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The business is owned by 66-year-old George “Boochie” Fontaine, Jr. Boochie saw the vacant building that now houses the market about a year ago, and thought it would be a great location for a business he had in mind. “I’m originally from Walterboro, but my family moved to Edisto Beach in 1953. My daddy, George Fontaine, built his first small shrimp boat at my grandparents’ residence in Mayfield Terrace,” Boochie said. He noted his father gave him the nickname of “Boochie.” “My daddy gave me the name, and it just stuck with me, and I could never change it.”
“I’ve been in the seafood business for the past 33 years, and, when I saw this location, I thought that it would be perfect for a seafood market.” Boochie said. He opened the Dockside Restaurant at Edisto Beach in 1978, “It’s still open, but I leased it out in 2011, because I got tired of the restaurant business.”
Boochie said that he talked about opening the fish market with three friends at the beach, and they are helping by providing some financial support. “We are buying and selling the freshest seafood we can get. We also offer fish stew, clam chowder, crab soup, seafood bisque, shrimp dip, crab cakes (makes four patties), and shrimp, scallop, crab casseroles, or casseroles made out of all three seafood items.”
The market also offers saltwater taffy and tee shirts for sale. A gift shop will be located within the store soon.
Boochie said that business is starting out very well. “We’ve had a lot of traffic since we opened.” Business hours are currently from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., seven days per week, but are subject to change. For further information, call (843) 782 3990.