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

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, or follow us on Facebook ( 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

Those unable to attend the meeting may submit their comments in writing to Kathryn Newhall-Smith at

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.
Apr 222019

Join us for the sixth annual Salem Arts Festival Fashion Show Fundraiser – Friday, April 26, 7-10 pm – for a night of fashion, food, drink, and fun in support of one of Salem’s greatest festivals! The event is moving to a new location this year, the historic Hawthorne Hotel, at 18 Washington Square West.

“The Fashion Show gets bigger and better every year. It’s really the perfect way to introduce the dynamic, locally-focused energy behind the Arts Festival,” says Kylie Sullivan, Executive Director of Salem Main Streets (SMS), the community nonprofit that founded the Festival. “The need for financial support is critical for the success of the festival, which welcomes 7,000 attendees to downtown Salem every June. We are committed to keeping the festival free and open to the public, but we’re also committed to paying artists and performers – that means we need to raise some substantial funds.”

The one-of-a-kind event will feature fabulous fashions from renowned local boutiques and shops, including Curtsy, J. Mode, Lifebridge Thrift Shop, Modern Millie Shop, the Peabody Essex Museum Shop, re-find, The Boutique, Vampfangs, Beach Bride Baubles, RJ Coins & Jewelry, and Hive & Forge, as well as some final polish by local stylists Laura Lanes Skin Care and Rouge Cosmetics. Attendees can also expect outside-the-box accessories and surprises from local creative genius Grace & Diggs and other local makers from the Salem Arts Association on the catwalk.

Karen Scalia of Salem Food Tours returns as the mastermind behind fashion show logistics and staging, and with festival co-organizers Salem Main Streets and Creative Collective at the helm, locals know it’s going to be an incredible night. The Fashion Show will tap into the 2019 Salem Arts Festival theme of “Roots.” Lighting and ambience by Retonica will completely transform the historic ballroom throughout the night. The 2019 Fashion Show Fundraiser is generously sponsored in part by Salem Five and Derby Square Architects.

Advance tickets are $40 per person with a cash bar, tickets purchased the day of the event are $45 – but this event regularly sells out, so we don’t recommend waiting. VIP tickets are already sold out!

Purchase tickets over the phone at 978-744-0004 x115, in person at 265 Essex Street (Salem Main Streets), or online at  Proceeds directly benefit the Salem Arts Festival.

About the Salem Arts Festival

The 11th annual Salem Arts Festival will be held June 7th to 9th, 2019.  SAF is organized by Salem Main Streets, the Creative Collective, and a collaboration of Salem organizations, including the City of Salem, Salem State University, Salem Food Tours, the Phoenix School, Peabody Essex Museum, the Salem Arts Association, and a significant number of dedicated locals. The festival also relies on the gracious support of its other creative partners, including Retonica Event Lighting, The Scarlet Letter Press, and Octocog Marketing and Design.

If you would like to support this dynamic annual cultural mainstay for its 11th year, please contact or visit

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 the promotion of the downtown district. The Creative Collective connects creativity, community and commerce through a series of traditional and non-traditional marketing efforts, advocacy, events and resources.

For more information about the Salem Arts Festival, please see or contact Kylie Sullivan at or (978)744-0004 (x115).


Jan 102019

Salem Maritime National Historic Site is affected by the government shutdown and is closed until further notice. A number of community members have been asking how to help or what they should know in the meantime, so local partners are working together to fill in the blanks.

Here are some things you can do to help:
  *   Take a walk around the park and pick up litter.
  *   If you see anything in need of emergency attention at the Salem Maritime Site (i.e. broken windows, extensive litter, damage) contact Ryan or Kathryn at Essex Heritage, 978-740-0444, or the staff at Waite and Peirce, 978-744-4319

Some concerned community members have expressed interest in starting up a drive for grocery gift cards and other needs. Federal employees are not allowed to accept cash or gifts, so while the thought is greatly appreciated, please do not organize this type of event.

Visitors in need of information should visit for an up-to-date list of what’s happening in town. For seasonal hours and information, please visit

In case information is needed in person, visitors can be directed to:
  *   Waite and Peirce, 193 Derby Street; Open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily
  *   Salem Main Streets/Salem Chamber of Commerce at 265 Essex Street; Generally open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., weekdays
  *   Please note there are no public bathrooms at either location.

Information and needs will be updated as needed. Please send good thoughts for a prompt end to the government shutdown so that our colleagues can get back to doing their jobs of caring for the country’s first designated National Historic Site.

Dec 312018

Downtown Salem is a special place –  home to top notch retail as well as an amazing restaurant scene, in a city full of rich history and local events for all ages. Salem Main Streets contributes a great deal to ensuring that downtown Salem remains a vibrant, year-round, retail, dining, and cultural destination. While Salem prides itself on having five seasons (winter, spring, summer, fall, and October), it takes a lot of thoughtful work to try to make sure that all twelve months of the year in downtown Salem are sustainable for our businesses, welcoming to our visitors, and mindful of our residents.  This is why we need your help.

Salem Main Streets continues to contribute a vast variety of services to the local community, but we feel like we could do so much more. Our nonprofit organization, and the community as a whole, would benefit greatly from us having the available funds to create an additional part-time staff position to complement our one full-time staff member, but that requires a jump in our organizational budget to be sustainable.  It is also important to us that the majority of our events and services remain free to the downtown community.

We estimate that every $100 donated to Salem Main Streets translates to roughly two hours of work invested into our local community. It may not seem like a lot, but with the added hours, a lot can be accomplished.  Two hours is what it takes to set up the Salem Farmers’ Market every week before it is visited by over 2,000 eager consumers.  Two hours is the length of our New Years Eve LAUNCH! event, where our community rings in the new year together at Old Town Hall. The 250+ local storefronts we serve are essential to the health of downtown Salem, so we try to spend a minimum of two hours every week checking in with them.  We can get a lot done in two hours, but there never seems to be enough of them – imagine what we could do with more! Become a Friend of Salem Main Streets today with a tax-deductible donation.

In addition to individual donations, SMS also has sponsorship opportunities to get your business in front of an engaged local audience. Sponsors can enjoy chatting about their services with shoppers at the Farmers Market, or hand out swag at the Ice Scream Bowl, or have an ice sculpture of their choice at Salems So Sweet. Recent collaborations, like working with our partners at Creative Collective on the Salem Arts Festival, mean that your sponsorship will be recognized more effectively to a broader audience than ever before. Find out more about becoming a sponsor!

Your assistance and donations truly help bring Salem to life. As we reflect on a great year and look forward to the next, it is more apparent than ever that our nonprofit is going to need more resources to keep impacting positive change in the downtown. Donating to SMS or sponsoring our work will help in the effort to keep our astonishing and unique downtown area vitalized for many seasons to come. Thank you for being a part of what makes our community so special.