Behind the Scenes at Contemporary Theater Company
The intimate theater stages sophisticated comedies, improv and Shakespeare performances that attract audiences well beyond the neighborhood.
Where to eat
You can’t go wrong with a place that has three bars and sixty-nine beers on tap, including micro-brews, local drafts and rare and limited offerings. This favorite hangout also boasts an extensive menu of seasonal, locally sourced seafood, meat and produce. But any local will tell you that it’s really the fun and relaxed atmosphere that keeps them coming back for more. 456 Main St., Wakefield, 783-9370, mewstavern.com.
Established in the Big Easy in 1987, the relocated Bluebird Cafe of today brings the taste and looks of a New Orleans-style neighborhood restaurant to little Rhody. The menu ranges from Cajun to Creole to Southwestern, and the specials are always original recipes made from scratch with fresh, local ingredients. If you’re in the mood for more classic breakfast items, the build-your-own omelets, hand-cut home fries, freshly baked biscuits and cold-drip, medium dark roast iced coffee will get the job done. 554 Kingstown Rd., Wakefield, 792-8940, bluebirdcaferi.com.
A short drive away
Plum Point Bistro
Nestled in quaint Saunderstown, this busy eatery is known for its housemade pasta and locavore American fare with fresh ingredients. The vintage bistro vibe promotes the stylish, old-school setup with outdoor patio seating available. Menu options include plum glazed wings, grilled octopus, a raw bar, seafood stew and much more. 1814 Boston Neck Rd., Saunderstown, 667-4999, plumptbistro.com.
Where to shop
You may already shop the Newport location, but Pink Pineapple on Main Street in Wakefield is the epitome of quaint. The upscale women’s boutique is chock-full of brightly colored trendy clothing, fun accessories, nautical homewares and Ocean State-themed knickknacks. Stop by if you’re looking for unique finds and a laidback shopping experience. 357 Main St., Wakefield, pinkpineappleshop.com.
Green Line Apothecary
This vintage-style, full-service pharmacy totally nails the retro ambience. Its amenities are up-to-date, but the service is old-fashioned and personal. Plus, you can take advantage of the apothecary’s restored 1940s soda fountain while you wait for your prescription; it serves everything from modern-day made-to-order sodas, ice cream, shakes and coffee to classic egg creams, lime rickeys and cherry phosphates. 203 Main St., Wakefield, 307-2555, greenlineapothecary.com.
A short drive away
Often called Narragansett’s “best kept secret” (sorry to spill the beans, ’Gansett-ers), this store has been selling men and women’s fashion and accessories on Boston Neck Road for more than twenty years. The inventory changes constantly, bringing in both the latest and trendiest brands as well as favorite local designers. Trust us: Your next go-to sweatshirt or beloved pair of jeans will be found on these shelves. 1175 Boston Neck Rd., Narragansett, 782-1110, crosswyndstraders.com.
Things to see and do
Whalers Brewing Company
Headed by two longtime friends who “only drink good beer,” this mellow brewery fits in nicely with its South County setting. Head to the taproom for a taste of the brews, trying the flagship Rise ale (think: citrus aroma and a smooth body) or the fan-favorite, East Coast IPA (dark amber IPA with a floral aroma, malt body and complex hop finish) and stay for a rousing round of giant Jenga. 1070 Kingstown Rd., Wakefield, 284-7785, whalersbrewing.com.
One of the first women’s cooperative galleries in the United States, Hera relocated to its current home, a beautiful former mill building on High Street, in 2012. Since its inception in 1974, the gallery has always aimed to increase the community’s awareness and exposure to both local art and art not readily available in Rhode Island. Today, exhibitions by members, associate members and guests run the gamut from photography to sculpture to paintings. 10 High St., Wakefield, 789-1488, heragallery.org.