A Visionary Design
The idea of a forum, a gathering place, was ancient. Architects point to the first example 8,000 years ago. Yet, in the hands of the Sea Pines founder, and under the mid-century modern influence of young architects on the rise, The Shops at Sea Pines Center were born with the benefit of “right time, right place.”
Arranged around a courtyard or plaza, in the shade of palmetto trees, The Shops at Sea Pines Center make it possible for Sea Pines residents and guests to get what they need, enjoy what they wish, and discover what they want – all without departing from the dream designed so carefully in Sea Pines Plantation, the original, groundbreaking plan of a community for living graciously.
The course of the island sun paints a different picture every hour of the day within the plaza, and the sound of a waterfall calms the very air. Perhaps that explains, in part, why The Shops at Sea Pines Center have become a gathering place – for shopping, yes, and also for rendezvous, refreshment, or repose – in the heart of Sea Pines Plantation.
The collection of shops here is a vital – living, breathing – part of the chemistry that brings the Center to life. At least as much as the brilliant, human design, the shops themselves make the dream a reality. From ice cream to moonshine, from spa treatments to fine dining, from fashions to furnishings, from pizza to diamond necklaces, the Shops at Sea Pines Center are an accurate reflection of the life that Sea Pines residents and guests enjoy.
Each day at The Shops at Sea Pines Center, people purchase everyday things they need or enjoy, as well as keepsakes, jewelry, art, or collectables they intend to pass down as part of their legacy.
Some shops have themselves been here for generations. Others are the result of the Center’s talent for continually bringing together things and experiences that reflect the life of Sea Pines, home to some of the world’s most experienced world travelers and accomplished homeowners. Satisfying them has bred a culture of world-class consideration and courtesy, as well as the possessions, effects, and provender their busy lives require.
Tastes change: standards rise. Enhancing the Shops at Sea Pines Center is a continual endeavor. Taking its place alongside the high-profile updates in resort accommodations, golf, and beach facilities throughout Sea Pines Plantation, the Shops at Sea Pines Center has invested well in a new main entrance, new landscaping, and architectural appointments. And the process is as continual as the enjoyment, here among The Shops at Sea Pines Center.
With the Pleasure of Paradise
A sense of community – if, when, and where you desire it – is one of the pleasures of paradise. Toward that end, the plaza at the Center plays host to a seasonal farmers’ market on Tuesdays. If you’re a fan of the genre, you know that the local farmers’ market is where sophisticated travelers go to get a sense of their surroundings, because a farmers’ market is only partly about produce.
The main event, for many, is really the gathering. It’s an easy, pleasant place to peruse art, produce, and handmade keepsakes, surely. Yet, it’s also where residents and guests alike rub elbows, if they so choose, and share the inside information that makes a resort a real community.
The desire for a place like this seems to be deep within us as human beings: Light, air, privacy, security, and tranquility are just a few of the reasons people have been gathering in places like The Shops at Sea Pines Center from the beginnings of civilization.
The refinement of this principle that we enjoy here is second to none. The Center was inspired by a genius, distilled through experience, and brought to life every day by people who are dedicated to making dreams become real. You’re always welcome here, at the corner of Art & Commerce.