Support Women-Owned Businesses in Rhode Island

Here’s a reminder of some women-owned businesses that you can help support this month and every day.

Easy Entertaining’s Ashley Vanasse with Sophia and Domenic; owner, Kaitlyn Roberts with twins, Myles and Madelyn; and Danielle Varga with Owen. Photography by Tony Luong.

Editor’s Note: This list was updated from an earlier version on March 5, 2021. Please contact each business or visit their websites for updated COVID-19 shopping/ordering guidelines. 

Here at Rhode Island Monthly, we’re celebrating Women’s History Month by supporting local women-owned businesses and honoring their achievements. Many of these businesses have been acknowledged in the past by winning Best of Rhode Island Awards. Here’s a reminder of some women-owned businesses that you can help support today and every day. This is not a complete list of women-owned businesses in the state, just a shout out to support some that we love.

Bake Eat Love
1005 Main St., Pawtucket, 401-302-0207,
When Crystal Sparkman started Bake Eat Love, it was an at-home business, but over the past few years, it has grown to serve more than 400 clients. Bake Eat Love offers a variety of sweets such as cakes, cupcakes, cookies and more.

Basil and Bunny
The Basil and Bunny truck makes the vegan version of all your favorite comfort foods. Think plant-based takes on mile-high burgers made with housemade bean and mushroom patties or loaded fried chicken sandwiches made with crispy seitan. Bunny Mobile has a spot behind Hope and Main in Warren, but is also on the move to local breweries.

Black Beans PVD
Black Beans PVD preserves and presents the soulful history of Providence through food and art. Open on select weekends, Black Beans PVD offers pastries and grab-and-go meals like shrimp and grits or dumplings. Additionally, the food business offers meal kit specials where, for every kit sold, one meal will be donated to a family or individual in Providence’s 02907 or 02905 zip codes.

280 George Washington Hwy., Smithfield, 401-231-4777,
Backie’s recently announced it’s coming back in business soon! We need this bit of good news to get back on the path of gluttony. Chef Angie Armenise treats every brunch as if it was your last meal: breakfast pigs in a blanket; bacon, egg and cheese calzone; burgers served between two buttermilk pancakes; Paleo huevos rancheros; or bacon-fat brisket and spuds poutine with cheddar sauce. Who honestly cares if you make it to Monday when Sunday tastes like this. They also have tons of healthy options for eating clean and they are known for catering to people with severe allergies by taking cross-contamination very seriously in order to prevent it.

The Black Leaf Tea and Culture Shop
Each unique Black Leaf tea blend is handmade by owner Amber Jackson. Her tea company also strives to build welcoming spaces for Black culture and community in Rhode Island with a mixer for young Black professionals each month.

Blaine’s Sewing Machine Center
1280 Oaklawn Ave., Cranston, 401-463-8824,
Blaine’s has been around since its early days in the old Outlet building but we only just discovered this emporium for those who sew, and passionate wannabees. Sleek white models in various prices gleam in rows across the showroom, including top brands such as Baby Lock, Bernina and Janome. Need to brush up basic skills? Blaine’s also offers friendly, informal classes on making everything from beach cover-ups to table toppers.

Cerulean photo provided by Cerulean.


Buppy Pets
These treats are so good, humans can eat them too. And they do. Buppy Pets all-natural dog treats were created by Lauren Ruggiero, who sells them in five flavors, including PB and J, Pumpkin Nutters, Banapa Snaps, Pizza Bites and Chik Ched Marys, based on favorite human snacks like Goldfish and Triscuits. Ingredients include nothing but real rolled oats, bananas, applesauce, all-natural peanut butter, organic blueberries, cheddar cheese and more.

54 State St., Warren, 401-694-0727,
Bywater changes its takeout and patio-service-only dishes on the daily, cooking with the seasons and using what’s available from farms and fishermen. There’s always local oysters, smoked trout pate and local steamed littlenecks on the lineup (save some of the excellent housemade brown bread for extra dipping). For entrees, the steady summer star is striped bass prepared in myriad ways (as long as they can get it). A small patio has a distant view of Warren’s waterfront, where there’s a park fit for a sunset stroll. You can also check out the new bakery window serving fresh-baked bread, croissants, pastries and more.

Cakes by Eboni
881 Waterman Ave., East Providence, 401-442-8084,
Cakes by Eboni is Eboni Silva’s small, scratch-made bakery serving Rhode Island and surrounding Massachusetts areas. Custom-designed cakes, cakesicles and treats can be made for any occasion in a variety of flavors. She creates sculpted cakes, uses fondant to feature themes and uses drip techniques, fresh flowers and berries to create beautiful designs. By appointment only. Please call to place an order and arrange pickup. She works out of Feast and Fettle at 881 Waterman Ave. in East Providence.

Ceremony Tea Shop
231 Thayer St., Providence, 401-439-4263,
This sleek and modern tea house serves high-quality tea in Providence’s bustling College Hill neighborhood. Step into the shop and discover an oasis of calm. Pick up a lavender matcha latte to sip on or a mochi cake to snack on. Linger over a cup of tea made with leaves sourced directly from small farms in Japan, Taiwan and China. Book a tea tasting session or a traditional tea ceremony and experience the complexities of oolong, green and black teas.

30 Child St., Warren, 508-274-7189,
When artisans come together, good things happen, and you don’t have to look further than Cerulean to see why. The love child of jewelry designer Kate Simpson and furniture restorer Althea Tower, the store is chock-full of local and handmade goods, everything from decor to signage to soaps (many with a subtle nod to the ocean) that are sure to make a friend’s day, whether it’s her birthday or just because.

Chi Kitchen
Minnie Luong took a family recipe and turned it into a full-fledged business. Her umami-packed fermented cabbage is brined with kosher salt and combined with julienned ginger, chopped garlic and onions, Korean red pepper and first press fish sauce from wild caught black anchovies. “It’s the Champagne of fish sauces,” says Luong. There’s also a vegan variety made with non-GMO miso. Not only does this kimchi taste delicious crammed in a sandwich, as a topping for meat or straight out of the jar, but it also contains gut-busting probiotics that help ward off sickness. Try the new sesame slaw and kimchi pickles products.

Corkie Bolton Jewelry
Find her work online at or on
A metalsmith from Providence, Corkie draws her inspiration from the natural world to create timeless, high-quality jewelry out of silver and gold. Her earrings feature geometric shapes and her rings, bracelets and necklaces showcase stones in a delightfully minimalist way. Corkie is also the founder of the Metalsmith Society, an online community that supports other artists.

Deep Roots Farm
1265 Snake Hill Rd., North Scituate,
Owner Katie Steere raises beef, chicken and pork at her free range farm, where beef is pasture-raised. The farm store is open at 1265 Snake Hill Rd. in North Scituate, where you can stock up on all types of meat, eggs and candles, and she has also stocked many food items from local food producers. Sign up for the Family CSA and you’ll be prepared all year.

Designed By Delsie
At Designed by Delsie, owner Pearl Farquharson imagines and creates boutique and intimate events involving some of the best women-owned vendors in the area. She executes unforgettable parties, including micro- and more sizable weddings, anniversaries and birthdays. Pearl plans, designs and creates distinctive events based on your specific needs and desires, which includes integrating chic lighting, furnishings, linens and floral design.

Easy Entertaining
Rising Sun Mills, 166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, 401-437-6090,
Easy Entertaining was founded in 2006 by chef Kaitlyn Roberts with a focus on seasonal, local and gourmet cuisine. Since then, it has been supporting local growers and producers in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts at its cafe and by catering events around the state, including weddings. Easy Entertaining works closely with regional farmers and local artisans and purveyors, and sources more than 70 percent of products from a 250-mile radius year-round. They can be hired to produce treat boxes for virtual events like baby showers, corporate meetings and happy hours, and they also offer extensive catering food and treat packages for holiday events like St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and more.

Elle G 
330 Main St., Wakefield, 401-284-2091,, IG:
If you’re looking for contemporary styles at great prices, Elle G is the boutique for you! The store has a wide range of unique, everyday pieces, with some extra eye-catching dresses here and there. Products include clothing, jewelry and accessories, all hand selected with

Farmacy Herbs
28 Cemetery St., Providence, 401-270-5223,
This farm offers loose-leaf herbal tea blends made from herbs grown organically at their West Greenwich farm or sourced from Mountain Rose Herbs, an Oregon-based organic wholesaler. Farmer and founder Mary Blue is a trained herbalist who understands the ways in which herbs can support a healthy lifestyle. She has tea blends to help an insomniac sleep, to soothe upset stomachs or clear congested sinuses. In the summer, the farm also hosts herbal medicine classes.

144 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 401-619-4199,
Founded by green beauty trailblazer Brenda Brock at a rural Tiverton farmstand in 1999, Farmaesthetics and its fine herbal skincare make it easy to glow at home. Brock’s kitchen chemistry has become sustainable beauty with nourishing lavender milk, aloe, calendula and honey providing targeted tonics for your troubled skin. Find relief in the Hydrating Hand Wash, made with organic essential oils and natural cleansers that are strong yet gentle enough to use throughout the day. Follow with the Nourishing Herbal Cream or Hand to Heel Softening Salve for hours of home hydration. Before bed, apply the Calendula Remedy Oil and you’ll wake up feeling like you had a facial. Offering retail sales at its Newport flagship store, online sales also are available.

Feast and Fettle
These home-cooked, healthy meals are locally prepared then delivered right to your house. Select your entrees and sides separately and schedule the service for one day or multiple days per week for a single person, couples or whole family

Jo-Anna Cassino of Flipp Apothecary and Salon.

Flipp Salon and Apothecary
38 Transit St., Providence, 401-274-1981,
The retro, six-chair plant-based salon on Providence’s East Side specializes in cut and dries and color correction, but also features an apothecary stocked with a variety of organic herbs, essential oils, carrier oils and butters. The offerings range from therapeutic to cosmetic, with custom-blended teas to skincare products to all-natural perfumes. Consult the herbal specialists to find the perfect item for your body from the plant-based line.

2258 Post Rd., Warwick, 401-921-5100,
If you’re in need of some real peace and quiet, Float therapy might be just what the doctor ordered. Immerse yourself in a private pod filled with ten inches of water combined with 800 pounds of epsom salt that makes you buoyant on the surface of the water. It’s essentially sensory deprivation in a relaxing environment — no phones allowed! — and the experience can help reduce stress, relieve muscle tension and reduce pain.

Garden of Eve
405 Harris Ave., Providence, 401-688-5166,
Chef Yveline Bontemp brings the cuisine of her native Haiti to Providence, sharing dishes including beef tasso, curry chicken and oxtail served with rice and beans or pigeon peas and a side of plantains. She also makes a blackened, bone-in spicy jerk chicken (you’d have to hightail it to Jamaica to find a better version). Enjoy a summer day on her patio paradise where you can BYOB.

The Glow Cafe and Juice Bar
389 Admiral St., Providence, 401-421-7000,
The Glow Cafe and Juice Bar offers a variety of healthy options to accompany your at-home workout, or as a great addition to a sunny day. The bar offers delivery and pickup options for protein and fruit smoothies and bowls, vegan Jamaican patties and other fresh juices. The Glow Cafe and Juice Bar is open Wednesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Golden Sparrow
33 Kent St., Suite F, Barrington, 401-289-3676,
The Golden Sparrow’s Carolyn Gloster breathes new life into well-loved, vintage treasures as well as freshly minted finds. Treat yourself to a plaid pillow, newly upholstered antique side chair or Le Creuset griddle or shower a friend with a slice of creativity from a featured artist, hip felted tote or delicate hand-poured candle.

Gracie’s and Ellie’s Bakery
Gracie’s, 194 Washington St., Providence, 401-272-7811,; Ellie’s, 225 Weybosset St., Providence, 401-563-3333,
Ellen Slattery opened Gracie’s on New Year’s Eve 1998, ushering in a new era of fine dining in downtown Providence. Chef Matthew Varga’s locally driven menu (including seasonal produce from the restaurant’s nearby rooftop garden), combined with consistent award-winning service and a generous wine selection, has garnered Gracie’s six consecutive four-diamond awards from AAA. The menu changes seasonally, but a diner can never go wrong ordering Rhode Island and New England sourced delights, like lamb leg from Hopkins Southdowns Farm in North Scituate or Nantucket Bay scallop crudo. Last year, Slattery opened Ellie’s, a French bistro and bakery serving their signature desserts, pastries, bread and French macarons. Gracie’s is now open for socially distant indoor dining, and Ellie’s is open for indoor, patio dining and takeaway.

Granny Squibb’s Organic Iced Tea
It all started with Robin Squibb’s grandmother’s secret recipe for iced tea in the 1930’s in Sauderstown, Rhode Island (okay fine, it originally started with her grandmother’s mother-in-law’s recipe). Fast forward to modern times, and Robin Squibb turned the family’s favorite drink into a locally made beverage company that continually gives back to the community. The tea is made with brewed black tea and fresh mint, fresh-squeezed lemon juice and a bit of sugar and it now comes in several varieties, including Sally’s Lemon, Mojito Lime and Charlie’s Cranberry in both sweet and unsweetened versions.

Greenline Apothecary
905 North Main St., Providence, 401-633-8100,
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.

Hey Girl Décor
Nicole Ketchum’s colorful custom acrylic chandeliers hang around the Disney Corner Store in Disney Springs and Mattel’s headquarters in gold, hot pink and turquoise, some shaped like octopuses. The quirky conversation starters, which don’t need lights, are available at prices ranging from $59.99 to $89.99 on her website, perfect for brightening up a kid’s room or home bar.

J Marcel
808 Hope St., Providence, 401-383-9777,
New clothes make us feel empowered, and that’s what J Marcel strives to help customers with every day since 2008. The boutique has offered affordable apparel, jewelry and footwear in an all-inclusive and friendly environment. Plus, every item you purchase will be matched and sent to Sojourner House in Providence to help victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

La Maison de Coco
Michele De Luca-Verley is living the sweet life, fashioning truffles and other chocolate concoctions, first for her bricks and mortar Newport store and now as an online business from her Portsmouth barn/commercial kitchen. Her luscious, tea-infused treats of chocolate and local cream hint at Indian spice or Maui jasmine and can be ordered as a monthly subscription for a favorite someone.

Lazuli Handcrafted
Find Lazuli on or on
Based in Newport, Lazuli Handcrafted sells pieces inspired by geology, a subject in which artist Erika Young earned a degree. The minimalist rings, earrings and necklaces are made using electroforming, a complicated chemical technique where copper builds up around the stone. This process gives each piece a unique finish and a natural look. Check out her selection of rings, which are perfect for stacking.

Like No Udder Shop
170 Ives St., Providence, 401-419-8869,
You won’t miss the dairy in Karen Krinsky’s icy, creamy creations made with soy-based soft-serve, or hard ice cream blended with cashew, coconut or peanut bases produced right in the shop. There are up to twelve flavors available in the retail store and some favorites include Thai iced tea, mint chip and coconut lace. Even vegan shakes sub in coconut, almond or soy milk for udder-free drinks. Catch the food truck for vegan soft-serve and other treats.

Little Sister
737a Hope St., Providence,
Little Sister is the East Side’s newest cafe, but with an extra-special Latina punch. Co-owned by Milena Pagan, owner of Rebelle Artisan Bagels, and her husband, Darcy Coleman, the cafe and bakery produces amazing morning pastries that pay homage to Pagan’s Puerto Rican roots. Try the sesame and almond croissants that play off of horchata flavors, powdered-sugar-topped Mallorca pastries and guava coconut macaroons. The takeout-only shop also sells egg sammies with spicy touches and avocado, hearty soups and lunchtime sandwiches like a hefty Cuban. In the spring, they plan to open the outdoor garden space for al fresco dining.

LOLA Fashion Boutique
120 N. Main St., Providence, 401-383-0021,
This eclectically curated boutique stocks vintage finds, international designers and locally-made fashion. The shop, opened back in 2006, offers both retail and consignment options, giving customers many colorful and stylish choices while shopping for dresses, jewelry, shoes and handbags. Message the business on Facebook to shop by appointment.
Wanderlust-worthy weekenders, chic totes and luscious satchels in colors that range from saddle tan to raw “rasa” are just some of the high-end women’s bags handmade by artists at this Providence-based company. The bags are a splurge — guys’ briefcases start around $680 and women’s small crossbody bags begin around $490 — but they’re all guaranteed to last or Lotuff will service, repair or replace them. As cofounder Joe Lotuff notes, great leather only gets better with time. Available online or by appointment.

Luca Boutique
193 Water St., Warren, 401-289-2251,
Designer togs for little ones might seem unattainable, unless you shop here. The children’s couture consignment shop procures gently used luxe labels and sells them for a fraction of the original cost. Check out the new Luca First Look Facebook page to stake your claim on items before they even make it to the racks.

Luluna Kombucha
Various locations in Rhode Island,
The naturally effervescent probiotic tea, made in Rhode Island, is garnished with fresh seasonal fruit and herbs from around New England. Served in sixteen-or thirty-two-ounce glass reusable bottles, the eco-friendly drink can be found on tap and in fill stations at eleven retailers around the state. Start sippin’!

Makers RI
7 Child St., Warren, 318-6725,
After popping up around the East Bay, art educator Erin DeThomas has laid down bright, paint-splattered roots in Warren. Kids in a range of ages can participate in themed art classes — making fairy houses, dinosaurs and other fun prompts — as well as drop-in sessions where fingers, toes and spaghetti paintbrushes are put to use for Pinterest-worthy, keep-forever creations.

Maxine Baked
Shantel Maxine Neal learned to bake from her grandmother, Grammie Maxine. She’s turned her homestyle recipes into a business serving up cupcakes, celebration cakes, cookies and more. She also hosts private decorating parties and can be found at different pop-ups throughout the state such as Blackbird Farmers Market every other weekend in Smithfield.

The Nitro Bar
228 Broadway, Providence; 2 Pond Ave., Newport,
Rich, smooth and creamy with a frothy top: Believe it or not, we’re writing about coffee, not beer. The Nitro Bar’s (and Nitro Cart’s) cold brew coffee is stored in a keg, infused with nitrogen — which gives it a creamy, stout-like head — and served on tap at businesses across the state as well as at its two permanent coffee shops, one inside Dash Bicycle and one in downtown Newport. Right now they are only open for takeout and online ordering,

The Nook Coffee House
307 Main St., East Greenwich, 401-402-0029,
At the aptly named Nook Coffee House, you can savor a frothy latte or iced coffee, pour kombucha on tap or sip the aromatic Dirty Chai made with cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and ginger ground with black tea and espresso. Syrups are house made with vanilla beans, lavender and other herbs and spices.

Noon Designs
18 Post Rd., Warwick, 401-455-1222,
Noon has a little bit of everything including jewelry, body products and homeware. Purchase one from each category to make a gift basket for that special someone: a handmade sea wave necklace, a grapefruit and white peach scented candle and a sandalwood and rose sugar scrub. Order online, or visit the store.

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.

OPTX Eye Wear
1277 Hartford Ave., Johnston, 401-521-6787,
With expert eye wear specialists to customize your experience and find the perfect fit, you’re sure to find the perfect pair of sunnies. They showcase designer collections of sunglasses including Cartier, Tom Ford and Tiffany’s.

Panaday Takeaway
7 Parade St., Providence, 401-273-1506,
Order authentic West Indian and Caribbean cuisine for takeout on the West Side of Providence.

Papillon Jaune Salon and Wig Boutique
225 Wayland Ave., Providence, 401-455-0600,
Kelly DiNitto expanded her full-service East Side salon last fall to include a wig boutique catering to women with alopecia, other types of hair loss, or undergoing cancer treatments. DiNitto handles each client’s needs with sensitivity, determining individual lifestyle, whether there’s a preference for real or synthetic hair, and if the wig will be worn every day; consultations include step-by-step instructions to take home.

The Peyton Company
246 Water St., Warren, 401-216-8700; Newport satellite location at Gone Coastal, 458 Thames St., Newport,
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. They’ve also stocked up on cashmere hats, gloves and sweaters, plus clean makeup lines, candles, bath bombs and more.

pH Factor
780 Hope St., Providence, 401-272-0020,
Ph Factor combines founder Priyadarshini Himatsingka’s eye-catching jewelry designs with unique finds inspired from her globe trotting. Gorgeous silk pillows collide with metallic leather wallets and unexpected finds like the flat Stanley-esque LED table lamp. An exclusive collection of upscale home textiles, created in India by the designer’s family, adds a touch of custom and is a nod to her roots.

Pompelmo Gelateria in Westerly. Photo by Angel Tucker.

Pompelmo Gelateria
31 High St., Westerly, 348-8586; Gramma’s Gelato Cafe, 12 Fort Rd., Watch Hill, 315-0446,
If someone blindfolded you and plopped you down in front of the colorful gelato case filled with eighteen-plus icy, creamy creations at Pompelmo, you’d never guess you were in Westerly. The shop uses traditional Italian methods for making gelato in flavors from classic pistachio and strawberry to coconut key lime cheesecake and Cake by the Ocean (birthday cake). Elaborate gelato cakes are often bedecked with ice cream cones, making for very happy birthdays indeed.

Lori Kettelle of PVDonuts. Photo by Alex Gagne.

Prica Farina Fresh Pasta Co.
2 Market St., Warren, 401-245-1680,
The handmade fresh pasta resembles the rainbow ranging from cream, yellow and red, to green, deep purple and black. The shop serves take-home boxes filled with pounds of pillowy ricotta gnocchi, thick ribbons of bucatini and squid ink pasta, plus ravioli stuffed with ingredients including asparagus and prosciutto. Boil the pastas in salted water for just a few minutes, top with sauces and you’ll have a feast that feels like a trip to Italy. Pre-order online for quick pickup at

Professor Chef
Whether you’re an avid home cook, professional chef or a newbie, Professor Chef has a class for you. Learn tips, tricks and shortcuts to creating restaurant-worthy meals at home, from Dinner in Tuscany and Amazing Asian to sous vide secrets for Chateaubriand and Super Souffles. Even the most expert chefs can learn a thing or two from culinarians Phillip Griffin and Malinda Coletta, who make you transform bad habits into Michelin-star-worthy skills. Right now they are doing private classes.

79 Ives St., Providence,
PVD is the rebellious teenager of the fried dough world: Flavors are audacious, there’s a different menu every month and it covers far-reaching ground, from towering moon pie doughnuts, to maple glazed bacon bombs and the ever-popular ’90s menu with doughnuts based on Rice Crispies Treats, Oatmeal Cream Pies, Nutter Butter, and of course, Dunkaroos.

Queen of Hearts and Modern Love
220 and 222 Westminster St., Providence,
Fashionistas should add a new thing or two to their wardrobe every once in a while. Help them amp up their closet by getting them a Fjällräven Kånken Mini Backpack, a Free People Marci Jumpsuit or some Amano Studio Desert Moon Earrings to get them ready for the next socially-distanced gathering. Shop more vintage and handmade items at the Queen of Hearts and Modern Love stores, or check out the store’s distinctive style online.

Rebelle Artisan Bagels
110 Doyle Ave., Providence, 401-349-1263,
Aficionados will wrap themselves around the block for one of Rebelle’s hand-rolled and boiled bagels, but the cream cheese is the cherry on top. Try the ever-changing versions on rotating bagel variations, other baked goods, breakfast sammies, pop tarts, soup and sandwich specials and more. They also have a new grocery bag program where you can order groceries, including fresh produce and other necessities for pickup. With every bag purchased, you are subsidizing neighbors in need. Each week, the shop reserves a quarter of itscapacity for the Mt. Hope Neighborhood Association and Camp St. Ministries to distribute grocery bags to vulnerable households.

Rhode Island Red Food Tour
270 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 866-736-6343,
On this group walking tour in neighborhoods in Providence or Newport, you’ll sample plates from at least six restaurants while learning about the region’s history and culture. Tours provide an insider’s look into the chefs, dishes and restaurants and will leave you hungry for more.

Rochelle’s Boutique
381 Thames St., Newport, 619-5528,
Rochelle LaRue Gallo opened her first store when she was just nineteen, and seventeen years later her coastally located boutiques in the City by the Sea, as well as Mystic and Watch Hill, are go-to outposts for locals and vacationers. The employees act as personal shoppers, assisting every woman in finding something she will look and feel beautiful in. Dress up or dress down in brands such as Free People or Tresics for a preppie or boho, flirty but classy and perfectly feminine outfit.

Sarcastic Sweets
When Alaska-native Nina Reed moved to Providence, she embraced her “non-traditional, far out and different” baking talents, ultimately landing her as a guest star on the Food Network Show, “Sweet Genius” in 2012. Sarcastic Sweets, a food truck, is known for its infused desserts which can be made from any beer, cocktail or wine.

1413 Westminster St., Providence, 369-8427,
Sin moved to a sleek retail space on the West Side to display its indulgent creations. Favorites (like chocolate cupcakes with tiny red devil horns in the frosting) are listed as Vices while the weekly specials are deemed occasional Virtues. There are plenty of over-the-top creations — including occasion cakes made to order — but passing up the divine brioche roll is a sin against culinary judgment. It’s the best in town.

Soulita Soap
Soulita Soap was created after founder Lexus R.S. Fernandez suffered a brain aneurysm that caused her to lose her hair and develop extremely sensitive skin. After realizing the benefits of skincare products made with botanicals, essential oils and all-natural ingredients, she started her own line of organic soaps and skincare. You can also shop for custom kits for beard care or pregnancy skincare.

Stock Culinary Goods
756 Hope  St., Providence, 401-521-0101,
For the passionate culinarian, not just any kitchen tool will do. Owner Jan Faust Dane curates chef-worthy goods that can’t be found in most retail shops. Need a Baking Steel for the perfect pizza crust? Or how about fancy French pastry bakeware? Stock procures it all, alongside professional knives, cutting boards and Le Creuset pots. Dane also stocks local food for purchase, including pantry items, cheeses, milk and perishable goods.

StyleWeek Northeast
StyleWeek Northeast is celebrating ten years of runway shows featuring local and international, established and emerging designers. Last year’s socially distant and masked show at the Capital Grille patio in Providence did not disappoint, featuring local handbag designer Kent Stetson and the SEED student runway fashion show showcasing designs created by Lincoln School students.

Therapy Boutique
18 State St., Bristol, 401-254-9333,
Tucked inside New Leaf Hair Studio, Therapy is a stop that shouldn’t be missed. Perhaps you need a pair of perfect leggings, a new summer dress or a gift for an upcoming wedding. Or maybe some new earrings that you can wear day or night — you will get that dose of retail Therapy, with some Rhode Island flair, you didn’t know you were even looking for.

Uniquely Chic Vintage
Briel Delmonaco began transforming antique furniture for fun out of her garage, hunting down Victorian couches and Hollywood sofas, and now she owns enough pieces to fill an entire warehouse in Lincoln. She rents the restored furniture, as well as floral backdrops, antique dishes, décor items and more for weddings and events, while also refurbishing privately owned custom pieces. Her couches recently appeared on the Newport episode of “The Bachelorette.”

292 Westminster St., Providence, 401-500-1127,
Yoleni’s makes the city’s best pita bread but it also sells a variety of Greek goodies that you can eat in or take out. In addition to fresh salads, juices and yogurt, there’s an expansive collection of Greek olive oils, vinegars, spreads, dips, pastas, candy and everything else that you might need for a gift basket for a loved one or yourself. Your pantry will thank you.

Namaste for the big day! Before you say “I do,” calm your nerves and restore your body with a little Zen and spa-based savasana. You bring the bubbles and Zen Mafia will bring the bliss. The session will make your big day as special (and as calming) as possible. Take a deep breath and #NamaSlay it down the aisle. Bachelorette, bachelor and pre-wedding sessions are also available.


Best of Rhode Island 2020

Support Local Black-owned Businesses

Rhode Island’s Top Women in Food