Oct 032016

While October 1st technically starts Salem’s month-long celebration of Halloween, the real kick-off has been the Annual Salem Chamber of Commerce Haunted Happenings Grand Parade. This year, the 21st annual parade will be held Thursday, Oct. 6th from 6:30pm-8pm.

chamber-halloween-paradeThe Salem Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to participate as a walker, to become a volunteer, or just attend this year’s event, which will feature the theme “100 Years of Parks and Play.”

The term “children of all ages” could not better describe the participants as thousands of Salem’s students from kindergarten to college and our local business owners will be ready to march from Shetland Park to the Salem Common.

Along the way you will see colors, lights, sounds and faces of kids basking in the limelight that for that given moment they are the center of attention. They represent all that is fun about Salem.

The Annual Salem Chamber of Commerce Haunted Happenings Grand Parade will be starting from Shetland Properties on Congress Street then turning left onto Derby Street, right onto Central Street, left onto Front Street, right onto Washington Street, right onto the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall and ending at the Common.

This will necessitate certain road closings from 6pm until 9:30pm.

  • Congress Street will be closed from Harbor Street to Derby Street.
  • Derby Street will be closed from Congress Street to Central Street.
  • Commuters will not be able to use Route 1A between Dodge St. and Brown Street which includes Derby Street, Hawthorne Boulevard and Washington Square at the Common entrance.
  • Front Street and Washington Street between New Derby Street and Church Street will be closed.
  • Essex Street will be closed at Washington Street.

When it all stops at the Common, it does not end as there will be a continuing celebration with local favorite DJ Doug entertaining the crowd.

For the latest developments, please check the Salem Chamber of Commerce Haunted Happenings Grand Parade Facebook page

It is a parade, it is a party, it is a traveling brochure of things to come during Haunted Happenings in Salem Ma. this month. And by attending, you will be a part of it!

Mar 222016

Comedy at CSLife as we know it can be happy, sad, spirited or depressing. Comedians offer unique, inspired and hilarious perspectives that can also be healthy. That’s what a laugh therapist believes. And so we would like to prescribe the Comedy Night at Cinema Salem, featuring three of the region’s top comics, Thursday, March 24th at 8:30pm at Cinema Salem.

No joke, we said a Laugh Therapist.

Commenting within an article on WebMD.com, Steve Wilson, MA, CSP, a psychologist and laugh therapist said “I believe that if people can get more laughter in their lives, they are a lot better off. They might be healthier too.”

With that in mind, how can you not take a spoonful of laughter, especially when Comedy Night at Cinema Salem is also a fundraiser to support the great work of the Salem Chamber of Commerce.

So, who will be attending to your health?

paul-nardizziRespected as one of the top stand up comedians in Boston and the New England area, Paul Nardizzi is known nationally for his rapid-fire comedy style. He began his comedy career in 1990, quickly becoming a Boston area favorite and a national headliner within just four years.

Along the way he has made numerous appearances on Conan O’Brien and Comedy Central, has won the Boston Comedy Festival Competition and is one of the most requested acts on XM Satellite Radio.

ChristineHurleyEver get irritated at the stick figure family decals staring at you from the back of a car you are following when stuck in traffic? Christine Hurley has some choice words (none of which we can use here). In fact, to be clear, although much of Hurley’s language is not suitable for publication, and many of her jokes push the envelope — about parents and their over-involvement in youth sports or moms who get fixed up to bring their children to the bus stop — she has a way of delivering this hilarious and on-target material in a good-natured manner without being offensive.

Don’t take our word for it. Comedy legend Lenny Clarke offers “I’ve been doing this for 37 years, and I can honestly say that I haven’t seen someone as good as her since Roseanne [Barr], when she started doing stand-up.”

Opening for The Beach Boys and Nick DiPaolo, headlining some of the best clubs and theaters in New England and creating the themed standup comedy show “How Men Think (Or Do They?)” are just a few of the credits for Dave Rattigan, one of the busiest comics in Boston (in fact he’s a regular at the Boston Comedy Festival).

He is a comedic triple threat. His CD has been played on XM-Sirius, Slacker Radio.com, Matty’s Comedy 1200, and AOLRadio.com. His video clips have run on Nickmom.com. He has written humorous columns for the Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor and others.

As Comedy Night at Cinema Salem will be an adult performance venue, audience members will have the opportunity to purchase beer and wine in the Cinema Salem lobby.

And since it is a Chamber event, not to let an opportunity pass by, networking from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm!

Comedy Night at Cinema Salem is presented by the Salem Chamber, Cinema Salem and Creative Salem.

Cinema Salem is located at Museum Place Mall, 1 E India Square Mall, Salem.

For ticket prices or other questions about Comedy Night at Cinema Salem, contact the Salem Chamber of Commerce at 978-744-0004 or Cinema Salem at 978-744-1400.

Feb 192016

Rest Week 2Many of us on the North Shore have friends that have visited Salem during the high traffic October season. These friends naturally enjoyed themselves but said they would like to come back when there is a little less “Salem” going on. What better time to invite them than next month during Salem Restaurant Week (March 13-17 and March 20-24)?

It’s a great way for them to sample the delights that Salem has to offer. Perhaps they’ve heard that you could eat out every night for two weeks in Salem and be able to go to a different restaurant each night? Take them for a leisurely stroll along Washington Street and up Derby and around. Your path will be dotted with choices. Pick a place, any place.

For those new to Restaurant Week, it is produced by the Salem Chamber of Commerce as a way to invite the public within the doors of neighborhood dining establishments. During the 10 days only, participating Salem restaurants will offer either a specially priced two-course prix-fixe dinner menu, or a three-course prix-fixe dinner menu, or both (price will not include drinks, taxes or gratuities).

March Rest. WeekThe Chamber notes on its website “Salem has become a culinary destination and people really look forward to this event. Expect a wide variety of delicious foods – from steak to seafood, American to ethnic, there is something for everyone. Restaurants offer multiple choices for appetizers, entrees as well as desserts.”

Mark your calendar now. Invite your out of town friends to Salem Restaurant Week. As the sign says, “Great Meals Begin Here.”

Mar 272015

Declare your appreciation for local businesses, businessmen and businesswomen who “serve you & Salem right” by casting votes in this year’s Celebrate Salem Awards.

The finalists have been nominated by their peers, the members of the Salem Chamber of Commerce. Now you, their customers, clients and patrons will fill out ballots, electronic and traditional, to honor “the best of the best.”

Did you enjoy a meal or shopping experience, or consultation? Did the merchant make you feel like he/she cared about you? Let others know that “this” business merits extra attention for providing not only satisfactory customer service but shows it cares about Salem by getting involved in community projects.

  1. Businesswoman of the Year is a Chamber member who has demonstrated excellence in business practices throughout the year and has demonstrated a sincere commitment to Salem.
  2. Businessman of the Year is a Chamber member who has demonstrated excellence in business practices throughout the year and has demonstrated a sincere commitment to Salem.
  3. The New Business of the Year award is given to the best new business that opened in 2014
  4. The Excellence in Retail Award showcases the outstanding achievements of Salem retailers and will be awarded to the retailer that applies superior knowledge, creativity and industry know-how to develop innovative strategies, and contributes to the growth of the Salem retail sector.
  5. The Community Service Award is given to a member or organization who has an outstanding record of community service and volunteer participation.
  6. The Long-Term Achievement Award will be given to a business that has achieved 10 or more years of success in the community

Deadline for voting is April 3rd 2015; voting can be done by:

And after the tabulations are completed, the awards will be handed out by The Salem Chamber of Commerce at the Celebrate Salem Awards Dinner on April 22nd at the Peabody Essex Museum. For information on attending, or on the voting process, call 978-744-0004.


Aug 082014
Essex Street Fair 2013 - Photo Credit Social Palates

Essex Street Fair 2013 – Photo Credit Social Palates

Salem has many interesting sights and locations to serve and service our community. One that offers many uses is the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall. And especially so Aug. 9 & 10 when the 2014 Essex Street Fair will unfold from 10 am – 6 pm.

Regularly lined with stores and merchants offering delights to visitors and residents, this weekend our Essex Street Pedestrian Mall will be bright and musical and loud with the life of an annual Street Fair, sponsored by the Salem Chamber of Commerce.

What will you see? Crafters displaying their wares. What will you smell? Food vendors with tasty treats. What will you hear? Artisans discussing their methods.

The is a family friendly event, bring the kids. You will find something for everyone. Even possibly for Samantha the cat and Duke the dog!

This free event will run the length of Essex St. from the Daniel Low Building (Essex and Washington St.) to the Hawthorne Hotel (Essex and Washington Sq W.) The events are part of the Salem Heritage Days festivities.