Inside Borealis, a Cafe in Riverside for Coffee Experts

There's always something brewing at this coffeehouse, located in a former railroad depot in East Providence.

Where to eat

Black Duck Tavern
For a laid-back weekend bite, check out the Black Duck Tavern for a beer, a burger and some house-made chips. For a little more heat, try the hot Nashville chicken sandwich or if you feel like connecting with your Canadian side, there’s the duck poutine. 31 Warren Ave., East Providence, 434-8703,

A Short Drive Away
Harvest Market
What was once a small roadside farm stand is now a full restaurant serving food from farm to table. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant features an extensive menu with a salad bar, massive sandwiches, breakfast plates including potatoes from Quonset View Farm in Portsmouth and much more. Place takeout orders for easy dinner to-go or grab a coffee on the run. 2685 Grand Army of the Republic Hwy., Swansea, Mass., 508-379-6072,

Mizu Asian Bistro
If you’re in search of a good place to have some sushi or noodles, check out this modest Asian-fusion bistro, which specializes in Japanese and Thai cuisines. Whether you’re in the mood for a spicy crunch salmon roll, pad Thai or a hibachi bowl, Mizu is there to satisfy your cravings. 1165 Fall River Ave., Seekonk, Mass., 508-336-3388,

Eli’s Kitchen
Burgers, flatbreads, salads — seems pretty standard, right? Not quite. At Eli’s, the mundane is made miraculous. Burgers are formed with grass-fed beef and smoked bacon, along with other premium ingredients. The flatbread is topped with falafel and pickled cabbage and a smattering of Mediterranean staples. And salad, whether it is Caesar or kale, will defy expectations. 40 Market St., Warren, 245-1809,

Where to shop

Gilmore’s Flower Shop
The shop offers arrangements for different occasions, whether it’s an anniversary, birthday or wedding, and will work with customers to fulfill their floral needs. This family-owned business has been around since 1936, and as a result, has provided flowers to generations of townspeople. 76 Taunton Ave., East Providence, 434-3667,

A Short Drive Away
Daisy Dig’ins
This mainstay in the heart of Barrington began as a floral design shop in 1977 but has since expanded its roots. Find home decor to transform any space in your abode, pick up bath and beauty products to pamper yourself or purchase a unique piece of jewelry for your very best friend. Plus, a fresh flower arrangement is sure to cure any wintertime blues. Choose from premade bouquets or personalize your own. 123 Maple Ave., Barrington, 245-0580,

Barrington Books
Any bibliophile knows a trip to the bookstore is much more than running an errand. At Barrington Books, a visit is more like an adventure; you can peruse its shelves of high-quality selections, talk nerdy with its book-loving staff and even grab a gift for the kiddos from the toy and game section. 184 County Rd., Barrington, 245-7925,

Things to do

Comedy Connection Rhode Island
The featured acts at Comedy Connection range from local to famous and from witty to downright profane. Grab a drink from the full-service bar but be conscious of your order; whiskey might seem like a good idea at first but not so much when it comes out of your nose during the show. (Note: You must be eighteen or older to laugh here.) 39 Warren Ave., East Providence, 438-8383,

A Short Drive Away
Weirdgirl Creations Pottery Studio
Embrace your inner artist and create a piece you can proudly display in your home. Plus, get your baby’s hand and foot impression (or your pet’s paw prints), create wedding gifts or find one of the many pre-made objects to paint to your heart’s desire. All pottery options available for you to paint are carefully crafted and made onsite. Drop in the studio in between errands or during your weekend downtime; appointments are not necessary. 33 Kent St., Suite B, Barrington, 247-1397,

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