Salem Main Streets presents, the Spring Shopping Spree! A robust roundup of retailers are bursting out of their stores and onto the sidewalk (or offering something special inside!) Saturday, May, 13th 2023 Hours vary by participant.
Check our Facebook event page to hear updates about who is joining the spree!
Salem Main Streets is looking for local farmers and food vendors to participate in the 2023 Salem Farmers’ Market located in downtown Salem in Derby Square on Thursdays, 3:00–7:00 p.m. from June 8 through October 12, 2023.
Anyone wishing to sell their products at the market must submit an application for consideration by March 10, 2023. Applications can be downloaded from www.salemfarmersmarket.org. Booth space is $30 a week for a 10’ x 10’ spot, $60 for a 10’ x 20’ spot, and $90 for a 10’ by 30’ spot. There is a discount for prepayment of the entire season.
“We are so proud of our market vendors, and we hope to see many returning to us at Derby Square this season, but we’re also always on the look-out for the next up and coming business,” said Salem Main Streets Executive Director Kylie Sullivan. “This is the perfect opportunity for newer businesses looking to get to the next level, as well as established businesses looking to reach a new audience.”
All products must be grown or produced in New England. If a farmer is selling any items he/she did not grow, the farm of origin must be listed. Vendors may label items organic only if they are certified. Sullivan notes that the market is especially looking for bread, cheese, and meat vendors.
Non-farm products must be high quality, locally made, take skill and creativity, and the vendor must add at least 75% of the total value to the product. The product(s) should be complementary to a farmers’ market.
Entering its 15th season, the market welcomes an average of 2,000+ customers weekly. The market is made possible through the leadership of community-focused nonprofit Salem Main Streets and the Farmers’ Market Committee, as well as the generous contributions of numerous volunteers.
Salem Main Streets is introducing a Holiday Stroll on Sunday, Dec. 18th to encourage residents to shop local and enjoy their downtown during the holiday season. Grab brunch at one of our many fine local eateries, then hit the pavement for special promotions and unique finds all around the downtown, serenaded by festive roaming carolers. Keep your eyes peeled for Santa!
In addition, we have over 35 businesses who participated in our Holiday Window Contest who have created beautiful and festive windows all over town. Post pics of your favorite windows with the hashtags #salemholidaywindows or #staylocalsalem to be entered for a prize! Look for the Salem Main Streets wreath sticker on participating windows, or find the full list of participating windows and winners here: http://salemmainstreets.org/festivals/holiday-happenings/holiday-window-contest.
Our friends at The Good Witch of Salem have also organized a kid-friendly “Follow the Gingerbread Trail” game with a prize for completion! Start at 2 North Street on Sunday for details.
Shoppers should also visit Old Town Hall for ChagallPAC’s Winter Solstice Market & Healing Mini-Festival for different events and activities between 10 am and 5 pm, coordinated with support from the City of Salem Public Art Commission.
Our Salem Main Streets 2023 Holiday Happenings, including this event as well as the Holiday Tree at Lappin Park and the wreaths and ribbons around town, were made possible in part by a grant through the City of Salem and U.S. Economic Development Administration, as well as contributions from our local business community, including Harrison’s Comics & Pop Culture, Hive & Forge, the House of the Seven Gables, and Witch City Wicks.
For more information about any of these events, contact Kylie Sullivan, Salem Main Streets Executive Director, at (978)744-0004 or email@example.com, and follow Salem Main Streets on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.
The holidays are here, and Salem is dressed for the season with trees, wreaths, and ribbons. To top it off, over 35 downtown businesses have decorated their windows especially for the holidays. Judges nominated by Salem Main Streets made the rounds last week to vote on the best windows.
“We had some truly fantastic windows this year, as always,” said Kylie Sullivan, Salem Main Streets Executive Director. “We give the judges the freedom to create new award categories based on what they see each particular year – but even then, and with a record-breaking number of participating windows, we didn’t manage to squeeze in all the windows we loved!”
Some award categories highlight good retail design – use of store products or display of a business’ services – or types of design, like most traditional. “I was especially impressed by how much work and detail went into so many of this year’s windows,” said Sullivan. “I encourage everyone to take their time and look closely at the competing windows to see how many fine details went into the trees and tableaus.”
A full set of images can be found online at https://bit.ly/3BxnqFJ.
Best Overall: Hive & Forge Runner-up: Mark Your Spot
Best Traditional: Jenni Stuart Fine Jewelry Runner-up: Emporium 32 Honorable Mention: Partridge in a Bear Tree
Best Dark Holiday : Vampfangs Runner-up: Nocturne Honorable Mention: The Ossuary
Best Use of Product: The Good Witch of Salem Runner-up: Moody’s Home & Gifts
Most Amusing (TIE!): Coven and Pamplemousse
Best Wearable Window: ReFind Runner-up: Salem Bespoke Boutique Honorable Mention: Modern Millie
Best Design: HausWitch Runner-up: Gulu Gulu Café Honorable Mention: Badabing Barbershop and Shave Parlor
BONUS – Best Non-Window Display: Die With Your Boots On
Come ring in the New Year with us! Salem Main Streets and the City of Salem are teaming up to throw LAUNCH!, our family-friendly New Year’s Eve party, on Saturday, Dec. 31 from 4:30 pm to 6 pm on Charlotte Forten Park (289 Derby Street). There will be an early countdown just before 6 pm.
“It was emotionally really difficult having to skip this event for the past 2 years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When we organized LAUNCH! for the first time in 2013, it was immediately clear that there was a strong community desire to come together on New Year’s Eve,” states Kylie Sullivan, Salem Main Streets’ Executive Director. “Plus, there’s still plenty of time after our early countdown to get to your own party, or catch one of the many other great events happening all over town on New Year’s Eve!”
Programming will include art-making activities, face painting and/or temporary tattoos, a silent disco, and more! The event this year is being hosted by the Anthem Group’s Frozen Fire Festival, which is transforming Charlotte Forten Park into a winter wonderland from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. Additional Frozen Fire features will include curling rinks, a S’mores and Hot Chocolate Garden, and The Polar Bar, featuring a selection of beer and wine.
Event activities are free to all and family-friendly, with a $5 suggested donation to help support Salem Main Streets’ “Holiday Happenings” initiatives, including Santa’s Arrival at the Hawthorne, the Tree Lighting, and the wreaths and ribbons around the downtown. Please note that food and drink do require a fee. LAUNCH! is made possible thanks to the City of Salem, our Salem Main Streets volunteers, and a grant from through the City of Salem and U.S. Economic Development Administration.
Contact Elise at Elise@salemmainstreets.org if you want to hear about our event sponsorship or volunteer opportunities.
Salem Main Streets' 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.