If you have ever been to Seaside, then you have surely wandered into The Modica Market. To enter into this great hall of epicurean delight was only a part of the experience. Once through those doors you were most likely greeted by one of the great icons of Seaside, Mr. Charlie Modica. Charlie and his family relocated from the Birmingham, Alabama area over two decades ago to follow the vision of Robert and Daryl Davis, and opened the local grocery store in town known as The Modica Market.
Our children became part of their family as they became familiar faces every season coming back for the famous Buffalo Bites. Most had a simple family charge account so that they felt comfortable going alone to purchase candy or soft drinks. Many worked in the market while on summer break from college. All along, Mr. Charlie knew them by face and then personally by name.
He was working the market just the other day when I went to get the lunch special. He greeted me as usual with "Howdy do Ma'am?' I will always remember him as a friend, a colleague, and a father.