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The Grand Strand is lined with shopping malls, retail centers and outlet stores, not to mention mega-plexes like Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing. But there’s nowhere else in the Myrtle Beach area for shopping like Market Common. In fact, this urban-style village looks closer to something you might expect to find in Malibu instead of Myrtle Beach.
Built on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, this big-city environment is surrounded by lots of green space. The adjoining Valor Park features exercise trails, sports fields and playground equipment – perfect for taking a break from shopping with a picnic lunch while the little ones burn off some energy. Or enjoy a nice lunch or fine-dining experience at one of the many restaurants while the non-shoppers head to the theater to kill some time and catch a flick.
But shopping is the main event at Market Common, and there are more than you can shake a credit card at. Apparel, accessories, jewelry, artwork and more are on display along the city streets and sidewalks, including national chain stores, regional gift boutiques and local mom-and-pop shops. Here are 10 to put on your shopping list at Market Common:
The Barre Worx: This fitness studio offers a wide range of exercise classes designed to help the body and mind, including Barre Pilates, Zumba, TRX, Kettlebell, HIIT Circuit and boot camp. For a full schedule, visit www.thebarreworx.com.
Bijuju: Discover the ultimate in jewelry and accessories at this upscale shop. Unique items from all over the world are on display, and Bijuju is a great place to stop at the end of your shopping trip to find the perfect match for the new outfits you picked out. For samples of the product line, visit www.bijuju.com.
Coastal Urge: This local outfitter carries a wide selection of national name brands, such as North Face, Patagonia, Southern Tide and Vineyard Vines. Designed for active lifestyles, Coastal Urge also has bicycles and paddleboards. Check out www.coastalurge.com.
Creative XXVII: That's "Creative 27" for those who aren't up on their Roman numerals but have a taste for fashion. This trendy boutique offers an extensive and exclusive collection of clothing and accessories.
Francesca's: This boutique features an eclectic mix of designer clothing and accessories and a wide selection of unique gifts. No need to worry about someone else showing up in the same outfit as Francesca's offers a varied assortment but limited number of items. For more info, visit www.francescas.com.
Ivy & Leo's: This national chain's motto is "Fashion Should Be Fun," and the spirit of that slogan is reflected in the bright colors and bold patterns on full display in the women's clothing store.
Lazy Gator: This locally owned and operated gift shop offers an array of items, including jewelry, T-shirts, jams and jellies and flip-flops - pretty much anything you can think of to take home to loved ones. The Lazy Gator specializes in South Carolina products. Get a sneak preview at www.lazygator.com.
Random: The name says it all at this off-the-wall boutique. Featuring unique and limited lines of one-of-a-kind clothing, accessories, jewelry, gifts, and vintage goods, Random recently added a baby section for trendy tots and toddlers.
Seacoast Artists Gallery: This gallery is a popular hangout and haven for local artists, with more than 70 from the area displaying their pieces at Seacoast. The home of the Seacoast Artists Guild holds frequent shows and special events. For more information, visit www.seacoastartistsguild.com.
Soma Intimates: Vacation is a good time to update the lingerie wardrobe to add some sizzle to your beach trip. That's why the motto of this boutique is "Beauty Begins Underneath." But Soma Intimates also offers a selection of fragrances and other items to help spice up your love life.