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Top Places to Shop in Pawleys Island

By Marissa Polascak • January 29, 2019

Pawleys Island is one of, if not the oldest, Southern coastal towns. In spirit of keeping it close to its roots, the people of Pawleys Island have kept large shopping malls and big box stores such as Walmart away from their town. So then where does one shop for clothing, food, and other things?

There are some famous places in Pawleys Island, such as the Hammock Shops Village, that are well-known all along the Grand Strand. But there also places that are less likely to be found by visitors but are coveted by the Lowcountry locals.

For those of you who planning to visit or move to Pawleys Island and are unfamiliar with the area, here is a list of the top 10 places to shop in Pawleys Island:

The Hammock Shops

10880 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island • (843) 235-6355

The story of the Hammock Shops in Pawleys Island began long, long ago in 1889. That’s when Riverboat Captain Joshua Ward created the most comfortable hammock in existence and built what is now known as the Original Hammock Shop. Now arguably the best place to shop in Pawleys Island, the Hammock Shops Village features 22 unique stores as well as a few restaurants to satisfy hungry shoppers. You won’t find your average shopping mall here; instead you will experience the charm of the South Carolina low country while you peruse the variety of merchants.

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Pawleys Island Outdoors

9790 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island • 843-979-4666

It is no secret that there are plenty of people who fish and hunt along the Grand Strand. Instead of going to big box stores to buy gear, give Pawleys Island Outdoors a shot. This store offers a variety of equipment for freshwater and saltwater fishing, hunting, as well as other outdoor activities. Stock up on bait, rent a boat, or browse the section of clothing. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Ask the sales associate to special order a product that is not in stock.

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Pawleys Island Swimwear

If you’re visiting any place on the Grand Strand, it is guaranteed that you will be swimming at some point. Pawleys Island Swimwear is a boutique in the Fresh Market Commons that has bathing suit options for a wide range of sizes. This store carries the top designer brands, as well as sizes 2-24, and cup sizes up to F. Every girl needs accessories to go along with her fashionable new swimwear, so Pawleys Island Swimwear offers cover ups, sandals, sunglasses and hats. Guys and kids, don’t fret; this swimwear store carries bathing suits for you, too!

The Fresh Market

The Fresh Market is a grocery store that sets itself apart from competition by offering an array of gourmet selections. This store prides itself on providing customers with rare and unique items from around the globe, as well as everyday necessities. As you may infer from the name of this store, everything here is fresh. Instead of packaging meats and seafood in foam and plastic, The Fresh Market keeps all meat, fish, and poultry behind refrigerated glass. If you’re a coffee fanatic, stop by here and try one of the 30 coffee bean choices. You can find everything here, including candy, bulk items, prepared foods, flowers and gifts, etc. If you’re living in or visiting Pawleys Island, this grocery store is the place to go.

Surf the Earth

47 Da Gullah Way, Pawleys Island • 843-235-3500

Since 1990, Surf the Earth has been making a name for itself throughout surf shops in the United States. It also has become a staple of the Pawleys Island area, serving as one of the top surf shops and eco-tourism spots in the region. Come to this local shop and check out the Surf the Earth merchandise, or choose a rental option. From Surf the Earth, you can rent surfboards, paddleboards, bikes, and kayaks. The fees vary, but the shop provides free local delivery of your gear. Take advantage of the surf camps and surf lessons, or go for an adventure on one of the many eco-tours available.

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Pawleys Cottage Furniture

Pawleys Cottage Furniture, also known as, has been serving the Grand Strand since 1990. This family owned and operated business is known for their large and unique selection of furniture, artwork, and décor, all of which give a beachy/coastal feel. Shop the already-made furniture, or request to have something custom made for you. Need a slipcover? Pawleys Cottage Furniture is one of the only places that carries slip covers for furniture of all sizes. If you have something in mind, but can’t seem to find it, let the shop help you locate it. Also, keep in mind that there is an interior designer on staff that will transform your home into the Pawleys Island dream.

Litchfield Books

Don’t let the name deceive you; Litchfield Books, which once was in Litchfield, is now located in Pawleys Island. Everything in this locally owned bookstore has been hand selected by the owners to meet the needs of their customers. While books for every age are available here, Litchfield Books loves to bring literature and authors that celebrate South Carolina history and culture to the forefront. While you’re here, take a look at the stationary and gifts available, or join the Litchfield Books team at one of their “Moveable Feast” events where you will meet an author and taste the cuisine from a local eatery.

Island Art Gallery

10744 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island • 843-314-0298

Housing the works of 24 local and regional artists, Island Art Gallery provides pieces at prices that appeal to the beginner collector as well as the well-seasoned art enthusiast. While each artist represented at this gallery has their own style, the themes of coastal and beach life are prominent here. The eye-pleasing artwork displayed here is sure to entertain you—maybe even enough to purchase your favorite painting. If you feel inspired and would like to try your hand at painting, drawing, or jewelry making, try out one of the many classes taught by Island Art Gallery artists!

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Christopher's Fine Jewelry

Treat yourself to a luxurious piece of jewelry from Christopher’s Fine Jewelry in Pawleys Island. Whether you are local or visiting, this friendly staff invites you to stop by, have some refreshments, and view the top-of-the-line designer jewelry they offer. With pieces from 31 different designers displayed, there is no doubt that there is something for every taste and style available. You can also drop in and have your watch or jewelry repaired on site. Private jewelry showings and appraisals are available by request. Next time you’re vacationing in Pawleys Island, allow yourself to indulge in the gorgeous products at Christopher’s Fine Jewelry.