March 07, 2012
4853 N. Hwy. 17 (Awendaw)
This classic general store (with ethanol-free fuel) out past Mt. Pleasant is stocked to the rafters with cool stuff. In the front, they have everything from casting nets to fishing hats, sunglasses, and fresh bait. In the back, they have grocery shelves and coolers filled with anything you might need for a fishing trip (Oreos, Doritos, Cokes, and the like) or a weekend at your fancy DeBordieu beach house (sausage, eggs, Callie's Biscuits). In the freezers, you'll find Bertolini pastas, Caw Caw Creek pork, and any number of other locally grown and made treasures. We like to browse the jellies, pickles, and preserves, usually picking a couple of choice ones to go with our biscuits. —Stephanie Barna
When driving up Highway 17, you can't miss the tall, barn-like Sewee Outpost in Awendaw. The massive general store and gas station serves as a major stop for outdoor enthusiasts, tourists, hunters, fishermen, and locals. It's adjacent to Awendaw Green's weekly Barn Jams and the annual Music and Oysters for Wildlife Benefit (both held in its backyard). It's convenient to the Francis Marion National Forest, Bulls Bay, and the Cape Romain Wildlife Refuge as well. The Sewee Outpost serves as one of the main meeting places in the Awendaw community — and it's truly one of the coolest country stores in the tri-county area. Where else can a shopper load up on classic soft drinks, weird candy bars, fresh coffee, frozen quiche, chicken biscuits, camouflage jackets, Carhartt shirts, cold beer, locally made hot sauces and jams, cookbooks and guide books by local authors, and live minnows and crickets in one stop?