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For the best shopping in Greenville, our Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend hitting downtown — the perfect place for finding that unique one-of-a-kind treasure. All street-side parking is at no charge, while conveniently located parking garages have very reasonable all-day rates. Plus wide sidewalks complete with plenty of benches are perfect for taking a mid-shopping breather and people-watching.
Right in the heart of downtown is Mast General Store, where you’ll be carried back to the 1920s the moment you walk in the door. This local mercantile sells everything from shoes to cast iron skillets, but the big draw is located in the rear of the store: barrels and barrels of more than 500 different hard-to-find candies, most sold by the piece. Grab a basket and stock up on your childhood favorites.
Every town has a bicycle shop, right? How about a bicycle shop that caters just to women? Greenville has one — Petal Chic at the West End sells female-focused bicycles, accessories and clothing, along with offering classes, seminars and scheduled rides. Petal Chic caters to all cyclists from the Sunday afternoon cruiser to the high-performance racer.
When it’s time for a snack, The Chocolate Moose Bakery is a must. Specializing in handcrafted cupcakes, the bakery also offers fresh-baked muffins and cake pops. The Chocolate Moose always has everyone’s favorites: chocolate, vanilla and red velvet, as well as daily and seasonal specials.