In 1983, a fiery redheaded fashionista from Panama City, Florida linked up with a tall, charming Texan. Both were successful in the corporate world. George was in banking, insurance, and the oil business. Ann was a top salesperson for Xerox, owned a retail clothing store, and designed a fashion line that was sold across the country. For years, they traveled from Dallas to vacation on Florida’s Emerald Coast. They were raising three kids in a very competitive, fast-paced environment and dreamed of one day retiring at the beach.
In 1996, their world changed when both Ann and George’s fathers passed away within months of each other. They rented a house that summer in Grayton Beach, Florida for a much needed break. During a discussion with a friend of Ann’s dad, they realized life was too short to continue their crazy Dallas lifestyles. They called a realtor in Dallas and put their house on the market. It was leased within two weeks. With no real plan in place, the family planted roots at the beach on Highway 30A in Walton County, Florida.
One afternoon in 1999, George popped into Seagrove Village MarketCafe for one of the restaurant’s world famous po’ boys. George overheard the owner chatting about selling the restaurant. Without hesitation, he bought it on the spot.
When they’re not running the Market or building the “new” Market, Ann and George enjoy traveling the globe and spending time with their three grown children.