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 mega-retailer’s website, downtown McDonough offers a refreshing alternative—a place where the experience of hunting for a one-of- a-kind gift, houseware, or wardrobe addition is as gratifying as taking it home. If your boots are made for walking, then you have to jump on the bandwagon and pay a visit to Cowboys General Western Store (15 Keys Ferry Street). Chock full of cowboy- and cowgirl-inspired fashions, including an impressive collection of stylish cowboy boots for all ages, this delightfully themed shop is a Main Street mainstay. Hats, accessories, unique décor, and an array of additional novelties also are available at great prices. 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. One of the newest shops on the block, Sinclair’s Mercantile (41 Griffin Street, sinclairsmercantile. Com) carries clothing and accessories for men, women, and children handpicked by owner and personal stylist Lanie Beth Sinclair, who opened the boutique with her husband Brad. The shop also features books, home décor, and other “fineries,” and soon will include a separate closet with clothing for the less fortunate, which will be open once a month to those in need in the community. 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 antique lover’s delight. Planter’s Walk Antique Mall (42 Keys Ferry Street, planterswalkantiquemall.Com), located in the former lumber company and cotton exchange, is home to all kinds of unique hidden treasures, from fabulous furniture to collectibles to jewelry. Nearby Emily’s Attic (3 Keys Ferry Street) stocks an array of vintage finds for the home. 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 Instagram-worthy shot of these sentient-looking artifacts peering out through the shop windows.
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