What is your name and where are you from?
Portland Fish Market is owned and run by two families: Brandi & Mike Shirley and Ben and Agnes Berkowitz. The Shirley family lives in Molalla and the Berkowitz family lives in SE Portland.
What is your background?
Both families lived for a while in San Diego. Even though our time there overlapped, we actually didn’t know each other. Ben and Mike worked in property management there and Agnes worked in Software. It wasn’t until we eventually moved to Oregon that we all became friends.
What is the name of your business and what do you specialize in?
Portland Fish Market. We bring wild, local, fresh fish from our friends at the coast to the Portland area.
When did you start Portland Fish Market?
We opened in August 2014 (we just celebrated our 2-year anniversary!)
What led you to start your own business?
Mike and Ben have been fishing Oregon waters together for over a decade. We realized that we were the lucky ones, having fresh local fish for dinner on a regular basis. We wanted to bring that to our Portland friends, and it just grew from there.
How does living in Oregon influence your business?
The Oregon coast provides us with some of the best seafood in the world. From Albacore tuna in the summer to Dungeness crab in the winter, the seafood here is phenomenal.
What is the most unique thing about Portland Fish Market?
We are the only all-wild fish market in Portland. We do not carry farmed fish.
What is your favorite thing about owning your own business?
Our customers are the best! We’ve met so many people who come in and are apprehensive about cooking fish. We send them home with some advice and a recipe card, and we see them again the next week, and the week after. And their recipes start to get more adventurous. We love that!
How long have you been involved in the farmer’s market?
This is our first year.
What is your favorite thing about the farmer’s market?
We love the customers and our fellow vendors. You really get a sense of community working at the farmer’s market.
Where can people find you online?