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Five Facts To Share With Your Mom On Mother’s Day

Mothers are our biggest cheerleaders, always there to back us up and support us. This Sunday, as you celebrate Mom, you can also dazzle her with your knowledge of little-known facts about her special holiday.

You know she'll be proud.

After several false starts in the 1800s, Mother's Day finally made it onto the roster of national holidays in 1914. President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation officially establishing the second Sunday in May as national Mother's Day. Today, official Mother's Days are celebrated in about 50 countries — but not always in May.

The first Mother's Day cards were designed and sold by Hallmark in the early 1920s. Today, about 130 million cards are sent each Mother's Day — more than at any other time of the year, with the exception of Christmas and Valentine's Day.

Flowers are also big business for Mother's Day. Interestingly, roses are not the most popular flowers. That distinction goes to the humble carnation.

Today's American families often live far apart, so it's no surprise that a lot of folks reach out to their mothers via phone on Mother's Day. Last year, approximately 122 million phone calls were made to moms throughout the U.S.

Celebrating Mom's special day is important to us. Mother's Day is the third most popular holiday in the world, second to only Christmas and Easter. So make your plans for May 10 now.

Mother's Day is the perfect day to treat Mom to a day of shopping, food and fun at Broadway at the Beach. Challenge Mom to some mini golf at Dragon's Lair — and let her win. Through Monday, May 11, Moms get one round of golf for free. Or stop by Old Tyme Portraits By Treadway and get a photo taken together. She'll treasure this forever.

If Mom loves jewelry, surprise her with a Brighton necklace and bracelet from Gemini Boutique. As an added bonus, you'll get a pair of earrings free. She'll be impressed with this lovely gift set. For Moms who love the Pandora jewelry line, you'll want to stop by The Mole Hole. While supplies last, there are a variety of charms and a gift set made especially for Mom. With inscriptions like "first my mother" and "always my friend,"and "always in my heart," she'll know just how much she means to you.

Of course you can't go wrong if you spoil Mom by picking up the tab for a nice lunch or dinner. Over some scrumptious food, casually charm her with your grasp of five fun facts about Mother's Day. She'll probably assume you took the time to find such nuggets just to see her smile. And, you'll make her happy.

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5 Ways To Celebrate National Jewel Day

March 13 is National Jewel Day. It's a little-known commemorative day that's gaining in popularity each year. It's treasured by jewelry lovers who like to put a spotlight on a sparkling world that covers everything from trinkets to precious stones.

How will you celebrate? Will you treat yourself? Or splurge on someone special?

Here are just 5 ways you can make the day a memorable one while strolling around Broadway at the Beach:

Surprise a special someone with a reminder of your lazy days together sipping pina coladas under a palm tree. Whether you're a local or visiting Myrtle Beach, The Palm Tree Necklace at SC Jewelers is the perfect takeaway for the beach lover looking for a unique way to celebrate National Jewel Day.

Treat yourself to a European-inspired creation made from one of the world's most precious metals. For thousands of years, silver has been one of the most treasured commodities. At A Silver Shack, you'll find fashionable silver jewelry from around the world brought to Myrtle Beach by an owner who developed her eclectic taste in Copenhagen, Denmark. You're bound to find something you love here because this place boasts the largest selection of silver jewelry in all of Myrtle Beach.

Discover a new setting for your birthstone. When was the last time you had jewelry featuring your birthstone? What memories do that birthstone ring, necklace or bracelet stir? Shops like Allure have a wide variety of fashionable jewelry. Stop in and you just may find a special birthstone.

Check out the newest designs in costume jewelry. A favorite outfit can feel new again with the right accessories. Innovative fashion jewelry and accessories at Bijuju are high quality and affordable.

Turn National Jewel Day into an outing that the littlest girl in your family will always remember. Take her to get her ears pierced. At Claire's, The Ear Piercing Specialists, you can get her ears pierced for free when you purchase a starter kit. They'll even give you a coupon to use towards that first pair of special studs.

National Jewel Day is a great time to get out and see what's new for 2015. And, to get a piece of jewelry that will trigger memories of March at the beach forever.

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Longer Days Arrive March 8. It’s Daylight Saving Time!

Can't wait for Spring and more hours of daylight? They're right around the corner.

After the winter that most of America has been enduring, the coming of Spring is a real cause for celebration.

The first sign of Spring is Daylight Saving Time. It arrives Sunday, March 8 when we move our clocks ahead. Suddenly, the sun that set around 6:15 p.m. each night is setting at 7:15 p.m., and we're reaping one more hour of daylight.

It's the most wonderful time of the year for those who love the outdoors! The days are not only longer, but growing warmer. There's more time to take a stroll around Lake Broadway. The outdoor decks at restaurants begin filling with diners lounging in the sun. And families come to take on the challenge of miniature golf on the mountain top at Dragon's Lair or the ropes course at Soar & Explore.

At Broadway at the Beach, we're already celebrating Spring. We expanded our hours, starting March 2, opening daily 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. thru May 21. During Easter Weekend (April 3-5), we'll keep our doors open even longer, until 10 p.m.

Come enjoy the longer days, the warm sun and all the fun of Broadway at the Beach in Spring.

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“Hunt For Happiness Week” Is Happening Now At Broadway At The Beach

From now through January 24, the nation is celebrating "Hunt for Happiness Week." We invite you to come to Broadway at the Beach and find your own personal joy. There's so much to do and so much to see that you're sure to find something that tickles your fancy.

One stop that will always put a smile on your face is Gemini Boutique next to the upside down WonderWorks building.This family-owned store is chock full of trendy apparel and awesome designer handbags, as well as jewelry, watches, luggage and accessories. Find favorites from designers like Vera Bradley, Alex & Ani and Bourbon & Boweties. Toms shoes are also featured at Gemini — Toms is known for donating a pair of shoes to someone in need for every pair of its shoes that are sold.

No matter what time of year it is, it's always time for ice cream. Some of the best you'll ever taste is served by Cold Stone Creamery in our Heroes Harbor section. Their super-premium ice cream is made fresh in the store every day. You'll find yourself smiling — and maybe even singing along — as servers entertain you with Cold Stone songs.

Does wearing jewelry with a European flare make you happy? A Silver Shack features fashionable silver jewelry from around the world. Located next to Ripley's Aquarium, A Silver Shack delivers a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, and you'll be dazzled by the largest selection of silver jewelry in town.

The only thing that can bring more enjoyment than choosing a special piece of jewelry is finding that perfect hat. At Key West Hat Company in our Caribbean Village section of Broadway, they'll get you covered. This is where you'll find just the right hat, bonnett, chapeaux, lid, sombrero or cover to make your heart sing.

Strolling around Broadway, you can work up an appetite. If you start craving seafood, head over to Joe's Crab Shack in our New England Fishing Village. Since 1991, the Texas-born Joe's has been helping patrons make memories while serving up buckets of crabs, steampots of mussels, scallops and crawfish, hushpuppy pie stuffed with lobster and shrimp, and more. So, strap on a bib and head to the shack.

Love to laugh? The Carolina Comedy Club in our Celebrity Square is the perfect way to end your hunt for happiness at Broadway. One of the premier comedy clubs in the country, it features some of the biggest names in comedy as seen on The Tonight Show, Comedy Central, HBO, and Showtime. Check their schedule for appearances by marquee names like Chelsea Lately, Pauly Shore, Ralphie May, Tommy Davidson, Gallagher, and many more. There's no better place to laugh the night away than Carolina Comedy Club.

Time to get in on the fun. Celebrate Hunt For Happiness Week at Broadway at the Beach!

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How To Find That Really Unique Gift This Year (Part 2)

Are you still trying to find those specials gifts that show you've been thinking outside the box this year?

We've put on our thinking caps and come up with a few more suggestions.

How satisfying would it be to give a gift that's loads of fun and puts a big smile on a child's face? If they love toy trucks and cars, introduce them to RIDEMAKERZ at Broadway at the Beach where they can select and customize their own models. Their love affair with off-the-shelf models will fade as they fall in love with the many choices and options available. As your child customizes a car or truck, you'll witness the blossoming of creativity, confidence, and self-expression. What better gifts could you give?

If you have friends who love the 70s, 80s and 90s, there's only one place to go. For unique pop culture gifts that will delight them, head over to Retro Active. If you have a friend who has seen Caddyshack twenty times or quotes regularly from episodes of Saved By The Bell, there's no better place to find that special holiday gift. From novelty items to tee shirts, even your quirkiest friends will cherish a gift they unwrap from Retro Active.

Still searching for something more than a rubber bone or catnip mouse for your four-legged companions this holiday season? Are you overwhelmed by the variety of choices at the mega-pet stores, but underwhelmed as you search for something unique? You may have better luck at a small shop like Reigning Cats & Dogs at Broadway at the Beach. This is where animal lovers can find the perfect gift for their own Lassie or Grumpy Cat. Check it out and enjoy the fun of discovering a store that stocks products like Tuffy the World's Toughest Dog Toy, the "Fling ama String" cat toy, and Quaker City fresh catnip products.

This year, go for the unexpected and wrap up the unique.

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