For generations of beach-goers, a stop by the Thieves Market was a summer ritual, along with taking children to nearby Sand Dollar Mini Golf, where fiberglass dinosaurs and whales served as putt-putt obstacles, and perhaps the Slip Slidin’ water slide business (“the newest craze in summer fun” a newspaper called it in 1978).
The site of Sand Dollar Mini Golf is now a shopping center and Slip Slidin’ is long gone, as are other old-time Coleman and Ben Sawyer Boulevard businesses, such as the Krispy Kreme doughnut shop that had opened in 1961, and local dive bar Lynn’s Dart Garden. Ben Sawyer Boulevard was widened, Mount Pleasant gained tens of thousands of residents, Linda Page became a Town Council member and then mayor, and through it all Page’s Thieves Market remained.
October 1st, 2018
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