Buy Local RI
Buy Local RI

What better way to celebrate the holidays than by supporting the things that make Rhode Island so special — our renowned restaurants, eclectic shops, stellar arts organizations and fun family attractions? One way to lend a hand in a simple yet meaningful way, is to think local before making your spending decisions. Browse through a small shop or boutique for that perfect gift (or treat yourself). Head to a restaurant you've always wanted to try or order dinner to go from your favorite neighborhood spot. Start planning a staycation at a hotel in the city or by the water. 

With so many ways to buy local throughout Rhode Island, we decided to come up with a list to help you get started. 100 Ways to Buy Local RI is filled with ideas for dining, shopping and things to do. Browse through the listings below covering all corners of the state from top to bottom.

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100 ways to buy local RI

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Explore this 4,500-square-foot tropical getaway in Pawtucket, with everything you need to fuel your own plant obsession or find that rare exotic plant to spruce up your home. Learn More ›

This Cumberland shop is the the perfect place for home decor, locally made crafts, florals, jewelry and so much more. Learn More ›

Located in Greenville, Flaunt Boutique is the spot for super cute and super trendy accessories, jewelry, handbags and even face masks. Learn More ›

As they like to say, they’re “Rhode Island’s most self-deprecating T-shirt company.” Check out Pawtucket's Milkcan Industries’ line of fun shirts, mugs and home décor. Learn More ›

Reading never goes out of style. Local publisher turned bookshop, Pawtucket's Stillwater Books is where you can find a great selection of new or used books and a fantastic collection from local authors. Learn More ›

Give a gift card to this meditative, peaceful and healing environment (which we could all probably use right now), located in Lincoln. Plus find other great soothing gifts. Learn More ›

You’re not going to find a cooler shop than this one for vintage streetwear and collectables. “Always one-of-a-kind, always fresh,” Top Shelf Vintage is located in Pawtucket. Learn More ›

Find a stylish array of gifts for every occasion and maybe even something special for yourself at With Heart & Soul in Cumberland. Learn More ›

This store is huge and chock full of thousands upon thousands of the coolest items! From hard-to-find records and vintage toys to antique furniture and home décor, find these special items all under one roof in Greenville. Learn More ›

Voted as the best local gift store in Blackstone Valley by the readers of Rhode Island Monthly, Chepachet’s Brown & Hopkins Country Store is one of the oldest country stores in America and it will not disappoint. Peruse their home decor, spa essentials, candles, quilts and more. Make sure to pick up some penny candy while you’re there to reward yourself for shopping locally. Learn More ›

This 20,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is easily accessible right off of I-95 N in Pawtucket and hosts 200 quality dealers hailing from all over New England and beyond. One level of the store is dedicated to furniture, art, rugs, home decor items and fine collectibles displayed in showcases. The other level is jam-packed with an eclectic and ever-changing selection of all things antique. Learn More ›

This quaint shop in historic Chepachet is dedicated to the finest, most innovative works produced by the skilled craftsmen of yesterday and today. They sell antiques, fine art and locally made pottery. Learn More ›

With America's longest-running Polar Express Train Ride located here in Rhode Island, this Pawtucket shop is proud to offer one of the best selections of official “The Polar Express” merchandise in the country. Learn More ›

Give the gift of beer from this co-op brewery in Pawtucket, which is home to the largest American-made brewhouse in the country. Stop in for a pint and pick up some cans to go and some cool Guild merchandise for the craft beer enthusiast in your life. Learn More ›

One of the newest breweries in Blackstone Valley, this veteran- and woman-owned microbrewery in Pascoag offers traditional and new American craft beer for online order and pick-up, plus gift cards, merch and more. Learn More ›

401-769-WORK (9675)
By giving the gift of a membership to the Rhode Island Historical Society you’ll support this critical organization in our state’s cultural heritage. The recipient can visit this brilliant museum located in Woonsocket, which tells the story of French-Canadian immigration to this area to work in the numerous mills during the American Industrial Revolution. They may also visit the Society’s other sites and enjoy many other perks. Learn More ›

A great way to give back and support our natural environment is to become a member of the Audubon Society of Rhode Island in Smithfield. With wildlife refuges located right here in Blackstone Valley and many more around the area, you can easily connect with nature and protect our native wildlife. As an added bonus, membership includes many other discounts as well. Learn More ›

This cherished holiday tradition continues with performances through New Year's Day. This year’s performance evokes the magic and hope of the season and its contemporary relevance. Guided by Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, Ebenezer Scrooge embarks on a heartwarming journey toward redemption. Learn More ›

You don’t want to miss Roger Williams Park Zoo’s Holiday Lights Spectacular, running Nov. 25–Jan. 1. This annual experience features festive displays boasting more than 3.5 million illuminated lights, transforming the zoo into a winter wonderland! Warm up with an adult beverage or a hot chocolate as you stroll through 40 acres of illuminated pathways. Learn More ›

Pick up a gingerbread kit from Ellie's for some at-home decorating fun for a good cause — 100% of the proceeds go to the Warm-a-Heart program. While you're there, grab yourself something yummy for breakfast or lunch. Choose from freshly baked breads, pastries, sandwiches, goodies and more. As a bonus, Ellie's sources ingredients from area farmers and producers, so you can really keep it local. Learn More ›

Enjoy dinner with rooftop views all winter long from the comfort of a private heated igloo. Order off of the exclusive prix fixe igloo menus and dine in style with a party of up to 8–10 people. Dates and times may vary, and reservations are required. Learn More ›

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22. Pour Some Holiday Spirits

Cozy up on the couch and enjoy a beer from any one of the capital city’s craft breweries. There’s something for all types of beer lovers from Long Live Beerworks, Trinity Brewhouse, Beer on Earth and Union Station Brewery. Beer not your thing? Pick up a bottle of red or white at Eno Fine Wines or Gasbarro's Wines. Or, hey, it's the holidays, grab one of each!

The season wouldn’t be the same without this beloved holiday classic. This year, the Festival Ballet's fresh new production of "The Nutcracker" by Yury Yanowsky returns to the stage. This family-friendly production features a 38-foot tree and a charming Nutcracker character designed by Big Nazo Lab. Learn More ›

Downtown Providence is filled with inspiring and beautiful public art. See for yourself by downloading the PocketSights app, then head Downtown and take The Avenue Concept Providence Downtown Public Art Tour, a self-guided walking tour. If you prefer, you can even take the tour at home by visiting their website. Now that you're artistically inspired, visit the RISD Store online to order up some art supplies. Learn More ›

Shop local at The Providence Flea's Holiday Markets on Fridays (5—9 p.m.) and Sundays (11 a.m.—3 p.m.), featuring unique and affordable gifts from 75+ rotating vendors at each market. Cocktails, craft beer, hot coffee and food trucks add to the festive atmosphere. Learn More ›

If you’re looking to discover some local Black-owned businesses, our friends at Providence Monthly have a great online directory to get you started. Order up some delicious sugary confections from Sarcastic Sweets, relax with a calming tea blend from The Black Leaf Tea & Culture Shop, or pamper yourself with organic bath products from Soulita Soap. Learn More ›

Looking for a unique gift or holiday decoration? Stop by the WaterFire Arts Center any weekend for one of their holiday markets featuring local artists and vendors. Or visit the WAC gallery for the Buy Art [Small Works Holiday Show] — open through noon on Christmas Eve for last-minute shoppers. Learn More ›

Stop by one of Knead's four locations and pick up a dozen doughnuts for a sweet family treat. With traditional doughnuts and an ever-changing menu of seasonal flavors, even your pickiest eater will find something to love. And since nothing goes better with a doughnut than coffee, grab yourself a hot cup of Bolt Coffee while you're there. Learn More ›

While the weather may not be all that frightful, there’s nothing more delightful than a hearty dinner at your favorite spot on the Hill. Enjoy comfort food for the whole family from Angelo’s, or assorted apps and savory entrees from Pane e Vino. Not in the mood for Italian? Providence Oyster Bar is a must-visit for their raw bar and fresh seafood dishes. The options are endless — and delicious. Learn More ›

This iconic, quirky shop on Westminster Street in Downtown Providence is filled with unique handmade items, including clothing, jewelry, housewares, artwork and so much more. Shop in-person or online for cool gifts or something fun for yourself. Learn More ›

Downtown will be lit up for the season with Illuminate PVD’s festive lighting of some of its most iconic buildings, including City Hall. Snap a selfie in front of Downtown’s giant ornaments or at the holiday selfie station designed by The Steel Yard at the top of Westminster Street on Empire Plaza. Stop by Modern Love or Homestyle and pick up a new scarf to stay toasty. Learn More ›

The BankNewport City Center’s ice rink opens December 4 for another season of ice skating and ice bumper cars. Forgot your gloves? You can buy a pair, along with hats, scarves and other BankNewport City Center merchandise. Can't skate? Not to worry — you can rent a fun penguin or snowman skate aid and hit the ice with the experts. Learn More ›

The Farm Fresh Winter Market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. at their Sims St. location in Providence. The weekly market features a variety of local farm and food vendors. Check their site for special happenings throughout the season. Photo: Courtesy of Farm Fresh RI Learn More ›

A change of scenery may be just what you need. Plan a staycation in the city and enjoy some of the little extras included in the variety of getaway packages available. Start planning your getaway, whether for now or in the spring. Learn More ›

With a wide variety of shopping and dining choices in nearby Cranston, Garden City Center brings holiday shopping and family fun together. Stop by Santa's cozy cabin right outside the gazebo and have your picture taken with the big guy. He's even available for pet photos on Mondays. Learn More ›

Whether you're into ballet or Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Cranston's Historic Park Theatre has a holiday show for you! Between The State Ballet of RI's "Coppelia," Heritage Ballet's "The Nutcracker," local star Billy Gilman's "Rockin' Around the Park" and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's "Wild & Swingin' Holiday," there's something for every taste. Learn More ›

Enjoy a cozy dinner for two with a stunning view at Chapel Grille or meet your crew for some seasonal cocktails and one of their tasty desserts. When you're done, walk off those excess calories with a stroll through the Christmas lights display at Praise Tabernacle on Park Ave. Learn More ›

Get into the holiday spirit with a visit to Morris Farms for a fresh wreath or Christmas tree. Learn More ›

Start your day with a hearty breakfast and morning coffee from a spot where the locals go. Learn More ›

Take in the beauty of the great outdoors at Rocky Point Park. Enjoy some fishing off the handicapped-accessible pier or stroll along the picturesque path by the bay. Afterward, reward yourself with one of the specialty coffees at the West Shore Coffee Bar or Presto Strange O Cafe. Learn More ›

Explore the scenic trails of Goddard Memorial Park on horseback with C&L Stables’ experienced guides. Learn More ›

Head onto the beaten path at City Parks' 3-mile paved bike route. Then stop into Cork & Rye and enjoy one of their many delicious meals or even brunch on Sunday. Learn More ›

Make a reservation at one of Warwick’s centrally located hotels for a quick getaway. Learn More ›

Apponaug Brewery 401-681-4321
Proclamation Ale Co. 401-787-6450

Enjoy a cold home brew and a bite to eat at Apponaug Brewery or Proclamation Ale Co. Learn More ›

Dine in or order takeout from one of Warwick’s scores of great restaurants. Learn More ›

Warwick Center for the Arts 401-737-0010
Blazing Edition Gallery 401-885-4329

Learn a new skill or appreciate the artwork at Warwick Center for the Arts or Blazing Edition Gallery. Learn More ›

Treehouse Tavern turns outdoor dining into a magical treat. Enjoy hearty, all-day American eats, plus microbrews, served at this charming 1860s converted farmhouse. Learn More ›

Head to Greenwich Cove for New England style, family casual dining. Ritual Cafe is also new. Stop by to find all of your favorite local goodies from New Harvest Coffee Roasters, Knead Doughnuts, Providence Bagel, BUNS Bakery and much more! Learn More ›

A portal to the past and one of the filming locations for HBO's "The Gilded Age." History buffs will want to be sure to visit this former country estate. Check their website for holiday events. Learn More ›

"It's a Wonderful Life" back by popular demand from December 9–24 only! George, Mary, Zuzu, Clarence and the entire town of Bedford Falls come to life in this staged 1940s radio broadcast of Frank Capra's holiday movie classic. With live sound effects and a handful of actors, this captivating story unfolds one fateful Christmas Eve as you've never seen it before. A holiday treat for the entire family! Sponsored by Greenwood Credit Union and The City of Warwick. Learn More ›

Indulge in something sweet from Chocolate Delicacy. Learn More ›

This seaside neighborhood offers a variety of great dining options. Try some delicious, fresh local seafood and American dishes at Oakland Beach restaurants and enjoy breathtaking views of the bay. Learn More ›

Home to Warwick Mall and the stores along bustling Route 2, Warwick is known as “The Retail Capital of RI.” Start shopping now. Learn More ›

Stroll through Conimicut Village and Pawtuxet Village, browse local shops and cap off your day at one of the many local restaurants and pubs! Learn More ›

Introducing the Shop Greater Newport Gift Card! Make a big impact by shopping small. Redeemable at more than 300 local shops and retailers, the card is the perfect way to embrace and support the local artistry and unique offerings throughout the area’s small businesses. Available for purchase at the self-service kiosk at Innovate Newport, 513 Broadway. Learn More ›

This cider mill in Warren has been around for eight years growing high-tannin, cider-friendly apples on land and fermenting them in the cellar of their storefront to produce high-quality cider. Make your way over to enjoy a flight or a glass in their tasting room. Great for a gift or to serve to friends and family. Learn More ›

Visit Blithewold this season and browse the colorful array of practical and luxurious offerings at The Shop at Blithewold. The Shop is filled with a wide collection of unique, elegant items, such as ladies’ accessories, handmade jewelry, tabletop adornments, Blithewold-inspired keepsakes, and much more. Learn More ›

Noon Design Shop, located in the heart of Newport, is a homegrown lifestyle brand created by two best friends and RISD alumni. This holiday season, choose from a wide array of thoughtfully designed handmade goods made in America. Their gift line spans from jewelry – all handmade in Rhode Island – to home goods like tea towels and non-toxic candles. Learn More ›

This family-owned boutique in Portsmouth has been around for 39 years. Their products include bath and body offerings, purses and wristlets, jewelry, home essentials and many Rhode Island-crafted gifts. Learn More ›

Newport Vineyards offers a unique culinary journey set on 100 acres of preserved farmland in Middletown. This robust destination blends together locally grown wine, craft beer from their on-site brewery, farm-to-table dining experiences, and an abundant gift shop known as the Marketplace. Learn More ›

This wildlife sanctuary and environmental education center in Middletown is home to 325 acres of diverse habitats and seven miles of scenic, marked hiking trails. Purchase a trail pass or membership to enjoy year-round or visit their retail shop for unique gift options. Learn More ›

The newly renovated Spa Fjor at Newport’s historic Hotel Viking features a brand-new infrared sauna, a Himalayan sea salt wall, and a reimagined list of treatments and services. Relax and rejuvenate with an experience completely tailored to you. Learn More ›

Experience the beauty of Newport from above when you climb aboard a Newport Helicopter Tour. Tours last anywhere from 12–40 minutes and travel past iconic sights including the mansions, lighthouses, Ocean Drive, the Newport Bridge and more. Learn More ›

Make your way through The Breakers, the 70-room Italian Renaissance-style palazzo and largest of the Newport Mansions, for a journey back in time to the Gilded Age. Afterward, explore the on-site gift shop offering exquisite items including jewelry, apparel, gifts, books, souvenirs and more. Learn More ›

Anchor Toffee’s signature Almond Butter Toffee is made the way it was 100 years ago: with sweet cream butter, sugar, kosher salt and whole almond, and is coated in a 55% dark chocolate and granulated almonds. Their flagship store on Newport’s Bowen’s Wharf offers a handful of variations of their original toffee. Learn More ›

You'll have a renewed sense of appreciation for glass artwork after watching how the pieces at Thames Glass are crafted from nothing more than molten glass, a blowpipe and an oven. Once you've learned all you can, try your hand at crafting your own paperweight or vase to keep or gift (with help from the pros, of course). Learn More ›

A membership to Newport's newest attraction, the Sailing Museum, makes the perfect gift for the family. The museum offers interactive, educational exhibits that provide real-world applications of STEAM concepts that come alive through sailing. Visitors of all ages, non-sailors and sailors alike, will experience the magic that happens when wind and water meet. While you're there, browse around the Museum store, full of great gifts and special finds, including Sea Bags, nautical clothing items, coffee table books, sailing posters, jewelry and more. Learn More ›

Books, either hardbound, paperback or on tape, make a great gift for anyone, anywhere. Charter Books is a locally owned bookstore in Newport, founded in 2020, whose mission is to promote community and local culture through providing access to a wide array of books, programming and free exchange of ideas. Stop in the store for exceptional customer service, inclusion, diversity and independence. Free local delivery and/or order gift cards online. Learn More ›

Style Newport’s nautical signal flag charms are beautifully made in Rhode Island of enamel and sterling silver. Enjoy wearing either your initials or those of loved ones. Choose from charms, bracelets, necklaces, watches, accessories and more — all completely unique pieces of jewelry for your collection. Learn More ›

The Shore Soap Company, a handcrafted bath and body brand established in 2013 in Newport, channels their inspiration from the sea to create quality products that portray nature and simplicity. Depending on your perspective, the sea can be many things: beautiful and alarming, serene and turbulent, warm and chilling. Gift giving made easy – enjoy the essence of the sea all year long with their crafted candles, lotions, body oils and soaps. Learn More ›

Inspired by the rugged charm of New England, Kiel James Patrick takes pride in creating timeless locally designed fashion and accessory pieces. Their flagship store is located on historic Bowen’s Wharf in downtown Newport, and their items are crafted locally in Rhode Island. Learn More ›

Newport Restaurant Group focuses solely on creating distinct culinary experiences that reflect the areas they call home. Restaurants include 22 Bowen’s, Bar ‘Cino, Boat House, Castle Hill Inn, The Mooring, Smokehouse and more. Learn More ›

Jane Pickens Theater and Event Center is a world-class art house cinema located in the historic district of Newport. The gift of a membership bestows a multitude of benefits including $2 off tickets, feature films and events, two free tickets with each membership, access to special member events and access to discounts in over 50 art house cinemas in the United States and Canada. Not to mention the nostalgic feeling of the theater, a great snack bar and libations. Learn More ›

Sea Bags are nautically inspired totes and accessories that are crafted in Maine from recycled sails. The bags are handmade, making each one slightly different from the next. Choose from a wide range of styles from duffle bags and tote bags to smaller options like cosmetic bags and wristlets. Sea Bags make the perfect, stylish yet functional gift that will stand out to any recipient. Head over to the storefront on Bowen's Wharf to peruse all that Sea Bags has to offer. Learn More ›

Sons of Liberty Spirits in South Kingstown makes award-winning whiskey, single malt and flavored varieties, gin, beer, and Loyal 9 canned cocktails. They offer safe, socially-distant curbside pickup. The online shop also offers bottled, pre-mixed cocktails, T-shirts, hoodies, barware, gift cards and, of course, hand sanitizer. Learn More ›

This farm brewery in the woods of Exeter, adjacent to a Christmas tree farm, has a cult following for good reason. They started out as a hops farm and then started using their hops to make beer. They’re famous for their Double IPAs and the beautiful can designs. Perfect for the craft beer lover on your list. Photo: Amy Soucy Learn More ›

Located in an old factory building in Westerly, Grey Sail is one of Rhode Island’s premier microbreweries. Their taproom and beer garden are serving beer, wine and cocktails. To-go beer and merchandise are available at the brewery. Learn More ›

Right next door to Grey Sail in Westerly is their sister company South County Distillers. Purchase handcrafted bottles of vodka, gin, rum and more, including pre-mixed canned cocktails. Learn More ›

Whaler’s Brewery in Wakefield is another favorite craft brewery known for their hazelnut stout, as well as Rise, their award-winning American pale ale. Learn More ›

A 60-year Rhode Island chocolate institution — Sweenor’s in Wakefield offers chocolate confections for every season and occasion, including corporate gifts. Learn More ›

Hauser Chocolatier in Westerly is a second-generation, family-owned business crafting chocolate confections in the tradition of fine Swiss chocolatiers. Ruedi Hauser Sr. who started the business was trained as a pastry chef and chocolatier in Switzerland. All the chocolate is made in-house. Learn More ›

Nothing is more iconic than the handcrafted Rhode Island pottery of Peter Pots in Kingston. Founded by a couple of RISD students in 1948, the pottery still has a strong following. There are seasonal pieces and timeless pieces, and before you know it, you’ll be collecting all the pieces. Learn More ›

Is there anything more beautiful than handblown glass? The Glass Station in South Kingstown offers unique, handcrafted glassware made in South County — from small gift items and figurines, to large serving platters, vases and art pieces, there are many choices for gifts. Learn More ›

Stop into A Gracious Soul for high vibe products consciously sourced from other artisans, small businesses and makers who are also giving back and making a difference. Buy local and support worthy causes – it's a win-win! Learn More ›

What kid doesn't appreciate a new bike for Christmas? Stedman's Bike Shop in Wakefield has been around since 1920 and has every kind of bike you can think of – road, mountain, children's and even electric. While you're there, ask about their favorite local bike rides. Learn More ›

"Shop small" is the motto of The Current in East Greenwich. This store provides a home for curated gifts, clothing and decor from small businesses in Rhode Island and around the world. With everything from coffee and tea to local-made bath and body products, you're sure to find a unique gift or a little something for yourself. Learn More ›

If you've got a science lover on your list, you'll want to check out The World Store in Wickford. When you've stocked up on fun gifts like bat houses, science kits and fossils, take a stroll through Wickford Village and check out some of the other local shops. Learn More ›

Visit the JW Graham Yes! Gallery for a fantastic variety of handcrafted gifts and home decor. In true Buy Local spirit, pick up a hat or shirt from their "Rhode Island Local" line, inspired by the pride and support of the Rhode Island community. Learn More ›

OMO Jewels & Gifts in Westerly is a curated collection of American-made jewelry, ceramics, handblown glass and more. They represent local and national artists who are committed to their craft and offer only the highest quality goods. Learn More ›

The Savoy Bookshop and Café in Westerly is a local, independent book shop. Why order from Amazon when you can support a local business and enjoy a delicious nitro cold brew, cappuccino or glass of wine while you browse? Featuring titles by local and regional authors, the Savoy is a must-visit in South County. Learn More ›

Simple Pleasures
91. Simple Pleasures

Located in Charlestown, Simple Pleasures offers coastal inspired gift ideas, home décor and more.

You don’t get more local than this Charlestown shop’s handcrafted jewelry, belt buckles and more, made by native and non-native artists using wampum. Learn More ›

The Woven Path in the quaint village of Wickford offers distinctive gifts made by Rhode Island artisans. They use a 1979 Harrisville loom to weave scarves, shawls, handbags and more. Learn More ›

Gooseneck Vineyards in Wickford Village is a winery run by two cousins who scour the globe to create wines that overdeliver, while remaining true to the grape variety. Purchase wines inspired by the New England coastline, and visit their website to try out some recipes. Learn More ›

Block Island Ferry: 401-783-4613
New England Airlines: 401-596-2460

By ferry or plane, these Rhode Island companies will get you here! Gift certificates are available for the Block Island Ferry and for New England Airlines. Learn More ›

Find online shopping options in one convenient spot. Learn More ›

Spring House: 401-466-5418
1661 Inn: 401-466-2421

Stay at the Inn at Spring House or the 1661 Inn — both are open year-round! Learn More ›

This honey is made on Block Island but can be shipped anywhere, and is possibly the most popular Block Island gift. Learn More ›

Block Island in the winter is known as a haven for artists. This gallery is open year-round and features some of the island’s artists. Learn More ›

Most of your favorite Block Island restaurants are closed for the winter, but some stay open. Fear not though, many offer gift cards so that when you do make that trip during warmer months, you'll think of your gift giver! Learn More ›