When I started this website in January 2014 I thought it might be the swan song to a place that had captured my heart. Guess again. Almost a year later to the day, I moved into a house that I bought. Talk about commitment. Oh my. And then?
It snowed. And snowed and SNOWED.
If I took a photo right now out the window– you would still see banks of snow. Gah. So much for a honeymoon . . . but truth be told? It was super pretty. The kind of unbelievably soft, flaky, sparkly snow that if I saw it in a movie I would have called it out for being totally fake. And my dogs happen to adore snow– so fun was had. However, Spring is here so bring on the sun!
That’s right, coffee, scones, garden supplies, candles and fresh flowers.
Pretty much the perfect antidote to March in New England.
The funny thing about White Electric is that the vibe I got from checking out its website is so different from how it felt to go in there. For me, the url was a bit cold and stark, but the place is fabulous! Warm, super friendly staff, great mix of people and art everywhere. In fact, if I wanted a go-to place to know what’s happening around town, I think their bulletin board has to be the place.
I mean, how can you not smile when you leave a place that has XOXO on it’s door?
Above are a couple of photos from cluck! which is “a small, woman-owned business founded in 2013 that has the tools, supplies, ideas and education needed to grow, raise and preserve your own food.” There are also all sorts of fabulous gifts (I simply could not resist three of those gorgeous candles you see above). At the heart of their business are the year-round classes, workshops, readings, and amazing teaching garden to help anyone get some dirt under their fingers. What I love most of all is that cluck! has set down roots on what was once and abandoned 1950′s gas station. Did I mention they keep bees and raise chickens, too? Oh yes.
From there we headed down the street to Jephry’s which I had always wanted to check out since I first saw their arrangements at Seven Stars.
Full of fresh flowers, succulents, cards and all sorts of pretty things that lift the spirits, Jephry’s did not disappoint. Au contraire, the owner himself was there and shared the history of the place (it was an auto repair shop back in the day) and the wonderful synchronicity that led him to open the shop.
Oh yes– THIS is what I’m talking about. Forget malls and the golden mile of big box stores filled with the same old/same old carted over from who knows where in massive containers. Ducking into small shops where the owner is behind the counter, friendly, kind– passionate about what they do and happy to share their story with you. For me, this is the heart and soul of Providence and I am so glad to be back here on this site ready to share my weekly finds and happenings.
photo credit: Forrest Elliott