August 29th, 2018
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Books
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:

 

Bank Square Books                 Savoy Bookshop and Cafe

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.

 

Barnes and Noble

 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 Books and Barrington Books Retold

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 

Providence

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.

 

Island Books

Middletown

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

New Shoreham

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 Books 

Providence

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

Providence

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.

 

Stillwater Books 

Pawtucket

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

Providence

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.

 

Wakefield Books 

Wakefield

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:

Browser Books

Seekonk, MA

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 

Providence

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:

October 4th, 2017
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Many of us love to fill our Sundays with football, but sometimes you just need to get out of the house or you are tired of your usual spot and are looking to venture out. Maybe you don’t even watch the game, but want a nice bar or pub to grab a good bite any day of the week. We’ve got you covered with this comprehensive lists of spots all across Rhode Island and even one in Massachusetts. The amount of TVs, quality of food, and local scenery were considered to make this list. Each county was given two spots in order to make sure no matter where you are there is a spot for you. The city of Providence has so many places to explore it got two of its own and an honorable mention. That is where we will start:

CITY OF PROVIDENCE

Ladder 133

Photo Courtesy of Ladder133.com

Photo Courtesy of Ladder133.com

Located at 133 Douglas Ave on Smith Hill, down the street from the State House, this sports bar features multiple televisions, and plenty of space. You can barely tell this great establishment was a former firehouse built in 1902. There is an outdoor eating area and plenty of off street parking. Ladder 133 offers boxing and MMA viewing, and you can book it for your fantasy football drafts.

Visit their website at Ladder133.com to check out the menu or book your next draft

 

The Abbey

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Photo Courtesy of 92Beers.com

Nestled at 686 Admiral Street in the Northern section of Providence, The Abbey is bigger than it appears on the outside with its spacious interior and even bigger menu. The menu and food are large, delicious, and creative. A clear and concise burger menu shows you the burger and the ingredients along with which of their over 92 beers is the best pairing with it.

Visit their website at 92Beers.com to begin salivating.

 

Honorable mention: The Whiskey Republic

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Photo Courtesy of GuideRI.com

Many people know Whiskey Republic as the club that the guy from the Dropkick Murphys owns. While they do have club and DJ events, this bar, located near Wickenden Street at 15 Bridge Street, transforms on Sunday into a great place to watch the game. While most of the football season is in colder weather, in Rhode Island we love a good patio and waterview, even if we have to throw on a hoodie.

Visit their website and check out the view at TheWhiskeyRepublic.com

 

PROVIDENCE COUNTY

Brutopia

Photo Courtesy of BrutopiaBrewery.com

Photo Courtesy of BrutopiaBrewery.com

Brutopia is a craft beer lovers sanctuary located in Cranston at 505 Atwood Avenue. Brutopia was opened in 2014 and has its own brewing department headed up by Sean Larkin of the Revival Brewing Company. If you’re in it more for the food, Brutopia also features a colossal smoker to make delicious BBQ right on site. Either way, you can enjoy the cuisine inside in front of one of the HD TVs, or outside on the lovely patio.

To check out their brews and smoker, head to their website at BrutopiaBrewery.com.

 

Gator’s Pub

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Photo Courtesy of GatorsPub.com

Up in Northern Rhode Island there’s a spot to catch the game and work off the burger during halftime like they would in Miami or California. Gator’s Pub in North Smithfield offers a beach in the back where you can play volleyball casually or join their beer league. Along with the volleyball area Gator’s Pub offers casual dining and plenty of food while you watch the game.

For more information you can visit their website at GatorsPub.com or for information on volleyball visit GatorsPubVolleyball.com.

 

BRISTOL COUNTY

Gillary’s

photo Courtesy of Gillary's

photo Courtesy of Gillary’s

Gillary’s Taphouse situated right on beautiful Thames Street in Bristol, RI features a bevy of events during the week, including trivia and live music, but on Sundays it’s all about football. Enjoy their 17 HD TVs as well as a buffet to get you through a Sunday whether your team wins or loses.

Check out their entertainment schedule on their facebook page.

 

Gridiron Sports Bar and Grille

Photo Courtesy of Gridiron

Photo Courtesy of Gridiron

This other Bristol County spot is in the Massachusetts Bristol County just over the border at 2416 Grand Army of the Republic Highway in Swansea. This is a classic sports bar with televisions behind the bar and on the wall, with classic pub eats and plenty of beer. The Route 6 location, along with the large parking lot, makes Gridiron a breeze to get to and stay at through the afternoon games all the way into Sunday night.

To get more information and check out their deals and specials visit their facebook page at Facebook.com/Gridiron.Bar.

 

KENT COUNTY

The Woods Tavern

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Photo Courtesy of TheWoodsTavern.com

The Woods Tavern located in West Greenwich at 45 Nooseneck Hill Road #1. While the name says Woods, it is actually located on a main road allowing for an easy commute and plenty of parking for large parties. The interior has a great rustic theme while still having all the technology you need to watch the game. The Woods Tavern offers traditional pub food, and live entertainment, including bands and trivia.

For a list of events and a menu visit their website at TheWoodsTavern.com.

 

Boneheads

Photo Courtesy of OnlyinYourState.com

Photo Courtesy of OnlyinYourState.com

If you love wings and are bored of just choosing between Buffalo and BBQ, then Boneheads, located at 131 Washington Street, is the place for you. With tons of award winning sauces and rubs in different combinations ranging from sweet to spicy and everything in between, Boneheads will satisfy your wing craving no matter what your tastes are. Boneheads has plenty of craft beer options to wash all of it down. Boneheads features a music theme which extends to the wing menu that is reminiscent of a Billboard chart.

Check out the website and start thinking about which sauce you want now at BoneheadWings.com.

 

WASHINGTON COUNTY

Mews Tavern

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Photo Courtesy of MewsTavern.com

Mews Tavern in quaint Wakefield, RI is a beautiful place to watch the game with it’s wood interior that boasts 3 unique bars serving 69 beers on tap. The centerpiece to the establishment is the “Tree Room” (with an actual tree in the center of the room), along with the award winning food that occupies the menu will have you talking and raving while you discuss the game.

To see the tree for yourself and find out more info on The Mews Tavern check out their website at MewsTavern.com.

 

Cornerstone Pub

Photo Courtesy of CornerstonePubRI.com

Photo Courtesy of CornerstonePubRI.com

The Cornerstone Pub in Exeter is a beautiful casual dining experience on Nooseneck Hill Road that runs right alongside 95 making the commute here easy and comfortable. Cornerstone Pub boasts a 40 seat bar and large television screens making sure you can see the action no matter where you sit. Cornerstone Pub features well-made pub standards along with some creative dishes like the Mango Habanero Pizza.

To check it out for yourself please visit their website at CornerstonePubRI.com.

 

NEWPORT COUNTY

Tickets Bar and Grille

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Photo Courtesy of TicketsBarandGrille.com

Tickets Bar and Grille is a local favorite having won a Newport’s Best Award for 7 consecutive years from 2008-2014 as a favorite sports bar. It’s no surprise that they won so many awards with their 17 flat screen TVs and fantastic menu. The main restaurant is on the first floor and includes a patio open from April to September while the second floor is the main sports bar. The restaurant includes pool tables, arcade cabinets, and a fantastic view of Easton Bay.

To find out more information and catch a glimpse of this great setting visit their website at TicketsBarandGrille.com.

 

Gas Lamp Grille

Photo Courtesy of GasLampGrille.com

Photo Courtesy of GasLampGrille.com

Located on historic Thames Street the Gas Lamp Grille opens right up to the street, allowing fans to drift into the eatery and watch the game or stare off to the Newport Harbor. Featuring fine foods and exotic drinks and large plasma televisions, the Gas Lamp Grille offers a high-end sports experience.

To check out their freshly prepared menu and find out more information visit their website at GasLampGrille.com.

Because commutes on Block Island aren’t exactly easy, we wanted to give New Shoreham a special selection for those visiting the Island as well as mainstays.

 

BLOCK ISLAND

Poor People’s Pub

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Photo Courtesy of BlockIslandDiningGuide.com

The Poor People’s Pub is a spacious place right on the main road as you come off the Island Ferry and offers a creatively delicious experience for tourists and mainstays alike. While here, check out their Mac and Cheese which is a menu favorite. You can get it in plain, with a few flavorful additions, or on one of their delicious burgers. Poor People’s Pub will give you a unique island experience on Sunday.

For more information and to check out the Mac and Cheese flavors and more visit their website at PPPBI.com.

 

STADIUMS AND MORE

Stadium

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Photo Courtesy of BlogDailyHerald.com

Of course one of the greatest sports viewing experiences is at the game itself. The largest stadium in Rhode Island is Brown Stadium at Brown University, which has a seating capacity of 20,000. There are also teams and stadiums at URI, Bryant, and Salve Regina, but don’t forget your local high school team as well.
And of course the greatest and most comfortable place to watch the game is…..

 

Home

Where you can do what you like, when you like, how you like. If you are looking to get out and try some new food check out the places listed above.

 

Disagree with the list? Did we miss your favorite spot? Let us know in the comments below.

 

 

August 17th, 2015
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Living in the smallest state at times has its perks. Rhode Island has such a strong sense of community statewide, especially during the summer months when the weather’s nice. For example, local farmers and artisans get together weekly–and sometimes twice a week–to share their produce and talents with the communities of the Ocean State. I put together a few great farmers markets around the state, and be sure to check out the ones in your area and beyond!

Providence & The East Side

Rick Payette /  Flickr

Rick Payette / Flickr

Cranston – The Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market runs from May 9th to October 31st on Saturdays from 9am-1pm. The market in the Rhodes on the Pawtuxet Parking Lot is currently in its 13th season! The market has an array of vendors as well as spaces for community groups and events. An event calendar and list of vendors can be found on their website.

The East Side – The Hope Street Farmers Market is a farmer run co-op that sells home grown or made produce, baked goods, meats, seafoods, and much more. The farmers market runs twice a week on Wednesday afternoons from 3-6pm and Saturday mornings 9am-1pm. Head down to Lippitt Park for some great local goods, and check online to see who will be there!

East Bay

Bristol – Right off of Metacom Ave in the South Pasture of Mount Hope Farm is a year round Farmers Market held every Saturday–rain or shine–from 9am-1pm. The market is fun for the whole family and you can walk the beautiful grounds and say “hello” to the animals after shopping! For more information, check out the Mount Hope Farmers Market website.

Barrington – Every Wednesday from May to the end of October from 2-6pm, Haines State Park holds a market with venders from all over the state. Every week is different, so check the schedule before visiting to see what’s going to be there.

 

West Bay

Coventry – If you’re looking for organic produce, look no further than the Ezekiel Potter Homestead. The market is open four days a week with great selections of local produce. Hours can be found on their website.

Warwick – From the beginning of May to the end of October, Goddard State Park hosts a farmers market every Friday from 9am-1pm. Venders from all over the state take part in the market, and are listed on the market’s website.

 

Newport County

Jamestown – At the Fort Getty Pavillion from the end of June to the end of August, a farmers market is held rain or shine every Monday from 4-7pm. The market has local produce, meats, crafts, and artwork from a variety of vendors.

Aquidneck Island – The Aquidneck Growers’ Market runs three farmers markets on the Island during both the summer and winter seasons. The summer markets are located at the Newport Vineyard & Winery in Middletown on Saturdays 9am-1pm and on Memorial Boulevard in Newport on Wednesdays from 2-6pm. More information on vendors and locations, visit the Acquidneck Growers’ Market website. 

 

Northern RI 

Rick Payette / Flickr

Rick Payette / Flickr

 

Harrisville – Since 2007, the Burrillville Farmers Market Association has been promoting local farm and garden products to support the rural Burrillville life. The market is every Saturday from June through September from 9:30AM-12:30PM at the Stillwater Mill Pavilion.

Scituate – Every Saturday from 9am-1pm, the Scituate Farmers Market is held rain or shine at the North Scituate Public Library. From May 9th through October 3rd, the market offers locally grown seasonable produce and local meats. Enjoy live music while shopping around hand crafted goods from local artists and grab some lunch at one of the many food trucks. A calendar of events can be found on their website.

 

South County

Block Island – Block Island has two farmers markets a week–one in the Manisses Parking Lot on Wednesdays 9-11:30am from June 11th-September 7th and in Negus Park every Saturday 9-11:30am from June 11th-October 12th. Both markets are held rain or shine! Markets offer locally produced items like honey, jelly, pasta, sauces as well as baked goods, arts and crafts.

Charlestown – The Charlestown Land Trust hosts a Farmers Market at the Church of the Holy Spirit from  9:30am to 1pm every Friday morning from June 26th-August 28th. Stay up to date with the market by following them on Facebook

Southeastern Massachusetts

Attleboro – On O’Connell Field in Capron Park, the Attleboro Farmers Market runs from 9am-1pm on Saturdays from June 20th-October 24th. The market not only features food, but it also hosts events and showcases local artists and musicians. Keep up with them on their Facebook page.