Storage Pros Self Storage squirrels away customers' stuff in well-lit, fenced, and secure storage units. Rent a 5'x5' unit ($35–$75 depending on amenities and location) to stow away lumberjack costumes and papier-mâché blue oxen, or snag a 10'x20' nonclimate-controlled space for one month ($155–$201) to store 1 million Paul Bunyan Day flyers. Multiple locations offer storage spaces up to 400 square feet, and the Fairhaven facility has enough square footage to house a life-size replica of Shamu. Prices and availability can vary, so prospective packers should call ahead for details.
Dream Carpets owner Chris Augusto leads a team of dirt fighters ready to wage battle against soiled floors and upholstery. Carpet-cleaning packages ($39.95–$69.95/room) utilize soap-free cleansers and vary in price based on extras such as speed drying, basic deodorizing, and exorcism. Kitchen tile gleams like 100 porcelain suns after a thorough de-griming ($139+ for average kitchen), and the standard sofa weighs a full pound less after the clean team sucks up pollen and dust mites embedded in its upholstery ($85+). The online estimate calculator helps anticipate project costs and predict babies' genders.
It takes a village to plan a wedding. Engaged couples need a lot of help planning their nuptials, a quest which can include finding a hairstylist that can mold the perfect pin curl or reserving a reception space that can accommodate an enormous guest list. Rhode Island Wedding Group streamlines the wedding research process by allying 38 local wedding-industry vendors into one unstoppable wedding taskforce. Brides- and grooms-to-be can call upon their assistance via email or by tossing a bouquet into the night sky to act as a homing beacon. Couples only need to fill out a brief request form to get a steady stream of information on vendors that meet the couples' nuptial needs.
The harbor front in downtown Newport transforms into a kaleidoscopic canvas on which contributions from regional and national artists converge with the sounds of live bluegrass and jazz. Pairs can meander through a marketplace gallery of glassworks, mixed media, and ceramics that represent the greatest confluence of refinement and functionality since the jewel-studded Swiss Army knife. Bare necks and wrists become portable museum exhibits with wearable art from some of the festival’s homemade jewelry vendors. As guests continue their circuitous journey through the Newport Yachting Center, the live sounds of saxophones, steel guitars, and bongo-playing seagulls waft from the stage in an auditory complement to the vibrant paintings photographs lining shops’ walls.
UPS Stores collect packages for timely deliveries across town and around the globe, as well as streamline mail retrieval, photocopying, and other daily tasks. Prudent parcel packagers will safely stow shippables and help you choose an appropriate mailing solution, guaranteeing your item's safe arrival and standing ovation after the opening-night reception. For clerical tasks, visit a store and make 65 8"x11" color copies, or print off 315 black-and-white fliers to solicit a new flugelhorn player for your California Raisins cover band ($25). UPS also offers mailbox rentals with 24-hour access if your home mailbox is infested with bitter, obsolete fax machines ($29 for a three-month rental).