Thursday, February 09, 2017

Coffee Shop

As I write, Ocracoke is home to two coffee shops. The Ocracoke Coffee Company, located on the Back Road, has been a popular destination for visitors and locals for a number of years, offering coffee, smoothies, and breakfast fare. The Magic Bean Coffee Shop, on School Road, opened in 2015, serving organic fair trade coffee, smoothies, and muffins.

In the 1940s Ocracoke native, Stanley Wahab, opened Ocracoke's first Coffee Shop. It was a popular local attraction for a number of years.

Photo Courtesy of the Outer Banks History Center

I am wondering if any of our readers can identify the building that housed the island's first coffee shop. If so, please leave a comment.

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  1. Anonymous8:48 AM

    Blackbeard's Lodge, perchance?

  2. Bob Touhey9:15 AM

    Many a happy day in my dear Island Inn.

  3. Anonymous9:18 AM

    That would be the building that was also the Odd Fellows Lodge, the school, and eventually the Island Inn, right? I hate to hear it's for sale and could be torn down.

    1. Correct! This is the center section of the Island Inn. It was originally built (1901) for the Fraternal Order of Odd Fellows. They used the upper floor; the bottom floor served as the schoolhouse. It was later a private residence, then the coffee shop, and finally an inn and restaurant.

    2. Note the white sand...and sea oats growing nearby.