According to island chatter (and a notice on the chalkboard, I'm told) the Community Store is scheduled to reopen at 6 a.m. on Thursday, May 1. Island native, James Paul, and his wife, Susan, are leasing the building and will be running the business. The outside of the building has been repaired, restored, and repainted. It really looks good. I have not been inside yet, but those who have, report that it looks terrific. I'll be there Thursday morning, of course, and will give a report myself (maybe even with a few photos). If you don't live on the island, be sure to stop by on your next visit. The freshly painted pizer (porch) is there, inviting you to sit down and enjoy a relaxed few minutes (or more) chatting with folks.
In case you missed it earlier, I have published a history of Ocracoke's general stores (with a focus on the Community Store) in our September, 2006 Ocracoke Newsletter.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an account of the 2008 Portsmouth Island Homecoming. You can read it here.