What would a vacation destination be without great shopping? There are over 50 shops on Block Island, most of which are small and independently owned. Despite the size of the island there is a wide a variety of stores, including jewelry, clothing, gift and souvenir shops.
Block Island has bling, with several jewelry shores that can provide a sparkling reminder of your trip. Visit one of Jennifer’s Jewelry’s (Dodge Street and Water Street, 401-466-7944) two locations for the full collection of Pandora beads, as well as fine silver, gold and estate pieces. A portion of the sales from the Block Island bead, a piece in Jennifer’s own Block Island Collection, will be donated to the Block Island Medical Center. Martin David Jewelers (207 High Street, 401-466-2744) is a fine jewelry store specializing in a collection of sea glass jewelry and Chamilia beads. Golddiggers (90 Chapel Street, 401-466-2611) offers an array of locally inspired jewelry designed by owner Ila Manner-Schulman. Watercolors (60 Dodge Street, 401-466-2538) specializes in gifts and unique jewelry featuring everything from sea glass to sterling silver designs.
Forgot your flip-flops at home or simply want a new dress to wear to dinner? Check out some of the island’s boutiques for all of your vacation-wear needs. Ink It (212 Water Street, 401-466-5800) is a unique store that offers custom printed t-shirts, towels and bags, as well as affordable jewelry and, of course, flip-flops. For resort clothing at mainland prices, check out Wave (53 Water Street, 401-466-8822), an exclusive carrier of Roxy, Quicksilver, Tommy Bahama and much more. A fun summer-wear boutique, Bonnie and Clyde’s (53 Water Street, 401-466-8895), brings some of the best designers to the island. Get a pair of the popular Seven Jeans or a new Vix bathing suit to show off at the beach. For even more must-have sand and surf wear, stop by Island Outfitters (227 Weldon Way, 401-466-5502), Block Island’s watersports retailer since 1994. Adorable boutique Wags and Giggles (90 Chapel Street, 401-466-8555) caters to both dogs and babies. With top baby brand names and a variety of dog collars and treats, there’s something great for your little girl or boy (canine or toddler). Don’t let the names confuse you: though they’re both on Dodge Street, The Beachcomber (64 Dodge Street, 401-466-2777) sells clothing, jewelry and gifts while Mark’s Beachcomber Hair Salon (442 Dodge Street, 401-466-5100) offers hair and nail services, and sells Bare Minerals Cosmetics, Paul Mitchell products and OPI nail polishes.
For a more natural beauty regimen, check out Koru Eco Spa’s (232 Water Street, 401-466-2308) organic and eco-friendly products. The hair, body, skin and makeup lines available at the store are 100% organic and non-toxic, and were designed with the best ingredients found in nature.
For a wide selection of gifts, including pottery, the Vera Bradley collection and Maye Kelley’s decoupage collection stop into The Scarlet Begonia (233 Dodge Street, 401-466-5024). The Bird’s Nest (233 Dodge Street, 401-466-5080) is a funky boutique that sells home goods like Swedish linens and furniture, along with jewelry and Thymes body products. For your second favorite child – the dog – check out Islandog (104 Water Street, 401-466-5666) for a large selection of gift items for your dog and dog-themed gifts for humans. Right next to Islandog (in the same building) is Full Moon Tide, a funky gift shop offering clay-dyed hemp, unique jewelry, beanpod soy candles, hand-made soap and much more. The Glass Onion (241 Water Street, 401-466-5161) offers apparel, bath and body, books, home and garden, kids, footwear and jewelry, in a cozy cottage atmosphere.
For a tried and true selection of pre-loved treasures, stop into Eylandt Antiques (Beach Avenue, 401-466-9888), inside Payne’s Inn. It’s tiny but filled with unique finds. You’ll find an eclectic mix of antiques from Block Island at Blockshop Antiques and Cafe (Ocean Avenue, 477-4743). Browse antique prints, original art and vintage jewelry.
For the Epicurean
If you need liquor, you need to go to Red Bird Liquor Store (233 Dodge Street, 401-466-2441). Established at the end of the Prohibition Era, this island fixture offers beer, wine, spirits, snacks, soda, ice and tobacco products. Block Island Cigar (90 Chapel Street, 401-466-5330) is the island’s best kept secret. Block Island Cigar provides a sophisticated atmosphere in which to enjoy premium cigars, tobacco and tobacco accessories. Indulge in a wide selection of Dominican and Nicaraguan cigars and try their exclusive hand-rolled Block Island Blend.
BIT’s, (26 Water Street, 401-466-5977) conveniently located under the National Hotel, has everything from stickers, mugs and magnets to t-shirts, hats and sweatshirts.