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While the Original Oyster House has excelled as a leader in the food service and hospitality industry, its retail didn’t take a back seat.

In 2017, the Alabama Retail Association selected the Original Oyster House as its Gold Retailer of the Year. More than just a restaurant company, the retail experts were impressed with the company’s educational, environmental and philanthropic efforts since it began in 1983.

As one of the oldest shopping strips in Gulf Shores, the Original Oyster House Boardwalk opened the Trading Company in 2004 and by 2006 the store doubled in size (450sf to 900sf). In 2016, the Trading Company went through a style overhaul and was updated from floor to ceiling. With a nod to its Southern roots, the open ceiling and rafters became tidewater blue, similar to an old front porch ceilings of the south. The gift shop carries a selection of collectible Oyster House branded tees as well as fun coastal t-shirts, sweatshirts, southern art and jewelry, children's toys, books, souvenirs, coastal keepsakes and accessories for the home. Joe & Dave’s sauces and seasoning are very popular for the seafood epicurean.

In 2008 the online shop was launched to rave reviews. The Trading Company’s more popular items are available for tourists to purchase and enjoy all year round. Check out the latest collectible t-shirts perfect for coastal weather, sweatshirts, caps, sauces and seasonings, gift cards and drinkware.