Our Store

Our Location

Columbia’s iconic confections, treats and gift basket retailer, A Taste of the South is now located at 2222 Sumter St. (need map or map link) in the historic Cottontown neighborhood. We’re open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Come shop not only for our classic Southern pecans and candies but also for unique gifts by local artists and craft persons. We are constantly discovering the work of new and exciting artists, crafts people, and even some gourmet cooks, adding to our exclusive in-shop line-up.

A Taste of the South is the perfect place to shop when you want that special Southern gift or treat. Whether it is a gift, for a friend or family member, wedding favors for your guests on that special day or gifts for your corporate clients to say, "Happy Holidays," you are sure to find just the right items at A Taste of the South.

Come visit our store or enjoy the convenience of shopping on-line.

Our Story

The best kept secret enjoyed and cherished by Southerners since 1989! A Taste of the South is a 30-year-old family-owned business dedicated to bringing its customers the best the South has to offer. Our gourmet products are nothing short of delicious and perfect for any occasion.

Our Neighborhood

Join us in Columbia’s newest destination. In addition to A Taste of the South, the revitalized Cottontown commercial district, located along Sumter Street just north of Elmwood Avenue, is home to The War Mouth restaurant, CottonTown Brew Lab, Indah Coffee Co., Circa Barber Shop, and soon Il Focolare pizzeria.

“A Taste of the South is excited to be part of the Cottontown retail community,” says A Taste of the South President and CEO Elie Abikhaled. “I think in 10 years this is going to be the premier corridor in Columbia.”

Our Building

Our 4,500 square-foot building, which houses our retail store and on-line packaging operation, is the former maintenance facility for Loomis Armored US. The building was renovated in 2018 by Cason Development Group.