Saving CinemaSalem, Free Parking and More Business News

Here's what's going on in business news from around the North Shore area.

Have you noticed a new store while driving around the North Shore recently? Patch loves small business and we try to cover every new opening. Here is a look at some recent business openings and happenings on the North Shore.

Have you noticed a new shop and have been wondering what it is? Leave us a note in the comment section and we will check it out.


Saturday Parking Free for the Holidays in Salem

Local shoppers will be able to park for free in downtown Salem this holiday season.

Salem Moviegoers Rallying to Save CinemaSalem

An online fundraising effort to save CinemaSalem that kicked off Tuesday is halfway to reaching its goal and gaining momentum.

Universal Steel - Goodbye and Teenage Memories

If all goes as planned, by the time you begin to read this sentence the yellow, cinder-blocked building on the Universal Steel site will be under the wrecking ball.

And years of neglect, followed by tax issues and an eventual seizure by the city, will finally come to a merciful end.

Black Friday Protesters to Take on Walmart This Week

Large groups of labor and community workers are preparing to hold a Black Friday protest at several Walmart locations across the state this Friday, including the Salem branch of the store, according to an announcement from Jobs with Justice.

Coming Soon to Salem: Lilith's Lair

Lilith's Lair, which will pride itself as the "Home of the Authentic Salem Spell Candles" will be opening soon on Wharf Street.



Former ReRun: What Should Go Here Now?

ReRun Consignment on Rantoul Street closed its doors last spring, and now the former shop is a vacant storefront.

The senior executive of formerly Beverly-based Locateplus was convicted of conspiracy, securities fraud and aggravated identity theft last month. 

Black Celebrates 30 Clutter-Free Years of Organization Plus

It's been thirty years since Nancy Black launched her home-based business Organization Plus, in Beverly, but she said it's not uncommon to still receive the question 'what exactly does an organizer do?'

ChrisPy's Customer Wins $100K Mass Cash Prize on Halloween

One regular ChrisPy's Liquor & Lottery customer received a special treat on Halloween this year: $100,000 on a Mass Cash quick pick ticket.



Tilly's Celebrates Grand Opening With 'We the Kings'

Tilly’s is celebrating its grand opening at the Northshore Mall on Dec. 8 and hosting a live performance and autograph signing with musical sensation "We The Kings."

The Route 114 store now stocks specialty beers, wines and liquors -- most of them brand name products -- and at an affordable price.

PHOTOS: PACC Celebrates 81 Years at Annual Dinner

The Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce held its 81st Annual Dinner Nov. 28 at Spinelli's.

Treadwell's Ice Cream owner and city councilor Tom Gould was recognized for his many years of community service with the annual Harry Ankeles Award.

Martino Appeals to State Over Denial of Beer and Wine License

Frank Martino has appealed the city Licensing Board's decision to deny him a beer and wine package store license.

Prost! Karl's Owners Celebrate Successful Move to Peabody

The mood was festive and upbeat inside Karl's Sausage Kitchen & European Market on Nov. 2, and that wasn't just because of the three-piece band providing some traditional musical entertainment.



Local Company Unveils New Drones in Online Video

CyPhy Works is a Danvers-based company that this week unveiled two unmanned aerial vehicles that have been in development for several years.

Auto Dealership to Build Town's First Wind Turbine

Danvers could be getting its first electric-producing wind turbine next summer at a Route 114 car dealership.

Danvers business owner Cory Grace credits repeat customers with helping her custom cake and gift basket business thrive.

PHOTOS: Giving Garden Opens for the Holiday Season

The Giving Garden at Liberty Tree Mall allows shoppers to buy an item listed on an ornament for someone is need.

'Wipeout' Course Opens on Friday - But Not in Danvers Anymore

The “Wipeout”-style obstacle course that was planned to open this fall in Danvers opened for the first time last month, but in a new home – 35 miles south in Abington.

23-Year-Old 'Art Guy' Supports Local Artists with New Business

Calling all artists, and art enthusiasts, alike: Joe Schulte has declared, "When you call Ben Franklin, you're talking to me."



Chet's Video Celebrating 20 Years in Marblehead

Many local businesses have come and gone since Chet's Video opened on Essex Street, and as the shoppe's owners prepare to celebrate their 20th year in business, they find themselves reflecting on two decades spent strengthening a relationship with the local community.

What Should Go Here?

This empty storefront at Village Plaza is ready for a new tenant. What kind of business would you like to see move in?

Karaoke OK'd at Terry's Ice Cream Shop

If you happen to find yourself at Terry's Ice Cream Shop on a Friday or Saturday night, you can expect to hear some classics being belted out by local singers.

When Will the Fruit of the Four Seasons Building Come Down?

Wondering when the former Fruit of the Four Seasons building on Atlantic Avenue will be torn down? You're not the only one.



What Should Go Here?

The store space at 1016 Paradise Road has been vacant for a long time.

Total Dismantling and Carting Services and its successor company, The Total Group, violated the state's Clean Air Act, according to Attorney General Martha Coakley.

New Gateway Building a Delight

Here's one local project worthy of praise! The building will again be home to small businesses.



Patton Praised for Her 'Important Role' on the North Shore

Joanne Patton was honored Nov. 28 as one of eight "Distinguished Leaders" for her years of local involvement, ranging from the ownership of Green Meadows Farm to therecent donation of her family's estate to the town of Hamilton.

Expanded Spa to Fill Former Bookshop Space in Wenham

Inside Out Health and Wellness has expanded at the same address in Wenham, moving into space that had been home to a beloved children’s bookshop that closed earlier this year.



Lynnfield business has open house Sunday, Dec. 9 from 2 to 5 p.m. at new 40 Salem Street location.

Question: Have You Heard of Lynnfield Fabrics?

Earlier this fall, a reader wrote to Lynnfield Patch asking about a movie that he vaguely remembered being shot in town a couple of decades ago. We actually had pretty good luck with that one, and within a day or two, locals had told us about the night a crew was in town around 1989 shooting scenes for the motorcycle movie "Race For Glory."

Snack-A-Geddon: Twinkies Completely Gone From Local Shelves

Lynnfield is now a Twinkie-free town, although some individual specimens likely survive. Captain Cupcake and that duck from the Drake's boxes? They don't work here anymore either.

Book to Tell the Story of Hayward's Beverages

Ray Hayward, now a Minnesota resident, is working on a book about the Lynnfield beverage company his family ran long ago.


Wakefield Attorney Janice Nigro Named to 2012 Top Women of Law

Janice Nigro honored by Massachusetts Lawyer's Weekly at the 5th annual Top Women Of Law Luncheon earlier this fall.

Wakefield native Samantha Cresta recently opened Synergy Dance Studio on Princess Street.

Devil Dog Deathwatch: Classic Snacks Largely Gone From Wakefield

A check of various Wakefield merchants confirms that Twinkies, Devil Dogs and other classic treats have left the building.

Rada Boutique in downtown Wakefield sells both high-end consignment and boutique items.

Local Bus Line Proposed by Reading Resident

Reading resident Linda Greenlaw has proposed a bus service to both the Reading Town Manager and selectmen. Her goal is to have the bus provide transportation to residents in Reading, North Reading, Stoneham and Wakefield.



PROFILE: Colpitts Travel Moves to New Home on Main Street

In business for over 50 years, this full-service travel agency prides itself in giving personal service to clients.

Andover Gift Shop is Closing After Three Decades

For 30 years, Andover Gift Shop, has been a fixture in Andover center. The shop has been at its current location for 22 years and previous to that, it was located around the corner on Post Office Avenue.

PROFILE: A Petite Retreat

A Petite Retreat, 305 North Main Street, in the Tactician Building, is described by Owner Jean Theberge an “oasis where clients can carve out a snippet of time to revive, reinvigorate, and renew body and spirit without going to a destination spa."

Visions For Vacancies: What Would You Like To See Go Here?

The former Moor and Mountain location is currently being used by a group to gather donations for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. But what would you like to see there permanently?

PROFILE: Andover Hockey Shop

The popular spot for hockey gear in Andover also carries equipment and apparel for all sports.



Doctors Express Opens in North Andover

 which offers urgent care for injuries and illness as an alternative to hospital emergency rooms, is opening their office at 129 Turnpike St.

Local Businesses: Show Us Your Goods

Many people go to the malls and big box stores for their holiday shopping, but we know local businesses also have merchandise people would like.

What Business Would You Open in North Andover?

Imagine you had the tools and resources at your disposal - what business would you like to open in North Andover? What would work in the community?

PHOTOS: Designer at Rose & Dove

Recently, artist and designer Michael Updike -- son of John Updike -- recently stopped by Rose & Dove to meet North Andover residents after signing with Mariposa's, a local Manchester-by-the-Sea company.

Draper Real Estate Welcomes New Agent

Looking to buy a new home or sell yours? You now have one more option for a realtor.

KlassySalem December 16, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Protesters are planning a black Friday demonstration? Really? They're very late.
Owen Boss December 16, 2012 at 06:24 PM
This is a round-up of North Shore business news since our last installment. It isn't meant to be timely.
Meg Elizabeth December 17, 2012 at 01:41 PM
NEWs that isn't timely. Interesting concept.


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