Don't miss Sumter's Parade of Shops on Sunday


Though Christmas is more than a month away, Sumterites can get a head start on their holiday shopping during the annual Parade of Shops between 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Shoppers can tour local businesses on Bultman Drive, Wesmark Boulevard and Old West Liberty Street to see what Sumter has to offer and find the perfect gifts for their loved ones and friends.

Audri J's LLC, A Children's Boutique sells clothing for children of all ages from infants to teens, said store owner, Patina Calhoun.

Shoppers will find classy and upscale items such as button ups and polo shirts for boys and blouses and dresses for girls from brands that can be found at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.

In business since June, the inventory at Audri J's - named after Calhoun's 3-year-old granddaughter - also includes shoes for small children and accessories as well as pageant dresses, tailored suits for boys and holiday clothes for girls and boys.

Parents can dress their children in unique pieces like they are on a New York runway, said the New York native.

A visit to Audri J's is more than just shopping; its an experience, she said.

Shoppers who come in on Sunday will get 15 percent off their purchase, no matter the total.

Carnivore Butcher and Bottle, one of Sumter's newest butcher shops, sells quality meats with no additives whatsoever, said general manager, Eugene Ickes.

The beef is grass-fed, he said, and the chicken and pork comes from South Carolina. The meat is never frozen, he said.

Customers can also select from a range of wines that will pair nicely with their meats as well as a variety of cheeses, he said.

On Sunday, customer's names will be added to a drawing for a $50 gift certificate for each purchase.

One Accord, Naomi and Warner, Elephant Ear, Simpson Hardware & Sports, Gary's Florist and Silver Paper will not be out done. Each store will be welcoming shoppers with their own special offers.