After doing battle with law school and the Rhode Island State Bar Exam, Jacqueline Vaughn needed to relax. She sought out a yoga studio, something that used to do the trick for her back home in New Jersey. Rather than the quick destresser she expected, she found a community and a home in a little 700-square-foot space with other yogis. Then, in 2013, her yoga studio moved. She was torn, for it wasn't just the practice and the people that were important to her, but the space itself. She sat wondering about the fate of the studio one night, admiring the stars, when inspiration suddenly struck. She grabbed some paints and began to recreate the starry sky she saw before her. As her vision took shape, a plan formed in her mind. She would transform her old yoga school into a community art space. Bristol Art Studio
These days, Jacqueline and a team of instructors host classes in painting, drawing, sculpture, sewing, and creative writing. They gear the curriculum to artists of all ages and ability levels. Kids can explore self-expression and technique in structured lessons. Adults can bring a bottle of wine to enjoy as they unlock their creativity with a brush or get their hands dirty in a bit of clay by sculpting an impromptu wine glass. Whichever class a student takes, they will find a safe haven as Jacqueline once did in her yoga studio.
The furniture and antique experts at Jarred's Homegoods unearth a wealth of gently used bedroom furniture, dining-room digs, and jewelry to fill the store’s expansive showroom floor. Patrons can sift through cherished pieces claimed from estate sales, including furniture crafted from old barn wood or antique brass bed frames, and an array of designer jewelry rewards wrists and décolletage with sunburn-deflecting sparkle. Treasure hunters can peruse the showroom and dig up work crafted by famous designers, carpenters, and brands such as Ethan Allen, Liz Claiborne, and Givenchy.
For more than 30 years, Stovepipe Fireplace Shop has fueled cookouts and cocoa-sipping sessions with a wealth of fireplaces and grills from labels such as Weber, Vermont Castings, and Heat & Glo. The tidy showroom houses an arsenal of fuel sources such as propane tanks and hickory-, cherry-, and applewood chips to spice up the home grill's standard diet of charcoal biscuits and old love letters. A 15,000-square-foot warehouse attached to the storefront harbors all excess stock, eliminating long waits for shipping and delivery, which is available within a 50-mile radius. For customers who aren't DIY–inclined, the shop's team of expert appliance installers is on hand to brighten homes with the cozy warmth of crackling wood-burning stoves and clean gas fireplaces.
Ocean State CrossFit’s mission is to “live a life of action” and inspire others to do the same. That’s why its certified trainers chose the CrossFit system. CrossFit’s exercises, featuring strength and conditioning training, focus on functional movements such as pushing, pulling, and lifting. The dynamic movements prep exercisers for all manner of activities, improving athletic performance and daily activities alike. Workouts change each day and utilize a variety of equipment such as plyometric boxes and rowing machines, as well as medicine balls and kettlebells. Each intense, fast-paced, 45-minute session works all muscle groups and can be scaled to suit all ages and levels of fitness.