When visiting the Grand Strand, there’s definitely no shortage of shopping, dining and entertainment options — that’s why the Myrtle Beach area is one of the most popular family-vacation destinations on the East Coast. But many visitors to our scenic stretch of the Carolina coast may not be aware that there are also a number of local hot spots where all three of these lures can be found in one place, and with a big enough array of options that they’re sure to suit visitors of all ages and interests.
One of these area complexes is The Market Common, a shopping, dining, entertainment and residential district located on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base site. Thanks to its combination of upscale feel and downtown amenities, the retail/residential district is known among many locals by its tagline “Myrtle Beach’s Uptown Downtown.”
Next time you and your vacation crew are looking for a single destination that offers something for everyone in your party — from the youngest of first-time beach-goers to the most veteran of Myrtle Beach vacationers — consider these reasons to head for Myrtle Beach’s southern end for a visit to The Market Common:
The shopping options found at The Market Common include a range of favorite national chains and a healthy mix of locally based boutique shops, as well as diverse offerings ranging from fashion and art to jewelry and books. Adding to the allure, as shoppers stroll the district’s beautifully landscaped outdoor walkways, they’ll find rocking chairs, park benches, bubbling fountains, a kids’ play area and more, all of which come together to create a fun and elegant experience.
Among the highlights of the 20-plus retailers found at the complex are J.Jill. Seacoast Artists Gallery, Orvis, the Southern Living Store, Anthropologie, Barnes and Noble, and Elegant Pet Store & Resort. Explore all the options on the Shopping page of The Market Common’s website.
The dining choices on tap at The Market Common offer something for every taste, with the different cuisine types available including American, Italian, German, Asian, French, Mexican, Southern and more. Further, the sweet treats guests can indulge in after their meals include chocolates, ice cream, donuts and crepes.
Highlights among the dozen-plus eateries on offer at The Market Common include Ultimate California Pizza; The Brass Tap; The Uncommon Chocolatier; King Street Grille; Nacho Hippo; Peace, Love & Little Donuts; CO Sushi; 810 Billiards & Bowling; Tupelo Honey; and Travinia Italian Kitchen. Tempt your taste buds by taking a look at all the offerings found on The Market Common’s Dining page.
When your vacation crew is looking for things to do, there are a number of venues for family fun available at The Market Common, too. From billiards and bowling to bike rides, Hollywood hits and learning adventures, The Market Common delivers. Among the entertainment highlights here are Stage Left Theatre Company, EdVenture, 810 Billiards & Bowling, Grand 14 Cinema and the Pedego electric bike rental shop — which is the perfect place to grab your wheels for a ride around Valor Memorial Garden or the Grand Park Athletic Complex, each of which are within easy walking distance of The Market Common.
Check out the full lineup of entertainment options on The Market Common’s Entertainment page.
The Market Common also cranks up the excitement with a regular schedule of special events that take place on the complex’s grounds. Art shows, parades, fun runs, pet-centered events, film festivals and boat races are just a few of the big events regularly held at The Market Common. Visit The Market Common’s Events page to see what’s happening during your next Grand Strand visit.
When the time is right to start planning your long-anticipated Myrtle Beach getaway, visit Bay View on the Boardwalk’s website to check out our accommodation options. With our comfortable and luxurious room options, an ideal location right on the oceanfront and Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, and a wide range of fun on-site amenities, we’ve got everything you’ll need to enjoy your long-awaited and well-deserved family beach vacation in style.