Rhode Island Has an Exciting New Way to Shop for the Holidays

ShopLocalRI.com is a new online marketplace where Rhode Island shoppers and sellers come together.

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ShopLocalRI.com has officially launched as Rhode Island’s online marketplace – just in time for the Season of Giving! Rhode Islanders now have their own online marketplace where shoppers and sellers come together within a vibrant online community bursting with an extraordinary selection of quality gifts, products and services.

The gifts you’re looking for are ready and waiting to be delivered right to your door! Shop Local RI is a beautifully streamlined, fully functioning marketplace designed to give Rhode Island sellers a centralized place for selling far and wide; and buyers a one-stop-shop to buy from.

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“We know that shoppers love to shop local and support small businesses more than ever, but those businesses can be really hard to find,” says Lori Giuttari, co-owner of Shop Local RI, “We care about closing this gap and offer our vendors ongoing marketing and back-end support.”

At the beginning of the global pandemic, when most of Rhode Island’s businesses were closed, a local media and marketing agency, Visual Thrive, established an online directory for Rhode Island businesses. They continued to enhance and expand the directory, creating the State of Rhode Island’s first and only robust online marketplace.

Like most periods of significant change, the pandemic created extensive opportunities for the growth of online businesses, and significantly increased our online activity. The e-commerce industry’s growth meant it could no longer be seen as exclusive. Now, shopping locally online, and supporting Rhode Island businesses, is the perfect way to purchase from sellers across the region.

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Shop Local RI has created curated vendor collections that include black-owned, veteran-owned, minority-owned, women-owned and disability-owned businesses for those shoppers who want to strengthen those groups and direct their spending.

The Town of Warren has also created a curated vendor collection for the Warren small businesses that choose to join the marketplace. This leverages the town’s economic development activities, and the benefits to those businesses includes being promoted regularly, and receiving support as they set up their shops.

The Shop Local RI team creates fun product collections so that products are always being showcased on the home page of the marketplace. Shoppers can find Rhode Island products that they love, and sellers can create loyal customers – all right in your home state.

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Just last week, a shopper from Bristol bought products from Pawtucket; and a shopper from Coventry bought products from Newport, Cranston, North Kingstown, and Pawtucket! It’s a win-win like we’ve never had before.

Shoppers now have an amazing opportunity to invest their dollars right here, keeping Rhode Island dollars circulating in Rhode Island communities.

The new marketplace, and the strong team behind its development and delivery, will make your shopping experience so easy. Our wish for this holiday season is that we choose local, and let a rising tide lift us all! Learn more at shoplocalri.com.

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