Roanoke Island Shopping (Including Manteo Shopping and Wanchese Shopping)
You could easily spend your whole day enjoying Roanoke Island’s shopping. Manteo’s shopping opportunities have greatly expanded in recent years, especially in the historic waterfront area. You’ll find antiques shops, art galleries, fine apparel boutiques, fun gift and souvenir shops, a classic bookstore, several day spas/salons and a wonderful general store with a great wine selection, among many others. In the waterfront area, you can park the car then stroll around from shop to shop. The other area to do some Manteo shopping is on the main highway, U.S. Highway 64, where you’ll find several other great locally run shops. On the highway you’ll want to drive or bike between stores. Most of the necessities you’ll need — groceries, sundries, prescriptions, dry cleaning, gasoline and the like — can be found on the main highway. Shopping in Wanchese is very limited, but we lead you to a couple of shops with true local flavor.
When you’re ready to indulge in some Roanoke Island shopping pleasure, there are several small parking lots in the historic Manteo waterfront area plus a lot of on-street parking spaces. Oftentimes, especially in the summer, all the spaces near the waterfront will be full. If you can’t find a parking space, don’t worry. Just head over the little bridge to Roanoke Island Festival Park, where there is more than enough free parking.
- 105 Sir Walter Raleigh Street
- (252) 473-1056
Downtown Manteo has long been anchored by a bookstore. The latest incarnation is Duck’s Cottage Downtown Books, which opened in March 2012 following a post-Hurricane Irene renovation of 105 Sir Walter Raleigh Street. A sister store of the popular Duck’s Cottage Coffee & Books in Duck, their Roanoke Island location features a large hand-picked book selection of best-sellers, mass market titles, fiction, cookbooks, young adult and children’s titles including the much-loved Usborne line for kids. You’ll also find journals, a wide range of greeting cards, boxed notes and local calendars. Their Outer Banks section is well-curated with history, nature, fiction and non-fiction on display. There’s something for everyone in the Melissa & Doug toy department, from art supplies to puzzles, wooden toys to puppets and fun games for all ages. If you’re feeling like a cuppa, Downtown Books serves artisanal roasted coffee, hot tea from Harney & Sons and Two Leaves and a Bud. Enjoy a biscotti with your coffee or tea. Pull up a comfy chair, grab a book and a treat and while away the afternoon in this well-stocked, independent bookstore.
- 402 Queen Elizabeth Avenue
- (252) 473-9400
This is the potter’s studio as well as her exhibit space, so you can often see her working at the wheel or glazing. Nancy’s functional pottery is made of high-fired stoneware that is dishwasher, microwave and oven safe including pie plates, colanders, sponge holders, bowls, vases and spoon rests. She also makes God jars, beaded jewelry, small collectible mirrors and tile murals. Nancy can create personalized special orders, which make great wedding gifts or wedding favors!
- Magnolia Lane, across Queen Elizabeth Avenue from Tranquil House Inn
- (252) 473-5141
Refine the art of nesting at this Manteo shop, which offers goods for fine living. Nest carries an eclectic mix of home furnishings and tabletop accessories as well as ladies’ clothing accessories including straw hats and bags by Flora Bella and Lola; handbags and espadrilles imported from France; lush cashmere; clothing by CP Shades and linen big shirts; artisan jewelry by Dana Kellin, Michael Michaud, Michael Vincent Michaud and Viv & Ingrid, among others; niche fragrances, including Eau d’Italie and Calypso; Kent of London grooming accessories; and imported soaps and home fragrances. Treat yourself to the most sumptuous of linens by Bella Notte.
- 905 S. U.S. Highway 64
- (252) 475-1413
A visit to Roanoke Island is not complete without a stop at this gem of a gallery. Named among the nation’s top 25 fine art and craft galleries, Silver Bonsai Gallery pulses with spinning kinetic wooden sculptures, paintings, locally crafted jewelry and distinctive gift ideas. The gallery is home to the jewelry studio of award-winning master goldsmiths Ben and Kathryn Stewart, creators of the nationally acclaimed Modern Heirloom® jewelry collection. Ben and Kathryn specialize in unique jewelry, hand engraving, repair and restoration, and custom design. Celebrate the handmade alongside a garden of bonsai trees and supplies at this Outer Banks treasure. Each visit to the gallery is an opportunity to enter Silver Bonsai’s inspiring world of fine art, fine craft, one-of-a-kind jewelry and bonsai.
- The Waterfront Shops
- (252) 305-5411
The Steve Andrus Gallery is the gallery and studio of watercolor painter Steve Andrus. The gallery sells only Andrus’ work, and you will find the artist at work here as well. Andrus’ craftsmanship is stunning; he has a flair for capturing light and reflection. Much of his subject matter is nautical, focusing on beautiful sailing vessels on a stormy sea or docked in a peaceful harbor. His first-hand wilderness experiences in Taos, New Mexico, also bring some decidedly Western subjects to the gallery as well. Stop by to talk to Andrus and view his artwork.
- I Festival Park, Roanoke Island Festival Park, Across from Manteo Waterfront
- (252) 475-1506 ext.252
While you’re on Roanoke Island, make sure to stop in and visit The Museum Store located at Roanoke Island Festival Park. A one-of-a-kind museum store, they feature historical gifts and treasures that include their sailing ship, the Elizabeth II, American Indian Town and 400 years of Outer Banks history. Celebrating American handcraft, The Museum Store features North Carolina pottery, ceramic birdhouses and copper garden art in addition to felted soaps and hand-poured candles, nature-inspired copper jewelry and silver statement pieces. And there are plenty of swords, hooks and pirate treasure for your little swashbuckler! Local wine, peanuts and jellies are also part of the mix. The Museum Store is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friends of Elizabeth II receive 20% off their purchases.
- Magnolia Lane
- (252) 473-3050
YOUnique Boutique, a new women’s wear boutique and art gallery in Downtown Manteo, defines the term “eclectic.” Located on Magnolia Lane across from The Tranquil House Inn and next door to Nancyware Pottery, the shop features a spirited mix of women’s clothing and accessories, custom jewelry and one-of-a-kind artworks and décor items. Owner Page Palumbo and her husband, Jim Hall, are well-traveled, and this exposure to the diverse art and merchandise found in art galleries, shops and boutiques up and down the East Coast, from Kennebunkport, Maine, to the Bahamas, has informed the selection at YOUnique Boutique. Page notes that she is drawn to “…items I’d like to have in my own home,” and it is that exacting standard that determines what finds its way into the shop. Emphasizing Fair Trade products and American-made and designed merchandise, YOUnique Boutique’s clothing is a vibrantly colorful mix of whimsical, wearable art that Page describes as comfortable chic with a Bohemian flair. No two items in the shop are alike, so no matter what item you choose you can be confident it is unique to your wardrobe and no one else’s. All of YOUnique Boutique’s artists are from the United States, and the artwork displayed runs the gamut from glass, wood and metal to hand-formed pottery, Raku pottery and wall hangings.
- 300 N. U.S. Highway 64
- (252) 473-1444
Ace Hardware sells everything for the home, garden and yard. Most people know Ace as a traditional hardware store, a place to find tools, paint, hardware and lawn and garden supplies. But you may not know that they also sell deck furniture, cleaning supplies, kitchen items, bathroom accessories, beach goods, pet supplies, holiday decorations, grills, gifts, home accessories, art supplies, men’s Carhartt clothing and much more.
Acre Lane Home Décor and Gifts
- 107-A Budleigh Street, The Phoenix Shops
- (434) 962-9143
New to Downtown Manteo this season is Acre Lane Home Décor and Gifts, as refined and eclectic a shop as you’ll find anywhere. Located in the heart of the waterfront shopping district, Acre Lane offers solid wood reproduction furniture, uniquely updated traditional home decorative accents and one-of-a-kind coastal-themed gifts that will surprise and delight. Moving through the shop you’ll experience an engaging sense of discovery as you peruse elegant furniture, custom-made pillows, Betsy Drake designs and a thoughtfully chosen selection of paintings, beautiful and functional pottery, stylish lamps, quality consignments and more. Monogrammed items for weddings and other special events are available by special order. Interior design and furnishing consultations are also offered. Everything about Acre Lane reflects an inviting aura of warm sophistication, tradition and comfortable living.
- 102-A Sir Walter Raleigh Street
- (252) 475-1001
Beach ‘N Life is a bright and colorful store offering fun, beachy home and cottage decor and accessories. Outfit your home with flags, rugs, artwork, tin-ware geckos and frogs made in Haiti and much more. Adorn yourself with jewelry, Laurel Burch purses and jewelry, and Bandals, the flip-flops with interchangeable bands.
Broad Creek Fishing Center Ship Store
- 708 Harbor Road, Wanchese Seafood Industrial Park
- (252) 473-9991
Located in the Wanchese Seafood Industrial Park, the ship’s store at Broad Creek Fishing Center offers everything you need for a day of fishing. Pick up your snacks, beverages and ice here before heading out. They also stock boating accessories and maintenance supplies. Broad Creek offers a large selection of seasonal tackle and frozen bait. Don’t forget to check out their sunglasses, T-shirts, sweat shirts and hats. Broad Creek offers centralized booking for offshore and inshore charter fishing. They have nine boats in their fleet, and their booking service offers hassle-free, book-where-you-board convenience. Diesel and gas are also available.
- 610 N. U.S. Highway 64
- (252) 473-3311
Burnside Books is often overlooked, tucked away as it is in the same building as Times Printing office supply store. But it’s worth seeking out. The bookstore sells both new and used books. Downstairs you’ll find the new books, with all sorts of special sections, including local topics and children’s books. Upstairs, you won’t believe the selection of used books. This is a great place to browse around, and there are some treasures here.
Calvio’s Nails and Tanning
- 503 Cypress Lane, Unit D
- (252) 473-1790
Calvio’s is a nail salon offering expert manicures and pedicures, including acrylics and gels. Tanning and facials are also available here. The shop is new, bright and welcoming. You’ll find Cypress Lane off U.S. Highway 64 next to TL’s restaurant.
Capt. Malc’s Market
- N.C. Highway 345
- (252) 473-5525
When you see all the boats unloading fresh seafood at Wanchese harbor, you’re going to want to get your hands on some of it for yourself. This seafood market sells fresh shrimp, crab meat, clams, oysters, scallops and fish of all varieties. The market also sells steamed seafood to go plus an array of properly frozen seafood products from Wanchese Fish Company (perfect for packing on ice to take home). Capt. Malc’s is located next to Fisherman’s Wharf Restaurant, almost at the end of N.C. Highway 345 in Wanchese.
- 103 Fernando Street
- (252) 473-3078
Charlotte’s is a women’s boutique selling fine apparel, jewelry and accessories. The very friendly staff will help select just the right clothing and the perfect accessories to pull it all together. If you’re looking for special outfits, evening wear or separates, Charlotte’s is the place to find them. Charlotte’s is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- 210 S. U.S. Highway 64
This strip mall houses a variety of convenience and necessity stores. Advance Auto Parts, (252) 473-9449, offers supplies and parts for vehicles. Food-A-Rama, (252) 473-2924, is an IGA grocery store, Roanoke Island’s largest. It has a RedBox video vending machine for those $1/night films. La Playa, (252) 473-3373, is a specialty grocery, market and bakery with items geared to Hispanic cooking. It’s a good place to pick up cold drinks, ice cream and popsicles, sweet baked goods and snacks. Family Dollar, (252) 473-1834, sells inexpensive clothing, house wares, cleaning supplies, toiletries, toys and items for the beach. Island Pharmacy, (252) 473-5801, is a locally owned pharmacy and old-fashioned drug store, which also houses the local Division of Motor Vehicles license plate office. Also in this strip mall are a U.S. Post Office, Liberty Tax, Island Insurance, Always Stylin’ Hair Salon, a Subway sandwich shop and Top China (see Restaurants).
Christmas Shop and Island Gallery
- 621 S. U.S. Highway 64
- Roanoke Island
- (252) 473-2838
It smells, sounds, looks and feels like Christmas year round at The Christmas Shop, a Roanoke Island tradition since it opened in 1967. Inside you’ll find room after room after room of holiday-related ornaments and decorative items plus toys, collectibles, candles, flowers, souvenirs and lighthouses. But this is much more than a Christmas store! Upstairs is a room dedicated to Halloween. Plan to spend some time here, as the shop seems to go on forever. As you wander around you’ll eventually come to the Island Gallery, which features a variety of artwork, pottery, prints, paintings, jewelry and more, much of it by local artists. The General Store has an authentic, old-fashioned appeal, and its Candy Counter is a great place to reminisce with old-fashioned candies. You’ll find fudge from Outer Banks Fudge Company there as well. You’ll also occasionally come upon Jeweler Ron Vick at work in the shop making his hand-crafted jewelry.
- Corner of the Nags Head/Manteo Causeway and U.S. Highway 64
- (252) 473-5056
CVS offers photo developing, and the pharmacy has a drive-through. The CVS store is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. The pharmacy is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Dare County ABC Store
- 506 U.S. Highway 64
- (252) 473-3557
In North Carolina, liquor and fortified wines (greater than 17% alcohol by volume) are only sold in ABC package stores. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is closed on Sundays.
Dare County Arts Council Gallery
- 300 Queen Elizabeth Avenue
- (252) 473-5558
Dare County Arts Council is located in the heart of downtown Manteo in the historic 1904 Dare County Courthouse. The eclectic gallery showcases fine arts and crafts created by its artist members who hail from all points of the Outer Banks region. Special exhibits are hosted monthly. Numerous media are represented in the gallery including painting, pottery, fiber arts, photography, sculpture, wood design and jewelry, and the gallery also offers fine selection of prints and cards. Each month’s First Friday celebration sees a lively art opening reception, often featuring live music and light hors d’oeuvres. Additionally, the Arts Council offers a variety of classes, workshops, films and other cultural arts events throughout the year. Dare County Arts Council is the hub of information for visual and cultural arts in Dare County.
Decoys by Nick Sapone
- 292 The Lane
- (252) 473-3136
Local carver Nick Sapone welcomes visitors to his home/studio to have a look at his hand-crafted decoys. Sapone makes hunting-style decoys, as opposed to decorative decoys, in wood and in the traditional Outer Banks canvas style. Call ahead to make sure he’s there if you’re making a special trip to Wanchese just to see him.
- 105 Budleigh Street
- (252) 475-1575
This shop offers a truly unique concept in creativity and fund-raising. The goods sold here — rugs, purses, pillows and more — are handwoven and handcrafted out of recycled clothing that was donated to local Outer Banks Hotline thrift shops. The creations are amazing, colorful and original. The shop also offers the work of talented artists on consignment. The knitters, jewelers and sculptors who display their wares here all work with other found or recycled materials. Proceeds of the goods go to Outer Banks Hotline, a local nonprofit organization, to help local women and families on the Outer Banks. Weavers are at work on the looms right in the store, and they welcome volunteer weavers. (They’ll teach you what to do.) You can also come in and pay a fee to make your own woven items. This is a great activity for young and old alike — just call ahead to check for loom availability.
Front Porch Cafe
- 300 U.S. Highway 64
- (252) 473-3160
This charming, free-standing coffeehouse is located at the first stoplight on the main road in Manteo, next to the Ford dealership. The Front Porch Café offers a full espresso bar with a wide variety of coffee drinks. You will find a nice offering of teas and pastries like croissants, muffins, cinnamon buns and cookies, which are baked fresh every day. This location has plenty of seating and free WiFi access with power strips to keep your laptop humming. They roast their own coffee (at the Nags Head location) and have a wide selection of whole bean or ground coffee to take home, along with a nice assortment of coffee-related items (mugs, presses, etc.), great gifts and world music. Check out their wine bar, with a discriminate selection of wines available both by the glass or to take out. The Front Porch opens at 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. on Sundays. They offer evening hours during the summer and wine tastings First Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m.
- 101 B Budleigh Street
- (252) 473-6656
Gallery 101 displays fine art and craft from local, regional and out-of-state artists. The focus is on ceramics, both functional designs and fine art pieces, but there are also paintings, art glass, blown glass, stained glass, turned wood, jewelry and photography, including works by local photographers.
His Shells by Brenda
- Magnolia Market Square, off Queen Elizabeth Street
- (252) 473-4000
His Shells by Brenda features elegant nautical and seaside-inspired gifts — all handmade right here on the Outer Banks by the owner. You’ll find genuine Outer Banks sea glass jewelry, elegant summer dresses, furniture, mirrors, ornaments, wreaths and picture frames, much of it artfully adorned with beautiful, natural seashells. All of Brenda’s creations are one of a kind and guaranteed to last a lifetime. While you’re browsing, check out the selection of loose shells.
Inspired by the Sea
- Phoenix Shops, between Budleigh and Ananias Dare Streets, Unit B
- (252) 473-9955
The furniture and decorative accessories at Inspired by the Sea are hand-crafted, hand-painted works of art. Everything is built by hand and painted in their Outer Banks studio with scenes like lighthouses, seascapes, covered bridges and rural-scapes. Each painting is an original and signed by the artist. The artwork is protected with a clear acrylic varnish. These pieces make great home accents.
Island Hair and Nail
- 500 U.S. Highway 64
- (252) 473-2750
This is a full-service hair salon offering cuts, color, highlights and other hair services for all ages. They also do pedicures and manicures focusing on natural nails. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are appreciated.
- 626 S. U.S. Highway 64 and Patty Lane
- (252) 473-1303
Open in the warmer seasons only (April through December), the outdoor Island Produce sells a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, most of it seasonal, plus house plants, annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, herbs, vegetable plants and garden statuary and accessories. The staff is helpful and knowledgeable about planting and gardening. Full-service landscaping and lawn maintenance services are available here as well.
It’s Royalty Salon, Spa and Nails
- 205 Budleigh Street
- (252) 473-2209
It’s Royalty is a full-service hair salon and a spa that specializes in bridal services. If you need wedding services, call Linda at (252) 305-4295. It’s Royalty offers full hair services as well as manicures, pedicures, facials and massage.
John Silver Gallery
- 105-A Fernando Street
- (252) 305-5843
Whether you’re seeking fine art, antiques or collectibles, the John Silver Gallery welcomes island residents and visitors from around the world to visit the gallery and find that unique something for their home or gift for that special or hard to buy for someone on their list. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday year round. They’ll gift wrap, deliver and ship whatever you purchase. The gallery’s fine art, antiques and collectibles have been carefully selected to inspire creativity and transform a house into a home.