Katie Shernan, a confessed “Newburyport lovin’ food nerd” is a life-long resident of Newburyport and West Newbury. With her mom and business partner, Karen, Katie runs Port Plums and Port Blue Accents, 2 retail businesses located in downtown Newburyport.
Katie got her start at The Dragon’s Nest, a toy store and decades-long staple of Newburyport shopping. “I always expected to get tired of the job and the same old view every day. But after 4 years of working every summer, winter, and spring break, I wanted more!”
After college Katie began working in human resources but a few short months later, she and Karen purchased Newburyport Olive Oil, a pre-existing business at The Tannery. The following summer, Katie and Karen opened the adjacent Port Plums with Port Blue Accents following in late 2016.
“I love so many things about being a shop owner,” say Katie. “From curating the coolest products to organizing fun events, there’s never a dull moment. But the very best part is getting to know our wonderful customers!”
When not tending to her shops, Katie loves to cook, snuggle with her dogs, and travel.
Favorite Food: Malted Coffee Frappe…with extra malt!
Favorite Spot in Newburyport: Middle Street Foods
Favorite YPP Event: Untapped History’s Haunted Tour
Next time you see Kami, make sure to say hi! No really, do it- her southern accent is adorable.
Thanks for being part of YPP, Kami! Looking forward to all you will bring to this group!
We get this question all the time so here you go!!
Newburyport YPP aka Young People with a Purpose is a group who donate their time, energy and money to doing good. Simple as that.
We define Young as 'Not yet old'. So, are you not yet old? As the saying goes, you are only as old as you feel and if you do not yet feel old then- you're in!! We have had folks from 3 to a little older than 3 join us for our events, cleanups and volunteer opportunies.
Your age is not important, the fact that you are going good and giving back is.
So no, no matter your age you are NOT too old for YPP! Come, join us! You will quickly learn that you will fit right in.
~Tiffany (age 36) & Alison (age 34)
There is no way we could do this by ourselves anymore- it is time we had a true YPP committee! We looked high and low and really put a great deal of thought into who we wanted to be part of our do-good committee. These rockstars will be helping us plan events, work with charities and bring YPP to the next level! There is so much good to be done and we look forward to having these fine folks help us make that happen!
Now without further adiue we give to you the YPP committee members!! aka the rockstars!!!
(listed in alphabetical order to keep them from thinking we have favorites)
Over the next few weeks we will be blogging about each one of these crazy, cool folks so you can get to know them! They will all be joining us at our Summer Kickoff Event on June 7th at Andiamo Restaurant in Newburyport when we are featuring and raising money & awareness for Tammy's Closet! Please make sure to say hi to all of these fine folks at the event. They have a lot to share! :)
We want to thank them so much for stepping up and offering their help with our mission to do good with Newburyport YPP!! We are very excited to see what the future holds for YPP!!
~Tiffany & Alison