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Shopping - Kill Devil Hills

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!


Awful Arthur’s Beach Shop

  • 2100 N. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 6
  • Kill Devil Hills

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

  • 2000 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 10
  • Kill Devil Hills

In business for 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. For kids, there’s everything from swim diapers and toddler suits to board shorts and competition swimwear. Men will find surf trunks, board shorts and briefs from sizes 28 to XX large. For women, there are mix-and-match separates, bra-sized swimwear and long-torso, maternity and mastectomy suits, all in the coolest styles. Birthday Suits carries designer and California surf brands, sun-protective rash guards for kids and adults, clothing and beach-inspired accessories like sunglasses, flip-flops, hats, jewelry and purses. Love the OBX logo? You’ll find all kinds of OBX brand accessories and clothing here. There are also locations of Birthday Suits in Corolla and Duck. This KDH location, painted an eye-catching yellow,  is their flagship store—a must see!


Chip’s Wine and Beer Market

  • 2200 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 6
  • Kill Devil Hills

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.


Nags Head Hammocks

  • 1801 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 9.5
  • Kill Devil Hills

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

  • 2001 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 9.5
  • Kill Devil Hills

Ocean Atlantic Rentals is the ultimate vacation rental store. They rent many of the necessities like baby cribs, high chairs, strollers, grills, linens, rollaway beds, tables and chairs, wheelchairs, life jackets, etc. Plus they rent the fun stuff such as surfboards, boogie boards, umbrellas and beach chairs, beach carts, coolers, bicycles, Ocean Kayaks and sports equipment. They also have a vast selection of wedding supplies such as tents, dance floors and tableware. Delivery and pick-up are available.

17th Street Surf Shop

  • 1007 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 9
  • Kill Devil Hills
  • (252) 441-1797

17th Street Surf Shop began in 1970 and ever since then has had everything you need for surf, skate and style. You can outfit the whole family here with their selection of sportswear, swimwear and shoes. If you need equipment for surfing, skating, skim boarding and body boarding, you’ll find it here.

A Penny Saved Consignment Shop

  • 3105 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, Seagate North Shopping Center, MP 5.5
  • Kill Devil Hills
  • (252) 441-8024

Shop here for gently used men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, household accessories, DVDs and a large selection of jewelry. They have a giant collection of books, too, as well as antiques, kitchen items and furniture. The inventory changes often, so there is always some new treasure to be found. They’ve been in business for nearly 20 years and are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Antiques, etc.

  • 4711 South Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP14
  • Nags Head
  • (252) 441-4710

Antiques, etc. is a blend of antique, vintage and retro items accumulated locally and from Baltimore, MD. You can find genuine vintage costume jewelry to locally crafted pieces. Also available are Coke, Smurf, Wade, Oriole, Sandicast, Christmas, military, political and many other collectibles. Browse through glassware from decades past. You’ll find Autumn Leaf, jadite, crystal, Depression glass, pressed glass as well as everyday kitchenware.

Atlantic Dance Studio and Boutique

  • 1718 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 7
  • Kill Devil Hills
  • (252) 441-9009

Atlantic Dance offers dance instruction in ballet, jazz and tap for preschool-age children through adults. They also have a boutique filled with dance apparel and accessories and specialize in fitting customers with the perfect dance shoes.

Bangs Salon

  • 2200 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, Milepost 6 Plaza, MP 6
  • Kill Devil Hills
  • (252) 255-5225

Owner/stylist Kimberly Parks has relocated this popular salon from Powell’s Point, bringing her edgy style to Kill Devil Hills. Bangs is a full-service salon that specializes in color, cuts, waxing, wedding hair and makeup and more.

Beach Music and Gifts

  • 2200 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 6
  • Kill Devil Hills
  • (252) 573-0067

Beach Music and Gifts has everything from new and used guitars to amps and accessories. They carry all the best instrument manufacturers, and they can order items they don’t already have in stock. Looking for old vinyl? You’ll find a great collection here. Stop in for music accessories like guitar strings, picks and drumsticks. They also offer repairs, lessons, a blues workshop and kid’s day on Saturdays.


  • 1732 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 7
  • Kill Devil Hills
  • (252) 480-2355

The Belk department store offers clothing, swimwear, shoes and accessories for the whole family. In the summer the swimsuit selection is huge, and year round Belk offers great sales. They also have a house wares department and cosmetics counters.

Billy’s Seafood

  • 1341 Colington Road
  • Kill Devil Hills
  • (252) 441-5978

At Billy’s Seafood they stock plenty of fresh, local seafood, so pick some up to prepare your own feast at home tonight. They’re a great stop for local soft-shell crabs in season, and they also have convenience items, seasonings, beer and wine.

Black Tie Affair

  • 3105 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 5.5
  • Kill Devil Hills
  • (252) 449-4889

Black Tie Affair is a full-service bridal boutique offering tuxedos, dresses, favors, wedding accessories and personalized wedding ceremonies by their very own ceremony officiant.

Brew Thru—Kill Devil Hills

  • 3101 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 5.5
  • Kill Devil Hills
  • (252) 441-9190

Brew Thru, the original drive-thru convenience store, has become an Outer Banks tradition over the past 35 years. Their Kill Devil Hills location at milepost 5.5 offers ice-cold beer, wine, beverages, snacks, gas and much more. A vacation to the Outer Banks would not be complete without one of their legendary annual T-shirts. Having sold more than 3 million shirts since 1977, the Brew Thru T-shirt is the #1 selling souvenir on the beach.

In 2006, Brew Thru introduced its first walk-in location. The Brew Thru Outlet is located next to this Kill Devil Hills drive-thru and features all of their past vintage T-shirt designs dating back to 1977, a wide variety of cigars and tons of Brew Thru memorabilia. The Brew Thru Outlet lets customers really shop and explore and is perfect for the beer and Brew Thru enthusiasts.

Class & Trash

  • 9065 Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 8.5
  • Kill Devil Hills
  • (252) 715-4412

You gotta see this place. It’s full of stuff you’ll definitely want! Restored furniture, shabby chic, garden ornaments, collectibles, metal accent pieces, antiques—it’s a fantastic collection! And, it’s all pretty affordable.They also can build you a custom farm table. They’ll deliver on the Outer Banks for a small fee, and if you live near their store in Richmond, they’ll ship your purchase to that store for free. There’s new furniture every single week!

Coastal Edge

  • 1600 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 9.5
  • Kill Devil Hills
  • (252) 449-5560

Coastal Edge is a popular surf shop on the scene in Kill Devil Hills and stocks surf and skate-style clothing, accessories and shoes for girls and guys. They also sell equipment for surfing, skateboarding, skimboarding and bodyboarding. See Recreation.

Compass Rose

  • 102 W. Airstrip Road, The Bypass, MP 9
  • Kill Devil Hills
  • (252) 441-9449

Compass Rose is a huge shop filled with interesting and exotic imports. The owner travels abroad to personally select the imported goods. Explore their extensive pottery garden of beautiful ceramic pieces. They offer direct import pricing, which means you receive up to 70 percent off of retail pricing on pottery and fine ceramics every day. You’ll also find kitchenware, gifts, handmade paper, exotic clothing and accessories, kites, wind chimes, fountains and more. Look for the bright pink building.

Dollar Tree

  • 1730 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 7
  • Kill Devil Hills
  • (252) 441-6782

The Dollar Tree is packed with bargains on a wide variety of merchandise; expect to find deals on toiletries, wrapping paper, greeting cards, toys, snacks and kitchen supplies.

Exotic Home

  • 900 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 8.5
  • Kill Devil Hills
  • (252) 441-6728

Exotic Home is a furniture showroom and full-service design store with selections and services that can’t be found anywhere else on the Outer Banks. They feature imported solid wood furniture, one-of-a-kind antiques, quality designer upholstery, interesting accessories, original artwork, cutting edge lighting and durable outdoor furniture. With their Buyers Reward Program you can receive an additional $1,500 of merchandise for every $5,000 you spend, and this minimum purchase level also affords you complimentary and custom design services. Their designers can help you with room layout, paint color selections and finishing touches with free delivery and installation for a truly stress-free experience in furnishing your home. Exotic Home-designed interiors are consistently ranked outstanding by vacationers and locals alike.

Farmer’s Daughter

  • 6803 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 16
  • Nags Head
  • (252) 441-3977

Farmer’s Daughter is so chock-full of goods you probably won’t be able to see everything in one visit, nor can we describe it all here. But if you’re a shopper, you’ll love wandering through this store, discovering crafts, home and garden accents, nautical and coastal decor, hand-painted glassware, chimes, candles, jewelry, flags, shell art, Outer Banks Christmas decorations, toys, custom T-shirts and sweatshirts and jackets. They also have a great selection of swimwear for the entire family, plus sun hats, caps, summer footwear, jewelry and beach supplies.

Food Lion of Kill Devil Hills

  • 1720 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 7
  • Kill Devil Hills
  • (252) 480-1016

This well-known chain offers all the usual groceries and includes seafood, bakery, natural foods and deli selections. They have an expanded organic and natural foods section. Check out the black bean salsa bread in the bakery section. It’s killer!

Forbes Candies & Gift Shop

  • 1700 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 9.5
  • Kill Devil Hills
  • (252) 441-2122

For years, Forbes has supplied visitors with real Outer Banks saltwater taffy — 20 different flavors of it! You’ll also find traditional favorites like fudge and homemade candies. We like the homemade chocolates in the shape of dolphins, sea shells and starfish. They also carry beach items like sunglasses, towels, games and beach bags.

Frames at Large

  • 1216 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 9
  • Kill Devil Hills
  • (252) 441-5120

Frames at Large offers custom framing with personal assistance in selecting color, design and style. They also sell framed seascape prints and other odds and ends. They are closed on Sundays.

Front Porch Cafe

  • 2200 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 6
  • Kill Devil Hills
  • (252) 449-6616

The Front Porch Café has three locations on the Outer Banks. They are community coffeehouses with deliciously fresh-roasted coffee (that you can watch being roasted at the Nags Head location), and the stores feature plenty of seating and free WiFi. Known for offering some of the best artisan-roasted coffee on the beach, they serve an array of specialty coffee drinks, teas and chai. Fresh pastries like croissants, muffins, cinnamon buns and turnovers are baked on site. A wide variety of whole bean coffees is for sale. This is a great place to hang out — it’s open year round with extended summer evening hours and a community bulletin board with local news and events. Their Nags Head and Manteo locations also serve wine by the glass or bottles to go at competitive prices. See Restaurants for more about the espresso bar and baked goods here.

Garden of Beadin’

  • 2200 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, Milepost 6 Plaza
  • Kill Devil Hills
  • (252) 449-5055

Next door to The Front Porch Café and Glazin’ Go Nuts is Garden of Beadin’. The store not only has a full selection of beads and supplies for the advanced beader, showcasing the newest trends in beading, but also has all sorts of projects so even novices can create their own Outer Banks memory. With an extensive selection of beads, semi-precious stones and beading supplies, you can choose the project right for your level, and there is an activity center for children. This is a fun stop to make and can help brighten a rainy day at the beach.

Glazin’ Go Nuts Paint Your Own Pottery

  • 2200 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, Milepost 6 Plaza, MP 6
  • Kill Devil Hills
  • (252) 449-2134

Glazin’ Go Nuts is home to the “Outer Banks Creation Station,” where you can create your own Outer Banks memory from a huge assortment of pottery projects just waiting for your custom touch. Simply pick out your ceramic piece, select your paints, then go wild . . . or nuts! Check out the new “handprint” station with dozens of ideas to turn your child’s handprint into a priceless beach memory. They haven’t forgotten Dads — visit the new “Manware” section with fun pieces just for him!


  • 3105 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 5.5
  • Kill Devil Hills
  • (252) 449-2900

Gold-N-Gifts carries gold, platinum and sterling silver jewelry. They specialize in one-of-a-kind pieces, designer lines, estate and nautical jewelry and other gifts. Watch batteries and jewelry repairs are performed on premises.


  • 1314 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 9
  • Kill Devil Hills
  • (252) 441-7983‎

With a loyal following since 1990, Hairoics has many of the top-rated stylists, nail techs, estheticians and massage therapists on the beach and believes in taking care of the individual needs of their clients creatively. If you’re wanting some pampering, book a spa day with manicure, pedicure, facial, massage and cut and color or any combination of those services. Enjoy a day with your girlfriends or plan to have your wedding morning bridal party hair and makeup done here. They have a great boutique filled with products for hair, bath and body, and now offer Bare Mineral products.

Harris Teeter

  • 2012 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 9
  • Kill Devil Hills
  • (252) 449-9191

Harris Teeter is filled to the brim with great produce, including a decent organic and local section, a big wine selection, fresh meats and fish, and a helpful staff. They label their gluten-free and vegetarian items and understand the varying needs of their customers. Their flowers are beautiful and affordable. It’s a good place to load up on grocery items on your way to your beach home. They also have locations in Corolla and Kitty Hawk.

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