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

Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 08:01 AM.

And when Davis found out the Modicas were in the grocery business, he asked Charlie if he would like to do a grocery here at Seaside .

"Charlie thought he was too old to do that at age 53, but he thought it would be just a little neighborhood store at the beach, and said Ok," says Sarah today.

The Modicas sold their company in Birmingham and moved to Seaside . Theirs was the fourth house built.

With not many residents, Davis told the Modicas it was too early to open the grocery, but he would let them know when it was time, said Sarah.

Their son Charles, however, had inherited his parents' strong work ethic and using money he had saved, at age 21 jumped in and opened his own Sip 'n Dip store to serve sandwiches, ice cream, lemonade, shakes, and sodas to potential real estate buyers and browsers.

"Mother taught me to save money," Charles says today. 

Soon, the town of Seaside was catching on and Davis told the Modicas it was time for the town to have a grocery.

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