandkids happen to be, you can stop in for chocolate, popcorn, novelty and nostalgic candies and candy Hot Boiled P-nuts (SC’s Official State Snack).
1215 Lincoln Street | 803.799.9988
1333 Dutch Fork Rd | 803.781.7577
461-3 Town Center Place | 803.419.0705
Cromer’s has got a fantastic selection of gourmet popcorn flavors, peanuts, candy apples and much more! Cromer’s Cafe, their onsite “nutty coffee shop”, serves breakfast and lunch items, snacks, great coffee and specialty drinks!
3030 North Main Street 1.800.322.7688
Mast General Store
Amidst its two floors of outdoor gear, home accessories, toys, gifts and more, Mast’s candy section is worth mentioning for its hundreds of favorite old-fashioned candies, and variety of gummies, chocolates, hard candies, nuts and more.
1601 Main Street | 803.771.2300
Now open: Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop at 929 Gervais St., a throw-back to penny candy days with lots of cool retro signage and memorabilia.
|| Soda City Saturdays ||
Soda City Market is the Columbia community’s favorite way to spend Saturday mornings! The Main Street open market is there every Saturday morning 9AM – 1PM, year-round, rain or shine, and features a stellar gathering of food and craft vendors, local busy businesses and farmers, who have everything you need for your brain, body and belly! sodacitysc.com
|| Riverfront Park Perks ||
This City of Columbia park is popular for its pretty pathways and brick amphitheater. The serene views along the Columbia Canal inspire relaxing walks, birdwatching and biking. The 167-acre area has flat, paved trails, and frequently hosts riverfront events like concerts and brunches. 312 Laurel Street
|| Tour the State House ||
The South Carolina State House is the seat of state government, and houses the Governor’s and Lieutenant Governor’s offices, and the House and Senate chambers. Take a free guided or self-guided tour! You’ll enjoy learning about the building’s fascinating history, beautiful architecture and historical paintings. See the ornate Lobby, the Sword of State, the Dome, and find great SC items at the Gift Shop! Tours are year-round and also available on Saturdays. 803.734.2430 southcarolinastatehouse.com