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11th Annual Craftland Holiday Show – November 23, 2012

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Celebrate The Holidays With Handmade Gifts From Craftland

Craftland on Westminster Street Offers Stylish and Functional Handmade Items from Local and National Artists

Providence, RI — Craftland kicks off its 11th annual Holiday Show on Friday, November 23, 2012 with thousands of gifts for everyone on your list. 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. Half of the 170 artists featured in this year’s show are local to the area. Shoppers can feel satisfied that their gift-buying dollars are not only supporting a local business, they also sustain the region’s creative talent, keeping our economy both strong and vibrant.

Craftland shoppers will find an expanded store filled-to-the-brim with thousands of thoughtfully made items from handmade housewares and masterfully-crafted handbags, to adorable stuffed animals, cozy crocheted and knitted goods, one-of-a-kind art pieces, beautiful books, clothing, and our now-famous print wall, featuring dozens of screen printed pieces in a variety of prices and sizes. With prices from $1 to $300, there are handmade goodies for every budget. As always, purchases from Craftland are tax-free, and parking is easier than you think. Park at the Grant’s Block parking lot for two hours free with a validation stamp from Craftland. More parking information can be found on the In Downcity website.

Craftland Show 2012 runs from November 23 – December 31, 2012 and will be open seven days a week 10am – 6pm – and open late Thursdays – Saturdays 10am – 8pm.

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Christmas busting out all over this weekend

The countdown to Christmas is well underway in Providence. This weekend’s events include the Craftland Show, Providence Preservation Society’s Benefit Street Holiday, the Providence Tree Lighting, and more:


Craftland ShowTonight, is the Super Celebration Bash for Craftland’s 10th Annual Craftland Show. Starting at 5pm at 235 Westminster Street, Downcity.

Craftland shoppers will find an expanded store filled-to-the-brim with thousands of thoughtfully made items from handmade housewares and masterfully-crafted handbags, to adorable stuffed animals, cozy crocheted and knitted goods, one-of-a-kind art pieces, beautiful books, clothing, and our now-famous print wall, featuring dozens of screen printed pieces in a variety of prices and sizes. With prices from $1 to $300, there are handmade goodies for every budget.


OneWay GalleryDown the block OneWay Gallery is having their Holiday Reception. 231 Westminster Street, Downcity, starting at 6pm.

Join us in celebrating the holidays early at OneWay Gallery’s Holiday Reception. Featuring original artwork, holiday cards, prints, jewelry, clothing and more. Come by and get some holiday shopping done! DJ Andy Morris will be here too, so get ready to move!


Providence Holiday MarketOn Saturday, the Providence Holiday Market continues at the corner of Westminster and Union Street.

Downcity this winter – locally made crafts, foodstuffs, decorations, and more. Saturdays, 11am to 4pm from Thanksgiving weekend to 12/17.

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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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Craftland Show, Dec. 2

We’re really hoping you’ll join us for the 9th Annual Craftland Holiday Show Super Celebration Bash!

Thursday, December 2nd from 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Craftland
235 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903

The first 300 shoppers receive highly-coveted GOODIE BAGS stuffed with quality samples, magazines, coupons and more.

  • Plus delicious SNACKS from Julian’s, and delicious BEER from Trinity!
  • Demo and BOOKSIGNING by Jennifer Cooke from Raeburn Ink!
  • DJ’s Neapolitan SOUNDSYSTEM!
  • And lots and lots of amazing work by 200 independent ARTISTS.

So mark your calendar and start picking out your par-tay clothes. Feel free to RSVP here!

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“Handmade Nation” at Craftland (01/15)

Handmade Nation at Craftland

Friday, January 15, 2010
Two screenings: 6pm and 8pm!

Seating begins 15 minutes prior to start time.
Q+A with director Faythe Levine to follow the film.

Tickets are $8 and include popcorn and one beverage!

Faythe Levine traveled 19,000 miles to visually document what has emerged as a marriage between historical technique, punk culture, and the D.I.Y. ethos. In HANDMADE NATION (along with the book of the same name, published by Princeton Architectural Press) she selected a variety of makers and essayists who work within different media and have different methodologies to provide a microcosm of the crafting community. Participants in this community share ideas and encouragement through websites, blogs, boutiques, galleries, and craft fairs. Together they have forged a new economy and lifestyle based on creativity, determination, and networking.

This “new wave of craft” is no longer just about cross-stitching samplers or painting floral scrolls on china. Instead, it has increased its realm to embrace an emerging movement of artists, crafters and designers working in traditional and nontraditional mediums to intervene in mass-market consumerism, to challenge the familiar and to attempt creative and economic freedom.

Join author and director Faythe Levine for the Providence premier screening of Handmade Nation! Local artists featured in the film will also be present!

Tickets purchased online will be shipped via USPS Priority Mail. If you would prefer to pick up tickets on the night of the show, please place your order by calling 401.272.4285.

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Retail Update: Pleasant Surprise, Thayer

plesant3I thought I would quickly add that Pleasant Surprise, which I wrote previously was coming to Thayer Street is now open and the store, at 297 Thayer Street (where Oop! and Only in RI used to be), looks quite bright, vibrant, and appealing (photo above is of their Newport store).

Also, off topic, I was at Craftland last night and there is some great work and gifts by local artists there. A must stop for everyone still shopping…

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Notes from the DNA

I’m on the Downtown Neighborhood Alliance mailing list and received their minutes from their last meeting today. Below are some items of interest from those minutes.

Parking lot formerly known as the Providence Public Safety Complex.

Once the former Police and Fire Station was demolished, certain promises were made on how to beautify and treat the land in the time before a buyer came along.

It’s been stalled for a while with all sides saying “Who us? We don’t know, ask them.” So we put Sue LaPidus on it. (cue: the Law & Order theme song).

First, Sue at least got them to shut off their painfully bright lights that were blasting into the Regency (probably saved them money too).

She also kept asking people with the city what was going on and checking in about next steps.

The space can only be kept a lot until next Sept and you can only plant things downtown before a certain day (or else they’d freeze and die) so we’re losing time!

But with Sue’s hard work we have some decisions, trees are being planted now and the planters we’ll need in warmer weather are being built. There will even be people assigned to keep it all clean. We’ll keep an eye on this to make sure it happens. But good news that there’s been some progress. Thanks Sue!

OK, promises weren’t made, there are actual laws on the books regarding landscaping requirements for parking lots. What I’ve heard is that TPG has been crying poor (up to $30 event parking poor) to get out of these requirements. I’m glad the DNA has someone on the case here and hope to see the fruit of their efforts soon.

On the retail/restaurant front, we learn about:

The new smallest restaurant in Providence, Tini. ProJo has the review, at least until our resident foodie Bret makes his way there.

Boston Sports Club opens on Westminster Street (and at Eastside Marketplace) in January. My boyfriend has signed up (I have not).

Mediterranean restaurant Ardeo is coming to the Union Station Plaza location most recently occupied by Rafael’s soon. Apparently Ardeo has a number of locations on Cape Cod, I’m from the Cape and not familiar with them, so they must be relatively new (relatively as in the last 16 years since I left the Cape).

And most importantly, Craftland opens December 5th at Union and Westminster.

Photo from Bravo website

And finally, let’s put a rest to the rumors about Bravo. Yes, they have had some financial difficulties due to some internal management issues. The business end is being reorganized and new management has been put in place. The restaurant is now open Mondays. So everyone get out and enjoy my favorite Downcity restaurant, mmmmm Croque-Madame.

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