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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, it got its contemporary name when it sold to Marvin Crane in 1976.

Open 24-hours a day, Marvin’s is filled most mornings with watermen grabbing coffee and breakfast before a day harvesting and farming the local waters.

Most afternoons find the lunch counter packed with orders rolling in for Ms. Lou’s famous sandwiches and weekly specials.

Clam Strips.

Crab Cakes (this is watermen’s country, after all).


Beanie Weanies.

Beans and Dumplins.

And what about Ms. Lou herself?

We gave her the Marker Nine Questionnaire to help you get to know her better. Enjoy!

What is your favorite music that must be on your beach or boat playlist?

Classic rock… Lynyrd Skynyrd.

What is your favorite seafood?


What is your drink of choice on the beach or boat?

Coca-Cola or Gatorade.

If you could only bring one person out on your boat with you (or to spend the day on the beach), who would it be? Living or dead. Celebrity or not. You pick.

My Aunt Nancy.

Blow boat or power boat?


Power boat.

Creek crawl or full throttle?

Creek crawling.

Snack attack. What are the must have snacks for a day on the boat or beach?

Fried chicken.

What is your earliest water memory?

Working on the water with my dad. I started going out with him when I couldn’t even see over the washboards. He clammed, he fished, he crabbed.

Describe your perfect day (preferably on the water).

I like a little bit of wind, a little bit of waves, plenty of sun, and a fishing rod.

What's the biggest fish tale that you told?

I went deep sea fishing one time, the first time ever, in the Gulf. I was sitting in the washboard of the boats like I do here with one foot in the water and one foot in the boat. I kept seeing this fish and I told the captain, I said, “I think there’s a shark down there.” He says, “really?” and every time that we move the boat, he was there! I looked again and he said, “you know, you might want to put your foot in the boat. That’s a barracuda.” So, I put my foot in.

About that time, something grabbed my line and pinned me right to the washboard. He saw on the fish-finder that it was probably a grouper and said that “it was probably the size of a Volkswagen!” Before we got the outriggers down, he had broken the line.

That was probably my best ever one that got away.

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