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Local Couple Opens Seafood Market in Nellysford, VA

seafood restaurant in nellysfordJames Fountain grew up on Tybee Island, a small community of about 2,000 residents off the coast of Georgia. Naturally the ocean, and seafood of all kinds, was a big part of his life: his grandfather was even  a commercial crabber/waterman, and his father and uncles all had fishing boats.

Now a retired Georgia police officer and Stoney Creek resident, James decided that “there has to be more people around here, like me, who loves seafood”, he said recently. So he tested his theory on weekends for several months back in 2012, selling fresh seafood from the parking lot of the Valley Green Shopping Center and the Charlottesville Farmer’s Market.

He found such a demand for fresh seafood that he recently opened Oceanwide Seafood in Valley Green, that he and his wife Rebecca (the Director of the Boys & Girl’s Clubs in Charlottesville) operate.

The Fountains obtain most of their seafood from the Hampton Roads area, but they also tap the coasts of the Carolina’s and Georgia and do get Cod and Halibut from New England and get some shrimp from Florida.

The diversity of seafood offered at Oceanwide depends on what is caught, but you will almost always find Flounder, Tilapia, Mahi-Mahi, Scallops, Clams and Shrimp. Seasonally you will find live Lobster and live soft shell crabs and Blue Crabs along with Alaska Snowcrab and Kingcrab and Lobster Tail. A customer can always call before going to see what exactly is available that day.

Currently Oceanwide is open from 2pm-7pm, Tues.-Fri., and 9-5 Sat., but they plan to expand their hours soon to 10-6 Tues.-Sat., eventually offering seafood sandwiches and soups for dine-in and take-out, along with shrimp cocktail and party trays. James likes to speak of “low-country boil” soups and chowders that include shrimp, red potatoes, corn-on-the-cob and sausage, a delicacy cooked in stages.

Also available at Oceanwide is seasonings, breadings and locally made cocktail and tarter sauces. For more information, call (434) 218-7178.

Mill, then turn right to go West on Route 666. Stay on Route 666 for a total of approximately 4 miles through Dickie Brothers Orchard. Just past the packing shed, the road becomes a gravel road then winds up and over the mountain offering great views along the way. At the bottom of the other side of the mountain, turn right on to Route 827. Route 827 goes into the George Washington National Forest and parallels the North Fork of the Piney River. You may pull over to the side anywhere there is enough space (except where private property is posted) and walk beside the river.


first run cateringFirst Run Catering, a 12 yr. old company based in Charlottesville, recently opened a new cafe in the Colleen Exoon building, on Rt.29 across from the Blue Ridge Medical Center.

” We’ve passed through Colleen often over the years (on the way to North Carolina), and have noticed the need for a place for good, reasonably priced food,” said owner-manager Chef Welford Williams. “Then we noticed that we should expand our existing catering services to Nelson and adjacent counties…so here we are!”

First Run Catering employs 25, and can handle groups and parties of any size, including weddings, reunions, church gatherings, Holiday parties or any social event. They even work with funeral directors to provide discounted menus for aggrieved families who have little time for planning. They have set-up and catered for as many as 1,000 at a time, and, through their association with Central Virginia Rentals, can also provide tents, tables, chairs, linens, china and cutlery, any accessories a client could need.

scan2And they are diverse, able to provide catering services for black-tie affairs as well as all barbeque. First Run menu offerings include Continental Breakfast or Buffets, salads, sandwiches and boxed lunches, Chef Grand Buffets, hot and cold Hors D’ Oeuvres and “Bigtime” Southern Fried Chicken and Southern Fried Chicken.

Williams grew up in the catering business that his father, a certified chef, owned and operated, starting out washing dishes when 7-yrs.-old. After an accomplished career as an Executive Chef for some prominent hotel chains, he now employs his wife Lesa, son Martez and daughter Tara. For more information, call Chef Welford Williams at (434) 817-9940 or visit FirstRunCatering.com.

The delicious offerings at the Cafe in Colleen provide a sampling of some of the foods First Run can offer. Open Mon.-Sat., 7 am – 3 pm, for breakfast and lunch (with plans to possibly open for dinner in the future), the Cafe in Colleen offers a fresh salad bar daily and hot/cold specials. Also available is Chicken (fried or baked); burgers, subs, wraps and chili.