Pickering Wharf, centrally located at the corner of Derby and Congress streets, is a waterfront complex of shops, restaurants, and condos that popular for strolling, snacking, and shopping. Along the retail-rich Essex Street pedestrian mall, there are housewares at Pamplemousse, 185 Essex St. (tel. 978/745-2900) and, right next door, playful vintage and new clothes at Modern Millie, 3 Central St. (tel. 978/745-0231). Front Street (btw. Central St. and Washington St.) is another nice stretch for shopping; here you’ll find clever cards and gifts at Roost & Company, 40 Front St. (tel. 978/744-4663).
Several shops specialize in witchcraft accessories and psychic readings. Bear in mind that Salem is home to many practicing witches who take their beliefs very seriously. A team of psychics at Crow Haven Corner, 125 Essex St. (tel. 978/745-8763), offer readings by appointment; the shop also carries herbs, potions, and spell kits. For a modern twist on the “sacred feminine,” HausWitch Home + Healing, 144 Washington St. (tel. 978/594-8950) has sleek home goods, vegan cleaning products, and community events.
Shops throughout New England sell the chocolate confections of Salem’s Harbor Sweets, Palmer Cove, 85 Leavitt St., off Lafayette Street (tel. 800/234-4860 or 978/745-7648). Its retail store overlooks the floor of the factory; tours begin Tuesday and Thursday at 11am (call ahead to reserve). The deliriously good sweets are expensive, but candy bars and small assortments are available. It’s closed Sunday.
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