Category: Things To Do
The West Side of Providence is a wonderfully diverse neighborhood full of unique architecture and design. In an effort to showcase some of the most distinctive homes on the West Side, the West Broadway Neighborhood Association has partnered with the Providence Preservation Society to host the WBNA House Tour focusing on “Creative Conversions.”
On the tour, you will explore a spectrum of gorgeous properties both inside and out, including urban gardens, artist studios, an abandoned church, and a Victorian firehouse. All of the homes are close to Dexter Training Ground by the prominent Cranston Armory.
Take the tour on October 6th from 10AM-4PM. Tickets are $20 with discounts available for seniors, students, and military persons. The tour will begin at the Welcome Center at the Providence Hmong Church at 46 Dexter Street and continue through this one-of-a-kind neighborhood.
You may also purchase tickets to the preview party which will be held the night before on October 5th from 6 PM- 9 PM. Enjoy the Alfred T. Mansfield, one of the historic homes, and partake in food and refreshments with delightful locals and bid in the silent art auction.
You can purchase tickets for both nights at the website (HERE). Purchase tickets ahead of time to save money on the admission price.
The West Broadway Neighborhood Association is a fantastic organization which creates events and initiatives that bring together the West Side community and build upon and improve this superb area. If you want to find out more about the West Broadway Neighborhood Association and the great work they do check out their website at WBNA.org.
Residential Properties Ltd recently announced the opening of a West Side Office (HERE) and is proud to be the lead sponsor for this event.
As summer is now coming to a close and kids are starting to get back into school there may be a need to get that summer reading book they never got around to, or there are new book assignments already. So if you are looking for that very late summer reading book, want to squeeze in one last beach read, want to continue a series you started this summer, or are seeking out a new bookstore to visit, this list is for you. Compiled below are a slew of bookstores across the state and even a few across the border:
Mystic, CT Westerly, RI
Bank Square Books in nearby Mystic and Savoy Bookshop and Cafe in Westerly are two incredible locally-owned locations to browse books. Both are close to the Atlantic Ocean giving you scenic locales perfect to inspire beach reading or stay in at the cafe. The staff organize great author meet and greets and storytimes year-round.
Warwick, Smithfield, and Middletown
Barnes and Noble are the big guys, but their large facilities and multiple locations make them a great spot to check out the newest releases from your favorite authors. Barnes and Noble hosts plenty of free events. If you were a fan of our previous board game post (check it out here) you will be happy to know that Barnes and Noble hosts game nights and has a great selection of tabletop games.
Barrington and Cranston
Barrington Books has two locations, the flagship store in the Barrington town center and a second location in Garden City. Each location is a very walkable shopping area making it easy for you to pop in and browse the selection of books and unique gift ideas.
Books on the Square is aptly named for its great location right on Wayland Square. Step in before or after visiting the nearby cafes and catch a weekly storytime or author event. Books on the Square celebrated their 25th-anniversary last year and they remain a local favorite.
Books on the Square celebrated their 25th last year and this year Island Books in Middletown has that honor. This local favorite has remained a hub for book lovers whether they be year-round islanders or just stopping by for the beaches. RI Monthly has consistently named them the best bookstore in Newport County since 2006.
Island Bound Bookstore is out on Block Island, so if you are stuck on the Island and hate what you brought or finished already check out this store’s wide selection. Island Bound features both NYT bestsellers as well as local books that capture the beauty and history of the island.
Paper Nautilus is heavily influenced by its proximity to College Hill and its renowned campuses. Paper Nautilus has an eclectic assortment of books and gifts. Local authors are always in stock and the store prides itself on its H.P. Lovecraft selection. Head in and check out the collection and the visual art displays.
RiffRaff Bookstore is a one of a kind bookstore in the area, not only for its stock of books but in addition to a cafe, it also features a full bar. Discover books from independent presses and new voices as you sip on a cocktail or a coffee.
Right by the historic Slater Mill is this independently owned bookstore filled with both new and used books. Stillwater Books is a huge supporter of local authors with its ever-growing collection, as well as having its own independent publishing company.
Symposium Books is located downtown right on Westminster Street and provide a variety of new and used goods books as well as vinyl records. They are constantly adding to their collection and have a convenient delivery service for those in the area in need of a last minute gift. This is a popular spot in the heart of Providence for both young and old.
Located inside the Wakefield Mall, Wakefield Books is a proud supporter of local authors and its community. They offer discounts for many events and local educators and host local authors monthly. Wakefield Books also has a 24/7 online store perfect for those who have a late night craving for a book.
In addition to these great stores offering both new and old these stores are exclusively used bookstores. Do not let that scare you away, these stores have a fantastic selection of books at a discounted price and an ever-revolving inventory. So stop at these locations and peruse the shelves:
This bookstore just over the border in Massachusetts offers a wonderful variety of used books at a deep discount. Their inventory also includes audio books, comics, and a small selection of discounted new hardcovers. Call them up and clean off your shelves and have them buy back your books or textbooks and share with someone else.
Cellar Stories is located in downtown Providence tucked away right near Trinity Rep. Their inventory of used books is the largest in the Ocean State featuring over around 70,000 volumes. While the books are constantly changing the quality is always top notch.
To see which locations are in your area and their addresses check out the map below:
Comic book characters have become ingrained in our culture. The top grossing movies are regularly comic book movies, in fact just this past weekend Infinity War set the record for the largest domestic opening weekend for a film. Comic book characters adorn shirts, socks, and are even tattooed on our skin. Since Action Comics #1 was published in 1938 comic books and their fanbase have continued to grow into the behemoths they are. While in past decades comic books have been perceived as a small hobby for a select few in the population the recent surge has thrust them into the mainstream.
Every year on the first Saturday in May publishers and local shops put on Free Comic Book Day where you can grab select comics for free. Local shops put on promotions and special events like special sales and costume contests. This event is for people of all ages. The selection of free comics is available on the website and cover every genre and style. In addition to free comics, you can get yourself some free swag and many stores hire local cosplayers to take pictures with and create a festive environment. The free comics are usually entirely new properties or popular series that are starting a new storyline.
When you’re snagging your free comics feel free to join in the festivities and look around and make some purchases. This day is perfect for introducing yourself to your local comic book shop and reading up on the literature that is the basis for all of the DC and Marvel movies. Don’t limit yourself to just the movie storylines, while those are a great place to begin there are plenty of fantastic characters who are not in the blockbuster movies from both DC and Marvel. There are also different publishers like Dark Horse, Image, and First Second Publishing that have great quality. If you don’t want superheroes and are more interested in history, realism, or fantasy those are also available too. Help support local business and start or extend your collection this Saturday at one of these great locations:
PROVIDENCE PLACE MALL
74 PROVIDENCE PLACE
PROVIDENCE, RI, 02903
1500 BALD HILL RD
WARWICK, RI, 02886
THE TIME CAPSULE
1732 FALL RIVER AVE
SEEKONK, MA, 02771
THE TIME CAPSULE
537 PONTIAC AVENUE
CRANSTON, RI, 02910
RUBBER CHICKEN COMICS
15 NORTH MAIN STREET
BELLINGHAM, MA, 02019
THE TOY VAULT INC.
400 BALD HILL ROAD
WARWICK, RI, 02886
For a complete list of the Free Comics that will be available and to check which stores are participating in Free Comic Book Day near you check out FreeComicBookDay.com
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Photos Courtesy of Tim Rice Photo and taken at Rubber Chicken Comics