by SC Publisher Shannen Hayes
The island community came together on a warm Sunday afternoon this past weekend at the Bailey’s General Store building site in support of the multi-generational business. One of the island’s most recognized on-the-ground building was heavily damaged in Hurricane Ian six months ago and will be demolished to make way for a more resilient Bailey’s.
“To have the community join us in such a grass roots event was spectacular,” said Calli Johnson, curator of the wine collection in the auction. “Although our backdrop of Bailey’s Center post-Ian was a unique event space, it was an unforgettable event…”
The wine, auctioned off by popular auctioneer Tommy Williams, had been rescued from the destroyed store. The proceeds will help the Johnson family, owners of the business, to rebuild. They will also donate a portion to island non-profit organizations.
“We are used to being the people that do the “helping,'” she added, “so we are humbled by the generosity and support of our community. We look forward to reopening so we can continue our legacy of generosity in the community.”