11 Local Businesses to Support in Downtown Clemson, SC

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It is easy to #LoveWhereYouLive when you call Clemson home. The city has so much charm and the spirit of a college town. Not to mention, there are tons of amazing small businesses to support, knowing your money is going right back into the community and helping your fellow neighbors. Here are eleven options for local businesses worth supporting in downtown Clemson, SC.


Whether searching for a game day outfit or something for your next sorority event, you’re sure to find the perfect option at one of these local shopping spots. 

1. Mr. Knickerbocker

From Clemson apparel to tailgating gear, Knickerbocker’s has it all. The business is locally owned and family operated with locations in Clemson, Seneca, and Greenville. They’ve been around since 1963 and proudly boast that 100 percent of their merchandise is licensed Clemson products.  

2. Judge Keller’s Store

Judge Keller’s has been located in downtown Clemson since 1899! Three generations ago, cadets at Clemson College purchased their uniforms at the iconic retailer. Today, the store sells traditional Clemson and sports apparel.

3. The Best Local Boutiques

A quick search for a boutique in Clemson will leave you with several locally-owned options. Stop by Emmaline to find something “trendy, affordable, and fun,” from clothes and accessories to bid day baskets. Or, check out The Fizz Boutique: a local shop owned by a recent Clemson grad!


We’re so lucky to have access to lots of tasty and fun dining spots in downtown Clemson, SC. Here are just a few options for your next night out.

4. Tipsy Taco

Tipsy Taco is a local chain with restaurants across the upstate of South Carolina. Each location serves up delicious Tex-Mex food from unique a la carte tacos to sizzling fajitas. Plan a trip to the Clemson location on a Monday night to play themed trivia!

5. Pot Belly Deli

The Pot Belly Deli, or PBD, has a “laid back but very stylish” atmosphere and incredible food. Try an artisan sandwich, a specialty coffee, or a simple bagel with cream cheese. Our recommendation is for one of their notorious grilled muffins—mmm! 

6. Todaro Pizza 

Owned by a Clemson Alumni, Todaro serves up fantastic New York-style pizza. The restaurant has a full pizza menu as well as other pizza-parlor staples (calzones, strombolis and garlic knots—just to name a few!). Check them out on a Wednesday for their unbeatable dollar-slice night. 🍕

7. Fine Dining Spots

If you’re looking to step things up for a date night or parent’s weekend, try locally owned Calhoun Corners or Pixie and Bills. Opened in 1971, Pixie and Bills is regarded as Clemson’s original fine dining establishment. Years later, the same family opened Calhoun Corners, an equally delicious restaurant, also perfect for a special occasion.

Coffee and Dessert

Maybe you’re looking for an after-dinner treat or a pick-me-up between classes. Try one of these local places for your next caffeine fix or sweet tooth.

8. All In Coffee Shop

For a great local coffee shop or study spot, check out All In Coffee Shop. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Clemson, SC, not only do they serve delish (and strong!) coffee and tasty pastries, the shop has a set of core values that will make you feel even better about supporting them. 

9. ‘55 Exchange

‘55 Exchange is run by Clemson students who design, manufacture, sell and serve world-famous ice cream. The enterprise was made possible by a generous gift from the Clemson class of 1955 (hence the name) and continues to support students in their entrepreneurial and professional training.


Besides going to class and cheering on the Tigers, there are other fun things to do in Clemson. Here are just two ideas (of many!) for recreational activities to try. As a bonus, these downtown businesses are also locally-owned. 

10. Stumphouse Axe Throwing

Opening on January 30, Stumphouse Axe Throwing is Clemson’s newest hangout spot! For a unique date idea or bonding with your roommates, axe throwing is a competitive and fun choice. The location is within walking distance of downtown Clemson and has a full bar for the 21 and older crowd. 

As if you needed another reason to check it out, Stumphouse is also EPOCH’s newest local partner.

11. Unlimited Outfitters

One of the best parts about living in Clemson is the proximity to the lake. You may not have the fortune of owning your own lake gear, but you can easily rent a kayak, paddleboard, or even a boat from Unlimited Outfitters. Make the trip to Lake Keowee or have the gear delivered to Lake Hartwell for a great day on the water.

#LoveWhereYouLive by Supporting Local Businesses

Whether looking for something fun to do, a delicious meal, or even a great place to work, you’re sure to find the perfect spot in downtown Clemson, SC. Even better, you’ll feel good about where you’re spending your time and money by supporting a local business.