Banking on a bit of history in old Seagrove

Seagrove Village Market Cafe
Deborah Wheeler/The Sun
Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 09:25 AM.

George Hartley began visiting South Walton in the late 1980s, staying at Sandestin.

In 1991 he switched to 30A, and the Seaside , Seagrove area in particular.

"30A was the new up and coming thing," says Hartley.

The family loved it, and the Hartleys purchased their first property here in 1991.

In 1997 the Hartleys took a step farther, decided life is short, said let's move to the beach and did.

Hartley commuted back to Dallas to attend to his insurance agency for two years before tiring of that and sold it.

Wondering what he would do next, one day he walked into Seagrove Village Market to purchase a coke and the owner was grumbling about wanting to retire. Hartley told him he would buy the market, and was back with a check by the end of the day.

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