The Community Store reopened its doors on May 24 after being closed for three years. Established in 1918 by Mr. Amasa ("Mace") Fulcher, the store soon established itself as the focal point of commerce and social activity on the "Creek" side of the village.
As island tourism expanded, the Community Store porch, with a long bench and comfortable rockers, became a favorite place for locals and visitors to retreat from the sun, relax, and interact.
Lauren & Joseph, the new proprietors, have had a few unexpected set-backs in getting the shelves stocked, but new items are arriving regularly. You will find fresh produce, organic items, and baked goods, along with cold drinks and snacks. The new entrepreneurs are excited about stocking a larger selection of organic foods as well as milk and eggs from an eastern North Carolina dairy.
Lauren & Joseph plan to expand their products with beer & wine, selected marine items and beach supplies (sunscreen, chap stick, etc.). Before the end of the season they hope to offer deli sandwiches and seating on the rear deck on the shore of Silver Lake.
Be sure to stop by, do some shopping, and encourage the Community Store's new owners to continue working to bring new life into this iconic island business.
You can read a history of the Community Store here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news092106.htm.
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