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. Offshore fishing trips are available. 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 also for rent and sale. All your biking needs are covered here, with a great selection of cruisers for rent or sale. They even have fat tire bicycles specially made to ride on the beach. The store offers one-of-a-kind local artwork on display, locally made jewelry, T-shirts, flip flops, hats, beach necessities and more. New for this season, A.S. Austin will offer yoga paddleboarding for beginners; no experience is necessary.
Established in 1984, Buxton Village Books makes its home in a vintage island cottage with sloping, creaky floors. The owner, Gee Gee Rosell, has a welcoming smile and great taste in books. Look for current bestsellers in fiction and non-fiction, cookbooks, local interest books, a great selection of Southern and contemporary fiction, mysteries, field guides, unique greeting cards and journals. Buxton Village Books offers a great selection in a charming space and maintains a website so you can shop local when you’re not on Hatteras Island. The shop is open year round.
Come by Indian Town Gallery to experience the joy of art! Now entering their 16th season, Indian Town Gallery is featuring their freshest and most original collection of handmade jewelry, painting, pottery, photography and sculpture yet. Their selection of local and coastal work is massive, and they have lots of North Carolina jewelry and pottery, too. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind gift, they’ve got all sorts of art and accessories made out of metal car engine parts, wine bottles, recycled glass, forks and spoons, old license plates, vinyl record albums and much more to adorn your home or body. One look in Indian Town Gallery and you’ll be convinced that the spirit of creativity is abundant by the sea. The upcoming season offers lots of exciting classes in mediums such as watercolor and oil painting, photography, sea-glass jewelry making and more, plus frequent trunk shows with some of their favorite artists. Be sure to stop in and visit, or call or check Facebook for their weekly schedule of activities.
In North Carolina, all liquor and spirits other than beer and wine are sold at package stores by the name of ABC Stores. Beer and wine are sold at grocery and convenience stores. Most stores are open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and are closed on Sundays; Ocracoke's hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and... read more
All Decked Out offers finely made outdoor furniture, handcrafted on site, including Adirondack chairs and rockers, loungers, picnic tables, swings and much more. All furniture is made of Atlantic white cedar, which is durable and weathers beautifully. Delivery is available from Corolla to Ocracoke, and they ship if you can’t get it home on your own.
Blow Kite is a kiteboarding center offering camps and lessons at their private kiteboarding campus on the Pamlico Sound. They also have a retail shop offering world-class gear and equipment, including F-One, Caution, Flexifoil, Xenon, Prolimit, Mystic and Underwave. You’ll also find used gear on consignment plus some Blow Kite T-shirts and hats.
Bob's Frisco Tackle and Convenience offers everything you need for fishing — bait and tackle, gear, ice, beer and wine, drinks, convenience items, rod and reel rentals, clam rake rentals and more. You’ll also find a good selection of gifts, T-shirts, beach goods, children’s toys and more. They also have an ATM and sell lottery tickets.
When you’re looking for all things electronic, this is the place to go. Buxton Electronics has all the items that tend to go missing or get forgotten while you’re on vacation, like memory cards for cameras, batteries, adaptors, cell phone car chargers and accessories, laptop chargers and hook-up cables for TVs and computers. They also carry stereos, CBs, car stereos, TVs, toys and more. If... read more
Buxton Seafood specializes in selling local seafood. Fish, clams, shrimp, scallops, oysters, crabs and more are available from this shop, where you can always trust the quality. They’ll steam shrimp and crabs for you, and they also offer clam bakes; just give them a call a day ahead of time to place your clam bake order. Buxton Seafood carries grocery items, including sauces, produce, sushi... read more
Changing Tide is a vintage shop offering new, used and recycled items. Repurposing is the name of the game at Changing Tide. The stock changes often, but you can usually find furniture, books, dishes, kitchen items, knick-knacks, glass bottles and more. Everything is bright and fresh in this store. Give them a call for hours.
Family owned and operated on Hatteras Island for more than 50 years, Conner’s is a full-service grocery store that caters to locals and visitors. They offer a wide variety of items, from everyday necessities to gourmet treats. There’s a large selection of meats, produce and craft beers. The deli counter offers cheeses, meats and hot food specials to take away. They now have a complete... read more
Cool Wave has it all when it comes to cool treats. They offer soft-serve ice cream and hand-scooped ice cream and all the good things that can be made with those — sundaes, banana splits, milk shakes and more. They also make their own homemade waffle cones, and you really can taste the difference.
This store is the stylish girl’s dream. Daydreams combines the best of city chic with the best of island style. You’ll find sundresses, flip flops and sunglasses as well as designer dresses and separates, jewelry, nice accessories and a great selection of clothes. We love the hats and purses. The sale rack alone is worth devoting some serious time to. Daydreams also carries swimsuit separates.... read more
Diamond Shoals Restaurant has an awesome seafood market where you can pick up locally caught seafood to cook at home yourself or purchase a fully cooked take-out dinner. They're particularly well known for their New England clam chowder. Select from shrimp, clams, scallops, inshore and offshore fish, crabs and Diamond Shoals’ well-known homemade crab cakes. If you’re not in the mood to cook, let the... read more
This is really two stores in one. Downstairs it’s a tackle shop with bait, tackle, rods and reels, gas, gear, waders, boots, snacks, rod and reel repair, custom-rod building, tide charts and everything else for fishermen. Upstairs it’s a gift shop and gallery with artwork, prints, ceramics, candles, local interest books, novelties, lighthouse figurines, Vera Bradley purses and accessories, T-shirts and many other gifts and... read more
Multi-talented artist Crystal Blackmon is the owner of Empty Nest Studio and Gallery in Frisco, where she creates and sells her artworks. Blackmon is a silversmith, painter and photographer. In her gallery you’ll find her jewelry made from pearls and gemstones plus her charcoal portraits, watercolor and acrylic paintings and photography. Blackmon is known for her copper and silver cast seashells on hand-formed bronze pendants.... read more
Fatty’s is a kayak-tour business that focuses on the ecology and history of Hatteras Island, especially the history of the Lost Colony based on the research in the book, Croatoan: The Birthplace of America by Scott Dawson. They also sell ice cream — 24 flavors of Hershey’s ice cream as well as shaved ice and smoothies. Their milkshakes are hand-blended and therefore very thick and... read more
Fox is a trusted source on the watersports scene, specializing in windsurfing, kiteboarding and surfing. You can buy all the gear you’ll need for these sports plus take lessons if you need them. You can also rent windsurfing equipment, surfboards, kiteboards, standup paddleboards, kayaks and body boards and purchase skim boards, sunglasses, clothes, flip flops or a wetsuit. Sailboard, kiteboard and surfboard repair are offered... read more
Frisco Art Center offers a unique shopping experience. Housed under one roof are three distinct galleries — Sea Glass Gallery, Pottery Cottage and an old-fashioned Christmas Shop. Together, the galleries represent more than 75 local, North Carolina and coastal artists, and everything sold here is handcrafted by an artist. A few of the mediums you’ll find include pottery, jewelry, glass sculptures and photography, and there’s... read more
Frisco Rod & Gun offers all the goods for the avid outdoor sportsman. Guns, hunting gear, clothing, fishing rods, fly fishing gear, conventional tackle for offshore, inshore and surf fishing, bait, waders, sunglasses, binoculars – you name it, it’s here. You can buy the N.C. Recreational Fishing License here too. It’s also a convenience store selling Shell gas, snacks, drinks and a good selection of... read more
This is the ultimate campground store, but it’s much more than that. They sell all the necessities such as ice, drinks, snacks, film, groceries, supplies for RVs, beach and camping, hot coffee, beer and wine, and ice cream, but they also feature local books, puzzles, games, gifts, T-shirts and souvenirs. Stop in to ask about windsurfing lessons, kitesurfing lessons and kayak rentals and to inquire... read more
Hatteras Sno-Balls is nestled in a little pink building near milepost 67 in Frisco. With its friendly service and relaxed atmosphere, Hatteras Sno-Balls is a must-stop on a hot summer day. Make sure you try their signature Hatteras-style sno-ball, which consists of a scoop of ice cream on the bottom and shave ice on top. The flavor combination is up to you, and with 42... read more
Hatteras Toy Store is the only dedicated toy store on the island, and it’s the place to find a toy to suit any age group. You’ll find baby toys, beach toys, puzzles, pirate toys and all the popular brand toys kids know and love, including a huge selection of everything Thomas the Tank Engine, Chuggington and Melissa & Doug. The Toy Store has kid-friendly activities... read more
This little consignment shop features an impressive array of baby supplies, clothing, jewelry, furniture and decorations. High Tide’s Attic offers new and used items, so you’re sure to find something for your home and gift needs. The owner puts out new inventory every week, so be sure to stop in more than once! They close in December and January but are otherwise open Wednesday through... read more
Whether you’re donating gently used items or looking for something new to you, supporting this shop helps raise funds for Hotline, a 24-hour crisis line, shelter and domestic violence and sexual assault prevention service for women and children. You can donate gently used items or buy goods at reasonable prices. The Buxton location of the thrift shop accepts and sells clothes, books, magazines, home accessories... read more
Island Garden Center is a full-service garden shop selling a variety of plants, flowers and vegetables as well as topsoil, potting soil, fertilizers and everything else you need for planting. The staff is knowledgeable about what plants work well in the island environment, and they sell the hardy plants that do well on the oceanfront and soundfront.
Natural Art has been a fixture on the island surfing scene since 1977, and it’s all about serious surfing. They shape custom boards and create custom artwork so you can design your own. They sell new and used surfboards and skimboards and rent surfboards, bodyboards and wetsuits. They also repair surfboards. All the surfing support gear is here too: clothing, footwear, wetsuits, rash guards, accessories,... read more
The Old Gray House is one of those stores that vacationers can’t wait to return to each year. The store is housed in an historic island home on Light Plant Road across from Conner’s Supermarket. Inside you’ll find tons of treasures and gifts, much of it handcrafted, including Christmas decorations, baskets, wreaths, cross-stitch, birdhouses, dolls, knickknacks and a lot of seashells. You’ll want to stay... read more
Outer Banks Hotline is the local women’s shelter and crisis intervention center, and the Thrift Shops are one of the ways it raises money. If you love hunting through thrift stores, you’ll go crazy in these shops. You’ll find clothes, furniture, books, records, housewares and a lot more. Donations are gratefully accepted.
The Hatteras location of Red Drum Pottery is the working studio of potters Wes Lassiter and Rhonda Bates. You can often catch the potters at the wheel, and you can see their functional and decorative pieces on display in the gallery. You must stop in to see their award-winning relief ceramic tiles and ornaments imprinted with sea life, floral patterns and wildlife. The Christmas tree... read more
The legendary Red Drum, serving Hatteras Island since 1954, offers all the bait, tackle, supplies, gear and advice you’ll need, plus rod building and repair. It’s in a strip center that also houses a grocery store, a gas station, an auto parts store and an auto repair shop. Stop by for a free tide table.
This little shop has all the tackle you’ll need to head out to nearby Cape Point and start fishing. You can also grab cold drinks, snacks, ice cream and a sno-cone to take with you to the beach. There are T-shirts and souvenirs, too. Right on 12 is located beside Uncle Eddy’s in Buxton. They’re open seasonally.
Now in a new location, Sandy Bay Gallery is a standout among the art galleries on the Outer Banks. A favorite spot to shop for locals and visitors alike, it is a place of pure creativity, with original fine artwork by locals and artists from around the country. In their new, larger space you’ll find jewelry, canvas, art glass, sculpture, iron, clay and much more.... read more
Located at MP 65.5, Scotch Bonnet sells sweets and souvenirs. By far the biggest draw is their fudge, which is made fresh in house and is so good it was featured on the Food Network. You’ll find more than 30 flavors, so we dare you to try to resist. They also sell 21 flavors of saltwater taffy and 24 flavors of Jelly Belly jelly beans.... read more
This gallery, owned by a native Hatteras Island family for more than 20 years, is not an ordinary art gallery. Sure, they offer paintings and other artwork by their family of artisans, but they also offer rock art, driftwood art and their latest creation, oyster shell art. Sarah Allender is the jewelry designer on site. She also has her own signature etched glass that is... read more
Everybody can find a swimsuit at this store. With three stores on Hatteras Island and more on the northern Outer Banks, Surfside Casuals is one of the area’s most well-known names in swimwear, beach apparel and sportswear. The women's swimsuit section offers hundreds of suits, including separates, for every shape and age. You’ll also find casual apparel, beach cover-ups and sarongs, tons of T-shirts, sandals,... read more
The Elegant Attic is an antiques shop housed in an old Buxton cottage that the owner saved from demolition. The shop’s main feature is a spectacular selection of antique stained-glass windows and doors imported from England. You’ll find other antiques as well, including English and domestic furniture, and there’s also a large selection of jewelry, linens, fine glassware, scarves, clothing, candles and gifts. The prices... read more
In business since the 1970s, The Fishin’ Hole is a full-service tackle shop with live bait and tackle plus brand-name rods and reels. It’s an official weigh station, and the staff repairs rods and reels. They also sell beer and wine, snacks and drinks, beach supplies, T-shirts and clothing. They’re authorized dealers for Guy Harvey, Salt Life and Costa Del Mar. The Fishin’ Hole is... read more
Next to the Falcon Motel, this is the place for summer fun, and it’s a great place to stop after a visit to the lighthouse. The 18-hole mini-golf course is nestled under live oaks, providing a shady spot to get out of the sun. Unlimited play is available for a very reasonable price. After golf, cool down with the delicious ice cream this place is... read more