Our company was founded in 1988 and has been growing ever since. It began in Oriental, NC (right across from the Oriental Marina) with Len Anderson and Susan Sanders at the helm.
In 1993, Susan and Len packed up and moved Harbor Specialties to Georgetown, SC in the old bank building across from the River Room Restaurant on Front Street. The business really grew in Georgetown!
Susan and Len got the wanderlust again in 1999 and packed up and moved to 143 East Bay Street in Charleston. In October 2001, Len’s son Will and wife Donna opened Harbor Specialties #2 in the Hammock Shops of Pawleys Island, SC.
In 2005, Len and Susan sold the Charleston store to Elizabeth Joyce ( a loyal employee of 10 years) and opened Harbor Specialties #3 in Beaufort, NC (practically back to where they started!).
We are committed to offering a wide selection of hats, bags, apparel and accessories that can be personalized so we can make your gift a very special one. We value our relationships with our customers and our community.
We combine emerging technology with reliable standards to bring the best possible service to our customers. Our business is built on a foundation of strength through satisfied customers and equally satisfied staff.
We are blessed that nearly 75% of our business is through repeat customers or referrals.
About Beaufort, NC
Pronounced “Bo-furt”, this quaint little town was originally established in 1709 for its close proximity to the excellent deep-water inlet now called Beaufort Inlet.
Throughout history, Beaufort has always been an important seaport for whalers, fisherman, merchants and even pirates. In fact, the notorious pirate Blackbeard and his crew spent quite a bit of time in Beaufort, and their legacy still remains in the form of the many legends and ghost stories that are still told.
The Beaufort Ghost Walk takes visitors to The Hammock House, a mysterious 300 year old house once frequented by Blackbeard and reportedly home to the ghosts of some of his victims.Another major attraction is the Beaufort Historic District, which is home to over 100 beautifully restored Historic Homes from the 18th and 19th Century.
The Old Burying Ground is a 300-year old cemetery located in the heart of the Historic District. It’s live oak shaded graves are hauntingly beautiful windows into the past. Among the azaleas and resurrection fern are the final resting places of the town’s earliest residents, including soldiers from the American Revolution and the Civil War. Many a relaxing afternoon has been spent walking the elegantly shaded sidewalks of the Historic District, retracing the steps of history, architecture and legend.
And if all that’s not enough, Beaufort is the perfect place to begin exploring the Cape Lookout National Seashore, home to the 169-foot Cape Lookout Lighthouse and the famous Wild Horses of Shackleford Banks. Descendants of Horses that were brought here almost 500 years ago, a herd of over 120 Horses still remains on the islands surrounding Beaufort, and they can often be seen right from the Beaufort Waterfront while they graze on the islands of the nearby Rachel Carson Estuarine Reserve.
In Beaufort, you and your family will find exciting and fun things to do, beautiful scenery, amazing wildlife, great shopping, excellent restaurants, and a rare chance to step back into history.