With cozy storefronts arranged around a walkable square, plus in-demand national retailers, the shops of McDonough invite you to stop in and do a lap (or three). Whether you’re searching for a specific item—game-day gear, perhaps, or the perfect home accent—or leisurely strolling from window to window, McDonough’s got the goods. In an age where shopping often boils down to surfing a megaretailer’s website, downtown McDonough offers a refreshing alternative—a place where the experience of hunting for a oneof- a-kind gift, houseware, or wardrobe addition is as gratifying as taking it home. If your tastes run to monogrammed totes or sundresses and cowboy boots, don’t miss women’s boutique American Honey Company (66 Griffin Street, shopahcboutique.com). Like the song of the same name by country act Lady Antebellum, the shop celebrates the quintessential Southern girl—though perhaps it better channels Miranda Lambert in the sweet-but-sassy sayings that adorn its soft tees and coozies. (“I love Jesus but I cuss a little,” for one.) Goatmilk soaps, shabby-chic home decor, and baby clothes round If your idea of Southern garb is what you wear on a Tybee Island fishing boat, weekend trip to a hunting lodge, or fall tailgate, Southern Drawl Outfitter (20 Macon Street, southerndrawloutfitter.com) carries elite outdoor lifestyle brands such as Patagonia, Southern Proper, Over Under, and Costa. There’s a touch of prep mixed in with the rugged, such as Vineyard Vines button-downs and colorful bow ties—plus the requisite Croakies to show you’re no New Englander. Looking for a thoughtful gift? You won’t go home empty-handed from Secret Garden (5 Keys Ferry Street), a trove of home accents, jewelry, and women’s apparel from local artisans and major brands alike (Vera Bradley handbags, Charles River raincoats). Inside the downtown McDonough location of Moye’s Pharmacy (62 Keys Ferry Street), Henry County’s oldest full-service pharmacy, you’ll find a charming mini-boutique carrying wedding and baby gifts, kids’ toys, collegiate gear, fresh produce, preserves, and more. It’s no surprise that a town so in touch with history would be an antiquer’s delight. Gerhardt’s World Antiques (18 Macon Street, gerhardtsworldantiques.com) boasts an impressive store of sports memorabilia, Civil War collectibles, furniture, and other unusual relics of Americana, while nearby Emily’s Attic (3 Keys Ferry Street) stocks an array of vintage finds for the home. At Planters Walk Antique Mall (42 Keys Ferry Street), browse a wide range of merchants’ stalls for refurbished and salvaged furnishings, comic books, antique clothes, and oddities galore. But downtown McDonough is not the only shopping game in town. With a convenient location just off I-75, South Point Shopping Center is home to stores of national prominence such as Sephora, T. J. Maxx, Hobby Lobby, Kohl’s, JCPenney, and Toys R Us—plus eateries such as Chipotle and Starbucks—and continues to add new tenants. Metro Atlanta’s first Academy Sports and Outdoors opened here in 2010 and remains a popular destination for sports, hunting, and camping gear. Town Trivia Though it’s only open Saturdays, Ms. Morene’s doll shop (7 Keys Ferry Street) has been a mainstay on the Square since 1983. The ninety-three-year-old proprietor’s collection of rare and antique dolls numbers in the thousands. Get out your smartphones for an Instagramworthy shot of these sentientlooking artifacts peering out through the shop windows.
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