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  • Things to do Locally

    02/11/2021 in Local Area

    Most of our clients at ART Catering, are from out-of-town. Whether you are here for planning meetings or here for the week of the wedding, we would love to give you and your guests some suggestions of things to do nearby! 

    The Brunswick Beaches include Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Holden Beach, Southport, Oak Island and Bald Head Island. It would take longer than a weekend to explore these beautiful islands, so we suggest that you visit the website or to get a closer look at the surrounding beaches and areas.



    Each of the barrier islands and surrounding areas offer a variety of activities!

    o   Bike Riding

    o   Shelling

    o   Walking Tours (Look up Kindred Spirit Mailbox!)

    o   Golf

    o   Golf Cart Rentals

    o   Lighthouses at Oak Island and Bald Head Island

    o   Deep Sea Fishing

    o   Jet Ski & Boat Rentals

    o   Spas and Salons

    o   Horseback Riding

    o   Wine Tastings & Breweries


    Within a short distance, you can drive to Wilmington, NC or Myrtle Beach, SC. These destinations both offer an array of shopping, dining, activities, night spots, wine tastings, tours, and accommodations. We are also within a few hours of historic Charleston, SC if you have time for an overnight trip.



    Our company also owns two local restaurants – The Purple Onion Café and Seabreeze Restaurant. The Purple Onion Café is located on Main Street in Shallotte and serves breakfast and lunch 7 days a week. Seabreeze Restaurant is in Ocean Isle Beach along the intracoastal waterway, they are open for lunch Monday-Saturday 11-4pm. Check the schedule on Seabreeze’s website, as they also have themed Friday night dinners and Sunday Brunch on select weekends. 


    Purple Onion Café

    Shallotte, NC


    Seabreeze Restaurant

    Ocean Isle Beach, NC



    A few of our local staff favorites are listed below:


    Angelo’s & Marias | Italian

    Shallotte & Ocean Isle Beach


    Bennett’s Grill | Calabash Seafood + Burgers
    Calabash, NC


    The Boundary House Restaurant | Seafood + Steak

    Calabash, NC


    Coastal Craft Beverage Company | Taproom

    Calabash, NC


    Grapevine | Mediterranean

    Calabash, NC


    Las Palmeras | Mexican

    Sunset Beach, NC


    Makai Brewing Company | Taproom

    Shallotte, NC


    The Oyster Rock | Seafood

    Calabash, NC


    Red Hare Brewing Company | Taproom

    Shallotte, NC


    Sharky’s | Waterfront Seafood

    Ocean Isle Beach, NC


    Silver Coast Winery | Wine Tasting

    Ocean Isle Beach, NC


    Sugar Shack | Jamaican



    Looking for some local fresh produce? Visit our friends at Heritage Fresh Market:




    Our small-town has a collection of adorable boutiques and shops! For a list of our favorites, visit

    New to Shallotte, we have our own Hobby Lobby (it’s a big deal y’all). Other “big name” stores in town are: Ross, Burkes Outlet, Big Lots, Belk, Home Depot, Lowes, and Walmart.

    We are also in driving distance of Coastal North Town Center, Myrtle Beach Tanger Outlets, Myrtle Beach Market Commons, Wilmington Independence Mall, Wilmington Mayfaire Shops, and downtown Wilmington shops and restaurants.


    Thrift Shops

    This area is known for its selection of thrift and consignment stores – doesn’t everyone love a good find!? Just search “thrift stores in ____” and you will see a list of places to drive by. Here are a few that we can always count on finding something neat:

    o   Miss Minnie’s Antiques

    o   Habitat for Humanity Restore

    o   Communities in Schools Thrift Store

    o   Sheltered Treasures Thrift Shop

    o   Goodwill

    o   Calabash Consignment

    o   BSRI Thrift Store


    Enjoy your time in our little slice of paradise!