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
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.