Travel the scenic roads across Shawnee Forest County in Southernmost Illinois to discover some unique shopping spots. 

   For an abundance of unique shops, take a road trip to Murphysboro,  Illinois’ BBQ capital.  BBQ aficionados have long known the trip to Murphysboro, is more than worth it. The small town hosts a barbecue cook-off every year and is perhaps the only town in the country with two Barbecue Hall of Famers.  You will enjoy shopping Apple Blossom giftsLove of Family and Home, Think Vintage and more.

   For the lover or art and all things creative, visit 276 Art Exchange, in Equality.  Fine arts and heritage crafts made by local artisans. High-quality works of art, hand-made heritage crafts, local literature, and other items unique to Southern Illinois.  You can even book a private shopping experience here.

   Annabelle Market, Main Street Anna is where you will find local honey and lavender products, decor, jewelry, books and lots of treasures! Even some stuff for the guys! It’s a girl’s shopping dream!

   In Cobden, find Packrat’s Paradise with Antiques, vintage, repurposed and locally made items – all local growers, collectors & artisans. With over 30 vendors and unique items and a great shopping experience.


Carbondale’s shopping scene provides an array of possibilities, offering everything you need in one town.For outdoor enthusiasts, Shawnee Trails Wilderness is where you can find the latest gear for backpacking, rock climbing and other outdoor adventures around Carbondale. If you are looking for a bike, accessories, or just need a tune-up or repair, Phoenix Cycles or Carbondale Cycle Shop is your go-to spot. For music lovers, spend some time digging through vinyls, cd’s and cassette tapes spanning all genres of music at Plaza Records. Stop next door at Mike’s Music and peruse the guitars and other instruments for sale or even sign up for lessons. Gamers and role players alike converge at Castle Perilous Games and Books. Meet up for a battle or stock up trading cards for future encounters. Also check out Campus Comics, selling comic books, graphic novels, statues, model kits and comic collecting supplies. Yesteryear Tobacconists is Carbondale’s oldest tobacco shop, offering a wide selection of all pure tobacco and special blends. For an even more special blend, head over to Consume Cannabis Co., Carbondale’s recreational marijuana dispensary. For hand blown glass and other supplies be sure to visit Legal Smile, Hemp-N-Stuff Head Shop and Blue Gorilla Supply. Qualls Hats & Co. offers popular hat brands such as Bailey, Bruno Capelo, 9th Street and Dobbs. Rahim’s Beauty Supply is a longstanding business offering hair and body products, accessories and more. These are two of our black owned and operated businesses. Leather and non-leather repairs are also available. Whether you are searching for a new jacket or tool bag, or need a simple patch or zipper fixed, Leather World can take care of you. For your thrifting needs, The Thrift Shop is full of clothing, furniture, knick-knacks, collectibles, toys, books, records, and more. For vintage pieces, check out Tropicana Vintage Clothing, offering a wide variety of vintage clothing, including fur and leather coats, sweaters, overalls and more. For the naturalists, The Neighborhood Co-op Grocery specializes in organic, local, all natural and fairly traded products. The store also has an extensive wellness section. Town Square Market offers wholesome food, supplements, personal care and wellness products.


“Anyone who says money can’t buy happiness, doesn’t know where to shop”. If you’re looking for a little happiness, we invite you to shop with us in Williamson County! In Williamson County we have a wide variety of boutiques and specialty shops that offer everything from necessities to indulgences. You’ll find several small shops throughout the area that sell locally sourced meat, produce, dairy products, and more. The Big Muddy Hogs is a great food hub to check out while you’re in the area!  Get fresh ingredients to make a delicious meal at your Airbnb or pick up a few things to take home with you! We also have a few specialty skin and body care shops that offer everything from basic hygiene care to luxurious self-care products. One of the area’s best kept secrets, Cinda’s Botanical Blends, offers hand-made, all-natural skin care products, soaps, and more. We also have a wide variety of hobby shops! Whether you’re an outdoorsman or a maker, we have a shop for you! The Crappie Pro Shop is a great stop for anglers. This shop has high quality products and top-notch service! If your hobbies lean more to the creative side, we have a number of great shops to help get you started! Steven’s Floral, Gifts, and Framing has supplies for all kinds of fun crafts and projects! For the collectors, check out Fox Sports Cards & Collectibles. Williamson County has over a dozen antique and primitive shops as well as home décor and furniture stores. If you’re obsessed with interiors or looking for a few unique pieces to spice up your current décor, check out Deloufleur Decor & Designs or Warehouse Antique Mall! Find these shops and much more when you shop small in Williamson County! 


There is no shortage of shopping opportunities in ILLINOISouth, as our territory covers 22 counties. Some of the fan-favorite places to shop are communities with adorable downtown areas to spend a day hopping from store to store. That type of shopping atmosphere can be found in towns like Waterloo, Belleville, O’Fallon, Lebanon, Centralia, PInckneyville, Vandalia, Casey, Olney and Mt. Carmel just to name a few. Of course, one of the best parts of shopping is the experience – and there are a few places in ILLINOISouth that provide an experience you don’t find often. One said unique experience can be found at S.D. Meadows Folk Art Gallery in Palestine. S.D. Meadows Folk Art Gallery is a store that will peak your imagination – your mind will run wild with color and creativity when you walk into this gallery. Shop original folk art pieces and a fun selection of collectible items. There is also primitive furnishing, pottery, and accessories. Ten Pin Antiques in Carlyle has been around since the sixties and has gone through some changes! This antique shop used to be a bowling alley – and it’s still evident by the scoring screens that are still hanging up, as well as the original bowling lanes that you’ll walk down! In terms of shopping, there are so many items to choose from like furniture, glassware, books, and so much more. Spinach Can Collectibles and Museum in Chester is no doubt a one-of-a-kind shop. Being the only Popeye store in the world, it has really made its mark. Find all sorts of Popeye themed items like hats, buttons, jewelry, houseware, and much more to feed or start your Popeye obsession! For more information on many other places to shop in ILLINOISouth – visit

Holiday shopping is a wonderful tradition for many, and gifts can be even more meaningful with a unique story behind them, and sourced right here in Southernmost Illinois.   Consider matching each of these shopping options with the right person on your list.  

For the lover or art and all things creative:

276 Art Exchange, Equality, sells fine arts and heritage crafts made by local artisans. High-quality works of art, hand-made heritage crafts, local literature, and other items unique to Southern Illinois.  You can even book a private shopping experience here.

For the foodie:

Send an apple gift box from the Rendleman Orchards, of Alto Pass:

Apple gift boxes and specialty food gift boxes are quite popular during the Holidays.  Shop online here.

Learn the ins and outs of BBQ from world championship BBQers 17th Stret BBQ. in Murphysboro:

Praise the Lard: Recipes and Revelations from the Legendary Life in Barbecue.  With this new book, the dynamic father-daughter duo behind Southern Illinois’s 17th Street Barbecue invite readers to join them around the fire as they share all the master techniques, signature recipes, and no-nonsense tips of a family with more than 100 years in the barbecue business. Shop products here 

For the baseball player:

Create a unique bat for the unique player in your life with Dinger Bats in Ridgeway:

The very essence of Dinger bats is that no matter what league you play in, or the level you play at, everyone could experience the same quality craftsmanship of maple wood that professional baseball players merit.  Build a bat here.

For the vino connoisseur:

Share the perfect fireside wine with Alto Vineyards in Alto Pass:

Alto Vineyards has won over 500 National and International awards in wine competitions across the nation, never forgetting the family philosophy to produce the highest quality wines possible. Shop all wines here.

For fans of all things cozy:

Stay warm with a hand-crocheted alpaca yarn accessory from Rolling Oak Alpaca Ranch in Makanda:

Specializes in crocheted goods made with all-natural handspun yarn sheared from the herd of alpacas that call the farm home. The online store offers beanies, socks, gloves and more that are perfect for keeping cozy during the colder months. Shop all products here.

For the beer connoisseurs:

Unique foraged, farm-crafted beer await you at Scratch Brewing Company in Ava:  

Every ingredient is farm-gathered—the walnuts and black trumpet mushrooms, sassafras and vanilla leaves, even the natural spring waters used for brewing, everything indigenous to the region. online here.

Each of these unique gift options are crafted locally by makers and artisans right here in Shawnee Forest Country.  Discover hidden gems off-the-beaten path.

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