Go Local With Us

Jimmy's father Louis first came to Gulf Shores in the 1940s for fishing get-a-ways.  He viewed Gulf Shores as an undiscovered treasure for economic growth and development.  Louis quickly became an investor in the newly incorporated fishing community.  In 1955 Louis and his wife Camille moved from their home in Ensley, AL to be permanent residents.  Just in time for newborn Jimmy D.

These are the businesses that Jimmy's family built and operated

Dee's Grocery Store &
Gas Station

Would currently be located where Crico's Pizza and The Shrimp Basket sit.

Go Cart Track

Would currently be located just east of
The Lighthouse Resort on East Beach.

 Blue Fountain
Drive-in & Arcade

Would currently be located in the west public parking lot at the main beach.


Louis and Camille DiChiara 4/27/55


The Beachcomber Motel, Restaurant, & Lounge
Would currently be located just east beside
The Beachcomber Condos on East Beach
Louis & Jimmy D(age 7) 


Dee's Beach Apartments
A four unit weekend retreat spot that could be rented for a week

Would currently be located roughly between The Hangout's east portion and the public parking lot's west portion.

Esquire Inn bw




The Esquire Inn

Would currently be located where the smaller Surf Style is at the "T"

Napa Auto  Parts

Currently in use (new ownership)

Tropical Expressions

Currently Flowers By the Shore

Easy D's

Currently in use (new ownership)



Easy D's