Featured Community – Pawleys Island

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By Emily Smith

Pawleys Island is a lovely coastal area, whose scenery is only outshone by the friendly faces who call it home. The Hammock Shops Village is a perfect example of how the town’s small businesses make up the heart of the community.

Shopping local has never been more charming in the Village, or so steeped in local history. What began over 75 years ago as a single, small store selling hand-woven quality hammocks, is now a collection of nearly two dozen shops, each with their own unique treasures and vibe.

While many visitors drop by to shop under the oak trees, even more visit to learn about the different crafts for which the Lowcountry is renowned. Partake in a wine-tasting, then learn how to braid a hammock of your own, or watch a sweetgrass basket being woven.

Despite the challenges that Covid has brought to all public stores and gathering places, the Village has kept a positive attitude, and continues to provide enjoyable events modified to be safe for everyone in keeping with CDC guidelines. January and beyond in the Village offers live music in the gazebo and hosts fundraising events.  

The newest addition to the Village is a restaurant that seems to accentuate everything Pawleys Island is famous for. The aptly named Local has quickly become known for their delectable food and live entertainment.

The gastropub welcomed the New Year with a jazz brunch, which are also held regularly, every Saturday. On the second Sunday of each month, Local hosts the Sunday Supper Song Swap. More information can be found by visiting Facebook @ Pawleys Local, or call 843-314-0474.

Stores and events continue to operate cautiously, following sanitation protocols as laid out by the CDC. These safety guidelines are taken seriously by our community as an important part of keeping everyone healthy, and The Hammock Shops Village is no exception.

To learn more about this enchanting Pawleys Island shopping center, visit www.hammockshopsvillage.com. The past year has been challenging for retailers and restaurants, and supporting our local area businesses has never been more important. This New Year, make your patronage part of your resolutions and take pride knowing that you’re helping to sustain our communities for everyone.

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