Sasee Takes a Look: Conway
By Leslie Moore
The city of Conway is one of the oldest in our state and is the county seat of Horry County. Founded in 1732 as the village of Kingston, today this small town, set along the banks of the Waccamaw River, 15 miles west of Myrtle Beach, is a picture perfect, small southern town – and Sasee loves the great shopping!
Main Street and the surrounding areas are where you want to begin your visit. Beautiful trees line the picturesque streets and the shopping, well, like we said…it is fabulous! A city in love with art, there are galleries all along the streets you’ll want to visit. Conway Glass, on 12th Avenue, has beautiful hand-blown glass items, and you can even take classes in glass blowing!
Grady’s Jewelers, at 317 Laurel Street, is one of the oldest jewelry stores in the area and is still owned and operated by the same family. Dawn Richardson, who is now operating her parent’s business, talked to Sasee about her love of Conway. “I love small towns – you know who the merchants are and the service is always personal. I like that warm feeling of walking into a shop and the people known my name.”
While you’re in Conway, be sure to take a stroll on the Riverwalk. This scenic walk connects the Waccamaw River with the historic downtown business district. The trail begins under the Main Street Bridge and ends at the beautiful riverfront park and marina complex. Enjoy a stroll by historic buildings and the Conway Arboretum; stop by a riverside gazebo for a quiet place to enjoy the view.
If you enjoy local theatre, Theatre of the Republic is known to be the best in the area. The vintage theatre on Main Street is enough to draw you in – the restored sign is spectacular.
And food? Conway has so many delicious choices!
When you visit Crady’s Eclectic Cuisine, save room for dessert! The chef has won regional and national awards for her homemade delights! Featured in Southern Living and SC Magazine, this small town bistro is a fun place to visit and a delicious place to eat.
At The Trestle Bakery and Café, French toast made with sourdough bread, a breakfast croissant featuring eggs, cheese and ham or bacon are just a few of the delicious menu items. Plus, they have really good coffee.
Rivertown Bistro is rated the top eatery in Conway by Trip Advisor, Diners can choose from the upstairs deck overlooking the historic district, book a private dining room or enjoy the elegant, two-tiered main dining room. Their crab cakes are some of the best in the area.
Jo Hibachi is one of Conway’s hidden gems – locals rave about the Japanese food and fresh, delicious sushi. Located on Elm Street, Jo Hibachi is open for lunch and dinner on weekdays and dinner on Saturdays.
The holidays are a beautiful time of year, and Conway is no exception. Main Street is beautifully decorated, and shops are filled with everything you need for your celebration. The first three Thursdays in December are filled with holiday fun and good cheer during the Rivertown Christmas Celebration. All three nights will feature the Holiday Market and Candlelight Shopping. Enjoy some live holiday music and even carriage rides at this annual December celebration!
New for 2016, the Conway Celebration of Lights is a mile long drive with spectacular displays of lights. Open daily at 5:30 pm through the end of the year, the display begins at the entrance of the old Grainger Steam Plant at 3rd Avenue. Along the route will be merry making activities and live music!
With delicious food, great shopping and holiday entertainment, Sasee is excited to make Conway a part of her merry making this year! Hope to see you there!
About this writer
- 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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