Archive for November, 2010

Holiday Shopping’s Sweet Rewards!

As if there weren’t enough incentives to shop locally: supporting local merchants and your community, barely any traffic (have you been on Rt. 2 in Warwick during the holidays?!? Hours of your life you’ll never get back…) and the charm of unique gifts and personal service are just a few, but now, there’s another. This Holiday season, the Newport and Bristol Convention & Visitors Bureau has created a new shopping campaign called Hometown Holiday Shopping.

Shop throughout the nine townships: Barrington, Bristol, Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth, Tiverton, and Warren, now through Friday, December 17, and anyone who spends $100 or more in a shop, restaurant, and or at an attraction (Newport Mansions, Blithewold, etc.), from any small, local business in any one of the townships listed above and receive a special complimentary gift and be eligible to enter to win a $1,000 American Express gift card.

Simply show your sales receipt of $100 or more at one of the following redemption sites:

Newport: The Newport Visitor Information Center at 23 America’s Cup Avenue in Newport, open daily, Sunday-Saturday 9-4 p.m.

Bristol: Paper Packaging & Panache, at 418 Hope Street in Bristol, Monday – Saturday 10-5 p.m.

The winner will be drawn on Friday, December 17, at 4 p.m. at Active Sole, located on Bowen’s Wharf, and you don’t need to be present to win!

ALSO, the merchants at Newport’s Brick Market Place have unveiled Brick Market Bucks: Spend $50 or more at any participating Brick Market Place store and receive $10 in Brick Market Bucks. You can spend the Bucks at any store you like and every Brick Market Place store is participating (except one!).

November 29, 2010 at 11:13 am 4 comments

Holiday Harbor Lights Illuminated Boat Parade to Light Up the Night

After shopping downtown, mosey on over to Newport’s Annual Holiday Harbor Lights Illuminated Boat Parade and Blessing of the Fleet (weather permitting), starting at 6:15 p.m. and visible from the harbor front. Boats gather at the Goat Island causeway and begin the parade at the Newport Yacht Club (which is open to the public tonight), then sail towards downtown continuing to King Park. Bowen’s and Bannister’s Wharf should be good viewing points, especially with warm hot cocoa from The Coffee Grinder or People’s Café in hand, or sip a fine wine surrounded by the warmth and elegance of 41 North where the Oval Bar and Pavilion Bar offer great views.


Artwork ©2010 by Sandy Cooper

November 26, 2010 at 11:27 am Leave a comment

Black Friday Bargain Hunting By the Sea

1. Comfy shoes? Check.

2. Slim-fitting, easily maneuverable outerwear? Check.

3. Hidden elastic waistband pants to hide turkey and mashed potato gluttony? Check.

Ready, set, shop….

ArchBeauty Skin Care Salon & Boutique: Black Friday special–free gift with any brow shaping today. Open 11-6 p.m., brow bar is walk-in friendly.

Beach House Newport:  Mention you are a Facebook friend and receive 10% off your purchase. Complimentary gift wrap.

Bermuda Bay: 25% off all sale merchandise.

BLVD.: Buy one, get one 50% off footwear and apparel; sale footwear starting at $18, sale apparel starting at $10

Cadeaux du Monde: Annual Mystery Discount Sale. Read about the details HERE.

Cosmetic Cosmos:  Free gift (minimum $30 value) with $75 purchase starting today until Dec. 21 while supplies last. As always, local customers receive a 10% discount on products. When you purchase a minimum $30 gift certificate, recipient receives a free makeover. Free gift wrapping.

Down Under Jewelry: Join Down Under on Facebook and be automatically entered to win a Chan Luu wrap bracelet, plus 30% off one item in store and online November 27 through December 5th (to redeem coupon enter code SANTA at checkout and hit REDEEM COUPON button. Offer excludes special orders, sale items and is redeemable one time only).

Green Envy Eco-Boutique: Stress-Busting Shopping Event from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. on Saturday. Discounts throughout the store, plus unique gifts under $25. Joanne Salem from Changing Lives One Breath at a Time will be on hand all day giving FREE reflexology and Reiki treatments, plus complimentary hot apple cider and snacks.

Gossip (Newport location): Black Friday, Saturday, and Sunday—all items $25 or choose 5 items for $100.

Groovy Gator (both locations): Drastic markdowns throughout both stores and children’s wear, accessories, toys and more.

Helly Hansen: Black Friday Sale, 20-40% off storewide.

Island Outfitters: Items storewide marked 20-60% off Black Friday through Sunday.

J. McLaughlin: Black Friday promotion: $25 gift cards to the first 20 people in the store! Free gift wrapping and shipping.

Karma Couture (East Greenwich): 1) Everyone who makes a purchase is entered to win a Tory Burch bag, 2) From 8 a.m.-10 a.m. they’re serving mimosas plus an additional 10% off of their normal progressive discount, 3) 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. 20% back on your purchase in a gift card. Oh, and the mimosas are already chilling.

Ki-Ra Salon: Friday and Saturday 30% off gift cards and 30% off all products $15 or more.

Lou Lou’s Decor: Enjoy 20% off EVERYTHING (in stock items only) November 26th, 27th & 28th.

Newport Shipyard Outfitters (Bannisters Wharf): 20% off storewide for Black Friday and Buy Local Saturday.

Onne Van Der Wal Gallery: 25% off in-stock items Friday through Sunday.

Pink Pineapple: 6th annual cashmere warehouse sale with  hundreds of sweaters 20-75% off. Cotton sweaters 4 for $100 and 20% off full price clothing throughout the store. MAIN warehouse sale is in Portsmouth store but Newport will have some cashmere and cotton on sale and of course the 20% off all full price clothing.

Potter & Co.: Black Friday deal-free gift card with purchase of $100 or more every (regular priced items), opens at 7 a.m.

RaNew Salon: Buy YOURSELF a gift card and SAVE 20% OFF your services until Nov 30th, plus, last weekend of saving 20% on gift cards and all retail purchases.Black Friday and Saturday only- pedicures for $25!

Stalise: Shop, Sip & Save sale for special friends–30% off all merchandise Friday only, refreshments served. Special discounts Saturday too, designer jeans and tee’s to cocktail dresses.

Team One: Black Friday to Cyber Monday specials include 25% off Atlantis and Slam as well as 15% off Henri-Lloyd and Gill. Atlantis is running a promotion where you can get a FREE Microburst Vest or jacket, and a Kaenon promotion offer a free t-shirt or hat with a purchase of Kaenon sunglasses! Free shipping to all orders over $150.

Tennis Shop at the THOF: Save 10% on tennis white both in-store and online at

Thames Glass: Annual “Seconds” Sale on all imperfect hand-blown glass items including tree ornaments, fish, snowmen, bunnies, perfume bottles, vases, bowls, fruits and vegetables andmore through Black Friday through Sunday, December 5th.

The Sail Loft: 25% off all sale merchandise.

Wish: New markdowns plus an assortment of items $20 and under, plus any consignor using their store credit this Friday, Saturday, or Sunday receive 30% off purchase.

November 24, 2010 at 2:58 pm Leave a comment

Small Business Saturday: Let’s Hear it For the Girls!

Tomorrow we’ll be unveiling our Second Annual Black Friday post featuring local Black Friday bargains, but today we’re bringing attention to Small Business Saturday, a nationwide movement aimed at driving shoppers back into their local communities following the biggest retail shopping day of the year (and the official kick-off to the Christmas shoppingpalooza). Small Business Saturday is supported by American Express (btw, I’m still waiting on my own personal black card, AmEx…), which is hoping to  brand the event like “Black Friday” and “Cyber-Monday” have done successfully. According to Texas-based research firm Civic Economics, every $100 spent at a local store translates into $68 for the surrounding community–that compares with only $43 when you shop at a chain store.

Here’s how it works: REGISTER HERE, then use your registered AmEx to shop at participating small businesses this Saturday and you’ll receive a $25 statement credit when you spend $25 or more at participating small businesses enrollment is limited). An added bonus? For every “like” Small Business Saturday gets on their Facebook page (, AmEx has pledged to donate $1 (up to $500,000) to Girls Inc. to help girls learn about entrepreneurship.

A slew of local businesses in Newport are participating and promoting the event, including Laura Jean Denim Shop, The Linen Shop, Lou Lou’s Décor in Portsmouth’s Clock Tower Square, The Nutcracker Suite Christmas Shop on Touro Street, Life Is Good on Thames Street, Infant Interiors and a ton more (we’ll be adding more to this list up through Saturday…).

November 23, 2010 at 2:43 pm 4 comments

Tease-y Does It…

I can’t vouch for the new musical Burlesque starring Cher and Christina Aguilera, set to be released this Wednesday (though I venture it must be better than the infamous Mariah Carey massacre, Glitter), but I can

Rising Star

confirm that the film hits a high note with over the top styling, including jewelry by Rhode Island’s own Cheap Wholesale Jewelry (no, seriously, that’s the company’s name … the Ocean State is the jewelry capital of the U.S., after all). Inspired by the movie, OPI nail lacquers has released a Burlesque line featuring a dozen shades of red, rust and shimmers in warm metallics, available at Ki-Ra Salon. Manicure mavens who already addicted to OPI‘s vampy varnish can vouch for the fab names of shades, and the Burlesque line doesn’t disappoint: Rising Star, Glow Up Already!, Take the Stage, The Show Must Go On, Sparkle-icious, Bring on the Bling, and my favorite, Tease-y Does It, to name a few. A selection of Burlesque OPI nail lacquers are available at Ki-Ra in Newport (and the glittery shades are perfect for holiday parties).

Ki-Ra, 6 West Marlborough Street, Newport, 847-5472,

November 22, 2010 at 9:38 am 1 comment

Deals & Steals: Pre-Thanksgiving Edition

We’ll deal with Black Friday next week, but right now, retailers are warming up with some great sales in advance of next week’s Thanksgiving.

Kristina Richards Studio’s Clearance Sale starts today and will run through Nov. 27, but I’d advise going sooner rather than later to get the biggest steals on the major markdowns. The sale, offering 75% off includes select Alice & Olivia, T-Bags, AKA New York, Seven, Free People, Milly, Shoshanna, Hudson, JBrand, Black Halo, Corey Lynn Calter, Beth Bowley and more. Newport location only. Kristina Richards Studio, 17 Touro Street, Newport, 848-5284.

My biggest problem with the sale at Jason & Co. starting tomorrow? It will be hard to keep others in mind when it’s so easy to buy buy buy for yourself!!! This Brick Market gem, pun intended, is offering 20-50% off storewide on pieces by Echo of the Dreamer, Cape Cod Jewelry, Kabana, Amy Khan Russell, Ayala Bar, Anna Beck, Tommy Bahama watches, Silver Seasons, KumKum and more (Pandora excluded). Jason & Co., 207 Goddard Row in Brick Market Place, Newport, 841-9900.

Potter & Co. wants you to warm up for winter with their Bella’s Birthday Sale, offering 20% off all gloves and mittens, honoring their four-legged furry mascot. Pop in on Saturday for “pupcakes” to toast the birthday girl. (Dog owners will get 20% off hats as well, which for anyone who knows, will come is super-handy for those early morning, eye-opening walks…) Potter & Co.,172 Thames Street, Newport, 847-0392.

Laura Jean Denim is offering a Buy 1, Get Second Pair 25% off today through Sunday with looks for men and women. Bring a friend and share the discount or stock up for yourself (or buy on for you and a holiday gift for a loved one…). Laura Jean Denim, 198 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, 849-5326.

For the musician, or budding musician, Mama’s Boy Music in Middletown is offering 25% off select guitars and amplifiers…think of all the open mic nights you can hit after a few lessons! Mama’s Boy Music, 510 E. Main Rd # 6-7, Middletown, 847-1788.

A ton of Newporters mark Anchor Bend Glassworks Holiday Sale on the calendar long before the flip the page to November because their exceptional hand-blown glass ornaments, sculpture, tableware, jewelry and more make perfect gifts for just about everyone one your list—espeically that ‘Good Lord, what the heck am I going to get ______ list?!’ Fill in boss, neighbor, random Secret Santa from work you would never even know their name if you didn’t pick it out of a manila envelope… Sale starts next Wednesday, Nov. 24 and lasts through Christmas Eve with bargains up to 75% off. Take special note of their iconic Christmas Tree and wave detailed ornaments. Anchor Bend Glassworks, 6 Franklin Street, Newport, 849-0698.

Pictured top, Milly dress; ring by Amy Khan, Anchor Bend Glassworks Christmas trees.

November 19, 2010 at 10:55 am Leave a comment

Holiday Pop-Up

Newporter Mary Haite, most recently known for her very much missed American Beauty boutique, has returned to her fashion roots representing Etcetera, a luxury clothing trunk show line for women. Haite has enjoyed a solid Etcetera customer base for five years but is widening the line’s availability by opening a pop-up shop next week at 78 Thames Street (former home to Gifted, before that, Rue de France – hey, this is how most directions are offered in Newport!). The high-end direct clothing sales approach is a nationwide trend seen with many upscale brands, and Haite said Etcetera’s appeal is in the line’s look and fit. “The are flattering pieces shaped for women—everything is seamed and darted,” she explains. “They’re the type pieces that when you wear them, women ask ‘Where did you get that?’”

Haite says the majority of her clients prefer to book an appointment so they can have a one-on-one (or small group) private shopping experience, though she plans on having the pop-up’s doors open to the public roughly 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. for the shop’s10-day run. Shoppers then order whatever they like and pieces are shipped to them directly. We’ll update readers on the exact days Etcetera will be open. (Appointments can be made via Mary at 256-2594).

Tomorrow we’ll be featuring another holiday season pop-up shop. Stay tuned…

November 18, 2010 at 2:49 pm Leave a comment

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