Carbondale has long been known as a community with the glitz and glamour of a big city because of the influence of the performing arts associated with Southern Illinois University. Carbondale has long been associated with gardens. Historical accounts tell us that in the early days of the city, the gardens were so spectacular in our downtown that ladies would ride the train to Carbondale just to look at the beautiful flower beds.
In Carbondale you will enjoy a selection of hundreds of cigars, the best jams and jellies, fabulous table settings and handcrafted rugs. The region's antique stores are filled with great finds that have wonderful memories attached to each one! For the newest fashions and the sharpest looks, visit University Mall, the home of Macy's and more than seventy other fantastic stores.