Salem's Oldest Businesses - Salem, Massachusetts

Salem, MA, USA

Essex Street, c. 1920
Salem State University Archives and Special Collections

Salem has long been a shopping and dinning destination. During the Great Age of Sail, Salem was a center of trade and access to foreign goods. In the 20th century, the city was home to the area's destination stores, attracting shoppers from Boston and throughout the North Shore to Salem's downtown. Although department stores have moved out of the city in favor of area shopping malls, multiple 19th century businesses and restaurants are still a mainstay in Salem. This list focuses on public facing businesses and restaurants that have provide goods or services for over 50 years.

  1. Ye Old Pepper Candy Companie, 1806
  2. Eastern Bank, 1818 (Formerly Salem Savings Bank)
  3. J. J. Welch, 1852
  4. Salem Five Cents Savings Bank, 1855
  5. O'Rourke Brothers Memorials, 1890
  6. Waters & Brown, 1895
  7. E.W. Hobbs, 1897
  8. Soucy Insurance, 1907
  9. Thomas Mackey and Sons, 1907
  10. Salem Lowe, 1912
  11. Winer Brothers Hardware, 1919
  12. Hawthorne Hotel, 1925
  13. Puleo's Dairy, 1928
  14. John J. Walsh Insurance Agency, 1929
  15. Walyo's Variety Store, c. 1930
  16. Steve's Market, 1932
  17. Gardner Mattress, 1933
  18. Bunghole Liquors, 1933
  19. Bertini's Restaurant, 1943
  20. F.W. Webb, 1944 (Salem Location)
  21. Red's Sandwich Shop, 1945
  22. Gagnon Shoe Repair, c. 1945 (Removed to Beverly, 2021)
  23. Dairy Witch Ice Cream, 1952
  24. Coon's Card and Gift Shop, 1953
  25. Dotty & Ray's, 1958
  26. Eaton Apothecary, 1958
  27. Tri City Sales, 1959
  28. Dube's Seafood, 1961
  29. Mandee's Pizza, 1962
  30. The Daniels House Bed and Breakfast, 1962
  31. Ziggy & Sons' Donuts, 1964
  32. Bill & Bob's Roast Beef, 1969


  1. Replies
    1. The cut off was 1970. 50 years old or more. :-)

  2. How about Salem & Tobin TV on North Street. Used to be two separate stores. I THINK its still open.

    1. I can't seem to find a opening date for them. They are still doing house calls from what I can find.

  3. Dube's goes back to the 1920's. The family operated a diner on New Derby St. They were one of the original group to receive a liquor license when Prohibition ended in 1933. I used to deliver the Salem News to Dube's in the mid 50s whe it cost 3 cents. Al & Clara Dube ran the restaurant into the 1960's. "Beaver" Pelletier ran the restaurant after. the Dube'a retired. The current owners are related to "Beaver"

  4. How about Salem & Tobin TV on North Street. Used to be two separate stores. I THINK its still open.
    Westwood Massachusetts CPA

  5. Eaton Apothecary is listed as 1958, yet the original Eaton the Druggist was established in 1921.


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