The old house, now home to the Sugar Kettle Café in Daphne, had been for sale for many years. For some reason, though, I was always drawn to it. With it’s high-traffic location, it had been such an eye sore for the City of Daphne, but I always felt it had so much character. There had been a lot of talk of tearing it down to build fast food chains or even a drug store, and that thought broke my heart. From what I was told, the home was built in 1937 as a hurricane shelter by the Hurley family. It was passed back and forth between the Hurley’s and the Tuveson family for about 70 years, before being sold mostly for the land located behind it. We purchased the home in August of 2008 and began repairing and renovating the structure immediately. As it turned out, the structure had great potential! My original business partner and I had been stay-at-home moms for 15 years, so it became a fun and challenging project for the both of us. With the help of many family members and friends, we completed the transformation in January 2009, and it is now listed as a Baldwin County Historic Landmark.