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