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.
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.
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.
Spectrum India is primarily a clothing and accessories shop, however it has a little bit of everything, from books and bags to shoes, clothes, hats and home decor. The women's clothes here are unique, often made in India with rich fabrics and unusual designs. You can find everything from elegant dresses to pants and casual tops, along with accessories like scarves and jewelry. It has been in the neighborhood for over 30 years and the denizens of College Hill continue it hopes to do so for another thirty more.
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.
Thayer Street is the main thoroughfare that runs along College Hill and its a popular spot with RISD, Brown and J&W University college students. Thayer has always been a part of the counter-culture college scene and most of the stores still remain fiercely independent despite a few chain brands like Starbucks along the way. Between Bowen and Waterman streets is where you'll find most of the restaurants and shops, stores such as Spectrum India and Pie in the Sky as well as several casual places to eat like East Side Pockets or Nice Slice. A couple of other highlights include the historic Avon Theater and the Brown University Bookstore.