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 – https://hauntedhappenings.org/wickedwednesdays
  • 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!

Jul 252017

We’re wrapping up our spotlight on the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall businesses today, and we have learned SO MUCH!  For Round 2, we featured Tibet Arts and Healing, The Magic Parlor, The Peabody Essex Museum, The Coven’s Cottage, Flying Monkey, Coon’s Cards and Gift Shop and Penelope’s Pet Boutique, the Witch History Museum, Fountain Place Restaurant, Witch Tee’s, History Alive’s Cry Innocent, Angelica of the Angels, Witch City Ink, Witch Pix, and the Salem Trolley.

Over the past 10 days, we managed to highlight 28 storefront businesses currently operating on Pedestrian Mall – that’s still only 84%! Shout outs must go to Cabot Wealth Management, Dragonfly, For Kids Only Afterschool, Mass Bay Dental, and the Witch Mansion; the only locally-owned storefronts we didn’t manage to capture with an image that we thought did them justice. Not to mention the businesses in the Museum Place Mall that don’t externally face the Pedestrian Mall (your time will come!), or all the tour companies that operate on the Pedestrian Mall, or the second floor businesses, or Salem Five’s multiple offices , or all the offices surrounding Old Town Hall, or….PHEW!  The moral of the story is that the Pedestrian Mall is more than open for business.

See everything we hit in Round 1 here.  Have we missed your favorite “best kept secret” on the Pedestrian Mall? Let us know!

Here’s what we’ve learned during Round 2 of our #pedmallspotlight:

Jul 192017

We’re a little over halfway through our spotlight of the Pedestrian Mall businesses. So far we’ve hit Red Line Cafe, Trolley Depot, Emporium 32, New England Dog Biscuit Company, Aroma Sanctum, Village Tavern, Modern Millie, Wicked Good Books, Village Silversmith, Pamplemousse, Polonus, Bewitched, Omen, and FreakyElegant.  We thought we knew already knew a lot about these local storefronts, but we have been learning SO MUCH this week!

Have we missed your favorite “best kept secret” on the Pedestrian Mall? We still have more to share, but we want to hear from you!

If you haven’t been following along, here’s what we’ve learned so far during our #pedmallspotlight:

Jul 122017

It’s that time of year again – the Best of the North Shore‘s annual awards have been announced, and our Salem businesses and events have risen to the top again! Check out this awesome list of Salem-based award winners, or check out North Shore Magazine’s website for a full list –  http://www.nshoremag.com/bons-2017/.

Alfresco – Sea Level (Editors’ Choice)
Bacon – Back Alley Bacon (Readers’ Choice)
Bakery/Bread – A&J King’s (Editors’ and Readers’)
Indian– Passage to India (Readers’)
Italian – Firenze Trattoria (Readers’)
Kid-Friendly – Kokeshi (Editors’)
Mexican – Howling Wolf (Readers’)
Mussels – Turner’s Seafood at Lyceum Hall (Readers’)   
New Restaurant (Casual Hangout) – Kokeshi (Editors’)
Pizza – Bambolina (Editors’)
Raw Bar – Turner’s Seafood at Lyceum Hall (Readers’)
Seafood – Turner’s Seafood at Lyceum Hall (Readers’)
Small Plates – Bambolina (Editors’)
Sushi – Opus (Editors’), Koto (Readers’)
Vegetarian – Life Alive (Editors’ and Readers’)

After-Work Drinks – Opus (Readers’)
Bar – Opus (Readers’)
Brewery – Notch (Readers’)
Cocktail – Opus (Readers’)
Distillery– Rumson’s Rum (Editors’), Deacon Giles (Readers’)
Winery– Mill River Winery (Editors’ and Readers’) – Salem Farmers’ Market vendor!

Bake Shop/Pastry – Caramel Patisserie (French, Editors’), A&J King (Readers’)
Candies – Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie (Editors’), Harbor Sweets (Readers’)
Chocolate – Harbor Sweets (Editors’)
Dessert – Sea Level (Editors’), Caramel (Readers’)

Books­ – Wicked Good Books (Readers’)
Cheese Shop – Cheese Shop of Salem (Editors’ and Readers’)
Clothing, Women’s Upscale– J. Mode (Readers’)
Gifts – Peabody Essex Museum Shop (Editors’)
Makeup Selection – Rouge Cosmetics (Readers’)
Yoga Apparel – Yoga Sakti (Editors’)

Gourmet Market – The Cheese Shop of Salem (Readers’)
Personal Chef Service –  Fine Food + Cooking, J. Ricardo Sanchez (Editors’)

Arts Festival – Salem Arts Festival (Editors’ and Readers’)
Community Walk/Run/Bike– Witch City 5K (Editors’)
Family Hangout, Indoor – Peabody Essex Museum (Readers’)
Festival (Fall)– Haunted Happenings (Editors’ and Readers’)
Festival (Spring) – Salem Film Fest (Editors’ and Readers’)
Museum – Peabody Essex Museum (Editors’ and Readers’)

Barbershop – Paxton (Editors’)
Bed and Breakfast – The Merchant (Readers’)

First Date – Opus (Readers’)
Girls’ Night Out – Opus (Readers’)
Late Night Nosh – Howling Wolf (Readers’)
Movie Theatre– CinemaSalem (Readers’)