September 2nd, 2019
As Hurricane Dorian is expected to make its way up the Atlantic Coast and toward South Carolina, several entities that serve the public in the Hammock Coast have announced changes in schedules but remain open. Some have closed, and still others have adopted a wait-and-see approach.
The following is a look at what’s happening around the Hammock Coast region here in Georgetown County. Again, many businesses remain open, but some have altered schedules or plan to. This is not a full list. Please check with the business of your choice as to its exact schedule.
BUSINESSES — What’s Open, What’s Closed, Schedule Changes
We are also hearing from some businesses that have closed, altered hours or are running regular schedules with an eye on the storm.
Grocery Stores — OPEN
Most grocery stores we’ve spoken to will remain open as long as possible and may not close during regular business hours, depending on the severity of the storm. We will update this with any new information received.
Quigley’s Pint & Plate, Pawleys Island — OPEN
The popular Litchfield community restaurant will be open for business Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 3 and 4. A decision on whether the restaurant will be open Thursday, Sept. 4, has not been determined.
BisQit, Pawleys Island — OPEN
The popular restaurant located in The Hammock Shops in Pawleys Island will be open for business Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 3 and 4. A decision on whether the restaurant will be open Thursday, Sept. 4, has not been determined.
Rustic Table, Pawleys Island — OPEN
The Pawleys Island restaurant is open Tuesday, Sept. 3. Open for lunch Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 11 a.m. till 3 p.m. Closing evening of Sept. 4 and all day Thursday, Sept. 5. From management: “Will reopen on Friday (all things considered) for lunch and dinner at BOTH restaurants.”
Bistro 217, Pawleys Island — OPEN
The Pawleys Island restaurant is open Tuesday, Sept. 3. Open for lunch Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Closing evening of Sept. 4 and all day Thursday, Sept. 5. From management: “Will reopen on Friday (all things considered) for lunch and dinner at BOTH restaurants.”
Pastria 811, Pawleys Island — OPEN
The Pawleys Island restaurant is open Tuesday, Sept. 3.
Ball & Que, Georgetown — OPEN
The longtime Georgetown restaurant is open Tuesday, Sept. 3, and plans to be open as long as possible Wednesday, Sept. 4, but will be closed Thursday Sept. 5. Will reopen on Friday, Sept. 6.
Strovis Insurance — OPEN
All offices are open.
AllState, Troy Moss — OPEN
Georgetown office is open.
Lee’s Inlet Apothecary —OPEN
Regular hours at store, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Regular hours until further notice. The Soda Fountain, however, will remain closed for the duration of the storm.
Murrells Inlet General Store — OPEN
Regular hours at store, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Hot Fish Club — OPEN
Open Sept. 3 from 4-9 p.m. “We will play it by ear the following days,” management said in a statement.
Incredible Edibles — OPEN
Items priced at “half-off hurricane snacks” and open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Remaining hours for the week will be decided later.
Yagi Sushi and Hibachi, Pawleys Island — OPEN, but plans to close Sept. 4
Will keep normal hours Sept. 3 but will close Sept. 4.
Paradice Ice Cream, Pawleys Island — OPEN, but plans to close Sept. 4
May close early today, Sept. 3, with plans to close Wednesday, Sept. 4.
Harmon & Felts, Georgetown — Plans to close Wednesday, Sept. 4, and Thursday, Sept. 5
The law firm will close Wednesday and Thursday.
Dieter Co. Vacation Rentals & Sales, Pawleys Island — OPEN Sept. 3
Statement from management: “Our office is open for regular business hours today (Sept. 3) to assist with final hurricane preparations and assist with guest checkouts. All vacation rental properties are now under a governor-ordered mandatory evacuation. Please limit calls as we are trying to promptly assist owners and renters in a timely manner. If you were required to leave early for the storm, here is a link to file a travel insurance claim – https://www.csaclaims.com.”
Dunes Beach Home Rentals, Pawleys Island — OPEN but closing Wednesday, Sept. 4
Will close noon Wednesday, Sept. 4. Go to company website and facebook page for updates.
Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, Pawleys Island — closed
The resort issued a statement saying any guests who had expected to check-in between Sept. 2 and Sept. 6 will receive refunds once the resort reopens, which is expected to happen on Saturday, Sept. 7. Reservations and check-ins for Sept. 7 and after will not be effected by the closure. “We expect our weather and coast to be back to normal as soon as the storm passes,” resort officials said in a statement.
AT&T Store, Pawleys Island — closed
Will reopen as soon as possible after storm.
GentleDentistry, Georgetown — OPEN Tuesday, Sept. 3, but no decision on rest of week
The office will notify patients scheduled for the remainder of the week of any changes on 9/3/19 as staff continues to monitor Hurricane Dorian.
Pearls Dentistry, Murrells Inlet — closing Wednesday, Sept. 4, through Friday, Sept. 6
The Murrells Inlet dentistry practice will close beginning tomorrow for the rest of the week.
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club — course OPEN today, but closing for Wednesday and Thursday
Statement from management: Dorian Update: Please see our schedule this week. Tuesday: Open for Golf. Kitchen is Closed; Wednesday, all departments are closed; Thursday, all departments are closed; Friday, on call, weather-dependent; Saturday, on call, weather-dependent. Our first priority is the safety and well being of our customers and team members. We wish you all safe passage during this time of uncertainty. Please visit our Facebook page for further updates and check us out online anytime to see all we have to offer www.caledoniagolfandfishclub.com
COUNTY GOVERNMENT OFFICES — OPEN until noon, Wednesday, Sept. 4, then closing
Offices will then be closed until further notice.
Beach House Boat Rentals, Murrells Inlet — closed
Statement from management: “All of our inlet boats are headed to safer ground before Hurricane Dorian gets here. We will be closed starting today, Sept. 3, until Friday, Sept. 6. Hoping to be back at it for the weekend but that will depend on how this storm goes.”
Regenerate Chiropractic, Murrells Inlet — closing Wednesday, Sept. 4, at noon
The practice will close at noon on Wednesday. Check Facebook page for reopening.
The Freckled Frog, Pawleys Island — will close Wednesday, Sept. 4, and through Friday, Sept. 6. May open Saturday, but no decision yet.
The store, located at The Hammock Shops, will close for three days listed above.
Fancy Frocks Bridal, Murrells Inlet — will close Wednesday, Sept. 4, and Thursday, Sept. 5
The store, located at the Inlet Square Mall, will close for two days listed above.
Express Watersports, Murrells Inlet — limited hours
Statement from management: “Express Watersports will be operating with limited hours for the next few days. Email, voicemails and other messages will be answered as we are able to. We will be limited on answering phones as we are getting prepared for tropical storm and Hurricane conditions.”
Lakes At Litchfield — evacuations taking place Sept. 3 and Sept. 4
Statement from management: Evacuations for Assisted Living and Memory Care members will take place afternoon of Sept. 3. Those members will be sheltering at a sister community, The Charlotte Assisted Living & Memory Care in Charlotte, North Carolina. On Wednesday morning, Sept. 4, skilled nursing members will be medically transported and safely sheltering at sister community, Brightwater in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Independent-living members who are evacuating will be transported on Wednesday, Sept. 4, to shelter at sister community Wildewood Downs in Columbia, South Carolina. “Staff … available 24/7 to assist our members as we continue our follow mission – to put them first, always,” the facility said in a statement.
Baxter’s Brewhouse, Georgetown — closed until Friday
The Georgetown bed-and-breakfast is closed until Friday.
Applewood, Pawleys Island — closed
The popular restaurant in the Litchfield community is closed.
Austin’s Cabana Club and Ocean One, Pawleys Island — closed
Located in Zone A, both are closed. Will update as soon as possible once evacuated order has been lifted.
Wahoo’s Fish House, Murrells Inlet — closed
Hopes to reopen after the storm passes.
Bovines, Murrells Inlet — closed
Hopes to reopen after the storm passes.
Get Carried Away Southern Takeout, Pawleys Island — closed until Monday, Sept. 9
The popular store and caterer offered a 50-percent sale on Monday and quickly sold out. The store will reopen Monday, Sept. 9.
Georgetown County Kraft Credit Union — one branch closed
Due to the mandatory evacuation, the Georgetown County Kraft Credit Union has closed its Pawleys Island branch at 49 Jetty Way until further notice. As of now, all of other branches will be open on Tuesday for regular hours.
Drunken Jack’s, Murrells Inlet — will close Tuesday, Sept. 3
Murrells Inlet restaurant Drunken Jack’s is open Monday, Sept. 2, but will close Tuesday, Sept. 3. Management of the popular eatery say Drunken Jack’s will reopen as soon as possible following the storm and noted that the island’s goats have been moved to safe haven and will also return as soon as possible after the storm.
Old Chicago Pizza, Murrells Inlet — closed until further notice
Due to Hurricane Dorian, Murrells Inlet restaurant Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin is closed until further notice.
Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin, Murrells Inlet — closed until further notice
Murrells Inlet restaurant Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin is closed until further notice because of Hurricane Dorian.
All 4 Paws — potentially needs foster homes for dogs
The Pawleys Island-based animal adoption group All 4 Paws may need foster homes for dogs. If you can a potential foster parent for a dog during the storm, please email Adopt@a4psc.org and include “hurricane foster” in the subject of the email. If foster homes are needed, you may receive a call.
South State Bank — all offices OPEN, monitoring storm
All Georgetown County offices for South State Bank will be open Tuesday, Sept. 3, but the financial institution will issue updates on potential closings daily.
Tidelands Health – Georgetown Memorial and Waccamaw Community hospitals — OPEN
Tidelands Health hospitals are open and serving patients in Georgetown County. For those with appointments at individual Tidelands Health physicians practices, if a change in the appointment is necessary, a health provider will call to schedule a new time.
Myrtle Beach International Airport — OPEN
Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) is open and operating as usual. While the airport is open, air carriers might delay and/or cancel their flight operations. Many airlines operating at MYR have posted “Travel Advisories” on their websites, providing instructions on how to re-book flights impacted by Hurricane Dorian. Travelers must contact their airlines, not the airport, for up-to-date flight information.
· Prior coming to the airport, travelers should verify flight status with their airlines, do not call the airport.
· Travelers should verify that the airline has the correct contact telephone number and/or email address; the air carrier will notify the passenger directly of flight changes.
· If travelers have questions about airline re-booking and/or cancellation policies they should visit the “Travel Advisory” section found on the air carrier’s website:
• Allegiant Air — www.allegaintair.com
• American Airlines — www.aa.com
• Delta Air Lines — www.delta.com
• Frontier Airlines — www.flyfrontier.com
• Spirit — www.spirit.com
• United — www.united.com
• WestJet — www.westjet.com
Brookgreen Gardens closed at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, and will remain closed until further notice. Some essential staff will remain at Brookgreen throughout the storm to take care of animals and monitor the area. Brookgreen will reopen to the public as quickly as possible after the storm. Updates will be posted to Brookgreen’s social media accounts and its website, www.brookgreen.org, as soon as an assessment is made for reopening.
Huntington Beach State Park
By order of the governor, Huntington Beach State Park, which is in Zone A, was ordered to be evacuated at noon, Monday, Sept. 2. All guests and campers have left the park, and it will remain closed until the governor lifts the evacuation order.
Town of Pawleys Island
The town of Pawleys Island — which is found on the historic island — began evacuations beginning at noon Monday, Sept. 2. Access to the island will be restricted beginning Wednesday, Sept. 4, at noon.
Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber of Commerce’s Visitors Centers in Georgetown and Litchfield have closed to the public, but Chamber staff members will continue to update information on its websites and social media sites throughout the storm.
Hopsewee Plantation has closed and will reopen as soon as possible after the storm.
Hobcaw Barony closed until further notice.
Kaminski House Concert
First it was canceled due to a severe thunderstorm on July 4th and rescheduled for Labor Day, but, because of evacuation orders for many areas throughout South Carolina, the concert has been canceled again.
Georgetown County Schools
Schools are closed until further notice.
Pawleys Island Concert Band
No rehearsals or band activities this week.
Horry-Georgetown Technical College, Georgetown and Conway — closed
Students and staff should visit website for additional info.
Chamber-sponsored Hurricane Preparedness Seminar — postponed
Irony of ironies! A Business Tools Seminar titled “Storms Happen! Be Prepared!” for Friday, Sept. 6, has been postponed. A new date will be announced as soon as possible.
Helping Hands of Georgetown – closing Sept. 3 at 2 p.m
Both Andrews and Georgetown locations closing at 2 p.m. Sept. 3. Closed for Sept. 4 and 5. Check website for reopening information.
Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation – closed
Closed for duration of week.
Georgetown County Library branches – OPEN
All four branches are open. The public is encouraged to check the library’s website and Facebook page for details on any changes.
Georgetown County Museum — closed, program postponed
Statement from museum: “We are sorry to postpone the program by Tommy Graham for Tuesday, Sept. 3, at the museum to a later date. The museum will be closed until the storm has passed. We will announce the reopening when things settle down.”
Music In the Park — canceled
This popular Georgetown Business Association program for Frances Marion Park and downtown Georgetown has been canceled for Friday, Sept 6.
Regional closings reported to us are as follows:
Wild Water and Wheels, Surfside Beach — closing by end of day Sept. 3
The park was closing for the year this week, but the storm and evacuation order forced a one-day early closure. The park will open again next year.
Ocean Lakes Family Campground, Myrtle Beach — closing by end of day Sept. 3
Statement from management: “Once we shut down all operations, teammates will be asked to monitor the storm and then return to the property as soon as possible after the storm has passed and it is safe to do so. We remain in hopes that the center of the storm remains off-shore and the impacts to our area will be minimal.” Management advised those who have storage campers who want to remove their campers to do so ASAP.
Miller-Motte Technical College, Conway — Closed
Closed Sept. 3. Students and staff should check for further closings.
Coastal Carolina University, Conway — Closed
The university is closed until further notice.
CresCom Bank, Myrtle Beach — Closing Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 2 p.m. Closed Thursday.
All branches and departments will close at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, and remain closed through Thursday, Sept. 5. All are scheduled to reopen on Friday, Sept. 6, based on the current track of the storm.
Better Brands, Myrtle Beach — Closing Wednesday and Thursday.
From management: “We are making the following decisions to limit our service the remainder of the week: All scheduled delivery accounts we will make every effort to deliver today. Our goal is to have our teams back to the warehouse this afternoon to close up and complete final preparations for the storm both here and at their homes. All operations at Better Brands will be closed Wednesday and Thursday. Our warehouse, sales and administrative teams will return to work on Friday with the intention of getting as many priority orders scheduled as possible. We will then plan to resume delivery to those accounts scheduled and who are able to receive on Saturday. We will resume normal sales and operating schedules on Sunday for next week.”
If you have a closing you would like added to this list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you — and stay safe!
August 23rd, 2019
By Clayton Stairs
Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce/Discover Georgetown
After sitting vacant for more than a decade, a building in the heart of Georgetown’s West End will now serve as a place to celebrate the history and champions of that community, while also providing educational programs.
Dozens gathered Aug. 20 for a reception and grand-opening ceremony for the new West End Heritage Center at 1610 Hawkins St. The event was hosted by the Howard High School Alumni Association, Habitat for Humanity Georgetown County and the City of Georgetown, which all had partnered for renovations, fact-finding and creating displays to bring the center back to life.
The center features photographs and videos of many of the community’s notable citizens, as well as memorabilia from Howard High School and the West End community.
“We have been trying so long to get this building together and make it presentable.” said Janette Becoate-Graham, president of the HHSAA, which owns the building. “It has just been tremendous how the community has come together to finally open this center.”
The building was previously called the Dreamkeepers Center, which was owned by the Committee for African-American History Observances. Before that, it served as a kitchen and band room for the former Howard High School, Georgetown’s black high school during the years of segregation in the second half of the 20th century.
Marilyn Hemingway, president of the Gullah-Geechee Chamber of Commerce, is a former director of CAAHO. She said opening the heritage center will be the beginning of wonderful things happening in the West End.
“It will allow more people to understand the significance of this community’s history,” she said. “This is a good example of a community doing for itself and turning things around.”
Three of the champions of the West End, whose photos are featured on the center’s walls are state Rep. Carl Anderson Sr., Georgetown County Clerk of Court Alma White and Georgetown Mayor Brendon Barber. Also present at the event were other influential African-Americans of Georgetown County, including Georgetown County School Board member Randy Walker, City Councilmember Sheldon Butts, County Council members Lillie Jean Johnson and Everette Carolina, and State Human Affairs Commissioner Harold Jean Brown.
“Today is a great day for Georgetown and the West End,” said Anderson, who was raised on Gilbert Street. “I applaud the committee and the community for making this possible.”
White, who is also a West End native, said she is proud to be one of the people featured on the center’s Community Leaders wall.
“I had the opportunity to grow up in this community and I’m a product of the West End,” she said. “This is the kind of recognition that most people don’t receive until they have passed away, so I am honored to be part of this.”
Barber, who is Georgetown’s first black mayor, told the crowd gathered for the center’s opening that he’s a “Howard High School brat” who can still sing the school’s alma mater. He thanked the HHSAA for creating this center that will “serve as the foundation of the West End community.”
“This (building) has such a purpose, a meaning with this particular community,” the mayor said. “With partnership, with love and passion for community, this center could be the start of what we need to do, not only in this state, but the rest of the country.”
Project coordinator Julie Emory, who is a Coastal Carolina University graduate in the Georgetown RISE Internship Program, and Laura Gassler, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Georgetown County, were also on hand to thank everyone involved and urge people to be a part of the center’s future.
“This is just one successful example of how the community came together to bring the heart back to the West End,” Emory said. “There is so much history here, and we are really only at this point touching on the surface.”
Looking around the center, Gassler said she was amazed it had only been three months since the start of the project. She said she contacted the alumni association after deciding to help revitalize the West End community as part of Habitat’s international mission of neighborhood revitalization.
“I want to thank the Howard High School Alumni Association for allowing Habitat for Humanity to be part of this project and having faith we could pull it off in three months,” Gassler said. “I hope that the former Howard students, alumni and graduates, and community residents enjoy what you are seeing here.”
She said there were several stores that donated product or gave discounts for the West End Heritage Center project, including the Habitat Restore, J&S Carpet and Baker Glass.
“This whole project was a community effort. Everyone came together,” Gassler said. “I just want you to know we are not stopping here.”
The HHSAA is asking the community for donations to continue adding to the center, including kitchen appliances, bathrooms, meeting room equipment and repairs, desks for the office and classroom, landscaping, a permanent sign, lighting, window repairs and more.
Plans for the center include after-school homework help for students, college life workshops, game nights, Black History Month celebrations, and back-in-the-day West End and Howard High School storytelling. Also planned are classes for healthy eating and living, gardening, anti-bullying, basket weaving, Gullah language, dancing, Spanish and basic computer coding.
“Everyone here has a worthy story to share, so I want everyone here, whether you want to give to the museum and tell us about your story about what you went through, or if you’re on the outside just now learning about the champions of the West End, we want to hear you,” Emory said during the ceremony. “If you want to share anything that you don’t think we’ve covered at the center, tell Janette or myself, because we are only going to grow and get bigger from here.”
Anyone who would like to donate or contribute yearbooks, photographs or an interview for the center, can contact Janette Becoate-Graham by email at email@example.com, Julie Emory by email at Dreamkeepers.firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 843-546-5685, ext 2.
July 18th, 2019
Swamp Fox Tours welcomes you to Georgetown! While you are waiting for your tour to begin, enjoy our gift shop. Then embark on an adventure aboard our blue and white tram and hear authentic history spanning almost 300 years. Enjoy Southern hospitality at its best as we drive by early homes, public buildings and many other points of interest. We will even tell a ghost story or two. Catch us on the blue and white tram – the oldest tour in town. A top rated attraction on TripAdvisor, this is the best way to explore the rich history of South Carolina’s 3rd oldest city.
Located at Bienvenue Home
814 Front St.
Georgetown, SC 29440
Tel: (843) 527-1112
June 19th, 2019
Phone: 1 (866) 345-PARK or (843) 237-4440
16148 Ocean Hwy.
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina 29576
Located within Huntington Beach State Park. Beach access. Open all year. Tent and RV camping with 107 sites; 66 with full hook up; each site, except tent sites, has water and electrical hookup. WIFI. Dog friendly, leashes required.
For primitive group reservations, call (843) 237-4440.
May 17th, 2019
Phone: (843) 997-4812
Address: 824 Prince St, Georgetown, South Carolina 29440
South Carolina’s first Bed and Brew, Baxter’s Brewhouse Inn is just like a Bed and Breakfast, but with amazing world class brews available for guests. Our old historic house at the corner of Prince and Orange is in the best spot for walking downtown to historic Front Street in Georgetown, SC. Enjoy your stay with us!
May 17th, 2019
Once again, historic Georgetown has earned one of the top spots in an annual USA Today/10Best readers contest to determine America’s “Best Coastal Small Town.”
Top finishers were announced by USA Today this morning, and Georgetown, a working waterfront community, finished in fourth place.
Georgetown, which took first place in the “Best Coastal Small Town” contest in 2018, was matched this year against 19 other communities. All the 2019 nominated communities, tapped from 17 states, are near major bodies of water, ranging from the Great Lakes and the Gulf Coast to the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
Sandusky, Ohio, took the top spot in this year’s contest, followed by Rockport, Texas, Chincoteague, Virginia, and Georgetown. To see the full list of top finishers, go here: Best Coastal Small Town Finalists. In announcing its Top 10 list, USA Today and 10Best said: “Move over L.A., Miami and Honolulu! Our 10 winners for Best Coastal Small Town – each with a population of fewer than 25,000 people as of the last census – offer uncrowded, unpretentious and affordable seaside fun in small packages.”
Nominations were announced April 8, and communities across the nation had the opportunity to vote every day through noon on May 6 for their choice for America’s “Best Coastal Small Town.” In announcing Georgetown as a nominee once again, the contest said Georgetown “is what Charleston used to be – 200-year-old homes (more than Charleston, in fact) … lots of Southern charm and none of the crowds.”
Georgetown, which is South Carolina’s third oldest city, boasts a thriving waterfront historic district along Front Street, which features the popular Harborwalk, myriad restaurants and shops, as well as five museums. Residents and visitors enjoy the opportunity to partake in Georgetown’s shopping, dining and rich history. The Sampit River links the town with the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean, providing stunning natural beauty.
“It’s an honor to be named among America’s best coastal small towns once again,” said Mark A. Stevens, director of tourism development for the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce. “The results of the vote are a reflection on Georgetown’s abundant charm and the area’s appeal for residents, vacationers and retirees.
“We appreciate that USA Today made Georgetown a part of its 10Best readers contest again, but, most of all, we thank everyone who diligently voted every day to help Georgetown, once again, rank among the very best in the nation.”
Georgetown is one of six communities that make up South Carolina’s Hammock Coast, joining Garden City, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield, Pawleys Island and Andrews.
Nominees for the “Best Coastal Small Town” contest were chosen by a panel of experts made up of editors from USA Today; editors from 10Best.com; and relevant expert contributors. All voting was digital and the 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest is accessible on the 10Best.com website.
About South Carolina’s Hammock Coast
Georgetown County’s casual charm and Southern hospitality earned it the nickname Hammock Coast. Adventure and relaxation blend together in perfect harmony, like the flowing and ebbing of waves on the county’s famed beaches. With six communities – Garden City, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield, Pawleys Island, Georgetown and Andrews – comprising the pristine coastal area between Myrtle Beach and Charleston, visitors can experience South Carolina’s Hammock Coast like never before.
Georgetown, named one of America’s Best Coastal Small Towns two years in a row, offers an abundance of accommodations for guests, including hotels and cozy bed and breakfasts. Georgetown marinas welcome boaters from around the globe.
For more information about Georgetown and the Hammock Coast, visit www.HammockCoastSC.com.