When you’re visiting the Topsail Island area, be sure to discover what residents have long known. Topsail Island shopping is fun, since there is a wonderful selection of specialty shops offering all types of wonderful merchandise.
Southern charm. How do you put your finger on it? Hospitality, of course, but a certain look, too. Colorful but refined. Elegant yet at ease.
Find it at Southern Emporium in the heart of Surf City. Beautiful housewares, jewelry and clothing reflect true southern tradition and New South flair.Read more
The shop’s aqua walls, wood floors and lovely displays are sure to give you decorating ideas as soon you step inside. Start shopping to uncover an array of goods.
Jewelry cases feature gold, silver and rainbow tones in bold and restrained pieces for every occasion. Love the nautical look? Check out anchor-shaped wall hangings and navy blue-and-white-striped shirts and children’s clothing.
Lamps, frames, linens, pottery, silver, glassware and throw pillows, many with a cozy, beach house feel, are among home décor objects. There are baby gifts, Mom and Dad gifts and lots of just-because gifts for that special someone or yourself, perhaps a new, floppy beach hat. a great new piece of jewelry, or a colorful beach bag.
Holiday décor might mean shell wreaths or amusing signs saying things like “Merry Christmas to y’all.” Southern Emporium recognizes other holidays, too. Kitchen items take center stage at Thanksgiving.
You’ll love it so much here that you may want, as Southerners say, “to sit a spell.” And that’s quite alright with the friendly staff.
“Something for everyone” could be the slogan at Bumblebee Market, just over the Surf City swing bridge. Several lines of designer jewelry including Freshie & Zero, John Wind, Lucky Feather and Dune please women.
The store has numerous monogrammed jewelry pieces, too. Apparel, handbags, organizers, gloves and scarves are in stock. Read more
Adorable baby and kids things include puzzles, plush toys and activity books. Slippers for little ones are so cute. Think home décor with high-quality napkin, coasters, aprons and towels.
The kitchen/gourmet department sells pasta shaped like N.C. State and UNC-Chapel Hill logos. Cat and dog lovers find pet and paw shapes. The cookie cutter section pairs unique recipes with fun shapes like palm trees and dinosaurs to provide the ultimate in cookie creativity.
Everything anglers need to enjoy a day of fishing may be found in a Roland Avenue building aptly named the Fishing Village. The complex hosts East Coast Sports, the area’s most complete tackle shop. Rods and reels, rod racks, fishing carts, and all other supplies required for landing fins are here. Read more
Island Marine Supply sells hardware and safety equipment, electronics, and water sports gear for boats and trailers. Boats and kayaks may also be rented.
The Fishing Village is home to two other businesses, as well. Island Outfitters stocks island wear and accessories for men, women and children. Columbia sportswear, Sperry deck shoes, terrific T-shirts, sunglasses plus books and lots of other merchandise are stocked.
Preparing to hang ten? Check out On Shore Surf Shop’s surf boards, clothing, swim suits, surf lessons and board rentals. The shop is operated by and for surfers.
Mystic Treasures Jewelry
Keep your Topsail Island time close to your heart even when you’re away from the beach with the stunning creations at Mystic Treasures Jewelry in Surf City.
Owner Tommy James is a jewelry designer especially known for his bracelets, namely the Topsail Island Bracelet. Designed and crafted on the island, the sterling silver band with 14-karat gold rope trim cleverly incorporates Topsail Island’s initials – T and I – in a delicate, linked script. Read more
He’s joined by other designers who fashion lovely items using enameling, glasswork, unusual gemstones and contemporary influences. Many items, such as a gold and silver crab holding a gem in his claws, may be worn as pendants or fitted into the Armada Double Hook interchangeable-hook bracelet. Even when you’re not in the store, you can shop online, which is handy to know for birthdays and holidays.
Beach Furniture Outfitters
The only bad thing about the beach is having to leave, which may convince you to buy a Topsail Island home or redecorate your mainland home with some seaside style. Either way, visit Beach Furniture Outfitters on North New River Drive in Surf City for just the right look.Read more
Tickle Imports and BeachCraft Rattan wicker and rattan pieces for indoor and outdoor spaces are on the sales floor. Papila Design lamps and artwork add just the right finishing touches. Choose all-weather BeachFront Furniture that can withstand the elements no matter where you live.
The pastel array at this huge store embraces ocean blues, sea foam whites, sandy neutrals, sunset brights and sunny yellows. The one-stop shopping program means you can meet all your furniture, mattress and home accessory needs at affordable prices, plus find carpet, vinyl and installation service. Local delivery, setup and installation are free.
Herring’s Outdoor Sports
Edgar “Johnny” Herring opened Herring’s Outdoor Sports
in Surf City on North New River Drive in 1962. Back then, it was a bait and tackle shop known for topnotch fishing supplies, good bait and friendly service.
The space and inventory have grown, but folks here are as friendly as ever. You’ll still find fishing supplies, everything from cast nets to waterproof cases for your cell phone. Buy the beach gear you need, whether it’s sunglasses, T-shirts, hats, sandals or suntan lotion.Read more
A large Life is Good selection offers apparel, beach towels, water bottles and mugs. Kites, pocket knives, lanterns, hammocks, even ukuleles fill shelves at this one-stop store.
Don’t feel like packing all the stuff you need at the beach? Herrings rents bikes, umbrellas, fishing gear, beach chairs, kayaks, surfboards, body boards, paddleboards and games like corn hole and bocce. Book a kayak tour that takes you into tidal creeks and backwaters you might otherwise miss. Kayaking experience is unnecessary. The patient staff happily shows you how easy it is to get out on the water.
South End Outfitters
Tony brands such as Tommy Bahama, Vineyard Vines, Southern Tide and Peter Millar stock South End Outfitters launched in 2013. A thoughtful selection of clothing for men and women is stocked in the store, with everything from blazers to smart dresses and beach coverups available.
Bags, beach hats, belts, sunglasses and towels are all here. Find Sperry Top-Siders, the perfect shoe for boating, fishing and ambling on the island. Read more
Feeling more ambitious? Rent a bicycle for island touring by land or a stand-up paddle board for exploring the sound or riding ocean waves. Top-of-the-line Bōte boards, are in stock, as are surfboards.
The owners of South End Outfitters also operate Beach Shop and Grill, in business since 1952. It has a split personality. Don shorts and flip flops for casual breakfast and lunch times. Around sunset, diners wear upscale casual attire, say sundresses and khakis. After a meal, spend time in the attached gift shop. Beach Dog T-shirts that are fast becoming collectibles make great gifts. New designs land each summer.
Life is Good merchandise and all types of beach sundries, towels, hats and souvenirs are available.
Love art? Located on U.S. Highway 17 about a 10 minute-drive from the Surf City swing bridge, is Art Exposure. Look for it just south of Lowe’s Home Improvement store at the intersection of U.S. 17 and N.C. Highway 210.
The facility promotes local artists and crafters. ArtExposure’s 5,000-square-foot building hosts classrooms, studios, gallery exhibits and events including wedding receptions, wine tastings and parties. Read more
Studio space is available for lease to chosen artists who must be willing to work in their studios while the public watches.
Classes for adults and children in a variety of media and techniques are offered and an art supply store is on site. There also is a shop featuring affordable gifts hand-crafted by local artists.
Custom framing, featuring a full supply of frames, archival matting and backing boards, is done on-site too.
DDT Outlet has been furnishing beach (and other) houses for years. A huge facility is located just minutes south of Topsail Island on Highway 17 North and the store carries a wide enough selection to furnish a home inside and out.Read more
There is a heavy emphasis on beach and nautical themes and everything from outdoor rocking chairs perfect for watching the waves roll in to lamps, beds, sofas, chairs, clocks, dining tables, bar stools and so much more is in stock and ready to go. The unique merchandise runs the gamut from whimsical to practical. There is something for nearly everyone there.