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Seaside Offers a Shopping Adventure for the Whole Family
Published: 02/23/2014
 
Carousel Mall in Downtown Seaside.
Carousel Mall in Downtown Seaside.
Photo by Gary Hayes

With tax-free shopping, and a fun downtown core to explore, Seaside offers a one-of-a-kind shopping experience.

Whether your taste leans toward designer fashions or casual comfort wear, you'll find apparel to fit your style. You're sure to discover the perfect memento of your visit, maybe a new focal point for your home and there's no doubt you'll be tempted by locally-made sweet delights. Downtown shops will mesmerize young shoppers with a dizzying array of fun merchandise and more flavors of salt water taffy than you can imagine. Look for bargains on name brands at the Seaside Factory Outlet Center where you will find retailers such as Nike, Zumiez and Eddie Bauer among the two dozen stores. Explore for antiques, art and collectibles at unique shops all around town.

Downtown Fashion
Shopping along Broadway from the Necanicum River to the Turnaround at the beach is an unforgettable experience. Just steps from the ocean, Ter Hars clothing store has served visitors for 60 years and today offers a large selection of apparel for young, active lifestyles. Several downtown stores offer colorful t-shirts and sweatshirts. At Freedom USA, you can choose from thousands of designs that can be screen printed or transferred to the shirt of your choice. Cotton Club features a large selection of outdoor wear from sweatshirts and jackets to boots.

Downtown For Kids
Downtown shopping has something for every age and the youngest shoppers will be captivated by some of the choices. World of Gifts is a labyrinth of trinkets, costume jewelry, seashells and seemingly endless displays of this and that, an experience like no other. Spin the wheel at Seaside Candyman and you may win a prize, but everyone is rewarded with a sample of salt water taffy. A dazzling display of 170 taffy flavors fills the room and makes for tough choices for every shopper. At Mostly Hats in the Seaside Carousel Mall, kids erupt in laughter trying on Viking helmets, turkey heads, jester hats, crazy hairpieces and more wacky hats. Parents can also join in the fun with a selection of fashionable toppers.

Sweet Places Downtown
Salt water taffy, home-made candy and confections are a Seaside tradition and Phillips Candy is part of that sweet history. The taffy puller, dating back to 1923, produces several flavors in house. There's been a candy store at this location since 1897 and it's been in the Phillips family since the 1930s. The Buzz on Broadway claims to have the greatest collection of candy on the Pacific Coast and you won't get an argument here. There are 200 bins of wrapped candies including licorice, hard candies and taffy. One wall is filled with Jelly Belly Gourmet Jelly Beans and on the other an 18-foot chocolate counter filled with nearly 50 flavors of truffles. There's also a fudge counter and you'll find great old-time candy bars like Abba Zabba and Rocky Road. Tiptons offers house-made, high end gourmet and exotic chocolates for the connoiseur.

Carousel Mall
Discover the quintessential coastal shopping experience in the heart of downtown at the colorful Carousel Mall. About 20 one-of-a kind shops surround a classic carousel all under one roof. This is a nostalgic place enjoyed by many. Kids and kids at heart will take delight in the selection of popular playthings from the past at Under the Big Top Toys. New and classic toys like ant farms, puppets, fairy wings, spinning tops and wind-up toys will capture your heart and imagination. Bring a bit of the seashore back home with a few seashells and fossil treasures from By the Sea Shells & Gifts. Collectors will appreciate the scientific identification and museum-like displays. A world marketplace can be found at Signature Imports. With an abundance of hand knit apparel, jewelry, furnishings and folk art, shoppers will find an eclectic mix of goods. Collectors looking for nostalgia will find everything from Betty Boop to the Beatles, vintage comics and baseball cards at the Flashback Malt Shoppe & Gifts.

Gilbert District
The historic Gilbert District spans the corner of Broadway and Holladay Drive east of the Necanicum River, where Seaside's historic buildings and classic architecture house trendy boutiques. This area offers an excellent concentration of restaurants and specialty shops. At Fairweather House & Garden, shoppers will find home furnishings, decor and artwork. Often visitors are able to meet Northwest artists here as they work in this open studio setting. If you are looking for a beach read, look no further than Beach Books. This indie bookstore has a good selection of local and regional books. With great personal service and author events, this bookstore is a community asset. Dogs and their humans won't want to miss Beach Puppy Dog Boutique. Guaranteed to bring a smile to any visitor's face, this store has everything for the dog loving family.

Art Galleries
A variety of works by local and regional artists are represented in a number of galleries and shops in Seaside. At the Gilbert District Gallery, wildlife artist Dave Bartholet and other regional artists exhibit original artwork and crafts. Find an art gallery at Hold Fast Tattoo Company & Art Gallery in the Gilbert District where owners display the work of local and regional artists and proudly maintain an environment that emphasizes and inspires creativity. Oregon Gallery features large format scenic photography by Northwest photographer Ron Keebler. Panoramic views of Oregon's landscapes are offered as triple photo sets, mounted and framed. Enjoy a unique collection of mosaic artwork at SunRose Gallery as well as jewelry, décor items and art objects constructed using found objects. See these displays, exhibits and more during Seaside's monthly Art Walk.

Antique Stores
For many travelers, antique stores offer a nostalgic adventure into the past. Seaside Antique Mall, located in the historic Gilbert District on Broadway, is a find for any antique lover. Treasures from 88 dealers can be found here displaying everything from furniture to nautical items. The collections of old Life magazines and vintage photos are especially popular. Serious collectors will find an amazing collection of model cars with approximately 500 cars on display. Cottage & Castle Antiques on south Holladay, is in an old church filled with vintage wares. History buffs will enjoy the collection of memorabilia like old records and collectable sports cards at Seaside Antiques, located on Broadway just east of Highway 101.

Seaside Factory Outlet Center
Located on Highway 101, half a mile north of Broadway, shoppers will find a wide variety of apparel and accessories for all ages ranging from fashion, footwear, kitchen accessories, specialty foods and more. The Wine & Beer Haus offers wine tastings, has over 450 beers and is a stop on the North Coast Craft Beer Trail. Bruce's Candy Kitchen features a wide selection of candy. For a special treat try the Apple Pie gourmet candy apple, a caramel apple rolled in sugar and cinnamon. Native Oregonians and visitors from afar value the legendary quality of Pendleton wool classics for men, women and the home. Travelers can take a load off by using the authorized UPS shipping outlet located on site. For additional savings, download the Factory Outlet coupon booklet at seasideoutlets.com

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