For this 2016 holiday season think about shopping local and supporting your local artists and businesses all around Rhode Island. Providence is home to an array of shops, boutiques to fit every need. Small, local businesses are Rhode Island’s largest employer, so this holiday season support the local shops and businesses. By buying local, you will reduce your carbon footprint and help to build the community here in Rhode Island. Here’s some recommendations on where to shop locally this holiday season!
Buy Local RI is a site dedicated to building a strong economy and vibrant community by promoting locally owned independent businesses, strengthening Rhode Island’s merchant and commercial associations, and providing a unified public resource and voice where businesses and individuals can find and connect to local products and services.
Downcity is the historic center of the capital city of Providence, Rhode Island. Filled with beautifully restored turn-of-the-centry commercial buildings, Downcity is the home to hundreds of small businesses, thousands of residents, and the richest concentration of arts and culture in the city. Shop at The Vault, Craftland, Modern Love, Clover, and many more!
Shop the work of 65 plus local and regional artists and crafters creating beautiful works in paint, ceramics, fiber, jewelry, wood, glass, mixed media and photography. The show will run Dec 2-4 and Dec. 9-11 at the The Pawtucket Armory Arts Center. Shop products from Atomic Earrings, Crooked Moon Mosaic Studio, Gabija Ceramics, Stella Marie Soap Company and many more!
Peruse handmade art and design from over 200 RISD alumni and current students working in Fine Art, Glass, Ceramics, Apparel, Jewelry, Home Goods, and more. The RISD Alumni Holiday Art Sale will be Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Rhode Island Convention Center.
The WaterFire Store sells official WaterFire Providence merchandise including limited edition t-shirts, prints and accessories. They also sell original glass jewelry which is hand made in Rhode Island by the artisans at Gather Glass, accessories from Gail Ahlers from Ahlers Designs as well other artworks by local artists that have been inspired by WaterFire. Products also made by Master Cast and Photo Fabrications.