Shop Local for the 2016 Holiday Season

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 

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.

Holiday Showcase Craft Fair

Join us for 6th Annual Holiday Showcase Craft Fair. With our Crafters & Vendors with their unique creations & products, there will be something for everyone on your list. Jump start your holiday shopping early. The Craft Fair is on Saturday, November 5, 2016 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Green Valley Country Club in Portsmouth. All are welcome, free admission & parking. Eat, Drink & Shop all in one place. The Holiday Showcase Craft Fair is hosted by Cherish the Moments, LLC.

Holiday Spectacular Artisan Craft Fair

Holiday Spectacular Artisan Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Newport Elks Lodge. Get your holiday shopping done with crafter’s with unique creations and products. Great deals, discounts and more. Free admission and parking.

Newport Holiday Stroll

Make your holidays merry and bright in Newport this festive season by joining us for our Holiday Stroll on December 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th from 9 AM to 9 PM! Enjoy a stroll through Newport to find unique New England events like the Nutcracker performed by Island Moving Company at Rosecliff, live entertainment throughout the city including busking and caroling, and fun for the whole family with ice skating downtown and the Bowen’s Wharf 46th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting with Santa Claus, dozes of local restaurants serving everything up from apple cider and pumpkin spiced lattes to New England Clam Chowder to locally sourced sea-to-table cuisine, and of course, the opportunity to get all of your holiday shopping done in New England’s Premier Holiday Shopping Destination!

Shop Downcity 

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 VaultCraftlandModern LoveClover, and many more!

Foundry Show 2016

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!

RISD Alumni Holiday Art Sale

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.

 WaterFire Store 

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.

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