May 2014

A Little Retail Rediscovery at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina

Author: Kitty Bartell

Hilton Head Island locals and visitors come together to shop, dine and celebrate in a cornerstone waterfront niche known as Shelter Cove Harbour—a year-round destination with worldly retail, fine art galleries and over 150 waterfront dining tables overlooking a stunning harbor view. Getting reacquainted with the shops at Shelter Cove Harbour is a bit like taking a stroll around a newly found piazza in the heart of Venice. Against the backdrop of shiny yachts, lovely flowers, elegant architecture, and the harbor’s landmark sundial featuring a larger than life bronze Neptune, Roman god of the sea, the invitation to stroll and discover is enticing.

Taffeta, the area’s European women’s boutique, known for exceptional personal service and styling, is absolutely one of the best shops to find fashions from Paris, Milan, and Barcelona. Taffeta offers carefully and creatively selected accessories, sparkling jewelry, to-die-for handbags, and stylish shoes that complement their fashions ranging from vacation chic to sophisticated elegance.

Neptune’s Niche carries sought-after spa products by SEACRET Minerals from the Dead Sea. With ingredients such as Argan oil, bee’s wax, Dead Sea minerals and black mud, a little pampering is most definitely in order. The shop also carries resort, beach wear and Naot sandals, known for their comfort, style and longevity.

Shelter Cove Harbour is a gallery lovers’ delight. Every shelf and display case at Nash Gallery showcases work by some of North America’s finest craftspeople. Made from clay, metal, wood, paint, jewels and gems, glass, and unusual materials from the artist’s imagination, the gallery’s selections of gifts, jewelry, and artwork range from elegant to whimsical.

From left to right:
Nash Gallery: Dog Gone Fishing Metal Sculpture by Yard Birds $215
La Belle Image Fine Art: Title: Autumn Artist: Riverin
Taffeta: Beaded Necklace $439
Taffeta: Embellished Sandal $179

La Belle Image features the fine artworks of artists Richard Riverin, renowned master impressionist, and Daniel Jaugey. Whether viewing Jaugey’s deeply moving landscapes or hearing about Riverin’s penchant for making his own paint, the experience here is breathtaking.

Tradewinds Trinkets and Treasures is filled with thoughtful mementoes and sweet gifts, along with homemade local soaps, casual fashion, beads and baubles, beach bags, light and gauzy swim cover-ups in every imaginable hue, T-shirts, sweatshirts and more. Christmas on the Harbour invites shoppers in with finds for all seasons, including Christopher Radko ornaments, Byers Carolers, Department 56 and Jim Shore decorations, locally-made trimmings and collegiate-themed gifts. Treasure Island is a bit like finding a surfer’s paradise. With wakeboards, kneeboards, skateboards, and swimwear for children and young adults, this shop gets everyone ready for some serious beach time. For some tried and true Hilton Head Island shopping, Camp Hilton Head is a local tradition, carrying quality children’s and adult clothing, Life is Good® apparel, along with souvenirs and collectibles. The real fun breaks out at Camp Hilton Head when Gary the Gator, their friendly mascot visits.

Toward the mouth of the harbor, the Ship’s Store is home to Captain Kyle MacDaniel and his team, and is just the right stop for everything from boating apparel, supplies to rental fishing gear. Don’t forget your Costa Del Mar sunglasses and Sperry footwear to keep you sure-footed on the docks. A great complement to all the fun is the Shelter Cove Harbour General Store. Stocked with water, sodas, snacks, sunscreen, beer and wine, and Fuel clothing, this shop is the headquarters of Parasail Hilton Head—the ultimate island activity.

Top Left: Camp Hilton Head: Life is Good Tee $26 each Lighthouse Cap $22
Bottom Left: Tradewinds: Teal Capelli Sun Hat $25 Pink Flamingo Beach Bag $19
Top Right: Treasure Island: Pink South Carolina Flag Towel $10,
Smoothies by Gossip Reversible Bikini In Lime Green and Turquoise Floral Print $80
Bottom Right Treasure Island: Hilton Head Long-Sleeve Tee $35

Capture the magic of your island vacation at Legacy Design Photographers, specializing in family and individual beach portraits. Visit Salon Shelter Cove for all hair care service, including cuts, treatments, wraps, braids, and hair and makeup for your beach portrait, wedding, or other special occasion.

When the time is right to purchase a home or home away from home, visit Dunes Marketing Group, specializing in Palmetto Dunes and Shelter Cove real estate since 1979. If your fancy is more nautical in nature, Harbourside Yacht Sales is the harbor’s full-service yacht brokerage, representing buyers and sellers of new and previously owned boats.

From Left to Right:
Neptune’s Niche: Jeweled Sandal $140
Taffeta: Derhy Dress $269
Christmas on the Harbour: Christopher Radko “Oglethorpe’s Brigantine” $73
Neptune’s Niche: Seacret Mud Mask $95 ,Seacret Nail Care Collection $40, Seacret Vitamin Moisturizer $120

Shelter Cove Harbour merchants are proud to host the “Music & Taste on the Harbour” concert series continuing Thursdays through the month of May. Memorial Day weekend brings the 6th Annual Hilton Head Island Art Festival, May 24 and 25, to the harbor with Lowcountry Reggae band Positive Vibrations performing both days. Shelter Cove Harbour is also the new home to HHI Jetpack—get ready to fly!
In addition to its shops, Shelter Cove Harbour offers an array of dining options at five of the island’s most popular restaurants, including the newly opened La Fontana Italian Grill & Bar, Ela’s Blu Water Grille, Bistro 17, San Miguel’s Mexican, Scott’s Famous Fish Market, and soon to come, Mediterranean Harbour Bar & Grill, plus Frosty’s Italian Ice for snacks and cool treats.

So whether it’s to slip onto the coastal waters of the Calibogue Sound or leisurely stroll to find that perfect ensemble, Shelter Cove Harbour merchants are waiting to serve up a full day of shopping, dining, pleasure and leisure. 

Shelter Cove Harbour is located mid-island, across from Palmetto Dunes. For more information, visit

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