Under clocks that tell the time in Los Angeles, London and St. Petersburg and across from the cylindrical fish tanks that rise in the Pier's lobby, Barbara Pastella waits eagerly for visitors to approach.
Pastella, 63, is the Pier's concierge today, telling people what to do at the iconic structure and in the surrounding area. She even encourages them to spend an extra moment at her desk, from which they can send an email postcard with a photo of themselves.
She enjoys the part-time job.
"I like to talk," the Youngstown, Ohio, native says. "It's nice because you meet people from all over the country." And elsewhere.
"We get a lot of from England, a lot from France, a lot from Germany. So many people are so upset we're closing."