When people think of witches, they often think of Salem. But so few people know the true stories behind this infamous witch hunt. Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours tells the dark tales that have defined the legacy of this area for centuries. Tour guides, all of whom are Salem natives, run four distinct historical tours that explore Salem?s colonial past, the witch trials of 1692, modern hauntings, and contemporary witchcraft. Later in the evening, things get a little spookier as the guides begin their Scary Stories tour, a PG-13 journey that treats guests to tales of the evil spirits and otherworldly creatures that have haunted Salem for centuries. Whichever path you choose, guests say that the tours impart a wealth of information and the guides are so passionate about Salem that they can recommend the best places to eat and explore the city.
The J’Adore Romantic Gift Shoppe alchemizes bottles of aromatic opulence at its fragrance bar inside A Beautiful Corset’s posh showroom. Shoppers savor custom scents whipped up by the onsite Fragrance Barista, who blends their favorite ingredients into perfume oils, bath oils, body powders, scrubs, and other sweet-smelling goods. The perfumer then pours the personalized aroma into blown-glass vessels sourced from around the world. Clients also can browse the shop's selection of chocolates, Murano blown-glass jewelry, or heirloom-quality cards from Gilded Age Greetings, perfect for a loved one or the lucky person who opens your time capsule in 40 years.
When Katie Kaplan graduated from Suffolk University with a master's degree in business, she found herself struggling to find a job in the midst of a recession. After finally landing a high-stress, low-paying position, she realized she had to make a career change. Katie decided to attend The Salter School, earned her massage license, and joined the ranks of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals by donning their trademark foam fingers. Today, she helps others find overall wellness through massage modalities that can mend injuries, ease the discomforts of pregnancy, and quell anxiety. Kate also volunteered her services at a charity event raising funds and awareness for multiple sclerosis.
The staff at Zoots Dry Cleaning extracts stains and stress by pairing eco-friendly dry-cleaning services with the convenience of extended evening and Sunday hours, 24-hour drop-off and pickup services (available at most locations), and an automated drive-thru system. Team members clean clothes, draperies, bedding, and rugs with a biodegradable solvent as opposed to harsh PERC chemicals, and some staff are trained to expertly excise stains from the delicate lace and beadwork of bridal-gown bodices. Most stores also have a tailor on location who is able to alter ensembles in a snap. Customers get e-mail notifications when orders are ready or they can download a smartphone app to keep a close eye on the status of their dirty laundry.
Jacqui Newman helms Salamander Sisters Occult Goods & Services, where she harnesses her doctorate in metaphysics and her clairvoyant nature to help clients find answers. Newman, a high priestess and an ordained reverend, blends her eclectic background to lead introductory classes on witchcraft and grant visitors spiritual advice through consultations.
In addition to the medley of metaphysical services she and her staff provide, Newman also fills the store space with an abundance of mystical items such as magical potions, jewelry, and candles that bring good luck or ward off nightmares.
For more than 35 years, the dedicated soap wardens at Sal’s Custom Dry Cleaning have been pampering the delicate dermises of fine fabrics and garments. Save syrup-stained skirts from sticky oblivion, spare sweaters from the wrath of sauce, and purge pudding pandemonium from pleats ($6.95). Uggs can be beautified ($40), suits unsullied ($16.95), and summer’s mistakes erased from winter coats ($18.95+). Sal’s Custom Dry Cleaning offers restoration services via the skilled hands of an on-site tailor. Sal's offers fur, leather, and suede care for cleaning up besmirched pocketbooks and boots. Pick-up and delivery services are also available for busy customer bodies and Greta Garbo impersonators.