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Myrtle Makers: Craftsmanship At The Beach

  By  Ashley Daniels
Brookgreen Gardens Art Festival Artist

There is a tidal wave of talent right in our backyard at the beach that goes into the handcrafted wares and products made here.

Check out these Myrtle Beach businesses, where you can pick up or sip on items that are locally created!

local's fav
village surf shoppe
1. Village Surf Shoppe

Village Surf Shoppe, 500 Atlantic Ave., Garden City Beach

This little surf shop that could has been around since 1969 in Garden City, and Kelly Richards’ handcrafted boards are renowned in waters worldwide. From start to finish (about four to six weeks), he hand shapes all his custom and stock Perfection brand surfboards.

Hand Crafted insert of rope hammock
2. Original Hammock Shop

10880 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island

The homemade hammocks of Pawleys Island have been a longtime Lowcountry tradition for more than a century. The first one, as the story goes, was woven by riverboat captain Joshua John Ward to get a cooler, more comfortable good night’s sleep in the summer heat. Today these rope hammocks are still handwoven daily in the Weaver’s Shed located next door to the retail shop within the Hammock Shops Village.

Blue Peacock Blown Glass Ornament
3. Conway Glass

708 12th Ave., Conway

The husband-and-wife team of Ed and Barb Streeter have been hand-blowing glass at Conway Glass for more than 30 years. The couple is known for their handmade, customized glass vessels, ornaments, stained glass windows, public art installations, and more. The gallery is open to shop every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., by appointment, or you can order the handcrafted items online. Or you can book an onsite hand-blowing class. The Conway Glass studio also doubles as the main hub for their ARTyRV Glass Studio YouTube channel.

local's fav Twelve 33 Distillery
4. Twelve 33 Distillery

593 SC-90E, Little River

As one of 17 distilleries in South Carolina, Twelve 33 produces nine handcrafted spirits from locally sourced grains and fresh ingredients: vodka, gin, rum, and whiskey varietals in small batches. Husband-wife owners Kevin and Rebecca Osborn named their craft distillery after the date that Prohibition ended on December 5, 1933. Choose to sample from Twelve 33’s tasting menu, order from a menu of seasonal signature cocktails, or take a guided tour that ends in the distillery’s speakeasy.

featured Grand Strand Brewing Company
5. Grand Strand Brewing Co.

819 N. Kings Highway, heart of Myrtle Beach

Grands Strand Brewing Co. (GSB), just one of the craft breweries on the Myrtle Beach Beer Trail, is located in the newly renovated Nance Plaza in downtown Myrtle Beach with killer ocean views. Tap into any of their nearly dozen craft beers brewed onsite, from IPAs to lagers and more, and munch on grub from their pub menu.

local's fav Two Brothers WoodWorks
6. Two Brothers Wood Works

3026 Nevers St., Market Common, Myrtle Beach

This family-owned woodwork retail shop in The Market Common is run, as the name implies, by brothers Adam and Mark Landry. Their handcrafted furniture pieces and artwork are beautifully made from American-sourced materials – some are even further transformed with epoxy and resin. Two Brothers starts the woodworking process by harvesting whole fallen logs, plaining the wood, and giving it a new life that leads to the finished product.

Wide shot of lanes in the vineyard.
7. La Belle Amie Vineyard

1120 St. Joseph Rd, Little River

The centuries-old vines of La Belle Amie are rooted in a family farm in Little River. Today, the vineyard boasts an outdoor deck, a tasting room for its Twisted Sisters line of muscadine wines, a retail shop, and a year-round schedule of live music and outdoor festivals. Sip on the Bless Her Heart drier white, Cabana Boy peachy white, Ice Queen sweet, sweet white, or Sweet Baby Blues blueberry blend—or all four!

Close up shot of a worker screen printing a logo on an orange screen.
8. Native Sons

1519 Executive Ave, Myrtle Beach

Since 1984, Native Sons has been taking a blank canvas (T-shirts, hats, hoodies, and more) and printing fun beach-based graphics. You can also shop online for their vintage line and Coastal Carolina University apparel.

Owner Joe and his dog in the gallery.
9. Art Galleries

The Myrtle Beach area has a bounty of talented homegrown artists selling their creations in studios or festivals. Pick up original art in a variety of mediums at any of these art galleries: Kaleidoscope Artisan Collective, Seacoast Artist Guild, William H. Miller, Rebecca Z Artist Studio, Cheryl Newby Gallery, Gray Man Gallery, and Gallery on Main.

Retail layout of Palmetto Cheese
10. Pawleys Island Specialty Cheese

Palmetto Cheese, the pimento cheese produced by Pawleys Island Specialty Foods, first debuted in local market outlets throughout Pawleys Island and Georgetown, South Carolina, in 2006. And it’s been a hit ever since. Try the original blend, Palmetto Cheese with jalapeños, and Palmetto Cheese with bacon. Find them at most boutique grocery stores across The Grand Strand.

Arts and Craft Events in Myrtle Beach

Art in the Park: One Weekend in April, October, and November at Valor Park in The Market Common

Brookgreen Gardens Art Festival: April in Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet

Craftsmen’s Summer Classic Art & Craft Festival: August in the Myrtle Beach Convention Center

Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival: September at Atalaya Castle in Huntington Beach State Park, Murrells Inlet

Dickens Christmas Show: November in the Myrtle Beach Convention Center

Ashley Daniels

Ashley Daniels of Myrtle Beach is a full-time freelance writer, editor, wife, and mother of three sons (not necessarily in that order), and two fur babies. A native of Eastern PA, Ashley received her bachelor’s in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh and her MA in Writing from Coastal Carolina University. Today, her folio boasts nearly 25 years of regional and nationally published printed magazine features, blogs, and web copy for a lineup of clients on the East Coast, and ADDY award-winning copywriting. For more info, visit www.ashleymdaniels.com.