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Up Close and Personal With Bruce Vogt of Big Island Aquaculture Oysters

Up Close and Personal With Bruce Vogt of Big Island Aquaculture Oysters

When Bruce and Cathy Vogt bought their home in Hayes, Virginia, they were looking for a waterfront spot with room for their horses. What they didn't realize was just how perfect their geography was to growing oysters in a region known for its seafood.

Today, the Vogts are some of the most prolific oyster growers in rural coastal Virginia and their Big Island Aquaculture Oysters are enjoyed by seafood lovers from Nashville to Richmond and many points in between.

We sat down with Bruce recently to get to know his love of the coastal life better with the Marker...


A Sit Down With Sara Harris: Editor of The Scout Guide Williamsburg & The Chesapeake Bay

A Sit Down With Sara Harris: Editor of The Scout Guide Williamsburg & The Chesapeake Bay

Do you love on your community by eating, shopping and supporting local?

We certainly do at Marker Nine, and so does Sara Harris, who featured our company in The Scout Guide Williamsburg & The Chesapeake Bay.

Recently we sat down with Sara to test just how much of a coastal lover she is – and not to worry, she passes the test in a big way!

How do we test? Have you ever heard of the Proust Questionnaire? It traces its origins to a parlor game popularized by French essayist and novelist Marcel Proust. He believed...


Meet Ms. Lou from Marvin’s

Meet Ms. Lou from Marvin’s

Marker Nine has never carried visors. But from day one, Ms. Lou at Achilles Shopping Center – known far better in the local Guinea community of Virginia as Marvin’s – had said if we ever made a visor, she would rock it.

So we made some. And she did.

But we can’t just share a picture of Ms. Lou without telling you a little more.

First and foremost, you should know that Marvin’s has long been the social hub for the famed Gloucester watermen. Built in the 1950s by Otis Hogge,...


Coastal Photography Gallery Prints Now Available Through Marker Nine

Coastal Photography Gallery Prints Now Available Through Marker Nine

Marker Nine, the casual apparel company dedicated to the unspoiled life on the water, has expanded its product line to include coastal photography by award-winning photojournalist Rob Ostermaier.

Marker Nine will take 10% of the sales from every print purchased and donate it to The Cook Foundation, a Gloucester-based non-profit arts association that’s dedicated its efforts to making art accessible, public and a celebration for all.

“Showcasing the beauty of our natural, coastal world is a privilege for Marker Nine,” said company co-founder...


The Sweetest Cupcake You Ever Will Meet

The Sweetest Cupcake You Ever Will Meet

There is no doubt that Chris Leigh knows the water…and loves the water. As the owner of Oyster Cove Boatworks & Yacht Brokerage, Chris spends his professional days talking boats, riding on boats and helping families enhance their coastal living with boats.

But did you also know that many call him Cupcake? Or that he is all about the music? Or how he feels about peanut butter pillows?

Enjoy this, the Marker Nine Questionnaire (our version of the Proust Questionnaire) with Chris.

What are your top three yacht rock songs that must be on your beach...