The 2020 Holiday Shopping Guide; featuring Small Businesses in Rhode Island

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If there was ever a year for local small business shopping, it’s 2020.  This year has shut down some of the local places we love the most: local small businesses and restuarants. The holidays are a big deal for everyone, but it can be the saving grace for small businesses. In this guide you’ll find local small business that can use our support AND provide awesome and unique gifts for our loved ones.

Gooseneck Vineyards

Built on the foundation of authenticity, quality, and passion, our team seeks out the best grape growing regions in the world to bring our favorite varietals into your glass. This is always done with grace and style, wrapped in the fabric of our New England culture, and is guaranteed to enhance life’s every day moments.

Aura's Chocolate Bar

Born in Venezuela, Aura gives others the experience to taste a piece of her homeland in her creations. She blends a unique combination of Venezuelan cocoa, recognized as one of the best in the world, with local ingredients from New England that envelops the richness of the chocolate’s taste.Recently, she has been “experimenting” with other types of Cacao such as the “Ruby”, which is considered the “fourth” type of chocolate alongside the dark, milk, and white.She is also opening to cacao of other latitudes.

mod mama

mod mama first opened on the east side of providence in 2006. since then, it has doubled in size and moved to a location in garden city center, the premier shopping destination in rhode island. the philosophy has always been less is more when it comes to modern parenting, invest in quality products that will grow with your little one and that will withstand the demands of your little one, but do it all with style.

Soulita Soap

Soulita is a local organic skincare and soap business founded in 2019 by Lexus R. S. Fernandez, Rhode Island based and ruptured brain aneurysm survivor. in 2020, it has grew into a small team of Lexus and Evan Delpeche which has built a significant following over time with it’s elegant minimalist and trend-spotting products. Each product of the Soulita brand collection is created with specific intentions for it’s consumers. The brand continues to conjoint with the right synergy between essential oils and the healing botanical extracts that addresses the skin’s concern.

Books on the Square

An independent bookstore for independent minds.  Check out their website for holiday gifts guide for adults and kids for the book lovers in your life!

Serendipity

Whether you are ready for a night out on the town but need that accessory to finish the look, a home decor piece for that special room or that unique gift for anyone on your list. Serendipity is the place to go! The charming store will captivate shoppers of all walks, with classy and chic, yet everyday affordable styles will keep shoppers coming back for more! Melissa is always incorporating new pieces and keeping the store fresh and full of excitement, consisting of all New England and Etsy Artists and their Handmade Artisan Goods!

Shades of Vintage Marketplace

Shades of Vintage is a collaborative shop of all things vintage, plants, handmade and new! Providing curbside pick up and virtual shopping experiences!

Cellar Stories Bookstore

We’re the largest used and rare bookstore in the smallest state in the US. Cellar Stories has been buying and selling all types of books for over thirty years.

We have a stock of approximately 70,000 volumes covering all categories from vintage paperbacks, pulps and collectible ephemera to antiquarian volumes on many subjects.

The Farmer's Daughter

The Farmer’s Daughter offers holiday greenery, gifts, and more!

Painted Karma

Like art, the beauty of handcrafted furniture is its ability to tell a story and stir emotion. Each of our antique and vintage pieces is restored to maintain the integrity of its history, while giving it new life and aesthetic value.

Our furniture is carefully selected and given an individual rehab plan.  Each of our one-of-a-kind pieces is hand painted and in some cases transformed beyond the imagination…truly works of art.

Evolve Apothecary

A passion for wellness led to the creation of a brick-and-mortar store on Hope Street in Providence, where you will find a curated collection of the very best products available for skin, body and home care.

The Spa is a natural extension of the store, featuring organic linens, aromatherapy, and clean products so you can truly relax! The benefits of spa treatments along with the use of the clean products featured in our store will leave your skin vibrant and your spirit revived.

Stop by and see us on Hope Street in Providence!

Lola Fashion Boutique

LOLA Fashion Boutique provides an eclectic mix of new, estate, locally crafted and imported items specializing in dresses, jewelry, shoes and handbags. Particularly curated for the discriminatory woman since 2006.

The Fantastic Umbrella Factory

The Fantastic Umbrella Factory is a series of five individual stores, plant nursery, henna artist, beautiful flower gardens, bamboo forest, and animals.
The retail stores include Small Axe Productions, The General Store, South County Artisan Loft, Axiom, and Frills. Small Axe Productions carries gifts made locally and around the world including a wide range of jewelry, clothing, instruments, tapestries, pottery, blown and stained glass, music, tapestries, carvings and much more. The General Store has gifts including toys, candy, perfume oils, posters, and jewelry just to name a few. South County Artisan Loft is a cooperative of all local artisan. Hand cut silouettes are available by appointment. Axiom mainly focuses on vintage eye wear. Carrying a wide range of frames and sunglasses. Frills Store has a wide variety of clothing and jewelry.

Frog and Toad

Nineteen years ago, Erin and Asher Schofield opened their special little neighborhood shop with an ever-changing selection of affordable items from around the world, ranging from lovely and inspiring to odd and incredible, and featuring lots of locally-made goodness. Since then, the store has doubled in size… and stuff! You’ll find hand-knit sweaters, jewelry, handbags, throw rugs, pop culture odds and ends, locally-printed and designed graphic tees, Fair Trade handicrafts from around the globe, and much, much, much more. Frog and Toad also offers complimentary gift-wrapping and a staff that loves what they do. Browsers always welcome. See you soon!

Audubon Nature Shop

Shop online for educational gifts, toys, books, jewelry, and more- 100% of the proceeds go directly to the mission of the Audubon Society- connecting people to nature.

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Brooke Rainville
Brooke has spent most of her life in Rhode Island, having grown up in Foster, and moving back to RI after high school in Foxboro, MA. Since becoming a foster parent in 2005, she has cared for 8 children with special needs. The first child placed in her home is now 22, and continues to both brighten and challenge her days. She is stepmom to two young children, who brighten and challenge her days in totally different ways. Brooke has worked with people with special needs for 17 years and currently works as a case manager for children with autism at a non-profit in Southeastern MA. She feels strongly that raising tiny, adorable beings up into functioning, kind, emotionally stable adults is hard, and we all, as mothers, aunts, stepmothers, foster mothers, friends, and grandmothers, have a role in making that easier for each other. Every child (and adult for that matter) we come into contact with will either be better or worse off for the experience, and we should take that seriously, while extending grace to those along with us on this journey. Brooke is passionate about serving others (although she sometimes struggles to do so cheerfully) and advocating for those who can not advocate for themselves. She loves Jesus, a well made gin and tonic, home renovation, and overlooking the dog hair on her floors.

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