A good way to support downtown businesses is to go to local places that are getting it right. I can't think of a better example of what Salem's downtown needs more of, than The Little Cannoli. If you haven't heard of it yet, it's probably because it's tucked away in the basement of the Reed Opera House. It's actually a great location for this tiny bakery because it's quiet and away from street traffic. What they sell here is pretty simple, cannoli, and little ones at that. A cannoli is a tube shaped Italian pastry filled with sweetened ricotta cheese. I don't think I've ever eaten one that I didn't like and the ones here are as good as you can get anywhere. The shells are dipped in chocolate and I suggest ordering it with pistachios. One bite and a sip of coffee and this place will be on top of your list next time you go downtown. The coffee is brewed fresh and served in a unique glass mug for $1. I don't know how they do it, but this is, by far, my favorite cup of coffee in Salem. Once you have your dessert, grab a seat at one of the tables in the hallway just outside the doors of the shop, relax and enjoy your treat. They also sell other goodies like brownies, Napoleons, coffee cake and cookies. The pastry chef at The Little Cannoli is also the owner, the barista, cashier and I imagine the guy who does the dishes. I've never seen anyone else working in there and he always seems to be in a good mood. He should be happy, he has a great product and a great bakery. It is a little difficult to catch this place when it's open. Their hours are 9 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday.