About Essex Merchants Group
This website is the official visitors site for the Town of Essex, brought to you by the Essex Merchants Group, a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization. Essex Merchants Group aims to increase and support business in the Town of Essex, Massachusetts through promotion of Essex as a destination for dining, shopping, recreation, services, accommodations and appreciation of its rich history, bountiful open space and natural beauty.
The group was established in the Spring of 2008 by Vincent Caravella of All Prints & Maps, Robert Coviello of Main Street Antiques, Tom Guertner of the former Periwinkles Restaurant and Ed Howard of Howard’s Flying Dragon Antiques with a desire to attract visitors to Essex. It has grown to a membership of over 75 Essex businesses and organizations and continues to welcome new members!
Essex Merchants Group - Board of Directors
Donna Roy, The Essex Room | President
Robert Coviello, Main Street Antiques | Vice President
Heidi Jackson Dean, First Ipswich Bank | Secretary
Sue Lufkin, Essex Division, Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
Gayle McKinley, Shea’s Riverside Inn & Motel
Georgeanne Richards, Sea Meadow Gift & Garden Shop
Bonnie Scatterday, Woodman’s
Chris Stepler, Essex Historical Society & Shipbuilding Museum
Anne Trudeau, Wheelworks Pottery
Kristen Weiss, Cogswell’s Grant
Pick up a brochure with a map of Essex inside - available at our shops, restaurants and banks.
Join us at a Merchants Group Meeting
Essex Merchants Group welcomes all businesses and organizations with a physical location in Essex to participate in our bi-monthly meetings held on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 8:30am - 10:00am at First Ipswich Bank’s Essex Branch, 8 -10 Martin Street (Route 22). New ideas for promoting Essex are encouraged and a lively discussion on a broad range of topics related to businesses and upcoming Essex events is always on the agenda.
Essex merchants or organizations who would like to be notified by email about upcoming meeting agendas, please fill out the form below:
Essex Businesses & Organizations -
Join This Website!
We want to promote you! Member benefits include:
Social Media Sharing on ”VisitEssexMA”
Regional Print and Video Promotion in Visitor Centers and Guides
Essex Map/Brochure Distribution
Monthly ”Visit Essex, MA” Email Newsletters - Promoting Essex Events and Attractions to Thousands
Quarterly Updates to Your Merchant Listing on VisitEssexMA.com