Our Wheelhouse / ABOUT US

Nautical Shops has successfully navigated the turbulent waters of retail for over a decade. 

It is a business based on that always-positive feeling and attitude that one gets near both large and smaller bodies of water. 

We continue to build our brand and offer a variety of nautical lifestyle categories-now with a new emphasis on nautical art and those fine regional artists who live and create on our glorious coast.

The Nautical Shops Art Gallery is an example of our quest to offer unique collections created by artists, some of whom only exhibit their work through Nautical Shops.

Quality, distinctiveness, and value are our compass points. Our homeport of historic Wilmington, NC reminds us daily that a sea breeze brings a smile. Take a moment to review our offering. The relaxed spirit of the seaside is contagious.

Jim Buie, Founder and Navigator
I have been around retail for years and has worn just about every hat on the hat-rack, spending years both in sales and as a business owner and buyer. 

I have lived by the water and enjoyed boating for over twenty years. My appreciation of the pleasures that being on the water can bring, combined with my professional expertise, inspired me to create Nautical Shops. That experience results a selection of nautical lifestyle products assembled for their beauty, uniqueness, and value. 

If I am not on the water, you can find me searching for the undiscovered treasures to add to Nautical Shops’ exclusive and ever changing inventory

We love to talk! 

Need help or just don't like placing orders over the Net? Contact us at  917.562.5762

Thanks for shopping with us!
The Loop-Wrightsville Beach by artist Derick Crenshaw is available here at Nautical Shops as a giclée' print. 
Jim Buie portrait by Paula Recko