Jake’s 2.0?

In Retail Updates by Jef Nickerson4 Comments

I used to love Jake’s in the Jewelry District and was so sad when it closed. So I was very happy today to see lots of work taking place in at the building today, inside and out. Anyone know the scoop? Is Jake’s coming back? Will there be cheesy fries and Prince on the jukebox?

Retail Update: Pop Up

In Retail Updates by Greater City Providence6 Comments

Photo from Calico Blog A retail trend that has been around for a while in bigger cities has been making its way to Providence recently, the Pop Up shop. Waste Not Want Not popped up for a while over the summer on Westminster, and from what I understand they are continuing with some other non-traditional retailing. And coming soon to …

Hail Seitan at AS220, Friday the 13th

In Events, Retail Updates by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

Photo by Jef Nickerson Remember all that hoo ha about eating at AS220? Neither do I. This Friday, AS220 unveils their new Empire Street dining experience on Empire Street with a $6.66 buffet. From AS220: We are pleased to announce the official return of food to AS220 beginning Friday, November 6th and our grand opening celebration, featuring a $6.66 buffet, …

Retail Update: Bowl & Board closing

In Retail Updates by Jef Nickerson13 Comments

In an email today, Bowl & Board announced that they are closing their last two mainland locations, including the store at 217 Westminster Street. All mainland Bowl & Board stores are out of business after a 43 year run. Lots of stories, lots of hard work, many good times and laughs. We’ve done business with well over 500 vendors and …

Retail Update: Hudson Street Deli grand opening (10/03)

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View Larger Map There was much sadness on the West Side when Hudson Street Market closed shop and moved to new digs in the Nightclub District*. But then the sadness abated when Hudson Street Deli was announced. The Deli has been open since mid-September, but they are having their grand opening celebration this Saturday (10/03). The grand opening will also …

Gourmet Heaven Opens!

In Downcity, Retail Updates by Jef Nickerson8 Comments

Proprietor, Mr. Cho, welcomes us to his new store Gourmet Heaven opened today on Weybosset Street Downcity with many dignitaries, Downcity residents, press, and passersby in attendance. After Buff Chase said a few words and thanked everyone who made it possible, the ribbon was cut and we headed inside. Inside the store is very nice with wooden cabinets, glass coolers, …

Retail Update: Mall CVS Open

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As I’m sure many walking or driving by have noticed, the sidewalk fronting mall CVS has opened at the Francis St/Memorial Blvd intersection. All of the J&W students who will be living at Capitol Cove will now have all of their pharmaceutical needs met. Also, while not directly Providence related, I thought I’d mention that we’re far from the only …

Retail Update: Plus one, minus one

In Retail Updates by Jef Nickerson4 Comments

Due to open Saturday is an ice cream store on Atwells Avenue, in the location in the photo above at Dean and Atwells. The last tenant in here was Al & Betty’s which was a pretty good greasy spoon (good enough to get me out of bed on the weekends for french toast). After a death in the family, Al …

Retail Update: Snookers & More…

In Retail Updates by Bret Ancowitz14 Comments

Snookers: I’m not sure how “old news” this is, but Snookers sports bar is listed to be “coming soon” at about 44 Ashburton Street on the other side of the 95 overpass from Kelly’s Car Wash. It’ll be right next to the, um, antique store and near the, um, Subway, and the, um, Marriott hotel and the, um, Mathematics Society, …

Retail Update: Asian Palace Opens on North Main

In Retail Updates by Bret Ancowitz11 Comments

View Larger Map Speaking of the “Retail to Restaurant” trend we were all debating, the newest example is located nearby on North Main Street (1184, across from East Side Urgent Care). This is where the long closed (and cutely named) Off Track Bedding outlet (whose empty storefront was captured by Google Streetview above) has been replaced by Asian Palace, which …

Thayer Transformed?

In Retail, Retail Updates by Bret Ancowitz26 Comments

Photo by Bret Ancowitz, garrisphoto.com The Brown Daily Herald has a great article charting the recent and upcoming changes to Thayer Street. The take home message is that it’s not hard to imagine a time when almost the entire street may be home to dining establishments with little retail save for the Bookstore (whose redo is awesome) and a national …

Retail Updates: Almost Heaven

In Retail Updates by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

Future home of Gourmet Heaven at Weybosset and Union Streets. The plywood veil has come down from what any day now should be the home of Downcity’s new market, Gourmet Heaven. The market will be located in the ground floor of RISD’s Fletcher Building at Weybosset and Union Streets. Gourmet Heaven has two locations in New Haven, Connecticut and this …

Retail Update: Whoa! Cold Stone Creamery Downtown

In Retail Updates by Bret Ancowitz7 Comments

I was walking on Westminster last night and noticed a Cold Stone Creamery sign up at the Tim Horton’s coffee location at the intersection with Dorrance. A quick Google search confirmed that the two companies recently announced that they are expanding their co-branding initiative after trials were successful. Given that an ice cream store has been high on most people’s …

Retail Update: Seven Stars expanding eastward

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Providence Business News reports today that Seven Stars Bakery is planning a new locations at Rumford Center in East Providence. Seven Stars currently has location at Hope Street on the East Side, Broadway on the West Side, and a bakery facilities at Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket. In this economic climate, it is good to see that a local business …

Local Whole Foods Close Earlier

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The closing of the Warwick Mall one hour earlier on some nights was recently reported with a grave tone suggesting that this was the long-awaited proof that the economic apocalypse had finally arrived. In my opinion, the far more newsworthy and lifestyle altering early closure (if you’re like me and do your food shopping hyper-efficiently from 9:30 to 10 PM) …

Retail Update: CVS at the Mall moving

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In the windows of the large, street corner, sidewalk-fronting retail space that wraps around where Memorial Boulevard meets Francis Street are large “coming soon” CVS/Pharmacy signs. The pharmacy-less CVS on the third floor of the mall will be closing and moving to this new street level location with a pharmacy. There is also a CVS in Kennedy Plaza without a …