Ocracoke displays a very different type of "busy-ness" in January & February. There are virtually no tourists on the streets, shops are closed, and the beach is cold and deserted. But much is going on. A few selected examples:
-- The Boyette House has been completely gutted and crews have begun converting the property into comdominiums,
-- Carpenters are busy replacing the roof at the Anchorage Inn,
-- Chris Styron has moved the Creekside Cafe, and is now developing his small lot across the street from the Boyette House,
-- Valerie has moved Village Print into her sister's building, the former Albert Styron Store,
-- New gas pumps are being installed at the Community Store (to serve the docks), and at the Texaco Station,
-- A number of houses are being raised (to prevent flood damage in future storms), including three on Howard Street, and others throughout the village,
-- Darlene Styron has taken over the Fig Tree Deli and is remodeling it and merging it with the Sweet Tooth,
-- The Blue Door Antique Shop is moving up the street towards the Island Inn (Paula & Michael and family will be restoring the former location as their residence),
-- Island Gifts & Christmas Shop has closed, and the property is being converted into an office for Captain's Landing.
This is also the time of year when residents are building new homes, remodeling old ones, making small additions to their businesses, repairing boats, building out buildings, catching up on long-neglected details, and starting to get ready for the next season.