How To Find That Really Unique Gift This Year (Part 2)

Are you still trying to find those specials gifts that show you’ve been thinking outside the box this year?

We’ve put on our thinking caps and come up with a few more suggestions.

How satisfying would it be to give a gift that’s loads of fun and puts a big smile on a child’s face? If they love toy trucks and cars, introduce them to RIDEMAKERZ at Broadway at the Beach where they can select and customize their own models. Their love affair with off-the-shelf models will fade as they fall in love with the many choices and options available. As your child customizes a car or truck, you’ll witness the blossoming of creativity, confidence, and self-expression. What better gifts could you give?

If you have friends who love the 70s, 80s and 90s, there’s only one place to go.  For unique pop culture gifts that will delight them, head over to Retro Active. If you have a friend who has seen Caddyshack twenty times or quotes regularly from episodes of Saved By The Bell, there’s no better place to find that special holiday gift. From novelty items to tee shirts, even your quirkiest friends will cherish a gift they unwrap from Retro Active.

Still searching for something more than a rubber bone or catnip mouse for your four-legged companions this holiday season? Are you overwhelmed by the variety of choices at the mega-pet stores, but underwhelmed as you search for something unique? You may have better luck at a small shop like Reigning Cats & Dogs at Broadway at the Beach. This is where animal lovers can find the perfect gift for their own Lassie or Grumpy Cat. Check it out and enjoy the fun of discovering a store that stocks products like Tuffy the World’s Toughest Dog Toy, the “Fling ama String” cat toy, and Quaker City fresh catnip products.

This year, go for the unexpected and wrap up the unique.


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How To Find That Really Unique Gift This Year (Part 1)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And one of the most challenging.

At no other time of the year do we have to find so many gifts at one time for so many people. Family, friends, children, adults. What’s a shopper to do?

All the usual gifts come to mind — perfume, ties, jewelry — and any is likely to please. But this year, why not also add something unexpected, a little something that’s unique, that shows you’ve been thinking out of the box.

You may just start a whole new tradition as family and friends marvel at the thought and creativity you’ve devoted to your gift-purchasing pursuits. Remember it’s the big thought that counts!

Take the tumbler as an example. It may seem like an ordinary piece of drink ware, but it can deliver years of simple pleasures. On cold mornings, the person you’ve gifted will think of you when sipping a cup of hot joe on the way to work. When summer comes, your unique gift will be keeping iced tea cold while other gifts are stashed away in a closet.

If a tumbler seems like a good choice, here’s the big thing to remember: Don’t skimp on quality. Invest in a tumbler that comes with a lifetime guarantee. For example, Tervis tumblers sold at Broadway at the Beach’s Tervis store, are safe for the microwave and keep beverages colder and hotter longer with minimal condensation. A Tervis Tumbler can be customized to your specifications: decorate it with a sentimental photo, express a heartfelt sentiment, or add a whimsical saying that brings the extra gift of humor.

Do you have folks on your list who love the frivolous, appreciate the over-indulgent, and are not afraid of conspicuous consumption? Oversized tootsie rolls, giant boxes of dots, or enormous peanut butter cups may be the perfect gift for them. Such delights can be found at It’Sugar at Broadway at the Beach where just stepping in the door brings out the kid in you.

Know a little girl or little boy looking for that first cuddly companion? At Build-A-Bear Workshop at Broadway, they specialize in delivering happiness. How unexpected would a customized stuffed animal be under the Christmas tree? From teddy bears, to ninja turtles, to reindeer, you can dress them up and then all you need to do is follow your heart to create the perfect companion for that special someone in your life.

There’s nothing like a gift that gets the recipient out of the house and into an exotic world of fun. This Christmas, you can deliver all that with an annual pass to someone’s favorite venue.

For example, Ripley’s Aquarium at Broadway at the Beach delivers a year full of  fun to those who have an annual pass. This is a gift that literally keeps on giving new experiences for 12 full months. An annual pass holder can visit the sharks, and stingrays, and experience new exhibits as many times as desired. Additional pass benefits include discounts at other Ripley’s attractions in Myrtle Beach and Gatlinburg (Tenn.), as well as discounts in the aquarium’s restaurant and the gift shop.

This year, add a little of the unexpected to the holiday season. Think outside the box and wrap up something unique.


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One Meal Your Kids Won’t Want To Skip: Breakfast With Santa

Is getting your kid to actually eat a meal one of your greatest challenges? There’s a solution — and a meal that your children will be clamoring to go to.

It’s Breakfast with Santa — one of the highlights of the entire year of KIDdom.

This year, the man in the red suit plans to chow down with the little ones at two locations at BATB.

Mark your calendar.

Santa arrives at Ripley’s Aquarium on Saturday, December 6 for breakfast seatings at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. In the outside plaza, he’ll pass by a 20 foot tree decorated entirely in red, white and blue. Inside the aquarium, kids will be able to help themselves to a sumptuous buffet among the sharks, stingrays, mermaids and other marine life. There’s something for everyone: scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage links, Belgian waffles, buttermilk biscuits, fruit salad, orange and apple juices, and coffee. Annual aquarium pass holders and kids 2 to 5 get admission to the aquarium and breakfast for just $4.99 plus tax, while those 6 to 11 pay $9.99 plus tax, and adults are $14.99 plus tax. Reservations are required, so call 916-0888.

After breakfast, check out Ripley’s annual Festival of Trees, a display of more than 50 decorated trees placed throughout the aquarium. Each tree represents a different state and is decorated with unique ornaments.  The dazzling line-up of state trees includes our own South Carolina tree, which is 18 feet tall and features magnolias, golf balls, sea shell wreaths and stars, as well as ornaments  representing the SC Gamecocks and Clemson Tigers.

At 11 a.m. that day, there’s a Ripley’s-sponsored holiday parade, so plan on being there for that as well!

Rock Around the Christmas Tree with Santa when Hard Rock Cafe hosts its annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 6, Saturday, December 13 and Saturday December 20. This event is a hot ticket every year. There is one seating at 9 a.m. on December 6, and two seatings on the 13th and 20th. If you’re an early riser, make reservations for the 8 a.m. event, or sleep in and come at 10 a.m.

For $9.95, kids of all ages can graze their way through a full breakfast buffet that includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, french toast sticks, grits, biscuits with gravy, hash brown potatoes, danish, juice and coffee. Once tummies are full,  each child can get one photo with Santa, and then enjoy a free activities room on December 13 and 20 with cup cake decorating (compliments of Coccadotts) or race cars (compliments of RIDEMAKERZ, Sparkles and Wonderworks). To make reservations, call 946-0007.

On  December 6, 13 and 20, Santa Claus is coming to town!


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Things To Do In Myrtle Beach On Thanksgiving Weekend

Thanksgiving weekend is one of the best times of the year to enjoy Myrtle Beach. With our warm sun and uncrowded beaches, you can stroll along the sand undisturbed or stake out your own special fishing spot.

It’s especially easy to get in the holiday spirit at Broadway at the Beach. Take in a Christmas show at Legends In Concert or The Palace Theatre, or stop and see our 52- foot-tall Christmas tree decorated with 141,000 lights.

On Turkey Day, why slave over a hot stove? There are plenty of great places in Myrtle Beach to find a delicious meal on Thanksgiving Day. For example, several Broadway at the Beach restaurants will be serving up everything from traditional Thanksgiving fare to great steaks, awesome burgers and scrumptious seafood. After you feast at restaurants like Hard Rock Cafe, Landry’s Seafood or Good Time Charley’s, there’s no clean up. So, you’ll have plenty of time to stroll among the shops, play at attractions, and even enjoy some nightlife.

When the sun comes up on Black Friday, you can just roll over and catch a few more hours sleep. Skip the craziness at the mall and enjoy holiday bargain shopping that’s a breeze. After a leisurely mid-morning breakfast, head over to Broadway at the Beach and enjoy a stroll around the lake. There’s sunshine, fresh air and unique gifts at bargain prices. Shops including Tervis, A Silver Shack and Fresh Produce are offering 25% off. Bijuju, MA Fashion and Sports Fanatics are among those offering 40 to 50% off. And a few shops — like Sunglass Hut and Rack Room Shoes — are taking off as much as 60%.

This Thanksgiving weekend you don’t have to resign yourself to joining frenzied shoppers on an exhausting pilgrimage for holiday bargains. Come enjoy the beach, a show, and the Christmas lights.

If you know where to look you can find gifts that are unique, beautiful and unexpected at prices worth celebrating.


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Myrtle Beach Holiday Season Launches November 22 With Christmas Tree Lighting, Entertainment And Fireworks

A Christmas tree that’s 52 feet tall, decorated with 141,000 lights. Singing, dancing, fireworks and holiday spirit that fills the air!

It’s an event anticipated all year long — Broadway at the Beach’s  annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony and Christmas Special. Now in its 20th year, it’s known throughout the Grand Strand as Myrtle Beach’s biggest and best Christmas extravaganza.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 22. The festivities will take place in Broadway Commons, near Guest Services, in front of Pavilion Park Central, beginning at 6 p.m.

Popular WPDE meteorologist Ed Piotrowski will serve as host for an evening of free entertainment sponsored by the Palace Theatre. Professional performers from the Palace Theatre and Legends In Concert will headline, while students from the Carolina Forest Performing Arts Academy and Socastee High School bring their own special kind of magic to the stage. You won’t want to miss the amazing Carolina Freestyle Cloggers, and there will even be an appearance by a special  visitor from the North Pole.

After the entertainment, the amazing Broadway Christmas tree will be lit, then the skies will sparkle with fireworks over Lake Broadway at 8 p.m.

Join us at our 20th annual Christmas Special and get your holiday season off to an exciting and fun-filled start!


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Make Your Holidays Special. Celebrate With The Jersey Nights And The Rat Pack

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Our thoughts are turning to mistletoe, holly, baking cookies and buying gifts. Why not get in the holiday spirit this year with a live Christmas show. Myrtle Beach theaters are known for putting on wonderful Christmas variety shows and this year is no exception.

Two theaters at Broadway at the Beach have developed tribute shows that will transport you to simpler times when holidays weren’t filled with online shopping and party invitations weren’t conveyed through texts.

Wouldn’t it be fun to step back in time to the early 1960s when Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. led a band of rowdy, charming and talented rogues known as “The Rat Pack?” They seemed to be everywhere — on stage, TV and in movies. And most Americans couldn’t get enough of them.

Legends In Concert has assembled a stellar group of tribute artists to present the first musical Christmas tribute to The Rat Pack ever to appear on stage. Christmas With the Rat Pack (with special guest Marilyn Monroe) takes the audience back to those “ring-a-ding-ding” times when the actors and singers in the pack were the coolest, man. Get in the spirit of the season with holiday classics such as The Christmas Song and Boogie Woogie Santa Claus. Rat Pack standards are also on the playlist, and audiences can get in on the act with sing-a-longs, ad libs, cut ups, and quips. And, you won’t want to miss a special appearance by a Rat Pack mascot, Marilyn Monroe.

The show runs through December 20, takes a break from December 22 through December 25, then runs from December 26 through December 31 with a special New Year’s Eve version of the show on the 31.

While audiences are swooning to smooth and classy classics at Legends In Concert, The Palace Theatre will be rocking out with the Jersey Nights Christmas Special. Jersey Nights features the hit songs of the Four Seasons, taking everyone on a nostalgic tour of rock’n'roll during a decade of big changes in popular music.

This Christmas spectacular melds rock classics like “Sherry” and “Walk Like A Man”  together with holiday classics like “Jingle Bells” and “White Christmas.”  Sensational dance numbers, first class musical arrangements, perfect harmonies, and authentic costumes combine with decorations and falling snow to put you in a holiday mood.

The Jersey Nights Christmas Special runs through December 20.

There’s no better way to launch your holiday season that by taking in a musical show!


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Searching For Myrtle Beach’s Best Nachos On National Nachos Day

Do you love nachos? This versatile food is one of the most popular in Myrtle Beach — and  throughout the entire U.S.

For nacho purists, there’s no better way to experience this comfort food than to snack on tasty corn tortilla sections topped with jalapeño peppers that are cradled in a blanket of melted cheese. After all, that’s the way nachos first emerged some 70 years ago from a Mexican restaurant kitchen just over the Texas border.

Over the years, it’s become popular to pile nachos high with favorite foods, transforming the snack food into a full meal. Toppings like ground beef, lettuce and guacamole are popular just about everywhere, while chefs in some sections of the country have put  regional foods atop the chips. From crispy bacon to tater tots, pulled pork to pineapple, alligator chili to duck confit, and lime-infused crème fraiche to brie sauce, regional versions of nachos have become a staple at restaurants ranging from brew pubs to those serving upscale Continental cuisine.

At Broadway at the Beach, nacho dishes are served at almost every eatery. While many of our visitors enjoy traditional nachos featuring basics like queso and jalapeños, others seek out bolder versions like Volcano Nachos (at Margaritaville) and the Mayan Pyramid (at Carlos’n Charlie’s).

National Nachos Day is Thursday, November 6 this year. What kind of nachos will you be diving into?


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Runner Or Not, You Won’t Want To Miss This Colorful Event

The “Happiest 5k on the Planet”  will be held November 1 at Broadway at the Beach. The Color Run™ is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. Runners and spectators are armed with 100% colored cornstarch that’s enthusiastically showered upon runners at several points during the event. Most participants start out dressed in white and hope to finish the 5k with all the colors of the rainbow decorating their bodies.

Unlike other 5ks, no one keeps time during The Color Run, so if you’re looking for a place to reach your personal best, you’ll have to bring your own stopwatch.

Registered participants receive a custom “The Color Run” race shirt and over-the-shoulder bag, tattoo, bag of color, race bib, Color Runner finisher sweat band, and sponsor goodies.

Since 2011, The Color Run has been circling the globe, bringing colorful fun and fitness to cityscapes.  In 2013, there were 170 events in 30-plus countries.

But there’s only one Color Run in Myrtle Beach, and it’s this Saturday  at 8:00 a.m. at Broadway at the Beach. Come join the fun!

Check out the sign-up information and more.


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Love Halloween? Broadway Is Halloween Central!

Looking forward to Halloween? Do you enjoy coming up with a bewitching costume each year and seeing if you can top your friends? Or do you just like  the fun of seeing others reveling in the hocus pocus of make-believe garb?

If so, you won’t want to miss the spooktacular festivities at Broadway at the Beach.

We’ll be lighting up the skies with bewitching Fireworks Extravaganzas on both October 25 and October 31 at 8pm. But those magical displays are just part of our enchanting celebration!

Make a reservation soon if you want to take your littlest masqueraders to the coolest kid’s Halloween party in Myrtle Beach. On October 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hard Rock Cafe is hosting the “Meet The ROXTARS Costume Parade & Party” for kids 10 and younger — and parents can also get in on the fun. The kiddie parade starts sharply at 11 a.m., and winners will be chosen for Scariest Costume, Funniest Costume, Prettiest Costume and Overall Best Costume. Each winning child will receive a prize package valued at $100. Parents who come as sharp-dressed men or rock divas can compete for an additional prize in the Best Parent/Child Rock Star Duo category. Free stuff includes ROXTAR activity books and up to 2 kid’s meals free with the purchase of an adult entree. Best of all, your little rock stars will get to hang with the coolest crew around — the Hard Rock ROXTARS.

If junior needs a nap, it will have to be between 1 and 3 p.m. because you won’t want to vanish before heading to the Ripley’s Aquarium Boo-quarium Bash. From 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., families will be dressing to impress and enjoying trick or treating, pumpkin decorating, scarecrow building, crafts, a scavenger hunt and more. Don’t miss special guests “Live Birds of Prey from Cape Fear Raptor Center,” or the parade and costume contest. It’s all beguilingly free with regular aquarium admission.

When the sun sets that night, disguised adults will be spiriting their way to the largest costume contest in South Carolina. It’s the annual Nightmare in the Square Costume Contest & Party in Celebrity Square starting at 8 p.m. There will be hauntingly live music from DJ Barry and a wicked costume contest later in the night. Cash prizes range from $500 to $2,000, and everyone in costume gets free admission to Revolutions, Crocodile Rocks, Malibu’s Surf Bar, Rodeo Bar, Club Boca, Froggy Bottomz & Broadway Louie’s.

Fast forward to October 30 at 8 p.m., and head to Malibu’s Surf Bar Costume Contest. Admission is free if you’re in costume and  there will be a monstrous  $1,500 in cash and prizes. Sign up in advance in person or by phone at 843-444-3500 by October 24th.

On Halloween night (October 31) from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Broadway will belong to little ghosts and goblins when we hold our annual Halloween Trick Or Treat. Our fun and safe location is the perfect environment for little mermaids, Ninja Turtles and superheroes to cruise for goodies. Participating merchants are looking forward to hosting and will have little surprises for all those in costume.

Rounding out the Halloween festivities, costumed adults can wrap up their week at Wet Willie’s where the Wicked Willie’s Halloween Bash will be held October 31st. There’s a fangtastic costume contest from 10 p.m. to midnight with a $250 cash prize, plus 2nd place receives a $50 gift card and 3rd place a $25 gift card. Special drink prices and the “Candy Apple Willie’s Brew” Halloween daiquiris are sure to keep this  party going.

Come join the spell-binding, boonanza of fun. There’s something for everyone at Broadway at the Beach this Halloween!


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Celebrate National Pasta Day With This Tasty Recipe

One quarter of all the pasta consumed around the world is eaten by Americans. We’re passionate about pasta, enjoying more than 6 billion pounds of the versatile dough every year. In fact, the United States is the biggest consumer of pasta in the world.

Spaghetti is just one of more than 600 types of pasta— each named for its shape. Whether your passion is for Conchiglie (shells), Capellini (fine hairs), Rigatoni (fluted tubes), Tortellini (little cakes), or just regular spaghetti (cords), you’ll get a chance to celebrate its versatility on October 17, National Pasta Day.

Capriz at Broadway at the Beach is a restaurant built on the broad shoulders of this favored food. In honor of the day, chef Corey Schoenig of Capriz has agreed to share his “from scratch” recipe for an arugula pesto dish.

Buon Appetito!

Capriz House-Made Pasta Recipe

1 2/3 cups durum flour
2 tablespoons semolina
2 medium or large eggs
1 tablespoon olive oil
A pinch of sea salt

Make the basic pasta dough:
1. Sift the flour onto a clean work surface and make a well in the center with your fist.
2. Break the eggs into the well and add the oil and a pinch of salt to the well.
3. Gradually mix the egg mixture into the flour using the fingers of one hand, bringing the ingredients together into a firm dough. If the dough feels too dry, add a few drops of water; if it’s too wet, add a little more flour
4. Knead the pasta until smooth, 2 to 5 minutes. Rub with light oil and pop the dough into a plastic food bag. Allow it to rest at room temperature.
Then form desired pasta
Cook in boiling water to desired tenderness

Capriz Arugula Pesto Recipe

2 lbs basil shocked and cooled (ring out well) stems discarded
2 cups arugula
1.5 qts blended oil
salt and pepper
½ cup parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp chopped garlic

Method: Add rough chopped basil and arugula to robo wand (hand emersion blender), salt and pepper. While on, add a small amount of oil to form a paste and mince basil well. Start to drizzle in rest of oil. Add the pesto sauce to your desired pasta, garnish with fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil, fresh diced Roma tomatoes, and some grated parmesan.


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