Jul 302014

Of course we do — when was the last time you saw a one day festival around here? And the upcoming Heritage Days celebration of “yesterday & today” runs from Aug. 1 to Aug. 10, proving our point. When we want to share the fun and food of our community with friends, neighbors and tourists, we make it last.

Window Contest 037Heritage Days has been a long standing tradition in Salem and this year we have ten days of fun-filled events,” comments Mayor Kimberley Driscoll. “With almost 40 different activities to choose from, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Come join us as we celebrate Salem being such a great place to live, work, and visit.”

In the coming days Salem Main Streets (as well as every other local organization with a mission to promote Salem) will be advising you of the highlights of Heritage Days. For now let’s just point out the “perks” of actually living here (in other words proof of residency gets you the following…):

The Peabody Essex Museum and the Salem Witch Museum are always free to Salem residents.

The Salem Trolley is free to Salem residents through September 30, 2014. Residents can receive a Resident Ticket by providing proof of residency at the Trolley Depot (8 Central Street). Resident Tickets are only available at the Trolley Depot and cannot be purchased on the Trolley itself. The trolley runs daily 10 am – 5 pm.

The Salem Ferry offers 20% discount plus $5 off for Salem residents on their round-trip Salem Ferry ticket.

The Witch House will be free to Salem residents during Heritage Days.

Pioneer Village will be free to residents on Saturday August 2nd.

Forest River Pool—- Red, White and Blue Blowout, Tuesday, August 6th from 6 pm – 8 pm. It’s July 4th in August! Salem residents wear your red, white and blue to the pool and participate in themed games and activities. (the pool is only open to Salem residents).

And that’s not even counting the fun to come, including some of Salem Main Streets’ own interactive ticketed events like Mayor’s Night Out and Ice Scream Bowl! Stay tuned!

Oct 092013

What exactly are you planning to do with last year’s costumes? Will you arrive again at cousin Jerry’s party as Bigfoot? And what about little Jack & Jill? Maybe they’ve outgrown “Toy Story.” If you’re like most people, as much as you don’t want to, you will end up tossing the costumes into the trash and buying new ones. But there is an economic and ecological alternative: swapping costumes. And you can do it Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week, right here in Salem.

The City of Salem Recreation Department will be accepting costumes for its 2nd Annual Salem Costume Swap at the Salem Senior Center. You may drop off gently used adult, kid or pet costumes Thursday from 8am to 7pm and Friday from 8am to 4pm. They will also accept Halloween accessories.

In return, you will receive one swap ticket to claim a new-to-you costume at the actual Salem Costume Swap on Saturday, October 12th at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem, 13 Hawthorrne Blvd.

No costume to swap? Still want to shop? No Problem! Stop by the Salem Boys & Girls Club that day from 10am to 1pm to purchase any costume for $5. Proceeds will benefit Salem youth programs.

Green Halloween®, a non-profCostum Swapit community initiative set up to create healthier and more sustainable holidays, began sponsoring National Costume Swap Day in October 2010. In partnership with Kiwi Magazine and Swap.com, parents, young adults and kids across America can come together to swap out once-used Halloween costumes and walk away with something new.

According to their website “Swapping half the costumes kids wear at Halloween would reduce annual landfill waste by 6500 tons, equal to the weight of 2500 midsize cars.”

So, make it an eeek-ological and eeek-onomic Halloween.

Sep 262012

Salem Main Streets is excited to announce a new initiative called “Salem First Friday” where many downtown Salem businesses will stay open until at least 8 p.m. on the First Friday of every month. Businesses will host special events and entertainment, offer discounts and promotions.

During the first First Friday, October 5, locals can enjoy Trick-or-Treating with Mayor Kimberley Driscoll starting on the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall at the entrance of the Museum Place mall at 5:30 p.m. Hundreds of children are expected to dress up and trick-or-treat with the Mayor.

Many Salem attractions will be open Free to Salem Residents starting at 3 p.m. As always, the Salem Witch Museum and Peabody Essex Museum are free to Salem Residents but during this night additional attractions will be open free to residents.

There will be many downtown businesses offering special events, promotions and entertainment. Events Friday, October 5 include a wine tasting, movie night, musical entertainment and more. Here are a sample of some of the participating businesses: Boston Bead Company, Seed Stitch, Avalanche Company Store, Maria’s Sweet Somethings, Pamplemousse, Mud Puddle Toys, Treasures Over Time, Rouge Cosmetics, Glass and Etc., and Two Girls Shop. To learn more about the event visit the Facebook site /SalemFirstFriday.

To participate, businesses must commit to staying open late for the first Friday until at least 8 p.m. and have entertainment or activities in their store to draw shoppers and create a monthly Salem downtown “event” night.  If you would like more information on “First Fridays” or are a business or entertainer interested in participating, please contact John Andrews at john@socialpalates.com or organizer Jennifer Bell at Jennifer@salemmainstreets.org (978)744-0004 x15.

Mar 182011
Salem is filled with over 90 fantastic shops and more on the way…
See the list below for the following categories: Antiques, Art, Beauty & Skin Care, Bicycles, Books, Clothing, Shoes & Accessories, Crafts & Hobbies, Gifts & Specialty Items, Florists, Food and Wine, Home Furnishings, Museum & Attraction Gift Shops, Pets and Pharmacies.
AAA Olde Naumkeag Antiques 1 Hawthorne Blvd., 978-745-9280  
Antiques Gallery 69 Wharf St., 978-741-3113
The Cat N The Fiddle 78 Wharf St., 978-741-0060
Europa Limited 3 Hawthorne Blvd., 978-744-4303
Filigree & Fancy Antiques 4 Wharf St., 978-745-9222
Glass and Etc. Museum Place Mall, 978-745-1900
R A DiFillipo Antiques 55 Lafayette St., 978-741-0889 www.radifillipoantiquies.com
Witch City Thrift & Consignment Shop 301 Essex St., 978-744-4433 www.sellmeyouritems.com
The Art Corner 264 Washington St., 978-745-9524 www.theartcorner.blogspot.com
Kensington-Stobart Gallery 18 Washington Sq., 978-852-0022 www.kensingtonstobartgallery.com
Marine Arts Gallery 135 Essex St., 978-745-5000 www.marineartsgallery.com
The Picklepot, Inc. 75 Wharf St., 978-744-6678 www.picklepot.com
Salem Oriental Gallery 178 Essex St., 978-744-8746
Beauty & Skin Care
Laura Lanes Skin Care 242 Essex St., 978-741-8778 www.lauralanes.com
Radiance Aveda 316 Derby St., 978-741-8110 www.radianceaveda.com
Rouge Cosmetics 322 Derby St., 978-740-1044 www.rouge.com
Witch City Ink Museum Place Mall, 978-744-9393 www.witchcityink.com
Salem Cycle 72 Washington St., 978-741-2222 www.Salemcycle.com
The Urbane Cyclist 144 Washington St., 978-594-7174 www.theurbanecyclist.com
Derby Square Bookstore 215 Essex St., 978-745-8804
Harrison’s Comic & Collectibles 252 Essex St., 978-741-0786 
Pyramid Books 214 Derby St., 978-745-7171 www.pyramidbks.com
Clothing, Shoes, & Accessories
Army Barracks Inc. 234 Essex St., 800-673-3564 www.armybarracks.com
The Bootery 182 Essex St., 978-745-8821
The Fool’s Mansion 127 Essex St., 978-740-9595 www.foolsmansion.com
Gagnon’s Shoe Repair 14 New Derby St., 978-745-6276
J. Mode Fashions  17 Front St., 978-744-7007 www.jmodefashions.com
LGNDS 63 Wharf St., (978)594-1657
Mighty Aphrodite Maternity 244 Essex St., 978-745-8900 www.mightyaphroditematernity.com
Modern Millie Vintage 103 Washington St., 978-745-0231 www.modernmillieshop.com
Re-Find 72 Washington St.
Quint Essentials 96 Wharf St., 978-740-2877 www.qe-salem.com
Signatures of Salem 181 Essex St., 978-825-0015 www.signaturesofsalem.com
Sweet Anthem 24 Front St., 978-744-2129 www.sweetanthem.com
The Boutique 322 Derby St., (978)741-4141
Two Girls Shop 320 Derby St., 978-744-5191
Witch’s Hide Leathers 190 Essex St., 978-910-0474
Witch Tee’s Museum Place Mall, 978-740-0900 www.witchtees.com
Crafts & Hobbies
B.F. Goodstitch 18 Front St., (978)740-8986
Boston Bead Company 10 Front St., 978-741-2323 www.bostonbeadcompany.com
Frankenstein’s Art 233 Washington St.,   978-828-6699 www.frankensteinart.com
Gamezone 270 Essex St., 978-744-2630
Market Place Quilts 6 Front St., 978-740-3890 www.marketplacequilts.com
Seed Stitch Fine Yarn 21 Front St., 978-744-5557 www.seedstitchfineyarn.com
Gifts & Specialty Items
Aroma Sanctum 5 Central St., 978-740-9400 www.aromasanctum.com
Beehive 38 Front St., 978-744-0663 www.salembeehive.com
Bernard’s Jewelers 179 Essex St., 978-745-0638 www.bernardsjewelers.com
Bewitched in Salem 180 Essex St., 978-744-9904 www.bewitchedinsalem.com
Black Paws Trading Company 104 Wharf St. 978-745-0550 www.blackpawtrading.com
Coon’s Card & Gift Shop 226 Essex St., 978-744-5884
The Crafter’s Market 82 Wharf St., 978-745-2025 www.craftersmkt.com
The Goddess Treasure Chest  8 Derby, 978-740-5100
Hex 246 Essex St., (978)666-0765
Lotus Gifts Museum Place Mall, 978-745-8281 www.lotusgifts.net
The Magic Parlor 213 Essex St., 978-740-3866 www.themagicparlor.com 
Mud Puddle Toys 221 Essex St., 978-740-5400 www.mudpuddletoys.com
New England Magic 3 Essex St., 978-825-9913 www.newenglandmagic.net
Nu Aeon 88 Wharf St., 978-740-0500 www.wipssp.com
Omen 184 Essex St., (978)744-2900
Red Lion Smoke Shop 94 Washington St., 978-745-2050 www.redlionsmoke.com
Roost Urban Country Design 40 Front St., 978-744-4663 www.roostsalem.com
Salem Vintage Photography 172 Essex St., 978-745-2021 www.salemvintagephotography.com
Salemdipity 86 Wharf St., 978-745-5556 www.pickeringwharf.com/salemdipity
Sophia’s 105 Essex St., 978-741-1809 www.sophiasofsalem.com
Tobie’s Jewelry 140 Washington St., (978)745-7880
Treasures Over Time 139 Washington St., 978-745-2330 www.treasuresovertime.com
The Trolley Depot
191 Essex St., 978-745-3003 www.trolleydepot.com
Witch Way Gifts 155 Derby St., 978-740-3930 www.witchwaygifts.com
Beautiful Things 127 Essex St., 888-853-0558 www.beautifulthingsltd.com
Fiddlehead 24 Front St., 978-745-0008 www.fiddlehead-flowers.com
Henry Derby Flowers 49 Summer St., 978-745-1080 www.henryderby.com/flowers
Peter D. Barter Inc. Flowers & Colonial Gifts 201 Derby St. 978-744-3144 www.peterbarterflorist.com
Food & Wine
Milk and Honey Green Grocer  32 Church St., 978-744-6639 www.milkandhoneysalem.com
Pamplemousse 185 Essex St., 978-745-2900 www.pmousse.com
Salem Wine Imports 32 Church St., 978-741-9463 www.salemwineimports.com
Steve’s Market 36 Margin St., 978-744-4220
Home Furnishings
Delande Lighting 22 New Derby St. 978-744-2609 www.delandelighting.com
Urban Elements 83 Washington St., 978-666-4408 www.urbanelementshome.com
Waters & Brown Paint & Decorating 281 Derby St. 978-744-0780
Winer Brothers Paint & Hardware 6 Lafayette St., 978-444-0780
Museum & Attraction Gift Shops
House of Seven Gables 115 Derby St., 978-744-0991 www.7gables.org
National Park Service Visitor Center 2 Liberty St.,  978-740-1650 www.nps.gov/sama
New England Pirate Museum 274 Derby St., 978-741-2800 www.piratemuseum.com
Peabody Essex Museum Shop 161 Essex St., 866-745-1876 www.pem.org
Salem Maritime National Historic Site 160 Derby St., 978-740-1660 www.nps.gov/sama
Salem Wax Museum 288 Derby St., 978-740-3634 www.salemwaxmuseum.com
Salem Witch Museum 19 ½ Washington Sq. N 978-744-1692 www.salemwitchmuseum.com
Salem Witch Village 288 Derby St.. 978-740-2929 www.salemwitchvillage.net
Witch Dungeon Museum 16 Lynde St.. 978-741-3570 www.witchdungeon.com
Witch History Museum 197-201 Essex St., 978-741-7770 www.witchhistorymuseum.com
The Barking Cat Pet Emporium 978-745-BARK 266 Essex St. www.thebarkingcat.us
Living with Pets 73 Wharf St., 978-740-9663
Penelope’s Pet Boutique 99 Washington St., 978-745-0566 www.penelopespetboutique.com
CVS 200 Essex St., (978)744-2224
Walgreens 29 New Derby St. (978)744-7442
***List subject to changes and corrections***
Feb 232011

An Evening with Artists and Authors on Thursday, February 24 in the Grand Ballroom of the Hawthorne Hotel. From 5pm-9pm, the hotel will showcase some of the area’s most talented artists and authors, both new and established, while local orchestra Special Edition provides musical entertainment.

This event is free and open to the public. Some of the artists available to meet and greet you and who will have their work on display include: Ellen Hardy, Wendy Snow-Lang, Charles Lang, Elaine Snow, Ziggy Hartfelder, Nancy Barnes, Dan Browne, Jack Walsh, Sharon Billings and Karen Hallion. Authors include: Christopher Jon Luke Dowgin, Matthew Fraser, Kristie Poehler, and the North Shore Writers Group. Salem poet, Claire Keyes will be doing a poetry reading. Books and art work will be for sale.  For more information call 978-825-4361.