Hello. It’s Me.

May 10, 2016

It has been almost (gasp) two weeks since my last blog post!  Don’t worry, I’m busy researching all things local (like my ideal commuter rail brewery tour, a summer bucket list and the most local cocktail) and will report back to you soon.  In the meantime, let me give you the low down on the past few weeks.

First, The Coastal Collective, a new passion project my dear friend Lauren Blanda and I have been working on, has launched in Newburyport.  The concept is simple, we bring amazing makers and artists to YOU in a unique way.  When I started this blog, I found myself stumbling upon local people doing truly interesting things. I felt inspired by their passion and love of community. It seemed to me, that if we could create a venue for people to learn a new skill (with a cocktail mind you) under the guidance of a talented maker, it would enhance our already thriving community.  And I think we were correct!  Our first event, calligraphy and cosmos, was taught by Suzanne Lee, a Newburyport native and owner of Maple and Dune calligraphy.  The class sold out, and Lauren and I were so pleased to see our idea come to life!

The Coastal Collective

Did you miss the first event?  Fear not!  We have lots of interesting classes on offer through June.  Check them all out here, and register to save a seat!


Second, we visited Oregon and Washington last week.  I’m still catching my breath, but it was an amazing spot for a family vacation.  Lots of outdoor exploration, local fish, oysters and (of course) wine. I plan to fill you in on some of the highlights in an upcoming post.  For now, this image of Canon Beach on the Oregon Coast will have to do.

Canon Beach

But what about Newburyport?  Even with the Coastal Collective and travel, I still found myself strolling around our beautiful seaport.  Have you noticed some changes?

Buttermilk Baking Co has expanded!  You can find them next door to their old location on Liberty Street.

Buttermilk Baking Co

Speaking of Liberty Street, a new creative studio has opened up, Salt and Grove.  We visited on Mother’s Day and picked up a beautiful bouquet by Sweet Annie’s Floral Design.  The space is lovely, wonderful lighting, with perfectly displayed photos on each wall.  Salt and Grove is home to Katie (Sweet Annie Floral Design) and Sarah (Sarah Jayne Photography).  Keep an eye out for upcoming workshops, and for all you local creatives, check out their options for renting studio space!

Salt and Grove flowers

Sea Bags has opened a storefront in a coveted spot on State St.  The Newburyport location will mark its third Massachusetts store to date.  I’m planning to get my hands on one of their totes made from recycled sails. Perfect for a Plum Island beach trip!

Sea Bags Maine

Something is happening over at 1 Water St. Newburyport native Emily Prescott-Burrows is bringing her boho chic inspired designs from California back home.  Vaalbara Designs is known for its handcrafted handbags, each with a bold unique print.  I’m hoping my son stays in diapers long enough to justify this purchase below,

Photo credit: Torrey West
Photo credit: Torrey West

Oh, and don’t forget the Summer Farmers Market is now in full swing!  Every Sunday 9-1 at the Tannery. Hope to see you there sometime soon.





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