Downtown shops to open at night through holidays

SALEM – Select downtown Salem shops will begin staying open until 9 p.m. on Fridays through the holidays, starting No. 11.

Stores taking part in Salem ‘Til Nine are located along Main Street from Thompson Memorial Drive to Chestnut Street and a block or two south, and the Salem Farmers’ Market also will allow farmers and crafters to showcase their wares after the traditional 5 p.m. closing time.

Special events have been planned, including an “Open House” on both Nov. 11 and Dec. 9.

Merchants will provide special foods and entertainment on these nights, along with special sales and promotions. Carriage rides through downtown also will add to the ambience of evening shopping.

“We are quite excited to be jazzing up the activity in our quaint city,” says Gwenda Kellett, owner of Plantagenet Rose Interiors on College Avenue and one of the driving forces behind the idea, along with Katrina “Tink” Baker of Tinkerings crafters gallery across from the Salem Farmers’ Market. “We want folks to see us for what we are – a great destination with unique finds,” Kellett added.