Many newcomers to the Outer Banks who are browsing the local restaurants, shops and area attractions online or in the local guide books notice an interesting addition to the standard address. Besides the typical business name, street name, street number and town, many local businesses also include a Milepost number. This may initially appear to be an odd notation to include, but on the Outer Banks, this is incredibly helpful to new visitors on the lookout for a specific restaurant or shop.
This shop, painted bright ocean blue on the outside, has been in business at its same Beach Road location and owned by the same proprietor since 1977. You know when a business has existed for that long on the Outer Banks, it’s because they know how to please customers and attract repeat business. Gulf Stream Gifts offers a great variety of fashion jewelry, as well as 14K gold and sterling silver jewelry. A fun place to shop for tourists, the store’s inventory includes nautical- and sea-themed souvenirs, mermaid items, fish and crab décor, seagull art and very pretty glass dolphins and shells. There are also T-shirts, wind chimes, greeting cards, postcards, OBX items, and even a selection of sunglasses, towels and sunblock --- so you can pick up some gifts, then dash across the street to the beach!