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Antiques & Boutiques on the Way to the Beach

With the long stretch of open road along I-40 East from Raleigh heading towards the beach, as thoughts of a stressful week at work or an overbooked schedule make way for relaxation and play, don’t miss a visit to the quintessentially North Carolinian small town of Wallace.  In fact, make a stop coming to or leaving your beach getaway. You will wish you had sooner!

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With the abundant farmland and rural areas seen while driving by, one could think that there is really nothing to see or do in Eastern North Carolina, except directly at the coast.  And surprisingly, nothing could be further from the truth. Wallace is located in Duplin County off of exit Exit 385 and has within its footprint, some of the most quaint and unique shopping experiences you will find – a true delight for anyone that would say, “who knew?”

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If antiquing is your thing, stop in and check out the hotel silver and the assortment of fine china at Collectibles by the Trax  located at 108 NE Railroad St.  You can also satisfy your sweet tooth with some of the best baked goods you’ve ever tasted at Sweet B’s on 617 E. Sutherland St. Enjoy some cheese cake, perhaps.  To be a little more adventurous, if you’ve never heard of a bacon topped cupcake, with just one bite, you’ll have added to your repertoire of all things yummy and good. Just about 10 minutes from downtown Wallace off of NC 41, is Riverside Barn Antiques, a 12,000 square foot space with an amazing assortment of antiques, collectibles, furniture, dishes, signs, artwork, and more.  This is definitely a place to be transported back in time!

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Downtown Wallace boasts some very cute home decor, fashion boutiques and gift shops. Cavenaugh’s Gifts of Distinction has been there for many years, and there are a few newer boutiques to discover, such as Forever Southern and The Glass Slipper.  They carry a lot of the latest southern fashions and have items that would make great gifts, for yourself or someone else!  Don’t miss Art of Hope, on Main Street, an inspirational art and custom framing shop with clientele from around the world.

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Wallace has its share of good restaurants.  See a full list here.  If you’d like to try some local flavor, check out the winner of the 2016 Taste of Duplin “Hometown Favorite” Award, Mik’s.  They’ve got some of the best North Carolina barbeque and if you happen to be there on Thursday night, you’ll enjoy their locally revered trivia night.  The Mad Boar,  near Wallace’s premier golf course communityRiver Landing, has an upscale ambience and live music along with a great menu for both lunch and dinner.

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We look forward to your visit and seeing you around Wallace and in Duplin County!