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.
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.
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.
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.
Newport caters to sailors and yachting enthusiasts from around the world and this shop has created the most creative line of outwear and accessories for them. Materials once used to steer a boat have now been attractively converted into tote bags, toiletry kits and even all weather jackets complete with racing numbers. Each item is made from durable sailing materials such as sailcloth and Kevlar. Find the perfect gift for the sailor on your Christmas list.
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.
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.