Named Rhode Island Monthly's best bookstore, Barrington Books carries a cache of adult fiction, nonfiction, children's stories, and works of local and regional authors. Bibliophiles and literature enthusiasts can capitalize on the customer dedication of the store's purveyors, who go beyond the realm of their own wares and can easily track down a hard-to-find title via the out-of-print market. Enjoy the work of local literati, such as Good Night Rhode Island ($9.95), penned by Adam Gamble and Anne Rosen. Aspiring wordsmiths can also explore fictional worlds with a staff selection, such as the Dickens-inspired Girl in a Blue Dress ($25.99) by Gaynor Arnold, or by reading up on Prussia, which cartographers recently proved doesn't exist.
Matthew Amaral is a kind of boozy pioneer in Barrington. As the bearer of the first ever "package store" license in what had been a dry town for years, Amaral was quick to put the honor to use, curating an impressive selection of wines, beers, and spirits at Grapes & Grains. Here, visitors browse a vast inventory that includes more than 40 wines for under $12, a collection of coveted Pappy Van Winkle bourbons, and more than 160 craft beers, which can be dropped into build-your-own six packs. Grapes & Grains was named by Rhode Island Monthly as the best liquor store in East Bay.
The staff of teachers and artists at Weirdgirl Creations helps customers up-level their creativity every day. Prices begin at $3 and range to over $400, but the massive selection of more than 200 pieces of pottery ensures that a fitting selection is available for any budding Pablo Picasso or Dan Quayle. There are no special skills or equipment required to decorate a bowl, plate, or any other ceramic that catches the eye, so walk-ins are welcome. Lead-free, non-staining glazes are available in a wide spectrum of colors and a variety of varietals, including sparkle, high-gloss, and high-fire look-crystal glaze.
At CrossFit Seekonk, instructors spur groups of students through intense, ever-changing rounds of CrossFit. The facility breaks beginners in slowly, allowing them to advance through different workout levels at their own pace. Typically, classes begin with a thorough warm-up, followed by a high-energy Workout of the Day (WOD) built around a variety of functional movements. Many of those movements utilize the facility's equipment, which includes climbing ropes, rings, and plenty of weights.
Providing an armada of luxurious spa services and amenities, Tranquil Waters is a pampering palace that welcomes weary guests with cascading waterfalls, zen décor, and private treatment rooms. Part of European whitening line WhiteSCIENCE, the SpaWhite teeth-whitening system provides a way to get teeth sparkling that’s quick, safe, and far more effective than lackluster teeth-beiging. The powerful yet gentle method uses a mouthpiece filled with proprietary whitening gel, which is activated by a blue light, to whiten teeth in one or two 15-minute sessions with little to no pain or sensitivity. All grins are privately garnished in Tranquil Waters Wellness & Med-Aesthetics Center, allowing bashful canine teeth to uninhibitedly howl and chase their own tails around the tonsils.
Batteries Plus didn't add the plus moniker for marketing reasons—it earned it, carrying batteries for almost every piece of technology available. From laptops and watches to cars and commercial forklifts, the nationwide chain of more than 510 shops provides power cells for even discontinued items such as robot maids. The tech pros on staff also replace embedded batteries in vacuums, razors, and power tools, and offer recycling services for used-up batteries from cars, cordless phones, and cameras. The company’s light-bulb range is equally as expansive as its battery range, with bulbs ranging in size from the tiny bulbs popular in car panels to the stadium-size ones used in backyard Bat-Signals.