Stopping and shopping in Newport, RI
Newport is the great mix of tourists and locals; everyone from sailors to heiresses to hairdressers; all intending to have a good time, with lots of beautiful service personnel and retail staff ready to help them do just that. To say that there's a lot of stores is an understatement. I took it as my personal mission to walk all of Thames, the main shopping street, and even I had to turn around after steeling myself with an iced latte to help me on the way back.
So much to choose from, and to be honest, lots of tchotchkes and t-shirts. But never fear, I am here to help with my minimalist list of fun places to hit up for interesting Newport items!
1. Scrimshanders: 14 Bowen's Wharf, 401-849-5680, scrimshanders
Just like you wouldn't leave Venice without looking at the Venetian glass nor should you leave the Newport without seeing its scrimshaw. A sketching on whalebone scrimshaw is a past art that is part of the New England heritage. I thought that this store was interesting and stuffed to the gills!
2. Shore Soap - 302 Thames Street, 401-846-0305, http://shoresoapco.com/
This is a handcrafted soap store with yummy smelling scents and great, affordable gifts for everyone on your list. I especially liked Sea Goddess hard perfume and at only $10 for a little tub it would make a great stocking stuffer.
3. Style Newport, 305 Thames Street, 401.847.1470, http://www.stylenewport.com/
Jewelry with a distinctive nautical twist, here they use the nautical flags as an ingenious way to custom make your cuff links, rings, bracelets and more. I thought it was unique, and as much as I like rope bracelets it was fun to see something new.
4. Lemon & Line, 421 Thames St, see website for more http://www.lemonandline.com/
The best of the rope bracelet stores with different styles of line, bracelet clasps and themes. The service was gorgeous but nonchalant so I ended up not getting a rope belt that I had my eye on. A mirror would be a definite improvement but otherwise the store was gorgeous and low key.
Time to eat!
|Fluke Wine Bar & Kitchen - 41 Bowen's Wharf, Newport RI|