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Spotlight On Business: The Checkered Church Gift Shop

“Offering great gifts, wonderful décor, locally made art & so much more”

The Checkered Church can be found at 800 St. Joseph Street in Carolina Beach and can be reached by calling (910)458-0211. Can also log onto

By: Allen Denning
Staff Writer

The Checkered Church in Carolina Beach is one of Pleasure Island’s most popular shops offering its customers great gifts, wonderful décor, locally made art and so much more.  The Checkered Church is housed within a building which was constructed in 1950 and once served as a local Church for Pleasure Islanders and is itself a wonderful piece of the Island’s history. 
Now restored and preserved this amazing reminder of the previous citizens who inhabited the Island serves as a retail space that is loaded with great finds that you and everyone you know will love.  Pretty much anything of which you can think, related to the natural beauty of the local coastal area is covered in the Checkered Church.  Sea turtles, pelicans, seagulls, lighthouses, surfboards, starfish, sandcastles and shells no matter what your favorite thing is about the beach you will surely find something that speaks to your own personal obsession with the ocean and the sand. 
The Checkered Church specializes in bringing together a plethora of items that make the perfect presents for any occasion.  Within the collection housed inside the Checkered Church you will find everything you need to add the right amount of coastal ambience to any room or office.  Find the perfect pieces for a beach themed room or even to decorate the entire house or rental property.  Beach themed décor is also a great reminder of the coast for those living inland. 
In addition to décor the Checkered Church has many functional gifts that bring that “Beachy Attitude” to your kitchen and dinner table.  Decorate your kitchen and dinner table with coastal themed table mats, trays, coasters, salt and pepper shakers and more.  Get a new coffee cup to sip from on chilly mornings this winter and some of the popular tervis tumbler cups that keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold! The Checkered Church is the premier provider of local artwork and crafts from renowned area artisans. 
They are the Island’s exclusive provider of Danielson Signs.  These pieces are inspired by the beautiful coastal area and great for anyone who loves the beach.  “Hanging on your wall or sitting on your shelf, these sentiments will bring back memories of your time on Pleasure Island.  Choose from many expressions of "beachy" sentiments.  One is sure to capture the essence of time at the beach!  And remember, they are featured only at The Checkered Church Gift Shop.”  At the Checkered Church you will also find framed prints of area scenes by local artists.  They are also the exclusive provider of the popular “Pleasure Island Afghan” that was designed to “reflect the charm and local color of Pleasure Island” especially for the Checkered Church by Riddle and Cockrell.  “From the persistent pelicans and endangered sea turtles (for which our Island serves as a nesting ground) to the fishing fleet so much a part of our culture, to the fresh and salty and brackish water that surrounds us, it's all represented here in heavy, triple-weave cotton. 
To those of us who live on Pleasure Island, it is a celebration of all we love.  For visitor's, it's an opportunity to transport a bit of the Island into your home.”
The Checkered Church is located in Carolina Beach at 800 St. Joseph Street.  They are open throughout the winter months on Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. 
If you would like to find out more about the Checkered Church please give them a call at (910) 458-0211 and also visit their website at 
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