Tar Heel Trading Company was established in 1979 by Mary Ames. The goal was to bring fine crafts to the Outer Banks coast, a tourist destination. Our name came from the fact that the shop would feature predominately North Carolina crafts from what is known as the Tar Heel state. Our first location was at Sea Holly Square in Kill Devil Hills. Since then we have had locations in several towns on the Outer Banks and in Key West, Florida. The Company was purchased by Judy Joyce in 1999. Judy had worked closely with Mary in managing the company since 1985. She, her family and loyal staff have operated Tar Heel Trading Company with the same careful attention to detail, quality and customer service that has set it apart since its inception. We currently have locations in Duck and Corolla on the Outer Banks featuring the work of over 200 local and nationally known American craftsmen. We invite you to visit our shops and experience the fun, hands-on approach and fine quality merchandise that customers have come to enjoy while shopping with us.