Farming is a family tradition for the Confredas, and has been since 1922. For nearly a century, they've tended a 400-acre plot of land in Cranston and Warwick, first cultivating vegetables, then expanding over the years to incorporate 160 varieties of annuals and 75 varieties of hanging baskets. In 1997, third-generation owner Vinny Confreda opened Confreda Greenhouses & Farms to the public, hoping to give New Englanders easy access to fresh, local produce and plants, and give them an opportunity to see what it's like to live and work on a real country farm.
heirloom vegetables and lush flowers, Confreda farms is also host to a wide range of fun activities and events throughout the year. An annual fall festival treats visitors to free hayrides, a pumpkin patch, and an all-ages corn maze, as well as spooky thrills after dark, when the farm becomes overrun with werewolves, zombies, and the most terrifying creatures of all: amateur actors.
A two-year subscription to Woodcraft Magazine arms lathe laureates and router rookies alike with 12 issues of tips, tool reviews, and step-by-step instructions for a range of projects. With articles contributed by seasoned level-five woodworking gurus, recent issues have dispensed sage advice on such topics as glue management, staying safe at the table saw, and breaking boards with the power of suggestion. Step-by-step photography accompanies each set of design instructions, clearly detailing the progress of projects such as a fully finished set of stackable wine racks or a modular home office with a red-oak-and-plywood design. Tool experts introduce readers to the latest in woodworking technology with product reviews, and shop-design specialists keep timber tinkerers efficient with articles on specialized storage, shop setup, and making a robot assistant out of a mini fridge.
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.