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→ WPRO: Former Rhode Island Mall to become factory outlets

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Interior concept rendering from Winstanley Enterprises

The developers of the former Rhode Island Mall are hoping to open “The Outlets at Rhode Island Mall” late next year.

Winstanley Enterprises of Mass. and Surrey Equities of New York bought the mall back in 2012 and had previously planned to turn the vacant shopping center into several big-box stores.

I hate to say I told you so* about the big box concept but… I told you so.

The completed outlet mall would house between 40 and 60 outlet stores according to Silvera. He says it will have similar tenants to the Wrentham Outlets, but unlike Wrentham, it will not be an outdoor mall – they plan to keep the existing exterior of the Rhode Island Mall, but will completely renovate the inside.


The developer has a marketing brochure online pdf

*Who am I kidding, I love to say I told you so.

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City launches storefront improvement grant program

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From the City:


Mayor Taveras Launches Storefront Improvement Program to Revitalize Building Facades, Support Small Businesses

Program is a priority in Mayor’s economic development action plan, Putting Providence Back to Work

PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Angel Taveras, joined by local business owners and business leaders, announced the launch of a new storefront improvement program this morning. The program will support the revitalization of building facades and small businesses across Providence. The initiative is one of the steps identified in Mayor Taveras’ 20-point economic development plan, Putting Providence Back to Work.

“Providence is known for its diverse, historic neighborhoods, which are anchored by small businesses,” said Mayor Taveras. “The storefront improvement program is designed to attract customers to existing businesses, revitalize local business districts, and enhance the beauty and safety of Providence’s neighborhoods.”

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City kicks off 2013 Buy Providence/Buy Art shopping campaign

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Photo from Mayor Taveras’ Facebook page

Mayor Taveras Kicks Off Buy Providence-Buy Art Holiday Shopping Campaign

Mayor Angel Taveras joined Greater Chamber of Commerce President Laurie White, U.S. Small Business Administration Rhode Island District Director Mark Hayward, business owners, artists and community members in Wayland Square this morning to kick off the 2013 Buy Providence-Buy Art holiday shopping campaign.

Mayor Taveras urged Providence residents and visitors to support the city’s local economy during the upcoming holiday season and declared November 27, 2013 “Buy Providence-Buy Art Day” in the City of Providence. He also announced the rollout of a holiday parking program that offers shoppers two hours of free parking in the city’s commercial and retail districts.

“Providence is an artistic and creative city that is the perfect place to do all of your holiday shopping,” said Mayor Taveras. “The entire community benefits when we buy locally and support our local economy during the holiday season and throughout the year.”

The Wayland Square Merchants Association (WSMA) hosted the kickoff event this morning at The Olive Tap, a small business on Angell Street. Local merchants from across the Capital City attended the event.

“It is important to support small businesses in Providence,” said Wayland Square Merchants Association President and CLAD In Manager Asa Orsino. “Any time we get support from our city and our neighbors, it has a positive impact on our business and in our community.”

Representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration Rhode Island District Office, the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and Brown University also participated in the kickoff.

“Small business is the engine that drives our economy. They are also the job creators,” said Mark S. Hayward, director of the SBA Rhode Island District Office. “We must do all that we can to support the city’s small business community and provide them with the tools they need to grow and succeed.”

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Holiday events tonight

Craftland BUY ART Nite!

Buy Art235 Westminster Street
5pm-8pm • December 6, 2012

Every night at Craftland we are here for your art buying needs, but tonight is extra special. Join us to celebrate this year’s 5 Providence artists who have their images on the Buy Art Providence buttons. This year’s artists are Heather Annis, Maria DiFranco, Alison Paul, Quintin Rivera Toro, and Matthew Underwood. Come meet them, see their original artwork on exhibit, raise a glass, and of course shop for one-of-a-kind gifts at Craftland.

Are you ready to have fun? RSVP on Facebook here and bring your friends!


Hope Street Holiday Stroll

Hope Street Holiday StrollHope Street between Rochambeau Avenue and Sixth Street
4pm-8pm • December 6, 2012

Come feel the cheer on Hope Street for the Holidays! This year’s stroll will be HUGE! Musical trolley rides, hay ride, petting zoo, food trucks, fire jugglers, The Extraordinary Rendition Marching Band, tree and wreath sales, Children’s Film Festival Outdoor, blacksmithing, glassblowing, carolling, pictures with SANTA, local celebrities, Human Dreidel, Holiday Parade, Bar Crawl and MORE!

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If you plan to take RIPTA to Hope Street, be aware Route 42 will be detoured due to the road closure.

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→ Warwick Beacon: RI Mall to have new life as home to big box retailers

…Winstanley sees the potential to attract larger retailers that are not yet present in the area, though he said it was premature to name any specifically.

Depending on retailer demands, Winstanley said the building could house either two or four large stores.

The preliminary phases of the project will continue over the next six to nine months, but Winstanley said people shouldn’t expect to see the mall re-open for at least two years. He said it will take at least a year to design and plan out the project and at least another year for construction.

Hasn’t the recession taught us that the age of the Big Box is coming to a close? Are there any retailers left to attract that aren’t already on Route 2?

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PBN: Boutique shops build momentum

The downtown boutique retail scene has been growing for many years and appears to be picking up momentum again after weathering the recession and end of the historic-tax-credit program that helped fuel it in the previous decade.

With major residential-commercial redevelopment projects soon to be completed at the Arcade and former National Grid buildings, downtown boosters are preparing for more growth on the horizon.

A good read for people who only come Downcity once every 10 years and think it is still 1982 down here.

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Nikki’s Liquors seeks to move to Broadway

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Many beer afficianados across southern New England are familiar with Nikki’s Liquors on the North Providence / Providence line. Nikki’s is famous for originating the Mix-a-six whereby one can make their own six pack by mixing together any six bottles of the craft beer varieties available.

Owned for the last 12 years by David and Michael Iannazzi, Nikki’s is now fixing to move to the old DePasquale Pharmacy Building on Broadway where they hope to expand their reputation for beer into the fine wine and spirits markets.

On their website about the new location, the owners explain:

  • An area where Nikki’s can become a neighborhood partner and an active part of the community; an area with complementary businesses that attract customers with similar tastes and interests; ease of access to downtown and the highways to further develop our status as a destination specialty shop for craft beer enthusiasts; and more physical space to handle our increasing selection.
  • The facilities provided by 319 Broadway meet all of our criteria. The larger physical size of this location will also provide space to hold craft beer educational classes and seminars. This location will allow us to continue our quest to expand on our vision of creating the most unique specialty craft beer/liquor boutique in the city.
  • We need your support. We believe that the proposed project will be a “win-win” situation for Nikki’s, local area businesses and the Broadway neighborhood community.

As a Federal Hill resident, all I can say is, I can’t wait!

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Historic Poirier’s Diner moving to Westminster Street

Poirier's Diner

Poirier’s Diner

The National Register of Historic Places listed Poirier’s Diner will be restored and re-opened at a new location at 1380 Westminster Street on the West Side.

The Poirier’s Diner is probably better known as El Faro to those who last patronized it when it was situated at Fort Thunder. It was removed from its Atwells Avenue location when Eagle Square was redeveloped and has been looking for a permanent home ever since.

Stack Design Build reports on their blog about restranteur Jon Özbek’s plans for the diner:

Developer Jon Özbek has begun a full scale renovation of the diner with the help of General Contractor Stack Design Build of Providence, the RI Historic Preservation & Heritage Commission, the Providence Revolving Fund, and MODA, LLC. This project represents a significant investment in the City, while it will also create new jobs. The Diner will be a welcome addition to the burgeoning West Side business community.

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Free parking for holiday shopping

Holiday Parking Program

Starting Friday, November 25th through January 1st, the City of Providence will allow two-hours of free parking (Monday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm) at meters Downcity and in several other retail districts throughout the city. Vehicles must be parked at a legal space, and can only park for free for two hours to avoid being ticketed or towed.

The free parking is to encourage shoppers to come to Providence during the holiday shopping season.

Free parking will be available in the following locations:

  • Downtown Providence (bounded by Steeple Street, west to Route 95; 95 south to 195; 195 east to Point Street; Point Street to Wickenden Street; north on South Main to North Main Street at Steeple Street.)
  • Broad Street: Public to Montgomery Street
  • Atwells Avenue: Bradford Street to Knight Street
  • North Main Street: Thomas Street to Park Row
  • Olneyville Square: Route 10 to Sydney Street and Delaine to Atwood to Magnolia Streets
  • South Main Street: Wickenden Street to Packet Street
  • Wayland Square: East Angel/Angel to Gano Street. Wayland from Angel to Pitman Streets
  • Hope Street: Rochambeau to Blackstone Boulevard
  • Wickenden/Ives: Wickenden at Benefit to Ives at Preston Street
  • Thayer Street: Meeting Street to Bowen Streets
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10th Annual Craftland Show starts November 25th

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Celebrate the Holidays With Handmade Gifts From the 10th Annual Craftland Show

Craftland on Westminster Street Offers Stylish and Functional Handmade Items from Artists and Crafters Nationwide

Providence, RI – Craftland kicks off its 10th annual Holiday Show on Friday, November 25, 2011 with thousands of gifts for everyone on your list. Craftland Show features products from 160 artists from around New England and the entire country. Craftland, located at 235 Westminster Street, is the city’s premiere destination for handmade goods by independent artists—from one-of-a-kind craft items to fine art pieces.

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