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This place touts itself as the biggest bookstore in the smallest state in America, and by the looks of the massive amount of tomes on its shelves, the claim may be true. The Cellar has more than 70,000 titles in all types of different subjects, from art and architecture to New England history and local lore. The shelves also have many first editions, plenty of books for kids, comics, foreign-language material and almost any other subject you can imagine.
Olympic Records is not some hall filled with accomplishments from Olympians, but if you love records and everything vinyl, then you've found the right place. Not only will you find vintage 45s, LPs and EPs, but Olympic Records has all kinds of nostalgic memorabilia like record shells, crates, flyers, and posters. The shop is a definite must visit when you're in Fox Point, especially if you still have a record player.
Providence residents consistently rate Books on the Square as one of the best independent bookstores. It's very old-school, where Meet the Author is an almost nightly event and the comfortable seating arrangements encourage browsers to sit and read. The Tuesday Afternoon Book Club also encourages readers to eschew electronic media and curl up with a tome or two. Its Wayland Square location also makes it a convenient stop while shopping in neighboring businesses.
It seems that record stores are disappearing by the day in this digitized universe, however this one in Federal Hill not only still sells records, it sells mostly heavy metal and punk music just like in the good ol' days. In addition to vinyl, the shop also has CDs, t-shirts and even old school cassette tapes. The store also has an innumerable amount of rare finds, unheard of bands, books and if you can't find it in-store, the online site has a great listing of what's in stock.