Nearly 40 years later, Harbor Sweets is run by Phyllis LeBlanc, a longtime employee. Phyllis started as a part-time chocolate dipper while she was in college, and she moved into various operational, financial and marketing roles while pursuing her master’s degree. When her mentor, Ben, was ready to retire, Phyllis took the captain’s chair. Under her watch, the company remains dedicated to the traditions that made Harbor Sweets what it is today, such as using only fresh butter and fresh cream, no preservatives, and only the finest chocolate.
The selections have grown—now there are unique equestrian-themed treats in addition to the nautically inspired sweets, for example. Yet the vibe of Harbor Sweets is refreshingly unchanged. The company ships its handmade goodies all over the country while remaining a friendly, fiercely independent treasure on the Salem waterfront.