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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
187 Wayland Ave., Providence, 273-3331, butterfieldprovidence.com
Owner Mindy Matouk keeps the focus on clean, contemporary furniture, along with sophisticated accessories, from pillows
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.