For many years and generations, Mr. Modica was Seaside. Anyone vacationing and needing groceries headed to the Modica market. And they always met the wonderfully jolly, kind-faced, white-bearded Charles Modica—his apron tied tightly, his shelves stocked smartly—because he loved food, but he loved people even more. He was one of Seaside’s founding fathers. He and his wife Sarah built one of the first houses in town on Tupelo Street. Theirs was the first market in town.
Shopping there is a tradition countless families still share. Sadly, Mr. Modica passed away Fall 2010. But the market is still just as lively and wonderful as ever. His son, Charles, Jr., now runs the market, still stocking the shelves with the most delicious items he can find. Though Charles, Jr. doesn’t have his dad’s white beard, he sure has his kind face and love for people and Seaside. Learn more about shopping at Seaside.