Pawleys Island Offers a Treasure Trove of Shopping Options

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.

Primarily Pine
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The abundance of pine trees in the South Carolina Lowcountry has created a unique market for pine home furnishings, and Primarily Pine has one of the finest collections in the Carolinas. Featuring a wide range of quality, cottage-style furniture...  Read More

Affordables Apparel
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Southern ladies are known for their sense of style, and the "arrogantly shabby" attitude of Pawleys Island fits right in with Affordables. Offering comfortable but trendy clothing for active women of the Lowcountry, this Charleston-based...  Read More

The Beach House
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The Beach House may be the most aptly named store in Hammocks Shop Village, offering precisely what the title says - items for the beach house and those who want to decorate their inland home like it was located on the coast. This shop sells...  Read More

Carolina Gourmet at Pawleys
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Take home a taste of Pawleys Island at the Carolina Gourmet, one of the more than 20 shops locates at the Hammocks Shops Village. This combination gourmey grocery shop and culinary gift store features a wide range of cookbooks, kitchen gadgets,...  Read More

Litchfield Books
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In an age when the local, neighborhood book store is a thing of the past, the past is still alive and well in Pawleys Island. After recently relocating from Litchfield Beach to Pawleys Island near the Fresh Market, Litchfield Books remains the...  Read More

The Audobon Society and Gallery
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Experience the true spirit of the environmental and conservation organization in one of the most unique shops on the Grand Strand. The Audobon Society, which works worldwide to protect rare species of birds and their habitats, delivers its...  Read More

Surf the Earth
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You don't have to be a surfer dude or dudette to shop at Surf the Earth. In fact, the locally owned surf shop caters to those who are thinking about getting on the board for the first time. The helpful and knowledgeable staff can help you pick...  Read More

Gullah Ooman
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The South Carolina Lowcountry and its barrier islands are home to a historic but little known language and lifestyle called "Gullah." Derived from African slaves who worked the rice and indigo plantations as early as the 1600s, the Gullah...  Read More

Pawleys Island Mercantile
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Remember the old country store, where you could find anything and everything plus a little more. Well, that's Pawleys Island Mercantile in a nut shell, although most of the products have a South Carolina Lowcountry theme. This general...  Read More

The Original Hammock Shop
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See the original hammock maker in Pawleys Island that made the town famous for the ultimate outdoor furniture. According to The Original Hammock Shop, the first hammock was woven by a riverboat captain in the late 1800s, and the same design is...  Read More


Meet Terry Massey

It's no surprise that journalist Terry Massey is credited with creating the word 'stay-cation.'  He considers the past 18 years in Myrtle Beach a vacation.

He and his wife Stephanie were...  More About Terry