St. Mark's convenience store now on 'National Register of Historic Places'

Published: Apr. 5, 2017 at 3:14 PM EDT
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By: Erika Fernandez

April 5, 2017

ST. MARKS, Fla. (WCTV) -- It's a grocery store that's called St. Marks home for more than 80 years. The current owner, Miss Joy, has run the business for 52 of them.

From the outside, Bo Lynn's is just a small grocery market in the middle of St. Mark's, but when you walk in, the owner, Miss Joy, lives up to her name by bringing life to her store and everyone who steps in it.

"We get tired of the convenience stores and these nice little mom and pop places are what makes America so great," said frequent shopper, Harold McLean.

Bo Lynn’s was established in 1936, and has withstood the test of time and Mother Nature.

"We’ve been through so many floods and we just kind of bounce back and start all over again and that's what we'll continue to do," said owner of Bo Lynn’s, Joy Brown.

During Hurricane Dennis in 2005, and Hurricane Hermine just last year, Miss Joy said the business suffered major flooding and structural damage.

"It was devastating to think, 'Not again.' But you just put it behind you and move on it. Don't dwell on it because something better is coming," Brown said.

And that ‘something better’ is national recognition. Bo Lynn's is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

"She sets a good example for everybody to get back up and running and sets a good example for anyone effected with disaster," McLean said.

But Miss Joy isn’t letting the fame get to her head.

"It just means that we are special and I already knew that," Brown said.

Frequent shoppers said they did, too.

"She’s hung in there through thick and thin and its part of the scenery down here. She's part of what St. Mark's is," McLean said.

Miss Joy says she's working on getting a bronze plaque purchased for the store, and as soon as she does, she'll have it on display, for everyone to see.