Pawleys Island is a unique community on the Grand Strand and one of the best places for shopping if you prefer small mom-and-pop shops to the mega-malls of Myrtle Beach. Forget the national chains and name brands; Pawleys Islands dishes out gifts that may be hard to find anywhere else. For generations, the Pawleys Island retail industry was based on the hammocks shops that sold the small town's chief export, and some of those same places are still open today, like the Hammock Shops Village and Pawleys Island Hammock Shops. But, with the explosion of tourism in the area and the "arrogantly shabby" tastes of those who call Pawleys Island either home or their vacation home, stores have opened to meet that need. Art galleries and boutiques line Ocean Highway, the main thoroughfare through Pawleys Island, and the shops that call this sleepy town home, such as The Beach House, Surf the Earth and Litchfield Books, fill the needs of the community and those who borrow it for one week in the summer. Find items specific to the island to take back to your home and be a hit with friends by bringing home creative gifts instead of the cheap beach trinkets sold at many souvenir shops in Myrtle Beach.
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