Tom Thumb, your pit stop for bread, ice, beer, gas and the daily newspapers is less than a block away.
The shops at Gulf Place include a bank, a pharmacy, plus fashion and home furnishings stores. The artists' sheds offer craft art, watercolors, metal art, sculpture and hand-crafted furniture.
About a mile east toward Blue Mountain Beach is the Gaffrey Art Gallery, where Justin and Billie Gaffrey can make art out of anything, including Justin's car. The gallery is the source for those metal flags you see in so many yards and gardens.
The Zoo Gallery at Grayton Beach has a variety of framed art, pottery, jewelry and furniture. And the Shops at Seaside include a bookstore, a small music shop, a great gourmet food store and loads of art and antique stores.
The Gourd Garden and Curiosity Shop at Seagrove is worth the drive. After strolling through the herb and flower gardens, an Atlanta writer called the shop "part verdant nursery, part multicultural market of talismans and world religions."
For serious consumerism, you can spend a half a day or more at the Silver Sands outlet mall in Sandestin, a sprawling complex that has more than 100 stores.
For a full directory of local stores, try the Santa Rosa Beach Business index.