The owners of The Lazy Gator felt that Murrells Inlet had the right setting, location, and ambiance for the store. The quaint fishing village features many restaurants along the waterfront but there was definite need for a gift shop to serve visitors and local residents. After recognizing the need and seizing a retail opportunity, they opened The Lazy Gator and have made the business a year round operation. They are located in the heart of Murrells Inlet along Highway 17 Business, across from the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk and Restaurants. They even provide complimentary parking for the MarshWalk.
The Lazy Gator has over 12,000 square feet of retail space which offers a huge assortment of unique coastal items. The actual building is over 15,000 square feet and used to be a restaurant called the Ghost Ship. As a year round gift shop they provide a relaxed, fun atmosphere and personalized customer service to their visitors and local residents. You can find just about anything at The Lazy Gator from coastal decor & nautical collectibles, Christmas items, artwork and jewelry to their famous fudge and Lazy Gator Gourmet items! Some name brands they carry
include Vera Bradley, Tervis Tumblers, Spartina Bags, Kameleon Jewelry, Jim Shore, and Salt Life.
Being in a coastal town made Dune Jewelry a perfect fit to add to their retail collections. They wanted visitors to be able to take home a little piece of their favorite beach to remember their time in Murrells Inlet. Many residents are there for the beach life and the staff can’t think of a better way to extend that
beach life than to wear a unique piece of Dune Jewelry. They love that the Sandbeads fit on many style bracelets or can be worn on a chain. They think the classic simplicity of the jewelry allows the sand to be the star and that the gift possibilities are endless! The Murrells Inlet beach sand was collected fromHuntington Beach by one of their staff members, so they can vouch for its authenticity. The Lazy Gator staff lives in Surfside Beach, Garden City, Myrtle Beach, and Murrells Inlet. They ALL want something to represent where they live and are making their OWN shopping lists! They said, “We are super excited to share this jewelry with everyone we know!”
A couple of the local, non-profit organizations that The Lazy Gator is passionate about are Murrells Inlet 2020 and Tara Hall Home for Boys. Murrells Inlet 2020 is a community revitalization group that has been working since 1997 with goals to improve infrastructure and beautification, provide environmental education and preserve the creek and the traditions surrounding Murrells Inlet. Tara Hall Home for Boys is a critical operation that offers a home environment, on-site schooling and counseling for troubled or abused boys between the ages of 6 and 13. They strive to meet the emotional and physical needs of the boys during their time of need.
Murrells Inlet is tucked away just 10 miles south of the hustle and bustle of Myrtle Beach. The Lazy Gator does have a Myrtle Beach store but the Murrells Inlet location will transition you into a more southern, low country type ofhospitality. You can take a step back in time and relax in the rocking chairs on their porch. After one visit, you are sure to return. “Our customers come back every year and our locals bring their visitors to hang out and shop…and of course, get some fudge!”, they exclaimed.