In 2009, a group of community-minded business owners from the towns of Hamilton and Wenham joined together to form the Hamilton Wenham Village Merchants. The group has since grown in size and now meets regularly to advance its goals of promoting the growth of local business and improving the downtown areas of the two towns. The meetings are frequently attended by town selectmen who work with the group to better the downtown community with beautification initiatives and event planning. The group has planned several successful community events to date including an annual fall festival and a Christmas walk. Through their efforts, the Village Merchants hope to see the business districts of Hamilton and Wenham become a thriving and inviting destination for local residents and the North Shore community alike.