Tom Pearson goes out fishing from Mexico to Monterey about five days a week, weather permitting. His wife, Terese Pearson, holds down the fort, weighing out the goods for customers.
San Clemente resident Charlotte Off said she's hooked on the place. She originally came for the store's fresh seasonal lobster but quickly came back to buy live shrimp — something in high demand.
"It's the freshest fish I've ever had, plus I come in because Terese and Tom are such a kick…. You walk in there and they treat you like family," Off said.
The small shop has evolved over the last three decades, originally being just a walk-up shop built and run by Tom Pearson's dad.
"Our goal is just to continue serving our community," Terese Pearson said.
Now it has a roof that doesn't leak and tanks full of live rock crab, fresh snapper, halibut, salmon, octopus and harpooned swordfish — all caught in the Pearsons' boats.
One thing that hasn't changed over the years is Mother Nature, and the weather determining whether it's ice or seafood that fills their tanks, Terese Pearson said.
"She still has her own agenda," she said, laughing.
ROBINS HALL BELL TOWER, NEWPORT HARBOR HIGH SCHOOL
600 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach
After June 22, Newport Beach will be without what is perhaps its most visible landmark — one that has towered over Newport Harbor High School for 77 years.
The Robins Hall bell tower once served as a landmark for sailors, but now because it was deemed seismically unsafe, the landmark will be torn down.
But it's not the end of an era, Newport Mesa Unified School District Assistant Supt. Paul Reed said. A new bell tower will be built, but the designs are quite similar to the building that stands today.