Photo courtesy of the Salem Chamber of Commerce
Salem has long been known for its museums, haunted culture and wicked Halloween celebration, but on Thursday the city was recognized for its commerce.
The Retailers Association of Massachusetts presented Salem with the first-ever "Best Shopping District" award at its 15th annual excellence awards ceremony.
The city was chosen as the top destination in the Bay State to shop in 2012 for more than just its stores and boutiques, as outlined in a statement from the Salem Chamber of Commerce:
The hip, new magic of Salem, its eclectic eateries and charming boutiques, and the fact that over 60 new downtown businesses have opened in the last three years alone.
Salem's bustling farmers' market often attracts thousands of customers weekly, and Salem's restaurant scene is booming.
One of the top 20 art museums (soon one of the top 10!) in the country, the Peabody Essex Museum, is located in downtown Salem, as is the Salem Witch Museum.
The Salem Film Festival (all documentary), spring and fall Restaurant Week, the Salem Jazz & Soul Festival, Salem Gay Pride Parade, Salem First Friday, Salem Maritime Festival, Haunted Happenings (Salem's fifth season), Mass Poetry Festival, Salem Art Festival, and Salem's So Sweet Ice Sculpture Festival are just some of the reasons to visit Salem!
The award was presented to Mayor Kim Driscoll and Rinus Oosthoek, executive director of the Salem Chamber of Commerce.
The Retailer's Association of Massachusetts (RAM) is a statewide trade association with over 3,000 member companies. To learn more about RAM, the awards, past winners, or how to get involved, call 617-523-1900 or visit retailersma.org.
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