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7 Businesses That Opened in Salem in 2012

Here's a closer look at some of the businesses that opened in Salem this year.

As we continue to reflect on the year that was 2012 in Salem, we can't help but notice that a bunch of new local businesses have opened their doors over the last 12 months.

Salem Businesses the Opened in 2012

Flying Saucer Pizza: When The Upper Crust closed in February, many Salem foodies were left wondering what would become of the downtown space. In May, the business reopened as the Flying Saucer. Steve Feldmann, owner of the nearby Gulu Gulu Cafe, opened the gourmet pizza place with a 60's sci-fi theme.

Life Alive Cafe: Life Alive Cafe, a self-proclaimed urban oasis and organic cafe opened in the Essex Street space formerly occupied by Coven in May. The mission of the business is to "feed the vitality of the world…one meal at a time," according to the Life Alive website. 

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt: In June, Salem residents swarmed the grand opening of the city's new Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt shop at the corner of Lafayette and New Derby streets. Owner David Pierre opened the yogurt chain's Lafayette Street location, which was formerly the site of West Coast Video.

Wynott's Wands: Everything about Wynott's Wands is straight out of a Harry Potter novel. From the store's cashier, decked out from head to toe like Albus Dumbledore, to the rows of magic wands at the ready, exact replicas of those found for sale in the book series' famed Diagon Alley. The wand shop opened on Pickering Wharf in September.

Every Occasion Boutique: Every Occasion Boutique opened on Wharf Street in mid-April. The boutique offers a wide variety of affordable and unique fashion jewelry, clothing and accessories.

3 Potato 4: Also in May, 3 Potato 4 opened for business. The business, located in Museum Place Mall, specializes in "organic potato-fries," according to the business Facebook page and "thrives in [a] creative approach toward organic sustainability." 

Village Tavern Grill & Oyster Bar: The Village Tavern Grill & Oyster Bar opened this fall in the space on the pedestrian mall where Lakay Island was previously located. Owner Arthur Ingemi has previous restaurant ownership experience in Salem, and brought three full time managers on board in the hopes of offering a multifaceted experience that will have an emphasis on value and be "very, very comfortable" for all patrons.

Salem Businesses Coming in 2013

Opus: The Serenitee Restaurant Group's new restaurant, Opus, to open in the former home of the Green Land Cafe on Washington Street in March.

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. The shop will be opened by Salem newcomers Anthony Dibenedetto and his wife, Gina, and will offer Lenox, Waterford and Royal Albert fine collectibles at clearance prices.

Did your favorite new business not make our list? Let us know in the comments section and we will be sure to add it.

Mike Lash December 20, 2012 at 01:45 PM
The Witch Dr. On Lafayette St. The newest place in Salem for Art and Glass. An "adult" store ( 18 and over only ) it's a great clean place to enjoy the arts.
Debbie Plante December 20, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Once & Again Too opened on Bridge St even though there is another store on Bridge St and with all the construction that took place they still opted to open on Bridge St.
Bill December 20, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Thank God I no longer have to leave Salem for all my wand and wand-related needs. A real life saver
Jay December 20, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Stop quoting Facebook pages and other articles, do some reporting. It is not that hard to get a quote from someone who recently opened a business.
john December 20, 2012 at 09:45 PM
As a comparison maybe we could find out how many closed? I know of 2 that are closing at the end of this year.
amy jakcson December 20, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Close friendly mart.....they serve minors
KlassySalem December 20, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Which 2?
john December 20, 2012 at 10:42 PM
The furniture store 2 doors to the left of city hall and the polish restaraunt
KlassySalem December 20, 2012 at 11:12 PM
The furniture store is due to Golberg being a sphincter.
john December 20, 2012 at 11:36 PM
The owners were told they had to relocate due to the expansion of the new restuarant opening after the first of the year. When the bar across the street had the drug arrests and brawl in the street they decided they no longer wanted to do business in Salem and will focus on the store the have in Newburyport. Bottom line is they were going to leave either way,can you blame them?
Dawn Cerbone December 23, 2012 at 09:50 PM
didn't Lori Bruno open a new shop on Pickering Wharf where Laurie Cabot's place was?
Dennis Alves December 31, 2012 at 05:48 PM
I'm pretty sure Dinner Dealer is based out of Salem. (it's a deck of cards with coupons to North Shore restaurants) www.DinnerDealer.com

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