Brothers Joe and Sam Romano and longtime friend Nathan King founded Seaview Crab Company as a simple roadside market along Carolina Beach Road back in 2006.
Prior to opening the market, the three worked as commercial crabbers, hustling to sell their catch to other markets. But when a small seafood and tackle shop became available for rent just down the road from where they usually set up shop, the business really began to take off.
Since that time, the company has gained a loyal local following, both as a wholesale and as a retail seafood outlet. But many of their customers are also folks who live outside of Wilmington and travel here to spend time at the beach.
“So often we would hear from customers who live in other parts of the state about how they have nowhere to access fresh seafood when they’re not at the beach,” said Seaview shipping coordinator, Ashley MacBride.
MacBride said that Seaview began taking orders for shipments over the phone and soon realized the need for online ordering.
“It’s important that with the expansion to an online market that we maintain the values that makes this grassroots company so unique,” MacBride said. “Unfortunately when you begin browsing the internet for seafood, you quickly realize that it’s nearly impossible to find fresh seafood from a supplier you trust without paying an arm and a leg to get it. Our goal is to provide the freshest possible seafood straight from our market to your doorstep for a reasonable price.”
MacBride said that while the focus of the online shop is to provide primarily local North Carolina seafood, especially shrimp, the company does offer a variety of products such as Alaskan king crab legs and Maine lobster. They also offer Cajun crawfish boils and low country boils for shipping. The bulk of the weekly catch is brought in on Wednesday so shipments are only sent out on Wednesday and Thursday to insure the highest quality product.
Earlier this year the company launched a seafood CSA called Local Picks Pack, which offers single, half or full weekly shares every week for an 8-week period.
A local seafood CSA program such as this not only supports the economy of local the fishing community, but also allows customers access to the freshest local seafood at a significant savings, along with directions on how to prepare it.
MacBride said that the summer Local Pick Packs will likely include produce from Port City Produce, as well as recipe ideas, making it a complete meal service.
“It’s great to be able to partner with them when they have the stand right down the road,” MacBride said. “It helps both our businesses.”
Seaview Crab Company has two locations in Wilmington: 6458 Carolina Beach Road and 1515 Marstellar St. For more information on Local Pick Packs and online ordering visit Seaview Crab Company's website
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