Cool Roadside Architecture: Myrtle Beach Edition

A few days ago I posted about some of the fun souvenir shop architecture found in Padre Island, Texas. Here are several similar sculptures from South Carolina’s Grand Strand.

JAWS Resort Wear in Garden City Beach, South Carolina more than lives up to its name. The store has featured a huge shark sculpture at its entrance since 2000. The head of a similar shark is coming out of the parking lot in the corner. Inside, you can view a tank full of live ones!

He looks friendly enough ...

He looks friendly enough …

...but Eric still wimped out.

…but Eric still wimped out.

The JAWS Resort Wear resident sharks.

The JAWS Resort Wear resident sharks.

What’s interesting about JAWS is that, according to this fun article, it apparently started the whole “giant sculpture” craze at the local beachwear stores. The JAWS shark creator, Bob Duato, also sculpted the giant orcas that used to grace the entrance of Garden City’s Pacific Beachwear, just down the street near the US 17 Business and Atlantic Avenue intersection.

This is a still from a video of the orcas at the old Pacific beachwear store. Notice there are two over the entrance and one on the store sign out front.

This is a still from a video of the orcas at the old Pacific beachwear store. Notice there are two over the entrance and one on the store sign out front.

The “orca store” closed and the killer whales were removed sometime between September 2012 and September 2013. Today the building houses a Tsunami Surf & Resort Wear. I really miss those orcas and wonder what happened to them, but Tsunami does have some nice stuff.

The old "orca shop" is now a Tsunami.

The new sign outside Tsunami

One of the MANY, many Bargain Beachwear stores in the North Myrtle Beach area has a huge shark’s mouth as its entrance. We dropped by there yesterday and loaded up on souvenirs. Unfortunately I discovered many miles up the road that my new water globe has cracks in it! 😦

Eric is clearly just so very scared. Can you tell he's ready to get back on the road, already?

Eric is clearly just so very scared. Can you tell he’s ready to get back on the road, already?

Eric and I spotted two additional shark entrances in the North Myrtle Beach area, both not unlike the apex predator at JAWS Resort Wear (although not as cool-looking). I didn’t get very good pix of either. One shark was at Terrific Beach Outlet – see pictures here. The other was at a Pacific beachwear store not far away.

Crabby Mike’s seafood restaurant in Surfside Beach includes a lot of special touches, not the least of which is their award-winning “crabby van” parked out front.

I suppose I should run!

I suppose I should run!

Finally, if you’re headed up US 17, across from the Broadway at the Beach development is the Hollywood Wax Museum, featuring THIS awesome dude!

Absolutely fantastic!

Absolutely fantastic!

Have fun, wherever your travels may take you!

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2 responses to “Cool Roadside Architecture: Myrtle Beach Edition

  1. Roadside “kitsch”. Fun stuff.

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