‘Baywatch’ actress moves from sandy shore to Front Porch

The Front Porch offers hand-selected gourmet food items, gifts and antiques from around the world.
The Front Porch offers hand-selected gourmet food items, gifts and antiques from around the world.

Del Mar’s Melissa Scott Clark has gone from frolicking the beaches of TV’s “Baywatch” to finding gourmet foods for The Front Porch. And it all started with a wedding gift from her grandmother.

Located in Mission Hills, The Front Porch is the former “Baywatch” lifeguard’s first retail shop, specializing in foods to fine furniture.

“I’ve always been a foodie,” said Scott Clark, formerly Biggs, noting she has traveled the world, visiting India, Kuwait and South Africa in recent years.

“I’ve experienced all these different cultures and different foods, and I’m finding commonality in the things I gravitate toward — even overseas. I look for small-family-owned- and-operated facilities and handcrafted, gourmet products with no preservatives. Those are the things that speak to me, whether it’s a farm in Napa or a farm in India.”

With a passion for food, Scott Clark gave homemade jam with personalized labels as gifts to her wedding guests. She received the recipe as a wedding gift from her grandmother.

“I just decided that I wanted to do something with food — something I was really interested in and fascinated by,” said Scott Clark, who moved to Del Mar after she and her husband, Roger Clark, married in September 2013.

In addition to working as an actress, Scott Clark has made a life as an entrepreneur, once developing a pet product line for Walmart and launching PGD Style, a contemporary clothing line.

Roger Clark, Gina Champion-Cain and Melissa Scott Clark.

After relocating to San Diego, Scott Clark began developing gourmet food products. She came up with a business concept in March and presented a proposal to local restaurateur and entrepreneur Gina Champion-Cain, owner of The Patio neighborhood eatery.

Champion-Cain loved the concept and the friends-turned-business-partners turned the idea into reality in less than five months. Just around the corner from The Patio, The Front Porch opened its doors in August.

“It’s been a whirlwind,” Scott Clark said.

The Front Porch offers a variety of hand-selected gourmet food items, gifts and antiques from around the world. In addition, the shop debuted its Signature Collection when the store opened its doors.

Developed in collaboration with the maker of San Clemente-based Ghost Scream Hot Sauce, so far the label offers four signature products: artichoke and green olive tapenade, bourbon onion confit, chimichurri sauce and mango habanero marmalade.

“It was exciting to unveil those at our grand opening,” Scott Clark said.

Since then, Scott Clark has partnered with a family in Italy to develop an international label called The Patio Selections. The line, which features four gourmet Italian pasta sauces, will be available later this month at the shop.

In addition to expanding their line, Scott Clark and Champion-Cain plan to open additional shops. They hope to expand to 10 locations across San Diego County and throughout the West Coast within the next two years.

“Gina wants to take over the world, and I’m along for the ride,” said Scott Clark with a laugh.

The pair are eyeing spaces in Del Mar and Little Italy, among other sites.

“We’re very excited for the future,” she said.

The Front Porch is at 928 Fort Stockton Drive, Suite 103, in San Diego. The shop is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Call 619-377-0430 or visit thefrontporchretail.com.


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