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Samantha’s Guide to Market Common

By Samantha Norton Follow me on Google+

The Market Common is a unique addition to Myrtle Beach’s already impressive shopping and dining resume. Located on the south end of Myrtle Beach, between U.S. 17 and Business 17, it feels somewhat off the beaten path, but still very urban. The Market Common is meant to have a New York City feel, with apartments and living spaces above stores and restaurants, all connected like its’ own little community. I for one think it has a very chic feel and it has become one of my favorite places to shop and dine.

The layout is very compact, but manages to host a variety of everyday and upscale shops. Some of my favorite shopping stops are Ivy and Leo, Francesca’s Collection, Current XXVII Boutique and Dove Olive Oil Company. Of course there are stores to cater to everyone’s tastes, and mine tend to run more towards less common pieces and a boutique feel. Francesca’s and Current stock very limited amounts of each piece, so you will probably not run into many people that have the same shirt or dress. The other great thing about my favorite shops are that they tend to be more casual dressy, and most pieces can transition from work to day or night effortlessly.

Dove Olive Oil Company is a specialty foods store with healthy and delicious products. If you like homemade and organic, this is your store! Dove specializes in infused olive oils and handmade pasta products. Thankfully they don’t stop their culinary creativity there! The products available for purchase range from seasonings, sauces and spreads, to tea and even skincare products. The absolute best part of purchasing food stuffs from Dove is knowing exactly what is in it and skipping all of the harmful preservatives! Count me in!

Not only can you shop and dine, but there are plenty of things to do! Head to see a new movie at the state of the art theater, Grand 14 Cinema, or grab an invigorating round of yoga or a massage at Yoga in Common.  Need a haircut or style while you are on vacation? The Market Common has a few options, but my favorite is Dolce Lusso Salon & Spa. Dolce Lusso has a generously friendly staff, and offer hair, make-up, nail and massage services to suit even the most complicated requests.

Next brings me to my absolute favorite part of The Market Common, the dining options! From the simple yet sumptuous pub fare of Gordon Biersch and King Street Grill to the more upscale dining of Divine Prime Wine and Tapas Bar and Travinia Italian Kitchen, everybody’s palette is covered. You could eat here every day and night of your vacation and not run out of the choices!

My absolute favorite has to be the Mediterranean Nachos at Gordon Biersch off of their Happy Hour Appetizer Menu, and then the Vegetable Panini with Waffle Fries at King Street Grill. The Mediterranean Nachos are served small plate style, so don’t expect to fill up on them, but they are the perfect side kick to the $5, normally $10 specialty drinks during happy hour.  The first time I ate them, I swear I talked about them for days! The Vegetable Panini is an indulgent combo of perfectly grilled veggies smothered in cheese inside a toasty, grilled ciabatta roll, and the waffle fries are the fries people dream about, or at least I do. Cool down and get your handcrafted from your imagination Coldstone Creamery concoction post dinner.

Trust me when I say The Market Common is a breath of fresh air and a unique addition to your yearly Myrtle Beach trip. You will gladly put this on your itinerary year after year once you have given it a try.


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