Gay Dolphin Gift Cove
One of the Largest Gift Shops on the East Coast. Enjoy the history of how the Gay Dolphin has been a staple in many families that vacation here in Myrtle Beach since 1945.
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Welcome to the Gay Dolphin. Were glad to have you here. This is the premiere store in Myrtle Beach. We have been here since 1945 and have seen a lot of changes. We try to keep things where people keep coming back year after year and have an enjoyable part of their vacation. In 1945 my father started this store, he had a small vacant lot which he booked rides in from the fairs. He had a 10 by 20 foot stand that we sold retail and it expanded and became what is now known as the Gay Dolphin.
After Hurricane Hazel we had a period of great growth again and my father was an engineer, an architect. He designed this building, which is a pleasant building. The fact that you can look up and down to the next floor is enticing people. They go from place to place and are more willing to walk up and down stairs. We have a lot of floors with a lot of different stuff. We had lots of stuff then and we have lots of stuff now… It has become a great motivator, people expect you to have a better, more entertaining variety of merchandise. In the 50’s we started sharks teeth jewelry in the Gay Dolphin and people found sharks teeth all over the beach in Myrtle Beach. They would bring them into the store and we would wrap them for necklaces and we have had that going for us ever since. People bring in jewelry all the time.
We have more items than any other store that I have been in. We actually have a third more items than Sears has in there service division catalog. We know this because the guy that did there inventory control system came here and thought he could do this and found out differently. It’s been a wonderful education… We try to have new trends and new merchandise by shopping further away. Might have to go to China, we might have to go to Atlanta. We go to wherever the merchandise is, bring it back and try to see what our people here in Myrtle Beach enjoy.
What they like… We at the Gay Dolphin want to make your trip a better vacation. You guy’s come on down and see the sky wheel, the boardwalk and the oceanfront. You will enjoy your trip to the Gay Dolphin.