One of our favorite places on 30-A in Florida is one of the spots that's been around the longest. We have been going back to Modica Market for going on 15 years, since our first trip to Grayton Beach in 2000. The area has changed drastically from a couple of quaint villages by the sea to full on resort town, but Modica has been a constant with its vertical shelves stocked with beach necessities, local products, craft beer, and good wine.
I love everything about it. A family-run business for three generations, it feels so close to home. The hand-painted signs coupled with the smell of strong coffee and fresh baked goods in the morning transport me back to the early mornings as a teenager in Leiper's Fork making biscuits for the locals. Those were always my favorite shifts. I loved opening the kitchen, quietly waking up the restaurant. The first couple of hours would fly by as we ticked through our list, patrons trickling in on their way to work. By sunrise, the Table of Wisdom would have gathered around steaming cups of coffee, and me and my coworkers would sit on the wood bench outside to watch the sun come up. There isn't much else like a Tennessee sunrise over the hills in Leiper's Fork.
This is where Modica brings me back to. When we are staying on 30-A, our morning routine is to bike to the market first thing for a house-made muffin and coffee. Our family has pulled a lot of inspiration from this little place. When we opened Puckett's in Franklin in 2004, we didn't have a lot of merchandise or storage space. We remembered how much we loved the nostalgic look and feel of the vertical shelving at Modica, and thought that would work perfectly for us. We have carried over this style to all of our Puckett's to date. When we got back home from the beach, we found ourselves always reaching for our Modica mugs, loving how the old school shape and weight felt in our hands. We have been serving out of a similar mug for ten years now, and I love it when I hear similar feedback from our guests that take one home with them. When you own and operate a business, it's so important to get out and explore. You never know what may come home with you.
This year, we introduced Modica and 30-A to a fourth generation. It was Hattie's first time to play in the sand and swim in the ocean. My grandparents were there, and it was so awesome watching them play with her. Thanks for the memories, see you next time Modica!
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