Manchester-by-the-Sea Business Guide
Scroll down for links and meeting information about the Downtown Recovery Initiative.
Allies Beach Street Café - Dining room and take out.
Antique Table - Dining room, patio and take out.
Boo Bird - Dining room and take out.
Bravo by the Sea - Patio and take out.
Calas - Dining room and take out.
Captain Dusty’s Ice Cream - Take out.
Laughing Gull Cafe Dining room, patio and take out.
The Mooring - Dining room and take out.
Richdale Convenience Store - Take out subs Monday-Friday 10am-2pm, Store and Gas open 7 days a week 6am-9pm
Utopia Farms - Seasonal
Ace Hardware - Hardware store.
Allens Pharmacy - Pharmacy and beach gear.
4Beach Gifts and Goodies - Gifts and toys.
Gladstone Jewelry - Jewelry and gifts.
Happy Ebikes - Electric bikes for rent or purchase.
Jacks Barber Shack - Barber shop.
J.McLaughlin - Clothing and accessories.
Madam Had’em - Clothing and accessories.
Mahri - Clothing and gifts.
Manchester by the Book - New and vintage books.
Manchester Barber Shop - Barber shop. Call 978.526.4104 for information.
Michelle James Salon - Hair salon.
Riverside Cycle - (formerly Seaside Cycle) Full service bicycle shop.
Shine Beauty By The Sea - Hair salon.
Stock Exchange - Clothing, furniture and home goods.
Stonybrook Water Company - Home and business water filtration systems.
Style Snoop - Clothing and accessories.
Manchester Downtown Initiative
December 21, 2021 - Rapid Recovery Plan Funding Report
RRP Funding Report
Local Rapid Recovery Plan
The Town of Manchester supported by a professional consultant is undertaking a community planning process to help our Downtown businesses recover from the impacts of the COVID Pandemic and become more resilient to future challenges. This planning initiate will have three components: Data collection, Idea generation and assessment and Plan development.
Downtown businesses are critical to the success of this initiative and to the strength of our local economy. Learn more about this MA program here.
Last Public Forum
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Topic: The meeting shared the findings of the plan and the top project recommendations—a set of actions the towns can take to improve the downtowns and stimulate recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.
Draft Project Sheets
The below draft project sheets outline potential projects for the Towns of Essex and Manchester by the Sea. These have been identified by Plan participants including businesses, residents and Town staff.
These draft project sheets will be advanced with input from Subject Matter Experts that will be meeting with the LRRP Steering Committee over the next few weeks and further input from a Community Forum in September.
Based on Steering Committee and Community input, three of the Projects will be recommended as the Towns’ priorities when the Plan is completed.
- Downtown Businesses_Proposed Project Sheets_08042021
- Economic Development Manager_Proposed Project Sheets_08042021
- Manchester-by-the-Sea Business Survey Report RRP
- Placemaking_Proposed Project Sheets_08042021
- Public Restrooms_Proposed Project Sheets_2021_0804
- Shared Marketing and Branding_Proposed Project Sheets_08042021
- Wayfinding_Proposed Project Sheets_Essex_MBTS_08042021
- Winter Event Series_Proposed Project Sheets_08042021
Manchester Downtown Meetings
The Manchester Downtown Steering Committee will hold regular meetings during this process that will be open to the public. Special webinars will also be available to local businesses featuring experts who will share information about different options and ideas the Town can consider.
Past Meetings & Webinars:
June 10 - Public Realm
Topic: "Outside the Box" ideas and your community's post COVID Recovery Recording
June 3 - Tenant Mix #2
Topic: Post COVID-19 Restaurant Survival: Key Technologies, Strategies and Best Practices Recording
June 1 - Tenant Mix #1
Topic: COVID-19 Impacts on Helping Business Stabilize and Grow: Small Business Technical Assistance Programs Recording
May, 25, 2021 Public Forum
Topic: A public forum to discuss ways to help the business communities of Manchester-By-The-Sea and Essex recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Presentation and Manchester Breakout Group, Essex Breakout Group, 5.25 Presentation
May 25, 2021
Topic: Private Realm: Connecting with Customers - Using Your Storefront, Display Windows & Signs to Increase Business 5.25 Presentation Recording
May 20, 2021
Topic: COVID-19 Impacts on New Ideas for Wayfinding & Branding Your Commercial District 5.20 Presentation Recording
May 18, 2021
Topic: COVID-19 Impacts on Providing the Opportunity for an Equitable and Socially Inclusive Commercial Area. 5.18 Presentation
May 13, 2021
Topic: Community Resilience: COVID-19 Impacts and Re-partnering Arts + Culture to Main Street 5.13 Presentation Recording
May 12, 2021
Topic: Surviving & Thriving by Leveraging Retail Technology in a Post-COVID-19 World Recording 5.12 Presentation
May 6, 2021
Topic: Revenue & Sales, Laws of Attraction Recording 5.6 Presentation Q&A Report
April 7, 2021 - Public Forum
April 14, 2021
Topic: RRP Program – Public Space Transformation II: COVID-19 Impacts on Parking, Biking, Sidewalks & Streets April 14 Presentation, Recording
April 15, 2021
Topic: RRP Program Administrative Capacity I: Overcoming Zoning, Permitting and Licensing Hurdles to help Municipalities and Businesses Succeed in the Time of COVID- 19 April 15 Presentation, Recording
Manchester Downtown Initiative Steering Committee
- Sue Brown, Town Planner
- Erika Brown, Business Owner/Cape Ann Chamber Member
- Linda Crosby, Downtown Improvement Committee
- Christine Delisio, Planning Board
- Becky Jaques, Board of Selectmen
- Amy Lage, Business Owner
- Gar Morse, Downtown Improvement Committee
- Sonja Nathan, Executive Assistant
The Manchester-by-the-Sea Business Guide is available at MBTS Downtown Businesses and Town Hall. Get your free copy today!