Oct 082019
Photo Credit – Joey Phoenix Photography

Salem is going to the dogs (and cats and lizards and bunnies), and we couldn’t be happier about it! Salem Main Streets is very pleased to produce the fifth annual Howl-o-ween Pet Parade, to be held on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 1 pm on Derby Wharf, Salem Maritime National Historic Site (160 Derby Street).

“This started as a very casual little event, and every year we grow more and more,” says Kylie Sullivan, Executive Director of Salem Main Streets. “Salem is such a pet-friendly city; it seemed like a no-brainer that we needed a community pet parade during Haunted Happenings. It’s such a special way to engage our residents, appeal to our visitors, and celebrate our local business community. We loved our move down to Derby Wharf last year, where we have more room to spread out and the great backdrop of Salem Harbor.”

The event will include an area with information about the National Park Service Bark Ranger Program, local rescues and pet-focused downtown businesses, and most importantly, a parade and costume contest with prizes. Pets of all species are welcome, but should be well-behaved and comfortable at a busy event where there are likely to be many dogs. The parade is rain or shine. Registration begins at 1 pm, with the Parade generally kicking off between 1:30 and 1:45 with a loop around Derby and Central Wharves, and ending with the costume contest.

Salem Main Streets asks all parade participants to register online in advance if possible, with a small donation of $5. All proceeds go directly to Salem Main Streets in support of special community programs all year round. Online registration is now closed, but you can still register pets onsite the day of the parade.

The 2019 Howl-o-ween Pet Parade is supported by primary sponsor New England Dog Biscuit Company, Witch Pix, Scarlet Letter Press, and Noble Beasts Pet Care.

Aug 272019

Salem Main Streets is looking for local Salem enthusiasts to help greet visitors at the October Information Booth.  Volunteers will staff the booth at the start of the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall, handing out maps and sharing information about Salem’s wide variety of attractions, events, and businesses.  Last year volunteers assisted over 22,000 visitors during the weekends and holidays in October.

All volunteers are asked to be available for a minimum of two shifts for two hours each and will be required to complete a one hour orientation session.  The orientation will take place on Saturday, September 14 at 9:30 a.m. at the National Park Service Regional Visitor Center. Volunteers will be updated on new October events and there will be time for returning volunteers to share insights and information with those new to the program.  Sign up for the Orientation here – https://signup.com/go/EfVkPPU

Volunteers are needed for two hour shifts throughout the day each weekend in October, as well as some additional dates including October 3 (Parade night), October 14 (Columbus Day), and of course, October 31 (Halloween Night). We are also looking for multi-lingual volunteers to assist the many international visitors who come to Salem. 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 easy for visitors to explore all of Salem’s sites and attractions, please join us! 

For more information or to become a volunteer please contact Kylie Sullivan, Salem Main Streets’ Executive Director, at (978)744-0004 x115 or kylie@salemmainstreets.org. This program is organized by Salem Main Streets in partnership with the City of Salem, with support from Destination Salem and the National Park Service.

Jul 302019

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! We are especially excited for the recognition of those projects that Salem Main Streets had a direct hand in, including the Salem Farmers’ Market, the Salem Arts Festival, Salem’s So Sweet, and (to a certain extent) Haunted Happenings.

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-2019.

Bacon – Back Alley Bacon (Readers’ Choice)
Bakery/Bread– A&J King (Editors’ and Readers’ Choice)
Brunch – Ledger Restaurant & Bar (Readers’)
Burger – Ledger Restaurant & Bar (Editors’ Choice)
Fish & Chips – Turner’s Seafood (Readers’)
Fish Sandwich – Turner’s Seafood (Readers’)
General Excellence – Ledger Restaurant & Bar (Readers’)
Gluten Free – Life Alive (Editors’)
Indian – Passage to India (Readers’)
Mexican – Howling Wolf (Editors’)
Mussels – Finz Seafood & Grill (Editors’), Turner’s Seafood (Readers’)
New Restaurant– Stella’s Restaurant and Wine Bar (tie for Editor’s Choice), Ledger (Readers’)
Pizza – Bambolina (Editors’ tie and Readers’)
Ramen – Kokeshi (Readers’)
Seafood – Turner’s (Readers’)
Tacos – Sea Level Oyster Bar (Readers’)
Vegetarian – Life Alive (Editors’ and Readers’)

Bar – Ledger Restaurant & Bar (Editors’)
Beer Garden – Notch Brewing (Readers’)
Beer Menu – Gulu Gulu Café (Readers’)
Brewery – Notch Brewing (Runner Up)
Distillery– Deacon Giles (Readers’)
Hard Cider – Far From the Tree (Editors’ and Readers’)
Juice Bar – Life Alive (Readers’)
Taproom – Notch Brewery (Readers’)
Wine List– Stella’s Restaurant and Wine Bar (Editors’), Ledger (Readers’)
Winery– 1634 Meadery (Editors’) – Salem Farmers’ Market vendor

Candies– Ye Olde Pepper Companie (Editors’), Harbor Sweets (Readers’)
Chocolate – Harbor Sweets (Readers’)
Cookies – Goodnight Fatty (Editors’)
Dessert – Ledger (Editors’), Caramel French Patisserie (Readers’)

Farmers’ Market – Salem Farmers’ Market (Editors’)
Personal Chef Service – Fine Food + Cooking LLC by Ricardo Sanchez (Editors’)
Tailoring/Altering – Alterations by Rosa (Readers’)

Arts Festival – Salem Arts Festival (Readers’)
Charter Boat – When and If (Editors’)
Family Hangout – Peabody Essex Museum (Editors’ and Readers’)
Festival (Fall) – Haunted Happenings (Readers’)
Festival (Spring) – Salem Film Fest (Editors’)
Festival (Winter) – Salem’s So Sweet (Editors’)
Museum– Peabody Essex Museum (Editors’ and Readers’)

Cheese Shop – The Cheese Shop of Salem (Editors’ and Readers’)
Makeup Selection – Rouge Cosmetics (Editors’)
Yoga Apparel – Yoga Sakti (Editors’)

Barber Shop – Badabing Barbershop and Shave Parlor (Readers’)
Bed & Breakfast – The Merchant (Editors’)

Billiards – Village Tavern (Readers’)
Guys’ Night Out – Bit Bar (Editors’)

May 182019

On the second Thursday in June, the Salem Farmers’ Market will officially kick off its eleventh season on Derby Square. With over 35 vendors, the market will be held at Derby Square on Front Street in Salem, MA every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. from June 13th through October 17th, 2019.

“The Salem Farmers’ Market has truly become a destination for the community for over a decade now – it’s a gathering place as well as an opportunity to get fresh, local produce and other one-of-a-kind goods,” Salem Main Streets Executive Director Kylie Sullivan said, adding that the market typically draws over 2,000 market-goers weekly. “With the great range of vendors that we have, there’s something for everyone at our farmers’ market.”  

For five months every year, the largely volunteer-run market gives residents and tourists alike the opportunity to buy farm-fresh produce, seafood, baked goods, meat, and a variety of other goods. At the heart of the market are seven major farms: Clark Farm, Gibney Gardens, Maitland Mountain Farm, Grant Family Farm, Heavens Harvest Farm, Long Hill Orchard, and Wally’s Vegetables. They are complemented by an array of specialty foods, bakery products, spices, and non-food vendors. Exciting new additions to the 2019 market include The Herb Farmacy, The Cheese Shop of Salem, Romeo’s Juices, Roseadela’s, The Branch Olive Oil, Nubble Hydro Microgreens, Crepe du Jour, Chrissy’s Crumble, Bauman’s Best Botanicals, Giuseppe’s Ice Pops, and Uncommonly Good Bakery,  along with many other surprises and additions throughout the season. Every week the market offers live music and representation from different community groups and initiatives.

The market is made possible through the leadership of Salem Main Streets and the Farmers’ Market Committee, as well as the generous contributions of numerous volunteers.  We are actively looking for volunteers to help with weekly set up from 1:30 to 3:00, help at the info table between 3:00 and 7:00, and break down help from 6:30 to 7:30. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact salemfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

As in previous years, the market will continue to take EBT through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  In compliance with the City of Salem’s plastic bag ordinance, we encourage attendees to bring their own bags – or buy a tote bag at the market to support our work!

To get the latest updates about the farmers’ market, visit our website at www.salemfarmersmarket.org, or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SalemMAFarmersMarket) or Twitter (@salemfarmersmarket).

Apr 252019

Please join City staff and Salem Main Streets for a discussion of draft regulations for the outdoor display or sale of merchandise downtown, especially with regards to the Pedestrian Mall.

The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 8:30 a.m. at the first floor meeting room, City Hall Annex, 98 Washington Street.

Draft regulations can currently be found online at https://www.salem.com/planning-and-community-development/pages/studies-and-reports.

Those unable to attend the meeting may submit their comments in writing to Kathryn Newhall-Smith at knewhallsmith@Salem.com.

Purpose: The purpose of these regulations is:

  1. To control for the sale and display of merchandise outside, but in close proximity, to a business with a traditional storefront within the downtown;
  2. To optimize the growth and income of retail businesses by allowing and encouraging the use of portions of the public right-of-way through an equitable review and permitting process;
  3. To enhance the visual appeal of the right-of-way through thoughtful consideration of materials, placement, and overall appearance of the outdoor vending facility;
  4. To ensure that there is safe, adequate passage along the entirety of the public right-of-way for public safety and emergency response vehicles and personal; and
  5. To provide safe, adequate access along the public right-of-way for persons of all abilities.