Interviewee: Danielle Turner (She/Her)
In your words… Tell us about your organization, business, initiative.
We are a family run business that has been in the seafood industry for over 50 years. We opened our first restaurant in Melrose, MA in 1994 and our second in Salem, MA in 2013. Our top priority is provide high quality food with attentive, friendly and knowledgable service. We take pride in our team as they are on the frontlines living our mission every day. In 2019, we opened our third restaurant, the Rising Eagle Publick House, in Melrose, MA. This location differs from Turner’s where we offer high quality, fast casual dining service in our historical tavern. Though they are different, all of our restaurants have a warm and charming atmosphere; a great central community spot for our guests to dine and embrace a night out with great food, company and hospitality that has them excited to return.
Tell us a bit about you and why you do what you do? Share your passions for your business, initiative, organization.
Being a daughter of the Turner Family, I have grown up working in all locations. From food running, to bartending to managing, the restaurant industry came natural. I graduated college with a bachelors degree in Psychology and Visual Art unsure exactly what I wanted to do. At the time, we were transitioning from working with a large marketing agency in Boston to focussing more on in-house marketing and local community marketing. I started managing our social channels, updating our website, creating email campaigns, and it just continued from there. As my role changed from an onsite manager to marketing manager of all locations, I feel I have found my balance of artistic passions and making connections throughout the community while representing my family’s business.
What role do you think your business plays in supporting a more creative community? OR your community in general. (Bonus! Why do you think a more creative community is important?)
We have always been passionate about giving back to the community. Whether it be donating to a charity event, providing food at a fundraiser or hosting a local event, we feel it is incredibly important to give back to our roots and the community which we live. For lack of a better term, I feel what goes around, comes around, and by giving back to our neighbors is one small way to show all of our appreciation for their loyal support.
What was the last book you read OR What was the last video you watched that made an impact on you?
LOVED LOVED LOVED the movie CODA, filmed in Gloucester. I felt they did an incredible job shedding light on the fishing industry and raising awareness of the hardships and injustices the deaf community faces. This movie also hit home to me as I understand the challenge of standing true to your roots and the importance to be your own person and live your own dreams.
What’s the one thing people would be surprised to learn about you our your business?
We ship fresh seafood all over the world! We often share this with tourists who are traveling but lots of locals don’t even realize this! Orders are shipped out of our Gloucester market and can be placed over the phone at (978) 281 7172.
What is Creative Collective?
Creative Collective is a group of economic development strategists, small business supporters, activation specialists, and believers in the importance of the creative workforce. We foster growth, sustainability, and scalability for small businesses, creative thinkers, organizations, entrepreneurs, and innovators. Learn more and join Creative Collective at www.creativecollectivema.com/join