Creative Additions: Nancy Rudd

By Leslie Moore

Creative Additions: Nancy Rudd

Nancy Rudd, The Accessory Cottage

Please share a few great things about your hometown. What do you love about living here?

My husband, Jim, and I were both raised in Lakewood, Ohio, not far from Cleveland. It’s right on Lake Erie, and there were always lots of activities for kids. We walked to school, and families knew each other – it was the perfect small town, plus we were close to a big city. I grew up in a wonderful place.

Jim and I moved around a lot with his work and were living in St. Louis when we moved here a year ago. Jim’s career was in corporate retail, and he has always dreamed of having his own shop when we retired. We had come to Pawleys Island on vacation while we were living in Atlanta and fell in love with the area. It’s such a laid back community filled with natural beauty. You can find me at the south end of Pawleys Island walking my dog whenever I can – one of my favorite places.

Tell us a little about your home. What’s your favorite room?

We live in a townhouse right on the golf course in Pawleys Plantation. It is so peaceful there. I love sitting on the screened porch in the morning with our dog, Sadie, drinking my coffee and listening to the birds. 

What would your dream home look like? Where would it be?

Any of the ocean front homes in Pawleys Island would do! I would enjoy waking up to the sunrise and having plenty of room for family and friends to visit. We are very family-oriented and spending time with our two children is always a top priority. Our daughter lives in Atlanta, and our son is in San Francisco, so getting everyone together is a rare treat.

Where did you get married? Did you go on a honeymoon?

Jim and have been married for 42 years! Our wedding was held in Lakewood, in the same church my parents were married in – it was very special. We went to Bermuda for our honeymoon.

My other favorite trip was for my recent milestone birthday. We went to Las Vegas, and both children met us there. Jim planned it all, and I was so surprised!

What’s new and exciting at Accessory Cottage?

Our store just opened in March, and it has been a wonderful experience. Jim has the retail background, and I handle the creative side of the business. The Hammock Shops are so unique and special – we were thrilled to get a spot here. Customers come in and tell us how much they enjoy the Hammock Shops and how they’ve been coming here for years.

We specialize in unique, affordable fashion accessories and local art, and have had a very positive response from our customers. Our new fall scarves are in, along with lots of fun, handmade items we’ve gotten from local artists. Our recycled sweater scarves are so different and absolutely gorgeous. We also have many items that will make perfect holiday gifts for everyone on your list, like Pawleys Island necklaces, cute handbags and more.

The Accessory Cottage is located in the Hammock Shops in Pawleys Island. For more information, call Nancy or Jim at 843-235-3055 or visit

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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