• Celebrate Salem Award Winners announced

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    April 23, 2015

    The Salem Chamber of Commerce hosted its 93rd annual Celebrate Salem Awards Dinner on April 22 at the Peabody Essex Museum.

    Over 270 business and community leaders attended the celebration, which is a “who’s who” of business and community leaders in Salem. Among those in attendance were Mayor Kim Driscoll, State Senator Joan Lovely and “Chief” Representative Paul Tucker.

    Special honor was given to Congressman John Tierney and his wife Patrice, for their 18 years of service to Salem, the North Shore, the Commonwealth and the Nation.

    The main attraction of the dinner was the Oscar style awards ceremony highlighting all 36 nominees in 6 different categories. The winners were selected through a public voting process, with over 1900 individual people actually voting.

    Brandi Dion – co-owner of B&S Fitness Companies & CrossFit IronSpider was voted 2014 Businesswoman of the Year, and Paul Van Ness, who is involved in a number of businesses and organizations in both Salem and Beverly (CinemaSalem, Salem Film Fest, The Cabot, Van Ness Creative) was voted 2014 Businessman of the Year. In other categories the Ugly Mug Diner was the local favorite for 2014 New Business of the Year;  Milk & Honey Green Grocer received the 2014 Excellence in Retail Award, and Creative Salem won the 2014 Community Service Award.  The final award, the Long-Term Achievement Award, went to Jim & Nancy Hurrell, who have been involved in Salem since the start of haunted happenings and who own or co-own the Salem Trolley, Pirate Museum, Witch History Museum, and Witch Dungeon.

    Businessman of the Year winner Paul van Ness said afterwards that “It was fun to enjoy the Celebrate Salem awards with so many of friends and colleagues in the local business community, so many of whom I’ve learned from during our time at CinemaSalem and the Cabot. For this unique community, it feels like any one business's success is a group effort, and I was especially mindful of that last night.”

    This year, winners received an original wood sculpture created by Tommy Gagnon of Boston Woodturning. 

    For more information on the event or the Salem Chamber please visit www.salem-chamber.org or call 978-744-0004.

    Salem Chamber Celebrate Salem Award Winners

    2014 Businesswoman of the Year:  Brandi Dion - B&S Fitness Companies & CrossFit IronSpider

    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.

    B&S Fitness Companies’ goal is to improve the quality of life and health for every customer through innovative and effective fitness programs. B&S offers premier training to get you living the healthiest and most physically successful life you could have imagined. CrossFit IronSpider is a fitness community dedicated to helpi ng everyone achieve their individual goals within an inspiring group setting. Our certified CrossFit coaches will prepare you to tackle workouts that are constantly varied, always challenging, and based in functional movement. In addition to her fitness programs B&S offers event management which raises and donates over $50k each year to non-profit organizations. www.bnsfitness.com / www.crossfitironspider.com

    2014 Businessman of the Year: Paul Van Ness – CinemaSalem, Salem Film Fest, The Cabot, Van Ness Creative

    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.

    CinemaSalem is more than a film-lover’s movie theater; it’s also a café, an art gallery, an art house, a live music venue, and a home Salem Film Fest, one of America’s largest all-documentary film festivals.,. Van Ness and a group of investors recently acquired The Cabot in Beverly, MA.  Van Ness Creative is a full-service film and video production company
    www.cinemasalem.com / www.salemfilmfest.com / www.thecabot.com / www.vannesscreative.com

    2014 New Business of the Year: The Ugly Mug Diner

    The New Business of the Year award is given to the best new business that opened in 2014. 

    The Ugly Mug Diner is a twisted American Diner in the heart of Salem. A foodie haven, serving beer, bacon and espresso, with a soda jerk, hand cut fries, and biscuits with red gravy. www.uglymugdiner.com

    The 2014 Excellence in Retail Award: Milk & Honey Green Grocer

    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.

    Milk & Honey Green Grocer is the local grocery store for people who care about the environment, community, and sustainability. Offering residents of the North Shore carefully selected products of the highest quality. www.milkandhoneysalem.com

    The 2014 Community Service Award: Creative Salem

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

    Creative Salem celebrates the city of Salem as a hub of creativity, providing contemporary tools for local creative professionals to find and connect with new audiences while encouraging them to apply their skills to help solve challenges facing the community. www.creativesalem.com

    The 2014 Long-Term Achievement Award: Jim & Nancy Hurrell (Salem Trolley, Pirate Museum, Witch History Museum, Witch Dungeon)

    The Long-Term Achievement Award is given to a business that has achieved 10 or more years of success in the community.

    Witch History Museum: The stories of 1692 told through a historically accurate live presentation and tour. Witch Dungeon Museum: An award winning reenactment of the trial of beggar-woman Sarah Good - from the original transcript of 1692. Salem Pirate Museum: The unique and little-known history of New England sea-robbers comes alive at the Pirate Museum. The Salem Trolley provides visitors with a narrated one hour tour and all day shuttle service through beautiful and historic Salem.
    www.witchhistorymuseum.com  / www.witchdungeon.com / www.piratemuseum.com / www.salemtrolley.com

    Image: One of the 6 awards created by Tommy Gagnon, Boston Woodturning.


    Rinus Oosthoek, Executive Director
    (978) 744-0004
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