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North Beach Plantation is arguably one of the coolest accommodations on the Grand Strand.
The North Myrtle Beach resort not only offers high-rise living, but also full-fledged pampering by way of spas, private cabanas and fine dining among other amenities.
A first-class accommodations experience is well complimented by a shopping excursion that is just as exquisite, and Coastal Grand Mall is the perfect place in which to indulge.
The Grand Strand’s largest mall has more than 100 stores, a 14-cinema complex, a food court and additional restaurants adjacent to the mall.
It is, in occasionally quirky ways, a microcosm of Myrtle Beach.
Visit the mall on any given day and you will see the mall walkers.
They are adorned in their sweat suits and best walking shoes. While maintaining a brisk pace, they circle around the inner walls of the mall at least once before many folks emerge from their favorite store.
Coastal Grand Mall also reflects the area’s youthful culture.
Teenagers tend to migrate around Cinemark, the movie theater, which is near the food court. Here, they stand or sit talking, giggling and snuggling until their show of choice starts.
In the middle of the mall, there is a mini playground of sorts for kids. Bungee-like swings, outfitted with safety harnesses, allow children to laugh with glee for a while as their parents take well-deserved breaks and watch them with just as much glee as their young ones spring into the air. When playtime is over, families assume their strategic tour of the mall.
No matter when you visit Coastal Grand Mall, you will see some people dressed casually in shorts and flip-flops. It’s a beach thing. Get used to it.
Once you’ve been in Myrtle Beach for a while, you will learn that the best time to shop is either early in the morning when the mall first opens, or later in the evening when the mall is on the brink of closing. Crowds usually are thinner during these times in the off-season. During the summer months, however, the mall is a train station filled with interesting people bustling about from store to store. The air crackles with all sorts of sounds and the excitement is so frenzied that you can feel it.
Yet, if you are more of the stationary type who prefers to sit, you should be relieved to know that there are benches and comfortable chairs throughout the mall where you can just sit, relax and do some serious people watching. People watching at Coastal Grand Mall is arguably better than people watching any day at Wal-Mart. Believe that.
Most mall folks, however, come for retail therapy. And if you are in this crowd, you will be pleased aplenty with what Myrtle Beach’s premier shopping complex has to offer.
Coastal Grand Mall is home to an assortment of stores specializing in accessories, clothing, books, music, gift items and electronics.
Texas Roadhouse Grill, Sticky Fingers, and Lil Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar are among the restaurants outside of the mall that are popular among visitors.
Some of the most popular eateries and shops inside the mall include the following:
Abuelo’s Urban Taqueria: Mexican food, including tacos and burritos, are fresh, delicious and made quickly at this eatery located in the mall’s food court.
Chef Smitty’s: A local favorite, this eatery is located in mall’s food court and serves fresh haddock fish, Italian sausage, crispy fries and other tasty eats.
Claire’s: Teenagers and women adore this shop that has jewelry and hair accessories for nearly every occasion at reasonable prices.
Gymboree: The signature brand for newborns to children, up to size 12, is at this store with the latest fashions.
Abercrombie & Fitch: Stylish casual, sportswear, jackets and dresses are among the buys at this hip clothing store geared toward the college crowd, although people of various ages can find something funky to wear.
Lane Bryant: One of the nation’s leading retailers in comfortable, classy clothing for plus-size women, with sizes ranging from 14 to 28.
f.y.e. (for your entertainment): This retailer sells DVDs, CDs, hard-to-find box sets and other scarce music accessories becoming more difficult to acquire in this age of iPods and MP3s.
Canipes Candy: Locally owned and operated, Canipes Candy specializes in decadent, delightful treats. From giant apples covered in sheaths of chocolates, nuts and caramel to homemade fudge, you can find definitely appease your sweet tooth here.
Star Nails & Spa: This is where you go if your hands and feet need a makeover. A friendly staff offers excellent customer service and offers manicures, pedicures, eyebrow arches and other wax services. A television and lots of magazines help make the time fly, but most often customers enjoy friendly chatter with members of the staff and other salon guests.
Fast Fix Jewelry Repair: While you are perusing in the mall, the folks at this jewelry repair store can mend your broken chain and polish up your wedding band. Jewelry, including Fossil and Charles Hubert watches, is also for sale.
Bath & Body Works: Natural and botanical lotions, perfumes, shower gels and more are in store for shoppers at a store specializing in upscale, but affordable, personal care products.
Dillard’s: Beloved name brands, including Coach, Nike, Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein, are among the items you will find here in a department store that provides ample amounts of retail therapy.
Now, of course, there is so much more that simply cannot fit into this space. But this is just a taste to give you at least an idea about what the mall is all about. And, it is quite grand.
If you go:
What: Coastal Grand Mall
Where: 2000 Coastal Grand Circle, Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29577
Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (Please note hours are extended during the summer months).
Information: Call 843-839-9100 or visit http://www.coastalgrand.com/shop/coastal.nsf/index
Directions from North Beach Plantation: Start going northwest on Diane Circle toward Airport Boulevard. Turn left onto Airport Boulevard. Turn left onto 33 Avenue South. Take the second right onto North Kings Highway/U.S. 17 South. Merge onto U.S. 17 South toward Conway/Georgetown. Take the Harrelson Boulevard ramp toward Myrtle Beach International Airport. Turn left onto Harrelson Boulevard. Turn left onto Mall Drive. Turn left onto Coastal Grand Circle. You have arrived at Coastal Grand Mall.