Nov 102022
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With a bustling Halloween season behind us, we at Salem Main Streets are feeling jolly when we think about our upcoming holiday initiatives geared towards bringing neighbors together and beating Winter darkness with twinkling lights, ribbons, and wreaths!

Contrary to local lore, all this decoration is not completed by fairy folk. Salem Main Streets has a tremendous team of volunteers willing to stand on ladders and wrap light poles with ribbon even on freezing cold mornings!

Please consider supporting this effort to make downtown festive and encouraging for folks to resist the appeal of hibernation and come enjoy their downtown.

$100 Wreath Sponsor

$250 Tree Sponsor

$500 Lighting Event Sponsor

All sponsors will be recognized on our website and social media. Tree Sponsors will be individually featured in the Facebook event. Lighting Event Sponsors will have additional 30 second video features on our social media as well as recognition in the press release.

Please contact with any questions. If you are feeling inspired to lend some sparkle, checks can be made payable to Salem Main Streets 265 Essex Street Suite 101 in Salem.

Stay tuned for the upcoming announcements about dates and times!

Aug 202022

Salem Main Streets is looking for local Salem enthusiasts to help greet visitors at the October Information Booth.  Volunteers will staff two booths at central locations in the downtown district, handing out maps and sharing information about Salem’s wide variety of attractions, events, and businesses.

All volunteers are asked to be available for a minimum of two shifts for two hours each and are required to complete a one hour (in-person or virtual) orientation session.

The in-person orientation will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 10 am and the National Park Service Visitor Center. Registration will open at 9:30 am. Please complete the SignUp link below if you are interested in volunteering even if you cannot make the in-person orientation. If you cannot make the in-person orientation for any reason, select the make-up option on Sept. 14 (even if you cannot make that exact date and time, the meeting will be recorded) so we know that you are interested.

Volunteers are needed for two hour shifts throughout the day each weekend in October, as well as Friday afternoons and some additional days as needed. If you have availability some of these days, enjoy helping visitors by showing them your enthusiasm for our cultured and historic city, and want to make it fun and safe for visitors to explore all of Salem’s sites and attractions, please join us! 

For more information or to become a volunteer, please contact Elise Towle Snow at Salem Main Streets at (978)744-0004 x115 or This program is organized by Salem Main Streets in partnership with the City of Salem, with support from Destination Salem.

Aug 192022

Salem Main Streets (SMS) is seeking candidates for a farmers’ market manager. SMS manages the Salem Farmers’ Market in Salem, MA to help promote local farmers, to support the needs of the local community for fresh local produce, and to create an even more vibrant atmosphere in downtown Salem. The market runs on Thursdays from 3 – 7 p.m. in Derby Square, on Front Street, around Old Town Hall and the Salem Marketplace, from June to October. The market manager is responsible for on-site management during the market season and numerous pre-season and post-season tasks to further the success of the market.

This is a seasonal, hourly position offered for $20 an hour.

Specific responsibilities of the Market Manager include, but not limited to the following:

Market Activities:

  • Set up and take down or oversee the set up and take down of market tent, tables, signs, road blocks, and other market day items.
  • Collect and deposit stall fees, commissions, and other market receipts.
  • Communicate space assignments to vendors.
  • Enforce market rules, local and state sanitation and food safety guidelines, and other pertinent laws and regulations.
  • Handle emergencies, complaints, and customer requests.
  • Maintain positive, non-discriminatory relations with all market vendors.
  • Oversee the market as an on-site coordinator from set up to tear down approximately 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday evenings in June through mid-October. Two possible weekend events before Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Other duties as required.

Market Organization and Development:

  • On a weekly basis, create a basic layout of the market with the goal of providing optimal product variety and balancing regular offerings with new vendors and products.
  • Work with SMS to manage supporting volunteer committee.
  • Maintain market data and help update Market databases.
  • Assist in recruiting and building a strong vendor base.
  • Help implement the Market Entertainment & Music Program, including selection of a diverse mix of performers.
  • Train and supervise market volunteers.
  • Organize and conduct a fundraising event for the Farmers’ Market in collaboration with SMS Events Coordinator.

Financial Management:

  • Work with SMS to establish an annual budget and monitor budget compliance.
  • Maintain updated records of all market expenditures.
  • Collect seasonal vendor fees at market and assist SMS with payment records
  • Conduct SNAP program in accordance with state regulations
  • Track all EBT transactions
  • Reimburse all vendors for EBT transactions
  • Ensure EBT device is updated, secure and usable before the market starts.
  • Stay up to date on latest aid initiatives to better serve the customers.


  • Experience with project management, program coordination, or event planning.
  • Excellent ability to communicate verbally.
  • Conflict resolution skills.
  • Working knowledge of computer programs such as Word and Excel.
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholders.
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds on a regular basis in varying weather.
  • Interest in farmers’ markets, agriculture, or food system issues.

This position will work closely and collaboratively with existing Salem Main Streets staff – a full-time executive director and part-time events coordinator. For more information or if interested in this position, contact Kylie Sullivan, Salem Main Streets, 265 Essex St., Salem, MA 01970, (978) 744-0004, or Interested applicants should submit a resume and brief cover letter for consideration.

Aug 022022

August has turned into fundraiser (friendraiser?) month for Salem Main Streets, and

First off, what is Salem Main Streets again, and why should you support it?

Salem Main Streets’ nonprofit mission is the continued revitalization of downtown Salem as a vibrant, year-round retail, dining, and cultural destination through business retention, recruitment, and promotion of the downtown district – a district of over one square mile that includes over 250 active storefronts, multiple cultural attractions and historic assets (including a National Park Service site), and almost a third of the city’s population.

We work with businessowners when they are first starting out, when they’re beginning to vend at events, when they’re ready to find their first storefront, when they’re ready to expand, and when they hit any number of setbacks along the way. We operate events that drive foot traffic to the downtown to support existing businesses as well as events that encourage new small business development. We weigh in on public art decisions, city policy improvements and construction projects, we even provide support to other peoples’ events! We strive to make downtown Salem a place where people can live, work, and play all year-round.

Much of this work is unseen and not particularly flashy – but it all pays off. In addition to a full calendar of community-focused events, from the Salem Arts Festival to the Howl-o-ween Pet Parade to the Salem Farmers’ Market, the downtown district now boasts an incredibly low commercial vacancy rate of ONLY 2%, and 90% of our storefronts are locally-owned and operated!!! Every little dollar we can raise makes that happen, and this month we have a ton of different ways you can help.

SMS Virtual 5K, all month – we are so excited to try this for the first time! For a pledge of just $25, participants may choose to complete a 5K at their own pace, on their own schedule, and in their own way (run, jog, walk, scoot, glide, bike, horseback ride, etc.) any time during the month of August. When you prepare for, progress along, or celebrate completion of the 5K, post photos to all social media platforms and be sure to include this hashtag #SMS5k2022 — and tag us using @salemmainstreets on Facebook or Instagram; or @salemmainstreet on Twitter — so Salem Main Streets staff and everyone else can follow along with you! Sign up here –

Ice Scream Bowl, Aug. 3 – did you know that the Ice Scream Bowl is actually (not-so-secretly) a fundraiser for Salem Main Streets? That’s why we’re extra grateful for everyone who comes to buy a ticket, and all the ice cream vendors who donate their product and their time!

Landing at Salem Ferry Fundraiser, Aug. 10 – one of the coolest views in the city! Our friends at City Experiences have offered their very first nonprofit fundraiser night to Salem Main Streets! Swing by for a drink on your way home, on your way out, walking the dog…

American Flatbread Fundraiser, Aug. 16 – when Flatbread re-opened this summer, they immediately brought back their nonprofit fundraiser evenings. Who were we to say no? A portion of proceeds from every pizza sold that night comes back to Salem Main Streets!

Peabody Stop & Shop community bags – last but not least, someone was kind enough to nominate us for a local Stop & Shop fundraiser (thank you, whoever you are)! For this entire month of August, SMS will receive $1 from every $2.50 Community Bag sold at the Stop & Shop located at 19 Howley Street in Peabody (the one close to Harmony Grove). Reduce your impact on the environment while supporting Salem Main Streets at the same time!

Whether you can give a little or a lot, whether your taste is more for a scoop of chocolate ice cream or a glass of Merlot, August is full of ways to help make Salem Main Streets even better! And of course, you can always donate directly to Salem Main Streets by clicking the Donate button on our Facebook page –

Jul 262022

Salem’s Ice Scream Bowl is back! It’s time to sample some of the best ice cream in the North Shore from some of the many ice cream shops the area has to offer. Salem’s Ice Scream Bowl event will be held on Wednesday, August 3 on the Salem Common from 6:00-7:30 p.m., rain or shine. A Heritage Days favorite, this annual event is a chance to taste some classic flavors and new combinations from the area’s premier ice cream shops.

A few of the homegrown local businesses serving samples at the event will include Captain Dusty’s Ice Cream, Cherry Farm Creamery, Holy Cow Ice Cream Café, Maria’s Sweet Somethings, Melt Ice Cream and more. Local DJs the Salem Halloween Girls will be spinning some sweet tunes to keep you moving!

The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets are purchased on site on the day of the event, cash only.  A spoon and napkins will be supplied with the purchase of a ticket. All of our materials are recyclable or compostable in an effort to reduce the impact of this popular event.

Proceeds go to support Salem Main Streets, a nonprofit organization focusing on the continued revitalization of downtown Salem as a vibrant year-round retail, dining, and cultural destination. Salem Main Streets organizes the Salem Farmers’ Market and many other events in downtown Salem, as well as offering direct business support to downtown businesses. The Ice Scream Bowl is coordinated in partnership between Salem Main Streets and the City of Salem as part of Salem Heritage Days.

This year’s Ice Scream Bowl will be directly followed by the Salem Common Neighborhood Association’s Movie Night! This Wednesday’s movie will be “Encanto,” starting at 8 pm. Bring a blanket and camp chairs so you can settle in after your ice cream to catch an outdoor movie with your neighbors.

The 2022 Ice Scream Bowl is made possible thanks to the support of Broad Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, Modern Millie Shop, Wicked Good Books, and District Trading Company, as well as the generous donation of product and staff time by the participating ice cream shops!  This year’s event was additionally funded in part by the City of Salem and U.S. Economic Development Administration.

For any other questions or comments regarding this event, please contact Kylie Sullivan at Salem Main Streets at (978) 744-0004 x115 or email at