Seaside's original neighborhood market carries on its family legacy.
Modica Market, located at 109 Central Square, is a mom-and-pop grocery shop that has worked alongside the booming community since its beginning.
Currently, the store is ran by Charles "Charlie" Modica Jr. and his sister, Carmel Modica, with the help of their mother Sarah, who founded the store with her late husband, Charles, in 1989.
Charlie said that his parents were visiting Seaside, looking for a place to retire, when they met Robert and Daryl Davis, the town's founders and developers.
The two shared their plans for the soon-to-be booming community, and told the couple that was visiting from Bessemer, Alabama, about their vision for a neighborhood grocery at its center.
Charles and Sarah, who had made a career for themselves in the grocery business, moved to Seaside and the rest is history.
"I think with Seaside's marketing and what it's done for other smaller communities in the area, everybody's kind of come together because the growth together has made 30A what it is," Charlie said.
He said that after his father passed away eight years ago, transitioning into the role of co-owner was tough, but that the community's support was awesome.
"The good thing about being here is that everybody's happy to be here," said Carmel, the co-owner of the market.
She said that her brother and her were always a part of the store while they were growing up.
Once she was older, Carmel moved to Atlanta where she started another career. In the meantime, she came back to Seaside, working from home and tending the market on holidays and the weekend.
After her father passed away, she decided to focus full-time on Modica Market.
"It kind of gives us a purpose," she said.
Charlie said that during the early years of the store, they faced challenges like building a customer base from scratch and finding food distributors to match the Davis' standard for the area.
During summers, they run about a 20-person staff, but cut back to about half during the off seasons.
He said that one of the things that's special about Seaside is how supportive businesses are, and how they welcome new opportunity to help boost the local economy.
This winter, Modica Market will take on a small expansion project and replace some appliances while maintaining its modern, but timeless, vibe.
"Slow, steady growth gives you time to work on things that really matter, and those things are your customers," Charlie said.