Whether you live on this island and are part of the local community or you’ve spent time here as a visitor enjoying our beaches, walking the Cliff Walk, touring a mansion or even getting married, you know that small businesses are the lifeblood of this community. The weeks and months ahead are incredibly uncertain. For many of the small business owners that call this place home, their livelihood hangs in the balance. Many of these places represent lifelong dreams of the people that poured everything into starting their own business on this island. I’ve pulled together a list of local establishments that you can still support during this uncertain time. They need our help now more than ever. Please do what you can and share this list with anyone that you think might want to help too.
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Restaurants and Cafes
The Nitro Bar, 2 pond ave, newport
Delicious locally sourced and brewed coffee (seriously the best) plus lots of great coffee and tea drinks and a small menu. Nitro Bar has takeout available at their Newport (and PVD) location as well as gift cards for sale on their website. Follow on Instagram for updates.
winner winner, mission and TSK
Offering take-out and curbside pick-up at Mission Middletown, TSK and Winner Winner. See this Instagram post for details.
Pasta Beach, 138 Bellevue Ave, Newport
Yummy Italian with everything from pizza to pasta to salads. Take-out and delivery services, full menu available. Please pay with card if possible to limit germs and follow on Instagram for updates.
This woman owned business recently poured their savings into a renovation so they could provide more seating and expand their food menu for customers (the menu looks incredible). They are selling gift cards in the amounts of $10, $20 and $50. For every $50 gift card they are giving customers another $10 on the house.
If you’re looking for quality meats, prepared foods, and gorgeous flowers, Weatherlow Farms has more than enough to go around. It’s a nice one-stop-shop and helps support more than one local business. In addition to their regular hours, they offer shopping by appointment.
mori sushi, 215 Goddard Row, Newport
A fellow local submitted this information on behalf of the Middletown couple that owns this sushi restaurant in Newport. They are doing takeout and you can order by calling 401.851.7981.
Health, Beauty & Wellness
This woman-owned yoga studio has had their doors open for less than six months. They are offering donation based (Venmo: @mend_yoga) live streaming yoga classes and gift certificates can be purchased on their website, class passes (for future use!) can be purchased on the MINDBODY app. Follow on Instagram for updates and live class information.
Love Living Holistics
Emily is a certified life coach, reiki master and holistic esthetician. She will be offering distance Reiki at a reduced price: 30 Minutes: $40 (Normally $50) or 60 Minutes: $75 (Normally $100). You can book that here. She is also offering a free 1 hour coaching call to support those who are seeking a loving space to process life and find their way forward. Follow on Instagram for updates.
Little Bird Wellbeing
Sarah is offering massage vouchers via Venmo (littlebirdwellbeing): $50 for a focus treatment, $75 for an hour, $120 for 90 minutes.
Color by Morgan
Morgan is offering gift certificates to be used for future hair appointments which you can purchase by contacting her on Instagram. You can also prebook appointments here.
Farmaesthetics is running a 20% off & free shipping promotion on site through this weekend and are offering gift certificates for upgraded facials in their treatment room at their flagship boutique located at 144 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. Clients will receive an upgraded 90 minute facial for the price of a 60 minute ($85 cost, value of $120) and can book by calling or texting 401.619.4199.
Shops and Boutiques
You might recognize Lazuli Handcrafted because I’ve mentioned it many times before. This woman-owned local jewelry business has gorgeous pieces featuring rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets with gemstones, seashells and more. I’m a huge fan of her stacking rings.
Another one of my local favorites for fine art prints, Lovici is a woman-owned business. My favorites that I have in our house are the Monstera watercolor, Ocean Evening, and Away print. I also have the Spell on U tee.
shore soap Co
Handcrafted in Rhode Island with responsible packaging and sulfate and paraben free this local bath and body brand has some cult favorites including soaps and candles. They are offering $4 off liquid hand soaps, plus free shipping on orders $50+.
Kristen Coates will be doing online auctions through Instagram (starting today 3/20). She is also offering free shipping on all domestic orders with code FREESHIP and contactless local delivery on all orders as well as contactless painting workshops (she will send clients materials, and schedule a video chat to paint together with instruction).
Harper and Tucker
Harper & Tucker is a local, women under 30 owned business. They have committed to filling their shop with goods that are made sustainably and ethically, and they support other small and women-owned businesses whenever possible. They offer free 3-day shipping or contact-free same-day delivery in RI for all orders, as well as giftcards.
Offering shopping online and via Instagram.
Creatives and Artists
Jenn, founder of Shore Creative, is offering illustrations and coloring sheets (great activity while you’re social distancing) in her shop with 100% of the proceeds going to the businesses featured.
Will & D Photography
Newport based couple Mark and Danielle are offering prepaid spring/summer mini photo sessions and giftcards.
Hotels & Vacation Accommodations
This family owned business has created beautiful, sustainably restored luxury getaways. They are offering gift cards for purchase for future use.