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Looking Back on 2022 in the Twin Counties

The year began with some COVID restrictions in place, but by late spring, things really began to open up again. As 2022 winds down, let’s take a look back at some of the best things to happen this year in Nash and Edgecombe Counties. If we missed anything, share it with us on Facebook or Instagram.


The Twin Counties saw a number of new businesses and restaurants open this year including:

  • Sal’s Pizza opened on Sunset Ave in Rocky Mount.

  • Factory 633 opened as a new event venue for weddings, gatherings, and more.*

  • NC Beer Factory and Taproom opened on Wesleyan Blvd. in Rocky Mount.

  • The NBA’s Montrezl Harrell, a Tarboro native, opened Kickz Scoop in downtown Rocky Mount.

  • Chipotle opened on Wesleyan Blvd., bringing the popular chain to the Twin Counties.

  • Main Street Gastropub is one of the newest local restaurants, located in downtown Rocky Mount.

  • Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar opened on Jeffreys Rd. in Rocky Mount.

  • The Rocky Mount Downtown Development Office opened to assist with the revitalization of downtown.

  • Baked & Brewed opened in the spot of the former Corner Coffee Café in Nashville, offering coffee and baked goods.


Main Street Gastropub is one of the area's newest restaurants, opening in downtown Rocky Mount this year.

Other great news and events from Nash and Edgecombe included:

  • Local festivals made a big comeback after COVID shutdowns including Downtown Live!, the Juneteenth Community Empowerment Festival, Nashville’s Blooming Festival, the Nashville Running Festival, local Christmas parades, and many more.

  • Sleep in Heavenly Peace provided beds for over 200 kids.

  • Building Shalom renovated houses and provided homes for multiple families.

  • Ripe Revival provided local produce for thousands of families in need.

  • Nashville, Rocky Mount, Spring Hope, and Tarboro all received funding to improve their downtowns and communities.

  • The Mills Tower Lighting, featured by WRAL, drew a large crowd to celebrate the start of the holiday season.

  • Braswell Memorial Library celebrated its 20th anniversary.

  • Tarboro Town Common commemorated Veteran’s Day by transforming into a field of flags.

  • Nash UNC Health Care received an A rating from the Leapfrog Group.

  • Mrs. George’s Peanut Butter Pies hit the market at Barley and Burger and Books & Beans.

  • Northern Nash and Tarboro High both made the football state championships.

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