Stuart and Lucinda Hudgins, along with their children Jon and Kaitlyn, are the friendly folks that own Tommy’s Natural Foods Market and Wine Shop. Don’t be surprised to see them working behind the counter and at the register, even though the kids are grown and living their dreams they still enjoy finding specialty food and wine from around the world to offer at Tommy’s. It’s a family-owned small town grocery and specialty food market with the largest selection of wine offered in Duck.
A Little Family History
We moved to the Outer Banks in 1997. Our son started working at Tommy’s when he turned 15 and worked every summer and holiday even through college until he was commissioned as an Officer in the United State Air Force. Since he was a little boy he has loved airplanes and knew he was going to be a pilot, so when he was awarded a scholarship from the Air Force ROTC to attend the University of Colorado in Boulder he was thrilled. He finished flight school as a “Distinguished Graduate” and is currently stationed at Seymour Johnson AFB in Goldsboro, North Carolina where he is flying the F-15E Strike Eagle. He is living his dream and loving it! During his first deployment to Afghanistan where he started a non-profit social business to help the Afghan women and children by selling scarfs at Tommy’s Market and online. He has since received the Military Outstanding Volunteer Medal and the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award for this project. Click on the FlyingScarfs link below and read about his latest accomplishments.
Kaitlyn started her training in the grocery business when she was only 10 years old and spent every holiday, summer and most weekends working at Tommy’s until she graduated from college, with a Masters Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in sustainability from Clemson University. She is a 2012 graduate of Wake Forest University with a major in Cultural Anthropology and a minor in Health Policy & Administration and International Relations. While at school she rowed for the crew team, joined the cycling club and road in the ACC Championships, was the Assistant Vice President of Finance for Alpha Delta Pi, and worked for the Red Cross for 3 years, just to list a few of her extra curricular interests. She studied in South Africa for a semester where she brought so much joy to people with Aids and TB and was then selected to speak at a conference in Dubai presenting her solutions to the TB crisis. She took summer classes in Madrid, Spain and a social enterprise class in Mexico . Even with her academic and athletic achievements she still found time to be actively involved in several community service organizations in Winston-Salem and on the Outer Banks. During the summer she volunteered every week at the Outer Banks Hospital and created the first Community Garden on the Northern Outer Banks in 2011. Currently, she is the Member Services Manager for the National Human Services Assembly in D.C. Ok so we’re just a little proud of our children.
As a family we have always enjoyed traveling together and continue to do so. Ten of us decided to join Kaitlyn in Spain where we found some of our favorite food and wine that we still offer at Tommy’s. We enjoy what some might call semi-extreme sports even if it’s only once; hang gliding, parasailing, surfing, kite-boarding, hot air ballooning, ice climbing, back packing in Alaska, bungy jumping in South Africa and sky-diving just to name a few. Our favorites include some of the water sports on the Outer Banks, but flying, snowboarding and cycling are on the top of our list. Stuart even completed the “Cycle Across North Carolina” riding 482 miles on his “Seven” titanium and carbon bike without even a flat tire. He even learned to row after cheering on the Wake Forest Crew Team. Our most recent adventure took us to Italy where we reaffirmed our passion for great food.
Along our travels we all enjoy shopping at the local grocery markets sampling and experiencing the regional cuisine. Searching for the best food and wine to bring back to the Outer Banks.