Sunset Beach Trading Company took on it’s current name in 1991. Locally owned and operated by John and Tracy Hobgood, the couple moved to Brunswick County in 2005 and began working for the county after returning from Korea. They helped Tracy’s parents, Cliff and Lynn, operate the business until pursuing the venture full-time in 2009.
It’s said to be the best place on the island of Sunset Beach, North Carolina for authentic apparel and clothing, delicious ice cream, world famous fudge, and shaved-ice sno-balls. You’ll also find unique gifts like custom-made candles and jewelry, cookbooks, and novels lining the store’s shelves.
Most of their novels have a connection to the island and feature authors who frequent the area, like Charlotte resident Marybeth Whalen and Jacqueline DeGroot. Nicholas Sparks has been spotted in the area recently by locals and is rumored to be penning a new work that features Sunset Beach. Once that novel is released in October of this year, the couple plans to carry it in their store at the start of the 2019 season.
Tracy Hobgood said she and her husband, along with their staff, enjoy serving return customers year after year. This small beach community is known to be a haven for many families who own vacation properties, as well as other return visitors every summer season. Contrary to popular belief, the Hobgoods stay busy year-round, although their busiest time of year typically runs from March through October.
When vacationers leave the island the couple is stays occupied doing housecleaning and maintenance. In addition to making trips to stock up for the next season, the Hobgoods often mix business with pleasure, traveling with their children Nathan and Noelle.
Sunset Beach Trading Company’s website features an online store, and they do a great job at keeping customers informed through their social media outlets on Facebook and Instagram. They are located on the island at 423 Sunset Blvd S, and can be reached by phone at (910) 579-0194.