• Celebrate Salem Awards Dinner

  • 95th Annual Celebrate Salem Awards Dinner
    April 26th, 2017 at the Peabody Essex Museum

    Theme: Ocean Liners: Glamour, Speed, and Style


    The Salem Chamber of Commerce celebrates the success of local businesses at the Celebrate Salem Awards Dinner on April 26, 2017 at the Peabody Essex Museum. The program of the evening includes the presentation of the “Celebrate Salem Awards”. 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 – coming soon!
    Winners per category are decided by a general vote by the community at large. The Salem Chamber allows one vote per person (either by email, fax, mail or on-line vote).


    The 2015 Salem Chamber “Celebrate Salem Awards” nominees were:

    (Winners are listed in bold below.)

    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:  

    • Bobbie Bush – Bobbie Bush Photography
    • Karen Scalia – Salem Food Tours
    • Joanne Scott – Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem
    • Denise Snape – Far From the Tree Cider
    • Laura Swanson – Enterprise Center at Salem State
    • Flora TonThat – Northey Street House B & B

     

    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:  

    • Tony Bettencourt – A Mano Italian Kitchen & Pizzeria
    • Patrick Cornelissen – Hawthorne Hotel
    • Tim Haigh – Bambolina Restaurant
    • Robert Lappin – Shetland Park
    • Rob Liani – Coffee Time Bake Shop
    • Mike Sperling – Sperling Interactive

     

    The New Business of the Year award is given to the best new business that opened in 2015. The nominees are:  

    • Gillian’s Foods Inc.
    • HausWitch Home + Healing
    • Jodi Bee Bakes
    • Royal Blendz Barber Shop
    • Sea Level Oyster Bar
    • The Merchant

     

    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:    

    • Aqua Hair Salon and Spa
    • Banville Optical
    • Periwinkles Food Shoppe
    • Re-Find and Re-Find Men’s
    • The Cheese Shop of Salem
    • Tri City Sales

     

    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
    • The Plummer Home
    • Salem Common Neighborhood Association
    • Salem Jazz & Soul Festival
    • Salem Main Streets
    • The Pabich Family / Salem Renewal / Salem Inn

     

    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:  

    • HMA Car Care Systems
    • Gerald T. McCarthy Insurance Agency
    • Salem Maritime National Historic Site / NPS
    • Salem Five Bank
    • Salem State University
    • Thai Place Restaurant

    Winners in Previous Years:

    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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