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Independenly-owned shops in downtown Salem:
From the north edge of downtown, visit Saffron's Supply Co, (325 Commercial St., NE), one of the few remaining stores owned by the same family for generations. Other long-established stores are Greenbaum's Quilted Forest (240 Commercial), Cooke Stationery (370 State) and Whitlock's Vacuum and Sewing (455 Court).
Along Commercial are other independently-owned shops: The Art Dept., three bicycle stores, antique shops, Gallagher Fitness Resources. Two well-stocked cookery shops are downtown, Carl's Cuisine on Chemeketa and Lullu's Tuto Cacina on Court Street.
On State St. west of Commercial, shop for outdoor gear at Salem Summit Co. and brick oven bread, sandwiches and pastries at Cascade Baking Co.
Wander through the historic Reed Opera House (corner of Liberty & Court) for unusual shops such as The Kilt and Thistle, the Slab Soap Boutique, restaurants, a ballroom, and the Salem Multicultural Institute and antique stores,
On Court St. east of Liberty is Salem's only downtown bookstore, The Bookbin. Nearby is One Fair World, a nonprofit shop selling international items.
Two venues for local fine art are The Hallie Ford Museum (corner of State & Cottage), with a small gallery offering local artists' work and The Bush Barn Art Cente (High St. south of Mission). Both feature curated shows of Northwest art.
From 5-8, April--October, Salem's "First Wednesday" offers local music and art exhibitions in downtown stores and restaurants.
Chain stores: Downtown Salem has Nordstrom, Macy's, Kohl's, JC Penney and numerous smaller stores in or near the Salem Center Mall.
Walking Tour: Explore Salem's varied historic architecture by following this Salem walking tour