SO Summer: Wickford

July 2022



The heart of Wickford, centered on Main and Brown Streets, is ideal for spending an afternoon strolling, shopping, or just sitting at the marina. Find fun jewelry and handmade art at Yes! Gallery (17 Brown St.), global goods at newly renovated Midnight Sun (13 W Main St.), happy home decor at flatfish cottage (12 Main St.), artwork and apparel by Vanessa Piche (10 Main St.), and affordable fun fashion from Binnsy Boutique (7 Main St.). Green Ink (89 Brown St.), a large store in the center of the village, has been selling unique women’s clothing and accessories since 1972. Beauty and the Bath (11 W Main St.) is a whimsical bath and body boutique, The Woven Path (11 Brown St.) offers distinctive handmade gifts by local makers, Mermaid’s Purl (68 Brown St.) is a must for any knitter, and The Sew-Op (14 Phillips St.) is a one-stop shop for fabrics, patterns, and notions. Different Drummer (7 W Main St.) brims with affordable, one-of-a-kind artsy finds. Harbor View Artisans (61 Brown St.) is an artist co-op showcasing the work of painters, glass artists, woodworkers, silversmiths, and more. Therapy Boutique (5 W Main St.) is sure to cure your wardrobe blues with classic and trendy women’s fashion.

Wickford Gourmet Factory Outlet (21 W Main St.), a home entertaining mega store, offers two floors of kitchen and tabletop goods. One-of-a-kind functional tableware can be found at Spring Pottery (14 Brown St.), which also doubles as a working studio.


From a full-service tea experience at Sweet Marie’s Tea Cottage (25 W Main St.) to Mediterranean-inspired fare with patios overlooking the cove at Tavern by the Sea (16 W Main St.), Wickford has no shortage of delicious dining options. Tate’s Italian Kitchen (64 Brown St.) serves fresh Italian classics. Shayna’s Place (45 Brown St.) is a family-owned restaurant specializing in homemade breakfast and lunch favorites, and its sister cafe Alma Juice Bar + Market (2 Main St.) pours cold-pressed juices and smoothies. Of course, a trip to Wickford wouldn’t be complete without a meal at Wickford on the Water (85 Brown St.), known for both creative specials and water views. If you’d rather do the cooking at home, Gardner’s Wharf Seafood (170 Main St.) sells live lobsters and seafood locally caught that day, with a patio, Chevy’s Shack, for outdoor dining. For homemade ice cream, Inside Scoop (30 Ten Rod Rd.) impresses with over 64 flavors of soft-serve, nonfat yogurt, and even ice cream cakes.


Simply strolling the streets and taking in the charm of historic Wickford Village and its harbor is worthy of an afternoon. If you’re looking for some R&R, find your “me” time at Tranquility Day Spa (23 Brown St.) – a waterfront wellness center that offers the works – or Ocean Essence (14 Main St.) for massage therapy and skincare treatments. The Wickford Art Association (36 Beach St.) offers juried art shows like Small Works showcasing local talent and running through July, and they bring 200+ artists and crafters from across New England to the village for the Wickford Art Festival July 9-10. 


The Kayak Centre (70 Brown St.) is a huge facility that offers a boatload of educational services and adventurous gear for sale. In the summer, they offer daily rentals and instruction for kayaks and stand-up paddleboards, as well as guided sunset tours. Just outside Wickford, the Tuesday Night Concert Series runs through August 30 at North Kingstown Town Beach (10 Beach St.) featuring local sounds in all genres.


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