The Gay Dolphin Gift Cove, as seen from the Myrtle Beach boardwalk
The store’s most popular item? The blue bicycle license plate tags featuring every name you can imagine, lined from the ceiling to the floor along a wall near the Boulevard entrance.
The Gay Dolphin Gift Cove features an iconic observation tower over Ocean Boulevard.
The Gay Dolphin Gift Cove started as a small shop for the Gay Dolphin amusement park for children.
With their many businesses and vision for Myrtle Beach tourism, the Plyler family helped Myrtle Beach become the vacation destination it is today. Justin Plyler, who founded the Gay Dolphin Gift Cove, is pictured with wife Eloise Plyler and son Buz Plyler, who runs the Gay Dolphin today, and their dog, Spot.
Kay Plyler Brandon, daughter of the Gay Dolphin founders, stands in front of the store in the 1950s.
The Gay Dolphin amusement park closed in the 1970s.