Apr 212016

Nexus: the central and most important point or place. That would be The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem this Thursday night from 6-9pm as the monthly open late party known as PEM/PM invites you to “Immerse yourself in the world of extravagance and trade as we explore Asia in Amsterdam: The Culture of Luxury in the Golden Age.” That is the current major exhibition at PEM.

PEM PM "Nexus"So, what do you do at a PEM/PM event? What don’t you do!

  • Dance to the latest house mixes by Boston’s DJ Melee
  • Create your own Delftware-inspired tile coasters
  • Play games that explore trade, luxury and global domination with Beverly’s board game cafe The Castle
  • Trade business cards and networking tips with Boston’s Society of Grownups

But that’s not all. There will also be an incredible Balinese Gamelan performance by Gamelan Galak Tika. Plus you will have the special opportunity to sample fair-trade Dutch chocolates from Tony’s Chocolonely and tea-infused cocktails with Jolie Tea Company.

PEM/PM events are always inclusive of the Salem community. You are invited to be entertained, educated and excited by what the Museum has to offer. Members and Salem residents (with ID) free, nonmembers $10 at the door.

As always, if you need a preview visual menu of the delights from which to sample, go no further – and we mean that, go no further – than Creative Salem website. John Andrews catches the spirit of the event through words and pictures for your consumption. Enjoy!

The Peabody Essex Museum is located at 161 Essex St, Salem. For more info call (978) 745-9500.


Apr 192016

This is a month that was 150 years in the making at the House of Seven Gables as it honors Caroline Osgood Emmerton, founder of The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association.

EmertonWhen you travel to Salem to shop or dine or look upon the Tall Ship in the Harbor, you are also invited to explore the life of one of Salem’s most prominent citizens and generous philanthropists during the progressive era. You will learn how Emmerton transformed a centuries-old home into one of the most well-known and beloved houses in the world.

Also, discover how Caroline Emmerton worked to shape her community and provide educational opportunities for those who needed them most. This is a legacy The Gables proudly continues today.

Specifically, April 21, 2016 marks the 150th birthday of Caroline Osgood Emmerton. As part of a year-long celebration, you are invited to share in Emmerton’s special day by enjoying “her” tour of the Gables, as it was written in 1910. This tour will be offered on the hour from noon – 3pm. This is free for Salem residents & members and $13 for the general public.

Then join David Moffat, lead interpreter and author of the exhibit companion, “Caroline Emmerton: An Unbounded Vision,” for a special lecture, “Caroline Emmerton: A Woman of Letters.” Inspired both by his research for the 2016 exhibit and the archival collection of Emmerton’s letters, Mr. Moffat’s lecture will highlight an impressive side of Caroline Emmerton. Following the talk will be a celebratory toast in honor of Emmerton’s life and legacy, as well as a book signing with Mr. Moffat.

The lecture and toast are free. Please RSVP to groups@7gables.org or call 978-744-0991 x104.

The 2016 exhibit, itself, Caroline Emmerton: An Unbounded Vision, will be open to the public free of charge from 10am – 5pm.

Can’t make it on the 21st? More Emmerton fun and celebrations are happening on Saturday, April 23!

Emmerton weekend


Apr 072016

Talk of the town this past week has been about fashion. Salem, the Witch city, a hot spot for fashion? Yes, it is. An evening of fashion, fun, dancing, and more takes place Friday, April 8 at 7pm in Old Town Hall, as a fundraiser for the upcoming Salem Arts Festival.

The popularity of the SAF Fashion Show Fundraiser is not just in the fashion but in the community input. The fabulous fashions come from local boutiques, including: Avalanche Company Store, The Boutique, Lifebridge’s Second Chance Thrift Shop, Modern Millie Vintage & Consignments, Ocean Chic Boutique & Waterbar, Peabody Essex Museum Shop, RJ Coins and Jewelry, and TBT Post.

Fashion ShowAnd even the make-up is contributed locally by awesome artists from Laura Lanes Skin Care, Rouge Cosmetics, and Radiance Lifestyle Salon.

But the local input doesn’t stop there.

If you’d like, you can actually start the evening earlier at 5 pm with art and a glass of prosecco at the opening of Ellen Hardy’s “French Toast” show at The Ugly Mug Diner.

Next at 6 pm, head over to The House of the Seven Gables for the opening of the Caroline Emmerton exhibit – AND if you bring your Fashion Show Fundraiser ticket with you, you can get a free drink!

Then, just before 7pm, head back back for the SAF Fashion Show Fundraiser at Old Town Hall.

It will be hosted by local comedian and Salem Comedy and Spirits Festival founder Mark Scalia.

You can dance the night away with DJ Noel Snow, with additional performers to be announced. Food, drink, and  raffle will make the evening complete.

In fact,  Bambolina, Ferreira Foods, Opus, and Jodi Bee Bakes will provide bite-size treats to sweeten up the night!

SAF Fashion Show Fundraiser has been generously sponsored by People’s United Bank. Special thanks to Salem Food Tours, Creative Salem, and the City of Salem in coordinating this event.

Old Town Hall is located at 32 Derby Square in Salem. For tickets order on-line, or call 978-744-0004, ask for Kylie Sullivan at Salem Main Streets.

Your support will help to keep the Salem Arts Festival growing and free for all!


Mar 242016

We’re bringing the monthly Business Spotlight back!  Every month, Salem Main Streets will highlight a business in downtown Salem that might be relatively unknown, off-the-beaten path, misunderstood, or just plain cool. This month, we took a trip with our partner Creative Salem to get a sneak peek at an older business with a new vision. Thank you to Creative Salem for the amazing photo-documentation – you can see their glossier version of this article here.

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What: Melt Ice Cream
Where: 60 Washington Street, Salem, MA
Owner: Christiana Kroondyk

Many locals got understandably anxious this winter when they saw brown paper on the windows of The Salem Screamery, a favorite ice cream parlor, but when we got the scoop (sorry, couldn’t help ourselves), the news ended up to be better than we could have anticipated.  After a year of operating the Salem Screamery, the current owner is finally transitioning the business over to reflect her own brand and vision. The results are simply delicious.

Salem resident Christiana Kroondyk isn’t afraid to do things a little unconventionally, with flavors or with business. Kroondyk first started dreaming about her own ice cream line during a 2009 vacation, when she visited an ice cream parlor with deliciously unconventional flavors and thought, “I want to do that!” She started playing with her own combinations at home a few years later, and came up with the concept of Melt as an artisanal ice cream line. The original plan was to start as a vendor at farmers’ markets and slowly develop the product over time – but when the chance came to buy the Salem Screamery last year, it was too good to pass up.

This definitely turned Kroondyk’s timetable around a bit – instead of establishing the product until she was ready for a storefront, she suddenly had a storefront before she had established her own product!  She made the decision to keep operating as the Salem Screamery for the first year, continuing to source from Bliss Bros. Dairy while learning the ropes of running a storefront business and slowly introducing her own, unique homemade flavors.  If you noticed new options popping up last year like pumpkin, sweet potato fluff, or anise with candied fennel seeds (!), you have an idea of where this is going.

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So what makes Melt different? Kroondyk’s vision for Melt has always included a strong focus on community and locally-sourced ingredients. Current flavors feature a number of ingredients from local, regional businesses, including coffee beans from Atomic Coffee Roasters (Salem), sea-salt brownie bits from Jodi Bee Bakes (Salem), chocolate from Taza Chocolate (Somerville), tea from MEM Tea (Watertown), nuts from That Nutty Redhead (Rockport), and candies from Sweet Lydia’s (Lowell).  The interior is open and inviting, including work by local artist Scott Froeschl (keep your eyes peeled for a mural coming soon). Last but not least, all ice cream is now made on-site in Melt’s beautiful, brand-new ice cream mixer! Kroondyk has also started making additional ingredients in-house, including homemade waffle cones.

Melt Ice Cream opens its doors on Thursday, March 24th, and will be open SEVEN DAYS A WEEK: for now, 1pm – 8pm on Sunday – Thursday, 1pm – 9pm, and Friday – Saturday.  Stop in to treat yourself and support a great new local business!

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Mar 172016

Women have played key roles in the history of Salem, from the Witch Trials to social reform and this Sunday there will be a number of special Women’s History Days presentations to honor their efforts.

salem women(In 1981 Congress established National Women’s History Week to be commemorated during the second week of March. Then in 1987, Congress expanded the week to cover the entire month of March. Mayor Kimberly Driscoll has additionally proclaimed March 20th as Salem Women’s History Day.)

The House of the Seven Gables

You are invited to a day of tours at The House of Seven Gables focusing on the roles that women have played on the property over four centuries. Yes, four centuries. The tours will be conducted at 11am, noon and 3:30pm.

Also Dina Vargo, author of the “Wild Women of Boston” will speak at 1pm with a book signing to follow. Local historian Robin Woodman will offer her lecture, “Strong Women of The Gables” at 2:30pm.

The House of the Seven Gables, open from 10am-5pm is located at 115 Derby Street in Salem.

The Witch House

The Witch House will be featuring an exhibit titled “Elizabeth Corwin: Her Book of Saints,” a rare look into the private thoughts of a 17th century woman. Within the margins of her devotional book,
recorded in her own hand, are entries relating to her finances, property and independence as she transitioned from widow to wife in colonial Salem.

The Witch House, located at 310 1/2 Essex Street, Salem will be open 10am-5pm.

The Phillips House Museum

Join the Phillips House staff for a day of special guided tours focusing on the role of women at 34 Chestnut Street through the years. Tours will be conducted on the half-hour.

Historic New England’s Phillips House, open from 11am-4pm is located at 34 Chestnut Street, Salem.

The First Church in Salem, Unitarian Universalist

The First Church in Salem, Unitarian Universalist will have on display for the month of March women’s history material from their archives and a display titled “Standing Before Us: Unitarian Universalist Women and Social Reform, 1776-1936,” complied by Bonnie Hurd Smith.

The First Church In Salem, Unitarian Universalist, open for this session from noon to 3pm, is located at 316 Essex St, Salem.

For fees, discounts and any suggested reservations, please contact each organization separately.