Jan 302015

“The addition to the Ladd and Bush Bank in Salem is as simple as the original building, by its side, is ornate.”


So wrote one reviewer when describing the 1941 building designed by Mid-Century Modern architect, Pietro Belluschi. One of his earlier commercial projects in downtown Salem, the Ladd and Bush Bank addition was remodeled in 60s to resemble the original, with new cast iron acquired in Portland.



Learn more about Pietro Belluschi during the free tour 6:00 p.m. First Wednesday February 4 starting at Kraftworks Taphouse, 241 Liberty St NE. The tour visits 10 buildings designed by Pietro Belluschi in downtown Salem. Part of Mid-Valley Makers on First Wednesday, the all-ages event features the entire 2014 cider library from 2 Towns Ciderhouse on tap at Kraftworks.

Updates about the event are on Facebook:



 January 30, 2015  Posted by at 1:49 pm events, update No Responses »
Dec 032014


Five days of Holiday Cheer are coming your way at Pop Up in Salem Center, December 10-14 next to Ross Dress for Less on Center St NE. Our favorite Mid-Valley Makers will be serving up local art, music, food and drink from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily. Plenty of holiday gift ideas and libations will be on tap to make your shopping easier and more fun. Santiam Brewing, Salem Ale Works, Vivacity Spirits, 2 Towns Cider House, Lewman Vineyards and surprise guests are pouring.


We’re visiting new watering holes during Winter Cheer – Creative Pub Crawl on Friday December 12 from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. We’ll gather form 6-9 pm at Holiday Cheer Pop Up in Salem center, then visit Kraftworks, Union Barrel and Archive, plus the regulars.


Designer Oscar Lopez created a spectacular high fashion holiday window display at Pop Up Art Gallery, 260 Liberty NE. With his background in fashion and experience installing displays on ritzy Rodeo Drive, it’s no wonder this is a winner. Please download a ballot from salemdowntown.org, vote for Pop Up and slip the ballot through the crack in the door at 260 Liberty.

 December 3, 2014  Posted by at 3:04 pm events No Responses »
Nov 182014


Salem event makers are often encouraged by those claiming that they could produce a better or more exciting event.  There always seems to be something holding them back, however. Lacking a plan, money or time, the ideas stay on the shelf and we all miss out on something great.

Now, the City of Salem stepping forward with $2000 to produce any event that WILL MAKE SALEM AWESOME.  But the only way to get in on the process is to attend a mandatory meeting Wednesday, November 19, 2014 (1:00 p.m. at Pringle Hall or 5:30 p.m. at City Hall Room 305).


Holiday Cheer awaits you in the Pop Up at Salem Center, December 10-14, 2015. Art, food, drink and music will be offered by Mid-Valley Makers in the space next to Ross Dress for Less. Want to get a booth? Sign up online and get more vendor info.


 November 18, 2014  Posted by at 4:29 pm events No Responses »
Nov 142014

downtown events

We had an encouraging response to our question about events in downtown Salem at the Salem Downtown Organization meeting and online. We’re still compiling results and will offer a focused survey next week to refine the data. So far, it looks like placemaking in alleys is the most popular. Don’t forget the mandatory meeting November 19th for the $2000 city grant!

 November 14, 2014  Posted by at 4:41 pm update 2 Responses »
Nov 122014

Salem businesses need one voice
The more things change, the more they stay the same. That’s seems true for downtown Salem, too. Here’s a chance to create a better outcome.

This 1974 editorial captures the challenge facing building community in downtown today. Forty years later, we find ourselves without a unified voice for attracting visitors downtown. Over the past decade, four separate groups have attempted to represent downtown interests; Salem Downtown Association (see article), Go Downtown Salem, Salem Downtown Partnership and the City of Salem. Each suffered the same fate: loss of funding by the check-writers.

Meanwhile, promotion of downtown withers and market failures increase.

Salem Downtown, a project by Salem Creative Network, has addressed lack of downtown programming since 2009, starting with Creative Pub Crawl, a monthly event exposing visitors to nightlife downtown. These efforts have grown to include Pop Up art gallery, UpSalem Social Innovation Center, Mid-Valley Makers, Cherry City Music Festival, Mix-n-Mash and First Wednesday Pop Up in the Alleys.

Now, we’ve taken on our biggest challenge – applying five years of social innovation research directly to the market. Salem Downtown Organization (SDO), a mutually beneficial 501(c)(6) business trade organization, focuses on improving community through promotion and event production in the Central Business District and surrounding areas. SDO aims to represent businesses, organizations and individuals interested in building community downtown.

The first meeting is Thursday, November 13, 2:30 p.m. at 260 Liberty St NE. Agenda items include event planning, mobile app development and shared calendars. The group seeks fresh blood and ideas for attracting visitors and improving the economy.

Are you up for the challenge? Let’s get innovative!

 November 12, 2014  Posted by at 1:58 pm events, update Tagged with: , , , , ,  3 Responses »
Oct 062014


Two events bring together film, fashion, art, music and performance downtown Friday and Saturday for 3 days of innovation during Mix-n-Mash 2014.


The Valleylicious Style Show (Friday at the Grand Theater) brings together local fashion designers, models, musicians, performers and filmmakers for a unique experience for all your senses.


Hopsmash, a celebration of Mid-Valley Makers, occurs 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Saturday, October 11, in the alley next to Salem Summit Co at 246 State St. Live music, art vendors, food and fresh-hopped beer will be on tap.

 October 6, 2014  Posted by at 8:02 am events No Responses »
Sep 092014

Thousands of maker fans turned out on a sunny Sunday afternoon to experience open streets, active entertainment and support local Mid-Valley Makers exhibiting on the Capitol Mall. Three breweries, a cider works and a distillery offered craft drinks to complement the mobile cuisine from the 4-truck food pod. Art vendors were especially busy keeping up with the traffic and the live music kept everyone in good spirits. It was a great example of collaboration, led by the City of Salem and Salem Sunday Streets.

If you missed the fun, First Wednesday Pop Up in the the Alleys happens Wednesday, October 1. It’s OKTOBERFEST!

 September 9, 2014  Posted by at 12:00 pm events, update No Responses »
Aug 282014

First Wednesday Pop Up expands to Wisteria alley with 8 mid-valley brew, cider and spirit makers and more art, food trucks and entertainment on Wednesday, September 3 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Then, on Sunday, September 7, Mid-Valley Makers join Salem Sunday Streets for a celebration of open streets.
Mid-Valley Makers on the Capitol Mall offers art booths, a food pod and a beer and cider garden in the shade of the State Capitol State Park cherry trees. Visitors are invited to bring a picnic and lawn games to enjoy the concert by March Fourth Marching Band, City of Pieces and Tokyo International University of America Taiko drummers. Dog/Kid/Bike friendly!

 August 28, 2014  Posted by at 4:14 pm events, update No Responses »
Aug 062014

Three dog-friendly walking tours, Salem’s first food pod and alley party add sizzle to downtown this First Wednesday. From 5:00 to 9:00, Fusion, Uncle Chuck’s Wagon and Sample This Barbecue will line up in the alley behind Ladd and Bush Bank. They will be joined by Vagabond Brewing, Santiam Brewing, 2 Towns Ciderhouse and Hard Times Distillery. Two Kilts Brewing pours across the street in Uptown Insurance.
At 6:30, three walking tours will be offered for baseball fans and dog lovers. Kylie Pine, curator at Willamette Heritage Center, will talk about downtown baseball and Salem Creative Network will lead an alley parade and creek side stroll with sites of interest.
There are plenty of stores open late and lots more dog events throughout downtown.

Download pdf version here.

 August 6, 2014  Posted by at 2:56 pm events, update No Responses »