When you visit Bluffton, you must stop by Garden Gate Nursery. Located at 2 State of Mind Street, this quaint shop is one not to miss. Run by a Resort Girl Entrepreneur, Margie Fox, along with her family, it has everything on your tropical wish list.
I have shopped there to buy plants, hospitality gifts and cute beach accent accessories. I recently stopped by to pick up a retro mermaid bottle opener to pop open my fizzy drinks. Margie was a retail executive for many years, but as like most of us Resort Girls, her calling brought her back to the water and her home town of Hilton Head, S.C.
To begin her journey into small business ownership, Margie bought into a small shop called the Garden Gate in nearby beautiful Beaufort, S.C. After some initial success, her family decided, like many small biz owners, to go full-time into fulfilling their dream. They built a really cool shop that is both a work/life environment on a picturesque corner in the popular Promenade center in historic Bluffton.
What makes this shop so special is the mix of retail and garden items. Locals stop by for tropical and zone-appropriate plants – while visitors come to explore the tropical accessories, beach décor, shells and other finds.
The “Shell Shop” will catch your eye if you desire to bring home a piece of the sea for your office or home.
Or, if you want a piece of art to remind you of your stay in South Carolina, then check out Margie’s custom prints from Patrick Reid O’Brien, called “Own Town.”
Mr. O’Brien explains on the back of his prints… “My Town Art is art that makes you feel good. It is a celebration of the places we all love, summers and sand, icons and historic landmarks.”
Bring some sea back to your home, and come see all the Garden Gate Nursery has to offer. Margie will welcome any and all questions on how to make your home reflect the Resort Girl State of Mind….