Beat the Wintertime Blues with Retail Therapy at The Market Common

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Looking to cure a bad case of the wintertime blues? Try taking a winter vacation to the sunny shores of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for some intensive retail therapy at The Market Common.

Located only 1 mile from Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort, The Market Common offers an upscale shopping district that looks like it belongs in a major urban city rather than a beach vacation destination.

Featuring dozens of shops spread out over a six-block span of beautifully landscaped sidewalks and storefronts, The Market Common offers everything from hard-to-find national and regional chains to local mom-and-pop shops. A wide range of retail outlets are buttressed by restaurants, art galleries, coffee shops and a movie theater, making it the perfect place for families to spend a day and evening.

Shops include Anthropologie, Barnes & Noble, Bath & Body Works, Bijuju, Centro’s Shoes, Chico’s, City Mac/Apple, Dolce Lusso Salon & Spa, Franchesca’s, Handpicked, Ivy & Leo, J Jill, LS3P, Orvis, Pottery Barn, Random, Seacoast Artists Gallery, Sunglasses Hut, Soma, the Southern Living Store, The Walking Company, Tommy Bahama, Victoria’s Secret, White House/Black Market and 73 Deville.

The impressive lineup of restaurants and refreshments feature Co Sushi, Cold Stone Creamery, Crepe Creation, Gordon Biersch Brewery, King Street Grille, Nacho Hippo, Peace, Love & Little Donuts, PF Chang’s The Brass Tap, Travinia Italian Kitchen, and Tupelo Honey. Enjoy a nice lunch, brunch or dinner at the restaurant, or get a take-out order and visit one of the many neighborhood parks for a nice picnic at Grand Park or Valor Park.

The Market Common also host a variety of festivals, including the upcoming tradition of A Southern Times Square New Year’s Eve in Valor Park. Other January events include the annual Souper Supper celebration of award-winning chefs preparing their favorite soups to benefit area food banks. On Jan. 25, The Market Common celebrates its roots as the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base with a trolley ride and history tour.

Of course, The Market Common isn’t the only place in town for great retail therapy. Check out these other shopping centers and retail districts on the Grand Strand for the ultimate experience:

Barefoot Landing: Located in North Myrtle Beach, this massive retail, dining and entertainment complex offers a little something for everyone. The shops are located along a boardwalk that overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway, where a new area has opened as part of a recent expansion project. The spacious Lulu’s and other restaurants make up the new section, and guests can find good family fun and entertainment at the surrounding Alabama Theatre, House of Blues and boat tours.

Broadway at the Beach: This Myrtle Beach complex truly has it all. Five distinct shopping districts provide visitors with plenty of purchasing opportunities, from national retail outlets to unique locally owned boutiques. There are also plenty of attractions and restaurants to keep the non-shoppers in your party occupied, including the Ripley’s Aquarium, Dave & Buster’s, Hard Rock Cafe, Hollywood Wax Museum, Legends in Concert and WonderWorks. There’s also an amusement park, movie theater and miniature golf for the little ones.

Coastal Grand Mall: The daddy of all local malls is located in Myrtle Beach, only 5 miles from Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort. Featuring regional hub stores and national brand-name shops, Coastal Grand Mall also has an arcade, food court and movie theater for a break from bargain-hunting. Other area malls include the Myrtle Beach Mall and Inlet Square Mall in Murrells Inlet.

Tanger Outlets: This town IS big enough for two of them. Located on Highway 501 near Carolina Forest and on Kings Highway near Briarcliffe Acres, the Tanger Outlets are loaded with national chain stores and local shops. Visitors can spend hours shopping until they drop without dropping a lot of cash.

No matter where you shop, be sure to drop in at Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort for some rest and relaxation during your Myrtle Beach vacation. Guests save so much money on accommodations that they can afford to go on a shopping spree.

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