After making their very first T-shirt, a pair of brothers knew what they wanted to do with the rest of their lives. They didn't know much about business or design, but they knew what they liked. They put a childhood drawing of a grinning face on shirt and framed it with the phrase "Life is Good." It became both their brand and their philosophy, and they and their products soon headed to multiple cities. The stores still sell plenty of uplifting apparel, donating 10% of their net profit to help kids in need. In local stores such as Life is Good Newport, the shelves boast a greater variety of products, including fashion for women, men, and kids and themed sports apparel from the likes of the NFL, NHL, MLB and NBA to Under Armour and even doggie toys and leashes in the Life is Good theme.
The Preservation Society of Newport County protects and showcases Newport's one-of-a-kind architectural heritage. During tours of Newport's museum-houses, visitors get a glimpse into three centuries of American history, from the French Baroque styling of Rosecliff, high-Victorian splendor and fancy French name of Chateau-sur-mer. Tourists can trace the steps of some of America's most wealthy families as they explore latter-day castles such as Cornelius Vanderbilt II's The Breakers or the Isaac Bell House. Special events give guests a hands-on insight to the everyday people that worked in New England's most famous mansions, while annual occasions such as the Newport Flower show celebrate the treasured traditions and landscapes of Newport each year.
Store manager Rob, who has certifications from Schwinn and Shimano, oversees repairs and advises customers on purchases at Newport Bicycle. In addition to carrying bikes from Jamis, Lapierre, Schwinn, and Nirve, the store also stocks athletic clothing, shoes, and accessories.
Helly Hansen Newport, the oldest Helly Hansen licensed store in North America, is a world wide distributor of the finest boating, winter sports, and rainwear apparel. Our friendly staff are always available to assist you with your purchase decisions and offer you expert advice.
The candy kitchen's massive copper kettle predating World War II is certainly an eye catcher, but the nostalgic sights and smells of candy filling rows of white shelves is what overwhelms most people when they step inside Kilwin’s. For more than two generations, the original recipes of founders Don and Katy Kilwin have been used to handcraft more than 75 confections such as chocolates, caramels, and specialty fudge. Aside from some newer equipment, head candy cook Bill Hoffman and his team still abide by Don’s candy-making methods and use original equipment when possible. Inside the old-fashioned candy shop, a burnished copper-kettle-fire mixer fashions each piece of peanut brittle, a cold room solidifies almond-toffee crunch, and a manatee that swallowed a freezer still makes every sea-foam candy. In addition to candy, Kilwin’s has created more than 32 flavors of original-recipe ice cream since 1985 with farm-fresh rBHT-free milk and cream from Michigan farms.
The Newport Summer Jam 2011, a benefit concert for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, invigorates concertgoers with a lineup of notable blues and jazz performances along the Newport waterfront. Jazz wunderkind Grace Kelly—a 19-year-old alto saxophonist, singer, and composer whose musical prowess has garnered praise from Wynton Marsalis and NPR—kicks off the night with an energy-drenched set wrought with proficient playing and living, sentient brass. Blues legends James Montgomery, a harmonica virtuoso known for recording with Kid Rock and sitting in with Gregg Allman, and Duke Robillard, a guitarist recognized for his work with Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, join Kelly onstage for a group jam session applied liberally to huge slices of toast.