Shopping in this city could mean retail writ large at the Providence Place Mall or the East Side's Thayer Street.

For slower-paced, eclectic shopping, try the stores on South Main Street at the base of College Hill, across the river from the business district. Here are options from high-end men's clothing and a baby boutique to a cigar shop, where you could catch a seminar on global warming.

"It's got a great neighborhood feel, like an original Main Street," said Natalie Morello, who opened fashion and lifestyle boutique Shoppe Pioneer (No. 253, 401-274-7467, a year ago and heads the South Main Street Neighborhood Association. "It has that historic charm. It's where the East Side meets downtown." here to read the full article.