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Bluffton, South Carolina, is full of hidden gems. Most locals don’t like giving away these valuable secrets, but some are just too important to keep to ourselves! That’s why a visit to The Store in Bluffton, South Carolina, is a must when you’re in town. This eccentric, off-the-beaten-path boutique is equal parts antique store, art gallery, and local hangout. Below, we’ve listed the reasons why you need to put this quirky spot on your agenda. For more of our favorite local shops, eateries, and more, be sure to access our free Bluffton Vacation Guide!
Here’s Why You Need to Visit The Store in Bluffton, SC!
You’ll Get a Healthy Dose of Southern Hospitality
While The Store itself is a Bluffton institution, it’s not necessarily the merchandise that makes this place so special. In fact, it’s owner Babbie Guscio that sets this shop apart. Guscio, who is also a columnist for The Bluffton Packet and founder of the Bluffton MayFest, has lived here since 1972—back when the town consisted of just one square mile. Over the years, she has become a crucial part of Bluffton’s “State of Mind.” When you step into The Store, you immediately feel Guscio’s larger-than-life personality and zest for life in Old Town Bluffton.
You’ll Find That Perfect Item You Didn’t Think You Needed
Aside from Babbie Guscio’s distinctive local touch and welcoming personality, the best part about shopping at The Store is the wall-to-wall selection of local artworks, decorative pieces, antiques, and gift items of all shapes and sizes. Hardly anyone strolls into The Store knowing exactly what they’re looking for. Instead, they abide a while, chit-chat with Babbie, and leave with something they stumble upon—something they had no idea they needed until they saw it. Fun fact: Many of Babbie’s family members are artists. Several of the pieces she displays are created by them!
After you’ve shopped and are ready to drop, don’t settle for a cold, impersonal hotel room. Stay somewhere unique that embodies the “Bluffton State of Mind!” Like The Store, Old Town Bluffton Inn is family-owned, ambitious, and one-of-a-kind. Located just steps away from Bluffton’s best local shops, our inn is within walking distance of everything The Promenade has to offer. From the moment you step into the inn, you’ll feel immersed in Bluffton’s unique style and history. Head up to your intricately designed guest room and get a good night’s sleep! The next morning, you’ll wake up and take in the sights from your open-air balcony. What could be finer?