24 Mar 2019
The central Washington Coast in Grays Harbor County is seeing a resurgence in new businesses flocking to the region.
As Seattle and Portland continue to grow, Seabrook has emerged as a pivotal coastal community, creating tremendous opportunity for merchants seeking to establish a shop, restaurant, or a unique experience to those residing and visiting the growing town.
Located within three hours of large metro areas totaling up to seven million people, Seabrook’s businesses have created a market for any shopper or outdoor enthusiast.
The Seabrook community is looking forward to even more businesses opening in town this year.
Located right on Market Street in the center of town, these new small businesses will embrace the Seabrook way of life, bringing a boost of new energy to the already vibrant beach town.
Magnolias, a new women’s clothing store, has kicked things off on Market Street already. Located right next door to Seabrook’s Real Estate Center, Magnolias is the ideal place to shop for one of a kind clothing finds, beach fashion accessories, or any of your fashion needs.
On the same block in the town center you will soon find a charming bookstore.
Joie de Livre, loosely translated as “the joy of books,” will help guests and homeowners find the perfect paperback escape while relaxing at the beach.
Kids and parents will be happy to discover Brooklets - a new toy store opening this spring. Managed by Lindsi Fry, a long term Seabrook resident, Brooklets promises to be a must stop for families.
And just across Market Street, Rowyn Milbrath will be opening Tides – Seabrook’s long awaited logowear store and local community stalwart.
Those hoping for more dining options are in luck! Koko’s, a new Mexican restaurant, will soon welcome patrons right across from Frontager’s Pizza, adding yet another delicious dining option that will sure to be a vacation for everyone’s tastebuds.
This summer, a trip to Seabrook will also bring fresh flowers home, thanks to the adorable Valley & Rose Flower Truck. This seasonal flower truck will be around Seabrook during the warm months, letting guests build their own bouquet or even picking up weekly, bi-weekly or monthly flower displays.
These new shops and restaurants are just some of the new additions to Seabrook this year. Our business community will also celebrate the opening of a spa retail shop and a food court/beer garden! Rumors of an art studio and arcade opening have been heard in the salty air, so stay tuned for more announcements.
In the summer of 2018, the community supported more than a dozen shops, from restaurants and ice cream, to outdoor recreation, spas, a market and gym.
One of the stores that has embraced and experienced the success of operating in the walkable, small town feel of Seabrook is Sweet Life, an ice cream and candy shop.
“Since opening up Sweet Life every day is a new and fun experience. I constantly get to meet new guests and their families, who are excited to be a part of the growth and development of our beach town.” Janet Willis – Owner, Sweet Life
At Seabrook, stores are located within a 5 minute walk from the cottages and are owner operated, curated businesses that celebrate the coastal feel of the town. These spaces combine retail and residential shared open spaces, increasing connectivity between people and creating an engaged, locally-focused Town Center retail core.
“Seabrook is at the forefront of a growing trend of successful, walkable, destination-based shopping and dining experiences. When people are vacationing, they have time to slow down and fully engage in the retail experience, resulting in strong sales opportunities for destination-based merchants.” Bob Gibbs – Urban Planning Expert and Harvard Graduate School of Design Professor
Visitors to Seabrook agree. Since its establishment in 2004, Seabrook has grown to a community of over 400 homes, over half of which are vacation rentals that provide year-round accommodation options for overnight guests.
One of the main reasons why guests and visitors return to Seabrook so often is it's shops and restaurants, many of them now on Market Street, the first development in the much anticipated expansion of the Town Center. Market Street will create a hub of nearly 50,000 square feet of retail in Seabrook’s downtown core. New businesses will be opening in 2019 and 2020, adding to the already great offering of stores at Seabrook.
Interested in joining the Seabrook business community? A handful of retail spaces are currently available right on Market Street. This is an ideal opportunity for businesses looking to participate in Seabrook’s already popular beach town retail experience.