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JAVA Skincare

While waiting for a fresh pot to brew, step into the shower and enjoy the other perks of coffee. Java is a Rhode Island-based skincare company that combines organic green coffee extract and roasted coffee with essential argan and almond oils to nourish, tighten and protect skin while also reducing cellulite and stretch marks. “Java is the only skincare line…

Wear Your Music Reinvents Guitar Strings

Everyone knows one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and Providence entrepreneur Hannah Garrison takes those words to heart. Always making jewelry out of recycled materials, she would invite musicians to play in her art studio. “Often would change their guitar strings, and leave them lying around,” says Garrison. It was then she saw the potential to create bracelets out…

Current: Reading List

These literary works were either written by Rhode Islanders or star the Ocean State’s (fictional or factual) people, places and things. Beach read The Tell By Hester Kaplan For married couple Mira and Owen living in Providence, the arrival of a washed-up actor turns their world upside down. Toying with fame, family and facades, the couple must acknowledge the reality…

Coming Home – Five Things We Learned from Viola Davis

1. I am still connected to Central Falls through my family. My mom still lives there. My sister teaches at the high school. It’s really difficult — when you come out of poverty and really challenging circumstances — not to stay connected to your nucleus, the thing that you felt was a driving force to finding a way out. That was Central Falls High…

Del’s on the Hudson

For the second summer in a row, Ocean State natives living in New York City are enjoying the hottest of times — and the sweetest of times — thanks to twenty-six-year-old Portsmouth transplant Cam Crockford. Nostalgic for the iconic lemony, icy treat he savored at the beach while growing up, he purchased the shell of a 1949 Chevy Step Van on eBay, totally rebuilt…

Joel Thibodeau

Q&A With Death Vessel's Joel Thibodeau

When did you realize you wanted to be a musician? I always dabbled in music growing up; I started playing the recorder in third grade (laughs). I was introduced to music along the way and then I started developing my own tastes in rock and folk as a teenager. How much work does it take to maintain that falsetto? Surprisingly,…

Breakfast Fly-In

Ocean State Aviators Fly in for Annual Breakfast

Once a year, the Ocean State Aviators start up their flying machines and zoom over to West Kingston, drawn by the smell of strawberry pancakes. The Aviators are the Rhode Island chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association, which promotes aviation and plane-building among fanatics. Once the experimental and antique planes clear the runway and park in the field at Richmond…

Comic Relief

Mike Murray’s hearing loss inspired an unexpected talent.

“Growing up was rough, especially at the breakfast table,” says the Deaf Comic, Mike Murray of Johnston. “I’d have my head down in the bowl of Rice Krispies, saying, ‘I got nothing.’ ” But he liked alphabet soup. “That was like closed captioning in a bowl,” he says with a twinkle in his eyes, his baby blues strategically matching his…

Take a Hike

Tackle the North-South Trail for an unforgettable outdoor experience.

New Hampshire has the White Mountains. Connecticut has Bear Mountain. But Rhode Island has — what? The highest point in the littlest state peaks at a paltry 812 feet (Jerimoth Hill in Foster) and the famous Appalachian Trail (AT) swings wide of Rhode Island’s borders, so it’s no wonder many think the Ocean State isn’t ideal for long-distance hiking. But avid outdoorsmen…

Skin Cancer Scare

When getting a tan can cost you your life.

Cranston resident Lauren DeConte had turned nineteen when she visited a dermatologist because of what she described as a “little pinkish mole” on her stomach. “I didn’t think much of it, and my dermatologist didn’t either, but he took a biopsy, just to be safe,” says DeConte, who was finishing her freshman year at Rhode Island College in the spring…