Why not set aside a day, weekend,
or week to shop the Columbia County way? No crowds, but plenty of low-key
and friendly service. Browsers welcome. A treasure hunter's dream. We're
the antidote to shopping the big national chain stores with the same
old merchandise. We're fresh and timeless, unique, artsy and unusual.
Here are a few ways to design your visit around shopping in Columbia
Walk up and down Warren Street and you’ll step back in time. Not
only is this charming, walkable stretch an architectural tour of America—from
its Georgian townhouses to its Second Empire mansions, from whimsical
Queen Anne to period Craftsman—it also features a higher concentrations
of antique shops than anywhere else. More than 65 to be exact. Enjoy
a choice of gourmet offerings for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And if
you want a change of pace, take in Frederick Church’s fabulous
Persian-style home, Olana.
Columbia County’s bounty can be as simple as browsing Flea Markets
& Tag Sales throughout the county. For last minute notices, check
the local papers—there’s always something going on.
Columbia County boasts some auctions that draw audiences
from across the country. There’s always fresh stuff, and many
a day or evening can be pleasurably passed watching, listening—and
bidding on treasures from times past.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of browsing a town that’s not too big, not too small, but just right—welcome to Chatham! You’ll find stylish clothes and accessories at Dakota, crafts and art at Groovi and The Handcrafters, Brown’s, a shoe store with soul, and gifts and kitchen wares at the upscale American Pie. You’ll find bookstores, art galleries, and stores that cater to knitters, quilters and framers, two options for jewelry and plenty of charming eateries. Take a nearby detour and tour the Hudson-Chatham Winery or the Old Chatham Sheepherding Company.