Saltwater Cottage gives back to community

Saltwater Cottage
Angel McCurdy
Published: Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 14:27 PM.

NAVARRE — Julie Condon believes miracles happen every day in her little cottage store on Navarre Parkway.

Saltwater Cottage opened last May. It offers customers everything from blankets and artistic crosses to bracelets and even food items.

Each item in the shop comes from wholesalers who agree that a portion of the sales goes to charities. A portion of Condon’s overall earnings goes to Sand Dollar by the Sea to help victims of abuse.

“I believe that no matter how run down or broken something is, with enough love it can be restored,” Condon said. “I look at this store as more of an outreach. It’s a little chapel without the steeple.”

The quaint shop is set up in Navarre’s oldest cottage, dating back to the 1940s. Condon said when she found the building the floor was missing, there were holes in the wall and all the windows were broken.

“It was in shambles,” Condon said. “We learned later that it was the oldest and only standing original cottage in Navarre.”

Now, the wooden interior welcomes guests into the shabby-chic shop overstuffed with goods that give the feel of a beach indoors. Condon greets customers as if they’re old friends. She says once they enter her shop they are welcomed into the Saltwater Cottage family.



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