November 29, 2021

#StayLocal2021 Guide to Peabody, MA

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Peabody, MA is one of the North Shore’s best kept secrets, because it’s no slouch when it comes to shopping, dining, drinking, and entertainment. It’s home to the Peabody International Festival, a world class concert venue, and many restaurants, breweries, and many creative small businesses – many you may never have even heard of! At least, not yet.  

Here are our picks for the best of eating, drinking, shopping, arts & culture, hospitality, and entertainment in Peabody, MA. 

Peabody is home to one of the area’s largest shopping centers: Northshore Mall. But despite the allure of this destination, shopping small has always been so much more rewarding. Here are our best picks of where you can #shoplocal and support local small businesses in Peabody: 

  • Arcworks Community Art Center Gift Shop – 22 Foster St: Inclusive creative hub for artists and art viewers of all ages and abilities with a seasonally rotating gift shop. 
  • The Shops at Mills 58 – 58 Pulaski St: More than 75 small businesses call Mills 58 home, which is pretty convenient if you want to get a lot of holiday shopping done at once! 
  • pARCels by Northeast Arc – 100 Independence Way: While technically in Danvers, this fantastic little shop has its roots in Peabody. pARCels is a curated gift shop of items made by, or through businesses owned by people with disabilities or autism.

Peabody is the home of the Peabody International Festival which showcases Peabody’s diverse, multicultural heritage and culinary palate. But you don’t have to wait until September to sample Peabody’s many delights. Here are some top picks of where you can #eatlocal in Peabody. 


  • Granite Coast Brewing – 77 Main St. Unit B: Craft brewery featuring original recipes for classic and underrepresented styles. 
  • Essex County Brewing Co. – 58 Pulaski St Building A: Nano brewery from the Essex County area with a focus on equipment, ingredients, and process to create the highest quality beer possible.

Cafés and Quick Bites

  • Biscuit Drop: Handcrafted biscuits and on-demand delivery with regular popups at area small businesses. 
  • Breaking Grounds Peabody – 67 Main St: Counter serve café providing employment training to people with disabilities or autism. 
  • Eatery58 Marketplace – 58 Pulaski St.: North Shore’s Newest Food Destination featuring Capito Coffee, Frankie’s Slice, and Sweet Street Gelato 
  • Karl’s Sausage Kitchen – 1 Bourbon St: Handmade sausages & European meats & cheeses are featured at this German cafe with a deli & market.
  • Perfecto’s Caffe – 515 Lowell St: Bakery/cafe with housemade pastries, a variety of coffee choices & food such as sandwiches & salads.


  • Next Mex Thing – 5 Central St: Authentic Mexican food
  • The F355 Restaurant + Lounge – 58 Pulaski St: The Newest Upscale Italian Steakhouse in Peabody
  • Daniela’s Restaurant – 41 Cross St: Italian fine dining
  • K Restaurant – 100 Lynn St: The ‘K’ stands for Korean food, and also for the kimchi. 
  • Petrillo’s Italian Kitchen – 6 Foster St: Convivial restaurant offering traditional Italian standards & wine in old-school surroundings.
  • Brodie’s Pub – 10 Lowell St: Staple in downtown Peabody for over 40 years. 
  • Maki Sushi Bar & Grill – 43 Main St: Stylish Japanese destination serving a roster of unique sushi & sashimi, plus cocktails & desserts.
  • Champion’s Pub – 14 Foster St: Long-running, family-owned sports bar known for steak tips & other hearty American plates.
  • Toscana’s – 3 Bourbon St: Classy, family-owned option for traditional Italian cuisine plus housemade sauces & pasta.
  • Su-Chang’s – 373 Lowell St: Chinese cuisine with a Cantonese focus served in airy, classy surrounds amid Asian decor touches.
  • Sugar Cane – 106 Main St: Chinese & Vietnamese specialties, plus exotic cocktails, are served in a subdued, modern room.
  • Pho Paris – 136 Newbury St #2: Modest venue with a comfortable dining area offering pho & traditional Vietnamese plates.
  • Capone’s Restaurant and Lounge – 147 Summit St: Italian-American spot for lasagna Bolognese, shrimp scampi & other classics, plus live music.

Peabody’s downtown and Pulaski street districts are becoming cultural touchstones on the North Shore. Here are our favorite places to #staylocal and #playlocal in Peabody. 

  • Create and Escape DIY Workshops – 71 Main St: Create & Escape offers inspiring creative workshops for all ages & skill levels.
  • ArcWorks Community Art Center – 22 Foster St: Hub of the North Shore creative community offering disability services and support. 
  • Peabody’s Black Box Theatre – 22 Foster St: A flexible rental space for performances, meetings, fundraisers and private parties. 
  • Grace & Diggs – 58 Pulaski St: Grace & Diggs creates wearable art and immersive environments as a way of exploring timeless themes and fantastical scenarios
  • Mills 58 Peabody – 58 Pulaski St: Over 75 Businesses call Mills 58 home! Whether you’re looking to eat, drink, shop, work or discover something new, they’ve got it here at Mills 58.
  • Salty Buddha – 58 Pulaski St: Yoga community and studios inside of Mills 58. 
  • Thriftco Printing – 56 Pulaski St: Commercial printer specializing in union election printing, color business printing, and signs of all sizes
  • Olio Peabody – 43 Main St: Modern/industrial event space in a historic venue in downtown Peabody, MA
  • Wiggin Auditorium at City Hall – 24 Lowell St: Performance and event rental venue for any type of production, theater or private rental/special occasion
  • Centre Yoga and Wellness – 187 Lake St Suite 2: Yoga studio and community

Are you a Peabody-based small business who would like to be included in this list? Send us a message at with the subject line “#StayLocal2021 in Peabody.”

Creative Collective’s #NonprofitNovember to highlight nonprofits, foundations, and community organizations North of Boston

This November, Creative Collective is launching #NonprofitNovember, a social media campaign geared towards bringing awareness to local nonprofits and encouraging the public to support. Nonprofit and community organizations foster civic engagement, leadership, and growth for cities, and the role they occupy as cultural touchstones and educational hubs in North Shore communities is difficult to miss. 

Learn more.