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Shop Local on Sullivan’s Island

Marie McAden Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.
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Sullivan’s Island doesn’t have much in the way of chain stores and big-box retailers—and that’s what makes shopping in this seaside hamlet such a pleasure. The main business district along Middle Street is lined with fun little shops and boutiques offering watersports gear, unique gifts and a taste of the local art scene.

Whether you’re staying a week or just visiting for the day, be sure to pop into some of these stores:

GOLDBUG – Opened in 2016 in the heart of the island’s business district, this cute little lifestyle boutique showcases the modern and unique jewelry collection of owner/designer Ashley Reid Martin. You’ll also find small trinkets and treasures, specialty swimsuits and resort wear, natural beauty products, candles, gifts and hand-painted greeting cards. And if you’re curious, the store is named after “The Gold-Bug,” a short story by adopted native son Edgar Allan Poe.

Sealand Adventure Sports – If you can do it outdoors on Sullivan’s Island, you’ll find the gear for it in this beach shop. The merchandise includes surfboards, skateboards, one-wheel electric skateboards, kiteboards and paddleboards, along with an array of beach essentials.

Sandpiper Gallery – With a keen eye for rising talent, this charming gallery features the artwork of local and regional artists working in a variety of mediums, including paintings, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, glass and fine craft.

Shades of Charleston – In the market for a new pair of sunglasses? Check out this locally owned sunglass shop founded by a former competitive water skier. Brands include Costa, Maui Jim, Ray-Ban, Smith, Kaenon, Oakley, SunCloud and Kate Spade, among many others.

Sullivans STAtions – Named after the numbered stations that once were stops for a ferry service from Charleston, the store celebrates this remnant of the past with STAtion-numbered hats, beach towels, T-shirts, pillows, totes and apparel. It’s a great place to buy a true souvenir of your Sullivan’s Island vacation.

Adele’s Pottery – A must-stop shop for art lovers, Adele’s Pottery showcases the beautiful wheel-thrown and hand-built clayworks of Adele Deas Tobin. The collection, reflecting the artist’s love for the sand and sea, includes art pottery as well as functional pots created with food-safe glazes. The store is located at 1659 Middle St.

Farmers Market – If you’re visiting the island between the beginning of April and the end of June, don’t miss the opportunity to buy fresh, local produce, baked goods and an assortment of locally made products at the Sullivan’s Island Farmers Market. Located at 2050 Middle St., the market is open Thursdays from 4-7 p.m.

Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.