The Grand Strand has all the major national chains at our modern malls and shopping centers, and there is everything from big-box stores to beachwear shops located on virtually every block. But pick up a Christmas gift at one of these cookie-cutter stores and there’s a good chance an identical present will be under the tree; there’s nothing worse than getting someone something they already own.
There’s little chance of that happening if you check out one of the many locally owned and operated stores, small mom-and-pop shops and independent boutiques in the Myrtle Beach area. Offering everything from vintage jewelry to one-of-a-kind antiques, you can wrap your gifts up with confidence that the receiver will be pleasantly surprised. Here are 10 of our favorite stores where you can shop like a true local:
Callahan's of Calabash: Located just over the Carolina border in the “Seafood Capital of America”, Calabash, NC, Callahan’s offers great shopping at this nautical-themed gift shop. This place features a wide variety of merchandise, including Christmas-themed items and some ideal gift ideas.
The Kangaroo Pouch Boutique: The on-the-go parent can find everything related to babies at this Myrtle Beach location. High chairs, baby strollers, clothing and accessories are among the many items available for active moms and dads, or for that special gift grandma or grandpa are thinking of.
Kilgore Trouts Music: Go retro at this vintage record store that offers a whole lot more. Discover your favorite bands on hard to find vinyl, cassette or 8-track, find that long lost concert T-shirt in perfect condition, and browse the novelties in downtown Myrtle Beach.
Klig's Kites: Don't let the name fool you; this Barefoot Landing shop sells a lot more than kites, such as flags, stickers, magic tricks and other novelty items. The kites include hard-to-find kiteboarding equipment and basic beach kites.
The Mole Hole: One of the Grand Strand's most popular local shops offers a variety of unique items. Special gift ideas include jewelry, apparel, accessories, holiday-themed decor, collectibles and curio at the Broadway at the Beach location.
New to You 2: This Murrells Inlet boutique has a unique collection of clothing, accessories, antiques, jewelry, home furnishings and more in a unique setting. Enjoy baked goods and drinks in the tea room while you search for hidden treasure.
Once Upon a Child: This Surfside Beach shop serves as a second-hand store for kids, teens and tweens who prefer vintage and lightly worn clothing. Accessories like shoes, jackets, sports gear and more can be found at bargain prices, and you can even drop off your old clothes for credit.
Palmetto Moon: South Carolina has a distinct state flag with a symbol that is one of the top sellers nationally. The state tree and a crescent moon on a field of blue can be found on virtually every item in this Coastal Grand Mall store, which also carries a wide selection of Clemson, South Carolina and Coastal Carolina gear.
Pawleys Island Hammock Shops Village: This collection of stores is a treasure trove to find unique items at local boutiques. Yes, you can buy the island's most famous export at the Hammock Shop, but there are also artistic stores like Breathe Again, Harbor Specialties, and Innovative Artists Emporium.
Vintage Antiques and Variety Mall: The name says it all at this strip mall turned antique shop in Myrtle Beach. The growing popularity of TV shows like “American Pickers” and “Antiques Road Show” have made this place a hot bed for old and new items. You’re sure to find something unique for that special holiday gift.
After a long day of shopping at Myrtle Beach’s best local shops, come back to your room at the Long Bay Resort and relax. A shopping trip to Myrtle Beach shouldn’t be all work and no play, which is exactly why you should stay with us at Long Bay, another locally owned and operated enterprise that specializes in your comfort and happiness.