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City announces free parking for local shopping for the holiday season, #ThinkPVD


Photo from the Mayor’s Office

From the Mayor’s Office:

Mayor Elorza Relaunches #ThinkPVD Campaign, Free Holiday Parking for Shoppers

Mayor Jorge Elorza today joined local businesses representatives and community members to relaunch Providence’s #ThinkPVD campaign encouraging residents and visitors to “think, shop, and buy locally” in the City this holiday season.

“This Saturday as we celebrate Small Business Saturday nationwide – I encourage you to take advantage of the amazing local shops and restaurants we have here in Providence,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza. “As you shop this holiday season and throughout the year, I ask that you support our business community by continuing to #ThinkPVD when making all of your purchases.” This is the second year of the #ThinkPVD campaign which aims to build upon the success of Small Business Saturday by promoting celebration and support of the local economy.

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2014 Providence free holiday parking program starts Black Friday


From the City:

Mayor Taveras Announces Return of Free Holiday Parking

City offers two hours of free parking for shoppers beginning November 28th

PROVIDENCE – To accommodate holiday shoppers and support local businesses during the busy holiday sales season, Mayor Taveras announced today that there will be two hours of free parking in designated commercial districts throughout Providence.

Shoppers will be offered two hours of free parking from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. beginning Friday, November 28, 2014 through Thursday, January 1, 2015 in the following commercial districts:

  • Atwells Avenue – Bradford Street to Knight Street
  • Broad Street – Public Street to Montgomery Street
  • Downtown Providence – bounded by Fountain Street, Memorial Boulevard, Weybosset Street, Empire Street and Friendship Street (from Dyer Street to Dorrance Street)
  • Hope Street – Rochambeau Avenue to Blackstone Boulevard
  • North Main Street – Thomas Street to Park Row
  • Olneyville Square – Route 10 to Sydney Street and Delaine Street to Atwood Street to Magnolia Street
  • South Main Street – James Street to Packet Street
  • Point St – From Eddy to East Franklin St
  • Thayer Street – Meeting Street to Bowen Street
  • Wayland Square – East Angell Street/Angell Street to Gano Street and Wayland Avenue from Angell Street to Pitman Street
  • Wickenden/Ives – Wickenden Street at Benefit Street to Ives Street at Preston Street

The holiday parking program is designed to make it easier for shoppers to patronize local businesses. The two-hour parking limit will be strictly enforced by parking enforcement officers. Cars parked illegally in prohibited areas, including crosswalks and tow zones, will be ticketed during this period.

So no excuse not to Buy Local this holiday season.


City kicks off 2013 Buy Providence/Buy Art shopping campaign


Photo from Mayor Taveras’ Facebook page

From the City of Providence:

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!

More on Facebook

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


2012 Holiday Parking Program starts November 23rd

Holiday Parking Program

City of Providence offers free holiday parking

To accommodate holiday shoppers and support local businesses, motorists in Providence will be offered two hours of free parking from 10am until 6pm from Friday, November 23, 2012 through Tuesday, January 1, 2013. The holiday parking program is designed for shoppers patronizing local businesses. Shoppers may park at a meter for the first two hours for free. If they remain at the meter past two hours they must pay the meter. The parking program includes Saturdays; however, cars parked in prohibited areas or beyond a time limit will be ticketed during this period. The holiday parking program will be offered in the following commercial districts:

  • 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 Street 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 Street to Gano Street. Wayland from Angel Street to Pitman Street
  • Hope Street – Rochambeau to Blackstone Boulevard
  • Wickenden/Ives – Wickenden at Benefit Street to Ives Street at Preston Street
  • Thayer Street – Meeting Street to Bowen Street

The Buy Providence and Buy Art campaigns will run through the New Year holiday. The City will host a number of holiday events between now and January 1. Mayor Taveras will welcome Santa Claus to Roger Williams Park on Saturday, November 24. On Saturday, December 1, the City will host its annual tree lighting ceremony at the Bank of America Skating Center.


11th Annual Craftland Holiday Show – November 23, 2012

craftland showlogo

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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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

Downcity: Tonight, late night shopping. Next week, revelry

The shops Downcity are open until midnight tonight for all your last minute Christmas shopping needs:

Still have some last minute shopping to do? Nervous of when you’re going to fit it all in? Have no fear because Westminster Street will be open till MIDNIGHT on Thursday, December 23. Open till midnight means:

  1. You have plenty of time left to shop!
  2. Instead of letting the stress take over, make a fun night of it! Have nice, relaxing dinner beforehand and/or stop by Downcity’s newest bar The Salon afterward to unwind with drinks and ping-pong before heading home to wrap everything up!
  3. You also have time to get those last minute stamps on your Holiday Bingo card so you can be entered to win HUGE Prizes! The first prize is a bundle of gift certificates to Downcity businesses totaling a value of $1,000. That’s $1,000 to spend in Downcity shops, restaurants, theaters, and hotels! Imagine the fun you could have!!
  4. All you have to worry about is finding the perfect gift for your loved ones… and remembering your shopping list!

Still struggling with a couple of gift ideas? Check out our Holiday Gift Guides for inspiration and don’t forget to ask the experts… the staff at the stores! And remember you don’t even have to worry about parking because there is 2-hour on street parking for free, just look for the covered parking meters, and free 2 hour free parking at Grant’s Block with a validated stamp from participating stores and restaurants.

Then next week, ring in the New Year with Bright Night Providence.

Tickets are on sale now but prices go up starting Dec. 25th, so buy now.

Visit the Bright Night website for a schedule of events or Like Bright Night on Facebook.


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
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!


Black Friday

Shop Local
Shop Downcity is running down all the sales happening in the Westminster Street area today on their Facebook page. Check it out or just head Downcity. And don’t forget to pick-up your Downcity Bingo Card for a chance to win prizes for shopping Downcity.

The Hope Street Winter Stroll is next weekend, but the merchants up there are open today for all your local Black Friday shopping.

Find more local merchants at the city’s Buy Providence page.

Shopping for the urbanist
Greater Greater Washington has a run down of great presents for the urbanist in your life (if you’re reading this, that is likely you). And P.S., I’m an urbanist and no one has yet bought me the Lego public transit set.


Some observations from Alexandria, Virginia

Last weekend I was in Alexandria, Virginia. My hotel which was mega-cheap and right next to a Metro station was out in the exurbia hell next to the Beltway surrounded by surface parking, but not too far away was Old Town. While walking around the King Street area I snapped a few photos.

CVS without a drive-thru!

CVS in Alexandria, VA

I was very confused by this CVS, it appears to not have a parking lot or a drive-thru. How do people shop there!?!

Adopt a Block

Adopt a Block in Alexandria, VA

Seems like a simple concept.

More Shops

Alexandria, VA

Wondering where the shops are?


Alexandria, VA

Wondering where and how far away the waterfront is, the Metro Station..? This is not the prettiest sign, but it works.

Public hearing notice

Alexandria, VA

Wondering what is up with that building, wondering when the city is holding hearings about it?


Saturday! Saturday! Saturday!

Lots of stuff happening Saturday! Saturday! Saturday!:

What are we leaving out? Let us know in the comments.