E.M. Corsa believes in magic and wild things. Nature, says the Kill Devil Hills artist, has been her muse from the start.
She remembers as a child walking with her father through the western Massachusetts woods where she was raised. “Dad would find abandoned raccoons and baby animals, and we would take care of them – squirrels, rabbits, snakes, lizards; you name it, we had it,” Corsa says.
The green, barn-like shelter beckons from its roadside spot along the state highway, just a couple miles south of the U.S. 64 intersection on Roanoke Island. Under its shady confines, you’ll find fresh eggs, vegetables, canned goods and pasture-raised meats, as well as handmade soaps and tinctures, coffee and kombucha, and local artisans’ wares each Wednesday and Saturday until Thanksgiving.
Shannon Dunn O’Neal is certainly not the only Outer Banks woman to be raised in a commercial fishing family, but she is one of very few to follow the calling into the male-dominated industry.
One night back in 2013, three generations of women sat on a porch in Wanchese sipping cool drinks and dreaming. Matriarch Patty Steinau, her daughter Rheanne Byrd and Rheanne’s four daughters, Lacey Apple, Molly Kinnisten, Maddie Kinnisten and little Sydney Byrd, conceived the idea for an income-producing creative outlet that would allow them to express their shared love of shopping, styling, designing and DIY projects – a women’s clothing and gift boutique. Best of all, it was a place where they could work together.