Opened in 2001, Wheelhouse Seafoods and Specialty Meats is a fixture in the ‘hood for their reliable high quality fresh seafood, and organic/free run meat. Owned and operated by Catherine and Trevor, the married couple are probably best known for their friendly, warm smiles, and trustworthy, knowledgeable customer service. Before opening the shop over a decade ago, Catherine worked closely in the restaurant industry. Trevor was employed in the seafood industry, within processing and distribution. “I went to college and did a small business program,” Trevor tells us. But it was his wife Catherine who had the brilliant idea to open a fish shop, an idea that at first Trevor says he wasn’t so sure about. “I eventually warmed up to it,” he says lightheartedly. With a true neighbourhood feel, Wheelhouse Seafoods is pretty exemplary of the community spirit that thriving in our area. “We know everyone here,” says Trevor. “We will be walking down the street and people will stop us and ask what’s fresh in the shop.” It’s that kind of vibe that runs through the shop, and Trevor says it’s his loyal customers who really make up his job. “The vast majority of our customers are really really nice,” he says. “I enjoy talking with them, I like knowing their name, their kid’s name, watching their kids grow up. I like that feeling… that old fashioned community feeling. Which is really disappearing in Vancouver as a whole – I hope we maintain it here.” Planning a BBQ or summer picnic? Be sure to check out their delicious Prawn skewers, perfect for the summer, as well as fresh salmon and White Spring. Visit Wheelhouse Seafoods and Specialty Meats at 2605 East Hastings Street, and follow their Facebook page for the latest.