Some of the Village Craftsmen’s first customers are, from left, Alan Reece, Chris Warnasch, Jill Mozier and Sue Warnasch. Photo: P. Vankevich

By Peter Vankevich

Six months out from Hurricane Dorian, Ocracoke continues to move forward as another business reopened its doors.

One of the oldest fine crafts galleries on the Outer Banks, the venerable Village Craftsmen on Howard Street on Monday

Village Craftsmen manager Amy Howard chats with founder (and her dad) Philip Howard. Photo: P. Vankevich

began receiving customers.  It was shut down by Hurricane Dorian and, like most businesses on the island, needed extensive repairs, including a new floor.

“We got 10 inches of water causing damage to the floor, displays and some of the merchandise,” said manager Amy Howard.

While open, they will still work on completing the renovations.

The craft gallery is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Although it took a hit and the free books were ruined, the historic cool house on display in the front yard has been restored and is back in business.

For the next few weeks, Village Craftsmen will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and in April will extend its hours 10 a.m. to  6 p.m.

Photo: P. Vankevich



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  1. Philip and Amy…persistence is omnipotent!!! Cant wait to browse. Will bring you some Tastycakes from Philly soon.

  2. Wonderful news. Shows the resilience of the Islanders. I would expect no less from a Howard. Great job guys!

  3. Wonderful news! So glad to see such an iconic business open again. And congratulations on celebrating 50 years! Looking forward to shopping there when we go down in June. Thank you again, Connie and Peter, for keeping us updated on the slow but steady progress on dear Ocracoke.

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