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From boutiques and gift shops to surf shops, you'll find a little bit of everything in the shops in Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, NC. When you tire of playing in the sand and surf, grab your flip flops and purse and endulge in the laid-back beach-style retail therapy of Pleasure Island.
The Carolina Beach Boardwalk is a great place to start your hunt for the perfect beach vacation souvenir. Stroll down memory lane through this North Carolina treasure, one of the last remaining beach boardwalks on the East coast. Stop in the Fudgeboat for fudge or salt water taffy to take home and browse boardwalk shops for a t-shirt, sweatshirt, or hoodie to remember your trip by. The shops you'll find here are tourist-friendly and fun, brimming with beach souvenirs, sunglasses, tank tops, flip flops, beach hats, henna tattoos, knick-knacks, and toys for little ones.
In Carolina Beach, you'll find other shops on North Lake Park Blvd. Island Wellness Market offers organic and natural foods, plus supplements and cruelty-free beauty items you can feel good about buying. Island Colors features a nice selections of comfortable, colorful sportswear for the whole family. Primrose Cottage is the perfect place to browse and find a treasure — from beachy and shabby chic furniture to lightly used consignment items for adults and children.
Locals from around the area know that the Unique Boutique is the place to go for one-of-a-kind ladies' sample clothing at wholesale prices from boutiques from cities across the country. Need a new bathng suit? You'll find all your surfing needs and beach fashions at the Surf House with the added bonus of a delicious healthy lunch at this unique surf shop/ sustainable cafe combo. There's also a Bert's Surf Shop on Winner Ave and Hwy 421. Just off North Lake Park Blvd. on St. Joseph Street, check out the Checkered Church Gift Shop, a former church now filled with beach-related home decor items.
If you forget anything for your beach excursion, you'll be sure to find it at Wing's. Island Tackle and Hardware stocks all your fishing needs, and there's a Food Lion just over the bridge if you're running low on picnic supplies.
In Kure Beach and Fort Fisher, the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher's gift shop is a special place to find a unique gift to take home. They carry a wide variety of beach-inspired gifts — from jewelry to wonderful plush aquatic toys for children to home decor and storybooks.
If you're still in need of retail therapy, there's plenty of shopping in nearby Wilmington, or hop a ferry to Southport for shopping in their historic downtown.