If you’re on a mission or leisurely shopping for the fun of it, you’ll find what you’re looking for with Onslow’s mix of name-brand and locally owned businesses.
In historic downtown Swansboro, shop whimsical boutiques along the waterfront that are housed in time-worn buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The wooden floor creaks beneath your feet as you walk through the large, airy rooms at Russell’s Olde Tyme Shoppe, where many items are hand-painted and beautifully wrapped by the owner, a local artist. In Sneads Ferry, begin your beach day shopping “the shark store” for souvenirs and beach toys before heading to the water. Brand-name clothing stores anchor the Jacksonville Mall, while a variety of popular retail chains can be found on two main hubs: Western Boulevard and Yopp Road.
Upscale boutiques offering one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories are sprinkled throughout the area. For the shopper who enjoys hunting for a deal, consignment stores with gently-used clothing for infants to adults are available as well as up-cycled furniture and antiques.
Even if you don’t need boots or survival gear, it’s worth making a stop at Saigon Sam’s Military Surplus, a local landmark that opened for business more than 45 years ago. For outdoor fun, there’s plenty of fishing and camping equipment to be found at local outfitters from Jacksonville to Sneads Ferry.