Time to Hit the Stores 

Moore County enjoys the best of both retail worlds. Big chain retailers — Bed, Bath and Beyond, Best Buy and Belk — offer a large selection and make shopping convenient.

For the major chain stores, stick to the U.S. 1/15-501 corridor between Southern Pines and Aberdeen. Big box stores like Staples and Lowe’s Home Improvement are there, along with restaurants like Outback Steakhouse, Pizza Hut, Chili’s and, most recently, Starbucks and Henry’s Gelato. 

If you want to stock up on antiques and home decor, head to the historic districts of Aberdeen and Cameron. In Carthage, find several furniture and antiques dealers near the center of town.

Heading north on U.S. 1, stop in Vass for a basket shop, a clothing boutique and more antique stores. In Robbins, check out longtime retailers John L. Frye Co. and Fred’s.

Browse more than 30 shops in downtown Southern Pines. Offerings include fine clothing, home accents, fine wines, art galleries, stationery, jewelry and accessories, and gifts for just about any occasion.

Satisfy your appetite at the town’s many ­independently owned ­restaurants, offering just about ­anything ­imaginable.

At Pinecrest Plaza, browse around Belk for the latest trends, or stop by Michael’s if you’re in a crafty mood. Smaller specialty stores, like Pier One, Bath and Body Works, and Claire’s, surround the anchor ­department stores in this mini-mall setting.

The picturesque village of Pinehurst is the place for high-end boutique shops and independent eateries. Golf pro shops, art galleries and other stores make this charming area a great place for a stroll. Follow N.C. 211 out toward West End, and stop by Olmsted Village, which ­continues to add stores and eateries to its lovely village setting.