As the year begins, we hear friends talk of a kind of “reverse resolution” for the new year – feeling grateful for what we have completed, and what we can enjoy today. Makes sense. Resolutions are fine if they can lead to progress or improvement. And yet so often we hear instead of good folks feeling discouraged or discontent when they measure themselves against an imagined future.

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Feeling grateful seems like a stronger place to start, and for that we see all around us some rather good reasons for it. Here on our fortunate island, in our lovely community, even the everyday things can be pretty special, when we simply pause and take a look around.

A Little Brighter on the Way

The Shops at Sea Pines Center were designed for that – to make even everyday things special – a little more colorful, a little brighter, a bit surprising, and a little more fun.

The first thing people notice here is that what’s for sale is not the ordinary. From the generations-long relationships of a family jeweler, to a clothing store that only orders only a few of each item and no more, to a source of downhome delicacies that are as authentic as the Lowcountry itself, an espresso with the taste of the Champs-Élysées, or a gallery of art photography unlike any other in the world.

A Regular Part of Life

It might be easy to conclude that this is a kind of shopping and dining that people reserve for special occasions.

But look closer, and you’ll see that the founders put a gas station here, and a post office, and a pizzeria. Once there was a bank, too, and a gourmet grocery where the fine wines rested in a steel vault. Clearly convenience is part of the deal in The Shops at Sea Pines Center. These resources are meant to be a feature of everyday life.

Where People and Ideas Meet

The Shops at Sea Pines Center, our lovely plaza, has been known by insiders for generations as a place to compare notes and harvest ideas. The plaza proved to be more valuable than ever, during that time of sensible health precautions, offering residents and visitors the ability to gather, but not to crowd.

Residents, seasonal visitors, and guests alike still come here to get a feel for what’s going on. Connection is an idea that clearly was in the mind of Sea Pines founder Charles Fraser, when he placed us right here, in the middle of “the Miracle Mile.”

The reminder we get, when we visit The Shops at Sea Pines Center – whether for an occasion, a special gift, or an everyday errand – is finding that we are among friends. We are grateful for those connections, and for the kinds of magic that seem to happen here.

Ever notice how more good things follow when we’re happy about what we’ve got? People who give a lot of thought to that kind of thing say that gratitude and grace are linked together – speaking of connections – and by grace we mean good things coming from beyond our own reach. The Shops at Sea Pines Center are wishing you a year that continues getting brighter every day.