- Published on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 22:52
- Written by Super User
The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the UNCW Entrepreneurship Center has selected Matt Piccinin and Sean Cook, owners of Shuckin’ Shack in Carolina Beachand downtown Wilmington winners of the 7th Annual Pleasure Island Entrepreneur of the Year for 2013. Shuckin’ Shack will be honored at an awards breakfast held May 23rd at the UNCW Burney Center along with other Chamber winners and the 2013 Coastal Entrepreneurs of the Year.
The UNCW Entrepreneurship Center, the Greater Wilmington Business Journal, and local Chambers of Commerce organized the competition to shine a spotlight on up-and-coming entrepreneurs in the Cape Fear region and to help foster entrepreneurial activity in our region.
Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar was the brain child of two local friends Matt Piccinin and Sean Cook. They felt that Pleasure Island needed an Oyster Bar and a place to enjoy great local steamed seafood in a relaxed atmosphere. Shuckin’ Shack opened 5 years ago in Carolina Beach with only 6 employees. It has now expanded to include a downtown Wilmington location and over 30 employees. You can also find Shuckin’ Shack Oysters and Shrimp at local events such as The Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival, Pleasure Island Chowder Cook Off and Step Up For Soldiers Back Yard BBQ. The Shack can even bring the party to you including an oyster steamer, official shack shucking tables, and all the fixings! Shuckin’ Shack has received rave reviews from local print media and is a hot spot for locals and tourists. This year they were honored to be runner up for best oysters in Encore Magazines “Best of Wilmington”. When you walk into the new location It is obvious, from the local memorabilia and photographs displayed on the bar top, that even though The Shack is expanding its roots are deep in Carolina Beach and the local customers who have become more like family.
Owners Matt and Sean give back to their community by supporting local children’s athletics including sponsoring and coaching Myrtle Grove Baseball and the new Pleasure Island Youth Baseball as well as sponsoring a team for Pleasure Island Soccer for the past 4 years. They are also involved in several charities including Got Em On Live Bait Club, Nourish NC, and Ashley High School Boosters..