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.

Ana Duque with business partner Karen Mejias. Courtesy of the Heal Room.

Editor’s Note: This list was updated from an earlier version on Nov. 22, 2022. Please contact each business for hours of operation.

Here at Rhode Island Monthly, we’re celebrating the holiday season 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.

Angelo’s Civita Varnese
141 Atwells Ave., Providence, 621-8171,
Classic Italian dishes done well earn the spotlight at Angelo’s, owned by Jamie Antignano. The portions are large, the prices are cheap and the focus is family. When the weather is chilly and you’re looking for something to warm your belly, dig into a heaping plate of chicken parmesan or slow-cooked all-day veal and peppers. Serving traditional Italian cooking for more than ninety years, there’s a reason the third-generation restaurant hasn’t had to change much on the Classics menu since 1924. Favorites include breaded and fried chicken parm or eggplant parm smothered in mozzarella and housemade sauce, and good old meatballs served with fries instead of pasta for an even better way to soak up homemade gravy. During the Great Depression, the original owner, Angelo Mastrodicasa, invited folks who were in need to come eat and he added fries to their plates to help tide them over to their next meal. The tradition continues today.

Aura’s Chocolate Bar
250 East St., Cranston, 401-312-3381,
Cacao queen Aura Fajardo Quintero combines forces with many Rhode Island-based food and drink businesses to take chocolate to the next level. Her Sommelier Series collaborates with local winemakers and spirits companies including Anchor and Hope and Sons of Liberty and she also sources from Newport Sea Salt, Leafy Green Tea, Ocean State Pepper Company, Borealis Coffee and more to create palate-pleasing chocolate combinations.

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
500 Wood St., Bristol,
The Basil and Bunny truck, affectionately named “Fluffy,” now has a bricks and mortar home at Bristol’s new Unity Park mill complex. Owners Lyslie (who started the whole idea on her plant-based blog) and her husband, Mathiew Medeiros, make the vegan versions 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. The Bunny mobile sometimes has a spot behind Hope and Main in Warren, but is also on the move to local breweries. Online Ordering is available during business hours.

Beecher’s Botanicals
Wellness is a passion project for Beecher’s Botanicals founder, Jessica Beecher. The indie skin care brand feeds your skin with raw organic ingredients. Our faves include the hibiscus melting cleanser, the pumpkin enzyme face peel, the in-shower skin treatment and the soap sampler

Binnsy Boutique
7 Main St., North Kingstown, 401-268-5153,
Caitlin Gendreau grew up shopping the streets of Wickford Village and one day imagined having her own store. Now, her small business has blossomed into a boutique that has joined the lineup with the Book Garden, Different Drummer and Serendipity. With cute frills organized in rainbow order, a rack full of unique denim, graphic surfer-esque T-shirts and trendy tops, there’s something for everyone. The best part? You get boutique quality without the sky-high prices.

Bites By Bre
11-17 Aleppo St., Providence, 401-829-9313,
Bre Goldsmith’s weekly meal delivery service has helped many people and families who might not have time to cook due to demanding jobs, who just want to eat healthier. She creates healthy meals for customers to reheat each week, and every participant gets the same lineup of dishes delivered right to their door. She cooks international cuisine featuring elevated dishes that take it to the next level using quality ingredients.

280 George Washington Hwy., Smithfield, 401-231-4777,
Chef Angie Armenise treats every meal as if it was your last meal: loaded nachos, stacked burgers, pizzas brimming with toppings; and for brunch, bacon, egg and cheese calzone; Paleo huevos rancheros; or bacon-fat brisket and spuds poutine with cheddar sauce. 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
The Black Leaf Tea and Culture Shop was started in 2019 by Amber Jackson. The company offers many different tea and herb blends, such as “Lotus” and “Glow,” that promote health, while promoting community engagement and celebrating Black culture. She also offers the “Me Time” gift box that collaborates with other businesses and includes her teas paired with all kinds of wellness items from face masks and candles to chocolate chip cookies, a journal and moisturizer. Read more about her business here.

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.

245 Main St., Pawtucket,
Whether it’s a business launch party, photoshoot, pop-up shop or a jam session, booth.’s cozy, 1,100-square-foot retail and recreational space gives women and minority artists, creatives and entrepreneurs the opportunity to celebrate their brand or next chapter in life with the option to host a cash bar on site. Booth. aims to be a welcoming event space for aspiring business owners who may have a limited resource availability and creates a personalized solution that fits their needs.

The Brow Beautician
Studio B Salon, 334 Knight St., Bldg. #11, Warwick, 401-437-8688,
Up the ante of your appearance by enhancing your brows. Kristi Scialla of Studio B Salon takes barely existing, faded or overplucked brows to wow with a noninvasive process that’s like a reverse perm. The forty-five-minute treatment includes applying a straightening solution, followed by a neutralizer and tinting, then nourishing keratin gel. No pain. All the gain.

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 menu 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 seafood on the lineup (save some of the excellent housemade brown bread for extra dipping in sauces and broths). A small patio has a distant view of Warren’s waterfront, where there’s a park fit for a sunset stroll.

Cakes by Eboni
560 Mineral Spring Ave., unit 2-161, Pawtucket, 401-442-8084,
Cakes by Eboni is Eboni Silva’s small, scratch-made Black-owned bakery serving Rhode Island and surrounding Massachusetts areas. Custom-designed cakes 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. Orders must be placed by Thursdays for pickup on Saturdays between 3 and 4:30 p.m.

901 Warwick Ave., Warwick, 401-787-4017,
This vegan dessert shop elevates the dessert experience for all diets by providing tasty plant-based treats. The desserts are made from scratch daily and can be found at the brick and mortar dessert shop in Warwick Wednesday through Sunday. Some favorites include beautifully designed celebration cakes, layered cake jars, delicate French macarons and edible cookie dough-stuffed chocolate truffles.

Ceremony Tea Shop
406 Brook St., Providence,
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 (add on a matcha, espresso or strawberry-flavored teddy bear) 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.

141 Water 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, 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.

Clover Desserts
Pastries available for same day pickup at 52A Valley St., Providence,
The cases at Clover Desserts look like a modern museum showcasing color and form. What makes it even better than the Met is the fact that everything is edible, and every bite is sublime. A panoply of flavors is packed into tart shells or small Mason jars and piled high onto shortbread. You can offer anything as a gift, but the first recipient needs to be you — eat it in the car because the minute someone catches sight of a glossy turtle or lemon tart, it’s gone.

Coco and Lala
103 and 119 Bay St., Westerly, 203-202-7051,
Procure the perfect coastal grandmother aesthetic with gauzy women’s dresses and flowy maxis while also nabbing children’s clothing worthy of a page in the Official Preppy Handbook. Even teen girls will obsess over smock sets and cutout cocktail dresses. You might even encounter the owner and mom hack TikTok influencer Shannon Doherty (@athomewith.shannon), who offers everything from fashion advice to helpful parenting tips while you shop.

Core Fitness
229 Waterman St., Providence, 401-273-2673,
Sometimes it’s hard to get out of bed early or hit the gym after work, but if you have upbeat fitness instructors counting on you, it makes it easier to show up. Core’s music-fueled fitness classes, including cycling, strength and cardio and boxing, as well as Lagree, are motivating to move in ways that make you look and feel good.

Corkie Bolton Jewelry
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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.

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.

DISH Boutique
155 Water St., Warren, 401-247-7705,
This is a sustainable fashion boutique run by a mother and daughter team, Keri and Sara, for nearly twenty years in Warren. They only sell ethical , eco-friendly fashion, jewelry and accessories made with care, style and conscience from many U.S based vendors, plus a selection of international designers unavailable anywhere else in Rhode Island. They also host a re-DISH rack in the shop, featuring previously loved merchandise that was purchased from the shop and returned for resale.

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.

Estela’s Lash and Skincare Studio
746 Hope St., Providence, 401-999-0704,
Rather than relying on phony filters, why not get a facial and lash upgrade for reals? This lash and skincare studio can help improve your skin while also adding length and volume to your lashes. Book the Pura Vida facial treatment, and a lash lift and tint or extensions, and strut out looking like a new and improved version of yourself. #NoFilter.

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.

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. Online sales available.

Feast and Fettle
Founder and chef Maggie Mulvena Pearson graduated from Johnson and Wales University in 2013, and started working as a nanny and personal chef for a few years in the Providence area. Then, she launched a full-fledged meal delivery service in 2016 that could help a variety of professionals, couples and families. 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. Feast and Fettle meals can be catered to vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free folks as well, and the nutritional information and ingredients for each dish are listed on the website so you know if your choice contains wheat, nuts, egg, soy, dairy or shellfish. Members simply go on the website to place orders for the weekly subscription service.

Jo-Anna Cassino of Flipp Apothecary and Salon.

Field of Artisans

Art is hard. The folks behind Field of Artisans’ pop-ups make it a little easier for New England creatives by hosting curated shops around the state. This summer, Field of Artisans can be found almost everywhere — at the Guild PVD Beer Garden, Whalers Brewing Company in South Kingstown, the General’s Market (a rebirth of the General Stanton Inn Flea Market) in Charlestown, Narragansett Brewery and South Kingstown Town Beach. Artists of all experience levels are encouraged to apply, with a fresh lineup of handmade art, clothing, jewelry, home and body goods and more at each pop-up. Every week they publish a new field guide to participating artists online.

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.

Geri’s Bluffing Boutique
285 Main St., Suite 2, Woonsocket, 488-4182,
Woony resident Geraldine Barclay King says the inspo for her boutique came during a trip to Liberia, where she was born, but had left at age seven when her family moved to the United States. In Liberia, bluffing means wearing something that’s fun and colorful to make you look and feel good, she advises. Her eye-catching jewelry and vibrant printed men’s and women’s clothing, bags and totes do just that.

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
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
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, the family’s favorite drink has been turned into a locally made beverage company run by Kelly McShane and Nick Carr, who still continually give 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; 245 Main St., Wakefield, 401-360-3300,
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.

The Heal Room
574 Smithfield Ave., Pawtucket, 399-3655,
Everyday items — beauty products, detergents, sponges, water bottles — get the eco-conscious treatment within the walls of the Heal Room. Founders Ana Duque and Karen Mejias have created an environmentally friendly space for all, whether you’re new to sustainability or a hardcore nature lover. Shop online or in-store for crystals, herbs, kitchen supplies and more.


Linnette Lopez Torres, owner of Helado Taiyaki.

Helado Taiyaki
102 Dean St., Providence,
These fish-shaped ice cream cones combine Japanese influence with Latin flavor. Helado means ice cream in Spanish, and taiyaki is a Japanese dessert that involves a fish-shaped cake filled with red bean paste or custard. Business owner Linnette Lopez Torres tapped into her Latin culture to create the cones stuffed with custard, cheeses and fruit and topped with colorful soft-serve spirals in tropical fruit, Asian and American ice cream flavors sprinkled with fun toppings like Teddy Grahams, Maria cookies, Fruity Pebbles, Oreos and Pocky.

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.

Jack’s Snacks, A Dog Bakery
158 Greenwich Ave., Warwick, 401-633-5522,
A pie for your pup? It’s pawsible! Choose from a variety of customized cake templates and treats to reflect your pooch’s personality. For everyday rewards, pizza-flavored biscuits and the Barkcuterie Box make any dog drool. Order a pupcake for “Gotcha Day” or any occasion, as well as seasonal specials to reward your pet. The dog bakery and supply shop is named after Jack, a black Labrador retriever/pit bull mix who was rescued from California and crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2006, but lives on through his namesake’s beloved biscuits.

8 Russo Rd., Portsmouth, 401-251-4208; 359 Thames St., Newport, 401-324-5151,
Locals and visitors (especially kiddos!) are in awe of Kaffeology’s gravity-defying shakes, from the Cookie Monster topped with an Oreo ice cream scoop and a perfectly balanced cookie to the Tutti Frutti decked out with Fruity Pebbles ice cream, a Pop-Tart and cotton candy. Adults go all-in with the Rhody, a nitro cold brew coffee drink with a secret “coffee” Rhode Island ingredient.

Kin Southern Table and Bar
71 Washington St., Providence, 537-7470,
Julia Broome has extended an invitation to her family dinner — to all of Rhode Island. Everything is celebratory in this Washington Street restaurant, from the biscuits and honey butter to the fried chicken sandwich topped with thick slabs of bacon and Old Bay aioli. Drink down a Stoli and Kool Aid and you’ll think you’re back at the backyard barbecue with the relatives you miss most.

Kow Kow
120 Ives St., Providence,
Even when social distancing is no longer necessary, the lines at Kow Kow still wrap around the block. The new Fox Point ice cream shop’s specialty is freshly pressed bubble waffle cones stuffed with ice cream and decked out with over-the-top treats. Ice cream comes from Warwick Ice Cream and OddFellows, while the vegan version is from NadaMoo. Owner Vilada Khammahavong started out with a food truck and the name Kow Kow incorporates her Lao culture into the business along with some Asian and mainstream ice cream flavors.

804 Hope St., Providence, 432-7995,
Kreatelier bills itself as a fabric concept store, from classic patterns (think Liberty of London) to whimsical (Clarke and Clarke) to over-the-top floral (Designers Guild). Have a much-loved old chair with good bones that’s looking spent? The helpful staff will give a free re-upholstering consult that saves it from a sad end by the side of the road. And now that Kreatelier has expanded next door, there’s even more inspiration to be found in pillows, window treatments and other goodies for the home.

The Lady Next Door
196 Water St., Warren, 903-2380,
The Lady Next Door vintage emporium has been a landmark on Water Street for decades, crammed to the rafters with retro figurines and housewares, clothing, fabric, jewelry, lamps and more. The original owner, Sandy Nathanson, spent decades at Trinity Rep as prop master and set decorator, and when Christine Stulik took over, she carried on that rich, theatrical aesthetic. We love how she scoops up one-of-a-kind finds — a collared horse print dress, for example — and there’s always something irresistible to bring home.

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
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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.

The Lilac Thief
The combined magic from the Lilac Thief girls turns ordinary floral arrangements into sculptural masterpieces. What started as simple foraging of lilacs from an abandoned lot and decorating their mantel turned into crafting tablescapes for dinner parties, large-scale arrangements for event decor and wedding displays. They use flowers and other art forms to make lasting impressions with an air toward astrology and a nod to Mother Nature.

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 Bitte Cocktails
Bartender Willa Van Nostrand handcrafts classic cocktails with a garden twist using small-batch spirits, fresh pressed juices and edible blossoms. She bartends at local events and parties as well as the World’s Fair art gallery. She also creates cocktail kits that come with everything you need, including the pre-measured alcohol to pour at home. Van Nostrand can also guide guests through virtual cocktail parties and teach how to make perfect drinks at home.

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 re-open the outdoor garden space for al fresco dining.

The Loft Hair Studio
182 Taunton Ave., East Providence, 401-642-6767,
Let your hair down at a salon where women with all textures can truly embrace their waves and curls. Clients seated at one of the Loft Hair Studio’s chairs are reminded that their natural hair pattern has so much potential for a variety of styles. Get your mane prepped for a wedding, family celebration or just another day in Rhode Island.

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.

Loren Hope
86 William St., Newport, 401-619-0330,
Look, it’s something sparkly! All eyes are on the somewhat-new showroom occupied by local, made-in-the-USA jewelry designed by Loren Barham and team, who moved the business specifically to Rhode Island because of its renowned jewelry industry. The headquarters are in downtown Newport where shoppers can browse the collection of bright, shiny and vibrant jeweled chandelier earrings, necklaces, bracelets and more, plus a classic bridal section filled with heirloom-worthy baubles for the big day.

Love Culture Salon
506 Broadway, Providence, 751-8200,
Hair care is a love language at Love Culture Salon, owner by Jamie Millmather, a Rhode Island-based and global traveling hairstylist and educator for Wella professionals. Enter the creative, plant-filled, eco-conscious space for an appointment and leave with a shag, pastel pink coloring or any other style you’ve stored in your camera roll for months.

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 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’!

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.

Miss Vegan
Custom cakes are made with locally sourced and natural vegan ingredients using fun drip techniques and piles of sweets for whimsical designs. Miss Vegan’s flavors include confetti cookie dough, cannoli, brownie batter, Neapolitan and more, without using artificial colors or preservatives. They also sell birthday cakes, cannolis, taccolis (a cannoli/taco hybrid), cookies, doughnuts, pies and more. Everything made at the cruelty-free bakery is free of any animal products or bi-products.

The Mosaic Table
The Mosaic Table is a made-from-scratch meal service created by Anat Sagi that uses locally sourced ingredients while supporting other small businesses. The Mosaic Table has also launched the At-Home Restaurant Experience, a date night for two (or even one) that includes a three-course meal with special details, as well as the Dinner with Neighbors Dining Series that takes place at Hope and Main in Warren.

65 Water St., Warren, 289-2150,
Mosey into Muse for one-of-a-kind engagement rings and meaningful necklaces, rings and earrings that can be passed down for generations. The shop also repurposes vintage jewelry to give it a more modern twist and offers both custom creations and exclusives that can only be found there.

197 Wickenden St., Providence, 453-6282,
Nava’s cheery new look — think: warm refinished floors, bright paint, open layout, roomy fitting areas — is the just-right backdrop for the shop’s signature bohemian dresses, vintage denim and troves of jewelry by regional designers. For nearly fifteen years, we’ve tapped the Nava gals, our aesthetic gurus, for fashion advice; now, we’re asking for reno tips, too.

147 Water St., Warren, 401-300-4129,
When nothing but the most thoughtful gift will do, head to Nest on Water Street in Warren to find something that truly speaks to the recipient. There are hand-beaded bags crafted in America, beautiful earrings and necklaces made with pearls cultured in Wickford, luxurious bath bombs and salts, picnic baskets, intricate pottery and more home decor ideas that will be meaningful and treasured by the important people in your life, including yourself.

The Nest
1155 Westminster St., Unit 220, Providence,
Co-founders Charlotte von Meister and Danielle Sturm are always on a mission to break the toxic cycle of wastefulness and overconsumption. Enter the Nest, where the secondhand showroom serves as a gathering space for people looking for unique and upcycled styles as well as an inclusive community. The secondhand store gives people access to previously loved clothing that still has life to give, all while protecting the environment.

The Nitro Bar
228 Broadway, Providence; 2 Pond Ave., Newport; 404 Thames St., 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 three permanent coffee shops, one inside Dash Bicycle and two in downtown Newport.

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.

Notes Coffee Co.
508 Armistice Blvd., Pawtucket, 401-335-5181,
Latin-owned Notes Coffee Co in Pawtucket makes a point to support arts and culture by promoting local artists and musicians through the shop, while also supplying some of the best coffee drinks and sandwiches.

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.

Omoge Cosmetics
In Blessing Mariah Gbemisola’s eyes, eyelashes are universal; any man or woman can rock them with grace. Omoge Cosmetics’ themed eyelashes have twenty-five to thirty wears on each and can last up to a year and a half with proper care. Your look isn’t complete without these bold, eye-popping accessories.

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,
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.

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 multiple 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.

RI Cruisin’ Cocktails
Cocktails that come to you: That’s the business plan behind RI Cruisin’ Cocktails, a mobile cocktail bar serving fancy drinks out of a retro, renovated 1961 Shasta trailer affectionately named Marigold. The longtime Providence bartender Sarah Gwizdowski from the Hot Club and the East End officially started her own business two year sago, and the trailer is roaming around Rhode Island this spring, mixing up drinks at local businesses and outdoor events.

Rochelle’s Boutique
381 Thames St., Newport, 619-5528,
Rochelle LaRue Gallo opened her first store when she was just nineteen, and many 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
184 Taunton Ave., Seekonk, Mass., 508-336-5458; food truck, 368-5458,
Native Alaskan and Johnson and Wales University alumna Nina Reed’s mobile dessert shop and storefront offer a selection of sweets that are as unique as the woman who bakes them. Try the layered cake jars and infused cupcakes, which can be made with the flavors of cocktails like margarita, mudslide, Irish Car Bomb and more, plus wine- and beer-infused versions. Reed offers a range of gluten free, vegan and other allergy-sensitive dessert options. The food truck visits events in Rhode Island and the two-in-one storefront sells desserts and also hosts the Alaskan Treehouse Cafe with Alaskan specialties.

Simmons Farm<
1942 W. Main Rd., Middletown, 401-848-9910,
The offerings at Karla Simmons’ family farm aren’t your usual farm stand fare: In addition to fresh-picked veggies, cheese and pasture-raised meats for purchase, you’ll find friendly goats who’ll help you perfect both your downward dog and your hiking trail etiquette. The farm offers group hikes around the property with your very-own goat on a leash, or you could take part in an all-ages yoga class with adorable goats in an enclosed clover field. Or visit the petting zoo, where a dollar will get you a grain-filled “kid” cone filled with tasty vittles for your newfound four-legged friends.

1413 Westminster St., Providence, 369-8427,
Sin’s sleek retail space on the West Side displays 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.

229 Westminster St., Providence; 8 Midway Rd., Cranston,
Soulita 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 products. 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.

Studio Hop
810 Hope St., Providence, 401-621-2262,
This beautiful local art shop has featured artwork, ceramics, pottery and jewelry from local artisans for twenty-two years on Hope Street. Owners Nina, Peter and Eli share their love for art, fine crafts and design with the community. The shop showcases the work of many local artists as well as those from around the world, including handmade designer clothing and accessories and Mid Century Modern and period furniture.

StyleWeek Northeast
StyleWeek Northeast is celebrating more than ten years of runway shows featuring local and international, established and emerging designers. Recent outdoor runway shows 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.

Tall Tumbleweed
279 Bullocks Point Ave., Riverside, 903-2869,
Amelia Olson’s earthy boutique welcomes all shapes and sizes in a space where women can feel comfortable in their own skin. She offers vintage and new styles and makes the extra effort to stock a wide range of fits, while turning her shop into a destination for hanging out, listening to music and trying on clothes just for fun.

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.

Tiny Bar
377 Richmond St., Providence,
Try this upscale outdoor cocktail bar the next night you decide to go out. Tiny Bar offers a whimsical selection of seasonal drinks topped with pear and blood orange slices inside the intimate bar, or outdoors under the tent or on the patio. It’s aesthetically pleasing with its string lights and outdoor murals installed by the Avenue Concept.

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. She rents out 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.

Wald and Sea
107 Spring St., Newport, 401-847-5833,
For a store that opened right in the heat of the pandemic, Wald and Sea brings a cool breeze of relief. The calm surroundings instantly put guests in a state of Zen as they walk through the doors surrounded by earthy, organic wares including ceramics, tableware, bags, paintings, candles, pillows and throws. And the good news is, with every purchase, you can bring that same light and airy vibe into your own home.

Whisk Me Away
400 Harris Ave., Unit G, Providence,
The weekly changing menu features cakes, desserts and pastries. See what’s baking on pastry chef Morgan Gray’s social media pages. Treats might include quick and easy cake orders that you can order on a whim through the Cake Shop, or maybe just a slice (birthday cake cheesecake, anyone?), plus lemon tarts, breakfast pastries and layered cake jars in a variety of flavors. You can also place a custom cake order with advance notice. The menu opens up on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and orders can be placed through Friday at 10 a.m. Pickups take place on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

White Lotus Healing
100 Lafayette St., Suite 303, Pawtucket, 401-415-0789,
Connect your body, mind and spirit through tarot readings, reiki healing, Integrated Energy Therapy and other services as well as workshops and training classes. The holistic approach is practiced by certified Integrated Energy Therapy master instructor and life and business coach Veronica Cintron.

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.


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