Shop In Series: Portsmouth

July 2, 2010 at 1:38 pm 1 comment

Settled in 1638 by religious dissenters, including Anne Hutchinson (making her the first woman to settle a community in the New World), Portsmouth sits on the northernmost tip of Aquidneck Island. Diverse neighborhoods ranging from sprawling estates to tight-knit coastal enclaves define the residential make-up, while commercial clusters are found throughout. Here’s just a peek at some of the popular retail finds:

Clock Tower Square is Portsmouth’s newest shopper’s haven, and with a distinguished collection of retailers, we’ll start there….

Deborah Winthrop Fine Lingerie: Specializes in over 30 brands of fine lingerie (including the ever-popular Hanky Panky) nightgowns, pajamas and accessories for dedicates. They also do expert bra fittings, so you don’t have to be part of the unfortunate statistic that says 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size! Located at 103 Clock Tower Square.

Groovy Gator: Just like their Newport location, The Groovy Gator carries the most precious boys and girls clothing (newborn to size 16), and tons of toys with popular brands including Blabla, Maggie in the Middle, Coco Bonbons, Melissa and Doug and more. We wrote about the shop in may, CLICK HERE to check it out. Located at 102 Clock Tower Square.

Lou Lou’s Décor: It’s the kind of place that when you walk in, you just want your place to look the exact same way. Home furnishings, décor, lighting, accent, décor- it’s all here. Located at 104 Clock Tower Square.

Pink Pineapple: From their own line of dresses, tops, bottoms madras and their renowned cashmere sweater collection to some of the most in-demand in Newport including Milly, to Lilly Pulitzer and hip, lesser known labels, (plus tons of affordable accessories) the Pink Pineapple has something for everyone. Located at 106 Clock Tower Square.

Stalise: For the stylish woman, Stalise carries designer denim by Hudson, Joe’s and Red Engine, NYDJ, Miracle Jeans, David Kahn plus stunning pieces by designers including, Jamie Kreitman, Charlotte Tarantola, Lilla P. and more. Located at 105 Clock Tower Square.

Spa Vana: This Eastern-themed spa has a full menu of spa services including a couples massage for when you and someone special want to get away from it all. Bring the luxe home with Dermalogica, AGE Smart and MediBac Clearing products to treat and pamper your skin. Located at 101 Clock Tower Square.

Old Almy Village on East Main Road  is anchored by the historic Old Almy House, just a few miles from the Middletown border. Today it is home to restaurants including Fieldstones Grill and right next to the village, the Anna D Café,  plus commercial spaces, offices and retail shops. Among them:

Corner Consignment: This small shop boasts big brand name labels at a fraction of the prices including clothing, shoes, purses and accessories. It’s also a great spot to consign your barely worn big-ticket items and put a little shopping money back in your pocket. Located at 980 East Main Road.

The Green Grocer: Ok, so not technically in Old Almy Village, but its right next door and with all of the organic offerings from local farms including Manic Organic, Simmons Farm, Allen Farm, Aquidneck Farms beef, Run Dog Run eggs, Wishing Stone Farm and many other growers, we couldn’t pass up mentioning The Green Grocer. Located at 934 East Main Road.

Tenth Gate Center for Yoga and Meditation: One of the newer addition in this necl of the woods, Tenth Gate is located in the Old Almy House. The calm studio “welcomes beginning yogis and yoginis as well as those who want to continue to deepen their practice.” Located at 1016 East Main Road.

In Portsmouth Plaza:

Irving’s Shoe Store: Even though you can get new kicks here by New Balance, Hush Puppies, Kamik Snow Boots, Keds and more, Irving’s is best known as one of the best cobblers around, able to salvage that beaten heel of your Jimmy Choo or haggard heel of your trusty Blundstones. Located at 3001 E Main Road.

Sportswear Etc.: So it’s hard to say what you’re going to find a Sportswear Etc., because you never quite know what is in stock, but think of it as an outlet store with major labels at deeply discounted prices. In-season tops and bottoms for men and women. Located at 3001 East Main Road.

Around Town:

Clements’ Market: A Portsmouth institution since 1980, this more-than-a-marketplace offers freshly prepared foods, flowers, groceries, about every local magazine and newspaper and spot to enjoy your meal and relax. Located at 2575 East Main Road.

Eagles Nest Antique Center: Deceptive from the outside, this treasure trove of the past seems to go on and on and on with rows of classic furnishings, home décor, estate jewelry,and  just about anything you could imagine…Located at 3101 East Main Road.

Ma Goetzinger’s: An army of devotees flock to the unassuming Ma Goetzinger’s for everything from sophisticated, quality clothing for women. Included in the mix are intimates, shoes and accessories. Located at 2918 East Main Road.

Portsmouth Art Guild: With shows, events and fabulous art sales, the Portsmouth Art Guild, located inside an old charming church, is a place to keep on your radar. Located at 2679 East Main Road.

The Portsmouth Shop: This quaint gift shop is a little gem with everything from the coveted Vera Bradley bags to Pandora jewelry and the ever-popular Trollbeads. Located at 2511 E Main Road.

Weatherly Tile and Stone: Portsmouth’s go-to place for gorgeous tile and stone including pieces tailors to Southern New England coastal living (read: nautical map tile, scallop shells, starfish, etc.) What they don’t have they can almost always find…Located at 3030 E Main Road.

What’s you’re favorite place to shop in Portsmouth? Tell us at

*Photos (except for Old Almy Village image) by Jim Sattel

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