The Best Places for Holiday Shopping in South County
The southern shops have nautical chic down pat.
5193 Old Post Rd., Charlestown, 322-3000, galapagosboutique.com
Galapagos is filled almost to capacity with trendy, colorful duds. On previous shopping expeditions, we’ve found Paige Denim, Joie and Vince brands next to perennial favorites like Old Gringo.
Mills Creek Natural Market
4436 Old Post Rd., Charlestown, 364-9399
Shop for sea glass, textiles, scarves and other worthwhile handmade items you’ll never find in a mall, including pottery, jewelry, photo-graphy and accessories by more than fifty
631 Main St., East Greenwich, 885-2500
More gallery than retail in feel, this men’s boutique features glorious finds: bags and watches nestling with European knits, suits and sharp bespoke tailoring, along with scarves and cheeky socks.
Chef-a-Roni Fancy Foods
2832 South County Trl., East Greenwich, 884-8798, chefaroni.com
Don’t let its unassuming vibe fool you; there are plenty of offerings for serious cooks.
Assemble a basket of goodies for that aspiring chef, and they might just invite you over for a delicious meal.
The Green Door
130 Main St., East Greenwich, 885-0510, thegreendoorathome.com
Elegant classics like Herend porcelain as well as made-in-Rhode-Island gifts, from afghans to jewelry to marble personalized coasters made in Providence.
Purrs and Woofs
68 Cliff St., East Greenwich, 398-7448, purrsandwoofs.com
This cute pet emporium caters to pampered pooches and felines, with safe American-made toys, food and treats, as well as accessories including colorful doggie life jackets and snuggly cat beds. We have a four-legged friend who’s especially fond of the Puppy Scoops ice cream.
Robin B Clothier
5600 Post Rd., East Greenwich, 885-9400, robinb.style
On-point styles, classic Ts, as well as must-have fashion accessories at this new boutique in E.G. ensure that we will always look and feel our best.
Teddy Bearskins Warehouse
135 Frenchtown Rd., East Greenwich, 398-7885, teddybearskins.com
Keeping kids in new togs can be a budget buster, but this small outlet offers a solution. Last time we were there, we spied well-known brands including Ugg, Kenneth Cole and Playskool, all at 50 percent off original prices. Don’t miss the back room where everything from shoes to cute undies is just $5. Open Fridays, alternating occasionally with Sundays.
The Savory Grape
1000 Division Rd., East Greenwich, 886-9463, thesavorygrape.com
Sophisticated wine baskets and curated craft beer selections can be picked up in-store, shipped or delivered. Try a wine club membership for the explorer, enthusiast, connoisseur or collector. The selections in the monthly craft brew club are niche and limited in production.
235 Main St., East Greenwich, 783-9400, therapyboutique.com
Shopping is our favorite form of exercise and Therapy lets us indulge. Browse the collections of must-have cashmeres, high-end denim lines and sweet separates.
Davin and Kesler
24G Dorset Mill Rd., Exeter, 295-7515, davinandkesler.com
Thomas Davin and Mary Kesler are known for their handmade contemporary crafts. Amid their gorgeous designs are a bounty of food-related items like chopsticks and sushi boards fashioned of exotic hardwoods from maple to cocobolo. Don’t miss the couple’s line of stunning wooden jewelry.
1009 Main St., Hope Valley, 539-4050, ureoutfitters.com
Gearing up for backpacking, rock climbing, hiking, kayaking or canoeing? The adventuresome shop specializes in the great outdoors and all that you or yours will ever need to
enjoy it. Stylish brands including Marmot, Patagonia and North Face will help you look good while doing it, too.
Grapes and Gourmet
9 East Ferry Wharf, Jamestown, 423-0070, grapesandgourmet.com
Shop a pleasing inventory of vinos with new varieties arriving all the time. There’s also a delectable assortment of cheeses and pates sure to impress the guests at your next holiday get-together.
Restored by Design
56 Overlook Rd., Narragansett, 241-2143, restoredbydesign.com
A treasure trove of repurposed, reclaimed finds and fabric are reworked into gorgeous statement necklaces, earrings, scarves and apparel. Creative, crafty types can do their own transforming with Martha Jackson’s wonderful raw materials: vintage lace, beads and fragment fabrics.
24A Pier Marketplace, Narragansett, 782-3400
This bright and airy shop specializes in organic, recycled and eco-friendly products, including 100 percent natural baby clothes, lead-free candles, organic soaps and skincare, jewelry and much more.
31 Sextant Ln., Narragansett, 742-9641, willywaw.com (seasonal hours)
Ashley Van Etten hand prints her immensely appealing designs — many with garden or sea-related motifs — on all-natural fibers with water-based ink. Collect the pillows or grab a tea towel to elevate drying dishes.
Allie’s Feed, Farm and Pet
3700 Quaker Ln., North Kingstown, 294-9121, shopallies.com
Even urban types could love a place like this. The pet section is full of stocking stuffers, from leashes to treats. If you don’t actually have a need for a saddle, you’ll still enjoy browsing the Western boots and hats while dreaming of your next country getaway.
Purebred Editions by Lorena Pugh
323 Harrison St., North Kingstown, 885-9438, purebrededitions.com (by appointment)
Pugs, labs, dachshunds: Pugh’s limited-edition prints, giclees and paintings cover a wide array of popular breeds. But what the North Kingstown artist’s fans really love is how she manages to capture the pets’ personalities too.
All That Matters
315 Main St., Wakefield, 782-2126, allthatmatters.com
Shopping for yoga enthusiasts should be stress-free. We recommend bundling — a mat, yoga pants and a book on meditation, presented in one of the store’s cute totes.
Benny and Jack
577 Kingstown Rd., Wakefield, 360-2258, bennyandjack.com
Shop for beautiful leashes, cute toys, better dog food brands and locally baked treats by Johnny’s Barkin’ Bakery. Or indulge your favorite four-legged friend with a pink, reversible doggie puffer vest, or maybe a Snook’s sweet potato chew toy.
330 Main St., Wakefield, 284-2091, ellegri.com
Clothes of every color and chic accessories with purse-friendly price tags make Elle G a go-to for fashionistas. This Wakefield boutique offers high-quality classic and contemporary attire, all for less than $100.
The Purple Cow
205 Main St., Wakefield, 789-2389, thepurplecowco.net
A one-stop shop for all the tough-to-buy-for friends in our lives, for someone eight or eighty. Check out the first-rate selection of must-have jewelry, infinity scarfs and accessories, artwork, hand-painted pottery and comfy loungewear.
South County Art Supply
430 Main St., Wakefield, 783-2749, southcountyartsupply.com
South County Art’s growing stock includes everything artists want, from brushes to reams of watercolor paper with much more in between.
673 Kingstown Rd., Wakefield, 783-7388, storefour.net
Gift possibilities range from luscious linens and tableware to glassware, candles, fine foods and more at this family-owned gift and gourmet shop.
667 Kingstown Rd., Wakefield, 783-4555, wakefieldliquors.com
Stuck for a hostess gift? Check out the
expanded wine room with areas featuring the latest staff picks and best values, or browse the rest of this well-stocked emporium for an extensive selection of wines, spirits and
domestic and imported craft brews.
1 Railroad Ave., Westerly, 315-2615; 119 Bay St., Watch Hill, 315-2240, christinaltd.com
The city version of the Watch Hill original is awash in natural light and soft beachy hues, with a stock of chic boho clothes, gifts and accessories (including Vintage Green, the store’s own line of locally made bags).
18A High St., Westerly, 348-0045, linterieur-jcrawford.com
This holiday season boost the would-be decorator’s spirits with an eye-catching home accessory or two. A stunning pillow or mirror, for instance, can be put to good use immediately.
Savoy Bookshop and Cafe
10 Canal St., Westerly, 213-3901, banksquarebooks.com/westerly-store
Leather chairs, floor-to-ceiling shelves brimming with new and familiar titles and Dave’s Coffee: Savoy is a sanctuary for bibliophiles and lovers of all things local. Possibly the best part: the (almost) hidden reading room off the children’s section downstairs, complete with natural sound effects and murals on the walls.
2 Main St., Wickford, 295-2583, 295blue.com
Blue Hydrangea houses a sweet collection of thoughtful luxuries. Browse the home decor items and you’ll please mothers, sisters, teachers and even the last-minute extras who showed up for the festivities.
7 West Main St., Wickford, 294-4867, differentdrummerri.com
An eclectic range, from earrings and charms to pottery, baby presents and Old World ornaments, never fails to yield a prize during the holiday season.
16 Main St., Wickford, 294-7333; 94 Main St., Wakefield, 783-2300; 391 Thames St., Newport, 849-3571, shopgossip.com
Trendy clothes by companies like Sucre Soir and Free People. (We’ve been eyeing the shops’ luscious cashmere tunics, for those looking for ideas.)
89 Brown St., Wickford, 294-6266, greeninkboutique.com
Gorgeous women’s clothing in natural fabrics vies for attention alongside stunning scarves, handbags and jewelry in this airy, fun-to-browse space. The threads here are all as comfy and breathable as they are stylish.
JW Graham and Yes! Gallery
26 and 17 Brown St., Wickford, 295-0757, 295-5525, jwgraham.com
JW Graham features soft leather bags and silk scarves in its original location on Wickford’s main thoroughfare. Step across the street to its sister store, however, and enjoy browsing a spacious gallery with a tranquil, creative vibe that offers quirky home decor and pantry items.
The Wickford Collection
30 West Main St., Wickford, 295-7222
Nautical doesn’t necessarily mean lobster mats and fish netting. The sophisticated items that nod to the sea in this trendy Wickford shop include sailor knot lamps, sweet tea towels with anchors and whales and Dash and Albert outdoor rugs in colors such as sea green and blue.
Wickford Gourmet Factory Outlet
21 West Main St., Wickford, 294-8430
Everyday cooking equipment, tableware and glassware. And we’re not talking below-quality goods. Experience has shown you can buy wine glasses, linens and even casseroles at a substantial discount; they’ll last.