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Aug 142018

In case you missed it, the annual Best of the North Shore (BONS) awards have been announced by North Shore Magazine for 2018! As usual, Salem businesses gave a strong showing among the awardees – listed below are all the winners located in Salem. Are your favorites included? Maybe a few that you’d never considered trying? Congratulations to all the 2018 winners!


Bacon – Back Alley Bacon (Readers’ Choice)

Bakery/Bread – A&J King (Editors’ and Readers’ Choice)

Brunch – Ledger

Fish & Chips – Turners Seafood at Lyceum Hall (Readers’)

Gluten-Free – Jodi Bee Bakes (Readers’)

Indian – Passage to India (Editors’ and Readers’)

Mexican – Howling Wolf Taqueria (Editors’ and Readers’)

Mussels – Sea Level Oyster Bar, Salem

Pizza – Bambolina

Ramen – Kokeshi (Editors’ and Readers’)

Raw Bar – Sea Level Oyster Bar, Salem

Seafood – Turners Seafood at Lyceum Hall (Readers’)

Sushi – Koto (Readers’, tie)

Tacos – Howling Wolf (Readers’)

Vegetarian – Life Alive (Editors’ and Readers’)



Bar – Opus (Readers’)

Beer Garden – Notch (Readers’)

Beer Menu – Gulu Gulu Café (Readers’)

Cocktail – Opus (Readers’)

Distillery – Rumson’s Rum

Hard Cider – Far From the Tree (Editors’ and Readers’)

Juice Bar – Life Alive (Readers’)

Tap Room – Notch (Readers’)

Winery – Mill River Winery (Editors’ and Readers’) – Rowley business, sells at Salem Farmers’ Market



Bake Shop – Caramel Patisserie (Editors’, tie), A&J King (Readers’)

Candies – Ye Olde Pepper Companie (Editors’), Harbor Sweets (Readers’, tie)

Chocolate – Harbor Sweets

Cookies – Goodnight Fatty

Dessert – Counter at Hotel Salem

Ice Cream – Melt (tie)



Yoga – Yoga Sakti



Dance Studio – Dance Enthusiasm (Readers’)

Family Hangout, Indoor – Peabody Essex Museum (Editors’ and Readers’)

Festival (Fall) – Haunted Happenings (Editors’ and Readers’)

Festival (Spring) – Salem Film Fest

Museum – Peabody Essex Museum (Editors’ and Readers’)

Tourist Attraction – House of the Seven Gables (Readers’)



Books – Wicked Good Books (Readers’)

Cheese Shop – Cheese Shop of Salem (Editors’ and Readers’)

Clothing, Women’s Upscale – J. Mode (Readers’)

Makeup Selection – Rouge (tie)

Yoga Apparel – Yoga Sakti (Readers’)



Gourmet Market – The Cheese Shop of Salem (plus tie for Readers’)

Personal Chef Service – Fine Food and Cooking by J. Ricardo Sanchez



Billiards – Village Tavern (Readers’)

Date Night – Opus (Readers’)

First Date – Bit Bar (Readers’)

Girls’ Night Out – Sea Level Oyster Bar, Salem

Guys’ Night Out – Bit Bar



Nov 122017

We’re wrapping up our spotlight on the Pickering Wharf businesses today, and we have learned SO MUCH! 

Over the past few weeks, we managed to highlight 28 storefront businesses currently operating on Pickering Wharf – that’s still only 90%! Extra love to Brodie’s Seaport, Chambers of Terror, and Today Nails, the only Wharf storefronts we didn’t manage to capture with an image that we thought did them justice.  Bottom line – the breadth and depth of business on the Wharf is more substantial than ever!


After a gloomy rainy day in Salem, this bouillabaisse special at @sealevel_oysterbar seems like it would fit the bill quite nicely. #pickeringwharfspotlight #salemmainstreets #salemma #Repost @sealevel_oysterbar (@get_repost) ・・・ If you were here the other night, you may have seen this special: Bouillabaisse with tuna aioli crostini! 🐟 @sealevel_oysterbar @sealevel_nbpt @octocog . . . . . #sealevel #octocog #salemma #northshorema #boston #cooking #food #restaurant #salemma #foodie #foodstagram #foodgasm #eatfamous #bestfoodworld #foodblogger #streetfood #eatstagram #foodbeast #dailyfoodfeed #buzzfeast #foodandwine #foodphotography #nyceats #feedfeed #northshorema #forkyeah #eatlocal #laeats #oyster

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Nov 112017

Now that the Haunted Happenings crowds have passed, our local businesses are looking forward to seeing more of their neighbors and regulars. From Election Day on Nov. 7 through Tuesday, Nov. 14, Salem Main Streets will be giving one lucky winner some extra parking money via the City’s Passport parking app as a thank you for supporting our local businesses! Here’s all you have to do:

– Take a picture of yourself, a storeowner, or an item you are purchasing at a downtown shop or service (dentist, salon, etc.) this week. Service and retail only, no restaurants for this challenge!
– Post the picture in the Facebook event here or on Instagram with the tag #localslovenovember

That’s it! Get out there and show us why you love November!

And if you needed a little reminder about why our local businesses love being here….

Salem Retail Spotlight- Pedestrian Mall FINAL from Salem Main Streets on Vimeo.

Oct 222017

We had the pleasure of participating in The Salem Takeover on Instagram this weekend. If you missed it, we’re reposting here so you get a glimpse of an October weekend with Salem Main Streets.

Oct 112017

If you’re a local, you know that Salem enjoys FIVE seasons – winter, spring, summer, fall, and October. Don’t let horror stories keep you away from the downtown! Contrary to popular belief, there are many ways for residents to continue enjoying your city throughout the month of October, even after the Grand Parade and Mayor’s Night Out. Here are a few of the many ways:

  • (Trick or) Treat Yourself Tuesdays – Believe it or not, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings are notoriously quiet downtown! The tourists don’t stick around, the locals are afraid it’s going to be too busy… and as a result, the restaurants have empty nights equivalent to the middle of winter. To show some love, we’ve started (Trick or) Treat Yourself Tuesdays – post a picture of yourself (or your meal) at a local eatery any Tuesday this month in our FB event or on Instagram with the hashtag #treatyourselfsalem. We will pick a winner each week. The prize is a roll of quarters – to be used for parking, for the arcades at Bit Bar Salem, for the skeeball at Notch Brewing, as a musical instrument, whatever floats your boat.
  • Wicked Wednesdays – New for 2017, Salem Haunted Happenings include Wicked Wednesdays that will be chock full of programming for kids (specifically with locals in mind!). Bring the family for mid-week entertainment, musicians, family-friendly walking tours, and interactive events geared for the 12 and under crowd. For more information, check out –
  • Final Salem Farmers’ Market – October 12th – THIS THURSDAY! It’s hard to believe, but the season is already wrapping up. Don’t miss your last chance to grab all your favorite local produce and products!!  Then save the date for our Salem Winter Market on Nov. 18 and Dec. 16, locations TBD.
  • Wicked Bikes – Looking to get around this month with ease and style? Two wheels are often faster than four during October. The City’s Zagster bike share program has expanded for the month and has some spook-tacular contests going on to boot!
  • Get Thru October  – If you’re a tweeter, don’t forget to follow @GetThruOctober for the latest updates on traffic, parking, and road closings.
  • Ask Me, I’m Local – be an ambassador!  Whether you volunteer for the Information Booth, sport one of those fantastic “Ask Me, I’m Local” pins, or just take pity on the poor confused couple on the corner by helping them turn their map right-side up… you’ll get a lot more satisfaction out of October if you take a little time to help our visitors. Many of our Info Booth volunteers have told us how much they love October in Salem since they’ve become ambassadors – it challenges you to know your city better, meet new people, and learn a little more about the world outside of Salem in the bargain.

October comes but once a year, don’t forget to take time to celebrate!