SO Summer: South Kingstown

July 2022

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SHOP

Wakefield Mall (160 Old Tower Hill Rd.) has the necessities you might have forgotten while packing for vacation – along with specialty shops like STEM-themed toy store Pow! Science! – while the walkable Main Street in Wakefield has all the things you never knew you needed. Refresh your wardrobe with The Purple Cow’s (205 Main St.) fun and funky women’s fashion and gifts, classic and trendy women’s apparel from Therapy Boutique (343B Main St.), cute and colorful clothing from Pink Pineapple (357 Main St.), and quality consignment from One More Time (406 Main St.). For art and accessories, low tide jewelry co. (1070 Kingstown Rd., Building 9) features beachy pieces, Kosmic Kitty (329 Main St.) stocks eclectic finds and self care, Picture This Framing Center & Gallery (552 Kingstown Rd.) offers framing services and gifts, and the kind shop (213 Robinson St.) is all about sustainable goods. Create your own masterpiece at Rebekah Cook Art (344 Main St. Unit 103), a studio that offers pottery painting, art lessons, and paint parties. The Glass Station Studio (446 Main St.) – home of the beloved Block Island Glass Float Project – displays hand-blown decor and jewelry. Don’t forget to grab a sweet treat or two at Main Street Candy (324 Main St.), and a nice bottle of bubbly for later from Wakefield Liquors (667 Kingstown Rd.).

If you’re looking to jazz up your living space, start at Store Four (673 Kingstown Rd.), a premier destination for home accessories and luxury gifts with expert staff ready to offer design and style tips, along with Accessories by Charlotte inside. Browse the rug gallery at Dove & Distaff (365 Main St.), for the perfect area rug, new bedding, or even cozy pajamas. 

DINE

A newcomer to Main Street’s lively dining scene, Duck Press (333 Main St.) is a modern bistro with old world elegance. The Mews Tavern (456 Main St.) is a Rhode Island dining icon, offering creative comfort food and 69 beers on tap at any given time. Their refurbished upstairs Celtic Pub has 200 Scotches and 40 whiskies and bourbons to sample… just not all at the same time. The rooftop bar at Phil’s Main Street Grille (323 Main St.) is a rare find in South County, offering up scenic views and delicious cocktails. Downstairs, there are two restaurants – a casual diner and a more upscale dining room – to whet your appetite. Tavern on Main (195 Main St.) offers creative pub fare, baked pasta, and all-day weekend brunch. Dragon Palace (733 Kingstown Rd.) is your go-to for classic Chinese cuisine. Recharge with avocado toast and a cuppa from Caf Bar (396 Main St.), or there’s BOL (318 Main St.), a plant-powered, health-conscious cafe focused on smoothie bowls, shakes, juices, superfood waffles, and lattes free of dairy and gluten. Of course, if you have a craving for carbs, South County Bread Company (333 Main St.) has you covered with homemade breads, doughs,

and even quiches. 

https://www.pasqualespizzeriari.com/Waiting out the door and in line at Brickley’s Ice Cream (322 Main St. with a second location in Narragansett) is part of the experience. With over 45 homemade flavors to choose from, you’ll spend more time deciding on which to indulge in than in line. Settling nicely into bigger and better digs, Green Line Apothecary (245 Main St.) offers visitors a real treat – an old-fashioned soda fountain and ice cream bar, along with an exceptional pharmacy. Sweenor’s Chocolates (21 Charles St.), a fourth-generation family business, makes smooth and delicious chocolate novelties, truffles, fudge, and more. 

Explore

The Village At South County Commons (50 South County Commons Way) is a one-stop destination for dining, shopping, entertainment, and more, including salon Hair Crew International and Luxe Fitness. Pasquale’s, arguably one of the best pizza places in all of Rhode Island, serves authentic Neapolitan pizza from its wood-burning oven, and prepared Italian food, gelato, and more from its sister restaurant Neapolis Food Emporium. Enjoy a hearty scratch-made breakfast at Rachel’s Cafe, Thai food from Tong-D, or sip a coffee-infused cocktail served up by Bachelor In Paradise fan favorite couple Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon at Audrey’s Coffee House and Lounge.

The Contemporary Theater Company (327 Main St.) stages unexpected and under-the-radar dramas and comedies. Catch performances of Patio Musical: An Improvised Musical on the Patio,
Afterglow Summer Concerts by local bands, and Shakespeare on the Saugatucket, plus their summer season of shows. A nonprofit artist collective focusing on women’s art, The Hera Gallery (10 High St.) has been an institution in South County since 1974. History buffs won’t want to miss the World War II Museum (344 Main St.), open Wednesdays through Saturdays or by appointment.

The Farmer’s Daughter (716 Mooresfield Rd.) is a must-see garden destination, known for elaborate greenhouse floral displays, gift shop, and special events and workshops. Lavender Waves (3814 Commodore Perry Hwy.) is a gorgeous flower farm where you can purchase cuttings and products made from lavender harvested on site. 

Play

Grab your bike and hit the South County Bike Path, a seven-mile stretch from Peace Dale to Narragansett that runs throughout Wakefield. Stedman’s Bike Shop (196 Main St.), a full-service shop near the path, offers a variety of bike rentals as well as sales. Try beach yoga led by All That Matters (315 Main St.) or a hot vinyasa flow at Bottega Yoga (730 Kingstown Rd.), and pick up a racket for a lively game with Ocean State Pickleball (3840 Kingstown Rd.). Wind down with a relaxing massage from Jeka Wellness Center (512 Main St.).

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