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The Market Common Myrtle Beach is not common at all

The Market Common is a hidden gem of Myrtle Beach.

Guests of The Caribbean Resort & Villas traveling there will soon discover it is an ideal excursion where fun, food and fellowship awaits any member of their group.

Unlike other retail complexes, The Market Common is uniquely different.

It is an outdoor shopping complex with lovely, landscaped sidewalks that serve as pathways to an array of shops and restaurants.

The Market Common, located on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, is ideal for anyone in need of retail therapy. 

The diversity of stores appeals to addicts of clothes, candy, ice cream, jewelry and more.

Anthropologie is a store that not only sells a variety of casual and hip women’s clothing, but the store also specializes in unique home accessories as well. Coasters, vases, decorative pillows, picture frames and floor lamps are among the finds.

Other national stores buyers will welcome and recognize include Banana Republic, Bath & Body Works, Fossil, Barnes & Noble and Sunglass Hut. Of course, there are also a nice mix of eateries, including P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Tommy Bahama, Nacho Hippo and Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant.

More than its shops and dining spots, the character of The Market Common is what captivates folks most.

It is an urban village with SoHo flair. There is a city vibe to what is definitively a small town atmosphere that is charming and underscored by undeniable Southern hospitality.

Although it is an impressive shopping complex, The Market Common is also a popular site for food festivals, other culinary events and social gatherings.

Annual celebrations include those featuring wine and oysters, as well as the yearly Oktoberfest.

The annual Souper Supper – a fundraiser of the Myrtle Beach Chapter of the American Culinary Federation that benefits culinary students at Horry-Georgetown Technical College – takes place each fall. Chefs from the Myrtle Beach area and beyond come together and serve up traditional and exotic soups. The 2012 judged soup winners, for example, were lobster bisque, crab and corn chowder and Thai curry bisque.

Visitors to The Market Common enjoy some sort of festivities tied to the spirit of each season. The year-around possibilities are ideal for guests of The Caribbean Resort & Villas.

From the summer through the fall, folks determined to decrease their carbon footprints and folks who simply love local produce descend upon Deville Street Farmers Market. It gives The Market Common an opportune occasion to showcase the bounty of local and regional vegetables and fruits offered, including peaches, beans, green onions, squash, watermelons and okra.

The Market Common is also prime real estate for walkers, runners and cyclists that take advantage of its greenways and landscaped sidewalks. Some of these devotees are actual residents living in townhouses above businesses at The Market Common. Others, however, live in nearby communities but are smart enough to realize the area’s appeal and amenities are too good to miss.

The Grand 14 is another favorite at The Market Common that draws people in droves. Many consider the cinema to be the best in Myrtle Beach. The stadium seats are not just extremely cozy, but they also double as rocking chairs.

Valor Park is also a highlight of The Market Common. The clean, architectural design features golf-green grass, wooden park benches, covered column walkway and potted plants in rustic pots.

People enjoy gathering at Valor Park, especially from June to August, when The Market Common features Movies Under The Stars – an event that allows families to enjoy free movies under the moonlight.

Simply stated, The Market Common is much more than you could ever fit into your shopping bags.

If you go:
What: The Market Common
Where: 4017 Deville St., Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29577
When: Operating hours vary according to the season. The current hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday (until Dec. 1). Call for holiday hours.
Information: Call (843) 839-3500. You can also visit http://www.marketcommonmb.com/
. Directions from The Caribbean Resort & Villas:  Take U.S. 17 Business, heading south, to Farrow Parkway. Keep straight and you will eventually enter The Market Common.