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.
This is a private 18-hole Bent grass course. Non-members pay a USD25 weekday green fee for 18 holes, and USD25 during peak season for 9 holes. The fees for weekends are the same. Gas carts are available, priced from USD13 for nine holes, and USD24 for 18 holes. Pull carts and rental clubs are not available. A Golf Pro is on site, and there is a no denim dress code. Check with pro shop for weekend hours. A bar and restaurant are on site. Members sign for everything, no cash or credit cards.
This historic forge house turned into a boutique store is tucked away on the far edge of Providence's Fox Point neighborhood, pegged up against the Seekonk River. The owners carefully curate all of the unique items such as scarves, jewelry, home decor, and general bric-a-brac. Some of the designers like Orla Kiely, Emma Bridgewater and Catherine André may not necessarily be household names, but the quality of their items is unparalleled.
The Eastside Marketplace is easily the most popular food store on the east side of Providence. While you can get good meats, produce, canned goods and organic foodstuffs, the extras are what distinguish this market from the rest. Free coffee is provided for shoppers. There is a delicatessen, florist, bakery and a cafe. Make your selection from the deli, soup and salad bar or sushi bar, and dine in the cafe among a great selection of newspapers, magazines and books. Sip a delicious latte while enjoying the outside view from large windows.
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.
The owners here at this Fox Point neighborhood shop are purveyors of arts and crafts that come from all over the world. Inside they feature ceramics, wood carvings, jewelry, art and much more. The regions in which the objects arise range from Peshawar, Pakistan to Durban, South Africa and each item is guaranteed authentic. One highlight of the shop is the array of dolls and trinkets from Mexico's Day of the Dead celebration.
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.