WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) — In Eastern North Carolina, residents are stocking up on three winter weather essentials. Bread, milk and big, pretty, salty oysters. Ginn’s Seafood and Convenience Store in Washington has it all and then some.
“Colder weather is nice for eating oysters,” says Ginn’s Seafood owner Lawrence Ginn. “Everybody likes for it to be good and cold. And it’s cold now. These oysters were just harvested earlier this morning in the sleet and the snow.”
The cold temperatures aren’t discouraging customers from stocking up on oysters for the weekend.
“It’s the NFL Playoffs and I want to have some on hand,” says a Ginn’s regular, Walt Averill.
Some customers even drove from Greenville to make sure they had a bushel before the winter weather makes the road impassable. Brandy Ginn says her store aims to make sure people have what they want and need.
“We have customers that come see us from all over Eastern North Carolina,” says Brandy Ginn. “From Raleigh, east. The come back because we treat them well. They’re like family to us. And we do to others as we would have them do to us.”
The store plans to stay open, despite the forecast. The Ginns say the only reason they would be closed is if they were stuck.
“If we couldn’t get here,” Brandy says. “That would be the only reason if we could not get here.”
And as long as their open, the customers keep coming to enjoy some of Carolina’s best seafood. The Ginn’s are happy to set you up and send you on your way. With one warning in mind from the youngest member of the family operation, Ethan.
“Be careful,” he says.