Shopping at Chris Woodbine’s boutique Crosswynds Traders is like finding a hidden gem. Lovingly referred to by loyalists as “the Secret Store,” the shop is known for an ever-changing inventory of designer women’s and men’s clothing and accessories at discounted prices.
It all started in 1991, when she took a lot of past season Gap t-shirts and set up shop at her alma mater, URI. Selling out by the end of the day, she knew she was on to something. “So I started a travelling boutique and went to colleges throughout the state,” she says. Two years later, she took a leap and opened the storefront. Over the years, she’s built an incredible reputation with savvy students, locals and faithful tourists who visit year after year. “I’m so honored to be a part of our wonderful South County community,” Chris says. This month marks another milestone for the store, as it launches a new website. “My customers can now get the same bargain prices online.”
Chris lives with her husband and two Golden Retrievers in Saunderstown. Three of her five adult children have even worked alongside her at the shop. “My children are my biggest blessing,” she says. “I’m so proud that this career has allowed me to be an involved mom and a community member while providing for my family.”
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