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Bryony & Birch: Amesbury’s Porch Fest 2021 Recap

As a collective that offers hair, yoga, photography, branding and a variety of other wellness services, the simplest way to describe what we do at Bryony & Birch is: We empower the community.

While we want to be your go-to for a fresh cut for summer, a branding package for your new business and your daily yoga practice, we mostly want to be the hub where you connect with other like-minded people to showcase what you do best (and vice versa!)

In mid-2020, we started thinking about how we could bring even more people together (especially since COVID-19 makes gathering indoors slightly tricky!) and pretty quickly, we were rapid-fire brainstorming on what’s now become known as Porch Fest.

Hosted once a month in August, September and October, 48 Main Street in downtown Amesbury, MA is the place to be! Featuring live music, food trucks, drink trucks, small business pop-ups as well as a live art auction and raffle, it’s a day to celebrate all things LOCAL. It’s also a day to raise money for local organizations and future artists’ initiatives.

It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to showcase, network, collaborate or simply make a new friend, we’ve also had a ‘more the merrier’ M.O. at Bryony & Birch, which has been evident at our first three Porch Fests!

Scroll down to see the highlights from our summer/fall 2021 turnout!

A Look at Bryony & Birch’s 2021 Porch Fest Season

Captured by the incredible Kate Donovan Photography.

Music, Makers & Bakers – Meet (some of) the Vendors + Performers from Porch Fest

Marina Evans – Musician

A Rockport native and brave composer, performer and traveler, Marina Evans combines strong sultry vocals with traditional folk Americana and Indie Pop to create a sound that is all her own!

Michael Bernier – Musician, Master of Ceremonies, + Founder of Enjoy Your Life Brand

To know Michael is to love him. Full of peace, love, and positivity, Michael lent his voice and insanely good vibes as MC!

Stephanie Martin – Cannabis Caterer & CBD Baker, Fairy Good Organics

Stephanie’s smile is sunshine and her cooking is amazing, which is totally why her stall had a never ending line!

Cassandra Mae – Jeweler, Not So Flatware

What started with a love of spoon rings has evolved into one of the North Shore’s most original jewelry brands thanks to Cassandra Mae!

Kali Stoddard-Imari – Musician

Until we met Kali, we didn’t even know how badly we needed someone to blend Folk Pop and Rhythm & Rock vibe with hints of Roots Rock, Blues, Reggae Fusion, and Soul! The best.

Joanna Teters – Musician, Sundub Music

When you listen to Joanna sing, you almost enter a trance-like state! Could not be more grateful to have her and the Sundub crew at Porch Fest!

Bryony & Birch Founder, Katie Cavic

“I’ve been blown away by the turnout at each Porch Fest. We’ve had adults, children, and animals of all ages! (One guy even had a bird on his shoulder.) It fills my heart with so much joy to think about the abundance of foot traffic in Amesbury. Not only has Porch Fest helped support local businesses downtown, but also in surrounding suburbs as well. If you’d like to be involved – get in touch!” – Katie Cavic

Porch Fest + Tough Warrior Princess

The minute we floated the idea of doing a street festival with a few local businesses, the number of offers to donate items and services made our cups overflow.

While we wanted to give small businesses a space to shine, we also wanted to help members of our community who are needing extra support. In October, the money raised at Porch Fest went to the Tough Warrior Princesses (TWP) not-for-profit organization. Based in Amesbury (and serving the North Shore of Boston as well as Southern New Hampshire), they provide support, comfort, love and resources to women affected by cancer.

Want to get involved in Porch Fest 2022 in Amesbury, MA?

Drop us a line via our Contact Page!

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Summer 2021: Your Guide To Summer On The North Shore

It doesn’t matter if you’re a history buff, beach bum, fitness fanatic, whale watcher or avid window shopper, the North Shore is the place to be. For many, summer on the North Shore of Massachusetts means sandy toes, lobster rolls and endless glasses of iced tea, but there is so much more to know about!

Depending on who you ask, the defined area of the North Shore varies, but the non-negotiable towns include places like Salem, Marblehead, Gloucester, Newburyport, and (arguably the best….) Amesbury!

Since most people tend to work their way from Boston up the coast, we’re going to share our favorite things to do starting with Salem and ending with Amesbury.

Summer Activities On The North Shore

Difficult to squeeze everything this magical pocket of land has to offer into one day, be sure to give yourself plenty of time to do things like:

1. Grab a coffee (or a craft beer & bite to eat) from Gulu-Gulu Cafe in Salem


Open 7 days a week, Gulu Gulu Cafe is a spot you can pop into for an eye-opening coffee, mimosa-fuelled brunch, refreshing craft beer, unique wine or an evening of live music! They also have incredible local art for you to view and shop. With food options to suit vegans, meat lovers and those with food intolerances, we give it the award for being a true one-size-fits-all.

The other spot you can check out in Salem, is Gulu-Gulu’s sister restaurant, Flying Saucer Pizza Company! They have traditional pizzas as well as vegan and gluten-free options!

Contact Gulu Gulu Cafe
247 Essex St
Salem MA 01970
(978) 740-8882
Gulu Gulu Cafe Website

2. Visit the Salem Witch Museum

When in Salem… do as the witches do of course! Look, not everyone loves a beach and sometimes the weather does not permit it to even be an option! Not to worry, the Salem Witch Museum is a legit must-do.

After your visit, we recommend doing the self-guided Salem Heritage walking tour and checking out other historical spots such as:

Contact the Salem Witch Museum
19 1/2 Washington Square North
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 744-1692
Salem Witch Museum Website

3. Jump On a Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Marblehead

You don’t have to be a mad fisherman to enjoy a day of deep sea fishing! The crew at Keepin It Reel Fishing Charters in Marblehead are pros at making it an exciting experience for both novices and professionals! With numerous packages to choose from, you can make it a full day activity or simply feel the fresh ocean breeze for 2 hours!

Wondering what you might catch? In Marblehead, depending on the time of year, you can expect fish like: Striped Bass, Cod, Flounder, Yellowfin Tuna, Blue & Mako Shark, Atlantic Mackerel, Haddock, and Black Seabass.

Contact Keepin it Reel Fishing Charter
keepinitrealmarblehead@gmail.com
Keepin It Reel Website

4. Grab A Lobster Roll at Marblehead’s Little Harbor Lobster Company

The Little Harbor Lobster Company is a waterfront seafood market that will have you drooling!! With loads of prepared food to nosh on, it also sells wine and beer AND (wait for it) – the region’s award winning lobster roll!

One of our favourite things to do is buy fresh shrimp & oysters and a bottle of bubbles to nibble and sip on while watching the sunset from our accommodation.

Contact Little Harbor Lobster Company
3 Beacon Street
Marblehead, MA 01945
(781) 639-1961
Little Harbor Lobster Company Website

5. Go Whale Watching in Gloucester

Is there anything more refreshing than sea spray on your face and the majestic sight of a whale leaping out of the water? (No, there’s not.)

Whale watching is something you 100% need to do on the North Shore and Gloucester is one of the best locations in the world. While there are a few tried and trusted companies running tours, we’ve always had a great experience with Cape Ann Whale Watching.

Contact Cape Ann Whale Watching
415 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-5110
Cape Ann Whale Watching Website

6. Treat Yourself to Ice Cream from Holy Cow Ice Cream Cafe in Gloucester

Open seven days a week for both scoops and takeaway pints, Holy Cow Ice Cream is basically a mecca for ice cream enthusiasts. Crafted in small batches using the finest ingredients (and even made-from-scratch cookies!), their flavors include things like salted caramel pie, cold brew Oreo, cinnamon churro dough and key lime pie. And yes! They have dairy-free ice cream options.

A true Gloucester staple, you can now get a taste in Peabody, MA too!

Contact Holy Cow Ice Cream Cafe
80 Pleasant Street
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
(978) 281-0313
Holy Cow Cafe Website

7. Grab Lunch at Sea Level in Newburyport

Shut up…. You had me at ‘Oyster Bar’.

While the oysters are what’s going to get you through the door (and keeping coming back for more), it’s Sea Level’s endless menu of tacos, poke bowls, burgers, fresh seafood and refreshing cocktails that’s going to want you to move in and never leave. With locations in both Newburyport and Salem, it’s a destination worth visiting multiple times while in the North Shore!

Contact Sea Level Oyster Bar
1 Market Square
Newburyport, MA
(978) 462-8862
Sea Level Oyster Bar Website

8. Spend a Day Exploring Plum Island

Plum Island is a quintessential MA spot for lobster rolls, beach strolls, and sundowners, but we extra love this spot for the Plum Island Lighthouse as well as the Hellcat Marsh Loop Trail at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

The welcome center is closed due to Covid, but you can do a mile-long loop and take in expansive views from a lookout tour. It’s built with elevated boardwalks, so perfect for all ability levels. If you’re someone who likes to get out in nature, this is an activity sure to soothe your soul!

And when you’re ready to refuel, you can grab some necessities from the iconic The Cottage Island Market & Spirits.

Contact Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

9. Hang Out in The Biergarden at Barewolf Brewing in Amesbury

Open Wednesday-Sunday, Barewolf Brewing is one of our favorite North Shore breweries to meet up with friends or family for an easy afternoon of beer and life chats. Known for their 11 rotating draft lines and beer fridge full of cans to-go, this Amesbury brewery also has various resident artists, loads of events, and is dog-friendly!!

Contact Barewold Brewing
12 Oakland Street
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 572-6520
Barewolf Brewing Website

10. Visit Bryony & Birch for yoga, wellness, beauty, hair and art!

While Bryony & Birch is an actual space that houses a hair salon, yoga & wellness studio, fully equipped photography & videography studio, art and the best finds from local artisans and apparel & jewelry designers, it’s also a community of creatives who are actively seeking to network, collaborate and champion each other’s successes.

Pop in:

  • For a little hair care
  • To browse & shop local art, jewelry, and apparel
  • To take a yoga or wellness class
  • To simply say hello!

Click here to discover the yoga and wellness classes Bryony & Birch offers.

Contact Bryony & Birch
48 Main Street
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 834-6421
bookings@bryonyandbirchstudio.com
Bryony & Birch Website

Find Your Next Amesbury Flow Class

With the warmer weather upon us and Covid finally feeling at bay, we are loving getting back to our group practices outdoors!

Click here to discover the yoga and wellness classes Bryony & Birch offers.

Can’t make it in person? Not to worry! On the Bryony & Birch Yoga App (available on the App Store and Google Play), you’ll find restorative classes you can do from home that focus on mindful movements of the body and breath as well as power sessions designed to intertwine strength, balance and flexibility.

Amesbury Activities To Do With Mom

Are you planning a mother-daughter trip to the North Shore or looking for an out-of-the-box Mother’s Day gift idea?

Make sure that Amesbury is on the list!

Located just below the New Hampshire border, this historic town (that the Bryony & Birch bunch is proud to call home!) runs along the Merrimack and Powow rivers, is known for numerous historic landmarks and has the type of architecture that makes you instinctively want to use it as the backdrop for a Nancy Meyers movie.

While the tourism scene is alive and well, you won’t find bumper to bumper traffic or impossible-to-get-into-restaurants. In fact, you’re more likely to get to know a local artist, chef, brewer or yoga instructor. The community of entrepreneurs, wellness practitioners and artisans is one of the best parts of Amesbury and the inspiration behind the Bryony & Birch collective space. Which also needs to be on your list! (But more on that soon!)

It doesn’t matter if you’re coming for the day, the weekend or a whole week – there are loads of must-dos. From what to eat to where to practice your yoga, scroll down to learn more about the best places to visit in Amesbury, MA with your mama!

Amesbury Activities To Do With Mom

#1 Morning Buzz Cafe

Open from 7 am seven days a week, Morning Buzz cafe doesn’t just have a clever name. This is the place you want to go for a post-wine-night fry up, soul-warming cup of coffee, or simply a gratuitous brunch!

Contact Morning Buzz Cafe
37 Friend Street
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 792-5394
Morning Buzz Cafe Website

#2 Cider Hill Farm

Arguably one of the most magical places on earth, Cider Hill Farm is a must-do so make sure you book your day there in advance! With numerous activities on offer and super kid-friendly, you’ll get to pick tulips, grab lunch, go for a farm stroll, pick fruit, or grab a drink at their hard cider bar.

Contact Cider Hill Farm
45 Fern Avenue
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 388-5525
Cider Hill Farm Website

#3 Board & Brush

If you’re a DIY-er who loves a good sign for your home or business, Board & Brush is the ultimate experience. From the wood to the paint to expert instructors, everything is supplied, which means all you need to do is simply show up with your mama and let those creative juices flow.

You’ll get to do things like assembling sign boards, distressing wood, choosing stains, working out lettering and more! The cutest part: you’ll have a special sign to remind you of your time away with Mom.

Click here to learn more and to book your experience.

Contact Board & Brush
25 Main Street
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 971-8150
amesbury@boardandbrush.com
Board & Brush Website

#4 Bryony & Birch Collective

While Bryony & Birch is an actual space that houses a hair salon, yoga & wellness studio, fully equipped photography & videography studio, art and the best finds from local artisans and apparel & jewelry designers, it’s also a community of creatives who are actively seeking to network, collaborate and champion each other’s successes.

Pop in with your mama:

  • For a little hair care
  • To browse & shop local art, jewelry, and apparel
  • And take a yoga or wellness class
  • To simply say hello!

Click here to discover the yoga and wellness classes Bryony & Birch offers.

Contact Bryony & Birch
48 Main Street
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 834-6421
bookings@bryonyandbirchstudio.com
Bryony & Birch Website

#5 Market Square Bakehouse Bakery & Cafe

Open seven days a week, Market Square Bakehouse is our go-to for coffee dates, breakfast, lunch or an afternoon snack. Featuring a menu with loads of gluten-free and vegetarian options, they also offer specialty brews like cold brew, kombucha and local beer and cider!

Contact Market Square Bakehouse Bakery & Cafe
5 Market Square
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 792-5237
Market Square Bakehouse Bakery & Cafe Website

#6 Amesbury Carriage Museum

While the Amesbury Carriage Museum has been around for a long time, it’s been undergoing quite the transformation and is definitely a place to watch! With renovations slated to be finished by the end of 2021, this space will be the ultimate welcoming history center, museum and backdrop for a ton of events.

Portions of their historic building are still underwork, but it’s super worthwhile to pop over and check out what’s happening! They also offer fantastic walking tours, which is a fantastic way to learn about Amesbury’s rich history as well as the A-Z of carriages!

Contact Amesbury Carriage Museum
Suite 101, 5 Market Square
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 834-5058
amesburycarriagemuseum@gmail.com
Amesbury Carriage Museum Website

#7 Lowell’s Boat Shop & Museum

Nautical by nature (see what we did there?), Lowell’s Boat Shop & Museum is one of New England’s most iconic buildings and boat production facilities. While COVID has made visiting slightly limited (we’re hoping that changes in late 2021), it’s located on gorgeous land and offers stunning views that are totally worth strolling or picnicking on.

Contact Lowell’s Boat Shop & Museum
459 Main Street
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 834-0050
Lowell’s Boat Shop & Museum Website

#8 Flatbread Co.

When it comes to pizza you can feel extra good about, the minds behind Flatbread Co. are the masters. Through their use of organic ingredients, clean & chemical-free meat and gluten-free/vegan options, they create some of the freshest, tastiest and photo-worthy food in Amesbury.

Available for dine-in or takeaway, you need to eat Flatbread Co. AT LEAST once while in Amesbury!

Contact Flatbread Co.
5 Market Square
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 834-9800
Flatbread Co. Website

Need Mother of the Bride Hair Inspo? Just ask Katie Cavic.

Katie Cavic is the heart, body and soul behind Bryony & Birch as well as one of the North Shore’s most sought-after hairdressers.

With years of wedding hair experience, she’s sharing her top five mother of the bride hairstyles below!

Click here to book an appointment with Katie Cavic at Bryony & Birch | Hair Loft.

The North Shore’s Best Food & Drinks: 5 Amesbury Must-Dos

We might be biased, but if you’re planning on visiting the North Shore, Amesbury is a non-negotiable must-do.

One of the reasons we love living here so much, and a major driving force behind starting Bryony & Birch, is the number of brewers, bakers, makers and shakers that call this beautiful pocket of Massachusetts home.

It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for craft beer, chocolate or a coconut lime margarita, the below five local spots have you covered!

Scroll down to discover the best places to eat and drink in Amesbury.

The North Shore’s Best Food & Drinks

Brewery Silvaticus

As lovers of craft beer, we often have to remind our hearts to be still when we walk into Silvaticus. Owned by the Head Brewer, Jay Bullen, you’ll find brews such as Classic Bavarian Hefeweizens, hoppy lagers and, of course, their award-winning sour ale.

Open Wednesday to Sunday, they have a fantastic taproom for tastings and an epic beer garden overlooking the Powow River. You can stick around for delicious food and a refreshing pint or fill up a growler (or two) to-go!

Be sure to check out the Silvaticus Events Calendar because they often host run clubs, yoga classes and even Makers Markets.

Contact Brewery Silvaticus:
9 Water Street
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 504-BEER
info@brewerysilvaticus.com

Click here to follow Silvaticus on Instagram!

The COOP Rotisserie

If you love food from the Caribbean and Latin America, The COOP Rotisserie is where you want to go. Chef-Owner Elvis Jimenez-Chavez is responsible for Amesbury’s best Salvadorian Pupusas, Cuban sandwiches and Coxinha!

The best part: They are amazing at catering to food sensitivities such as gluten and dairy! Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 4 pm, they offer dine-in, takeout and curbside pick up! Even their sangria, agave Margaritas, beers, and wine are available to go.

Contact The COOP Rotisserie
36 Main Street
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 834-6432
thecooprotisserie@gmail.com

Click here to follow the COOP Rotisserie on Instagram!

Ovedia Artisan Chocolates

Open Monday to Saturday, Ovedia is a chocolaterie and espresso bar located in the heart of Amesbury. Need we say more?

Since 2007, this little gem has been our go-to spot for soul-warming espresso coffee and life-changing chocolate. While you can totally drop in for a sip and nibble, you can also grab coffee beans to bring home as well as fantastic holiday and host gift baskets!

Contact Ovedia Artisan Chocolates
36 Main Street
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 388-7700
antoinette@ovedia.com

Click here to follow Ovedia on Instagram!

RMA Craft Beer & Wine

If your plan is to head to Amesbury for a long weekend in a cozy b&b, but want something extra special to drink: you’ll want to head to RMA Craft Beer & Wine.

Located on Main Street, you can book a tasting to try beer and wine from around the world as well as our local drops! Uncomfortable about doing it in person? Not a problem: they offer virtual tastings via here!

Open 7 days a week, RMA Craft Beer & Wine in Amesbury seriously has the best selection of craft beer on the North Shore. Did we mention they do keg hires? (They do keg hires!)

Contact RMA Craft Beer & Wine
19 Main Street
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 792-5634
info@rmacraftbeer.com

Click here to follow RMA on Instagram.

Crave

Try not to get too excited, but Crave has a chocolate peanut butter martini. Couple their cocktail menu with their selection of New England Craft Beer and Italian wines and your mouth is guaranteed a party.

Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday – Saturdays, Crave is both kid and adult-friendly and has total winners on the menu such as buffalo Brussel sprouts, fish tacos, crab cake sandwiches and loads of vegetarian and GF options.

We also love that while you dine, you can take in the gorgeous artwork by Paula Estey.

Contact Crave
32 Elm Street
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 834-6075
managerofcrave@gmail.com

Click here to follow Crave on Instagram.

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