There’s something new and exciting at Avista Resort! Now, our guests will be able to shop for anything they need without even leaving the property!Introducing The Pearl Gift Shop at Avista! The Pearl is the official onsite gift shop at Avista Resort and is conveniently located in the lobby, directly across from guest services. This new feature offers everything that you need, including beachwear, souvenirs, snacks, ice cream, toiletries, sunblock, eyewear, hats, small meals, and more! The Pearl will be open 24/7 and will be constantly updated with new items.This brand-new amenity is a wonderful addition to Avista, providing ultimate convenience to our guests. Here is how it all got started:The Pearl finds its beginning as an idea from our Guest Services director, Kathy Putnum. Kathy does an absolutely fantastic job of taking care of our guests and providing the best total experience for their stay. It was one of her first thoughts when she arrived in 2021 to incorporate a store into Avista. When asked when she first came up with the idea she quickly said “When I interviewed! Avista has all the best amenities, service, and accommodations, and now an onsite store that guests are going to LOVE!”. Kathy has had great experience opening up onsite stores at other resorts with tremendous success.
Throughout the planning process, Kathy has researched, bought inventory, designed shelving, and worked closely with all departments to bring this awesome idea to reality. Her dedication and persistence have allowed The Pearl to open sooner than later.As we mentioned before, The Pearl will constantly offer new items, so no trip will ever be the same. Guests will frequently see on social media posts asking “what would you like to see at the Pearl?”. “We are very open to feedback from our guests and will do everything we can to provide the most requested items”, says Kathy.What’s also great about The Pearl is that items are all very affordable and not gouged like a typical Grand Strand beach store. “Most of the items are the same cost that you’ll find at a big-box retailer or supermarket”, Kathy emphasized when giving a tour of the shop. “There are so many items that folks might forget, catch their eye, or run out of during their stay and we are very happy to offer them here, where they won’t even have to get in their car or walk off property”.When asked what items she expects to be very popular, Kathy said “We will soon be offering Nantucket brand sweatshirts and charcoal dye-blend hoodies of the highest quality. These will have the Avista logo and look VERY cool – I can’t wait to get one!”. She also mentioned that sunglasses will be a huge seller as they are also very affordable and have a variety of styles. There is also a Dippin’ Dots and ice cream freezer in the store (if you’ve never had these, you have GOT to try them!), which will be terrific treats no matter what time of year! “You’ve got to try the coconut fruit bars”, said Kathy. “They are fresh and delicious!” Other specialty items you can find at the Pearl are Avista Resort Christmas ornaments (very cool “sand globes”!), Avista Drinking Glasses (coming soon), and Avista Stickers. We are all looking forward to seeing everyone at the Pearl on your next trip to Avista, the #1 ranked oceanfront resort in North Myrtle Beach!
Jason Coker is originally from the metropolis of Burlington, NC & is passionate about vacation experiences. An aficionado of music, sports, and all things geeky, Jason spends his free time performing music, grilling out, & relaxing with his son, daughter, and lovely wife, Amy.