Small Business Saturday

(11.25) You should be supporting your local independent businesses all year long — they invest in your community, employ your family and friends, pay local taxes, maintain the brick-and-mortar storefronts that make for a vibrant neighborhood, and offer unique, often locally made, goods.

Seen here is Craftland downtown on Westminster Street. They started as a pop-up, developing a reputation for having a great selection of quality merch, so they put down roots. And go get some new frames next door at Providence Optical while you’re at it. (‘Celebrate Downcity’ takes over Westminster Street, between Eddy and Union Streets, today from 11am to 4pm, with the Rock and Roll Yard Sale around the corner on Eddy Street.)

The ProJo has generated a list of local favorites in “Small Shops, Cool Stuff.”


POP Emporium on West Park Street will be open Saturday from 1pm to 6pm. You should be able to find something here.

Old Bag Vintage on Ives Street will be open from noon to 6pm. Many more small businesses line nearby Wickenden Street.

Frog & Toad has two locations: Hope Street and, seen here, Westminster Street (across the highway just down from Nice Slice). F&T owners are famously invested in their communities. They are also famous their unique inventory.

Looking for locally-themed tees? Rhody Craft on Hope Street has everything from Almac’s to Benny’s as well as these two iconic images of Providence’s industrial past.



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