2021 Best of Rhode Island: Editors’ Picks

Our editors scoured the state for the best food, shopping, fun and beauty businesses in Rhode Island.

Shopping
From trendy e-bikes that get us revved to statement accessories for our nest, these are our new shopping finds.

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Photograph by Meaghan Susi.

Luscious Skin Products
The Payton Co.
These creams, body gels and washes soothe and repair our skin and leave us looking as if we’ve just had a relaxing spa day, no matter how much we’ve neglected our routine. Try the omni luxe facial creme or the pumpkin enzyme and glycolic peel mask for an instant beauty refresh. 246 Water St., Warren, thepeytonco.com

Creative Home Decor
Warehouse PVD
The partners at PreppyGangstas and the Find RI joined forces to create Warehouse PVD, a shopping experience inside a former auto manufacturer where creative, colorful home decor is practical and elegant. One partner sources unexpected items with pops of color, while the other curates, refurbishes and revitalizes unwanted items to ensure they do not end up in our local landfills. Anything collected by the Find RI not used in the retail showroom is donated to organizations that help those in need. 1655 Elmwood Ave., Door 3, Floor 2, Cranston, instagram.com/warehousepvd

New Collectibles Shop
PB Collectibles
Paul Borges opened this sports memorabilia shop in September 2019, but a temporary closing due to the pandemic didn’t stop fans (who lined up outside, at times!) to check out the rare, autographed baseball, basketball, football and hockey collections. From a Michael Jordan rookie card to baseball cards for $1 a pack, there is something for everyone to relive the magic of the game. 269 Spring St., Newport, 847-0352, pbcollectibles.com

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Tyler Justine, owner of Mission Electric Bike.

Electric Bike Shop
Mission Electric Bike
Ready to make the move to sustainable transportation? Then pay a visit to Tyler Justin at his spoke-filled shop and take a test spin (or two) on a customized e-bike by Gazelle, Tern or Riese and Müller. Pedal power is enhanced by a small-but-potent electric battery that kicks into gear for hill-climbing and long hauls (up to 100-plus miles). The sleek and enviro-friendly bikes are ideal for commuters, cargo-toting and families — and freewheeling fun. 198 Ives St., Providence, 423-4400, missionelectricbike.com

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Geraldine Barclay-King, owner of Geri’s Bluffing Boutique.

New Boutique Upstate
Geri’s Bluffing Boutique
Woony resident Geraldine Barclay King says the inspo for her boutique came during a trip to Liberia, where she was born, but had left at age seven when her family moved to the United States. In Liberia, bluffing means wearing something that’s fun and colorful to make you look and feel good, she advises. Her eye-catching jewelry and vibrant printed men’s and women’s clothing, bags and totes do just that. 285 Main St., Suite 2, Woonsocket, 488-4182, bluffingboutique.com

New Garden Shop
Groundswell Garden and Home
Take a multisensory journey and meander among arrangements, pretty pots and serene statuary. Garden wares are joined by incense, essential oils and candles for a fragrant indulgence. Displays overflow with woodsy terrariums, a touch of seaside decor and unique gifts. Order a baked treat from the cafe next door and enjoy a taste sensation in the gardens, serenaded by birdsong. 3895 Main Rd., Tiverton, 816-4311, groundswellcafegarden.com

New Gallery Using Sustainable Materials
Jeff Soderbergh Custom Sustainable Furnishings and Fine Art
If you think owning a section of the Coney Island boardwalk is cool, this is your gallery. Furniture artist and craftsman Jeff Soderbergh harvests old growth timbers and vintage stone from across
the Northeast, carefully salvaging each patinaed piece. In his eponymous studio, he then transforms them into stunning tables, beds and sculptures that become showpieces, living a new life as long as the original one. Make an appointment to peruse the gallery on Island Park’s waterfront. 549 Park Ave., Portsmouth, 845-9087, jeffsoderbergh.com

New Boutique Downstate
Binnsy Boutique
Cute beach totes, sun dresses, sweet summer sandals and Panama hats, all at unbelievably low prices. We spied our new must-haves, a square straw cross body bag for $30 and a sunny yellow floral linen frock for $18, even a couple of cool $20 button-downs for a favorite guy friend. At this rate, we can afford a different outfit or two every day of the week. 7 Main St., Wickford, 268-5153, binnsyboutique.com

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Christine Stulik of The Lady Next Door. Photograph by Meaghan Susi.

Old Favorite, New Look
Our longtime go-to’s are sporting a fresh, shiny face.

Unusual Home Accessories: The Lady Next Door vintage emporium has been a landmark on Water Street for decades, crammed to the rafters with retro figurines and housewares, clothing, fabric, jewelry, lamps and more. The original owner, Sandy Nathanson, spent decades at Trinity Rep as prop master and set decorator, and when Christine Stulik took over last summer, she carried on that rich, theatrical aesthetic. We love how she scoops up one-of-a-kind finds — a collared horse print dress, for example — and there’s always something irresistible to bring home. 196 Water St., Warren, 903-2380, ladynextdoorvintage.com

Retail Expansion: Kreatelier bills itself as a fabric concept store, from classic patterns (think Liberty of London) to whimsical (Clarke and Clarke) to over-the-top floral (Designers Guild). Have a much-loved old chair with good bones that’s looking spent? The helpful staff will give a free re-upholstering consult that saves it from a sad end by the side of the road. And now that Kreatelier has expanded next door, there’s even more inspiration to be found in pillows, window treatments and other goodies for the home. 804 Hope St., Providence, 432-7995, kreatelier.com

Soda Fountain: Green Line Apothecary When Christina and Ken Procaccianti opened Green Line in Wakefield five years ago, they proved that retro’s eternally cool, from the restored 1940s vintage soda fountain to the comfy, personalized service. We like that they expanded five doors down, with more indoor seating, a takeout window and picnic tables by a new medicinal herb garden with additional room for those of us who like to slurp our handmade icy treats outside. 245 Main St., Wakefield, 360-3300; 905 North Main St., Providence, 633-8100, greenlineapothecary.com

Local Products Emporium
Munroe Dairy
Munroe Dairy’s signature glass bottles “make milk taste better,” according to loyalists of the 140-year-old East Providence mainstay. The Sacred Cow is its latest baby, an ice cream shop and purveyor of local bounty that makes shopping for local goodies easy. Fresh tins of VerMints and crunchy Anchor Toffee jostle alongside Rhed’s Original Hot Sauce and Cow-abunga from Ocean State Pepper Co., with a side trip into the subtlety of Hilly’s rejuvenating soaps and lotions. 187 North Brow St., East Providence, 270-5777, sacredcowicecreamshop.com

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Photograph courtesy of coastal contemporary gallery.

Contemporary Gallery
Coastal Contemporary Gallery
Opened in 2018, Coastal Contemporary Gallery is an unusual Aquidneck Island find. Looking at Newport as a mini-Manhattan, Shari Weschler designed the space to spice things up with vibrant exhibits in various mediums. The gallery, which rotates work by regional artists at a steady clip, also features Weschler’s own edgy prints and signature paper mermaids. 491 Thames St., Newport, 612-6121, coastalcontemporarygallery.com

Sewing Supplies
Lorraine Fabrics
Unleash your inner Versace at this longtime sewers’ paradise, with hundreds of fabrics for turning eye-popping chiffons and silks into sexy cocktail frocks, cute cottons for stitching kids’ togs, or upholstering a favorite sofa or outdoor patio furniture. It’s also crammed with notions, sparkly trims, thousands of buttons, quilting supplies and remnants galore, even stretchy fabrics suitable for whipping up a post-pandemic bikini, if you dare. 593 Mineral Spring Ave., Pawtucket, 722-9500

Upscale Children’s Consignment
The Robin’s Egg
The Robin’s Egg opened in February 2020, then temporarily closed due to the pandemic. Now it’s back in full swing and you’ll find new and gently used name-brand children’s clothing, as well as high-quality, fair-trade toys. Everything in the store is handpicked by owner Robin Lee, with a purpose. At every price point, the items inspire children’s imaginations along with a high quality that parents love. 1016 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, 251-4565, therobinseggri.com

Stylish Face Coverings
Leigh SilverWear
Produced by a local company founded by Tracey Cugno, these handsome masks and gaiters come in multiple colors and are fashioned with Ionic silver yarn, an antimicrobial also used in Leigh SilverWear luggage, travel blankets and pillows to reduce odors. Masks are washable and reusable and since these accessories may be around a bit longer, they’ll allow all of us to breathe easy. shop-leigh.com

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Dave Mandeville, manager of Wood’s Beekeeping Supply and Academy in Lincoln.

Beekeeping Gear
Wood’s Beekeeping Supply And Academy
Beekeeping is the big buzz at this family-run business (“Have a great bee year!”) that started as a hobby for Chuck Wood in the 1970s. The shop offers live bees, tools and kits for hive management, honey making supplies, protective clothing (very important) for the budding apiarist, and if you’re looking for honey, Wood’s has that sweet deal too. 690 Washington Hwy., Lincoln, 305-2355, woodsbees.com