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.
Besides selling 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.
Spanning three generations, the fashion experts at Karma Couture work tirelessly to validate the authenticity and value of each piece of clothing consigned to their shop. The bustling store carries only luxury brands, with a never-ending rotation of apparel and accessories by designers such as Tory Burch, J. Crew, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Burberry. The stock ranges from denim and dresses to shoes and handbags, and with a few exceptions, only one of each item graces the store’s shelves at any given time. Each preowned, gently used piece receives a hearty markdown of up to 80% off its original retail price, and a progressive markdown occurs every 30 days if an item remains unsold or starts feuding with nearby outerwear.
Lisa Baker of Baker's Baskets and Flowers helps clients reach out to loved ones via generous baskets of seasonal fruit and beautiful flowers. Her colorful shop runneth over with aromatic Yankee Candle products, greeting cards, custom gift baskets, and potted plants, and beautiful arrangements of roses, daisies, and orchids express a range of emotions including joy, sympathy, and unbearable ennui caused by a lack of flowers.
With more than one million book titles to choose from, Barnes & Noble stocks one of the retail world's largest selections of bound pages, along with a huge assortment of educational toys and games. Keep sprightly scribes from using walls, furniture, and siblings as writing surfaces with the help of LeapFrog’s Scribble & Write ($24.95 online), or indulge kids’ natural passions for outer space and solid detective work with a LEGO Space Police Smash ’n’ Grab set ($19.95 online).
You would be hard pressed to find a can opener anywhere in the kitchen of Cilantro Mexican Grill. That's because the restaurant's chefs don't need one; they only cook with fresh ingredients. A typical day in their kitchen sees the chefs mashing the nutty flesh of ripe avocados into guacamole, slicing fresh tortillas to be fried and sprinkled with lime juice, and grilling adobo-seasoned chicken, steak, and fresh line-caught Atlantic pollock purchased from local fisherman at the docks of Point Judith, Rhode Island. Local growers get in on the action too, supplying the kitchen with tomatoes and onions. All five locations serve mason jar margaritas and craft beers with the Cranston location finding patrons sipping one of 20+ brews.
A Plus Tailors and Cleaners frees sullied shirts and blemished blouses from the burdens of being spotted in public—and also alters pants, suits, and gowns for personalized fits. A Plus technicians can remove spaghetti stains from dress shirts, coffee spots from ties, and saliva residue from hot-dog mascot costumes. Through the use of powerful detergents and tender hands, sweaters become filth-free ($3.75), black dresses get restored to mirror-seducing shapeliness ($7.90), and comforters are enabled to warm bodies without the lingering stench of gunpowder from attempts to celebrate the Fourth of July in bed (starting at $20).