May 9, 2019

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?

couple arguing


Brie Bender - BIC BRG | Beach Realty Group


Deciding whether or not to upsize or downsize your home can be a difficult process. The selling season is upon us so if you are ready to sell, now would be the time to call one of our BRG listing specialists to get your home not just LISTED, but SOLD.


There are several things you should ask yourself to help you decide “Should I stay or should I go now?” If you answer yes to most of the questions, it may be the time to make a move.


1) Do you have enough equity in your current home to move without causing you a financial difficulty?

Your annual mortgage statement or contacting your lender to find out exactly what your payoff would be is a good start. You don’t normally build up much equity in the first few years of your mortgage but if you have owned your home for more than five years you might have some fairly significant gains. After checking your payoff information reach out to one of our many qualified BRG Realtors for your complimentary market analysis to see what the market price of your home could be.


2) Have you had a career change?

If you’re making more money, you may be able to afford higher mortgage payments and cover the costs of moving. If your income has decreased, you may want to consider downsizing.


3) Have you outgrown your neighborhood?

The neighborhood you pick might not be the same one in which you want to settle down for good. There could be amenities that you wish the neighborhood had or were closer such as schools, doctors, and work.


4) Do you need a larger living space but there are there reasons why you can’t remodel or add on?

If your property isn’t large enough, your municipality doesn’t allow it, or you’re simply not interested in remodeling, then moving to a bigger home may be your best option.


5) Are you comfortable moving in the current housing market?

If your market is hot, your home may sell quickly and for top dollar, but the home you buy will also be more expensive. If your market is slow, finding a buyer may take longer, but you’ll have more selection and better pricing as you seek your new home. Ask your BRG Realtor what they see happening locally.


6) Are interest rates attractive?

Low rates help you buy “more” home, and also make it easier to find a buyer for your current place.


7) Is maintaining your current home becoming difficult to manage?


A BRG REALTOR ® can help you decide whether a smaller house or condo would suit your needs better.


Posted in Sellers, Selling A Home
April 27, 2019

Seven-Day Cleaning Challenge!

Cleaning is about so much more than just getting your house neat and tidy; it's about a fresh start. A spring cleaning makes space for new energy, fresh ideas, and positive growth. No one is expecting you to “Marie Kondo” your space unless you're in need of a major overhaul. We just want to help make your life a little less cluttered in seven days.

So, we challenge you to a seven-day overhaul that will refresh your home for spring and summer. Are you up for it?

To make things easier, have large garbage bags and recycling containers handy—you're more likely to toss things away if bins are easily accessible—and be sure to stock up your arsenal of cleaning products. There are a number of environmentally-conscious products out there if you're concerned about harsh chemicals.

Ready, set, go!

DAY 1: Bedroom Closet 

Tackle your own bedroom first to create a sanctuary of clean before taking on the rest of the house. A clean personal space often motivates you to continue through the rest of the home.

  • Pull everything out of your closet. Breathe.
  • Clean closet surfaces thoroughly.
  • Install additional storage if necessary.
  • Organize all clothes into three bins: 1) Keep 2) Toss 3) Donate. A good rule of thumb is if you haven't worn it in the last 12 months, you're likely not going to wear it again. If it isn't damaged or torn (or an undergarment), then give your clothing new life by donating it.
  • Swap over clothes for the season. Trade those winter parkas for cool linens and store last season's clothing in an air-tight bin in your basement or garage. Don't forget to label your bins!
  • Organize your racks by color or any other arrangement that makes sense for you—business attire vs. casual, etc.

TIP: Rinse and repeat for each of the closets in your home if you have more than one. The keep/toss/donate exercise is also fun to play with the kids, not to mention a great lesson on giving back.

DAY 2: Bedroom

a neat bed

It's time to say goodbye to chairs and other surfaces doubling as clothing storage and reclaim your bedroom. By decluttering your bedroom, you're encouraging your body to utilize the space for what it was meant for: rest.

  • Remove bed linens, drapery, and pillows to wash.
  • Flip your mattress.
  • Clear out unnecessary clutter.
  • Clean all surfaces. Don't be afraid of the crevices and be sure to sanitize phones and remotes.
  • Use an extendable duster to reach light fixtures.
  • Organize your shelves.
  • Wipe baseboards, vents, windows, tracks, and blinds.
  • Vacuum and mop floors. Don't forget to clean under and behind all the furniture.

TIP: If you're looking for fresh reading material, consider an online or community book exchange instead of purchasing new ones.

DAY 3: Living Room 

a neat living room

Being organized just makes life easier and we promise a little DIY organization will work wonders for your living area. When your space is decluttered, it feels larger and is much more conducive to quality family time.

  • Remove drapery, slipcovers, and pillows to wash.
  • Vacuum the sofa and chairs and make sure to pull up the cushions first; that's where spare change and crumbs love to hide.
  • Dust all shelves and surfaces.
  • Polish wood furniture and touch up scratches.
  • Organize books and movies. Sort them alphabetically...or by color, if you're feeling inspired.
  • Declutter and donate old toys.
  • Wipe the television and sanitize remotes.
  • Use an extendable duster to reach light fixtures.
  • Wipe baseboards, vents, windows, tracks, and blinds.
  • Vacuum and mop floors.

TIP: Add personalized storage bins for the kids. Having their own dedicated place to store toys will help instill a sense of ownership and responsibility.

DAY 4: Kitchen 

a neat kitchen

This one might be a doozy, but it has to be done. We can't promise you won't find a piece of macaroni behind the microwave or come across expired pancake mix in the back of the pantry (yes, it expires)—no judgment.

  • Empty and clean fridge and pantry. Don't forget to add a fresh package of baking soda to help absorb food odors.
  • Set the oven to auto-clean and run a dishwasher clean cycle.
  • Change your water filter and replace old sponges.
  • Empty the grease trap in kitchen hood fan (if applicable).
  • Empty and organize cupboards. We recommend starting with the cupboards hiding your food storage containers and mug collection.
  • Empty and organize drawers. Toss any unused or battered cutlery and kitchen utensils.
  • Clean small appliances.
  • Wipe down the cabinets and backsplash.
  • Scrub and disinfect countertops.
  • Wipe baseboards, vents, windows, tracks, and blinds.
  • Vacuum and mop floors.

TIP: If you're finding a lot of unused spices in your pantry, consider purchasing a spice rack you can add to the kitchen counter or wall—get inspired!

DAY 5: Bathrooms

a neat kitchen

We can see the light, you're almost there.

  • Organize bathroom cabinets.
  • Throw out expired makeup and skincare products.
  • Bleach or disinfect tubs, sinks, and toilets.
  • Deep clean grout lines, paying close attention to any mold buildup.
  • Clear the showerhead and faucets of buildup.
  • Wipe down cabinets.
  • Spackle any holes and touch-up paint in high-traffic areas in the corridors.
  • Spot clean carpets and runners.
  • Wipe surfaces and vents.
  • Use an extendable duster to reach light fixtures.
  • Wipe baseboards, vents, windows, tracks, and blinds.
  • Vacuum and mop floors.

TIP: You can add a lovely fragrance to your washroom without harsh chemical sprays. Set a basket of potpourri, starting with a mixture of pine, rose petals, spices, and citrus peels. Consider a soy or beeswax candle as an alternative. With its low light and high humidity, succulents will thrive in your bathroom and help deodorize, too.

DAY 6: Garage 

a chair propped up against the exterior window of a house
  • Keep/toss/sell all garage contents.
  • Declutter shelving and wipe.
  • Sort and store power tools.
  • Label storage containers.
  • Sweep.
  • Take out this week's garbage.

TIP: If it's in your budget, hire a window washer to tackle cleaning your windows from the outside; you'll thank us later.

DAY 7: Reap the rewards

a woman surrounded by red flowers in a nursery

Today is all about you! Get outside, head to the beach, book a is for you! Do what you need to do to reset for the spring—there's only one checklist item for day seven: Rest.


April 22, 2019

I Don't Need a Real Estate Agent!

Brie Bender, Broker in Charge | Beach Realty Group

In this age of technology, we have heard the sentiment “I don’t need a real estate agent to buy or sell a property. I can do it myself!” Now don’t tell anyone else this but in all reality, you don’t.

Companies, apps, and websites are making it easier and easier to go thru the home buying and selling process yourself. One thing you cannot automate, however, is human connection and emotions. Buying or selling a home can be a tremendously stressful process when you are not educated on how the process works. That’s where a real estate agent comes into play. At BRG we aren’t just agents, we’re REALTORS.

REALTORS® are different from other licensed agents because they are professional members of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict code of ethics. This is the REALTOR® difference for home buyers:

  • Ethical treatment. Every REALTOR® must adhere to a strict code of ethics, which is based on professionalism and protection of the public. As a REALTOR®’s client, you can expect honest and ethical treatment in all transaction-related matters. The first obligation is to you, the client.

  • An expert guide. Buying a home usually requires dozens of forms, reports, disclosures, and other technical documents. A knowledgeable expert will help you prepare the best deal, and avoid delays or costly mistakes. Also, there’s a lot of jargon involved, so you want to work with a professional who can speak the language.

  • Objective information and opinions. REALTORS® can provide local information on utilities, zoning, schools, and more. They also have objective information about each property. REALTORs® can use that data to help you determine if the property has what you need. By understanding both your needs and search area, they can also point out neighborhoods you don’t know much about but that might suit your needs better than you’d thought.

  • Expanded search power. Sometimes properties are available but not actively advertised. A REALTOR® can help you find opportunities not listed on home search sites and can help you avoid out-of-date listings that might be showing up as available online but are no longer on the market.

  • Negotiation knowledge. There are many factors up for discussion in a deal. A REALTOR® will look at every angle from your perspective, including crafting a purchase agreement that allows enough time for you to complete inspections and investigations of the property before you are bound to complete the purchase.

  • Up-to-date experience. Most people buy only a few homes in their lifetime, usually with quite a few years in between each purchase. Even if you’ve done it before, laws and regulations change. REALTORS® handle hundreds of transactions over the course of their career.

  • Your rock during emotional moments. A home is so much more than four walls and a roof. And for most people, property represents the biggest purchase they’ll ever make. Having a concerned, but objective, third party helps you stay focused on the issues most important to you.

Whether this is your first home purchase or sale, having an agent to turn to that has helped hundreds of clients thru this process is not an interaction that can be replaced by an app. To find your perfect BRG agent check out our Meet the Team page and find an agent that matches your needs.

Source: Realtor Magazine, 7 Reasons to Work with a Realtor


April 17, 2019

Myrtle Beach Happenings! April 19 - 21, 2019

From Oceanfront Sunrise Services to Pig Races, there are so many things happening this weekend along The Grand Strand! 


Oceanfront Sunrise Services

Grand Strand Baptist Church | Second Avenue Pier, Myrtle Beach, SC | The Easter Sonrise service is an annual tradition for Grand Strand Baptist Church. Join them at 6:30 a.m. for worship and a short message. 

Faith Presbyterian Church | 79th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, SC | Easter Sunrise Services is on the beach at 79th Avenue North. Bring a blanket or folding chair if you don’t wish to stand for the service. 

Christ United | Christ United Church will be holding a 6 a.m. sunrise service on Easter Sunday outside at Bummz Beach Cafe at 2002 North Ocean Boulevard. Guests may bring a chair if they do not wish to stand. A continental breakfast will follow service. 

Shepherd of the Sea Lutheran Church | Conch Cafe in Garden City Beach, SC | Sonrise service will take place on the beach at 6:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast following at Shepherd of the Sea church. 

Trinity United Methodist Church | 17th Avenue South, North Myrtle Beach, SC | Sunrise service will be held Easter Sunday on the beach at 17th Avenue South at 6:30 a.m. Please bring flowers and lawn chairs for the service.

- compiled by Myrtle


Easter Brunch Specials

Dave & Buster's

Dave & Buster's at Broadway at the Beach will host Brunch with the Bunny on Saturday, April 13 from 9 am until noon. The price is $25 per person for the buffet + a $10 game card or $15.50 for the buffet only. Children 2 and under are free. There will also be an easter egg hunt at 9:30 am but don’t forget to bring a basket!

Ripley's Aquarium

Join Ripley's Aquarium for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 20 from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. The price is $25 for ages 12+  and $10 for ages 10 and under. Aquarium admission is included and there will be other activities and games, a private mermaid show, and a live DJ!

Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe at Broadway at the Beach will be hosting Breakfast with the Bunny on Saturday, April 20 from 9 am until 10:30 am. The buffet will include pancake, pastries, bacon, eggs, and more. Children will receive a special treat from the Easter Bunny! The price is $20.65 for ages 11+; $9.95 for ages 3-10; and free for ages 2 and under with a paying adult. 

House of Blues

Join the House of Blues at Barefoot Landing for their famous Gospel Brunch on Easter Day at 9 a.m. The Gospel Brunch features an all-you-can-eat southern style buffet with live gospel music for $35 for adults; $17.50 for children ages 4-10; and free for children under 4. 


Easter Egg Hunts

Easter Egg Hunt at the 4th Annual Horry County Fair! Join us April 21st at 5:30pm in the grandstands for the Easter Egg Hunt. Kids Easter Egg hunt will be in 2 groups, ages 4-11 years old and 3 yrs & under.

Followed by the 4th Annual Horry County Fair “KIDS Dance Party!” Don't miss it- be a part of the party! April 21 @ 8PM. Admission to the Fair: Kids 4 & under FREE, $5 for Adults, Military/Seniors (65+) $3. 

McLean Park: McLean Park in North Myrtle Beach will host their annual Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20. Egg hunts will be divided according to age groups and refreshments will be provided by the North Strand Optimist Club. Bring your camera for photos with Ms. Blossom.

Surfside Beach: The town of Surfside Beach will host an Easter Egg Hunt and children's festival from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. 

Conway Recreation Complex: The Conway Recreation Complex will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 13 for different age groups! The hunts will be held at 11 a.m. for ages 1-2; 11:15 am for ages 3-5; 11:30 am for ages 6-8; and 11:45 am for ages 9-12. The Easter Bunny will also be on-site for photos! 

Flashlight Egg Hunt: Kids ages 11-14 can get in on the Easter fun with a flashlight Easter egg hunt on Thursday, April 18, at 7:30 at Riverfront Park in Conway. Bring a flashlight to participate. 


Fairs & Events

4th Annual Horry County Fair at Myrtle Beach Speedway | April 19-28. 

Enjoy Food, Games, Rides, Petting Zoo, Music, Racing Pigs, NASCAR Race, Live Entertainment, Kid's Dance Party, Donut Dare, & SO MUCH MORE!



Ripley's Aquarium Beer Garden

Come hang out on Ripley's Aquarium back Porch and enjoy some craft beer on tap, food, music and more! Saturday, April 20th, 12noon to 8pm

Tin Roof

Free Show - The Powell Brothers on Saturday, April 20 from 7-9 p.m. This band from Houston, TX are bringing the sounds of folk-rock to the Tin Roof stage!





April 14, 2019

Where my single ladies at?

Brie Bender, Broker in Charge | Beach Realty Group

Single women have started to surpass single men when it comes to purchasing a home in this Millennial world we live in. The share of single female purchasers in the last three years has increased from 15 percent to 18 percent, according to a study by the National Association of REALTORS®.

Today’s woman is more confident than ever before in their ability to purchase a home without feeling the need to have a wedding ring to back it up. They want the investment but don’t necessarily feel the need to give up their independence to accomplish their goals.

Thinking too much about what could happen keeps a lot of single women from committing. While I am not a single woman, I can certainly identify with those feelings of doubt that creep up when you are looking at making a substantial financial investment.

Whether it is making a home purchase, starting a new career, or taking a leap of faith in a new direction, today’s woman is truly following after the credo of one of my favorite podcast’s “Women your mother warned you about”, hosted by Gina Timarco and BRG’s very own Rachel Tipton. The goal of their podcast is to breakdown the everyday barriers women face in business and life. Empowering women everywhere to embrace their inner boss babe.


I truly believe that homeownership is a cornerstone in building long term financial wealth. Being a homeowner or investment owner is just one step on a financial journey to set yourself up for financial independence.  So where are all of my single ladies at? Reach out to any one of BRG’s amazing agents to find out how you can start your journey to financial independence through real estate investment.

March 21, 2019

5 Steps to Decluttering Prior to Selling Your Home

If you're getting ready to list your home for sale, you've no doubt read...or heard from real estate agents...that you need to de-clutter your home in order to make it more appealing to potential buyers. It's hard to imagine yourself living in a home when it is crammed full of your stuff. Add to that, if every closet and storage area is full, potential buyers will assume storage space is limited. De-cluttering and staging your home is an important step in the selling process, however, it can seem a bit overwhelming. 

Here are five steps from the Travelers, Inc that can help make the process more manageable and efficient. Bonus: simplifying now will make moving that much easier.

  1. Start small & choose one area at a time. If you attempt to organize your entire home in a day, you’ll end up fatigued and frustrated. Instead, choose one area to focus on, like your linen closet. Decide whether you want to save, donate or toss your towels, sheets, and blankets. You’re building up your minimalizing stamina as you move on to categories with more sentimental value.
  2. Phone a friend to help declutter. Having a hard time deciding what should stay and what should go? Invite someone who can bring some objectivity to the situation as you sort through your wardrobe. Be honest about what you wear and what you don’t. Round out the afternoon by delivering your donations to your charity of choice. That will keep you from second-guessing all your hard work.
  3. Rent a dumpster. Consider renting a dumpster if necessary to help you as you sort through clutter, room by room. They’re also handy for disposing of remodeling materials you may have accumulated over the years – old carpets, extra tile, broken items from around the house. Pitch anything that is broken or no longer usable.
  4. Deal with electronics and hazardous materials. Look for special collection days in your area for electronics, including old computers and video game systems. Make sure you wipe data off of old hard drives and phones before disposing of them. Hazardous material collections are a good place for old paint, thermometers and other chemicals.
  5. Edit each room from the buyer’s perspective. After the hard work of organizing and decluttering room by room, approach each area from the perspective of a buyer. Pack away knick-knacks, photos and other items that distract from the space itself. If you miss having them around, you can choose to bring them with you when you move. If not, you’ll know you’re ready to say goodbye.
March 18, 2019

Myrtle Beach - #2 on Kayak's 2019 Wallet Friendly Destination

The travel sites LOVE Myrtle Beach! The travel website, Kayak just named Myrtle Beach #2 on its list of 2019's Top 10 Wallet-Friendly Destinations.

Kayak rated Myrtle Beach as 54% less expensive than other travel spots and labeled us: Budget, Beach, Relaxation, Family-friendly with low median prices for flights all over the East Coast.

Their "Hackers Tip" noted the following:

"You're going to need to bring your sunglasses, we just recommend you bring your least expensive pair. Between the beach, pool and bar there are just too many opportunities to leave them behind."

"If the lights and sounds of the beach bars and restaurants prove to be too much for you, take the time to unwind at Myrtle Beach State Park. You can spend the day hiking or biking the trails, and admission is just $5 for adults."

Some of their top local sites included the Grand Strand, Ripley's Aquarium, and the SkyWheel. 

Living in Myrtle Beach

Of course, Myrtle Beach is also one of the most affordable places to live on the coast as well.  Our median home prices are some of the lowest you'll find in any coastal area. 

Situated between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, Myrtle Beach offers an abundance of opportunities to enjoy being on the water, in the water, or on the miles of wide, sandy beaches.

Click to learn more about Myrtle Beach homes for sale.



March 11, 2019

The 31st Annual North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade

This weekend is the 31st Annual North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade!

Saturday, March 16, 2019
Parade: 9 a.m.
Festival: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Free Admission | Free Parking

The 31st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade will be held on Main Street on Saturday, March 16, 2019. This one-day, rain or shine event brings approximately 30,000 to celebrate everything Irish and welcome the coming of spring. A magical parade begins the festivities at 9:00 a.m., followed by three stages of live music and a children’s area with rides and amusements from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Along Main Street, over 150 vendors will display their crafts, services, information, products, or serve a variety of treats.

Entertainment Schedule

Flynn's Irish Tavern Stage
(Near Flynn’s Irish Tavern)
11:00 AM: TBA
11:45 AM: TBA
12:00 PM: TBA
12:45 PM: TBA
1:00 PM: TBA
2:15 PM: Leprechaun Contest
2:30 PM: Shepard’s Pie Eating Contest
2:45 PM: TBA

Freedom Boat Club Community Stage
(Oak Drive)
11:15 AM: TBA
11:45 AM: Parade Awards
12:15 PM: TBA
12:30 PM: TBA
1:00 PM: TBA
1:15 PM - 4:00 PM: TBA

Paradise Adventure Golf Stage
(Near Duffy Street Seafood)
11:00 AM: TBA
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM: TBA

Kids Area sponsored by Fun Warehouse

Food Area sponsored by South Atlantic Bank


Leprechaun Contest - Show off your love of all things Irish by competing in the 31st Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival Leprechaun Contest. Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, appearance, enthusiasm, and energy.

Register at the Main Stage @ Flynn’s Irish Tavern before 2:00 pm. Pre-registration is also available at the Festival Information booth (corner of Hillside Drive and Main Street) before 1:30 pm. Meet at the stairs of the Main Stage on festival site at 2:00 pm. Contest begins at 2:15 pm.

Shepard’s Pie Eating Contest - Think you have what it takes? Enter into the Shepherd’s Pie Eating Contest at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival on Saturday, March 16th, 2019. First to clear their plate (without using their hands) wins bragging rights and a stylish plaque designed by Coastal Engravers.

Register at the Main Stage @ Flynn’s Irish Tavern before 2:00 PM. Pre-registration is also available at the Festival Information booth (corner of Hillside Drive and Main Street) before 1:30 PM. Meet at the stairs of the Main Stage on festival site at 2:15 PM. Contest begins at 2:30 PM.

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Feb. 17, 2019

The Waccamaw Neck Bikeway - One of the South Strand's Hidden Treasures

The Waccamaw Neck Bikeway is a flat paved path that runs alongside US 17 from Murrells Inlet to Sandy Island Road near Huntington Beach State Park, across from Brookgreen Gardens. Although the 12 miles of flat, paved trails built to date are not contiguous, you can ride Share the Road routes between the completed sections of path, allowing you to pedal or walk all the way from Murrells Inlet to Pawleys Island... including a stretch riding through a maritime forest of pines and oaks and pristine wetlands.

Those looking for a shorter ride can loop back around the three-mile section along the western border of the park for a total of six miles. If you've never been to the park, it's worth paying the modest entrance fee to check out the two-mile Sandpiper Pond Trail to the beach or walk on some of the boardwalks extending into the salt marsh

Eventually, the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway will stretch 27 miles from the Horry/Georgetown county line in Murrells Inlet to the bridge connecting Georgetown to Waccamaw Neck. The next section to be completed will link Pawleys Island to Litchfield Beach.

The Waccamaw Neck Bikeway is part of the East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile trail system being developed along the eastern seaboard from Maine to Florida.

Trail Map

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Read more about the Grand Strand's hidden treasures: Heritage Shores Nature Preserve - Cherry Grove's Hidden Treasure

Feb. 12, 2019

Trip Advisor's 2018 Travelers' Choice Awards Names 5 Charleston Restaurants in the Top 25

Five Charleston restaurants were listed among the top 25 Fine Dining spots in the country according to TripAdvisor's 2018 Travelers' Choice Awards. Three of the five were in the top 10, as South Carolina continues to make a name for itself on the culinary map.

#4 Circa 1886 Restaurant

149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC

#6 Halls Chophouse

434 King St, Charleston, SC

#8 Charleston Grill

224 King St, Charleston, SC

#15 Peninsula Grill

112 N Market St, Charleston, SC

#17 Grill 225

225 E Bay St, Charleston, SC


And a Myrtle Beach restaurant made an appearance in the Fast/Casual category:

#24 in the "Fast Casual" category

Cook Out

1800 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC