For more than 50 years, Flanagan Paint & Supply Company has been equipping customers with quality paints, durable tools, and expert advice fit to suit the needs of homeowners, contractors, and businesses. A variety of paint products and supplies lines Flanagan's aisles, with a gallon of paint costing about $35 and brushes ranging from $10–$16. Coronado Paint specializes in protective and decorative coatings to update interior and exterior surfaces, such as dull living-room walls or "Lincoln for President" garage doors, and Mythic Paint offers nontoxic, low-odor products that roll on without emitting dangerous gases and cancer-causing toxins. In addition to these and other modern lines, Flanagan Paint houses a wealth of vintage inventory no longer in stock at most retailers, perfect for touching up antique items or retro rooms, such as an authentic 1920s basement speakeasy whitewashed with bathtub gin.
Carlson Galleries illuminates homes with vintage and antique lighting from as far back as the 1830s. Its technicians restore and clean chandeliers, sconces, lanterns, and candelabra lamps. Carlson Galleries also outfits homes with antique furniture, fine art, and decor.
PPG Porter Paints' team has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid, low-odor paints, stains, and primers. Multiple lines and sheens of interior paint offer to protect walls from presidential portraits painted in mustard ($25.79+/gal.). Eco-conscious shoppers can snag gallons of Pure Performance color, designed to thwart mold and mildew without angering Mother Nature's overprotective rottweiler ($33.39+/gal.). Peruse exterior paints if looking to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season ($25.79+/gal.). Effective on most surfaces, Porter's acrylic, synthetic, and alkyd Seal Grip primers also help house-wide paint jobs to stay put ($40+/gal.). Amicable staff members roam each locale's voluminous aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.
A red brick exterior, spacious sidewalk patio, and delectable café menu highlight the charming European appeal of Rue Lafayette, whose beginnings were documented on a recent episode of Renovation Realities on HGTV. Early-morning strollers, comptrollers, and world-weary street mimes can start their morning of artfully aimless ambling with Rue Lafayette's sweet, flaky croissants imported from France. The chocolate croissant ($2.25) matches particularly well with large cups of the café's drip coffee ($2.25) or frothy cappuccino ($3.55). Lunchers, meanwhile, can feast on the quiche ($6.99) and mix it together in their digestive centrifuge with the sinfully tasty croissant bread pudding ($5.99). Since Rue Lafayette's dishes rotate with the stately dance of the seasons, each polite café employee will cheerfully lay out today's recommendations, tomorrow's libations, and yesterday's neutron radiation gyrations. The café's mad scientists have also combined breakfast and lunch into an unholy (yet delicious) monstrosity known as brunch, which gets unleashed from its chains every Saturday and Sunday.
The shelves at Looking Glass Designs teem with jewelry, bags, apparel, and gifts for children and adults alike. Adorn barren wrists, lonely necks, and empty earlobes with handmade beaded jewelry sets in contemporary and antique styles. Stylish serving items include wine glasses etched with the fleur-de-lis, the national symbol of Rhode Island ($8). Recycled coffee bags come together in Sun Ministries eco-friendly totes, and each tan and gingham-patterned bag helps to send young missionaries into inner-city areas. The shop also stocks scarves ($15–$35), baby gifts and apparel ($10–$50), soy candles ($14), and natural loofah bath scrubbies ($7). For an additional fee, customers can choose to have owner Andrea Heugatter, whose needle skills helped her to win the Riverfront Times 2009 award for Best Personalized Gifts, emblazon gifts with names, personal messages, or grocery lists.