Carlie and Scott Carey
One Coastal Restaurant
Carlie and Scott Carey have come a long way from when they originally opened One Coastal Restaurant in 2014. Back then, they were a newly dating couple navigating a newly opened restaurant without even an inkling of what it would become. (Partially because they're still humbled by how success has found them, but mostly because those 2014 days were filled with exhaustion from an optimistic but not overly sustainable schedule: breakfast, lunch, and dinner served 7 days a week.) This rigorous, humbling, absolutely exhausting small business owner life led to delirium - Scott actually ended up asking Carlie to marry him a short 2 months later - but also to a profound happiness as the weeks flew by and business picked up.
In the years since, business has continued to pick up, breakfast shifts are long gone, and Carlie & Scott have adapted their brand - now One Coastal Farm & Kitchen - to adjust to what their customers are looking for as well as what fulfills them in their daily lives. The basis of their concept wasn't complicated, yet it was difficult to find in our ever-popular resort area: simple, fresh food using locally sourced ingredients. To achieve this goal, the pair not only started their own small farm on the 26-acre property where they live but also committed themselves to building working relationships with those who are arguably the area's greatest asset: our farmers. The benefits of a collaboration like this extend not only to the farmers and the restaurant, but further into the community than we may ever realize. It's easy to see that when you know where your food comes from, when it's grown with care and love, and when it also supports your friends and neighbors - there is no end to the good you can do.
These days, the couple is expecting their first child, who they will proudly raise in Sussex County amongst the wildflowers and chickens on their little farm that is still going strong. They will teach her how important it is to play in the dirt and they will show her that as long as you take time each season to plant seeds - of happiness, of friendship, of sustainability - there will never be an end to your harvest.