What People Really Do Here
Back to the plaza. A few months ago, we gathered together for some planning, and we talked about what we see our customers, friends, and neighbors doing here in The Shops at Sea Pines Center. We see long-time Sea Pines residents catching up with each other and sharing the latest local news. We see seasonal residents reconnecting after being away for a while. We see visitors and guests chatting, to see what’s going on this week that they would enjoy taking part in.
It’s the kind of thing that communities have provided as far back in history as it is possible to see. In every village there was a well, or a granary, or a grindstone where people got together in the normal course of their week. In every town there was a courthouse square or a Main Street or a Church Street that seemed to bring people together. In every city there was a forum, or marketplace – or plaza – where the things that people knew converged to become common knowledge, the collective point of view. These places became the heart of the community, because of what people shared when they got together there.
More Than Stores
Seeing that The Shops at Sea Pines Center performed this service, too, we began to say “plaza” rather than “courtyard,” when we talk about the place that our shops enfold. Courtyards are for castles. A plaza is the heart of a community. We are fortunate to have grown into that role, here in the middle of the original Hilton Head Island vision, the place where America’s favorite island resort began. And we are grateful, too.