Wakefield Mall (160 Tower Hill Rd.) has the necessities you might have forgotten while packing for vacation, and Main Street in Wakefield has all the things you never knew you needed. The walkable area is lined with shops, restaurants, and galleries. The Purple Cow (205 Main St.) focuses on fun and funky women’s fashion and gifts, Therapy Boutique (343B Main St.) offers both classic and trendy women’s apparel, and Pink Pineapple (357 Main St.) is known for cute and colorful clothing and accessories. A nonprofit artist collective focusing on women’s art, The Hera Gallery (10 High St.) has been an institution in South County since 1974. At The Glass Station (446 Main St.), artists Eben Horton and Jennifer Nauck create beautiful objects out of glass, and even offer classes in paperweight and ornament making. Create your own masterpiece at Rebekah Cook Art (344 Main St.), a studio that offers pottery painting, art lessons, and paint parties. Nico Scout (556 Kingstown Rd.) is a whimsical gift shop that features artisan paper goods, jewelry, and accessories for the home.
The Village At South County Commons (50 South County Commons Way) is a one-stop destination for dining, shopping, and entertainment. Pasquale’s, arguably one of the best pizza restaurants in all of Rhode Island, serves authentic Neapolitan pizza from its wood-burning oven. Rachel’s Cafe, a recent Commons addition, serves up creative comfort food for breakfast and lunch. Tong-D offers Thai specialities and tropical-inspired cocktails.
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 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.), one of the newest additions to the Wakefield culinary scene, offers creative pub fare, baked pasta, and all-day weekend brunch.
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. Green Line Apothecary (203 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.
The Contemporary Theater Company (327 Main St.) stages unexpected and under-the-radar dramas and comedies. This summer is mostly dedicated to summer camps for youth, with special attention to social distancing rules. Future programming, including stage plays, improv performances, and the beloved Wakefield Idol are pending.
All That Matters (315 Main St.) is the state’s epicenter for whole living: part yoga studio, part spa, part resource library and retail shop for those looking to learn more about mindfulness, nutrition, and holistic health. Normally, drop-in classes are available for visitors – some are even on the beach.
Sons of Liberty (1425 Kingstown Rd.), South County’s only distillery, has made a big splash with their Uprising and Battle Cry American whiskies. Normally, you can visit the distillery to taste their new releases or to barrel age your own Manhattans and take them home with you.
Grab your bike and hit the South County Bike Path, a seven-mile stretch from Kingston 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.