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Corolla Shopping

Corolla is all about retail recreation. Corolla shopping opportunities are abundant in and around the major shopping complexes—The Shoppes at the Currituck Club, TimBuck II, Monteray Plaza and Corolla Light Town Center—and in the old Corolla village area.

Almost all Corolla shops are locally owned and operated, so they each have an individual character and offer things you won’t see at home. You could easily spend a whole day shopping in Corolla when you need a little break from the beach. Just remember that on rainy days, everyone else will want to be shopping with you. Vacationers are notorious for getting in their cars on rainy days and heading straight to the Outer Banks shopping areas.

If you’ve got family members in tow, don’t worry, because most of Corolla’s shopping centers offer diversions other than shopping. TimBuck II Shopping Village has plenty of recreational opportunities, like water sports and go-carts, to keep the family entertained while you shop. At Monteray Shores Shopping Plaza, there’s a climbing wall and movie theater. Corolla Light Town Center features a skatepark that’s as much fun for curious onlookers as it is for skaters.

Alice's Craft Gallery

815-A Ocean Trail
Monteray Plaza
(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 quality hand-crafted gift (including unique jewelry) for a very affordable price. The Outer Banks photography of Dan Waters is a popular seller here. Alice’s Craft Gallery is open April through December.

Birthday Suits

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

Celebrating 31 years on the Outer Banks, 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 for kids' and men. For kids, there’s everything from swim diapers and toddler suits to board shorts and competition swimwear in sizes infant to preteen. Men will find surf trunks, board shorts and briefs from sizes 28 to XX large. Don’t forget the sun-protective rash guards for kids and adults. Birthday Suits is a clothing store, too, with designer and California surf brands, sportswear, jeans, shoes and beach-inspired accessories like sunglasses, flip-flops, hats, jewelry and purses. Love the OBX logo? You’ll find all the original OBX brand accessories and clothing here. Check out the flagship store on the Bypass in Kill Devil Hills.

Butcher Block

807 E. Ocean Trail
Monteray Plaza
(252) 453-3663

For the meat lovers in the northern Outer Banks, Butcher Block is the prime location for all your barbecue needs. They offer cut-to-order Angus steaks ready for the grill. Enjoy Filet Mignon, Ribeye and New York Strip as well as bone-in Porterhouse and T-Bones. You can also find fresh ground beef, gourmet burgers, fresh pork (including homemade sausage), poultry, lamb and veal, all of the highest quality and freshness. For a real Southern treat, consider Butcher Block as the source for whole pigs on the OBX. Butcher Block also specializes in fresh seafood straight from the local docks. Fresh fish filets, shellfish and mollusk are available. Shrimp and crab steamed and spiced to order are other handy items. Butcher Block also features Boar’s Head deli meats and cheeses sliced to order. Check out their party trays and fresh salads. 

Cotton Gin

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

For a feeling of an old-time country market, step into The Cotton Gin, a coastal shopping tradition for more than 40 years. Check out their new line called Vineyard Vines, popular with young adults. You’ll find resort fashions for men and women from fine designers like Tommy Bahama and Fresh Produce and other top designers of accessories like Vera Bradley, Pandora and Kameleon jewelry. They offer home fashions, books, collectibles, prints and waterfowl carvings and even fine wine made from their own estate-grown grapes at Sanctuary Vineyards. You can also visit their flagship store on the mainland in Jarvisburg and their location in Duck and at Timbuck II in Corolla.

Gray’s Outer Banks Lifestyle Clothing Co.

3860 N. Croatan Highway
The Bypass, MP 4
Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-1776
1177 Duck Road
Scarborough Faire
(252) 261-1740
1236 Duck Road
The Waterfront Shops
(252) 255-5768
790 E Ocean Trail
Little Timbuck II
(252) 453-4994
792 Sunset Boulevard, #L8
Timbuck II
(252) 457-1058

Gray’s has been a local trusted name in apparel for the whole family since 1948. This family owned and operated business boasts the largest selection of Tommy Bahama clothing on the Mid-Atlantic and also sells popular brands such as Sperry Top-sider, Billabong, Olukai sandals, Fresh Produce Sportswear, Eliza B. sandals and belts, Champion, Gear For Sports, Quiksilver and Tribal. Gray’s also carries a great selection of gifts, jewelry and accessories, including Vera Bradley, Brighton and Tervis Tumbler. The store’s specialty is its huge selection of quality Outer Banks T-shirts and sweatshirts, including OBX designs and the official Big Duck design. Hundreds of tees and sweatshirts are on sale everyday at all five Gray’s locations.

Island Revolution Surf Co. and Skatepark

1159 Austin Street
Corolla Light Town Center
(252) 453-9484

Shop here for surf and skate threads, equipment and accessories. Island Revolution has a full line of surfboards and skateboards. They also have accessories and clothing for men and women from O’Neill, Billabong, Dakine, Analog, RVCA, Volcom, Roxy, Reef and Sanuk, plus a great selection of killer shades from Arnette, Dragon, Von Zipper, Electric and more. They also offer boards from Rusty, JS Industries, Victoria and others! Ask about surf and kiteboarding lessons, and check out surf videos on their plasma TVs while you shop. You can purchase passes to the concrete skatepark here, and in the summer skate clinics are available for $30 for a 90-minute session from 10:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday in season. Plus you can skate for free on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. See Recreation for more about the Corolla Skatepark and surf lessons.

Just For the Beach Rentals

1006 S. Virginia Dare Trail
MP 9 on the Beach Road
Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-9480
501 Old Stoney Rd
(252) 453-9388
(252) 441-6048
Toll Free
(866) 629-7368

Want to plan your own kayak tour? Just for the Beach Rentals has kayaks available for rent, the sit-on-top style, for single, double or triple paddlers. Or, if you want to leave your car behind, you can make like a local and pedal around town on one of their comfortable beach cruisers (bikes are available for all ages). Didn’t realize there would be great tennis courts in the area? If you didn’t pack your racket, you can rent one at Just for the Beach. Beach volleyball sets are also available as well as beach chairs and umbrellas. And, if getting in the water is more your thing, they also rent surfboards known as soft-tops, which are ideal for beginning surfers. Surfboard rentals are $20 a day or $60 a week. They also have body and skim boards for rent for $10 a day or $20 a week. Standup paddleboards are the most recent addition to their offerings and rent for $50 a day or $150 a week. Just for the Beach can deliver everything to you.

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.

785L Sunset Boulevard
TimBuck II Shopping Village
(252) 453-4999
1213 Duck Road
Wee Winks Square
(252) 261-8787

This store is your one-stop shop for surf, skim, kayak and SUP gear. They carry the latest sportswear and surf brands like Billabong, Quiksilver, Roxy and Volcom for both men and women. They also have a huge selection of popular T-shirts and sweatshirts including OBX, Peace Frogs and Old Guys Rule. Plus, there’s also a nice selection of Zap skimboards, Hobie and WIlderness Systems kayaks, Naish, Surftech, Jimmy Lewis and Yolo SUPs if you want to do more than look the part! 

Michael’s Gems and Glass

794 Sunset Boulevard
Timbuck II
(252) 453-4310

Michael’s goods are about as natural as you can get. Earth-made, sometimes man-enhanced rocks, seashells, fossils and mineral items make truly unique gifts. We like the jewelry crafted with gemstones, the agate geodes and bookends.

Nags Head Hammocks

790 Ocean Trail
TimBuck II Shopping Village
(252) 453-4611
1212 Duck Road
(252) 261-1062
1801 S. Croatan Highway
The Bypass, MP 9.5
Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-6115
(800) 344-6433

Nags Head Hammocks have been handcrafted in coastal North Carolina since 1974. The Kill Devil Hills location features incredibly lush landscaping to show off these great hammocks. You'll find hammocks, swings, barstools, chairs and stands plus accessories like bolsters, pillows and foot rests. These products are made with sturdy, weather-resistant materials, and they last a long, long time, even in the harsh Outer Banks conditions. Stop by the store to see the hammocks being crafted on-site. Shipping is available.

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.

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, umbrellas and more. In addition to delivering your beach items to your vacation cottage, Ocean Atlantic Rentals now offers a daily setup and breakdown service for your beach chairs and umbrellas while at your oceanfront rental cottage. Their service includes free delivery and pickup to your beach cottage plus full service, daily setup and breakdown of your chairs and umbrellas (which stay at your cottage during the rental period). They can even text message you when your items are ready to use! 

Ocean Treasures Gift Shop & Art Gallery

785 Sunset Boulevard
TimBuck II Shopping Village
(252) 453-2383 x252

Have you ever seen dolphin and whale sculptures and paintings by Wyland, the worlds leading marine life artist? That's why this shop is called Ocean Treasures. They feature some of the most exciting ocean artist in the world such as Wyland, Guy Harvey, Walfrido Garcia and Dan Mackin. This shop also features Thomas Kinkade and Mark Keathley artwork showcasing beautiful country settings, sea scapes, lighthouses and more. There's also a gift shop with fine art gift items, Guy Harvey clothing and accessories, designer bags and jewelry.

Outer Banks Popcorn Shoppe

799 Sunset Boulevard
TimBuck II Shopping Village
(252) 453-4000
1171 Duck Road
Scarborough Lane Shoppes
(252) 453-4000

In the mood for a different kind of snack? Outer Banks Popcorn Shoppe serves gourmet popcorn popped on-site and topped with fun flavors including Old Bay, Jalapeno Cheddar, Cinnamon Red Hot, Watermelon and, of course, good old-fashioned butter. We dare you to try them all! This unique treat is perfect for the beach, or take a souvenir tin home with you.

Spry Creek Home Accents

1122 Corolla Village Road
(252) 453-0199

Spry Creek is owned by lifelong Outer Banks resident Karen Whitfield and her husband, John. They have converted her father’s old auto repair shop into a surprising home accents shop. They kept the old bay doors and shop flooring for charm, and be sure to look for Karen’s father’s work bench, which came out of Penny’s Hill Lifesaving Station. In the shop, Karen emphasizes locally made artwork, jewelry, handmade soaps and candles, and even carved decoys. She has imported linens, handcrafted ceramics from Spain, Poland, Portugal and Mexico as well as Mexican glassware and Polish art glass. They also offer toys, glassware and hand-woven throws made in the U.S.A. Spry Creek is named after a deepwater creek just north of the shop where local fishermen used to keep their boats and a couple of local crabbers still do.

Whalehead Museum Gallery & Gift Shop

1100 Club Road
(252) 453-9040

After touring the house and grounds (see Attractions) visit the Museum Gallery. The gallery showcases the talents of both local and regional artists who create handmade treasures related to the property. For example, you’ll find custom-crafted jewelry and ornaments made from the original copper roof shingles, circa 1925. While browsing, you will also find a selection of hand-carved decoys, beautiful paintings, photos and prints. Also enjoy books on hunting, waterfowl and Outer Banks lore. Got kids? You’ll find plenty for them — from real working pirate telescopes and compasses to reproductions of toys and games from the 1920s era. For the rest of your family and friends, choose from Art Nouveau and Tiffany-inspired jewelry, notecards and bookmarks as well as Whalehead logo items including T-shirts, hats, coffee mugs and other souvenirs. Your purchases help save history as all proceeds support ongoing preservation at Whalehead. The Museum Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.