Outer Banks Shopping

Outer Banks Shopping — Fun from Corolla to Ocracoke

Outer Banks ShoppingWe all know the national pastime isn’t really baseball, right? It’s shopping, with a capital S.

And the sport of Outer Banks Shopping is doing its part to redefine that pastime. It’s the thrill of the hunt. It’s bringing the bounty home. It’s indulgence…and it’s just plain fun. Outer Banks shopping is right up there with the best of areas. In fact, we even laugh that Duck is our own local Rodeo Drive (see Duck Shopping). And, while some areas have a reputation as a shopper’s mecca, all the towns here have plenty to please even the most skilled in the pursuit of a purchase. Corolla Shopping can help you navigate that area’s upscale offerings. Nags Head (see Nags Head Shopping) and its neighbors Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk, can keep you in an Outer Banks shopping frenzy with its outlet and plethora of locally owned, cool shops. Roanoke Island Shopping is characterized by the enjoyable walkability of it. Wandering around the waterfront town of Manteo, moseying in and out of shops and galleries, is a perfect way to spend the day. The same is true with Ocracoke Shopping. On this island, many of the houses along quiet streets have been repurposed for retail. It's charming! And Hatteras Shopping puts the seven towns and their many shops right at your fingertips.

Individually Owned Outer Banks Shops with Tons of Variety Outer Banks Surf Shop

As with Outer Banks dining, Outer Banks shopping is surprisingly varied. You’ll enjoy high-end art galleries featuring the watercolors, oils and other medias of local and national artists. On the opposite end, if you want the kitschiest of souvenirs, that’s here too. Clothing stores feature bathing suits, casual sportswear, formal dresses and suits, all the current surf shop styles, high style, easy style. If you lose your suitcase, no worries, you’re set. Want to prepare a fresh seafood dinner at home tonight? Choose a locally owned seafood market to purchase fresh Outer Banks seafood and marinades, and then stop off at a specialty wine shop for a bottle to make the evening complete. Set your sights on antiques, fishing tackle, books, watersports equipment, home décor items, hammocks, handmade jewelry, gifts with an historic theme, nautically inspired selections – whew, you’ll be out all day and not begin to indulge your Outer Banks shopping jones.

Shopping here is, for the most part, a far cry from shopping in a mall or in a superstore where homogeny rules. The boutiques and specialty shops found throughout the towns are unique, individually owned and each reflects the personality of its owners. You will find a few of the national chain stores, but only a few.

Remember that on rainy days, every Outer Banks vacationer will be out there shopping with you. So, if you’re an aficionado, you might want to take some time away from the beach to have a more leisurely experience in our shops.

Outer Banks Shopping by Area

Corolla | Duck & Southern Shores | Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills & Nags Head
Roanoke Island & Manteo | Hatteras Island | Ocracoke Island

Outer Banks Shopping by Category

A.S. Austin Company

57698 N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras Village
(252) 986-1500
47039 Buxton Back Road, Buxton
(252) 995-0530

Located in a cool historic building in the heart of Hatteras Village, this company can equip your Hatteras excursion. They offer kayak rentals by the hour, day or week as well as kayak tours. They also rent surfboards and standup paddleboards and offer lessons in these sports. Skateboards, boogie boards, golf carts, beach chairs, umbrellas, beach wheelchairs, fishing poles and fishing carts are for rent... read more

Alice's Craft Gallery

815-A Ocean Trail, Monteray Plaza, Corolla
(252) 453-0264

When out shopping in Corolla, be sure to seek out Alice’s Craft Gallery in Monteray Plaza. Here you will find jewelry, pottery, glass, metals, wood, chimes, photography and sculptural wall art pieces made by American artisans. Alice’s represents a few local artists and numerous North Carolina artists. This gallery is a good place to browse for functional handmade pottery intended for daily use or a... read more

Big Buck's Homemade Ice Cream

794F Sunset Boulevard, Timbuck II, Corolla
(252) 453-3188
3810 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 715-0779
207 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Waterfront Shops, Downtown Manteo, Manteo
(252) 423-3118
106-A Sir Walter Raleigh Street, Manteo
(252) 423-3400

For a tasty treat, head to Big Buck’s Homemade Ice Cream. Choose from more than 50 flavors of made-from-scratch ice cream plus sherbet, sorbet and soft serve. You can get any flavor made into a shake, split, sundae or float, even a brownie sundae — yum! Big Buck’s has an espresso bar and all the espresso-based coffee drinks you need to pick up your day.... read more

Birthday Suits

801 Ocean Trail, Monteray Plaza, Corolla
(252) 453-4862
1171 Duck Road, Scarborough Lane Shopping Center, Duck
(252) 261-7297
2000 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 10, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-5338

Celebrating more than 30 years as an Outer Banks shopping mecca, Birthday Suits is a favorite for swimwear — in fact, it’s been voted Best on the Beach for swimsuits for more than 10 years in local polls. Women's swimsuits are the specialty here — the latest styles for all ages, mix-and-match separates, bra-sized swimwear, long-torso and mastectomy suits — but they also sell suits... read more

Blue Pelican Gallery

57762 N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras Village
(252) 986-2244

Housed in a charming restored 1950s Hatteras cottage, Blue Pelican Gallery offers an eclectic mix of artwork, most of it local. Owner/artist Jennifer Johnson is a native Hatteras Islander, and her photography reflects her love of the area. She also creates jewelry, which she sells here as well. Blue Pelican represents other local artists too, and you’ll find surf art, prints, tiles, pottery, ornaments, stained... read more

Bluegrass Island Store & Box Office

107 Budleigh Street, Manteo
(252) 423-3039

Located in downtown Manteo’s Phoenix Shops, Bluegrass Island is a one-stop shop for everything bluegrass related! From a selection of more than 1,000 CDs to bluegrass-themed merchandise such as shirts, hats and jewelry, Bluegrass Island is also a box office location for many of the best local music events. Visit them online, call ahead or just stop by for tickets to events such as the... read more

Burrus Market

57196 Kohler Road and N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras Village
(252) 986-2333

Burrus has been serving Hatteras Villagers and visitors for more than a century — since 1866! It’s a small but well-stocked full-service grocery store with fresh meats, seafood and produce, necessities and specialty products. The people are always friendly here, and it’s open year round.

Candy and Corks

1240 Duck Road, The Waterfront Shops, Duck
(252) 255-0600

Wonderful treats await you at this store. Satisfy your sweet tooth with classic candies, taffy and chocolate, or get great noshes like gourmet nuts and salty snacks. Candy and Corks also sells a nice selection of wine, including local varieties that you can purchase by the bottle or case. Stop in before sunset and grab a bottle of one of many old-time cane sugar sodas... read more

Community Store

294 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke

The Community Store was reopened in 2014, breathing life back into the Community Square of Ocracoke. They have a fresh selection of organic produce and natural foods, homemade breads, specialty grocery items and stock craft beer, wine, drinks and snacks. Also shop here for locally made gifts and art, beach toys, buck knives, foul weather gear and essentials.

Corolla Bait and Tackle

1070 Ocean Trail, Corolla
(252) 453-9500
603 Currituck Drive, The Shoppes at the Currituck Club, Corolla
(252) 453-9690

Keith Cummings, owner of Corolla Bait and Tackle, goes beyond the call of duty when it comes to sharing his fishing knowledge. Everyone who comes through the door of this Outer Banks shop gets fishing instruction. This full-service tackle store sells every major brand of tackle for fresh and salt water plus gear, fresh bait, crabbing supplies, ice and more. The advice is free. Corolla... read more

Cotton Gin

789 Sunset Boulevard, TimBuck II Shopping Village, Corolla
(252) 453-4446
1185 Duck Road, Duck
(252) 491-2387
5151 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 14.5, Nags Head
(252) 449-2387
(800) 637-2446

For a feeling of an old-time country market, step into The Cotton Gin, an Outer Banks shopping tradition for more than 40 years. The original Cotton Gin has stood in the same location since 1929, starting as a working cotton gin and growing into a gift store with four locations. Visitors are treated to a unique shopping experience in their main store in Jarvisburg, as... read more

Flip Flop Shops

1171 Duck Road, Scarborough Lane Shoppes, Duck
(252) 441-1757
7100 S. Croatan Highway, Suite 82, The Bypass. MP 16, Nags Head
(252) 255-3100

The ultimate summer shop, Flip Flop Shops sells flip flops and sunglasses and tanning lotions. You’ll find all the favorite brands of flip flops, including Sanuk, Reef, Rainbow, Cobian,Scott, Roxy, Havaianas, Flojos and Olukai. There are styles for men, women, teens, kids and babies.