Jan 042014

Small Biz Salem genericYou have been talking about launching your own business for the last year; you’ve been dreaming about it for longer than that. We are of course biased in support of the diverse Salem Ma Downtown District as your future location. So don’t take our word for it. However, Small Business Trends has mapped out the “Top 50 Small Business Shopping Destinations to Visit” and not one but six Massachusetts communities are on it— including Salem:

… retail has become big box stores and moved to strip shopping centers and malls. But there are still communities across the United States that have thriving small business districts where local entrepreneurs abound. We’ve identified 50 of the standouts…”

While the survey may have as its purpose to give shoppers a bird’s eye view of small business friendly destinations, it is also a close-up on communities which are successful incubators for budding owners of such businesses— notably Salem Ma.

From the January 2012 report of the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy:

Small businesses continue to be incubators for innovation and employment growth during the current recovery. Small businesses continue to play a vital role in the economy of the United States. They produced 46 percent of the private nonfarm GDP in 2008…”

That could be your business.

And, according to the US Census Bureau Data (2009):

There were 5.8 million employer firms in the U.S. Firms with less than 20 workers made up 89.7 percent of these businesses.”

Salem stands ready to support you. Salem Main Streets. The Salem Chamber of Commerce. The City of Salem. Destination Salem. We are rich in organizations to answer every question and help you along the way. We actively support and work with our businesses through festivals, events, and national activities such as Small Business Saturday.

And then there are the businesses along the Downtown District themselves. Best resources of info. Don’t take our word for it. 2014 is here. Resolve it’s time to stop thinking and time to act on your dream.

Nov 272012

If you missed the Holiday Tree Lighting Friday night there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy the beautiful tree which graces Lappin Park now through the end of December.

This week enjoy shopping at the Salem Winter Farmers’ Market Thursday, November 29 from 3 – 6 p.m. in Old Town Hall. Shop for fresh fruits, vegetables and other speciality food items as well as beautiful holiday greenery. For full details visit www.salemfarmersmarket.org.

This weekend is the popular HSI Christmas in Salem Historic Homes Tour. The Salem Willows historic homes will be featured and the Salem Trolley will shuttle people to and from the downtown. For full details visit www.ChristmasInSalem.org.

The Salem Trolley is offering their annual Trolley Christmas Carol now through December 23 details at www.SalemTrolley.com. Saturdayalso  enjoy a Chocolate Fountain at Maria’s Sweet Somethings and a Hat Making Workshop at the Peabody Essex Museum. On Sunday, enjoy an open house at Ye Olde Pepper Companie.

The House of the Seven Gables will also be offering Christmas Tours at the Gables December 1 – 30 www.7gables.com.

Don’t forget to START your holiday shopping Downtown Salem this weekend. Shopping Local Matters!

Nov 172012

This Tuesday enjoy shopping at a special Tuesday Winter Farmers’ Market in Old Town Hall from 3 – 6 p.m. The Salem Farmers’ Market is the perfect place for your Thanksgiving shopping. Whether you are cooking the meal and want to shop for local items like squash, potatoes, onions, cheese, wine and bread or if you need the perfect gift items to bring like pies, cookies, wine etc. you will find it at the Winter Market. For more information visit the market website at www.SalemFarmersMarket.org or contact market organizer Salem Main Streets at (978)744-0004. There will not be a market on Thursday this week since it is Thanksgiving Day.

Nov 012012

As you are recovering from Halloween don’t forget to stop by the Winter Farmers’ Market today in Old Town Hall from 3 – 6 p.m. This is our first week moving the market indoors. Many of your favorite vendors will be there offering delicious local fruit, vegetables, fresh bread, organic butter, soups and many other specialty items.

Our 2012 Winter Market Vendors

 Have Been Known To Use A Tractor:

Wally’s Vegetables (Haverhill)
Maple syrup, honey pies whoopee pies, jams jellies preserves pickles fruit baskets, centerpieces, wreaths, Christmas trees

Clark Farm (Danvers)
green wreaths kissing balls, cider swags holiday greens, honey, maple syrup

Grant’s Plants (Essex)
handmade wreaths, kissing balls, door swags local greens cold season vegetables winter greens

Maitland Mountain Farm (Salem)

Have Not Been Known To Use A Tractor:

When Pigs Fly (York, ME)
Fresh Artisan  Bread

Seacoast Butters (Amesbury)
Flavored Butters

Wolf Meadow (Ipswich)
fresh cheese: mozzarella, ricotta

Shady Oaks Organics (Newburyport)
cultivated mushrooms

Milk & Honey (Salem)
baked goods, empanadas, quiche pies, frozen foods fresh beef, farm-stand cheese, holiday snacks and treats

Soluna Garden Farm (Winchester)
herb spice blends organic tea blends salts tea strainers

Soula’s Salsa (Boxford)
Fresh Salsa

Mandy’s Chowder (Marblehead)

The Soup Guy (Dover,NH)http://salemfarmersmarket.org/news/wp-admin/post.php?post=764&action=edit
gluten free soups & chili, seeds

Mill River Winery ( Rowley)
Wine produced and bottled at Mill River

Shady Mountain Farm (Parsonfield, ME)
11 flavors of fruit preserves, maple sugar, maple cream, maple butter

AKA Marvelicious (Jamaica Plain)

Sweet Lydia’s (Lowell)
gourmet marshmallows, smores candy bark, toffee, chocolate bars

Skin Care Vendors:

Salem Soapworks (Salem)
soaps, lotions, bath and body products

Wunder Budder (Salem)
handmade skincare salves, lip balm sprays, facial oils herbal dream pillows

Oct 222012

Mark your calendar for a series of Welcome Back Salem Events Starting November 1…

Welcome Back Residents begins with the opening of the Salem Winter Farmers’ Market in Old Town Hall on November 1. The market will be open from 3 – 6 p.m. and offer over 20 vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, and specialty food items. For more information visit www.salemfarmersmarket.org.

Salem First Friday November 2 –  begins with glass blowing, book signings, music and much more. Salem First Friday is a year round program with businesses staying open until at least 8 p.m. in the downtown (including Pickering Wharf) and offer special events, discounts and promotions.   

On Friday, November 2 the Salem YMCA will be offering babysitting services for children 5 – 12 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Adults can enjoy First Friday events while their children will enjoy well supervised gym activities including gymnastics, sports, arts and crafts, swimming, and dancing!  Pizza and drinks are included.  Mention Salem First Friday and you save $5.00 off the $15.00 fee.  Space is limited so call ahead (978-740-9622) to save a spot.

Some of the free special events scheduled for November 2 include: Boston Bead Company holding a Pearl and Gem Trunk Show with a chance to win a $50 Door Prize, Seed Stitch has fabulous fashion inspired hats from Fiber Fashion Show, the Witch DR is holding an art show with Benjamin Stebbings glass blowing and refreshments, R & J Coin is holding a book signing with Timothy Kendall, author of The Salem Witch Trials Calendar, re-find women has a guest appearance by Rosalyn Englehardt from Beautiful Me with goodie bags and refreshments  and Front Street Coffeehouse will host DJ Radio Scotvoid.  Contact participating businesses to learn more about the details of the events and promotions which are subject to changes.

If you would like more information on “First Friday” 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 or visit the Facebook site /SalemFirstFriday or the website www.salemFirstFriday.com.

Also, not to be missed is the Salem Chamber of Commerce Restaurant Weeks: November 4 – 8, and November 11 – 15. Over 24 Salem restaurants are participating offering three course fix price menu for $25 several are offering fix price menu for $15. For more information visit www.salem-chamber.org.