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The Best Places to Shop in Providence

Providence is a perfect playground for the creative giver. Here are the best place to shop in Providence...

WICKENDEN/MAIN

B.A.D. Custom Clothiers

188 Benefit St., Providence, 663-6544

Briggs Doherty’s eponymous custom shop (formerly Studio 188) outfits Providence’s most dapper men in American khakis, Italian silks and custom-made shirts and suits guaranteed to make any mega-mogul swoon. Open by appointment only, Doherty has been awarding his clients — men who have everything and want more — his undivided attention for several fashionable decades.

Benefit Street Antiques

243 Wickenden St., Providence, 751-9109, benefitstreetantiques.com

Owner Marian Clark imbues her antiques store with equal parts pragmatism and charm. Dedicated to selling wares from historic New England, Benefit Street Antiques carries hand-woven linens, century-old silver and delicate china. For those looking to recreate an atmosphere that befits these small treasures, Clark offers furniture and lighting to transform any room from ho-hum to noteworthy with just one piece.

Capucine

359 South Main St., Providence, 273-6622

For the fashion slave on your list, Capucine offers coveted designer Ts, tunics and blouses that take any wardrobe from business casual to weekend and beyond. What’s even more alluring? Capucine is waist-high in jeans that can go from play to date night with two additional inches of heel.

Marc Allen

200 South Main St., Providence, 453-0025, marcalleninc.com

Marc Allen is devoted to the notion of a perpetually well-dressed man. Made-to-order clothing in wool, cotton and silks or ready-to-wear, there’s nothing like a pop of color or handcrafted loafers to make an old wardrobe new.

Picture This

158 Wickenden St., Providence, 273-7263; 552 Kingstown Rd., Wakefield, 789-6200, picturethisgalleries.com

This modest framing store carries an astonishing inventory of nineteenth- and twentieth-century maps from all over the state. Rich wooden frames highlight these 100-year-old gems while museum-quality glass keeps the glare off, even under fluorescents.

Rhode Runner

657 North Main St., Providence, 831-6346, rhoderunner.com

Serious runners and walkers require serious shoes with a perfect, no-blister fit. Luckily, the Rhode Runner staff will make sure that’s exactly what you’ll get. Add to that a well-chosen supply of running attire, sunglasses, watches and accessories, and you’re guaranteed to keep your jogging routine comfortable, safe and fun.

risd | works

20 North Main St., Providence, 277-4949, risdworks.com

A new wave of offerings inspired by the museum’s collections and current exhibitions sits alongside a better-than-ever selection of alumni goods. Check out the cool household items, as well as their artists’ different takes on jewelry and kids’ gear.

Shoppe Pioneer

253 South Main St., Providence, 274-7467, shoppepioneer.com

Need a new outfit fast? Pioneer is the place for a presto change-o. Go in wearing business attire, come out wearing a flirty skirt, silk top or vintage-inspired frock — perfect for going from your desk to drinks in the city or by the sea. Owner Natalie Morello has a background in fashion, and she makes regular trips to New York City to procure looks from up-and-coming designers so you don’t have to.

DOWNCITY

Clover

233 Westminster St., Providence, 490-4626, cloverprovidence.com

Clover keeps fashion-forward closets stocked with business casual clothing and contemporary designer separates for work and play. The laidback and luxurious inventory for men and women is put together with your shopping list in mind.

Craftland

212 Westminster St., Providence, 272-4285, craftlandshop.com

A mecca of all things handmade, Craftland takes full advantage of local artistic — including some RISD — talent. Frame-worthy city prints, beautifully industrial letterpress earrings and reusable snack bags are just a handful of the fun, inspired finds at this Westminster gem.

Eno Fine Wines and Spirits

225 Westminster St., Providence, 521-2000, enofinewines.com

Wine is the no-fail holiday gift, sure to please just about any recipient and almost always event-appropriate. The knowledgeable, friendly staff can guide you by region, varietal or price tag to make sure the holiday meal — beef, pork, poultry or vegetarian — is perfectly paired and merry.

Homestyle

229 Westminster St., Providence, 277-1159, homestyleri.com

Personalized story kits, sweet Lucky Feather charm necklaces and every wine accessory imaginable are just some of the pick-me-ups we’ve discovered here in the past, while Fraser fir candles, with a freshly felled, straight-from-the-woods tree scent, keep your holiday home smelling authentic.

Noon Design Shop

75 Weybosset St., Providence,  455-1222, noondesignshop.com

A combination storefront and working studio next to the Arcade, Noon features a carefully curated selection of jewelry, candles and vintage accessories for your nest.

nude

The Arcade, 65 Weybosset St., Providence, 521-6833, facebook.com/nude

You could be that girl sporting the same dress or bag as another lady across the way. Or you could amp up your personal style with a one-of-a-kind handmade creation by a local designer, straight from the StyleWeek runway. Need something in a flash? Score ready-to-wear looks right off the rack, too.

Symposium Books

240 Westminster St., Providence; 1000 Division St., East Greenwich, symposiumbooks.com

Here ye, book nerds: Browse fiction, art books, philosophy and poetry for yourself, then pick up a special first or signed edition for a loved one. The children's books section bursts with fun finds for the little ones, too.

WAYLAND SQUARE/EAST SIDE

Butterfield

187 Wayland Ave., Providence, 273-3331, butterfieldprovidence.com

Owner Mindy Matouk keeps the focus on clean, contemporary furniture, along with sophisticated accessories, from pillows
to candles.

Clad In

497 Angell St., Providence, 454-8442; 32 Friendship St., Westerly, 596-1958, cladin.com

There are plenty of reasons to gift the textured, sophisticated designs at Clad In, but the best may be iron-free mornings for the recipient. With an emphasis on fabrics that pucker and pleat, these clothes, from lines such as Babette, Lilith and Crea Concept, say the wearer is not just stylish, but ready to pack up for any global adventure.

Comina

197 Wayland Ave., Providence, 273-4522, comina.com

Comina’s rustic, worldly furniture and accessories are a coup at any time of year. Think handsome rosewood tables and rich leather sofas offset by bright ceramic lamps, colorful throw rugs, Italian glassware and whimsical accents from around the globe.

Dorothy Williams

200 Wayland Ave., Providence, 331-8811, dorothy-williams.com

Dorothy Williams covers all the basics: Theory trousers, cashmere sweaters, luxe Vince tops, Eileen Fisher Outerwear, Nicole Miller dresses. Whether you’ve got plans for a holiday dinner or a gala, the shop’s sure to have a beaded, buttoned or just plain simple dress to fit the occasion.

Pleasant Surprise

297 Thayer St., Providence, 273-1202, pleasant-surprise.com

You can’t help but get a lift from browsing popular Pleasant Surprise, featuring contemporary and fun home accessories, including Lolita drinkware, quirky gifts and cards and toys for all the young-at-heart souls on your list.

Simple Pleasures

6 Richmond Sq., Providence, 331-4120, simplepleasuresprovidence.com

Simple Pleasures charms throughout the year, but pulls out every sparkling stop during the holiday season. In addition to the handmade jewelry and lush leather bags, the fresh custom wreaths and an array of gorgeous scarves, mittens, gloves and socks (almost) make you wish for colder weather.

Sneaker Junkies

290 Thayer St., Providence, 437-6997, sneakerjunkiesusa.com

Inside this friendly and laidback shop you’ll find collectible brands, including Alife and Clae, plus flashy styles from the likes of Reebok, Adidas and Puma. The selection rotates and limited-edition kicks sell out quickly, so sneakerheads: keep close tabs on the new arrivals, for good reason.

HOPE STREET

Creatoyvity

736 Hope St., Providence, 351-5718, creatoyvity.com

A treasure trove for kids twelve and younger, Creatoyvity inspires imaginations to run wild, with toys from the classics — wooden puzzles and LEGO — to the inventive. A large selection of accessories, clothing and organic toys makes shopping for new parents a breeze.

Frog and Toad

795 Hope St., Providence, 831-3434, frogandtoadstore.com

Colorful journals, silk-screened Ts with a local edge (who else would understand the raised Red Bridge?), melt-your-heart toddler clothing, plus hip jewelry and watches and quirky home accessories will please the most discriminating eye.

J. Marcel

808 Hope St., Providence, 383-9777, hopestreetprov.com/j-marcel-shoes

Even the harshest winter weather seems a little less oppressive with a sleek new pair of boots (or flats or heels or wedges) from J. Marcel. The well-stocked boutique features discounted designer and brand-name styles and cool accessories to make feet very merry.

Kreatelier

804 Hope St., Providence, 432-7995, kreatelier.com

Those with a keen eye for design will find their heart’s desire at Kreatelier. This eye-catching shop bursts with home goods, from reusable lunch bags and throw pillows to totes, curtains and handy organizers, all in punchy prints that wow.

Studio Hop

810 Hope St., Providence, 621-2262, hopestreetprov.com/studio-hop

Nina and Peter Tegu bring their love of art to the neighborhood in myriad media: painting, sculpture, carved wood, ceramics and handmade jewelry. They also carry leather journals and albums, as well as handbags.

WEST SIDE/OUTLYING AREAS

Babs Fine Handmade Bags

Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St. Unit 8235, Pawtucket (by appointment), 331-2301, facebook.com/babsetc

Sweet, moderately priced handmade bags in whimsical designs and colors, fashioned in boiled wool, as well as silk and alpaca. One of Barbara Materna’s first — shaped like a hot dog — is still our personal favorite.

Bananas

381 Broadway, Providence, 272-6800, shop-bananas.com

If bright and kitschy prints are your jam, then Bananas is like Skittles for your wardrobe. Owner Lizzy Colley, the Connoisseur of Cute, procures clothing, purses and playthings with a vintage vibe as well as statement necklaces and whimsical charms such as ice cream cones, which can all be yours for reasonable prices.

Blackstone Valley Brewing Supplies

403 Park Ave., Woonsocket, 765-3830, blackstonevalleybrewing.com

Owner Steven DuHamel guides you from malt, yeast and hops to producing pale ales and porters. You’ll meet other enthusiasts at the shop, and even taste their recipes.

Briggs Nursery

295 Kelley Blvd., North Attleboro, Mass., 508-699-7421, briggsgarden.com

This is no ordinary nursery. Decide on a theme and you can whiz along fast — perhaps colorful containers, each filled with a pair of gardening gloves and a trowel? Or just wing it once you’ve seen the possibilities, from plants to wreaths.

Mel and Me

74 Hillside Rd., Cranston, 943-4646, melandme.com

A carefully curated collection includes well-known European labels and up-and-coming designers, along with stylish accessories. From handbags by fine Italian labels in super luxe snakeskin to shoes by the likes of Jimmy Choo, Stuart Weitzman and Moschino Cheap and Chic, this shop offers wearable, and fashionable, works of art.

Mod Mama

6 Midway Rd., Garden City Center, Cranston, 273-7800, modmama.com

In addition to organic baby gear and hip styles for the modern kid, Mod Mama also offers toys even a parent would love. Sweet cord animals, eco-friendly racers and stackers galore keep kids transfixed while you shop.

New Moon Studio

Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St. Unit 2204, Pawtucket, etsy.com/shop/newmoonstudio

Many of HilalMinda’s gorgeous wheel-thrown ceramics — dinnerware to ingenious yarn bowls (holes along the side free the knitter from tangled wool) — are also utilitarian, but not all. Her decorative and perfect white pears don’t have to perform. We’re happy just looking at them.

Providence Bicycle

725 Branch Ave., Providence, 331-6610; 150 Lambert Lind Hwy., Warwick, 773-7733, providencebicycle.com

An impressive array of bikes by Felt, Bianchi, Cannondale and Raleigh, as well as gear tailored to female enthusiasts.

Providence Picture Frame

27 Dryden Ln., Providence, 421-6196, providencepictureframe.com

An entire acre of gallery and workshop space equals one of the biggest art and framing stores in the region. Fun posters, mirrors, framed reproductions and other stylish wall items dress up anyone’s nest.

Venda Ravioli

265 Atwells Ave., Providence, 421-9105, vendaravioli.com

In addition to the cheese, cold meats and scrumptious prepared foods, the authentic market features imported groceries, cookware and gift items, from slick German cutlery to cookbooks.

With Heart and Soul

3751 Mendon Rd., Cumberland, 658-3470, withheartandsoul.net

Finding a thoughtful gift at With Heart and Soul will be no trouble. The boutique carries a selection of gifts from well-known brands such as Alex and Ani and John Medeiros.

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