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Hatteras Island Shopping

While watersports might be the main recreational activities that draw people here, Hatteras Island shopping is a contender for popularity. There are wonderful stores that dot the long and winding road through the island, and you’ll be pleased with the quality and variety of opportunities.

Hatteras Island shops are all locally owned, which allows for great individual character, and the staff members are always friendly and helpful. If you’re out looking for something frivolous and fun, you’ll happen upon it. Cape Hatteras souvenirs abound, from miniature lighthouses to design-your-own T-shirts to hermit crabs. You’ll also find clothes and the essentials — jewelry, clothing, bathing suits, beach toys, watersports equipment, home decor, gourmet food and incredible artwork by local and national artists. You could easily spend an entire day cruising among Hatteras Island’s shops from Rodanthe to Hatteras Village, though the biggest concentrations of retail stores are in Avon, Buxton and Hatteras Village.

If you’re looking for necessities in your Cape Hatteras shopping spree, you’ll find what you need, whether it’s a get-well card, a good book for the beach, a latch for the screen door or backing for your fly line. One large chain grocery store, a couple of smaller but well-stocked mom-and-pop grocers and several gourmet shops fill the food needs on Hatteras Island. You’ll find tackle stores in every village, and watersports equipment shops are everywhere.

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Blue Pelican Gallery

  • 57762 N.C. Highway 12
  • Hatteras Village

Inside a restored 1950s Hatteras cottage, Blue Pelican Gallery offers an eclectic mix of artwork, most of it local. Owner/artist Jennifer Johnson is a native Hatteras Islander, and her photography reflects her love of the area. She also creates jewelry, which she sells here as well. Blue Pelican represents other local artists too, and you’ll find surf art, prints, tiles, pottery, ornaments, stained glass, hand-carved birds, music and much more. They’re expanding Hatteras Island’s only yarn room which is chock full of all the knitting supplies you could need. Blue Pelican also offers a fun selection of upcycled art pieces made of glass, copper and wood. Look for this gallery beside Burrus Red & White.

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Burrus Market

  • 57196 Kohler Road and N.C. Highway 12
  • Hatteras Village

Burrus has been serving Hatteras Villagers and visitors for more than a century — since 1866! It’s a small but well-stocked full-service grocery store with fresh meats, seafood and produce, necessities and specialty products. The people are always friendly here, and it’s open year round.

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Buxton Village Books

  • 47918 N.C. Highway 12
  • Buxton

Established in 1984, Buxton Village Books makes its home in a charming old cottage with sloping, creaky floors. The owner, Gee Gee Rosell, has a welcoming smile and great taste in books. Look for cookbooks, local interest books and music, fiction, nonfiction, best sellers, a great selection of Southern fiction, mysteries, field guides, unique greeting cards and note cards, journals and much more. Buxton Village Books is now selling Kobo e-books and e-readers. The shop is open year round.

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Frisco Rod & Gun

  • 53610 N.C. Highway 12
  • Frisco

Frisco Rod & Gun offers all the goods for the avid outdoor sportsman. Guns, hunting gear, clothing, fishing rods, tackle, bait, waders, sunglasses, binoculars — you name it, it’s here. It’s also a convenience store selling Shell gas, snacks, drinks and a good selection of groceries and beach toys.

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Hatteras Toy Store and Candy Island

  • 46928 N.C. Highway 12
  • Buxton

Hatteras Toy Store is the only dedicated toy store on the island, and it’s the place to find a toy to suit any age group. You’ll find baby toys, beach toys, puzzles, pirate toys and all the popular brand toys kids know and love, including a huge selection of everything Thomas the Tank Engine, Chuggington and Melissa & Doug. The Toy Store has kid-friendly activities like arts and crafts and painting every day Monday through Thursday. Located near the turn to the lighthouse in Buxton, they now offer the largest selection of candy on Hatteras Island at Candy Island, including fudge, truffles, bulk candy and 36 flavors of Jelly Belly jellybeans.

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Indian Town Gallery and Gifts

  • 50840 N.C. Highway 12
  • Frisco

Indian Town Gallery is one of the Outer Banks’ best art galleries. Most the art is made by Outer Banks artists, the majority of them from the island. Indian Town offers Hatteras’ most extensive selection of work from local artists found in one gallery. The gallery also sells handmade crafts from locals and regional artists. One look in here and you’ll be convinced that the gift of creativity is abundant by the sea. This is the place to come for original works of art, some of them exclusive to this gallery, including paintings, pottery, jewelry, woodworks, photographs, blown glass, baskets and more. Indian Town offers weekly classes in watercolor painting, beading, sea glass wrapping and other media. Be sure to call or check in for the weekly class schedule. 

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Island Spice & Wine

  • 40246 N.C. Highway 12
  • Avon

Your taste buds will love you for visiting this store. The wine selection is vast and pleasantly surprising, with numerous worthy selections from Carolina and around the world. You’ll also find fine tea and coffee, specialty sauces, hard-to-find spices, imported olive oils and vinegars, cheeses, sweets, chocolates, gourmet snacks and many other things that will inspire a night of cooking. The store sells sushi-making supplies, cookbooks, dishes and other kitchen-related gear. They also carry coastal home decor items so you can take a little bit of the beach home with you. Gifts and gift baskets are available.

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Izabelle’s Closet

  • 57204 N.C. Highway 12, The Beacon Shops
  • Hatteras Village

How does opening your closet door make you feel? If your answer is “uninspired,” you might need a trip to Izabelle’s Closet. This boutique believes that a woman’s clothing should compliment and celebrate her body in comfort and style. Whether you’re looking for something flirty and casual to wear on the island or something a little more upscale to wear back home, you’ll find it here at this women’s boutique, which features both timeless fashions and the latest trends. Whether it’s crisp cottons which rest easy on your shoulders or warm knits to wrap you in coziness, you’re likely to find that go-to outfit that you’ll want to wear every day. Izabelle’s Closet also carries great accessories and jewelry to add flair to your personal style. Izabelle’s Closet is at milepost 71 in Hatteras Village.

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Kinnakeet Clay Studio and Showroom

  • 40462 North End Road
  • Avon

In a new location this year, Kinnakeet Clay is a don’t-miss pottery center and gallery in the heart of historic Avon. In the building that was formerly The Gaskins Gallery, Kinnakeet Clay features the work of fourth-generation Hatteras Island artist Antionette Gaskins Mattingly. Mattingly’s mother and grandmother ran The Gaskins Gallery, and Mattingly herself spent nine years on the art show circuit before settling down to create this permanent home for her work. Her gallery also features functional and decorative pottery by other regional potters, and several new artists have been added this year. Kinnakeet Clay is also the home of Mugglies by CatFish Pottery.Though it’s mainly a pottery shop, you’ll also find wall art (prints, paintings and photography), textiles (aprons, skirts, tea towels), wood carvings and jewelry and more for home decor and self-adornment. Kinnakeet Clay’s new, larger location features a pottery studio so you’ll almost always catch someone making pots or working with clay. A variety of classes is offered by Kinnakeet Clay’s artists-in-residence; call for the schedule. There’s also a fresh cut flower market where you can buy flowers by the stem to brighten up your rental house or just your day. Kinnakeet Clay is open seven days a week during the summer.

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Kitty Hawk Kites—Waves

  • 24505 N.C. Highway 12, Waves Village
  • Waves

Kites, T-shirts, clothing, gifts and souvenirs aplenty! This is also the home base of Kitty Hawk Kites’ Hatteras Island Kiteboarding Resort, where you can buy kiteboarding gear, take lessons and rent kayaks, kiteboarding gear and standup paddleboards. See our Recreation section. You’ll find Kitty Hawk Kites at milepost 40 in Waves.

Kitty Hawk Surf Co.

  • 24502 N.C. Highway 12, Waves Village Kiteboarding Resort
  • Rodanthe

Kitty Hawk Surf Co. carries only the best surfwear brands: Quiksilver, Billabong, Volcom, O’Neill, Roxy and many more. Kitty Hawk Surf Co. can also help you out with surf, skim, kayak and standup paddleboard gear and instruction. 

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Lee Robinson’s General Store

  • 58372 N.C. Highway 12
  • Hatteras Village

Lee Robinson’s General Store, on the south end of Hatteras Village, has been serving the village since 1948. It’s a convenient place to stop for groceries, gourmet items, snacks, drinks, ice, beer and fine wine. You’ll also have fun shopping for T-shirts and beachwear, books, maps, souvenirs and beach supplies. There’s a neat gift gallery upstairs. The store is open daily 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. in season. Stop in and watch the sun set over the Pamlico on Lee Robinson’s newly built sunset patio. Their Sticky Bottom Produce Co. fruit and veggie stand across the street from the General Store is open starting at 9 a.m. It operates mid-May through October. 

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Ocean Atlantic Rentals

  • 40809 N.C. Highway 12
  • Avon

Ocean Atlantic Rentals rents bikes for the whole family. They have large and small frame bikes for men and women plus kids’ bikes, pull-behind carts, child seats, tricycles and helmets for adults and children. They also rent kayaks, surfboards, boogie boards, standup paddleboards and beach gear. Delivery and pickup are offered to all Hatteras Island villages for free on orders more than $99 and for a small charge for orders less than that amount.

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OceanAir Sports

  • 39450 N.C. Highway 12
  • Avon

Located on the soundfront at the north end of Avon, OceanAir and the Hatteras Island Visitor’s Center offer a wide variety of shopping opportunities. In the OceanAir Sports shop you will not only find top of the line watersports equipment but also items to fulfill your everyday beach needs. OceanAir carries Go Pro cameras and accessories, rash guards, boardshorts, wetsuits, booties, t-shirts, hats, and backpacks from DaKine, O’Neill and Ion, as well as flip flops and shoes from Reef and FreeWaters. If you’re looking for kiteboarding, windsurfing, or stand-up paddle equipment, Ocean Air carries the best from North Kiteboarding, North Sails, Fanatic Windsurfing and Fanatic SUP.  The friendly and knowledgable staff at the Visitor’s Center can give you information about what’s happening on Hatteras Island as well as send you on your way for a great day of shopping with drinks, snacks and recommendations for the best stores on the island. 

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Sandcastles

  • 39774 N.C. Highway 12, Dairy Queen Shops
  • Avon

Sandcastles is an art gallery/gift shop featuring local and national artwork along with hand-blown glass, metal, jewelry, mosaics, original art and photography, Giclee prints, books and cards. There’s a lot of stained glass, pottery, mermaids, wind chimes, frames and boxes. You’ll also find shells. Sandcastles expanded their jewelry selection; they’re featuring many new designers, including Jan Scarborough. They’ve added several new artists as well. Sandcastles has expanded their nautical decor this year.

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SeaWorthy Gallery

  • 58401 N.C. Highway 12
  • Hatteras Village

In a stunningly beautiful robin’s-egg blue building on N.C. 12 just before the ferry docks, you’ll find SeaWorthy Gallery. Painter and owner Carole Nunnally showcases fine, hand-crafted local and regional art in a variety of mediums, including painting, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, wood carvings and much more. Rather than the expected grouping by artistic mediums, she divides the gallery into themes – shorebirds, marine life, boats and lighthouses, whimsical, jewelry-pottery and people-places-things. It adds up to a delightful shopping experience. You can take a peak at their artwork online, too. The gallery has the largest selection of N.C.-made pottery on Hatteras Island, and the hand-painted porcelain and sand dollar ornaments are some of the favorite items here.

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Studio 12

  • 40534 N.C. Highway 12
  • Avon

When you’re looking for something to do beyond the beach, get creative at this art studio that includes lessons in pottery painting, mosaics and glass fusion, including making jewelry, bowls and sun-catchers. You can walk in any time to make some art or sign up for one of their many classes. Shop their gallery filled with art that includes wheel-thrown pottery, hand-crafted tiles, paintings and jewelry. Studio 12 recently expanded to include 800 feet of gallery space representing more than 25 local, regional and national artists. The gallery celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with special events planned throughout the season, including a sea glass jewelry class on April 25 and 26, photography tips and tricks on May 30, make your own glass fusion bowl class on June 19, an all-out Art Fest on the fourth of July and an acrylic painting class on August 9. Plus, there’s a glass fusion jewelry class every Thursday at 10 a.m. from June 13–August 25. Studio 12 is open Monday through Saturday. 

A. S. Austin Company

  • 57698 N.C. Highway 12
  • Hatteras Village
  • (252) 986-1500

When you’re out and about in Hatteras Village, stop by this cool shop, located in the heart of Hatteras Village. The store offers one-of-a-kind local artwork on display, locally made jewelry, T-shirts, flip-flops, hats and more. This company can also equip your Hatteras excursion. They offer kayak rentals by the hour, day or week as well as kayak tours. They offer surfboard rentals and lessons and standup paddleboard rentals. You can also rent skateboards, boogie boards, beach chairs, umbrellas, beach wheelchairs, wheeled beach carts, fishing poles and fishing carts. Pick up your sunscreen, sunglasses, fins and surfboard wax while you’re here – if it’s a beach necessity, A.S. Austin has it. All your biking needs are covered here, too, with a great selection of cruisers for rent or sale. And they can provide offshore fishing trips as well!

ABC Store

  • 47365 N.C. Highway 12, Osprey Shopping Center
  • Buxton
  • (252) 995-5532

In North Carolina, all liquor and spirits other than beer and wine are sold at package stores by the name of ABC Stores. The Buxton ABC Store is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. They are closed on Sundays. Beer, wine and soda are sold at grocery and convenience stores.

Ace Hardware

  • 42000 N.C. Highway 12
  • Avon
  • (252) 995-6600

Ace Hardware sells everything for the home, garden and yard. Most people know Ace as a traditional hardware store, a place to find tools, paint, hardware and lawn and garden supplies. But you may not know that they also sell deck furniture, cleaning supplies, kitchen items, small appliances, bathroom accessories, beach goods, pet supplies, holiday decorations, fishing tackle, grills, home accessories, art supplies and much more.

Advanced Fishing

  • 23902 N.C. Highway 12
  • Rodanthe
  • (252) 987-2428

Advanced Fishing is well-known for its expertise in building custom rods and reels. They also stock all the bait and tackle you could need for a Hatteras Island fishing trip. In addition to their custom rods and reels, Advanced Fishing sells Century fishing rods, the finest in fishing and tournament casting. They offer a basic fishing class at noon every Monday from Memorial Day through Labor Day. 

All Decked Out

  • 53392 N.C. Highway 12
  • Frisco
  • (252) 995-4319, (800) 321-2392

All Decked Out offers finely made outdoor furniture, hand-crafted on site, including Adirondack chairs and rockers, loungers, picnic tables, swings and much more. All furniture is made of Atlantic white cedar, which is durable and weathers beautifully. Delivery is available from Corolla to Ocracoke, and they ship if you can’t get it home on your own.

Askins Creek Store

  • 42676 N.C. Highway 12
  • Avon
  • (252) 995-6283

The southernmost commercial business in Avon, this store sells necessities and fun stuff. Gas and diesel fuel, beer and wine, groceries, snacks, beach items, sunscreen, bait and tackle, ice, beach toys, T-shirts, local interest books, maps, charts, cards, souvenirs, gifts, jewelry and flags are just some of the things you’ll find here. Askins Creek also has an automatic car wash with undercarriage wash and a manual car wash. They’ve recently installed new gas podiums where you can pay with credit card or cash for the automatic car wash. Money orders and money wiring services are available, and they sell AT&T Go-Phone pre-paid cell phones and cards with additional minutes as well as international phone cards. N.C. Education Lottery tickets and the N.C. Recreational Fishing License are available here too. 

At The Slash Bridge

  • 57544 N.C. Highway 12
  • Hatteras Village
  • (252) 986-1338

This new hot spot is the home of Sandy Bay Gallery and Sailor Jo’s Stand Up Paddleboard Excursions. Contact them for dates on their fun, outdoor Gypsy-style market.

Austin’s South Island Seafood and Produce

  • 24202 N.C. Highway 12
  • Rodanthe
  • (252) 987-1352

When you’re cooking in, stop here for fresh local seafood, including fish, crab meat and shrimp. Austin’s will steam or fry your purchase for you if you’d like. They also sell fresh produce. They’ve moved 1 mile south of their original location, next to Lisa’s Pizza. They’re open seven days a week in season, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

AV Advance Technology Integration

  • 41074 N.C. Highway 12
  • Avon
  • (252) 995-5496

If an ailing computer is bringing your vacation down, stop in at AV Advance Technology Integration. They do computer repairs (both Apple and PC), game console repairs and also carry all manner of electronic accessories, including phone chargers, adaptors, memory cards, cables and game console accessories. AV Advance also rents and sells DVDs. They’re open all year. 

Avon Sail House

  • 39235 North Kinnakeet Drive
  • Avon
  • (541) 806-4117

Avon Sail House sells high-end windsurfing equipment, Goya sails and boards, and Quatro boards in the local shop and online. Stop by the shop in the windy seasons (spring and fall). Product is available to be shipped year round.

Avon Surf Shop

  • 40136 N.C. Highway 12
  • Avon
  • (252) 995-4783

Avon Surf Shop sells surfboards by McTavish and Sharp Eye. They also have a great skate selection and do custom orders for skateboards. You’ll find wetsuits, rash guards, apparel for men, women and children, shoes and flip-flops, handmade jewelry and a large selection of sunglasses. Half of the store is a women’s surf boutique featuring cutting edge surf-inspired fashion. Clothing lines you’ll find include Volcom, RVCA and custom bikinis. Avon Surf Shop is just south of the Dolphin Den in north Avon. 

Beach Diva

  • 56190 N.C. Highway 12, Stowe on 12
  • Hatteras Village
  • (252) 986-1116

Gather up your girlfriends and head to Beach Diva for clothing, gifts and accessories to fit your fun lifestyle. This hip Hatteras Village boutique sells clothing for women in their 20s and beyond. You’ll also find great hats, sandals and the popular Hobo purses.

Beach Pharmacy of Avon

  • 41934 N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras Island Plaza
  • Avon
  • (252) 995-3811

This pharmacy fills prescriptions, plus it offers a variety of over-the-counter medicines, sundries, sunscreen, a wide variety of craft items and more.

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