The J. B. Mills Gift Shop offers unique items with ties to Fort Mill and South Carolina including books, custom home decor and Christmas ornaments, and apparel items made from vintage Springmaid fabric.
John Barron Mills, Jr., born in 1906 and known as J.B., was a native of Fort Mill, a business owner, avid golfer, and dedicated historian around town. After attending Presbyterian College he returned to his hometown and opened Mills Self-Service Store on Main Street in 1928. The store carried grocery items at the time, but he later enlarged the scope of the business to include hardware and changed the name to Mills Hardware, where he operated until a 1947 fire destroyed the store. He reopened on White Street. Mills raised a family on nearby Confederate Street, served on the town council and the school board, and became one of Fort Mill’s foremost historians. His collection of photographs and anecdotes from the early 20th century has brought town history to life for thousands. He died in 1993 and was inducted into the Fort Mill Hall of Fame in 2012.
–from “Images of America: Fort Mill”