Northshore Magazine (Digital) August 2021

For 20 years, Northshore magazine’s experienced editors, creatives, writers, and photographers have captured the region with its award-winning prose and design. The magazine offers sophisticated service journalism coupled with stunning photography. We report on desirable towns and neighborhoods, places to hike and bike along the coast, which doctors are first-rate, and which restaurants, shops, spas, salons, and services are the Best of the North Shore.

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Here we are again with another Best of the North Shore issue celebrating the best and brightest businesses north of Boston—places to eat, drink, play, shop, live, and renew. I can’t help but to feel reverence for all of you who have made it through this dark time in our collective history. Before you dive into the pages of winners, I want to share how we structured the issue this year. Some of our categories had to change because of the mandatory business limitations or closings during COVID-19. For instance, we don’t have the Mingle category this year since, well, we simply weren’t able to mingle. And while we kept many categories intact, we included virtual components—for instance best virtual strength training class and cooking class. We also have several ties this…

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bons editorial team

Jeanne O’Brien Coffey A native New Englander, Jeanne O’Brien Coffey has been freelancing for more than 10 years, covering everything from hot New York restaurants for the Zagat guide to top luxury travel spots for ForbesLife, and is the contributing food editor for Northshore magazine. Find her at secret restaurants in Salem, exploring the history of the famed Pink House in Newbury, or slurping oysters just about anywhere. Karen Scalia Karen Scalia is founder and owner of Salem Food Tours and North Shore Food Tours, and recently started the Salem Spirits Trolley Tours. She has a background in event planning and a long-standing passion for fresh, locally sourced foods and seasonal eating. She is also an actor and voice-over artist, as well as a board member of SAGAFTRA New England. Natalie Mason Natalie Mason is…

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JOEL BENJAMIN / COVER + SECTION OPENERS/ Joel has been shooting portraits and editorial work for over 20 years in New England. He has a busy studio in Boston and frequently travels for work. The bright colors and fun attitudes in this shoot really represent the new beginnings we all feel. It was great to be able to express that through photography. Now is the time to support our local businesses and get back out into the world. His work can be seen at TAYLOR GREELEY / COVER + SECTION OPENERS/ A Lawrence native, Taylor specializes in wardrobe and prop styling for commercial advertisements and campaigns. Some of her latest work has been featured on the cover of Vogue and stories in Elle Magazine. BRYNN BEAUDOIN / COVER + SECTION OPENERS/ Born and raised in Newburyport, Brynn…

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Best Burger on the North Shore is… SEE PAGE 34 FOR SHOP INFORMATION AND PRODUCT CREDITS, SEE PAGE 256 Alfresco EDITORS’ CHOICE 1606 RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR AT THE BEAUPORT HOTEL, Gloucester There are few prettier spots than the deck at the Beauport, overlooking Gloucester Harbor and Ten Pound Island Light. Thoughtful touches ward off the chill, like space heaters, firepits, and cozy blankets to borrow—but really, you’re here for executive chef John Welch’s menu, which puts the focus on all the best things about New England dining. The Maine native brings more than 20 years’ experience in restaurants around the country, putting the emphasis on fresh fish, local producers, and elevated takes on traditional dishes from clam chowder to lobster risotto. 55 Commercial St., Gloucester, 978-491-5090, READERS’ CHOICE 1606 RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR AT THE…

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Best Hotel Bar Goes to… SEE PAGE 94 FOR SHOP INFORMATION AND PRODUCT CREDITS, SEE PAGE 256 After-Work Drinks EDITORS’ CHOICE LA FINA, Andover Unwind with a perfectly prepared martini and channel Mad Men at this timeless upscale spot with an international vibe. Upholstered chairs invite lingering at the long slate-gray bar, rubbing elbows with clientele who are decidedly upscale and dressed to impress—you might just ink a million-dollar deal over a glass of Champagne. 27 Main St., Andover, 978-475-4082, FOR WATERVIEW COCKTAILS TUSCAN SEA GRILL & BAR, Newburyport This Taniya Nayak–designed space is dominated by a large bar positioned to bring Merrimack views to every seat. But if you really want to get close to the river, grab a stool at the deck railing, gazing out at Salisbury and the ocean beyond. An elegant drinks list,…

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Who received Best Women's salon? SEE PAGE 116 FOR SHOP INFORMATION AND PRODUCT CREDITS, SEE PAGE 256 Barber Shop EDITORS’ CHOICE (TIE) BADABING BARBER SHOP AND SHAVE PARLOR, Salem The professionals at Badabing simply love cutting hair—and the social aspect that comes along with the experience is something they are delighted to see back in full force this summer. While the last year was certainly unusual, the Badabing staff met every challenge as a unique opportunity to still provide the best results for their clients, whether it was sculpting a “work from home beard” or slaying the many “Covid manes” that came through their doors. 96 Washington St., Salem, 978-594-5948 EDITORS’ CHOICE IN THE CUT BARBERSHOP, Peabody Just because it’s fairly easy to walk into any barbershop for a cut doesn’t mean you should. When you get a good…