Emerging Business of the Year

Casey and Brittney Dutton, (right) owners of Dutton’s Seafood in Locust Fork, recently received the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Business of the Year award. The Chamber recognized the Duttons’ impact and their commitment to the Blount County community and honored them with the award in April.

“We are so grateful for our customers, for Blount County, and those who have nominated us for this award,” the Duttons said. “As part of Blount County, we do what we can to put back into the community through fundraising, charity events, and more.”

The Duttons began selling seafood during the summer of 2020 on the side of the road (Ala 79) in Locust Fork while visiting relatives. They would come back each week with fresh and frozen seafood items from Louisiana. Six months ago, the building across the street became available to rent and they jumped at the opportunity.

“As a new business to our community, they have already embedded themselves and improved the quality of life with their fresh seafood offerings to Blount County,” Locust Fork council member Weslie Powell stated. “Brittney and Casey have both quickly engaged the community by supporting local first responders. They have sponsored a fundraiser for the local fire department as well.”

Located at 30205 State Highway 79 (across from Locust Fork Town Hall), the market is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The Duttons “bring fresh seafood and smiles to town” by making weekly runs between the Louisiana Gulf Coast and Blount County.

Two of their most popular menu items are fresh shrimp and pre-ordered oysters. They also offer a variety of other seafood items such as crawfish, frog legs, and gator just to name a few. Their menu may change daily or weekly depending on what items are available or in season.

“We want to say thank you to this great community,” Brittney said. “Without you, we wouldn’t be where we are.”