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  • 98th Annual Celebrate Salem Awards

    The Salem Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the strength of the Salem business community annually in the form of the Celebrate Salem Awards. Normally the awards are handed out in April, but this year, due to COVID, we had to postpone the celebration. With October behind us, and the pandemic still going, we thought this was a good time to highlight the 36 nominees for the awards and restart the voting.

    Awards are handed out annually in the following categories: Businesswoman of the Year, Businessman of the Year, New Business of the Year, Excellence in Retail, Community Service, and Long-Term Achievement.

    Nominees and voting

    Nominations were submitted by the members of the Salem Chamber of Commerce. Winners per category are decided by general vote by the Salem Chamber membership and the community at large. The Salem Chamber is holding a second round of voting in order to determine the winners of the 2019 Celebrate Salem Awards. People who already voted in the first round will be allowed to vote a second time. Both rounds of voting will be counted to decide which nominees will receive the honor of being named a 2019 award winner. Voting will take place November 2 – 16. A virtual award ceremony will be scheduled in early December.

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  • The 2019 Salem Chamber “Celebrate Salem Awards” nominees are:

    The Excellence in Retail Award showcases the outstanding achievements of Salem retailers and will be awarded to the retailer that applies superior knowledge, creativity and industry know-how to develop innovative strategies, and contributes to the growth of the Salem retail sector. The nominees are:    

    • Die With Your Boots On
    • Emporium 32
    • HausWitch Home + Healing
    • Salem Cycle/Marblehead Cycle
    • Winer Bros. Hardware
    • Witch Pix


    The Community Service Award is awarded to a member or organization who has an outstanding record of community service and volunteer participation. The nominees are:  

    • Leap for Education
    • Steve Harrington – NAGLY
    • Punto Urban Art Museum
    • Rotary Club of Salem
    • Sail Salem
    • Triangle, Inc.


    The New Business of the Year award is given to the best new business that opened in 2019. The nominees are: 

    • Blue Fez Restaurant
    • East Regiment Beer Co.
    • Insa, Inc.
    • Kakawa Chocolate House
    • The Daniels House Bed and Breakfast
    • The Felt Fanatic


    The Long-Term Achievement Award will be given to a business that has achieved 10 or more years of success in the community. The nominees are:  

    • Bella Verona
    • Dave Eng’s Flowers
    • F.W. Webb Company
    • Gulu-Gulu Café
    • John J. Walsh Insurance
    • Jones Architecture


    Businesswoman of the Year is a Chamber member who has demonstrated excellence in business practices throughout the year and has demonstrated a sincere commitment to Salem. The nominees are:  

    • Ann Souza – Body & Soul Massage
    • Karen Davis – Coon’s Card & Gift Shop
    • Gina Flynn – Eastern Bank
    • Diane Wolf – The Lobster Shanty
    • Beth Debski – The Salem Partnership
    • Rebecca DeVries – The Scarlet Letter Press


    Businessman of the Year is a Chamber member who has demonstrated excellence in business practices throughout the year and has demonstrated a sincere commitment to Salem. The nominees are: 

    • David Groom – Groom Construction
    • Tim Maguire – Histrionic Academy, LLC (Remember Salem / Salem Night Tours / Wynott’s Wands)
    • Marc Hazel – Jacqueline’s Gourmet Cookies
    • David Roberts – North Shore Medical Center
    • Eric Glass – Rumson’s Rum
    • Mike Sperling – Sperling Interactive
  • Winners in Previous Years:

    2018 (awards handed out in 2019)
    Businessman of the Year - Matt O'Neill, Ledger
    Businesswoman of the Year - Laura Lanes, Laura Lanes Skin Care
    New Business of the Year - The Hotel Salem
    Long-Term Achievement Award - Pamplemousse
    Community Service Award - Kerry Murphy, The Salem Pantry
    Excellence in Retail Award - Harbor Sweets

    2017 (awards handed out in 2018)
    Businessman of the Year - Jason Consalvo – Salem Five Bank
    Businesswoman of the Year - Kate Fox – Destination Salem
    New Business of the Year - Goodnight Fatty
    Long-Term Achievement Award - A & J King Artisan Bakers, LLC
    Community Service Award - The House of the Seven Gables
    Excellence in Retail Award - Turtle Alley Chocolates II

    2016 (awards handed out in 2017)
    Businessman of the Year - Al Snape – Far From the Tree
    Businesswoman of the Year - Amy Job – Jolie Tea Company
    New Business of the Year - Notch Brewing
    Long-Term Achievement Award - Hawthorne Hotel
    Community Service Award - Salem No Place for Hate Committee
    Excellence in Retail Award - Lifebridge Thrift Store

    2015 (awards handed out in 2016)
    Businessman of the Year - Rob Liani – Coffee Time Bake Shop
    Businesswoman of the Year - Joanne Scott – Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem
    New Business of the Year - Sea Level Oyster Bar
    Long-Term Achievement Award - Salem Maritime National Historic Site / NPS
    Community Service Award - The Plummer Home
    Excellence in Retail Award - The Cheese Shop of Salem

    2014 (awards handed out in 2015)
    Businessman of the Year - Paul Van Ness (CinemaSalem, The Cabot, Van Ness Creative, Salem Film Fest)
    Businesswoman of the Year - Brandi Dion (B&S Fitness Companies & CrossFit IronSpider)
    New Business of the Year - The Ugly Mug Diner
    Long-Term Achievement Award - Jim & Nancy Hurrell (Salem Trolley, Pirate Museum, Witch History Museum, Witch Dungeon)
    Community Service Award - Creative Salem
    Excellence in Retail Award - Milk & Honey Green Grocer

    2013 (awards handed out in 2014)
    Businessman of the Year- Patrick Schultz (Howling Wolf)
    Businesswoman of the Year- Sandy Heaphy (Kensington Stobart Gallery)
    New Business of the Year- Turner's Seafood at Lyceum Hall
    Long-Term Achievement Award- DeIulis Brothers Construction
    Community Service Award- North Shore Community Development Coalition
    Excellence in Retail Award- Treasures Over Time

    2012 (awards handed out in 2013)
    Businessman of the Year- Michael Wheeler (Beverly Cooperative Bank)
    Businesswoman of the Year- Helen Medler & the late Anne Turcotte (Hawthorne Tours)
    New Business of the Year- Jean Louis Pasta Shop
    Long-Term Achievement Award- Finz Seafood & Grill
    Community Service Award- John Hall of Salem Five
    Excellence in Retail Award- Peabody Essex Museum Gift Shop

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