A Particular Celebration
Cheer and comfort, amusement and elation came to be connected to places such as these. People took steps to make them even more pleasant and attractive. Fountains and flowers, art and amusements, directions and diversions were added. And so, the magnetism of the marketplace grew from the practical to the emotional.
It’s been easy to locate most of the things we need for day-to-day life for so long that we forget what an achievement it was, when food and clothing began to come without risk or adventure. When spices and silk first made their way to Europe, that was the culmination of a months-long caravan, a journey whose hazards and hardships were worthy of a chronicle every time.
The end points of those caravans were places of celebration. It wasn’t only the merchandise, but also the experience of encountering it – and of sharing news and ideas with the others who gathered there – that made these markets into parks, into forums for the familiar and exhibits of the extraordinary. More recently, the plaza at Santa Fe still bears the traces of the Santa Fe Trail that led to and from it. Imagine the joy of being finished with that arduous trip, or of strolling down to that square to see what the intrepid travelers had brought with them this time.
The Legacy of Delight
We don’t think that hard about what we inherited this way, here in The Shops at Sea Pines Center. Joy has been a way of life in Sea Pines for more than a half-century, and so the ways and practices that are required to keep it that way are simply local customs here.
Please join us. It’s our mission to make you feel glad you did.