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Shop Local II

I’m on a roll with this whole shop local idea. Last week I blogged about some of the local shopping strolls that took place over the weekend. This week, I bring you another great gift-hunting idea: The Foundry Holiday Show. It’s over after Sunday, so you only have a few more days to head over to the Pawtucket Armory to…

Shop Pop

Pop-up shops — stores that open for just a few days, weeks or months —  are the latest trend in retail and at the moment our own Westminster Street is housing two of them. One is RISD Expose, a gallery selling high-end student art like sculpture, fine jewelry, photography and paintings. It also stocks a small assortment of less expensive (stocking-stuffer worthy!) items…

Shop Local

It’s December 3. That leaves the number of official shopping days left until Christmas at 21. And it you’re like me, and haven’t even begun to think about what you’re getting people, the thought of such limited remaining time is causing you to panic.  Luckily, there are some opportunities coming up this weekend to not only knock a few names…

I Heart Portland

Words can’t quite adequately describe how much I love Portland. The coastal Maine city is perfectly compact enough for ditching the car and walking everywhere, the people are warm and welcoming (imagine that?) and the dining scene is second to none. Seriously, you wouldn’t think it, but walk a block in any direction, pick a restaurant and you’re guaranteed a…

Rhody Gets Crafty

Halloween may be this weekend, but the holidays will literally be here before we know it (I’m predicting a full-on decoration and commercial onslaught come November 1). I’d decided a while ago that I was going to make a concerted effort to get all of my gifts locally this year, so I was super excited to find out about Rhody…

Budget Antiquing

I’m slowly working my way through Megan Fulweiler’s March cover story, “Tag Sale,” in search of great home stuff on the cheap. (It’s taken me a while because summer weekends are reserved for boating, not shopping.) Among the many things I’ve headed her advice on: terra cotta planters from Job Lot, a rug from Building 19 (an especially necessary buy…

Market Research

It turns out, farmers’ markets are great places to discover fledgling local businesses along with those perfect peaches and salad-ready greens. Here are three recent finds.    Stella Marie SoapWhat: Handcrafted, vegan-friendly soaps inspired by people, places and pop culture. There’s a Queen tribute soap, Killer Queen, with honey and eucalyptus, a streaky strawberry and cream scented ode to the movie Carrie,…

Christmas in August

It’s August and I have Christmas on the brain. Not by choice, but because we’re already doing research for our Holidays supplement, which comes out annually with the November issue. For the past couple of days I’ve been out scouting the East Bay for products, and while I haven’t found much in the way of Christmas stuff, I have become…

Shopping Westminster Just Got Easier

Westminster Street is chock full of cool and interesting shops, but it’s the dreadful parking situation that often keeps people –– including myself –– away. Until now. Shop Downcity is now offering free two-hour parking for anyone who shops at member stores. Parking is at the Grant’s Block lot (corner of Westminster and Clemence streets). Just hand your keys over…

Play House

Fashion designer Carina Schott and her husband, figurative painter Karim Hamid, transformed their mid-century Matunuck compound with a deft edit, keeping it fresh and fun.

After 9/11, Manhattan seemed a foreboding place for their son. So Carina Schott, who heads the Wakefield children’s boutique Nonchalant Mom (below, in her studio/shop), and husband, Karim Hamid, bought a car on eBay and headed for the hills. Off they zoomed to upstate New York and Vermont, then down Long Island and finally to Rhode Island where they discovered…