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While the town of Calabash, NC, is often associated with luscious fried seafood, the little fishing village, located just north of the state line, is also home to a gift shop with a reputation of its own. Callahan’s of Calabash has occupied the same prominent corner since 1978 and draws shoppers from far and wide. One visit and you’ll see why!Plan to see Callahan's of Calabash and other attractions that appeal to you using our Calabash trip itinerary site.
The term “shop” is actually way too small to describe the sprawling 35,000-square-foot establishment, owned and operated by Clark Callahan, son Eric Callahan, and nephew Dean Spatholt. Occupying the major part of a block, it features aisle after aisle of gifts and souvenirs, confections, collectibles and an amazing selection of Christmas ornaments and decorations.
If it’s nautical or shore décor you’re looking for, you’ll surely find it here. There are sea captains and sea life, corks and nets, shells and sculpture, and intricate boats, both in and out of bottles. Like lighthouses? Choose from replicas, photos, maps, books and more, depicting lighthouses from up and down the coast.
Want to remember your Grand Strand vacation with a tee shirt? You’ll find a wide assortment, including Life is Good®, in every size and color, along with caps and tote bags.
Don’t pass by the fudge counter! You’ll want to indulge yourself in one or more of Callahan’s delicious, creamy creations.
Those who love decorating for Christmas will be as happy as kids on the big morning when they reach the St. Nick Nacks area of the store. Beginning years ago with a single tree hung with sand dollars, the Christmas shop has grown to include 100 decorated trees in dozens of styles and colors, from traditional decked in red and green to the currently popular tinsel trees in a number of bright hues. Look closely and you’ll even spot an upside-down tree! Among the more than three million shimmering, shining, and colorful ornaments are a wonderful selection of Christopher Radko, Dept. 56, and Mark Roberts Fairies. Also popular are the exquisitely detailed Jim Shore figurines. A Christmas shopping experience unlike any other on the Strand!
Additionally, St. Nick Nacks has Easter decorations and a room dedicated to Halloween, the second most popular decorating holiday.
Can’t find exactly what you’re looking for? Just ask. Customer service at Callahan’s is superior. Many employees have been here for more than 15 years, and it shows! Be sure to visit Callahan’s brand new Jewelry Boutique, featuring great lines such as Trollbeads, Liquid Metal, Waxing Poetic, Bonn Bons, and Kameleon, not to mention an extensive collection of all things Vera Bradley.
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Love this store!! So many different items to look at! Souvenirs, decorations, toys, and lots of stuff you’ve never thought would be to found in one store! Must see!!
Love this store!! So many different items to look at! Souvenirs, decorations, toys, and lots of stuff you’ve never thought would be to found in one store! Must see!! more »
We were in here once before around 1990 , and didn't remember it being so large. They carry so much merchandise in so many categories it's almost easier to tell you what they don't carry. The...
We were in here once before around 1990 , and didn't remember it being so large. They carry so much merchandise in so many categories it's almost easier to tell you what they don't carry. The... more »
Nice gift shop if your looking for some nautical decor for your home or the perfect souvenir for a friend back home. They also have a year round Christmas store with many ornaments and other decorations, plus Halloween and Easter decorations in season and some out of season. If you’ve never been to Callahan’s of Calabash, plan on making a day or night trip before you leave the beach. Visit North Carolina’s seafood port and sample authentic Calabash seafood at a local restaurant nearby, then walk off your dinner until 10:00 pm shopping for something special to remind you of your trip to the beach.
Awesome store; there’s so many things to look in the different sections. They have beautiful Easter items, Christmas and Halloween. It’s like eye overload with all the decorated trees. I loved walking through this store.
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