Matt (pictured above) opened up Fishermen’s Wharf in 2007 after buying it from the previous owner and his store has been one of the few local stores that provides fresh seafood right off the boat. Since a lot of seafood is usually trucked out of the local community, his store is a great outlet for local fishermen to sell their product and for people to get locally sourced seafood. In addition to fresh seafood, Fishermen’s Wharf also stocks specialty foods and snacks from places such as Italy, Spain, Portugal and more. The staff provides tours of the Charleston Marina and there’s a picnic area where people can enjoy the marina scene.
What is most important to Matt though is not the seafood but the experience that customers get when they go to Fishermen’s wharf. It’s the experience of going down to the docks and picking out fresh seafood that came straight from the commercial fishing boats in the Charleston Marina. Some lucky customers might even get a visit from Charleston Marina’s own harbor seal, Flash.
Fishermen’s wharf also sees itself as an active part of contributing to the local community not only through its store but also through projects such as the America’s Best Communities grant. When asked about where he sees Fishermen’s Wharf in the future, he says “just right here.” Looks like tourists and the local community will have fresh and locally sourced seafood to look forward to for a long time.