Nestled inside a 1728 home that sits next to the watery Wickford Harbor, The Grateful Heart houses books, gifts, jewelry, and services that appeal to the spiritually aware and metaphysically curious. Books such as Always Maintain a Joyful Mind harness Buddhist teachings to achieve contentment in the face of Mayan-predicted and Oprah-corroborated apocalypses ($14), and a versatile array of jewelry bedecks previously unsparkling bodies ($12+). A Kirlian aura biofeedback camera photographs customers and their multi-chromatic auras and energy fields ($20/photo). This Groupon can also be applied toward tarot or psychic readings, which, like coldly formal breakups, need to be scheduled in advance ($45/30 minutes; $85/60 minutes).
Come see the Runnin' Rams slam-dunkicize their A-10 rivals on Wednesday, February 2, at 7 p.m., and help cheer head coach Jim Baron's team onto victory. Led by senior forward Delroy James and Serbian three-point sharpshooter Nikola Malesevic, this year’s Runnin’ Rams squadron has posted big non-conference wins over the ACC’s Boston College and 2008 NCAA cinderella Davidson. With a capacity of 7,700, the Ryan Center takes on a whole new atmosphere for basketball games, as school songs are played, blocked shots enliven the crowd, and the referees get to fly around on mini jet-packs. Premium seats offer a close proximity to the center court.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Non-damaging hair extensions
Brands Used: OPI, Temptu Airbrush, Redken, Bead Head, MAC, Keratin
What’s your favorite part about your job?
My job is so personal. What other field of work can you go in and touch so many lives in a day? Knowing I can literarily make someone's day better by fixing a not-so-good haircut, or giving them the make over of their lives, is amazing. I believe it's one-hundred percent true that when you look good, you feel good—and when you feel good, you do good.
The interior of a business can affect how its customers feel. What kind of decor do you use to help make your clients feel pampered and at ease?
My salon is painted in a shade of lavender, which helps clients feel calm. All of our decor is classic yet vintage-inspired, and it includes lovely photos of our bridal clients on their wedding days.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
We travel on-location to do a bride's hair and makeup on her wedding day.
After falling in love with boxing, Dena Paolino of Striking Beauties did some research and found there were few women's boxing gyms. But while there weren't many other women-only centers, there was a demand for a place where ladies could practice the sport in a supportive atmosphere while learning pure boxing techniques that weren't shoehorned into other classes. So Dena created Striking Beauties. Here, women work both their upper and lower body while working on the heavy bags during boxing group classes and private lessons. Striking Beauties classes are held at Manfredo's Gym, operated by Peter Manfredo Sr., who is a professional boxer, world champion kickboxer and has coached at the Olympic Training Center for over 25 years.