Where Art Pierced the Pandemic
In the fall of 2020, the plaza of The Shops at Sea Pines Center began to offer the work of local artists in a monthly event called First Thursdays Art Market. Because they offered residents and visitors a chance to circulate in pleasant surroundings while still observing sensible precautions, and because it kept local artists connected with people who appreciate their work, First Thursdays succeeded immediately.
“I have had many friends tell me that First Thursdays was their only monthly outing during COVID,” said artist Pam White, “and the only time life seemed somewhat normal.”
The Oasis of Sea Pines
The Shops at Sea Pines Center surround a plaza that once was called “the best-kept secret in Sea Pines.” Residents and veteran visitors have known all along that here was a place to relax amid an extraordinary collection of restaurants, refreshments, shops, and services. Not so secret anymore, the plaza remains a favorite – and for a host of reasons.
The beauty here seems to change by the minute. Our luxurious high-season days carry the blend of sun and shade in lazy interludes from the east side of the plaza, where VIVID Gallery displays the brilliant art photography of Jeff Keefer; over the tower in mid-plaza, under which The Back Door offers exactly the right outfit to its loyal following of well-dressed women; and onward west to the side where Forsythe Jewelers offers jewelry from the most sought-after designers; where Palmettoes purveys clothing for fun-loving people; where By Hand, Ink sells books the old-fashioned way, with personal advice and guidance; and to Pyramids, where people find the perfect gift, or the decorative object that completes or refreshes a room.
Some say morning is the most beautiful time in the plaza. Others say sunset. Still others wouldn’t call it Sea Pines without a lunchtime spent here, whether at Giuseppi’s Pizza, Truffles Café, Lowcountry Produce, or C’est Bon. The possibilities are personal and unlimited.
Another Way to Welcome
And so, Check In Happy is the latest in a long line of special welcomes The Shops at Sea Pines Center extend to visitors, to residents, and, of course, to those wise visitors who become residents, when they stop in for a chat at Lighthouse Realty.
Whether you’re arriving for your vacation in paradise, or celebrating Saturday close to home, Check In Happy is an occasion we feel sure you’ll enjoy. Join us, won’t you?