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Sunglasses, outdoor store opens in Second Mill Plaza in Sumter

BY SHELBIE GOULDING
shelbie@theitem.com
Posted 6/19/20

Days in the sun and on the water may be a whole lot better now that Sumter has its very own sunglasses and outdoor accessories store just minutes away from home.

Located in Second Mill Plaza, next to Bi-Lo, at 2045 Wedgefield Road, Tiller Ridge …

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Sunglasses, outdoor store opens in Second Mill Plaza in Sumter

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Days in the sun and on the water may be a whole lot better now that Sumter has its very own sunglasses and outdoor accessories store just minutes away from home.

Located in Second Mill Plaza, next to Bi-Lo, at 2045 Wedgefield Road, Tiller Ridge is a brand-new store that offers Sumter and surrounding communities their sun protection needs at a closer destination.

"Most people either go to Columbia or Florence to get sunglasses," said Teresa Browder, co-owner of Tiller Ridge. "There was not a sunglasses store in Sumter."

What started off as a dream became a reality for Browder and her husband/co-owner, Jason Browder, when they decided to open an outdoor-focused store in their hometown.

To make their dream come true, Teresa Browder left her job of 18 years as an orthodontist assistant to run Tiller Ridge, while Jason Browder continues to work at Thompson Construction.

"We've always been outdoors people," Teresa Browder said. "Originally, he thought of an outfitter type store, and we may end up expanding and going there one day."

Named after Jason Browder's "happy place" in the upper part of Lake Marion, Tiller Ridge is meant to represent a place of outdoor serenity.

The store first opened its doors in mid-March, but the Browders had to close down their place of serenity after a week and two days due to COVID-19.

However, they kept their new business rolling after Teresa Browder created a website so customers could still shop for their sun protection needs online amid the global pandemic.

"We didn't plan on doing that for like a year," Teresa Browder said. "When we had to shut down for a whole month, it gave me time to work on that."

Tiller Ridge is now open again to the public and following CDC guidelines to keep the community safe and healthy while they look for their perfect sunglasses and check out other merchandise.

From Costa to Ray-Ban, there's an abundance of choices for any sunglasses enthusiast.

Tiller Ridge also offers clothing, hats and name-brand items like Sun Bum, Sand Cloud and more.

Teresa Browder said their goal is to change their merchandise with the seasons, so in the fall they plan to get more hoodies, sweatshirts and beanies compared to the T-shirts, tank tops and sun hats they sell now.

Tiller Ridge is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit online at www.tillerridge.com.