Excerpt from the Our State Magazine article:
For the Gardener • Point Harbor
About a mile from the Wright Memorial Bridge in Point Harbor, Sibbie and Eddie Griggs watch their daughter’s coonhound, Copper, nuzzle up to customers walking down the pathway to their garden center, Carolina Charm. “Copper’s our greeter,” Sibbie says with a laugh.
For decades, this six-acre property was a waning beauty in Currituck County. The 1892 building that houses Carolina Charm was originally a family home built by Eddie’s great-grandfather, but then it was left empty for years after his death. In 2004, Eddie’s sister and brother-in-law recognized its potential to be used for more: Their son was a landscaper, and the sprawling acreage inspired them to start selling plants and yard decor. After 14 years, the couple retired, but the Griggses decided to keep the family business alive. “We didn’t know much about plants,” Sibbie says, “but we were determined to learn.”
The Griggses have adjusted well to the job. What they love most is connecting people with the perfect garden gift, from wind chimes and yard art to 2-foot-6-inch replicas of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
8888 Caratoke Highway
At Carolina Charm, Sibbie and Eddie Griggs love meeting gardeners who purchase birdhouses from their shop and return to share nest updates.
PHOTOGRAPH BY CHRIS HANNANT
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