Best of Rhode Island 2019

When it comes to what to eat, where to shop and things to do, we have compiled the ultimate list that has your plans for the next year covered.

Health and Wellness

Barre Experience
The Barre and Yoga Experience
259 Putnam Pike, Smithfield, 757-0406,
The barre fight in Rhode Island is heating up, but Smithfield’s newest studio is raising it even higher. Classes focus on using your own body weight with small isolated movements to contract your muscles for a low impact (but butt-kicking) workout. And although there is a literal bar in the studio,
it is only used when needed for balance.

Herbal Skin Care
Herbalicious Skincare
Organic herbal formulations are handcrafted to nourish the skin with a variety of cleansers, face oils and more. Each product is made from flowers, herbs, oils, clay and grains and are free from synthetics, preservatives, fragrances and chemicals. Try the gentle exfoliating cleanser made from oats, powdered goat milk, lavender and rosehips each morning for a brightened complexion and smooth, clean base. It’s like breakfast for your face.

Day Spa Service
Tranquility Day Spa
23 Brown St., North Kingstown, 233-4544, tranquilitydayspa.biz
If you’ve lost your center, you might find it again under the ministering hands of licensed esthetician Elizabeth Denbow. Tranquility Day Spa specializes in healing you from the inside with the resonant rhythms of Native American drumming, and from the outside with a Revitalight facial or a hot stone massage. Denbow uses an array of tools in pursuit of each client’s beauty and relaxation, including tuning forks, therapeutic grade oils and organic skin care products.

Skincare Tool
Skin is our largest organ, so we should do what we can to protect it. The reusable OctoVie skin care brush — made from elastomer — is an FDA-approved natural rubber that cleans, exfoliates, massages, detoxifies and gets the body’s blood flowing using pore-minimizing nubs. The brush is also hygienic and latex free and can be used dry or wet to remove dead skin cells, flush the lymph and leave your skin feeling good.

Halotherapy Saltitude
Himalayan Salt Cave
204 Front St., Lincoln, 359-7937,
Clear your mind, kick your stress to the curb and feel the effects of getting salty in this pink-hued cave. Made up of more than nine tons of Himalayan pink salt, several zero-gravity chairs and fiber-optic lights that twinkle, you’ll feel as though you’re de-stressing under the night sky. Plus, take part in meditative experiences, yoga sessions, drum circles and more while breathing in the benefits of the salty air. All hail halotherapy.

Beauty Bar
The Peyton Company
11 Child St., Warren, 216-8700,
This Beverly Hills Hotel inspired, chic one-stop beauty shop is a treasure trove of
local ingredient fair trade certified, organic and sustainably made beauty products. Pick up take-home salt scrubs, lash growth serum, creams like the Vitamin C Face Cream with CBD and berries and much more. Plus get a mani, pedi, wax or facial for a personalized and intimate boutique spa experience.

Wellness Studio
Sundance Massage and Wellness
410 Main St., East Greenwich, 398-0786,
Sweat it out, detoxify and improve your immune system in a single-user infrared sauna, take a community meditation class to find your inner Zen or practice your best yogi pose in a variety of yoga classes. Plus, unwind with a duo massage session for you and your best pal, then dine with a discount at a participating Main Street restaurant. Massage, a bite and a bevvy — perfection.

New Hair Salon
St. Germain Studio
150 Broadway, Providence, 272-8278,
After visiting salons that didn’t quite get the message that blonder is better, stylist and owner Tom St. Germain at St. Germain Studio finally delivers shimmering blond locks that have that perfect, sun-kissed look. The salon employs some of the best stylists around, including Lulu Locks and Jill Kashgagian, as well as makeup artist Brandon Ward. It’s like a beauty dream team that makes blond moments a thing to be respected.

Nontraditional Yoga Class
Zen Mafia
300 Morgan Ave., Johnston, 451-2925,
These yogi gals offer weekly themed classes at their studio, the Zen Den, plus a variety of unique yoga sessions. Find your inner peace and practice your down dogs with the Zen Mafia at quirky upcoming events including breath, blowouts and bubbles. The forty-five-minute vinyasa flow class will be followed by sips of Prosecco and blowouts by the hair stylists at Cranston’s Wild Red Salon.

Viriditas Skin Therapies
1 Richmond Sq., Suite 215 W, Providence, 632-4444,
It’s the latest craze hitting the facial beauty scene and Instagram influencers’ stories everywhere: HydraFacial, a vortex fusion treatment, simultaneously cleanses, exfoliates, hydrates and infuses active ingredients into your skin and painlessly extracts clogged pores. The result? Plumped skin smooth as a baby’s bum and an angelic glow. Additional boosters dependent on skin type can be added to the Signature HydraFacial, like connective tissue growth factor, which stimulates, hydrates and addresses skin roughness, elasticity and fine lines.


Courtesy of the Axe Bar/Jan Deconink

Alternative Way to Burn Calories
Axe Bar
R1 Indoor Karting, 100 Higginson Ave., Lincoln, 721-5554,
Everyone loves a good bar game, especially when it involves a brew, a hatchet and an axecellent time. Unleash your inner lumberjack while burning off a few calories at R1 Entertainment Center’s newest thrill. Learn how to safely throw an axe in one of the ten single-user lanes, then compete against your buddies for a bullseye.


Green Line Apothecary in Providence is a new addition to the capital city. Courtesy of Greenline Apothecary.

Capital City Apothecary
Greenline Apothecary
905 North Main St., Providence, 633-8100,
If your doctor prescribes it, they’ve got it. From prescriptions to over-the-counter health and wellness meds, to immunizations and a pharmacist-curated selection of natural, locally made products, this apothecary has your ailments and health-related needs covered. Plus, pick a swivel stool at the soda fountain and wait for your prescription with a root beer float in hand.

Juice and Kombucha Bar
Fully Rooted Juicery
560 Mineral Spring Ave., Pawtucket;  159 Weybosset St., Providence, 753-4930,
Give your body the nutrients it deserves. Sip cold pressed juice made from produce found at local farms or take a swig of kombucha brewed from a tea or herb base. Each drink is bottled in a reusable glass jar or is on tap. A favorite includes the refreshingly sweet Green Lemonade, a mashup of green apples, spinach, cucumbers, celery and lemon. Juices are functional, include several nutrients and vitamins and can help boost the immune system. Delivery is available on Wednesday mornings.

Cold Pressed Juice
The Power of Juice
1149 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, 619-2021,
Get your daily dose of vitamins and reap the health benefits from a plant-based, cold pressed juice. Try Hot Stuff Cold Pressed Raw Juice made with pineapple, yellow pepper, golden delicious apple, lemon and jalapeño pepper, which claims to regulate blood pressure, burn fat, be a cough suppressant, relieve anxiety and more. Or, try the organic nut milk, plant-based vegan-friendly snacks or organic gluten-free food options. Sip, snack and shop for cookbooks and items that support a health-conscious, plant-based lifestyle.

East Bay Juicery
Quench Juicery
436 Main St., Warren, 245-2245,
Quench your thirst with juices and smoothies that go beyond the basics. The protein-packed drinks are full of eyebrow-raising ingredients (bee pollen anyone?) and non-alcoholic shots made from spirulina, ginger, turmeric, kale and more. Sip the Muscle Beach smoothie, a blueberry, strawberry, banana, whey protein, peanut butter and chocolate almond mix, or opt for a juice like the Zinger, concocted with four simple ingredients: lemon, green apple, carrot and ginger.

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