John Milton and Sue May Scholarship Recipient 2022

John Milton and Sue May Scholarship Recipient 2022

Every year since 2014 our Chamber has chosen a graduating senior from Winterville to receive our John Milton and Sue May Scholarship. This scholarship was started by the May family, in honor of their parents – John and Sue May. The May’s were dedicated members of our community who believed strongly in the power of higher education. Their legacy is honored by assisting a student that shows exceptional drive, community involvement, and the desire to go to a 4-year university with big plans for their future.

This year our recipient is South Central High School graduate Roxanne Kirby. Roxanne will be attending Pembroke in the fall where she will be a nursing major. She has been a soccer player for about as long as she could walk, and the soccer program and nursing school Pembroke has is what drew her there. Roxanne says she’s looking forward to the challenge of college courses, college soccer, and working towards her future career. She chose nursing after falling in love with the health care field her freshman year of high school when she volunteered at the hospital. She loves helping and taking care of people, and it’s clear her kind disposition will aide her bedside manner. Roxanne’s goals don’t stop there though, after she becomes an RN and gets a few years under her belt she intends to go back to receive her masters and become a Pediatric Nurse Practioner! We are confident she will achieve her goals and are excited to see her get there.

We are so thankful for the opportunity to assist such a bright young woman with these incredible goals. Roxanne, along with the whole Winterville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors would like to thank the May family for their continued support of our community in this way.

Congratulations Roxanne Kirby!

New Member – Beeker’s Brisket & BBQ!

New Member – Beeker’s Brisket & BBQ!

Beeker’s Brisket and BBQ is our most recent to join the Chamber family! Owner Robbie Beeker says he started this food truck after the necessity had him homeschooling his daughter during Covid. He had a vision of merging his native love of whole hog NC BBQ with the wood-fired, unique flavors of Texan BBQ into a food truck that hadn’t been seen before.

Beeker’s uses all local wood to smoke their meat low and slow to get that perfect flavor and tenderness. They can be found around town at local stops on the weekends – but get there early before they sell out! If you want to enjoy them all to yourself you can book them for a private event by giving Robbie a call at 252.227.2934.

New Member – Realty ONE Group Aspire

New Member – Realty ONE Group Aspire

Realty ONE Group Aspire is a new member that’s new to the community but no stranger to the realty business! Husband and wife duo Heather Garris and Scott Corbin opened their Realty ONE location in Winterville in December. Realty ONE is a modern, lifestyle real estate brand that is untraditional in everything they do, thus often referred to as the UNBrokerage. Not only is their office environment very modern and contemporary, their approach to how they do business is too! They have six agents in their location, and speak on their love for people and the challenge of keeping up with a constantly evolving market.

If you’re looking for an agency with the knowledge and experience to help you navigate this crazy market, give Realty ONE a call at 252-565-1875.

New Member – Cucinella’s Pizzeria and Italian Ice!

New Member – Cucinella’s Pizzeria and Italian Ice!

Cucinella’s Pizzeria and Italian Ice is new to our Chamber, but already a familiar favorite in town! It’s evident why as this family-owned business has been serving up pizza using recipes and techniques developed in their family since 1932 in their first restaurant: Veltre Bakery in Rochester, NY. In fact, this Cucinella’s may be bringing new meaning to “A Slice of the good life” here in Winterville, but the family also has locations in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. Here the Cucinella sons have made their home, and brought some delicious favorites with them!

Alongside their variety of pizzas, “grinders” (subs), calzone, stromboli, and garlic knots, they also have housemade gelato and italian ice to satisfy any craving from fruity to chocolatey.

You can take a look at the Cucinella’s menu here, and visit them at at 4125-L Old Tar Road in Winterville.

New Member – Greater Judah Christian Center!

New Member – Greater Judah Christian Center!

We are welcoming a new member, Greater Judah Christian Center, to our Chamber family. Greater Judah has co-pastors Danny and Sylvia Gardner guiding their ministry through education and with a mission to build better relationships within the community.

Every other Tuesday the congregation hosts a food pantry on campus with the help of donations and our local Food Bank. This month they are feeding on June 7th and 21st.

At Greater Judah they believe that their job is to love and connect with people, and to serve the community first.

You can find Greater Judah Christian Center at 2047-B South Park Drive in Winterville.

New Member – Family Foot and Ankle Physicians!

New Member – Family Foot and Ankle Physicians!

Family Foot and Ankle Physicians is one of our newest Chamber Members! This talented team works exceptionally hard for their clients. They treat pain and other issues in the feet and ankles associated with arthritis, injuries – including fractures, infections, ingrown nails, warts, and more.

The experienced, patient, and friendly Family Foot and Ankle team can help you not only with the problems you may be currently facing, but also guide you in how to avoid future issues. You can learn more about all that they offer – and book an appointment – on their website here.

New Member – The Pichan Realty Team of EXP Realty!

New Member – The Pichan Realty Team of EXP Realty!

The Pichan Realty Team of EXP Realty has just joined the Winterville Chamber family!

Husband and wife duo Michael and Jessica Pichan believe in supporting the community and working hard for their neighbors.

When you list with The Pichan Realty Team you can expect professional HD photos of your home, outdoor drone shots, and a 3D virtual tour of your home! Reviewers say Michael and Jessica are dedicated to their clients with the highest level of professionalism, integrity, and service.

When you’re thinking of putting your house on the market, or want to delve into buying in today’s difficult market, give The Pichan Realty Team a call! Check out their Facebook to see what they’ve got listed now.

New Member – Frederickson Advertising!

New Member – Frederickson Advertising!

We are welcoming our new member Frederickson Advertising to the Winterville Chamber! This family-owned business started in 1994 with the Frederickson Matriarch, after 30 years of successfully supporting businesses in their advertising needs, son Mitchell took over to continue the tradition. He moved the business to our area in 2018 from Indiana and is enjoying serving the Pitt County community.

Now the Frederickson Advertising team does logo creation, engraving and screen printing, and about any kind of promo product you can think of. Check out their website to see how they can help your business!

2022 Chamber Awards Finalists

2022 Chamber Awards Finalists

Thank you to everyone who helped by submitting nominations for our 2022 Chamber Awards! Now it’s time to vote! Read below about each of the finalists so you can help us choose the winners in each category.

Vote here:

Business of the Year:

Beacon Dental has been a part of the Winterville community since the summer of 2019. Since that time the entire staff has helped to give our community beautiful smiles – and reasons to do so! They continuously rise to the occasion when donations are needed in the community. You will also be hard-pressed to find a team that all work together so effortlessly while showing that they clearly love their job.

Full Service Flooring has been in business for 27 years, first starting in carpet cleaning, then to rug sales and carpet installs, then finally to the full-service retail floor and installation services they’re now known for. Owners Tim and Kristina Tyson chose to move their business to Winterville when they were ready to build, and for these last 8 years have dedicated themselves to always being a true part of Winterville.

Jaac and Jill is a youth development program based in Winterville. They have an afterschool program, summer and spring break camps, as well as drop-in services for K-8. Owners Asiya and Christie take the care and education of our youth seriously, and take the time to teach important programs such as horticulture, cooking classes, soft skills, yoga classes, and much more. They are often holding community events to give families and children in our community fun and constructive ways to spend their time together!

Citizen of the Year:

Aaron Kennedy serves as the Senior Pastor of Opendoor Church along with his wife, Lauren. Aaron’s parents founded Opendoor in 1986, while Aaron has been leading the church since 2015. The staff at Opendoor say that Aaron has a true passion for helping people know God and he leads Opendoor as a place of guidance and genuine teaching, authentic faith, and passionate worship for people all over Eastern North Carolina and Beyond.

Alton Wadford is a familiar face and name to many involved in the community. He has been a member of the Winterville Chamber of Commerce Board for many years, has been involved in the Watermelon Festival for just as long, and is continuously showing up for his community. Alton will always say yes to someone asking for help, and truly has a love for our Town and does his part to make it a great place to live and work.

Amy Amacker-Self is co-owner of Local Oak Brewing Co. She works hard to make her business somewhere for the community to be proud of. She serves on the Winterville Chamber of Commerce Board and enjoys organizing street clean-ups to help keep our community clean. Amy is a kind and humble voice for anyone in need of a hand.

Teacher of the Year:

Katie Greenberg is a kindergarten teacher at WH Robinson. She’s been teaching for 18 years, the majority of that time has been in Pitt County. Even when she took time off teaching to have her daughters and be a stay-at-home Mom, she has remained active at WHR as PTA president for several years. Her gentle and kind disposition leads her to be a fantastic teacher, particularly for the young students she is guiding. Katie is nicknamed St. Katie by her husband because she continually goes above and beyond for any and everyone.

Jason Thomas is the art teacher at WH Robinson. He has been a teacher for 23 years, 13 of which were at GR Whitfield where he was nominated for Teacher of the Year for the school as well. Jason has also been a middle school coach or assistant coach for 16 years. He’s a big kid at heart which serves him well as a fun art teacher!

Volunteer of the Year:

Abbott Hunsucker is a long time dedicated member and officer of the Winterville Historical Society. He serves as treasurer, assists with rentals, performs maintenance and yard work. Whenever something needs to be done, Abbott is always willing to pitch in and put his shoulder to the task. His attitude and spirit of volunteerism is second to none, and has been critical to helping keep the organization going through the pandemic.

Heather Jackson is the new Chairperson on the Board of the Winterville Watermelon Festival Committee. She is dedicated to the Winterville community and continuously signs up to volunteer for a variety of events that support our area. Heather has lived in Winterville her whole life and holds dear our Town.

Michele Marston has been serving non-profits in our community for many years. She currently is the Program Administrator for Koinonia Community Solutions, serving youth and individuals in Northeastern North Carolina by leading affordable housing initiatives, educational programs and equitable opportunities. She was the Founding Director of the Rock the Arts initiative and served as committee chair for the Junior League for 5 years. Michele’s dedication to serving others and her community has given her notice in recently receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award from Pitt Community College.

Most Dedicated Public Servant:

Al Gutridge is a firefighter with Winterville Fire-Rescue-EMS that has shown dedication to his community throughout the years by continuing to volunteer through the transition from strictly volunteer to paid employees of the department.

David Moore is the Fire Chief for Winterville Fire-Rescue-EMS that has been with the Town for 13 years. He leads a strong group and dedicates his knowledge efforts to serve our community.

Ryan Willhite is the Chief of Police for the Town of Winterville where he has served us for the past 9 years. His strength and integrity have led our officers well and is reflected in how well they keep our community safe.

Favorite Spot to Shop:

Needless Toys and Collectibles is the place to go for comics, model kits, figurines and other toys. They take pride in offering unique, rare, and even signed products!

The Alley on Cooper is an expansive thrift shop offering a variety of home decor and furniture from many different eras. Like any thrift shop this is a place to enjoy a good hunt, but here you may find yourself walking away with something truly special for a bargain!

The Village Market is an artisan shop full of NC made items and products ranging from corn bread mix and homemade jam to cutting boards and pottery. This family-owned business is always looking for new sellers and products to keep their inventory fresh!

Favorite New Business:

Joe’s Eatz is a new casual dining restaurant serving breakfast and lunch favorites, plus a few specials like a falafel wrap and 4 brothers burgers.

Meating Ground Cafe is the new brick & mortar by the owners of Prevail Food Truck. If you’re looking for delicious food in a great environment, this is the place to go. They have a variety of biscuits, lattes, sandwiches, salads, and soups – all with the delicious twist we’ve come to expect from them!

Tie Breakers of Winterville is new to our town, but not new to good food and service. Here you can hang out to watch the game, or maybe just to enjoy the patio, while indulging in a good burger, chicken sandwich, or even some scrumptious (and huge) salads!

New Member – Fame All Stars NC!

New Member – Fame All Stars NC!

We need your help to welcome Fame All Stars NC to our Chamber membership! Fame is a competitive cheer and tumbling facility that also does summer camps, afterschool programs, and much more! The staff at Fame is well-known for their skills and impressive program.

Kids can start as young as preschool age with their tumbling classes! Here your children can develop confidence, flexibility, coordination, self-discipline, patience and even more skills that will help them in many other ways throughout their lives.

If you’re curious what Fame can offer your kids, take a look at for more information.