The Isle of Palms Marina store has been serving the Isle of Palms and surrounding communities since the 1980s. This beloved staple of island life on IOP has recently undergone a complete renovation, retaining the heart of its charm while incorporating a fresh, functional design and even a rebranding of its name — The Outpost Marina Market.
“The marina store was long overdue for a renovation,” said Michael Shuler, marina operator. “After 40 years of salt air and heavy foot traffic, it was time.”
Shuler grew up in Mount Pleasant and spent much of his formative years at the IOP Marina. “As a local, the (marina store) and the IOP Marina have always been a special place for me,” shared Shuler. “I am proud to be a good steward of a place that means so much to me.”
The Outpost offers freshly prepared deli foods, along with boating essentials and souvenirs. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on July 25 in celebration of the newly renovated store. “The newly renovated space is fresh, clean, open and inviting,” Shuler described, “but remains very traditional in feel and design.”
Inside The Outpost, customers can expect to find great local products, delicious food from the kitchen and a breathtaking view. “We are very proud to support local brands,” Shuler said. “So folks will see all kinds of exciting new local merchandise, from Cordina Eyewear to Free Fly, and many more. The kitchen at The Outpost is also putting out incredible food to enjoy on our beautifully renovated waterfront deck.
Parking has been dramatically improved in the process, with abundant spaces available and a boat launch for IOP residents. Daily parking in the lot is free for IOP residents with decals. Pay-to-park spaces are also available for non-residents, in addition to free 30-minute parking for a quick run into the store to grab the essentials.
While the marina store may look different on the outside, the people inside offer the same Southern hospitality that have made it so important to the community over the years. “Miss Mary and Chef Mark, most notably, have been fixtures at the marina store for many years, and we are very thankful that they remain with us today, and hopefully for many more years to come,” expressed Shuler.
“The reopening of the IOP Marina store is a thoughtful improvement to a very important fixture of the Isle of Palms community that will serve its residents and visitors for many more years to come,” said Shuler. “We hope the marina can continue to be a community gathering place and a hub for the community, young and old, for many years to come.”
The Outpost, located at 50 41st Ave., is open Monday through Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The kitchen closes at 3 p.m.
By Heather Rose Artushin