Today's Providence Journal had the following great tip: Marcus and Barbara Thompson own a 1790 farmhouse in Harmony, Rhode Island, where they raise Border Leicesters and Hampshires -- sheep, to those of us not in the know. Along with seventeen other local members of the Rhode Island Sheep Cooperative, they contributed the wool which is eventually woven into blankets at S&D Spinners in Millbury, Massachusetts. Those blankets carry the designation "Rhody Warm" and they're available in very limited supply. The inaugural edition (2006) is close to selling out, but new blankets will be available around December, 2007 and presumably annually thereafter. These blankets are beautifully soft, warm and fuzzy, in a classic windowpane pattern of either brown/gray or brown/gray with white. Help a local farmer remain in business, and keep a wonderful souvenir of your visit to our bucolic little state. Throws (45" x 72") are $92 each. Queen blankets (90" x 90") are $184 and twin blankets (72" x 90") are $130. I might just order them for my far-flung sons!
What to buy: "Rhody Warm" blankets and throws
What to pay: Priced from $92 to $184
You name it - it's there! This mall is so big that you can find virtually anything that you're looking for. Carpeted floor, there's stores, restaurants, a comedy club and a movie theater!
What to buy: Anything you want, just keep in mind that you'll have to carry it to the car.
What to pay: No haggling here, but know your prices and you'll do fine.
This mall opened in 1999 and was the crown jewel of Buddy Cianci's revitilization plan of downtown Providence. It's a 5 level shopping mall with restaurants on the lower level and a food court on the 3rd level.
It also has a 5 level parking garage that is hell on earth to get out of at closing time.
What to buy: It has all the chain stores you'd expect to find in a mall.
What to pay: As much as you can afford
Providence Place Mall is a huge, modern shopping complex, complete with its own multi storey car park, which was very full when we visited on a wet, Saturday afternoon in October. The Mall itself is full of every kind of shop that you could wish for, but we only had time to look around, before it was time to do some more signtseeing.