Celebrating 10 Years in Marblehead!

Celebrating 10 Years in Marblehead!

Tell us about Sweetwater & Co. and why you started it. Sweetwater & Co. wasn’t part of my “plan”. But in 2001, after leaving a corporate district management job, I was driving through Rockport and saw the cutest little shop for rent. My plan had been to take the summer off, but by June 1st I had signed a lease and created Sweetwater’s brand – a mix of vintage and new goods, all celebrating our love of life by the sea. Our Beverly Farms shop opened in 2007. In 2014 we moved the Rockport shop to Marblehead, which means we’re celebrating our 10th Anniversary in Marblehead this year. I’m so lucky and blessed to be part of these two great communities. We put our heart and soul into making Sweetwater & Co a whimsical escape. We still believe in brick and mortar retail, creating an experience with wonderful help and a relaxing vibe, with fabulous unique goods. We love working with local artists and artisans, and the creative community in Marblehead is truly inspiring.

What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? The best advice I ever got was from my Dad – “Treat everyone you meet with the same respect, whether they are a trash collector or a CEO.”

What is your favorite spot in Marblehead, and why? Driving across the causeway and soaking at how pretty it is on my way home is my special treat at the end of the day. However, sitting at Crocker Park listening to the sounds of the full harbor in the summertime is a close second. In my opinion, we, absolutely, have the most beautiful harbor.

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? I’ve worked in retail and restaurants my whole life. I was pushed to go to school for accounting, but ended up running restaurants, bartending  and managing retail stores until I opened my own. I worked at Flynnies for a bit, and still miss that place. 

Sweetwater & Co.
Marybeth McBride
33 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead 

A Bookstore Uniquely Marblehead

A Bookstore Uniquely Marblehead

Tell us about Saltwater Bookstore and why you started it. Saltwater Bookstore is a charming indie bookshop nestled in the heart of the historic district in Marblehead. Thoughtfully designed with a cozy coastal vibe, I invite you to spend time browsing our curated adult and children’s rooms, enjoying our custom reading nooks, and engaging with other book lovers. In addition to the over 4,000 new book titles, Saltwater carries a delightful line of greeting cards and complimentary gift wrap from a New England company for all your gift-giving needs. Local bookstores are happy and inspiring places, and I’m thrilled to have brought one back to Marblehead.

What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? The best piece of business advice I’ve ever received was “If not now, when?” There is never a perfect time for anything, so if an idea takes shape or an opportunity arises, don’t let it pass you by. 

What is your favorite spot in Marblehead, and why? My favorite spot in Marblehead is Crocker Park. I have years and years of wonderful memories there including; getting engaged, family seaside picnics, and walks with our dogs. I love the swings and the floating dock.

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? Something people would be surprised to learn about me is that I love a good bucket list. One favorite completed activity was being a contestant on Wheel of Fortune. Such a fun experience. Top of my list now is to start my own small rescue farm. Helping animals is a big part of my life, so although this one may take a while, I’m working towards it.

Saltwater Bookstore
Laura Cooper
134 Washington St, Marblehead 

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