Hope Street has plenty of eclectic shops that feature local products from Providence purveyors like Kreatelier and Studio Hop, but Frog + Toad is undoubtedly the best. Inside visitors will find all kinds of art, books, knick-knacks, jewelry, clothes and even customized wrapping paper. Most of the products come from locals who are proud of Rhode Island, but it's not a tourist trap trinket store because the items here are kitschy, cool, innovative, funny, thoughtful and provocative. It's definitely a nice place to stop in and find a interesting, one-of-a-kind gift.
Hope Street just north of College Hill has plenty of good places to eat, and without a doubt the dishes from those kitchens are made with items from this retailer. Here you can find everything from specialized knifes and pans to industrial-grade appliances and other 'only in Providence' items made by local hands. Moreover, the shop sells useful articles for the kitchen as well, from cookbooks and gloves to salt shakers and everything in-between.
Queen of Hearts is a unique, funky women's clothing and accessory shop in the downcity area of Providence. Inside visitors will find all kinds of shirts, leggings, handcrafted jewelry, shoes and much, much more. Like many other stores in Providence, this one is locally owned and it features products from many locals around town as well as from those around the state. It is the perfect place to shop to rejuvenate the contents of your closet.
Wickenden Street is a busy and colorful shopping, dining and entertainment area in the Fox Point neigborhood. Not only is there a ton of restaurants and cafes here, the street has unique stores too. In between the streets of Hope and Benefit, Wickenden Street has some nice world cuisine at Taste of India, Sakura and Sawadee. Other shops include City Gardens Florists and the popular Adler's Hardware store, as well as other small specialty, clothes and gift shops.
This is a unique combination of deli, cafe, and souvenir store 30 minutes south of Providence on picturesque Main Street in Wickford. Many come in to select from their fresh-cooked entrees and other deli items or their vast array of cheeses. In the back you can pick up cups of coffee, tea and delicious pastries or candies to take away or sip upstairs in the dining area. In one short stroll around this quaint place you may purchase a snack, dinner, jams, mugs, paper plates, cards and Rhode Island souvenirs.
This quaint jewelry boutique on Peck Street has some of the most unique and eclectic pieces in the entire state. How about an earring with your kidney stone embossed in it? Or a purse that also functions as a full-sized wall clock? The quirky owner Don garners his collection from more than 100 artists, each one with their own style and design. Apart from jewelry, you'll find a good range of home decorative pieces as well as other funky gadgets and toys that make perfect gifts. Moreover, most of the stuff is limited edition, so you know you're taking home something distinct.
New Harvest takes pride in serving some of the best brews this side of Providence. Directly sourcing their beans from independent producers and farmers, the cafe advocates sustainable retail practices. Each roast has its own distinct personality and aroma, and you can explore them all here. A laid-back coffee shop during the day, New Harvest morphs into an intimate bar for whiskey and coffee cocktails come evening. Team up you cup of java with dessert from local pastry shops like Humble Pie and Foremost Baking. Use the speakeasy entrance post 8p.
Old World charm prevails at Americas oldest indoor mall. The Arcade is in the heart of downtown Providence. Stroll under stained glass skylights and ironwork railings built in the Greek revival period, or enjoy tea and croissants on the first floor at one of the many cafes, delis and restaurants. While the first floor of the Arcade is occupied by a variety of retails shops and restaurants, the second and third floors of this historic shopping center have now been converted in to a private residential complex. Nevertheless, the historic charm of Arcade has survived and continues to attract locals and visitors alike.
For people who like to give their homes an artistic touch, Homestyle is the place to shop. Choose from a variety of furniture, gifts and fine art. Most of the items available offer a mix of contemporary and old art. Be it a pen set, a kid's toy or a sofa and table, the designs are simple yet aesthetically appealing. If you are confused with all the stuff available and can't decide what to place where in your house, don't worry...you can avail of owner Lisa Newman Paratore's interior decorating services too!
This store caters to all of your Mac and iPod needs. Stop in to check out the latest games, software, and accessories. If you're traveling, the staff can direct you towards all the adapters you need for your electronics. Many locations also offer workshops on how to use their various products. See their website for more information and a calendar of events.