In 2009 and a little before, Newport welcomed some new neighbors, including Swoon, Gossip, Wish, Just Breathe, and Alex and Ani, among others. Even better, the year ahead looks promising across Newport and Bristol Counties’ retail landscape with more new names, fresh locations and old favorites bringing shoppers the best and most diverse offerings around. Instead of making tired resolutions that fall by the wayside in a week or two, consider a pledge to shop local as much as possible. According to Rhode Island Lt. Govenor Elizabeth Roberts, chair of the state’s Small Business Advocacy Council, a 10% shift towards local businesses has the power to grow economic output 20% and generate millions in economic activity and create hundreds of jobs. With shops, boutiques and galleries throughout Newport and Bristol Counties stocking everything from one-of-a-kind finds to name-brand favorites, shopping local is easier than ever.
Swoon, 474 Thames Street, Newport, boutiqueswoon.com
Gossip, 391 Thames Street, Newport, shopgossip.com
Wish Newport, 664 Thames Street, Newport, wishnewport.com
Just Breathe, 219 Goddard Row at Brick Market Place, Newport, justbreathenewport.com
Alex and Ani, 1 Bowens Wharf, Newport, alexandani.com