Whether you’re coming for summer vacation, golf trip or special romantic weekend, shopping on the Grand Strand is as popular as picking up shells and eating seafood and there are infinite stores, malls and shopping centers where you’ll find the perfect gifts, eclectic home décor and trendy fashions. From one-of-a-kind boutiques, where fresh, new ladies’ accessories are all the rage, to 400,000-square-foot complexes with name-brand stores and restaurants, Myrtle Beach quenches your shopping appetite.
If shopping is your preferred pastime, then put on your favorite walking shoes because good deals and unique gifts are calling your name from the hundreds of stores in the Myrtle Beach area. You won’t be able to visit them all in one outing, but that’s okay, because most places are open daily. Ocean Boulevard has many street level shops, eateries and amusements that remain open late into the night in summer. A great place for Mardi Gras beads and beach towels, it’s a favorite hangout among the teenagers. Be sure to stop by the Gay Dolphin, a Myrtle Beach icon gift shop that dates back to the 1970s with a video arcade and observation deck and don’t forget to pick up that souvenir t-shirt from Harley-Davidson.
Callahan’s offers one of the largets and most unique shopping experience on the north end of the Grand Strand. The enticing exterior, with wrap-around porches and majestic trees, only hints at the treasures you’ll find inside. Within its 35,000 square feet are four areas waiting to be explored.
At Callahan’s Nautical Gifts you’ll find the perfect coastal accessories for your home—from brass bells and handmade sailboats to beautiful wall art and fine jewelry. The Pea Landing Mercantile is reminiscent of the town’s name prior to being called Calabash. This country store with gourmet foods also offers linens, ceramics and garden accessories. Callahan’s Fudge Co. tempts your sweet tooth with homemade confections, chocolate-dipped treats, more than 40 scrumptious flavors of fudge, and don't forget about the salt-water taffy! Everyday is Christmas at Callahan’s St. Nick Nack’s Christmas Shop where holiday cheer spreads among more than three million ornaments.
Open daily. (Highway 179 at the traffic light in the heart of Calabash; 800-344-3816)
Combine a family-run business with Old World charm and you get Toby’s World Gifts. See the selection of gourmet candies, home accents, jewelry, Yankee Candles and Lenox tableware. They have a special children’s section, Christmas novelties, garden wares, and quality lace and aromatherapy lamps. Marvel at the Nickelodeon Player Piano while shopping through a vast array of home and gift ideas. No room to take your purchases with you? For your shopping convenience, Toby’s World Gifts offers worldwide shipping.
(Highway 17 in Little River; 843-249-2174)
Shop both sides of the 27-acre lake and alongside the Intracoastal Waterway at Barefoot Landing, miles of boardwalk takes shoppers past factory outlet stores, boutiques, and specialty shops that intermingle with nature. Reminiscent of an old fishing village, Barefoot Landing incorporates four distinct regions.
At the Dockside Village you’ll find the Barefoot General Store, Tango Bay Clothing Company, University of Rock & Roll and dozens more shops. Lighthouse Jewelers and Wee R. Sweetz are among the stores at Boardwalk Shops and the Carousel Courtyard includes Conley’s House of Magic. Don’t forget to seek out California Leather, Birkenstock and John Deere at the Waterway Shoppes.
Looking for evening excitement? This picture-perfect setting offers more than shopping. The Waterway Fireworks Spectacular is at 10:15 p.m. every Monday and Saturday in the spring and summer. And with more than 15 waterfront restaurants, Alligator Adventure, the House of Blues, the Alabama Theatre and Barefoot riverboat cruises, vacationing families may spend a whole day at Barefoot Landing. Shop, Eat, Relax and be Entertained!
The Barefoot Landing Welcome and Reception Center at Dockside Village offers stroller rentals and complimentary wheelchair service. Open daily.
(4898 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach; 800-272-2320)
Christmas dreams come true year round as the Christmas Mouse encourages visitors to get in the holiday spirit, even in July. Peruse a grand selection of full-size artificial trees and all the spectacular trimmings, including novelty ornaments, fanciful garland, colorful lights and unique tree toppers. Or add to your holiday ceramics collections with pieces from respected companies such as Department 56, Possible Dreams and more. Open daily.
(4852 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach; 843-272-5252)
For a tranquil experience, visit Hope Taylor & Company, a high-quality boutique in the heart of North Myrtle Beach. Choose from an array of gifts, home décor and jewelry, including Waterford Crystal, Tommy Bahama bed linens and Brighton watches and handbags. Original oil paintings, Lee Middleton dolls and nostalgic furniture lend to the charm of this shopper’s retreat.
(312 Main Street, North Myrtle Beach; 843-281-9650)
Don’t miss this sports mecca where golf and tennis are the superstars. More than 300 sets of golf clubs are displayed from well-respected names like Taylor Made, Ping and Wilson. Not to worry if tennis is your game, Martin's has more than 60 types of tennis racquets, including Prince, Head, Wilson and Dunlop.
At Martin’s it’s not just about the 30,000 pairs of golf shoes in stock or the clothing labels like Tommy Hilfiger, Greg Norman, Hannah Sport or EP Pro; it’s about meeting every need of the golf and tennis enthusiast from the golf-fabric upholstered chair to grip replacement services. PGA pros are on hand to offer a golf swing analysis that might help improve your game and they can also customize golf clubs for that perfect fit. Be sure to check out the golf simulator too! Before you hit the links, venture over to Martin’s Golf and Tennis Superstore with two Grand Strand locations to better serve you. (2310 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach, 843-272-6030;
1400 29th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, 843-839-4653
At the terminus of the Conway Bypass, within easy access no matter where you’re staying, Myrtle Beach Mall features more than 95 stores, with anchors JCPenney, Belk and South Carolina’s only Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. With stores ranging from American Eagle Outfitters to Zales Jewelers and a recently renovated 10-screen movie theatre that presents today’s blockbuster hits, this smoke-free environment will be a homerun with your family.
New to Myrtle Beach Mall in 2004 is Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World for all your hunting, fishing, camping and boating needs. The distinctive architecture is reminiscent of a rustic mountainside lodge. The 2-acre store with true-to-form wildlife displays and larger-than-life saltwater aquarium housing trophy fish is adjacent to its Islamorada Fish Company Restaurant, which has a sushi bar, saltwater fish aquarium and see-through fireplace.
Colonial Mall’s guest services distribute complimentary wheelchairs, wrap gifts and provide discounted tickets to area theatres. Open daily.
(10177 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach; 843-272-4040).
Whether you prefer the simplicity of a Sportster® or the decked-out version of an Ultra Classic® Electra Glide®, Harley-Davidson has toys and accessories for the gear heads of the world. In addition to the wide selection of new and used motorcycles, parts and accessories, Harley-Davidson carries denim and leather apparel, roasted coffee, alarm clocks and much more.
They even offer motorcycle rentals to those with valid motorcycle operator’s license. Bike showrooms are at the two larger stores: Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson (closed Mondays) and The Harley-Davidson / Buell Shop at the Beach (open daily).
(Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson 4710 South Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach; 843-369-5555 and
The Harley-Davidson / Buell Shop at the Beach 4002 Highway 17, North Myrtle Beach; 843-663-5555)
Two Grand Strand locations mean more outlet savings. It’s bargain hunting at its best when prices are discounted up to 40% every day. Buy direct from the manufacturer and save money while on your family beach vacation.
The Tanger Outlet Center on Highway 17 offers more than 100 brands including Banana Republic, Gap, Adidas, Polo, Lululemon, Taylormade and Under Armour. Located near the beautiful beaches and golf courses, Tanger Outlet Center is a shopper’s paradise. (10835 Kings Road, intersection of Highway 17 North and Highway 22, Myrtle Beach)
The Tanger Outlet Center on Highway 501 offers quality family fashions, home accessories, ideal gifts and more at this shopping center. Visit more than 100 retailers, including Under Armour, Polo Ralph Lauren, Adidas, Nike, Forever 21, Rawlings, and Osh Kosh. (Highway 501 North, 3 miles west of the Intracoastal Waterway, Myrtle Beach)
Stein Mart, JCPenney, Belk and KMart anchor more than 55 stores and specialty shops, including Books-a-Million, Bath & Body Works and New York & Company. The mall’s Kids’ Zone has 1,000 square feet of soft, padded play area where climbing, spinning and sliding opportunities abound for youngsters up to 8-years-old. Situated in the middle of the food court, the Kids’ Zone makes for a perfect shopping break. The on-site 12-plex movie theater and the variety of restaurants that surround the one-story mall make for a pleasant outing the whole family will enjoy. Open daily.
(10125 Highway 17, Murrells Inlet; 843-651-6990)