If you’ve never shopped at Salem’s scenic Pickering Wharf (hard to believe), then make March 6th your First Friday there, as the merchants have gotten together to revive the First Friday concept (and even if you have shopped there, you’ll want to make the trip this week).
First Friday is a “stay open later” theme held on the first Friday of a month to entice shoppers with bargains, entertainment and an opportunity for merchants & shoppers to get better acquainted.
While there was no First Friday last year, in previous years it had encompassed the greater Downtown District. David Bowie of Salem Spice (one of the stores at Pickering Wharf) explains “I thought it seemed like a good vehicle to kick-start the 2015 year; so I sent a note to Pickering Wharf merchants to suggest that we start it up again as a local, rather than city-wide, initiative. It seems to be taking root. ”
Just look at all the participants this month. And note the discounts if you bring a receipt from another store on Pickering Wharf!
Clever Diva: 10% off with receipt from another Pickering Wharf merchant or restaurant!
Crafters Market Candles & Gifts: 10% off, 15% off with receipt from another PW merchant or restaurant!
Edward John Home Decor: 10% off!
Enchanted Shop: 10% off, 15% off with a receipt from another Pickering Wharf merchant or restaurant!
Finz Seafood and Grill: 10% off with a receipt from a PW merchant or restaurant! (excludes alcohol)
The Happy Sunflower: 15% off non-sale items and 50-75% off clearance items!
Hedrington’s: Sales, Snacks & SPIRITS as well as a Spring Preview!
The Joyful Artisans “Supernaturals”: 20% off original price on clothing, 10% off jewelry, a raffle for a pair of custom made earrings and FREE snacks and goodies!
Longboards Restaurant & Bar: 10% off with a receipt from a Pickering Wharf merchant or restaurant! (excludes alcohol)
Ocean Chic Boutique & Waterbar: 10% off any full price item and 20-50% off winter items!
SalemSpice: 10% off all purchases, and FREE cider for the day!
RJ Coins and Jewelry: FREE watch battery installed while you wait with any purchase of $10 or more! (limit one per person)
Adds Bowie, “Most of the merchants will offer, at a minimum, 10% off as well as in-house specials. Some merchants will also have entertainment, refreshments, and some give-aways. The restaurants have graciously offered to provide 10% off meals (no alcohol) if you show a receipt from a PW merchant. Salem Film Fest is also joining in the fun and we are offering that same 10% off if you show a receipt from Salem Film Fest.”
First Friday festivities begin at 5pm with most stores remaining open until 9 pm. Entertainment. Bargains. Actually talk to someone in a store before you purchase an item. Definitely skip driving to the mall on this Friday night.