Hope Street has plenty of eclectic shops that feature local products from Providence, but Frog & Toad is undoubtedly one of the best. Inside, visitors will find all kinds of artwork, books, knick-knacks, jewelry, clothes and even customized wrapping paper. Most of the products come from locals craftsmen and the items here are kitschy, cool, innovative, funny and thoughtful. Overall, 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.
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.
Nikki's Liquors is a specialty liquor shop located on Branch Avenue. This sprawling store is a beer connoisseur's haven, offering over numerous kinds of craft brews. Sourcing their collection from local as well as international brewers, Nikki's has one of the most comprehensive collections in town. For those who can't pick, the store offers a mix-a-six scheme that allows you to choose any six craft beers to carry home. With regular beer tastings and special events, this is a great place to expand your craft beer knowledge and mingle with fellow enthusiasts.
When students want to tool around College Hill on two wheels, they usually find them at Legend Bicycle. There is a wide range of bikes, from brand name advanced ones for serious riders to trikes for tykes, Legend has the right bike for you. The price point on each bike varies depending on whether it is new or used and when you do purchase, the pros here offer tons of services like replacement parts and they also have years of expertise at their disposal.
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!
The Brown Bookstore is a multi-purpose business that functions as the school library, tourist attraction, and book vendor. On the second floor there are rows of textbooks and in the basement, you can find computer supplies, software, and other electronic material. On the ground floor, there is a large and clearly marked section of books of all types, from fiction and cooking to foreign language and history. There is also a campus gift shop, offering cards and an array of items sporting the Brown name or insignia. If you like books and/or want to get a memento of Brown or Providence, this is a place to stop.
Providence Place Mall is the place where shoppers will find all of the big name stores like Old Navy, PacSun, Foot Locker, Vans and many others. It's conveniently located downtown and it has three-levels filled with different shops. In addition to department store anchors Macy's and Nordstrom, the mall has music, shoes, apparel, sports and toys as well as a food court with equally familiar spots like Subway, Panera Bread and Popeye's.