Modica Market: A marriage made in grocery heaven (Photos)

Modica Market
Deborah Wheeler/The Sun
Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 08:01 AM.

Soon after marrying in 1949 Charlie and Sarah Modica opened a food store in Bessemer , Ala. , on the outskirts of Birmingham . She was 19 and he was 21.

After working side by side through the years and raising three children, the Modicas decided it was time to look for a retirement house at the beach.

The closest beach to Birmingham was South Walton.

As the couple drove along County Road 30A they came upon a little red cottage at the new development of Seaside , which was serving as the home/office/and model home of developer Robert Davis.

As the couple sat on the porch with Davis and talked, they found common ground in their Southern roots as they were all from Birmingham .

Davis told the Modicas of his dream for his development, that it would be built in the tradition of small towns they were familiar with, the kind they all grew up in.

Davis told them he wanted it to be like in the old days with no trailers, and houses painted a certain color, where people sat on their front porches, and everyone knew everyone else — a walkable community with shared walkways and picket fences.

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