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Hatteras Shopping

While watersports might be the main recreational activities that draw people here, Hatteras Island shopping is a contender for popularity. There are wonderful stores that dot the long and winding road through the island, and you’ll be pleased with the quality and variety of opportunities.

Hatteras Island shops are all locally owned, which allows for great individual character, and the staff members are always friendly and helpful. If you’re out looking for something frivolous and fun, you’ll happen upon it. Cape Hatteras souvenirs abound, from miniature lighthouses to design-your-own T-shirts to hermit crabs. You’ll also find clothes and the essentials — jewelry, clothing, bathing suits, beach toys, watersports equipment, home decor, gourmet food and incredible artwork by local and national artists. You could easily spend an entire day cruising among Hatteras Island’s shops from Rodanthe to Hatteras Village, though the biggest concentrations of retail stores are in Avon, Buxton and Hatteras Village.

If you’re looking for necessities in your Cape Hatteras shopping spree, you’ll find what you need, whether it’s a get-well card, a good book for the beach, a latch for the screen door or backing for your fly line. One large chain grocery store, a couple of smaller but well-stocked mom-and-pop grocers and several gourmet shops fill the food needs on Hatteras Island. You’ll find tackle stores in every village, and watersports equipment shops are everywhere.


Rodanthe, Waves & Salvo | Avon | Buxton & Frisco | Hatteras Village  



Blue Pelican Gallery

57762 N Carolina 12
Hatteras Village
(252) 986-2244

Inside a 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 glass, hand-carved birds, music and much more. They’re expanding Hatteras Island’s only yarn room which is chock full of all the knitting supplies you could need. Blue Pelican also offers a fun selection of upcycled art pieces made of glass, copper and wood. Look for this gallery beside Burrus Red & White.

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.

Buxton Village Books

47918 N.C. Highway 12
(252) 995-4240

Established in 1984, Buxton Village Books makes its home in a charming old cottage with sloping, creaky floors. The owner, Gee Gee Rosell, has a welcoming smile and great taste in books. Look for cookbooks, local interest books and music, fiction, nonfiction, best sellers, a great selection of Southern fiction, mysteries, field guides, unique greeting cards and note cards, journals and much more. Buxton Village Books is now selling Kobo e-books and e-readers. The shop is open year round.

Indian Town Gallery and Gifts

50840 N.C. Highway 12
(252) 995-5181

Indian Town Gallery is one of the Outer Banks’ best art galleries. Most the art is made by Outer Banks artists, the majority of them from the island. Indian Town offers Hatteras’ most extensive selection of work from local artists found in one gallery. The gallery also sells handmade crafts from locals and regional artists. One look in here and you’ll be convinced that the gift of creativity is abundant by the sea. This is the place to come for original works of art, some of them exclusive to this gallery, including paintings, pottery, jewelry, woodworks, photographs, blown glass, baskets and more. Indian Town offers weekly classes in watercolor painting, beading, sea glass wrapping and other media. Be sure to call or check in for the weekly class schedule.  

Island Spice & Wine

40246 N.C. Highway 12
(252) 995-7750

Your taste buds will love you for visiting this store. The wine selection is vast and pleasantly surprising, with numerous worthy selections from Carolina and around the world. You’ll also find fine tea and coffee, specialty sauces, hard-to-find spices, imported olive oils and vinegars, cheeses, sweets, chocolates, gourmet snacks and many other things that will inspire a night of cooking. The store sells sushi-making supplies, cookbooks, dishes and other kitchen-related gear. They also carry coastal home decor items so you can take a little bit of the beach home with you. Gifts and gift baskets are available.

Kinnakeet Clay Studio and Showroom

40462 North End Road
(252) 995-0101

In a new location this year, Kinnakeet Clay is a don’t-miss pottery center and gallery in the heart of historic Avon. In the building that was formerly The Gaskins Gallery, Kinnakeet Clay features the work of fourth-generation Hatteras Island artist Antionette Gaskins Mattingly. Mattingly’s mother and grandmother ran The Gaskins Gallery, and Mattingly herself spent nine years on the art show circuit before settling down to create this permanent home for her work. Her gallery also features functional and decorative pottery by other regional potters, and several new artists have been added this year. Kinnakeet Clay is also the home of Mugglies by CatFish Pottery.Though it’s mainly a pottery shop, you’ll also find wall art (prints, paintings and photography), textiles (aprons, skirts, tea towels), wood carvings and jewelry and more for home decor and self-adornment. Kinnakeet Clay’s new, larger location features a pottery studio so you’ll almost always catch someone making pots or working with clay. A variety of classes is offered by Kinnakeet Clay’s artists-in-residence; call for the schedule. There’s also a fresh cut flower market where you can buy flowers by the stem to brighten up your rental house or just your day. Kinnakeet Clay is open seven days a week during the summer.

Kitty Hawk Kites

39432 N.C. Highway 12
Island Shops
(252) 995-6060
5848 Hatteras Landing
Hatteras Village
(252) 986-1446
24505 N.C. Highway 12
Waves Village
(252) 987-2297
1216 Duck Road
Wee Winks Square
(252) 261-4450
307 Queen Elizabeth Street
(252) 473-2357
(877) 359-8447

Kitty Hawk Kites specializes in kites, from the single-lines for kids to high-tech stunt varieties. The stores also sell fun things like flags, toys, boomerangs and games. You’ll find the Outer Banks’ largest selection of Crocs, Pirate Booty, Rt. 12 and Life Is Good apparel and the coolest selection of T-shirts, sweatshirts, outdoor clothing, sunglasses, sandals and more. KHK stores also offer toys and gifts that you won’t find anywhere else on the Outer Banks. Kitty Hawk Kites has 13 locations from Corolla to Ocracoke. 

One of the Outer Banks’ foremost recreation outfitters, Kitty Hawk Kites' Hatteras Village location also offers kayak ecotours and kayak rentals. And in Rodanthe, the Kitty Hawk Kites' Hatteras Kiteboarding Resort is where you can buy kiteboarding gear, take lessons and rent kayaks, kiteboarding gear and standup paddleboards. See our Recreation section. 


Kitty Hawk Surf Co.

24502 N.C. Highway 12
Waves Village Kiteboarding Resort
(252) 987-2297

Kitty Hawk Surf Co. carries only the best surfwear brands: Quiksilver, Billabong, Volcom, O’Neill, Roxy and many more. Kitty Hawk Surf Co. can also help you out with surf, skim, kayak and standup paddleboard gear and instruction. 

Lee Robinson’s General Store

58372 N.C. Highway 12
Hatteras Village
(252) 986-2381

Lee Robinson’s General Store, on the south end of Hatteras Village, has been serving the village since 1948. It’s a convenient place to stop for groceries, gourmet items, snacks, drinks, ice, beer and fine wine. You’ll also have fun shopping for T-shirts and beachwear, books, maps, souvenirs and beach supplies. There’s a neat gift gallery upstairs. The store is open daily 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. in season. Stop in and watch the sun set over the Pamlico on Lee Robinson’s newly built sunset patio. Their Sticky Bottom Produce Co. fruit and veggie stand across the street from the General Store is open starting at 9 a.m. It operates mid-May through October. 

Ocean Atlantic Rentals

Corolla Light Town Center
One block south of the Lighthouse
(252) 453-2440
1149 Duck Road
(252) 261-4346
2001 S. Croatan Highway
The Bypass, MP 9.75
Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-7823
40809 N.C. Highway 12
(252) 995-5868

If you want to rent kayaks to do some exploring on your own, Ocean Atlantic Rentals will bring them to you. You can rent kayaks for exploring the sound or riding the ocean waves. They also offer surf lessons and kiteboarding lessons for groups or individuals, with CPR-certified instructors. Fun!

And, when visiting many areas of the Outer Banks, you’ll need your car from time to time to get to the grocery store or between shopping centers. Otherwise, ditch the car and pedal everywhere you go. They rent single-speed beach cruisers, kids’ and BMX bikes, Kiddie Kart trailers and trikes for the little ones, plus you can get helmets and gear for the entire family. Pick up your bikes here or have them delivered to your door.

And if that’s not enough, Ocean Atlantic Rentals also has all the equipment you need for surfing, bodyboarding or skimboarding. They even have swim fins, which are great for bodyboarding. If the water is chilly when you’re here, they rent wetsuits to keep you warm while you tackle the waves. Ocean Atlantic Rentals delivers this type of gear too!


This is also a full-service rental company for any big item you might not have wanted to cart from home such as cribs, strollers, beach chairs and umbrellas and more!

SeaWorthy Gallery

58401 N.C. Highway 12
Hatteras Village
(252) 986-6510

In a stunningly beautiful robin’s-egg blue building on N.C. 12 just before the ferry docks, you’ll find SeaWorthy Gallery. Painter and owner Carole Nunnally showcases fine, hand-crafted local and regional art in a variety of mediums, including painting, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, wood carvings and much more. Rather than the expected grouping by artistic mediums, she divides the gallery into themes – shorebirds, marine life, boats and lighthouses, whimsical, jewelry-pottery and people-places-things. It adds up to a delightful shopping experience. You can take a peak at their artwork online, too. The gallery has the largest selection of N.C.-made pottery on Hatteras Island, and the hand-painted porcelain and sand dollar ornaments are some of the favorite items here.

Studio 12

40534 N.C. Highway 12
(252) 995-7899

When you’re looking for something to do beyond the beach, get creative at this art studio that includes lessons in mosaics, pottery painting and glass fusion, including making jewelry, bowls and sun-catchers. Shop their gallery filled with art that includes wheel-thrown pottery, handcrafted tiles, paintings and jewelry. Studio 12 recently expanded to include 800 feet of gallery space representing more than 25 local, regional and national artists. You can walk in any time to make some art or sign up for one of their many classes. Glass fusion jewelry and bowl classes run throughout the summer. Check the website for the latest class schedule. Studio 12 is open Monday through Saturday.