Dec 042013

Feel like you are on a treadmill? We do here at Salem Main Streets; it has been one event after another since Halloween and we can’t stop because there are worthy causes this week which need to be publicized.


The Hawthorne Hotel will host a local event that has mirror images probably all over the country: a Fundraiser for the Victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan. It is set for Dec. 4 from 6 to 9pm at the Hotel. The proceeds from this evening will go to the American Red Cross in support of disaster recovery and relief efforts needed by over three million people in the Philippines.

Entertainment will be provided by The Ward Eights Band and DJ Patrick Runne. Hors d’Oeuvres will be created by the Chefs of the Hawthorne Hotel. And there will be door prizes.

Tickets may still be available; please call (978) 744-4080.


Salem PantryGo Out Loud gears up for its 2nd Annual Give Out Loud campaign which is highlighted by two activities.

Victoria Station will be the site of a fun filled event that has to do with, oddly enough, food. Admission is free when you bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Salem Food Pantry (or you can just give a $10 donation at the door). Plus, there will be an Ugly Sweater Contest. Music by DJ Andrea, with special guest Gay Jim from Kiss 108. It begins at 7:30pm.

Go Out Loud is also donating 50% of all their Go Out Loud Discount (GOLD) Card purchases to HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) in Salem.

For more info go to their Facebook page, website or contact them at

Also on Thursday is another opportunity for you to support the local economy by shopping fresh at the Salem Winter Market. Old Town Hall, from 3 to 6pm is the locale for vegetables, breads, meats, jewelry and more— grown or produced by people within driving distance of Salem.

And that brings us to Friday.

A beloved annual tradition, Santa Claus will arrive at the top of the Hawthorne Hotel at 18 Washington Square promptly at 6pm, Dec. 6 – with assistance from the Salem Fire Department, of course. Santa’s arrival will be followed by a short stop for cocoa and caroling at the gazebo on the Salem Common. The parade will then continue to Museum Place Mall for pictures with Santa.

Salem Main Streets would like to thank the Salem Fire Department, the Hawthorne Hotel, Salem Common Neighborhood Association, YMCA, Arbella Drum & Bugle Corps, 62 Restaurant & Wine Bar, Museum Place Mall, Brian Donnelly, and Salem’s Vintage Photography for their participation in this special event.

Dec 162011

Over 50 stores will be open late Friday, December 16 with many serving refreshments and offering great deals and discounts!

Have your card validated at seven businesses and turn your card in by 8 p.m. at Rockafellas and be entered for a chance to win $100 and other great prizes! Santa Claus will be drawing the raffle winners at 8:30 p.m. Follow this link to download a raffle card.

Participating Businesses:

Addicted Fashions, Albatross, Angelica of the Angels, Angels Landing, Artemsia, The Barking Cat, Beehive, Bella Hair Salon, Ben & Jerry’s, Bernard’s Jewelers, Body and Soul Massage and Wellness Center, Boston Bead Company, The Boutique, Caffe Graziani, the Cat N The Fiddle, Coons, Fool’s Mansion, Fountain Place, Glass and Etc., The Happy Sunflower, Harrison’s Comics, Hex, The Hungry Whale, J.Mode, Laura Lanes, Living With Pets, Magic Parlor, Mighty Aphrodite, Mud Puddle Toys, The Official Witch Shoppe, Omen, Pamplemousse, Peabody Essex Museum Shop, Penelope’s Pet Boutique, The Picklepot, Radiance Aveda, re-find, Roost, Rouge Cosmetics, Salem Cycle, Salemdipity, Scrub, Seedstitch, Signatures, Sophia’s, Sweet Anthem, Thai Place, Treasures Over Time, Trolley Depot, two girls shop, Urban Elements, The Urbane Cyclist, Witch’s Hide, and Witch Tees

Special offers include: 20% off special on purchases of $50 or more at Addicted Fashions, 15% off an item at Albatross, Free cocoa & samples of winter ice cream flavors and cocoa at Ben & Jerry’s, Open until 8pm offering free chair massage if you make a donation to the Northeast Animal Shelter and free hand paraffin, Free gift with purchase and homemade cookies and cider at Body and Soul Massage and Wellness Center, Refreshments and specials at Boston Bead Company, 20% off all non-sale items at the Boutique, Christmas cookies at Caffe Graziani, 20% off at Coons, 10% off at Fool’s Mansion, Receive a free personalized ornament with a $20 purchase at The Happy Sunflower, $10 off readings for the night at Omen, 20% off at Penelope’s Pet Boutique, Refreshments & a free gift with any $75 purchase and gift wrap at Rouge Cosmetics, 10% off Seedstitch, stocking stuffer weekend at Signatures, Complimentary Refreshments and 20% off purchase of $100 or more. Enter a free drawing to win a Sid Dickens Memory Block at Sophia’s, Free $9 gift certificate to Thai Place or Cinema Salem with a $49 dinner purchase, (excluding drinks) at Thai Place, Free gift with $20 purchase at Trolley Depot, and 10% off two girls shop and take 25% off regular room rates to stay at the Hawthorne Hotel Friday night and breakfast is included!  (Not valid on existing reservations or with other offers or packages.)

Dec 052011

Thank you to all who assisted with Santa’s Arrival this past weekend: the City of Salem, Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, the Salem Fire Department, The Dejas, the Hawthorne Hotel, Bill Legault, Lindsey Roman, the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Marley Properties, Witch Tees, Museum Place Mall Businesses and 62 Restaurant and Wine Bar.

The holiday season continues with a festive atmosphere downtown Salem, great events fantastic shopping and dining. Mark your calendars for Dec. 16 Salem Open House Night!

Nov 262011

Visit the Salem Farmers’ Market Thursday in Artists’ Row from 2 – 6 p.m. There will be holiday greens for sale as well as the usual delicious treats.

Mark your calendars for Santa’s Arrival Friday, December 2 on the roof of the Hawthorne Hotel at 5:30 p.m. Free hot chocolate provided by 62 Restaurant and Wine Bar. Music by the Dejas at the Salem Common. He will be greeted by Mayor Driscoll and then proceed to the Museum Place Mall to hear the wishes of children.

Friday, December 2 is also the kick off of Christmas in Salem Historic House Tours and a Charles Dickens Weekend full of events celebrating his life and work.

Nov 232011

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving from Salem Main Streets!

Salem Holiday Happenings 2011 kicks off Friday, November 25! On Friday, get the whole family into the holiday spirit and join us in Lappin Park (at Essex and Washington St.) at 6:00 pm for the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting, a much-anticipated Salem tradition! From 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., sing along to your favorite holiday music performed by members of the talented, Paul Madore Chorale. Free hot chocolate will be provided by Gulu-Gulu Café. Mayor Driscoll will light the city’s 25-foot Holiday Tree at approximately 6:30 p.m.

Interested in participating in Black Friday but don’t want the chaos that comes with shopping at the big chain stores? Come to downtown Salem! With a wide variety of shops and restaurants, you’ll be able to check off items on your gift list for everyone in the family without the hassle of driving around a parking lot 20 times to no avail, or battling long store lines.

For a full list of Holiday Happenings downtown Salem or a printable guide click here.

Happy Holidays!