By Kit Rose
Shopping, Bar Hopping, and Party Pairing
This holiday season we're planning on buying and drinking local. Salem is not only an historical destination, but a buzzing hub of shops, restaurants, and bars. Gift buying doesn't have to be stressful or burn a hole in your wallet! Shop local with these gift ideas, available in downtown Salem, then take a load off with a cocktail.
By focusing your holiday efforts on our neighborhood, we all collectively support local employment, ensure the shops' involvement in the community, save money (most- if not all- shops provide more affordable gift options), retain our retail reputation, reduce our carbon footprint, and always receive better personal customer service.
The following suggested gifts are perfect for hosts, swaps, and stocking stuffers, all under $20!
Around the Wharf:
Spices, oils, and kitchen gadgets from Picklepot; homewares, jewelry, and candies from The Happy Sunflower; Pickled Giardinera from Longboards; as well as antiques and women's clothing. Take a break from shopping with an array of local and craft beers at Longboards or a specialty martini at Finz.
Cards, soaps, jewelry, and books from Roost; make your own jewelry at Boston Bead; Coffee and pastry as well as local art from Front Street Coffeehouse; ornaments, mugs, and artisan chocolates from Maria's Sweet Somethings. Take a break from shopping with a glass of wine from Adriatic or a unique cocktail from the Lobster Shanty.
Homewares, jewelry, books, and decoratives from PEM Shop; kitchenwares, oils, jams, candles, and teas from Pamplemousse; artisan chocolates from Turtle Alley; new and up-cycled women's clothing and accessories from Modern Mille (Central Street). Take a break from shopping with a cold draft from Village Tavern or warm up by the fire with a hot coffee drink at Nathaniel's.
Jewels, gems, ornaments, and Sea Salt tea lights from Treasures over Time; carob biscuits, sweaters, and flashy leashes for your furry children at Penelope's Pet Boutique; french pastry and cakes from Melita Fiore. Take a break from shopping with a craft cocktail at Opus or glass of wine at Naumkeag Ordinary.
Bonus Unique Salem Sips' picks for him and her:
Since holiday parties are a given for all of us in our near future, below is a beverage pairing guide for whether you host or attend. Use this basic guide and ask for assistance at Salem Wine Imports, Pamplemousse, Quality Liquors, or any other Salem shop for the best label to fit your taste and budget.
Hors D'oeuvre Party: something sparkling, or a crisp cider like one from Far from the Tree
Dessert: port, riesling, or vin santo; spiked hot apple cider works here too!
Traditional Turkey Dinner: champagne, pinot noir, or unoaked sauvignon blanc
Seafood Feast: oaky chardonnay, sancerre, pinot grigio, or rosé; chianti or barbaresco if there is pasta present
Rich Roast Beef Dinner: malbec, rioja, cabernet sauvignon, grenache, or red bourdeaux
Pot Luck Supper: have fun and serve your favorite seasonal beer or a unique wine you haven't tried yet! This is also a perfect opportunity for a wintry inspired sangria.
Brunch: serve a holiday brunch with breads and pastry from A&J Kings alongside bellinis, bloody marys, or moscato d'asti
Happy Sipping, Shopping, and Safe Partying!