Category Archives: Featured Businesses

Noel Taylor Agency Financial Services

1019 Hwy 17S #104
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
(803) 772-4900

1320 Main St., Suite 315
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 414-7291


Noel Taylor Agency Financial Services creates customized retirement plans with exceptional service and unmatched experience. With locations in South Carolina and Florida, NTA has been creating personalized, unique financial plans for their clients for over 45 years.  

Whether it’s income planning, wealth management, or tax strategies, NTA provides an easy-to-follow approach and works tirelessly to create lasting relationships. They’re not just wealth management specialists, they’re advocates for their clients, ensuring their goals are understood and most importantly, that their goals are met.

Visit their website to learn more and to register for live seminars at:

Noel Taylor Agency Financial Services is a Carolina Bulletin Top Pick business!

Valentine's Day Activities

Top 3 Valentine’s Day Activities in the Grand Strand

Article written by Dy’Mond Franklin

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and you do not have plans yet? Check out these three activities! There is something for the entire family, married couples, and the young ladies and their fathers. All of these places have a safe and strict protocol to keep you and your loved ones safe on this extra special day.

“Romance in the Gardens” at Brookgreen Gardens

Address: 1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

When: Sunday, February 14, 2021 1 pm and 4 pm

Cost: Members: $40

Non-Members: $50

Celebrate Romance in the Gardens by renewing your wedding vows on Valentine’s Day! Each bride will receive a miniature bouquet of flowers and each groom will receive a boutonniere. The ceremony will be held at the boat landing at Brookgreen Creek, followed by a reception at the Leonard Pavilion. A “socially distanced” Southern Cake reception will take place after the ceremony and champagne will be served along with each couple receiving an individual box of goodies. Each couple will receive a personalized certificate and professional photograph of this amazing event.

There will be two ceremonies limited to 20 couples each. The first ceremony will begin at 1:00 p.m., and the second ceremony will begin at 4:00 p.m.

“Valentine’s Dinner” at The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro

Address: 4269 State Rd S-26-852, Little River, SC 29566

When: February 13-14, 2021 4 pm-9 pm

Cost: Four Course “Prix Fixe” Menu $65

Chef’s Wine Selection $25

To reserve a spot, call 843-249-2601

Impress your date suppress your hunger by stopping at The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro this Valentine’s Day! The Brentwood Wine Bistro is a French restaurant that offers a unique, fine-dining experience in the heart of Little River. All dinners are available for dine in or carry out. Seating will be limited so, call 843-249-2601 to reserve your spot!

** Please note, tables are 8 feet apart and proper sanitization steps are taken between all seatings. The Brentwood staff keeps a daily staff temperature log  & their staff is trained to strictly follow all safety protocols. 

“Splash of Love” at Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach

Address: 1110 Celebrity Cir, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

When: Sunday, February 14, 2021 5 pm-8 pm

Enjoy an elegant four-course meal for two at Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach’s Annual Splash of Love Valentine’s Day Dinner!

**Please note, masks are required for your safety and ours. The Ripley’s Aquarium team is taking many strides to keep you safe, from strict sanitization routines to reduced contact

Activities to Enjoy This Fall in the Grand Strand

Category : Blog , Featured Businesses , To Do

Article written by Tanasia Brigman

Fall is in full affect. The temperature outside is slowly dropping, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. There are many activities you can enjoy along the Grand Strand this fall, for Halloween activities to Thanksgiving gatherings. There is always something to do to enjoy every season. Here are some events happening this Fall at some of your favorite places.

Halloween Costume Party at OD Arcade & Lounge

Address: 100 S Ocean Blvd, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Date: October 31st

Time: 7pm-11pm

Costume Contest (must be 21+):

1st Place- $500

2nd Place- $300

3rd Place- $200

$25 Gift Card for Scariest, Sexiest, Best Couple and Best Group

OD Arcade & Lounge is having a costume party with MAD Karaoke featuring a Costume Contest (participants must be 21+) with cash prizes. Food and drink specials all night. OD Arcade & Lounge is a restaurant, arcade, and bar all in one! They have live bands, karaoke shag dance events, the latest in state of the art games, billiards, our awesome dance floor, DJ lineup & more.

Ghost Tour and Dinner at The Brentwood Restaurant Wine & Bistro

Address: 4269 Luck Ave, Little River, SC 29566

Number: (843)-249-2601

Date: October 29th-31st  (7pm-9:30 pm)

November 17th & 20th (7pm- 9:30 pm)

Cost: 3-Course Dinner & Ghost Tour- $50

(Reservation Required)

One of the Top 10 Most Haunted Restaurants in the U.S. ( The Brentwood Restaurant has an interesting history. They have pieced together much information about the house an it former tenants. Some say there are two ghost, or more. The storytellers will guide you through the house, its history and its sightings. The tour also includes and three course dinner starting with the Maison Brentwood Salad with your choice of beef short ribs, salmon bearnaise, Chicken Brentwood, and shrimp chardonnay for your choice in entrée. Chocolate fondant or key lime pie for dessert. Dinner starts at 7 and the tour comes after, the tour is 45 minutes long.

Thanksgiving Dinner at the Brentwood Restaurant Wine and Bistro

Address: 4269 Luck Ave, Little River, SC 29566

Date & Time: November 26th 11am-8pm (accepting reservations)

Cost: Adults-$31.95

Children 10 and up- $12.95

Children 3 and under-Free

Thanksgiving dinner at The Brentwood is served family style. The meal include Brentwood Salad, oven roasted turkey, hickory smoked ham, southern cornbread stuffing, homemade mash potatoes, maple glazed sweet potatoes, seasonal sautéed vegetables, cranberry sauce, and apple tart or pumpkin pie. The whole family can enjoy this meal there or at home if you pre order family take out by Monday, November 23rd.

Brookgreen Gardens Children Imagination Walk

Address: 1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Date & Time: October 31st 10am-4pm

Children of all ages are welcome to take an “Imagination Walk” through the gardens. Children may wear their favorite costume and trick or treat along the way, treats are individually packaged and offered throughout the walk. They may also pick up a scavenger hunt map this is free with garden admission.

Autumn Nights in the Field Lights at Brookgreen Gardens

When: Every Friday and Saturday during October

7pm- 9:30 pm

Cost: $45 (members) $50 (non-members)

VIP Package- $200

In order to get a count for the meals, ticket sales for each weekend will cut off on Friday at noon.

This beautiful fall evening begins with a dinner a served buffet of She Crab or Vegetable Soup, Steamed Oysters, Frogmore Stew, Green Beans, Cole Slaw, Rolls, and Iced Tea. A Fettuccine Vegetable Primavera is included on the buffet as a vegetarian option. A cash wine and beer bar will be available Then wander through Bruce Munro’s exquisite Field of Light. Your ticket includes admission and your meal. The VIP package includes 2 admission tickets, Lowcountry Supper Buffet with reserved seating in the Leonard Pavilion, 2 glasses of wine, Premier parking, and Bruce Munro’s book, Light book which features photos from the Brookgreen exhibit, photos from his exhibits around the world, and the artist’s inspiration for his work.

SCDHEC and CDC guidelines will be followed and they highly recommend guest to wear a mask.

Brew at the Zoo

When: November 7th  5:30pm-8:30pm

Cost: Members : $40

Non-members: $45

$20 for guests designated as drivers.

Ages 21+

Brew at the Zoo is a fall favorite. This year the event will be held in Bruce Munro’s expansive work of art, The Field of Light. There will be a live performance by The Paul Grimshaw Band. Three food trucks will be on site for guests to choose from. Rain date is November 8. All your purchases make a difference and help support Brookgreen Gardens a 501(c)(3) non-profit. CDC guidelines will still be followed for the safety of guest and staff. Masks are highly recommended.

Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens

When: November 27th-December 31st


Cost: Adults-$ 25 Children- $12 (Members)

Adults-$25 Children-$15 (Non-members)

More than 2,700 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights. Walk through the garden pathways with a warm cup of cider, cocoa, or wine. Listen to the sounds of holiday music, carolers singing with your friends and family.

They have added 12 additional nights to this annual event for safety, social distancing, and crowd control. They will have half the amount of tickets available each night compared to previous years.

Beaks and Brushes at Ripley’s Aquarium at Myrtle Beach 

Where: 1110 Celebrity Cir, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

When: November 7th, 21st, and December 12th


Cost: $45

A unique painting class at Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach. Led by a painting instructor, everything is provided to create your very own work of art. Relax and enjoy a glass of wine as you create your own marine-themed painting. Your ticket includes Admission to the Aquarium, One free drink ticket, Appetizers, and Art supplies. This event takes place in the Penguin Playhouse viewing area. Penguins will not be present.

Backstage Pass display case

Backstage Pass

Backstage Pass

1301 Celebrity Circle Unit 130A
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577


Hours: Mon-Sun: 10am-9pm



Backstage Pass is the sister store to Retro Active and is your go to for all things music, from the late 90’s thru today! If you love 90’s, 00’s & beyond music you’ll love Backstage Pass!

They are all about the music so walking into Backstage Pass takes you back in time and allows you to buy things from the 90s you never thought you would be able to! The store is fun, interesting, diverse and affordable.

Backstage pass carries a vast variety of items such as CDs, Funko Pop figurines, handmade jewelry, t-shirts, posters and many more. It’s hard to find something you wouldn’t like in this store!

Top Pick Badge

Backstage Pass is a Carolina Bulletin Top Pick business!

Directions to Retro Active

Located next to Build a Bear in Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach!

Mr. Fry & New York Pizzeria

224 7th Avenue South
Myrtle Beach
South Carolina, 29577
Find them on the corner of 7th Ave and Yaupon Drive!

Call Today! (843) 945-5041

And Follow them at:

Website: Coming Soon

Mr. Fry & New York Pizzeria combines fresh and authentic southern cuisine with that classic homemade feel you can only get from a local pizzeria! Located one block away from the beach, on 7th Ave South and Yaupon Drive, they offer a variety of different pizza options including custom pies! Whether you’re a meat lover or a veggie fanatic, they can tackle the challenge of treating your taste buds! They describe it as, It’s New York Style Pizza meets Southern Fried Chicken!

Not in the mood for a classic pie? That’s okay! They offer other amazing options like their amazing wing and tender baskets! Feeling fishy? They have seafood baskets too! None of that sound good? You can’t beat classic choices like amazing subs and burgers! Try out the BBQ Baja Cheeseburger, or dive into Chicken Parmesan sub!

Carolina Bulletin Top Pick!

What do the Reviews say?

Try the onion rings! Super crispy lightly battered…worth it! Pizza was tasty too, nice thin crust, not too much sauce…really good for a fast slice at the beach!

Kathleen Dixon, Facebook.

Mr Fry is also a New York Pizzaria, so we stopped in for a Philly Sub…wow, it was soooo good!! The service was excellent as well….highly recommend this little gem on 7th Ave

Moni Tobak, Google Reviews.

Check out the Menu!

(Tap to enlarge)

Wait, it gets even better! Have this awesome deal on us!

New York Style Pizza meets Southern Fried Chicken!

Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach

1110 Celebrity Cir
Myrtle Beach
South Carolina, 29577
Located in Broadway at the Beach


Open 9AM- 9PM everyday.

Follow them at


Experience Ocean Life
Ripley’s Aquarium is far more than your average walking tour. They offer an immersive and educational experience that is perfect for nearly any group. Kid’s can enjoy areas such as the touch tank and stingray cove, where they can experience encounters up close with real marine life! Parents are able to better understand and learn about marine life themselves with their children as well! Educational instructors offer a variety of daily shows and scheduled events at the aquarium. Ripley’s also offers a variety of educational experiences and camps on-site to all kinds of students who study both in home and at schools. On their website you can find a regularly updated calendar which details these events further.

Ripley’s Aquarium also hosts a rotating exhibition which often features unique and amazing creatures, artifacts, and other pieces. Some past exhibitions have included special segments on pearl harbor, jellyfish, sharks, endangers marine species, and more! Ripley’s takes a classic experience and makes it a truly unique one for the entire family

Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach is a Carolina Bulletin media partner!

Anessah Barker, 5/5

The glass boat tour was phenomenal. The young woman Alix offered us an engaging an educational presentation about the various sea creatures in the tank. The museum also seems to be offering more opportunities for people to interact with various animals. Although at times, it seems a bit overpriced, there are priceless moments to be had at the aquarium. I recommend everyone see the live mermaid show. I have three boys (7,5,2) and, although it isn’t typically the demographic being targeted, they LOVED it! I was very impressed too! Downright magical!

David Moran, 5/5

What an awesome place to see aquarium life! It was neat to feed the stingrays in the stingray tank. In The touch tank there were also “cleaner shrimp” that would crawl on you and clean your hands! What a neat place!

Rich Grogan, 5/5

Wonderful place to visit. Expect to spend at least 2 to 3 hours here. The exhibits are done well and the interactive touch tanks have improved since we were there a couple years ago. The facility is clean and well maintained. All the staff are friendly and helpful. We used our visit as a home school trip as well and there is great detail posted to help us learn more about the various exhibits. Definitely worth doing.

Reviews are sourced from actual Google Reviews, on which Ripley’s has nearly 10,000 reviews!

Romantic things to do in Myrtle Beach

Tags :

Category : Blog , Eat , Featured Businesses

Romantic Things to do in Myrtle Beach

With Valentine’s day right around the corner, you are likely starting to think of what you and your sweet thing will do for the holiday. If you happen to find yourself in Myrtle Beach for Valentine’s Day, you will find yourself with an overwhelming amount of choices for things to do! As someone who has had the pleasure of spending four Valentine’s Day here, I have had some good experiences and some bad ones!

So, I am going to let you guys in on my favorite Romantic Places in Myrtle Beach!

Brookgreen Gardens:

Open on Valentine’s Day: Yes

Reservations: N/A

Price: $$

One of my favorite places in Myrtle Beach is Brookgreen Gardens! From long walks through sculpture gardens, to dining in the small café they have, I can never seem to get enough of this beautiful place. Also, make sure that your phone is charged because you will likely want to take a ton of pictures, seriously I never leave with less than 100 photos. I can’t help but think that this place might get a little crowded should the weather be nice, however, the gardens are so large, it will feel like you are alone. You can also have picnics here, you know if it is warm enough to sit outside.

The Library:

Open on Valentine’s Day: Yes

Reservations: Yes; Recommended

Price: $$

This is also one of my favorite places in the Grand Strand! Every time I walk in I feel like I am walking back in time. If you are looking for a fine dining experience, this would be the restaurant for you! All of the servers are amazing and know the menu in and out, they can even help you pair your meal with the right drink! I am not sure if the Library will have a set menu on Valentine’s Day, but I will let you know as soon as I find out.

SeaBlue Restaurant and Wine Bar:

Open on Valentine’s Day: Yes

Reservations: Yes; Recommended

Price: $$$

SeaBlue takes fine dining to a new level in the Grand Strand. From the atmosphere to the dining staff, SeaBlue is fine dining! I have never ordered something from here that I didn’t like, and the wait staff is great at helping you decided if you are stuck! The menu is a mix of American cuisines with some French elements. My favorite thing to order here is the 14 oz. Bone-In Filet. I have never been here on Valentine’s Day, but I could see it getting busy, so if you want to make this your Valentine’s Dinner spot, I highly recommend making a reservation.

Downtown Conway:

I think that a lot of people forget about little ole Downtown Conway, but it shouldn’t be overlooked if you are looking for a romantic evening. Complete with shops, restaurants, and entertainment, you are sure to find something to do for Valentine’s Day.

My first thought for a romantic night out was to go get a bite to eat from Rivertown Bistro or Bonfire Taqueria and then head over to the Theatre of the Republic to watch a play. However, TOR is closed on Valentine’s Day, so that plan has been nixed. TOR will be open, ‘Love Letters’ on Feb. 15, so if you wanted to do a belated Valentine’s date, you certainly could.

Rivertown Bistro:

Open on Valentine’s Day: Yes

Reservations: Yes; Recommended

Price: $$

Rivertown Bistro is a sort of hidden gem in Conway. With a seafood-heavy menu, this is definitely a good place to go if you enjoy fish. My favorite thing about Rivertown, is they offer a lot of things that you cannot get anywhere else in the Grand Strand, or at least that I know of. My go-to meal here is the Duck Confit melt with Bacon – seriously out of this world!

Bonfire Taqueria :

Open on Valentine’s Day: Yes

Reservations: Yes; Recommended

Price: $$

Image result for bonfire taqueria

Conway’s and I think the Grand Strands only Gastropub is Bonfire Taqueria. If you are wondering what a gastropub is, it is a pub that also serves high-quality food. Bonfire Taqueria definitely meets those requirements! If you are looking for a more laid back and relaxed Valentine’s Day meal, this place is for you. From tacos to plates, to fish, there is sure to be something for even the pickiest of eaters. They also have 10 beers on tap, some of which are from local areas.

Brentwood Restaurant and Wine Bistro:

Open on Valentine’s Day: Yes

Reservations: Yes; Required

Phone Number: 843-249-2601

Price: $$$

Brentwood Restaurant is always a good place for a date night, but the ambiance on Valentine’s Day is something else. Brentwood does have a set menu for Valentine’s Day and it will be the only menu available. The set menu comes with an appetizer from a choice of 4, entrees from a choice of 5, and dessert for two. I am so happy to see that my favorite Entrées is on the menu for Valentine’s Day and that is there, ‘Dry Age Angus Ribeye,’ – it comes wrapped in bacon, it is love on a plate! Brentwood is sure to be a popular place on Valentine’s day, so be sure to get your reservations in now!

Aspen Grille:

Open on Valentines: Yes

Reservations: Yes; Recommended

Price:  $$

Another Fine Dining option for you to choose from. Aspen Grille brings simple dishes like shrimp and grits to the next level! Their menu is seafood-heavy, however, they do have steak and chicken dishes. The wait staff is some of the best in the Grand Strand. I have only dined here once, so I cannot offer that much insight, I would definingly dine here again. I ordered the lamb rack, and it was probably the best lamb I have ever had!

Aspen Grille also offers the widest selection of vegetarian and vegan options on this list 🙂

Malibu of Surfside:

Open on Valentine’s Day: Yes

Reservations: Yes; Required

Price: $$

I saved the best for last! I know I already have a few favorites in this list, but this one tops them all. Malibu of Surfside is a small, Italian restaurant only a few blocks from the beach. The food is prepared the same way as it would be in Italy and has never disappointed. They usually have a set menu for Valentine’s Day, however, if need something subsisted, they are usually more than happy to help you out.  I could go on and on about this place, the atmosphere is that of a small Italian family-owned restaurant, the wait staff goes above and beyond, you cannot go wrong with Malibu of Surfside. But, you will need a reservation, don’t say you weren’t warned! I know I got mine in.

The Lazy Surfer

411 Hwy 17 South
Surfside Beach, SC 29575
At Surfside Bargain Corner

(843) 712-1647




Mon – Sat, 10am – 8pm
Sunday, 4:00 pm – 8pm

The Lazy Surfer carries Coffee Cabana Brazilian Coffee, CBD – the best, most effective on the market at the best price, Herb Pharm herbals, Simply Swell real fruit ice pops, & so much more!

Stock up on your Lazy Surfer apparel including t-shirts and hoodies!

Located inside Surfside Bargain Corner in Surfside Beach, SC.

Visit or call at (843) 712-1647 with any questions.

The coolest place to hang out and be lazy in Surfside Beach!


Great ice cream! Stop by every time I am in Surfside.

-Daniel Brundrick

My Olive Shack

411 Hwy 17 South
Surfside Beach, SC 29575
At Surfside Bargain Corner

(843) 712-1647



Mon – Sat, 10am – 8pm
Sunday, 4:00 pm – 8pm

When you crave authenticity with quality products, look for a family-run, locally owned business. They’ll give you bargains, deals, and their heart and soul.

My Olive Shack is a locally owned business that does authenticity like no one else. They do salsas, olive oils, vinaigrettes, and stuffed olives with only the best and tastiest ingredients. Their olives are 100% Koroneiki Olives from a family farm in Greece.

And that’s not all! My Olive Shack is located inside Surfside Bargain Corner, so when you shop My Olive Shack, you know you’re getting the bargains you deserve.

The quality you deserve too! My Olive Shack’s extra virgin olive oil is a Gold Medal Award Winner at the 2018 and 2019 International Olive Oil Competition in NYC.

Shop My Olive Shack at Surfside Bargain Corner if you have a taste for something award-winning and just downright delicious. Visit them at to order online and give them a call at (843) 712-1647 with any questions or concerns.

THE BEST Olive products store on the grand strand


I purchase olive oil and balsamic vinegar from The Olive Shack each time I visit South Carolina. You can’t beat the rich taste …. My family and friends in Virginia love it ….It makes a great gift any time of year!!!!

-Amy Ayoub, 5 stars


Fantastic product and owners. I have been immensely pleased with all of my purchases.

-Rebecca McKinney, 5 stars


An impeccable selection of high-quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar from an incredibly friendly and kind-hearted couple.

-Adam Ferguson, 5 stars

Cavrn Virtual Reality

4628 Factory Stores Blvd Ste B200
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29579
(843) 236-8797
caVRn is a family and veteran owned business. Offering virtual and augmented reality technology . We have a passion for technology and gaming and want to make it easily available for everyone to have an unforgettable experience.
We are a VR (Virtual Reality) Arcade located in 501 Tanger Outlets, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. *
VR is Virtual Reality. It is a technology that creates a simulated environment in a first person experience. Some games require physical movement others allow you to relax and be transported to another reality.
VR is kid friendly and we have games starting from ages *7 and up.
*child must be accompanied by an adult and have a signed waiver.
Try something new with your friends, family and colleagues and escape together to new realities. We have 50+(AND GROWING!) immersive experience with mind blowing graphics!
The best Virtual Reality arcade in the grand strand

This place is awesome. this was my first time using VR and im hooked. The staff was amazing as well, helpful, knowledgeable and kind. you need to check this place out!

-Patrick Flynn

Such a great place! Our 3 boys had an amazing time today. They had the newest and most popular VR games available and the staff was great. Super patient with even our youngest child. I would highly recommend whether you are a local or just on vacation to check them out!!!

-Shannon Avangeline