Long before Joanna Gaines made upcycling a household word, Karen Scarborough Whitfield pulled off a must-see repurposing project in Historic Corolla Village. In 2004 she transformed her father’s former garage into a retail shop called Spry Creek Home Accents, and in the past 16 years it’s become a favorite northern Outer Banks shopping destination. With weathered buoys and oars, an antique outboard and a rusty anchor at the entrance, the little tin building exudes island charm, but what you’ll find inside goes well beyond the rustic beach aesthetic.
Customers are particularly smitten with Spry Creek’s jewelry selections, including locally made genuine Outer Banks sea glass jewelry, Joan Corbell’s authentic shipwreck jewelry, Ron Vick jewelry and the popular On U collection. New for the 2020 season is jewelry by Marjorie Baer Accessories. Spry Creek also features locally made Outer Banks Candle Co. candles, North Carolina-made pottery, Virginia-made wind chimes, made-in-the-USA Solmate socks, Spanish ceramic house numbers, French table linens and luxurious soaps. That’s definitely not all, so make your way to Historic Corolla Village to check it out and maybe even meet Karen, a native Outer Banker with a wealth of local knowledge.
1122 Corolla Village Road, Corolla