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Kill Devil Hills Shopping

You could easily spend an entire day shopping within the town of Kill Devil Hills alone. There are lots of stores that you’ll love browsing through and (perfect for a rainy day) shops that offer fun activities for the kids, like paint your own pottery and beading.

Don’t miss out on the selection of artwork by local artists that you’ll find in Kill Devil Hills galleries and shops. Look for all your beach essentials here, like swimwear, hammocks and surfboards. Want to prepare a fresh seafood dinner at home tonight? Choose a locally owned seafood market to purchase these fruits of the sea and marinades, and then stop off at a specialty wine shop for a bottle to make the evening complete.

We’ve listed Kill Devil Hills Shops here, along with a little information about what you’ll find when you visit. Remember that locals call Croatan Highway -- aka U.S. Highway 158 -- The Bypass, and they refer to  Virginia Dare Trail -- aka N.C. Highway 12 -- as the Beach Road. Those simple names are just easier to remember!

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Awful Arthur's Beach Shop

2100 N. Virginia Dare Trail
MP 6 on the Beach Road
Kill Devil Hills
(252) 449-2220

Located next door to the world-famous Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar, you can buy Awful Arthur’s T-shirts, sweatshirts and beachwear here as well as great gifts for friends back home. They have everything you need for the beach like chairs, umbrellas, books and more. At the beach shop you can pick up grocery and convenience items, beer and wine.

Birthday Suits

801 Ocean Trail
Monteray Plaza
(252) 453-4862
1171 Duck Road
Scarborough Lane Shopping Center
(252) 261-7297
2000 S. Croatan Highway
The Bypass, MP 10
Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-5338

Celebrating 31 years on the Outer Banks, Birthday Suits is a favorite for swimwear — in fact, it’s been voted Best on the Beach for swimsuits for more than 10 years in local polls. Women's swimsuits are the specialty here — the latest styles for all ages, mix-and-match separates, bra-sized swimwear, long-torso and mastectomy suits — but they also sell suits for kids' and men. For kids, there’s everything from swim diapers and toddler suits to board shorts and competition swimwear in sizes infant to preteen. Men will find surf trunks, board shorts and briefs from sizes 28 to XX large. Don’t forget the sun-protective rash guards for kids and adults. Birthday Suits is a clothing store, too, with designer and California surf brands, sportswear, jeans, shoes and beach-inspired accessories like sunglasses, flip-flops, hats, jewelry and purses. Love the OBX logo? You’ll find all the original OBX brand accessories and clothing here. Check out the flagship store on the Bypass in Kill Devil Hills.

Chip’s Wine and Beer Market

2200 N. Croatan Highway
MP 6 on the Bypass
Kill Devil Hills
(252) 449-8229

Chip’s Wine and Beer Market has one of the largest wine and beer selection on the Outer Banks — all offered at discount prices. Chip’s is known as the snob-free zone because you won’t hear any silly, snooty wine terms here, just friendly advice if you need assistance with your selection. With more than 2,000 wines from every growing region, you’ll appreciate the helpful information! The Great Wall of Beer has more than 500 different brews to choose from, including a large Belgian section. Don’t stress over selecting just one because you can build your own six-pack here. If you’re planning a special event like a wedding or rehearsal dinner, they can help you find great beverage options within your budget. Then they can help you determine the quantities you’ll need. Chip’s also has a great selection of interesting gifts like picnic baskets and sake sets. Chip’s recently opened its tasting lounge with a wine station that lets you try wines by the taste, the ½ glass or full glass at your leisure. In addition to beverages, they now sell gourmet cheeses. They also offer in-store activities, tastings and classes and now have WiFi available to customers.

Just For the Beach Rentals

1006 S. Virginia Dare Trail
MP 9 on the Beach Road
Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-9480
501 Old Stoney Rd
(252) 453-9388
(252) 441-6048
Toll Free
(866) 629-7368

Want to plan your own kayak tour? Just for the Beach Rentals has kayaks available for rent, the sit-on-top style, for single, double or triple paddlers. Or, if you want to leave your car behind, you can make like a local and pedal around town on one of their comfortable beach cruisers (bikes are available for all ages). Didn’t realize there would be great tennis courts in the area? If you didn’t pack your racket, you can rent one at Just for the Beach. Beach volleyball sets are also available as well as beach chairs and umbrellas. And, if getting in the water is more your thing, they also rent surfboards known as soft-tops, which are ideal for beginning surfers. Surfboard rentals are $20 a day or $60 a week. They also have body and skim boards for rent for $10 a day or $20 a week. Standup paddleboards are the most recent addition to their offerings and rent for $50 a day or $150 a week. Just for the Beach can deliver everything to you.

Nags Head Hammocks

790 Ocean Trail
TimBuck II Shopping Village
(252) 453-4611
1212 Duck Road
(252) 261-1062
1801 S. Croatan Highway
The Bypass, MP 9.5
Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-6115
(800) 344-6433

Nags Head Hammocks have been handcrafted in coastal North Carolina since 1974. The Kill Devil Hills location features incredibly lush landscaping to show off these great hammocks. You'll find hammocks, swings, barstools, chairs and stands plus accessories like bolsters, pillows and foot rests. These products are made with sturdy, weather-resistant materials, and they last a long, long time, even in the harsh Outer Banks conditions. Stop by the store to see the hammocks being crafted on-site. Shipping is available.

Ocean Atlantic Rentals

Corolla Light Town Center
One block south of the Lighthouse
(252) 453-2440
1149 Duck Road
(252) 261-4346
2001 S. Croatan Highway
The Bypass, MP 9.75
Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-7823
40809 N.C. Highway 12
(252) 995-5868

If you want to rent kayaks to do some exploring on your own, Ocean Atlantic Rentals will bring them to you. You can rent kayaks for exploring the sound or riding the ocean waves.

And, when visiting many areas of the Outer Banks, you’ll need your car from time to time to get to the grocery store or between shopping centers. Otherwise, ditch the car and pedal everywhere you go. They rent single-speed beach cruisers, kids’ and BMX bikes, Kiddie Kart trailers and trikes for the little ones, plus you can get helmets and gear for the entire family. Pick up your bikes here or have them delivered to your door. 

And if that’s not enough, Ocean Atlantic Rentals also has all the equipment you need for surfing, bodyboarding or skimboarding. They even have swim fins, which are great for bodyboarding. If the water is chilly when you’re here, they rent wetsuits to keep you warm while you tackle the waves. Ocean Atlantic Rentals delivers this type of gear too!

This is also a full-service rental company for any big item you might not have wanted to cart from home such as cribs, strollers, beach chairs, umbrellas and more. In addition to delivering your beach items to your vacation cottage, Ocean Atlantic Rentals now offers a daily setup and breakdown service for your beach chairs and umbrellas while at your oceanfront rental cottage. Their service includes free delivery and pickup to your beach cottage plus full service, daily setup and breakdown of your chairs and umbrellas (which stay at your cottage during the rental period). They can even text message you when your items are ready to use!