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TRAVEL TIPS Fodor’s List of Places You Shouldn’t Visit in 2018

Each year, travel companies and publications often push out lists of places around the world you should try to explore in the coming months. Fodor's takes a different tack with its "No List," detailing the locations it thinks you should avoid in 2018 because there are current issues that may dampen your travel experience, the location needs a break from tourists, or for other reasons. Not that the tourism publisher thinks these places should be on the "do not enter" list forever. It's just that "sometimes you have to say no to the ones you love in hopes that they can recover, reconsider, or reform." The Taj Mahal: The iconic landmark is going to be coated in mud for much of the year (a regimen meant to keep the structure from yellowing). That doesn’t exactly make for great photos. The Galapagos: The annual influx of tourists is making the island chain’s “fragile marine and terrestrial ecosystems” vulnerable. The “places that don’t want you to visit”: Some locales, such as Venice and Peru’s Machu Picchu, are simply overwhelmed and their resources strained by so many visitors; Fodor’s says the people there need a brief “staycation” from the rest of the world. Thailand’s Phang Nga National Park: The “rush to paradise” has marred the park’s coral reefs and disrupted its marine life. It desperately needs some recovery time. Myanmar: It’s a matter of humanitarian conscience that puts this country on Fodor’s list. The publisher doesn’t think anyone should visit while the persecution and “ethnic cleansing” of the Muslim minority Rohingya continues there. 2 ShopInRI

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The Ice Castles at Hobo Railroad in Lincoln, NH as New England’s Top February Attraction!

A fantastic - and spectacular - sight awaits you at Hobo Railroad in Lincoln, New Hampshire. The crew of the Utah-based Ice Castles has brought this giant ice fortress back for a fourth year. It is roughly an acre in size, its tallest points reach about 25 feet high and it takes artisans 4,000 combined hours to drip, “grow” and shape icicles to create this life-size fairytale playground. The breathtaking works of art have become a must-see winter attraction and social media sensation drawing more than a million people over the last five years to the company’s five locations in North America. Since 2011, travelers from all over the globe have flocked to Ice Castles’ locations to walk through the interactive castles. The castles feature ice-carved tunnels, fountains, slides, frozen thrones and towers that reach astonishing heights. LED lights frozen inside 25 million pounds of ice twinkle to music, adding a magical ambiance to the already awe-inspiring structures. You can walk through it during the day, but at night it comes alive with embedded multicolor lights that make the ice glow from within. This year even more spectacular icy fun awaits in the forms of slides, waterfalls, caves, thrones and more. Plus, if you have kids who watch “Frozen” on loop, then this real life ice castle is sure to impress any Elsa fans. Tour times: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 3-9 p.m. Friday: 3-10 p.m. Saturday: noon-10 p.m. Sunday: noon-8 p.m. Closed Tuesdays Information courtesy of New Hampshire Magazine

Neil Diamond Announces Retirement

Sad news for Neil Diamond fans: The beloved singer has announced his retirement from touring effective immediately because of a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. Diamond, who just turned 77, says he has had to call off the Australia and New Zealand legs of his 50th Anniversary tour, which included more than 50 shows in the US and Europe last year, USA Today reports. “It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring. I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years,” he said in a statement on his website. “My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows.”

Diamond, who performed on Fox’s New Years Eve With Steve Harvey: Live From Times Square last month, says he plans to continue making music. “I plan to remain active in writing, recording, and other projects for a long time to come. My thanks goes out to my loyal and devoted audiences around the world,” he wrote. “You will always have my appreciation for your support and encouragement. This ride has been ‘so good, so good, so good’ thanks to you,’” he added, quoting his hit “Sweet Caroline.” Diamond, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys on Sunday, reports Reuters.


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KFC’s Newest Col. Sanders is Different To Say the Least...

A movie about Mister Rogers is in the works, and the casting of the title role probably didn’t take very long. Tom Hanks will do the honors, reports Variety. Or as the Washington Post puts it, “one of the country’s most likable actors ... will portray one of the country’s most likable entertainers ever.” Production on You Are My Friend starts later this year, with Marielle Heller directing.

If you thought KFC couldn't get any stranger in its choice of people to play iconic founder Col. Sanders, well, the latest is not only bringing "country music flair" to the role, she's also the first woman to play the man in the white suit. Reba McEntire will take a turn as Sanders and she's clearly having a good time. Clad in a glittery suit with fringe and "a little bit of the country music flair," she says "I got a big kick out of " her transformation into the role. KFC tweeted McEntire's first ad, saying, "Nothing to see here, folks. Nope, nothin’ at all. Just the same old Colonel." A singing McEntire echoes that in the ad: "I'm Colonel Sanders, the same as always. I'm definitely not a woman." ShopInRI 3

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Valentine’s Day Dining Guide Rhode Island offers some of the finest Restaurants in the world. On Valentine’s Day, enjoy a delicious meal complimented with a romantic ambiance and create unforgettable memories. Escape the norm and enjoy a dish that is created with love, for those in love!

Johna’s Italian Restaurant By Julia Romano Andrea DiMaio is extremely familiar with how to build and operate a successful restaurant. From her previous involvement in the small family owned sandwich shop, Merola’s Omelets, to her skills acquired at the family’s fine Italian fare at Andino’s, Andrea has the experience and knowledge to know what it takes to satisfy her customers. After many years of working with the family, Andrea decided to venture out on her own; hence, working diligently to create “Johna’s Italian Restaurant.” “It’s not always easy owning a restaurant in Rhode Island,” states Andrea. “With such an abundance of competition, it’s critical for me to ensure that my restaurant offers something unique and special.” And that, it does! Johna’s is an intimate restaurant that has been in operation for 7½ years and is located at 659 Killingly Street in Johnston (rear of building). Andrea admits that even though she has an extraordinary staff (some have followed her after working at Andino’s for 15 years), owning a restaurant that is popular and successful takes a whole lot of her own time and effort. But Andrea would not have it any other way. It seems as though the restaurant business is in her blood. Just like having a child, it keeps her going, makes her content; and she loves it, no matter how much work it entails. 6 ShopInRI


Johna’s has an extensive menu that includes fresh and many locally sourced ingredients, and is different from many other restaurants, as they do not freeze their food; therefore, if they do run out of a certain dish, it’s because they only sell their customers the freshest of ingredients and do not hold onto any food from the previous day. Andrea states, “Our menu offers soup to nuts, and one of the many popular dishes is the Pork Chop with Picante Sauce (a silky, hot pepper sauce).” And for the most popular dessert, Andrea says, “It would have to be the Spumoni Tartufo. Customers love it, even in the dead of winter.” And, on Valentine’s Day, she stresses, “Our menu is the same as it is throughout the year. I refuse to gouge my customers with higher prices on any occasion, and pride myself on ensuring every dish is created with the best quality of ingredients and flavor, no matter what the day.” Johna’s is open on Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11:30 am to 9:00 pm, and Fridays and Saturdays, 11:30 am to 10:00 pm. Reservations are suggested, but not required. Free parking in upper and lower lots. Call 401-228-6299. Check out their extensive menu on Facebook.

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presentation. David agrees that owning and operating a restaurant is a lot of hard work, but he explains, “My belief is that to own something is to actually own it and work it like an employee. “I am here each day and put in more than 12 hours between prep, service, breakdown, and cleaning for the next day; but after seeing the repeat clientele enjoying spending their time at my restaurant, there is nothing I’d rather be doing.” It’s obvious that the food made by David and his staff is created with love. “We put a lot of thought into where our ingredients come from,” states David. “Fresh and locally sourced ingredients have more flavor, so we strive to ensure all of our produce, meats, etc. are from the finest local purveyors. For example, our squash flowers are flown in twice a week from California during the winter and during the summer months, they are picked by us at local farms.” Overall, 98% of Parma’s ingredients are purchased locally from the Cape area, Narragansett, New Bedford, Maine, and Gloucester, and of course, from their favorite local farms when in season. With Valentine’s Day coming soon, David is excited to surprise his customers with a special, unique and unforgettable experience. “We are running specials from Wednesday, Valentine’s Day through Saturday, to accommodate those who are unable to get out with loved ones mid week,” states David.

Prior to opening Parma Ristorante in December of 2016, David Ashworth possessed more than 20 years of experience and became a success in the art of cooking Italian food. Along with his wife, Laura, stepson, Robert, Parma’s front of house manager, and stepdaughter, who helps out as much as possible when school is out, this tight knit family strives to show their customers that they want more than to deliver an outstanding meal; they want to develop relationships with customers, and for their restaurant to be a home away from home. Hard work and family effort is immediately evident to those who enter Parma Ristorante. David states, “Food brings people together: first dates, anniversaries, birthday, holidays, and couples who want to relax and connect or re-reconnect in a place with a romantic ambience and an outstanding meal. I see it at the restaurant daily, customers sitting to just enjoy each other’s company around cocktails and dinner. In our first year, we personally have grown our extended Parma family and it’s because of our food and service that we feel proud to have done that.” While David is the chef and owner of Parma Ristorante, his kitchen team has been with him for several years and have been trained to his standards of food preparation and

As far as the menu choices for Valentine’s Day, David shares, “Although we will have a special menu for Valentine’s Day (Posted on Facebook), we will also be serving from our standard menu to satisfy customers who want to order a favorite that is not on the special menu.” To end off your fabulous meal, David offers delightful desserts, most of which are made in-house, including tiramisu, creme brulee, banana foster, and David’s favorite, the scrumptious cheesecake. Parma Ristorante, located at 266 Putnam Pike in Smithfield is a prime example of a successful family owned and operated business that goes beyond the norm to ensure your time spent their will feel like you are a part of their family. The entire staff takes pleasure in not only creating extraordinary food, but also does its best to make every person that walks through their doors feel welcomed, and leaves with a feeling of wanting to share their experience with others. The Ashworth family commitment to you on Valentine’s Day and throughout the year is to serve you the way they serve their own family-with love! Visit for more information, or call 401-349-0079 to make reservations (suggested for Friday and Saturday evenings for parties of 6 or more). ShopInRI 7

Bravo Brassiere After many years of working in the restaurant industry, Fred Goodwin, owner and general manager of Bravo Brassiere decided to take his culinary and restaurant management skills to a new level. His experience in the food business taught him endless lessons, and equipped with 45 years of experience, most certainly qualified him to open and operate a restaurant of his own. “Open since August 2010, Bravo symbolizes authenticity, quality and genuine love in every bite,” says Fred. “Our commitment is to our customers, and doing our best to provide more than just a meal; we strive to provide an unforgettable dining experience.” And after savoring any dish from the menu, you will agree and understand what he means. In order to ensure his business stands out and continues its success, Fred acknowledges, “The commitment to owning and operating a restaurant is endless. You must be available at all times on any given day of the year.” But, Fred’s love for his restaurant makes what may appear to be a difficult and diligent task, something that is seamless and comes naturally to him. Fred explains, “At Bravo, our menus are carefully selected by experienced chefs using the freshest ingredients. Our beef is slowly dry aged and lightly seasoned to provide both tenderness and the ultimate in flavor. Our fresh seafood is purchased from local merchants. And, all of our distributors’ facilities have been carefully inspected for proper storage and food handling to ensure perfection in the quality of the products we serve.” Conveniently located at 123 Empire Street in Providence, with complimentary valet parking, Bravo offers their cus-

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tomers a relaxing place to go with friends and/ or loved ones, customer service which is bar none, and where a unique, excellent experience out awaits. Bravo has an elegant ambience that is perfect for a relaxing sit-down brunch or dinner. In the evenings it has a cozy, comfortable lounge that is ideal for a few drinks with friends. Bravo is located in the heart of Providence’s Theater District, and two blocks from Kennedy Plaza. They are a full service restaurant complete with diverse menus and a large selection of wines from regions around the world. Located on the second floor is an award-winning banquet facility for private functions. It has large picture windows overlooking the city and the Trinity Repertory Theater. Bravo offers a different menu for holidays, and on Valentine’s Day, they feature a special, both which are listed on their website. With outstanding entrees, including Fred’s favorite, a mouth-watering Filet Mignon and Lobster Bearnaise, and his favorite dessert, Creme Brulee, your experience at Bravo will exceed your expectations.

“Sharing an evening out with excellent food and drink can be very relaxing and romantic,” says Fred. So, if you have a passion for fine dining, and truly want to impress your loved one on Valentine’s Day, or any other time of the year, visit Bravo, and you will receive that and much more. Visit for information about their “Murder Mystery Theatre” show, Monday Night Specials, gluten free menu, and more. Call 401490-5112 for reservations (suggested by not mandatory).

Valentine’s Day Trends and Habits... According to the National Restaurant Association, Roughly 25% of the American population will be dining out on February 14th. As Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday this year, the annual reservation survey from OpenTable also shows diners will be celebrating love well into the weekend. Results from both sources revealed a number of different dining trends and habits operators can use to sweeten the holiday for everyone Per the National Restaurant Association: 33% of American adults would like to receive a restaurant gift card as a Valentine’s Day gift. Men show a much stronger preference for restaurant gift cards as a Valentine’s Day gift than women do, at nearly 50%. 31% of adults favored restaurant gift cards as a Valentine's Day gift followed by jewelry, clothing/apparel, flowers, chocolate and perfume/cologne. 46% of men favored restaurant gift cards over the other choices. Women indicated that their preferred gifts are jewelry and flowers, with restaurant gift cards coming in third. 42% of consumers say they pick their favorite restaurant or their companion’s favorite restaurant for their special meal. 21% select a restaurant with a romantic atmosphere, followed by restaurants that offer special menus or promotions (13%), restaurants picked by their companion (12%) and a restaurant they haven’t been to before (11%). Per OpenTable: Diners indicated that they plan to celebrate love in a big way with a projected check average of $139, which is 63%

more than the typical OpenTable check average of $85 per couple. The survey results also showed: 51% of respondents said they plan to dine out on Thursday, February 14, while 36% said they plan to celebrate Valentine's Day on Friday, February 15, or Saturday, February 16. 5% of diners said they plan to celebrate on Wednesday, February 13. 8% of respondents plan on dining out more than once for Valentine's Day. Respondents indicated that the top three factors in selecting a restaurant for Valentine's Day are positive reviews (34%), romantic ambience (27 %) and service (16%). Less important attributes included restaurant location (14%), special Valentine's Day menus (8%) and the quality of the wine list (1%). When presented with menu options, diners said they prefer A la Carte (67%) over Prix Fixe (33%) menus. Traditional menus came out on top with the majority of diners (56%) saying they would select a classic three-course meal (starter, entrée, and dessert). Others preferred sharing several small plates (23%), feasting only on entrees (13%) or enjoying an extensive menu (8%). The survey also shows diners expect their dates to mind their manners. 56% of women and 61% of men say talking and texting on cellphones at the table is the biggest dining faux pas a date can commit. The second? Being rude to wait staff. ShopInRI 9

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by Al Milukas

Notes from the Cooker, Traveler, Master Gardener and Serious Sipper of Creative Cocktails Al enjoys discovering great food, creative cocktails, and the people who make them. Listen to him on the Paul & Al show, weekdays on 94HJY. For more blogs delivered to your e-mail, sign up at


Ingredients: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoons sweet paprika 1 teaspoon granulated onion 1 teaspoon granulated garlic 1 teaspoon basil 1/4 teaspoon white pepper 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 1/2 teaspoon gumbo file (file powder), optional 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken tenders or breasts 4 eggs oil for frying (I like using avocado oil and some pork fat for flavor) 12 ShopInRI

Once you try this chicken, you’ll realize it doesn’t have to be Fat Tuesday to enjoy these wonderful Cajun flavors! Because they’re full of flavor and not too spicy, my 11-year-old daughter asks for them all the time! Double-dipping in the seasoned flour is a messy step, but it makes them extra crunchy and flavorful.

Directions: Cut the chicken breasts into manageable pieces. If they're thick, slice them horizontally to make two thinner breasts. A thick piece of chicken won't cook all the way through. Combine the flour, salt, paprika, onion, garlic, basil, white pepper, cayenne, black pepper, thyme and gumbo file in a bowl. Mix well. I like to separate the 4 eggs, placing 2 eggs in 2 separate bowls. This keeps the first bowl "clean" and not gummed up with flour. You'll see what I mean once you start, because it's a bit messy. So, crack 2 eggs in the first bowl and the other 2 eggs in the second bowl. Scramble them up and put the bowls on either side of the seasoned flour bowl. Pre-heat a pan of oil to 350 degrees. Dip the chicken in the first egg bowl and then the seasoned flour mixture. Shake off the excess flour and dip the chicken in the second egg bowl, making sure the flour is covered by egg. Then dip the chicken back into the flour for a second coat. Carefully place the chicken in the pan. Fry the chicken until it's cooked all the way through and golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

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Heat the Heart on Valentine’s Day By Julia Romano

How about this for romance? Or not! Historians have said that Valentine’s Day’s origin was in Ancient Rome as it began as a pagan fertility festival referred to as Lupercalia, and included sacrificing animals, and whipping women with animal skins until they bled, signifying their fertility. Thank goodness this changed in the 1300s, when it was christianized and became a day to focus on love and romance. Other historians say that the “founder” of Valentine’s Day was the Saint Valentine, who resisted to obey Emperor Claudius II. Claudius had prohibited marriage because he thought it distracted young soldiers. Valentine disagreed and illegally married couples until he was captured. After he was sentenced to death, young couples would visit his prison cell to give him flowers and cards. 16 16 ShopInRI ShopInRI

As the 1300s approached, Valentine’s Day became the most popular day of the year for partners to convey their love to each other. During the Middle Ages, it was thought by many in France and England that February 14 was the start of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance. Second to Christmas, Valentine’s Day is the most common day of the year when cards are exchanged for a total of over 150 million greeting cards being sent. In the late 1800s, printed greeting cards evolved and started to be a popular way for lovers to express themselves. Love is not always easy to put into words, especially for those that seldom relay their feelings to their partner. However, on Valentine’s Day, it is imperative that extra

effort is placed on making each other feel special in one way or another. One of the many ways to express your feelings is to carefully choose a perfectly worded greeting card. Women especially, based on their sensitivity, will most definitely appreciate a card that is personal, and is reflective of their partner’s true feelings. Women will seek heartfelt words, ones that apply to just you and her; and she will cherish reading each and every one. So keep her heart smiling because if you think that she will forget that you have forgotten, you are wrong! And in the long run, the payoff will definitely be worth it for such a simple gesture. If you’ve been in any type of long term relationship, you may think that it’s not necessary to remind your loved one that they are still tugging at your heart. This is absolutely not true. Love is a funny emotion, so as that women never get tired of

hearing those three short, but ever so meaningful words. Even men, as macho as they may be, want to be reminded that they are appreciated and loved. Being sentimental is not for women only. For those in a new relationship, Valentine’s Day can be tricky and even awkward. It may be difficult to decide the right thing to do. If you do nothing, your message will be very clear-relationship unimportant. However, if you are just starting to feel that knot in your stomach every time you see them, or jump when the phone rings, hoping it’s them calling, some type of gesture is necessary. But, since you cannot know exactly where the relationship is heading, and don’t wanting to scare the other person off, try to keep it simple. For women, a card that is funny, but has a little touch of mushy and a chocolate heart may be perfect. For men, the same type of card and his favorite candy will suffice. If you want to be sure that you are doing what is appropriate, the easiest way is to discuss the day ahead of time so that you both know where you stand. It may be that you can agree to just go out for a drink or an informal dinner/ and or movie. The worst thing you can do is to go overboard. This may cause the other person to think you are pushy, or worse, they may feel pressured, which can result in the end of what could have been

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something special. If it’s meant to last, there will be many Valentine’s Days ahead to celebrate your love in a more meaningful and serious way. Flowers and chocolate are the most popular Valentine’s gifts, but there are many other ideas to excite and surprise your partner. Try preparing a romantic dinner for just the two of you, followed by a delectable dessert-chocolate covered strawberries can be a delightful choice. From here, you can watch a romantic movie, or try a massage, if that’s something your partner enjoys. Or, plan to go out to her favorite restaurant and surprise her by pre-ordering all of her favorite dishes. For the bigger spenders, jewelry is always a big hit. Pay attention to her likes and dislikes so that what you choose will be something she will truly appreciate and cherish. For couples with small children who don’t often get to go out on date nights, plan to have the kiddies stay with a sitter and book a local hotel for the night. A change of space can do wonders for exhausted parents. Spend the time in bed and order room service, followed by a relaxing bubble bath. Take this time to rekindle the flame that first brought you together. And for the men, ladies can buy him tickets to watch his favorite sports team, or prepare a home cooked meal in a sexy outfit. This will surely shock the love out of him!

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1 (1.5 fluid ounce)chocolate vodka 1 (1.5 fluid ounce) cherry vodka 1/2 fluid ounce grenadine syrup 1 fluid ounce creme de cacao 1 fluid ounce half-and-half 1 dash chocolate syrup maraschino cherries (your preference) 1 chocolate kiss candy

Directions: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Pour in chocolate and cherry vodkas, grenadine, creme de cacao, half-and-half, and chocolate syrup. Cover and shake until the outside of the shaker has frosted. Strain into a chilled martini glass, garnish with maraschino cherry and chocolate kiss, and serve. ShopInRI ShopInRI17 17

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The Greatfull Bread Sandwich Shop

By Jenn Lombari

“A lot has manifested for me just making fresh food and being nice to people.” explains Jim Conlon. Conlon, 49, a Warwick resident, is the owner and operator of The Greatfull Bread Sandwich Shop at 1277 Post Road in Warwick, RI. “I’ve been in the restaurant business my whole working career. I’ve always wanted to do something that’s REALLY GOOD; friendly to people, fresh food, and simple. There’s no frying. There are no ovens. It’s all just fresh sandwiches.” he says. He even makes all the soups and all the sauces fresh every day. This is affordable, fresh food, served with a smile. Food and Community is what Conlon and his sandwich shop are all about. One is equally as important as the other. When he first opened up, he had Greatful Dead fans, famously known as “Deadheads”, who couldn’t wait to get in the door. Instantly asking if he was at certain Greatful Dead concerts over the years, hoping to reminisce and create a bond with their new sandwich making friend. Jim has in fact, followed the Greatful Dead on summer tours during 1987-1992, seeing them with Jerry Garcia over 30 times, and continues to attend concerts of the newer collaborations with remaining members. Residents of the neighborhood were also excited to try out the new sandwich shop in their area. Conlon said that “people just seem to decompress when they come in here.” Something you don’t see often these days; People are usually staring at their phone screens. Customers come in and talk to each other while waiting for 20 ShopInRI

their food. “It’s the whole vibe.” Online reviews of Jim’s sandwiches speak for themselves; Nothing but love from his customers. It’s how you’re treated that makes going to The Greatfull Bread a unique experience. “You can go anywhere to get a sandwich, but it doesn’t taste as good when you’re just a number and treated poorly.” he went on to say, “When people enjoy the food and service, they’re going to tell people and they’re going to come back.” For a first time visitor, Conlon recommends the “Sugar Magnolia”. The Sugar Magnolia, is a turkey sandwich with gouda, bacon, lettuce, pickles, a red onion marmalade that Jim makes himself, and it’s hot pressed on a sub roll. Sounds good doesn’t it? The sandwiches are all named after something having to do with The Great-

ful Dead; whether it be named after a song , a band member, a tour they did… You may notice menu items like “Eat A Peach (73)”, and say to yourself, “That’s The Allman Brothers!” The Dead toured with them that year. There’s even a sandwich called “Chicken Garcia” that is sliced chicken breast, melted cheddar, onions, peppers and fajita sauce in a hot pressed flour tortilla. Vegetarian options like the “Weir’s The Veggies” is also a favorite amongst customers. It’s a flour tortilla exploding with lettuce, tomato, onion, mushrooms, peppers, jalepenos, carrots, cucumber and basil mayo. There are also gluten free sandwiches for customers and Jim handles those separately from the other sandwiches, keeping those who can’t eat the sub rolls and wraps happy and full. He does, after all, encourage you to “Feed The Smile Right On your Face”.

There are 22 signature sandwiches and two specials every day. Some of the specials that made it onto the everyday list are the Sugar Magnolia, Dire Wolf, and Rubin & Charise. The Dire Wolf is BBQ pulled pork, bacon, cheddar and coleslaw on a sub roll. The Robin & Charise is corned beef, Swiss, Thousand Island dressing, sauerkraut, and chourico on grilled Italian bread. Hungry yet? The Greatfull Bread also caters parties of any size with up to a day’s notice for small occasions and a week for larger events. Call or stop by for a list of available sandwiches, soups, wraps, pasta, and salad. Contrary to popular belief, The Greatfull Bread is not a bakery and does not make bread. They do keep it local by getting their bread from LeFavorite Bakery in Governor Francis Plaza. Conlon also buys his produce from local farm stands when it’s in season. From the outside, it looks like a small space. Looks can be deceiving. All of the artwork that adorns the walls of The Greatfull Bread has been made for and given to Jim from loyal customers. The dining area has more than doubled since opening just over a year ago and the back end of the space is used for community events. “In the year or so I’ve been open, my complaints are that I’m tired and I had to buy more furniture.” he laughs. “Those are great first year complaints!”

Conlon is focused on creating a sense of community and giving back. His daughter, Alex, is also a big inspiration and helps out as well. One Saturday per month, there is a fundraiser event booked at The Greatfull Bread. He’s hosted everything from a performance of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, acoustic performers including local musician, Jeff Wheeler, yoga sessions, and more. Donations are then given to a good cause within the local community. In the past, Conlon has donated to local families that have fallen on hard times, art and music programs for local schools, and has even helped with local sports programs as well. Included in the money raised and donated from fundraisers, are all the tips that Jim and his three part time employees make. Upon hiring, they are made aware of the community driven business that The Greatfull Bread is and they are happy to be a part of that, contribute, and “give back”. Be a part of something special. Stop in for lunch. Meet some new people and become part of something that gives back to the community.

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Bookstore / Bar By Jenn Lombari

“First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Over the years, Providence has had its share of bookstores come and go and some still remain; but never has there been anything quite like Riffraff. Nestled away in the courtyard of The Plant, a historic mill that is host to commercial and residential space in the ever up and coming Olneyville area, owners Tom Roberge and Emma Ramadan created this labor of love; Both coming from a background of translation and literary retail, and loving the nightlife. It’s hard to make a bookstore profitable these days unless you own the building. The profit margins just aren’t good enough when you are competing with Amazon and other online retailers. If a store discounts their prices too much, it eats into the profit margin. That’s why a lot of bookstores have a coffee shop or they sell other gift items like cards, puzzles, games, etc. Here at Riffraff, they didn’t want to do that. Although they do sell coffee drinks and tea, they wanted their “sideline” to be a bar atmosphere. Ramadan explained that, ”Instead of a coffee shop/ bookstore, the bar atmosphere made more sense.” Future plans include special events with appearances by different authors. Being open at night and being a bar lends a whole new type of atmosphere to the experience. Roberge added, “An average bookstore that has an event might have it at 5 or 6 PM, being open until only 7 PM and then shooing people out the door. People can’t stick around afterwards and relax with a drink and talk about the event. They can’t stick around to meet new people and talk to the author.” At coffee shops, people tend to be using headphones and they’re on their laptops; here at Riffraff, they wanted to foster the environment where people meet and talk to one another. Customers can already be seen striking up conversations with other customers while browsing the shelves and tables that greet you as you walk in. People are 24 ShopInRI

Emma Ramadan Tom Roberge recommending titles to each other. And you can browse the bookstore area WITH your drink; however, there is a “you drip, you buy” policy. About 6000 individual titles make up the inventory of the bookstore. The inventory is made up of both Roberge and Ramadan’s personal taste. You will find fascinating titles by indie authors and small publishing companies. “This is where you come to discover something new and unique.” Many stores are trying to be everything to everyone, and here, they just want to bring the best writing from many perspectives into the store for customers to discover, enjoy, and share with the person next to them. What Ramadan is most proud of is, “not only the concept of the bookstore/ bar, but no other bookstores in the area are stocking some of the titles that we carry.” So how did they choose what to carry? First, there is lack of space to stock everything you would find at chain retailers. They simply started by eliminating entire sections that are common to most bookstores. Because of the atmosphere, there isn’t a section dedicated to young adult but there are some titles scattered throughout the fiction books. If another store in the area thrives on a certain subject, they have eliminated it from the inventory; for example, there are no travel books and there is a limited

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Photo By: Atomic Clock selection of cookbooks. Both owners have entertained the idea of someday stocking a few foreign language selections too. A point was made to also stock local authors that are on their radar and carried by distributors that they use. Some favorite local authors are Lucas Mann, who is about to release his third book; Annie Hartnett whose book “Rabbit Cake” is available at Riffraff and selling fast; Ann Hood, author of “The Red Thread” and other titles; and Mary Cappello, author of “Life Breaks In: A Mood Almanack”. Local beverages include New Harvest Coffee, out of Pawtucket, RI; Revival, Narragansett, and Foolproof beer, and Farmer Willie’s ginger beer. There are also craft cocktails available. Gift wrapping is available for all books and they also carry cards designed by local artist, William Schaff. To accompany the already in place and visually appealing exposed beams, duct work, and brick walls in the historic factory space, Joshua Kampa, a Providence local, designed and built all of the steelwork while Roberge did all of the wood work in the space. A neon sign that glows blue “riffraff ” illuminates the seating area.

It’s here where you can cozy up in a chair or on a couch with a drink and a new book, or maybe sit with friends at the bar or one of the picnic style tables. In the spring, they are expected to have an outdoor seating area in the courtyard. Check out BOOK HAPPY HOUR Tuesday thru Thursday 5pm-7pm and get A dollar off every book.

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STYLEWEEK Northeast Season 14 Showcasing Designers From All Around The World By: Sarah Wessel

Each season, STYLEWEEK Northeast welcomes designers from inside and outside of the New England area. This upcoming season, Season 14, is by far the most diverse season of STYLEWEEK Northeast, as a majority of the designers are from outside of Rhode Island. This is also the first season that STYLEWEEK Northeast will be showcasing international-based designers. Read below on a few of the respected designers from outside of the New England area who will be showing their collections February 21-24, 2018!

Carlos De Moya Carlos De Moya is a Dominican designer, who most recently moved to Rhode Island from New Jersey. He has a national and international presence as he has partaken in various fashion events and shows, along with winning prestigious awards such as the “Best Pre-Porter Collection Femenina” in DeominicanModa. Carlos De Moya also has the responsibility of designing special costumes for important musicals and shows in the Dominican Republic. Apart from being a designer, he is a publicist and university professor. Carlos De Moya will be debuting his collection for SWNE opening night on Wednesday, February 21 at 8:15PM.

Bridgett Artise Branded by the New York Times as a “Vintage Expert”, Bridgett Artise is the pioneering force behind her clothing brand, Born Again Vintage. Based in New York City, Artise specializes in recreating sustainable garments from recycled fabrics. Apart from being a designer, Artise is a professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she teaches two classes on vintage clothing. Artise is also an author. She has released her first book “Born Again Vintage: 25 Ways to Deconstruct, Reinvent and Recycle Your Wardrobe”, which has been reviewed in over 50 publications. Artise’s designs will take the runway on Friday, February 23 at 8:00PM. 28 28 ShopInRI ShopInRI

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Peach Carr Peach Carr is a self-taught Chicagobased designer, who finds inspiration from her childhood, music, and art from the 60’s and 70’s. Carr is a Project Runway alumnae, who was dubbed as “Country Club Chic” by Tim Gunn. All of Carr’s designs are made with stretch, machine washable material. This allows for her garments to be comfortable, easily transitional, and practical. Peach Carr will be showcasing her line on Friday, February 23 at 8:15PM.

Alexander Michael Snyder, Project Runway alumni, is a San Francisco, Californiabased designer. Throughout the past sixteen years, Snyder has been able to distinguish himself in the fashion community and explore many different facets of the industry. Snyder’s professional repertoire consists of obtaining his masters of fine arts degree, tutoring fashion students, consulting fashion designers, and managing his own business, D.N.A Group, LLC. Snyder will be closing the final SWNE show on Saturday evening at 8:15PM.

Lloyd James Husband Lloyd James Husband is a London-based fashion designer who will be traveling overseas to showcase his designs closing night of STYLEWEEK Northeast on Saturday, February 24 at 8:00PM. Husband has received many renowned achievements such as being the recipient of the British Fashion Council BA Scholarship, as well as being the winner of the Coach X British Fashion Council design competition. Through these, Husband has gained support from the British Fashion Council, which has allowed him to grow as both a young designer, and as a person. Husband’s collection allows any gender to emerge themselves into a universe of luxury and rock and roll. ShopInRI ShopInRI 29 29

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Style Guide:

Keep it Casual

What to Wear to STYLEWEEK Northeast

A pair of jeans with a statement blouse is perfectly fine. It’s practical, comfortable, and polished. Find a balance between too casual and too fancy. You don’t want to look under dressed, but you also don’t want to overdo it. Your goal is to enjoy the show, not to compete with the garments the models are sporting on the runway.

By Sarah Wessel

Do Not Spend a Fortune

Season 14 of STYLEWEEK Northeast is fast approaching and the final countdown has begun. Get ready to shop the vendor booths at the accessory showcase, mingle with the other attendees, network, and be awed by the innovative designs that will debut on the SWNE runway. This is also your chance to get in touch with your inner fashionista. However, the always-dreadful dilemma of what to wear may still have you puzzled. Lucky for you though, fashion events are creative outlets that allow you to dress however you want and express your individual style.

While I’m sure you want to dress to impress, you do not need to break the bank while doing so. Hey, you don’t even need to go out shopping! (Although most of us are always looking for an excuse to go shopping and well, here is one). Check out different stores and brands. You don’t have to come dressed head to toe in designer name brands.

To alleviate some of the anxiety, I’ve put together a few tips and outfit ideas. Experiment A fashion show is the perfect place to experiment with your outfit! Play with different colors, textures, and fabrics. Wear something you normally wouldn’t, but have always wanted to. Have you always wanted to wear a feather-trimmed dress? Do you have an eccentric skirt with tags sitting in your closet because you don’t know where to wear it? Well, now is the time to show off your creative side, so choose that fanciful garment to wear. 32 ShopInRI

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All Black Everything

You can never go wrong with wearing all blackespecially to a fashion event. Black is a staple within the fashion community. It’s chic, it’s slimming, it’s timeless. You can even take your all black attire to the next level by adding a pop of color. Whether it be a red lip or a neon shoe, make color your accessory.

Block Heels Now this is completely your preference, but comfort should be priority. Block heels still add height and help to dress up your outfit without killing your feet. I even suggest block-heeled booties since it will most likely be chilly at the end of February, and the last thing you want are snow covered feet.

Clutch Ditch the totes and satchels and opt for a clutch. Clutches are compact, making them just the right size. They fit the necessities-phone, money, license, and your favorite lipstick. The seats in the runway room are tight, so you don’t want a big, chunky bag taking up any additional space.

Dresses Whether it be long, short, asymmetrical, long-sleeve, or sleeveless, dresses are super easy and convenient. Dresses are a full ensemble in one simple garment. Of course you can pair it with a fun blazer or leather jacket, and you may want to since STYLEWEEK Northeast Season 14 is in frigid February. ShopInRI 33

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Family-Owned Matt’s Local Pharmacy Opens Doors in Middletown Matt and Erika Olivier Strive to Highlight Local Vendors, Products

By Mark Berger

From his decades of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, began the quest of Matt Olivier to own an independent and familyowned pharmacy. Olivier and his wife, Erika, are opening Matt’s Local Pharmacy, located at 88 E. Main Street in Middletown. Their goal is to afford alternative ways of providing health-related products and services to customers. Matt Olivier, born and raised in Wakefield, said that he worked for a large chain pharmacy for 18 years. A colleague suggested to Olivier the idea of becoming a business owner. That was about two years ago, and initially, Olivier said he had not entertained the thought 36 ShopInRI

of being the boss. Changes at his previous employment motivated him to chase his dream and make it a reality. “The concept of being an independent owner never left my mind and the seed was planted,” said Oliver, who graduated from the University of Rhode Island School of Pharmacy in 2006. “The idea of being able to provide a better pharmacy service on my own truly began to grow. I would be able to provide in-depth consultations, assist others with understanding insurance and better follow-up with the patients and their doctors.” “After 18 years of working at a

‘big chain’ pharmacy, I noticed things began to change,” Oliver continued. “I wasn’t allowed the time and resources that are necessary to render the services I wanted to provide.” Erika Olivier, who grew up in Scituate, RI, graduated from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. After they moved back to Newport, the Oliviers toured New England to research what other people did in their respective fields. Their objective was determining which products and items consumers wanted, and how they were manufactured and shipped.

What the couple discovered during their travels spoke volumes about their mission, according to Oliver. “It was Erika’s commitment to shopping locally and encouraging others to do likewise that resulted in what direction we headed,” Matt said. “Within a short time, we realized the great selection of quality products right in our own backyard,” he continued. “The idea seems fitting; if we are the only independent, family-owned, locally-operated pharmacy on Aquidneck Island, then we should provide our customers with locally produced products.” He said what makes Matt’s Local Pharmacy different from other pharmacies include: offering free daily delivery, curbside delivery, access to a private consulting room, and blister packaging. Oliver is also a Certified Diabetes Outpatient Educator, which means he is authorized to provide counsel to patients dealing with the disease. They accept most

major insurance carriers (with the same co-pay), and can offer advice on understanding the various plans customers have. “Another advantage to working with local merchants is their personal stake in what they make,” said Oliver. “These vendors are not just out to make money; they are trying to make products that they believe in,” he added. “Most of these people are getting their ingredients locally, and it has been a great experience meeting them and learning about what they do.” Matt’s Local Pharmacy plans to hold its Grand Opening later this spring. The store is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM, Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM and closed on Sunday. More information may be found by calling the pharmacy at 401-619-5020, or by visiting their new website at

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Life too Busy? Don’t Have Time for the Gym? WORK OUT FROM HOME!

By: Stacie Venagro /2017 World Miss Fitness America Pro

Don’t let this cold New England weather get in the way of your workouts! I’m sure the last thing you want to do is to go outside in freezing temps, jump in your car, and head to the gym. Especially those of you who work out early in the morning or late at night. Even with the inclement weather, or the fact that you don’t have a gym membership, should not deter you from getting started with enhancing your health by working out. A common misconception is that we need to spend hours in the gym for it to make a difference. This is so far from the truth. As a mom and business owner, I know that on some days the thought of working out seems almost impossible. This may be surprising, but not only can you get an awesome workout in a short amount of time, you don’t need any equipment or a gym! All that’s needed is a little motivation, some water for hydration, and maybe a timer, depending on the type of workout. Combining strength and cardio intervals is one of the most effective ways to build strength, get your heart rate up and burn those calories. Making sure to always work your large muscle groups, including legs, chest and back, and doing this for 20-30 minutes at least 3 times a week is a great start. Increase your time and frequency when possible. If time is of the essence, increase your frequency to 4-6 times a week. There are plenty of free workout videos on YouTube; all you have to do is search, “total body workout no equipment” and you’ll see tons of videos. A couple of my favorites are PopSugar and Fitness Blender. There are also many other videos, apps, and such that you can tap into for workouts. Some of them may have a cost associated with them, but it may be worth it. Many of the videos or apps that cost money will provide a daily routine.

If you’re working out more than 3 times a week, vary your workouts each day. For example, Monday could be leg day, Tuesday, shoulders and triceps, etc. Remember, cardio and abs can be included in every workout. However, if you’re only working out 3 times a week, then a total body workout with rest days in between is a good way to go. I’ll be including a killer total body workout at the end of this article. I often give these workouts to my clients for their off days, or in our case over the last week, snow days. I know that working out, especially on your own, might seem intimidating, but once you push yourself that extra step, I guarantee there will be no regret. Working out at home definitely takes motivation, but as I always say, schedule this time in for yourself; it’s just as important as anything else. If you have children, let them join in on the fun! If they are too much of a distraction, ask a friend or family member to help, or set the kiddies up with something to do while you’re working out. And remember, form is most important; so if you’re unsure of a certain exercise, research it and make modifications, as necessary..

The Dirty Thirty Workout *use a mat if you want*

30 reps of each exercise with no rest until complete each set. Do this 3-4 times, with 1 minute rest after each cycle. Jumping jacks Plank shoulder taps (15 each side) High knees Push ups (modify on your knees) Squats Front kicks Forward lunges Bicycle crunches Mountain climbers Leg lifts Backwards lunges For more of a challenge, hold weights for squats and lunges.

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Getting & Staying Motivated Susan Gazerro

The majority of people believe that eating healthier and exercising are the hardest parts of their journey to a healthier lifestyle, but the truth is the most difficult part is staying motivated to continue their efforts.Think about it, so many people have said,“On January 1st, I will start working out in an effort to be healthier.” Come the end of January, if not sooner, more than half of those people are back to their old ways. It’s easier to feel motivated and inspired at the beginning of a challenge, but with the passing of time, it gets harder and harder to keep it going. It’s important to keep the right mindset in order to continue pushing yourself towards your fitness goals, even at your lowest points. Below are some facts and tips that will help you to stay proactive and

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motivated throughout it all: Your favorite food isn’t your worst enemy. You don’t have to give up your favorite foods to be healthy and fit! There are many scientific studies that show that the main reason for fluctuating weight is because of an increase in calorie intake. If most of your meals are nutritious and healthy, there will be opportunities to indulge without messing everything up. I always say, “taste, don’t over indulge.” You know what it tastes like; do you really need to indulge? It may seem cliche, but it really is important that everything be done in moderation. You do not need to cut anything out completely, as long as moderation is the outcome. Everyone should be able to enjoy their favorite foods and treats at certain times.

Take the word “guilty” out of your vocabulary. So what if just ONE TIME you ate a little too much candy, or gave into a craving for some fries? It’s not the end of the world! So,don’t make a big deal about it. You can train a little bit harder the next day, eat a little healthier, and that will be good enough. Just keep in mind that you should not be giving in to your cravings everyday. My advice is to wake up the next day, take a shower, as it will be refreshing and make you feel alive and ready to go. Next, drink lots of water and start fresh. Lastly, and most importantly, accept what you did and move on. Do not dwell on it and allow your mistake to consume your every thought. It’s a new day! Let it go and start fresh. Love your workout. How can you expect to keep your fitness routine for long-term if you don’t love your workout? That’s close to impossible, unless your willpower is extraordinarily and uncommonly strong! I always tell my class participants, “this is all about being healthy.” Don’t focus on weight loss. If you focus on losing weight, it becomes a chore, and we can all agree that more chores are the last things we need. Find an active group, or get a bunch of friends and enjoy it together. You should laugh and have fun with it. Exercise should not be something you dread, but something you actually look forward to. Knowing that you are going to feel

energized when you complete your routine should be motivating enough. Exercise should be as routine as showering, eating, working, taking care of the kids, and all of the other important things in your life. It should also be a lifestyle that provides happiness. Your fitness journey should be yours and yours alone. It should also help to get rid of anything toxic in your life. And, you must focus on YOU. When putting effort into working out, eating clean, and being healthy, it should only be done for yourself. Trying to improve your life based on someone else’s standards means that you are doing it for the wrong reasons.You should never live your life because of what others say or think, or what you may think they think! Set your own body goals and work hard only for YOU, and to feel comfortable with who you are. We all have that someone for

whom we think we should do certain things. Forget them. It must be all about you. You are the most important reason for doing this-to be healthy; to love how you look; and to love how you feel. When I first started running, it had nothing to do with anyone else. I was not happy with the way I was feeling, therefore; I chose to make a positive change Eryk Thurber with Oak & White for myself. We graduate from high school, some go on to college and gain the “freshman 15”, some go to work. All of these milestones may be why we say we are putting on that unwanted and unhealthy weight. Others use the excuse, “It’s harder to stay healthy once we hit the age of 30, 40, or 50.” This does not have to be your truth. You are in control of your destiny, your body, your life. Is it easy? Not always, but it can be done. And, do not strive to be skinny. We are all built differently with distinct shapes and sizes. Find your “healthy weight” and learn to maintain and love it.

“Your legs are not giving out, your head is giving up,” If you don’t allow your head to give in or give up, your body and mind will stay healthy and strong!

“Your body hears everything your mind says.” I love this one because it’s so true. If you put negative thoughts in your mind, your body will react in the same manner. If you have positive, “I’ve got this” thoughts in your mind, your body will respond in a much more favorable way.

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Dr. Matthew Lopresti named Chief Surgeon at Leonard Hair Transplant Associates Dr. Robert Leonard, Founder of Leonard Hair Transplant Associates (LHTA), announced that Dr. Matthew Lopresti has been named Chief Surgeon of LHTA, which specializes in the practice of medical and hair restoration surgery. Dr. Lopresti joined the practice as an associate surgeon in 2013. “It is with great pride that I announce Dr. Lopresti’s appointment to the position of Chief Surgeon,” Dr. Robert Leonard said. “An incredibly talented physician, he has earned this position one surgery and one patient at a time; I am confident that he will continue the industry-leading excellence established by the practice nearly 30 years ago.” Dr. Robert Leonard will remain with the practice as Founder and transplant surgeon and will continue to consult with patients and perform procedures on a slightly reduced schedule. Dr. Lopresti has trained exclusively with Dr. Leonard in the art and science of hair restoration surgery for the last five years, “I have had the unique honor of learning from Dr. Leonard, arguably one of the most respected hair restoration surgeons in the country,” said Dr. Matthew Lopresti. “Working by his side on a daily basis has been an invaluable experience and his tutelage and confidence in me has made me the surgeon that I am today.” Lopresti, a Malden, Mass., native, is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and earned his Doctorate from the College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of New England. He completed his medical internship at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Pennsylvania, his residency at Boston Medical Center, and his fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Lopresti is a noted expert in the follicular unit extraction(FUE) technique, where hair follicles are individually harvested from the donor area to ultimately create a natural looking transplant result. “We take pride in giving our patients the utmost care and respect they deserve and I look forward to this next chapter with them – and with my mentor Dr. Leonard – at Leonard Hair Transplant Associates,” said Dr. Lopresti. “My goal is to continue to grow our practice, as well as make my own contributions to the field of hair restoration.” LHTA maintains offices in Cranston, Rhode Island; Boston, Worcester, Braintree, and Newton Centre, Massachusetts; and Salem, New Hampshire. For further information, please contact LHTA at 617-965-7400 or visit ShopInRI 43

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Finding the Right Real Estate Agent For You!

By: Amanda Hannon

I know I need an Agent, but how do I know who to choose? Would you perform surgery on yourself ? Would you give yourself a root canal? Of course not; you would hire a professional. So why would you try to sell your own house or search for your dream home without hiring a professional?! Regardless of if you have a home to sell, or looking to buy, you could be left in the dark without a professional’s guidance; so, how do you choose the right one? First and foremost, AVOID THE SCAMS! Read the fine print. There are so many scams out there in the Real Estate world, therefore; if something seems too good to be true, it probably is! A buyer’s agent should be FREE. A buyer’s agent gets paid out of the sale’s commission, which is paid by the seller. And, don’t be duped into paying a fee to join a VIP list or anything of that nature; that is not industry standard.

KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GETTING. A buyer’s agent should be more than just someone to send you listings; make sure the person you are hiring is looking out for your BEST INTEREST. Consider this, a buyer’s agent is like a matchmaker. They are matching you with the home of your dreams; in order to do so, you must have a good relationship and rapport with them. If you don’t feel comfortable, or simply don’t “connect”, they may not be the right match for you. On the other hand, a seller’s agent is more than just someone who is going to place your property up on MLS, show the property, and hold some open houses. There is SO much more marketing to selling a home than this. ASK QUESTIONS. CHECK FOR RECOMMENDATIONS. 46 ShopInRI

PRICING IS KEY! Often times, people will list their home at an unrealistic price and there are agents out there who will list your home way over market value just to secure the listing. IF THIS APPLIES TO YOUR SITUATION, YOU ARE HURTING YOURSELF. Look at the CMA your agent is providing, look at the houses that have sold near your property, look at the other homes on the market, and be realistic! Your home may be a little bigger than a higher priced home, but yours may need a complete kitchen and bathroom rehab. There are many factors that go into pricing your home. Pricing too high will simply cause the home to sit for an extended period of time, costing you more money in the long run. Go with the agent who is honest and has the data to support his/her proposed value! Lastly, it’s important to confirm your agent’s availability, and the plan they have to keep your home safe at showings and open houses. Far too many things can happen when people are touring homes, and your valuables should be protected! These are just some tips to keep in mind when choosing an agent. As always, Hannon Realty Group is at your service 24/7. Contact us for any and all real estate related questions, at 401-757-0845. Home of the home buying - 100% satisfaction guaranteed, and where we tell YOU what the fine print says! Amanda M. Hannon - Hannon Realty Group Broker Owner, CRS, ABR, E-PRO, BPOR Service you deserve. A REALTOR® you can trust. Multi-Million Dollar Producer *WE’VE MOVED, OUR NEW ADDRESS IS: 365 Great Road, Lincoln, RI 02865 C: 401-575.7854 Download My Property Search App Like me on Facebook!

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February 16th -25th

Over 150 Events!

Below is a sampling of events related to the Newport Winter Festival where you can choose from more than 150 events, including food, drinks, entertainment, and endless fun for the entire family!

23rd Annual Chili Cook-off sponsored by Sam Adams

Winter Festival Beach Polo

Saturday Feb 17th 11:00 am-3:30 pm Gurney’s Newport Resort One Goat Island (former Hyatt). Choose the best chili in town from your favorite area restaurant and caterers. Be sure to bring your appetite as you indulge in the best of the best in savory chili dishes. Call 401-847-7666 to enter your chili recipe in the cook-off.

Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band- Changes in Latitude Saturday, Feb 17th 8:30 pm Located at Gurney’s Newport Resort, One Goat Island For information about tickets and pricing, call 401-8477666 or visit This spectacular show will be a tribute to Jimmy Buffet, best known as the Mayor of Margaritaville. Have a blast with this nationally commended band as it travels from throughout the country to Newport.

Sunday, Feb 18th 1:00 pm

“First take a drink, then the drink Easton’syou Beach, Newport. takes a drink, then the drink takes you.” Presented by the Newport International Polo Series, - F. Scott Fitzgerald Easton’s Beach

Please, parking at the has Atlantic Beach People Over the no years, Providence had its shareClub. of bookstores of alland ages the spectacle of horsemanship come goenjoy and some still remain; but never has and there breath-taking viewslike of Riffraff. Newport’s renown Beaches been anything quite Nestled away in the when theofponies and players putmill on athat polo courtyard The Plant, a historic is match host to on the sand. The event is a low-impact, eco commercial and residential space in the everfriendly up and exhibition that is part of the fun during Newport coming Olneyville area, owners Tom Roberge and Emma Winter Festival. FREE! Ramadan created this labor of love; Both coming from a background of translation and literary retail, and loving Teddy Bear Tea, the nightlife.

A Musical Celebration and Story Time

It’s hard to make a bookstore profitable these days unless you own theFeb building. The am profit margins just aren’t good Tuesday, 20th 11:00 enough when you are competing with Amazon and other Newport Harbor Hotel, One America’s Cup Avenue online retailers. If a store discounts their prices too much, it Enjoy eats into theshow profit with margin. That’s why a lot of bookstores this your beloved teddy bear as have coffee to shop or they sell other Christopher gift items like‘Kavi’ cards, youalisten musical storyteller, Carbone. He will family with music andto puzzles, games, etc. delight Here atyour Riffraff, they didn’t want stories about the wonderment of winter. Tea/Milk do that. Although they do sell coffee drinks and tea, they and cookies will be toserved to atmosphere. adults and children. wanted their “sideline” be a bar Cost: $4.00 Presented by the Newport Harbor Hotel Ramadan explained that, ”Instead of a coffee shop/ 50 ShopInRI

Princess Party at Ocean Cliff

17th Annual Live Jazz For Kids Greenvale Vineyards Thursday, Feb 22nd 1:00 pm-4:00 pm Greenvale Vineyards, 582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth.

Wednsday, Feb 21st 1:00 pm -3:00 pm 65 Ridge Road, Newport. Sponsored by Good Kidz Toyz Join your favorite princesses for the Winter Festival Princess Party at a location that is truly fit for a princess! Enjoy treats fit for a princess, and wear your favorite princess costume for a royal afternoon filled with stories, songs and surprises! Good Kidz Toyz will be hosting a “Princess Boutique”, with Princess-themed plush toys, games, puzzles & dolls that will be available for purchase during the event. Co Sponsored by OceanCliff/ Newport Experience and Good Kidz Toyz. Questions? Contact 401-8477666. No strollers allowed in the ballroom due to space. $10/ $5

13th Annual Illuminated Garden

The musicians include vocalists Tish Adams and Dick Lupino on bass and guest musician Yvonne Monnett. The artists will entertain guests with songs kids know and love in a jazz setting incorporated with old time favorites. Complimentary refreshments will be served for the kids and wine tasting will be available for purchase for adults. FREE/Open to the public. 401-847-3777.

Winter Festival Comedy Show featuring Steve Sweeny & Marion Grodin Friday Feb 23rd 8:30 pm Gurney’s Newport Resort, One Goat Island Presented by the Newport Comedy Series & Newport Winter Festival. Steve Sweeney is a remarkable legendary Boston comedian known as a master of dialects and character voices. With his famous Boston accent and amusing insight into human nature, he has been featured on major television shows including David Letterman, Evening at the Improv, Comics Come Home, and Comedy Central; and starred in his own Boston-based sitcom, Park Street Under.

Thursday February 22nd 6pm-9pm Ballard Park, Hazard Rd, Newport.

When it comes to comedy, Marion Grodin can pretty much do it all!

Thousands of lights displayed in the three-acre quarry meadow. FREE.

Must be 15 or older to attend. Call 401-847-7666 for more information.

Annual Best Hot Drink Contest Thursday, Feb 22nd 8:00 pm The Red Parrot Restaurant, 348 Thames Street. The competition heats up as judges choose the Best Hot Drink in Newport! Local bars and restaurants are invited to compete for the Festival Plaque. Guests will get to sample the delightful concoctions, as well as enjoy drink specials. To enter, contact the Red Parrot 401-847-3140. Contestants must provide their own liquor, garnishes and glassware. FREE Admission. w/ bracelet.

Polar Pineapples Saturday Feb 24th 3pm-9pm Gurney’s Newport Resort, One Goat Island (former Hyatt)

Pineapples on the Bay will be transformed again this year for the 4th annual Polar Pineapples! Try a signature infused cocktail or specialty hot drink (alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available) while enjoying views of the bay. This year we will have a variety of ice sculptures and an ice luge! Free Hot Chocolate at the Five33 Lounge w/bracelet. 3pm- 9pm, 401-849-2600 ShopInRI 51 ShopInRI 51

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Christmas Eve Dinner Brings In Hundreds for Meals, Gifts & Hope

By Mark Berger:

The Inaugural Christmas Eve Dinner, held recently at the Boys and Girls Club of Woonsocket, brought in people for a hot meal, warm conversation and holiday cheer. Pictured (l-r): Susan McKee, wife of Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee; Mark Berger of Berg’s Eye Communications in Cumberland, Ilanna Ball of Finest Real Estate and Property Management in Woonsocket and her husband, Charles

People lined up over an hour before the First annual Christmas Eve Dinner began at the Boys and Girls Club. They received a hot meal, gifts and the opportunity to enlighten other attendees. The event was sponsored by Ilanna Ball, Owner of Finest Real Estate and Property Management, who spends much of her free time assisting individuals and families in need. This was one of many activities she does to aid in making a difference in the community. “We were happy to help out those who may not have a place to go or family to see during the holidays,” said Ball. “This event was born out of the need to serve those who needed some place to go and meet with other people. We had a steady stream of people coming through the doors.”

“There are a lot of people that could use a helping hand, not only during the holidays, but throughout the year,” said McKee, who mentioned the numerous ties he has with the Boys and Girls Clubs in the region. “It’s good to see so many come out to events like this. However, it also underscores the problems that too many Rhode Islanders are experiencing with homelessness and poverty.” River Falls Restaurant donated 100 meals to the event. Help the Homeless RI, Stop and Shop and Ginger Green Marketing also lent a hand in contributing their services and time. Finest Real Estate and Property Management is a premier real estate brokerage located in Northern Rhode Island. The company provides better and faster real estate services for all homebuyers and sellers, including the first time homebuyers, looking to purchase or sell real estate in most favorable terms.

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“One great rock show can change the world!� By Jenn Lombari So which came first: The movie or the school? It was in the early 2000s when Paul Green, founder of School Of Rock, established a permanent location for his music school in the Philadelphia area. Instead of teaching kids lessons in the standard way of reading music and scales, he founded a fun method that got kids playing music that THEY liked and started forming bands. Paul quickly had three successful schools operating in the area. Paramount Pictures caught wind of what he was doing and made a visit to one of the schools. As a result, the movie, School Of Rock, was created. The School Of Rock idea took off and became franchised with over 200 schools in seven countries, and well over 25,000 kids enrolled worldwide. Performance Music Education provides a lot of the same skills that kids benefit from as when they play a sport. For instance, they learn life skills, teamwork, problem solving, 64 ShopInRI

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social skills, they learn to speak on stage in front of large groups, and gain confidence. A teacher they have may become a mentor. Lessons are learned on the stage the same way lessons are learned on the playing field. A lot of kids take music lessons, find that it is slow moving, and they become bored. School Of Rock has perfected a way for them to have fun working together for a three and a half month period with a common goal: to perform with their bands, playing music that they like, in front of 300400 people in an authentic rock concert setting. Dave LaSalle, owner of the Attleboro, MA location and the North Providence, RI location, saw this as a perfect opportunity for himself. LaSalle grew up playing music with his brothers in a rather successful cover band called UVL. Growing up in the Woonsocket area, they played private events and clubs three to four times per week. His parents always told him and his brothers that they were never going to be rock stars-music should be a hobby, and that

they should focus on careers and go to college. So they all went to school and got their degrees while playing music on the weekends. Dave went on to be an engineer in the medical field, working for Johnson & Johnson in the medical device business. He later went back to school to earn his MBA at Bryant College, leading to him co-founding a medical device business in Massachusetts. While working at J&J, employees were encouraged to go out into the community and get involved in community organizations. LaSalle became a mentor for high school age kids in the Taunton area who were at risk of dropping out. Students were paired up with adults who would take them out in the community and show them career options that would appeal to them, while emphasizing the importance of college, and getting them back on track. About four years ago, LaSalle retired from the medical device industry and had an opportunity to do the three things he enjoys

the most: start a new business from scratch, work with kids and work with music.

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The Attleboro location opened in 2016. Since then, there have been over 180 students enrolled in classes. Students have the options of learning guitar, bass, drums, vocals, keyboard, and saxophone. Ages range from five years old to adult. There are twelve teachers on staff- all of which have been background checked. The new location, which will be opening in March/April 2018, is located at 1270 Mineral Spring Ave. in North Providence. It will mirror the Attleboro location. The assistant music director of the Attleboro location will become the new music director of the North Providence location and will lead that team. There is expected to be the same amount of teachers, as well. Students can pre-enroll now at the Attleboro location and then transfer to the North Providence location once they open their doors. Students can experience what it’s like with a free demo lesson.


The kids will learn their instruments and learn teamwork in the classroom,


“The Stage is the Ultimate Teacher” LaSalle explains, “You can’t teach in a classroom what kids will experience on stage.” For example, the singer might forget a verse, and the rest of the band has to figure out together, and without stopping, how to get the train back on the tracks, in front of an audience. The next School Of Rock concert will be on May 20, 2018 at Fete Music Hall in Providence. Shows are open to the public and tickets will be on sale through School Of Rock’s Attleboro and North Providence locations. Call 401-305-7701 and ask about a FREE demo lesson TODAY!

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Ask An Expert: Tips to Keep Your Pipes from Freezing My name is Tom Lopatosky. I’m the President of LOPCO Contracting ( & I’m honored to have the opportunity to talk to you about home improvement on a monthly basis. I love answering your questions! Please send them to or call 401-270-2664. As we are all VERY well aware, weather in New England can be EXTREMELY temperamental. Perhaps no other time of year can frustrate residents in our region as much as winter does. We can literally have two weeks of subzero temperatures, get hit with a monster snowstorm of 15”+, and then all this can be followed by three consecutive days of temperatures being in the 50s or 60s. Recently, we experienced pretty much this exact same scenario. This is nothing new to us. We live it. Many complain about it, but there are quite a number of others who actually get a kick out of Mother Nature’s volatility in our area (I am NOT one of them!!). The challenge we face during the winter when a pattern like this occurs is the perfect conditions for pipes to freeze and burst in our homes or businesses. When there is a longer stretch of extremely COLD weather, water in pipes stands a very good shot at freezing. Once the water freezes, it can expand and create leaks in weak pipes, and joints in pipes as it does so.

allows heat to continue to flow to areas where pipes may be located that might not get enough heat to prevent freezing otherwise. A flooded area of a home or business stemming from a busted pipe during a cold spell is an extraordinarily unsettling situation to live through. We work with clients all the time who have had their lives turned upside down when dealing with the after-effects of this type of situation. Fortunately, if some very simple steps are taken, disasters such as these can be fairly easily preventable. Tom Lopatosky has run his own carpentry and painting business in Providence since 1995; LOPCO Contracting – the “Personable, Particular Professionals” – specializes in carpentry and exterior & interior painting. Recently LOPCO Contracting was named ‘RI’s Finest Painting Contracting Company’ by ShopInRI Magazine. In 2013, Tom was named “Humanitarian of the Year” by the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) and a “40 Under 40” award winner by Providence Business News. He is a member of both the PDCA and RIBA (Rhode Island Builders Association). Tom has weekly ‘Home Improvement Tips’ that air on the radio on 630 WPRO AM (during the weekday morning news) and on television on WPRI 12 (during the Saturday morning news).

These problem areas do not usually show their face until the temperatures rise a bit, things start to thaw out, and all of a sudden the unsuspecting home or business owner has a potentially major situation on their hands!! How can we avoid this type of situation if we see a deep freeze coming in the extended forecast? Here are a few ideas: - Keep the heat on!! Many people have the tendency to lower the heat at certain points of the day. Keeping the heat raised a bit higher than normal may provide the added heat needed to prevent a disaster. - Allow faucets to drip. This will prevent water pressure buildup (which aids in allowing pipes to freeze). - Seal gaps and holes that allow freezing cold air into the building. - Add extra insulation. Pipes located in attics, basements, or other areas that may not be well insulated should have insulation installed around them to help in lessening the chance that they will freeze. - Keep interior doors (including cabinet doors) open. Doing so ShopInRI 69

Movie Review The Post By: Hannah Burke Throughout history, there has always been feuds between the media and the government. In this day and age, the term “fake news” and discontent is prevelant. The media and White House seem to be at never ending odds with each other. However, this has not changed much from back in the 1970s when President Nixon fought newspapers, such as the New York Times and the Washington Post over the release of government secrets being divulged to the public. The movie, “The Post”, tells the true story of these events, as the Washington Post attempts to release military secrets kept long in the dark for 20 years. The movie starts in 1966, during the Vietnam War. A military analyst named Daniel Ellsberg (Matthew Rhys) is sent to Vietnam to report on the American war effort overseas. Years later, he photocopies classified documents describing the Vietnam War and leaks them to the New York Times in an attempt to prove that the US government had been lying to the American citizens about the war for almost 20 years. Years later at the Washington Post, Katherine Graham (Meryl Streep) is faced with the tough decision of allowing The Post to become a publicly owned paper instead of a family owned one. Her ideas are quickly shot down by the men who insist that she can’t make decisions for herself. As this is happening, Editor-in-Chief, Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), learns that The 70 ShopInRI

Times reporter, Neil Sheehan ( Justin Swain), has not had an article in a while, and suspects that he has a major story planned. Turns out he does, as Graham’s longtime friend Robert McNamara (Bruce Greenwood) tells her that the article is about him, the exposing of the US government, and their deception to the American public.

ing was smashed into the last 30 minutes without any context. The amount of character to character dialogue was extremely abundant and was more common than other scenes. The scenes where everyone is together at Ben’s house were my favorites, and I felt as though there could have been more of those interactions.

The US government is outraged by the article, and Nixon goes to court to fight The Times, restraining them from further publishing. Meanwhile, Ben is determined to find a good story, and one of his editors, Ben Bagdikian (Bob Odenkirk), finds a lead on a story. He travels to Boston to collect 4,000 pages of confidential US secrets from Ellsberg and brings them back to Washington, D.C. Ben, his editors, and reporters quickly make sense of the papers in an attempt to create a front page article. Soon, Katherine is forced to either agree with Ben, which would allow US citizens to know the truth about the lies they’re being fed, or to side with her board members to protect the integrity of her newspaper and realize the consequences of publishing.

I did appreciate Meryl Streep’s role in the movie, and the emotion she put into the character really made me think, “Wow, even though Meryl Streep plays Katherine Graham, it’s like she’s not acting.” The line between actor and character is very transparent. The fact that she is a female who takes ownership of a newspaper company after the death of her husband, and has to choose between the high socialite life, and giving the people the news they need, while being pushed down by the men surrounding her was impressive. I also appreciated Tom Hanks’ role in the movie, as he is the editor of the newspaper who strongly cares about what he’s publishing and how it would benefit the public and protect the freedom of the press.

Overall, I thought the movie was average. It seemed like the runtime was too long and that the actual end-

I give “The Post” a 3.5 out of 6 diamonds. Rated PG-13 for swearing and violence.

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Toxic and Dangerous Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat When you sit down for a meal and your dog is looking up with a sad face attempting to get some of your plate, it can be hard to resist caving in. Or what about when cooking a big meal and you accidently drop some food on the floor. Who feels like going to get the broom when your dog can come and clean it right up? Seems harmless, but in reality sharing table food with our pets could put their overall health and life at risk. There are plenty of ingredients that we consume on a daily basis that can trigger serious toxic reactions in our pets. Most people know not to give their pet chocolate but did you know what other foods can cause the most damage? I have compiled a list of what ingredients to keep your dogs away from! Caffeine: Caffeine is harmful to animals due to the presence of methylxanthines, chemicals which can be found not just in coffee, but also in tea, colas, energy drinks, and even pain killers and diet pills. Ingestion can trigger vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, panting, increased thirst and urination, but also more serious symptoms such as tremors, abnormal heart rhythms and death. Bottom line, caffeine poisoning cannot be treated when consumed by a dog. Although we enjoy caffeine daily, it is toxic to dogs. Bread dough: Yeast is very dangerous for dogs. The yeast in dough can increase and swell in your dog’s stomach, causing severe pain and destroying its tissue. Chocolate: Chocolate also contains lower amounts of methylxanthine. Levels vary, depending on the type. However, chocolate serves as a double whammy of sorts to pets, as it also contains theobromine.Just four to 10 ounces (113 to 283 grams) of milk chocolate could be lethal to smaller dogs. Candy: The artificial sweeteners in candy can cause a sudden release of insulin in dogs’ bodies. Again, candy may taste good to humans, but dogs would rather have a dog treat.

Garlic & Onions: It would be uncommon for a dog to eat enough garlic or onion to be dangerous, as they are not too appealing; but if enough is consumed, they can destroy their red blood cell production. Macadamia Nuts: Not fatal, however; a dog would find these Hawaiian nuts yummy, and when eaten, can cause a dog to have tremors for up to 48 hours, and can also cause weakness in their legs. Grapes: Most fruits aren’t dangerous for dogs and you may wonder why grapes. Grapes and raisins can cause kidney damage in some dogs; so it’s best to just avoid giving them to dogs. Leftover Bones: The danger to this old saying, “give the dog a bone” is that most leftover bones, even with some meat on them, can be a choking hazard to dogs. Give the dog a bone, a dog bone!

Avocado: Although one of my favorite foods to eat, avocado contains pepsin. This chemical is highly toxic, not only to dogs, but many other animals as well.

Apple Core and Plums: Another surprise because they are fruits. The apple core contains cyanogenic glycosides, also known as cyanide, which can cause dizziness, trouble breathing, seizures, and even coma.

Milk & Cheese: Both milk and cheese contain sugars and fatty components that dogs don’t have the necessary enzymes to break down. Although not fatal, dairy can cause gas, diarrhea and vomiting if a dog eats too much of it.

Fruit Pits: It’s actually not the fruit itself that’s dangerous, and it’s not only plums. It’s any fruit that has a large pit or large seeds, as they can cause inflammation and intestinal obstructions.

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Dog Facts You Didn’t Know • A dog’s nose has about 4 times as many scent cells as a cat’s Ice Cream: and 14 times more than a human’s. That’s why dogs are often Ice cream can cause intestinal problems. Although not fatal, used to track down illegal drugs and missing persons. They dogs should not ingest this human favorite treat. can sniff out their dinner from any room in the house! Moldy Food: • With and understanding you can teach any old The best patience case scenario would be severe stomach problems. dog new tricks, depending on what you are trying to teach, The worse case would be fatal. To me, the best case scenario un-teach which usually just morebedifficult. is or bad enough,the sodog, moldy foodisshould thrownDogs away. can learn at any age, and like humans, it’s just old habits that are hard to break! ShopInRI 77

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Chill Out at Canada’s Hotel de Glace North America’s Only Ice Hotel By Julia Romano With winter in full swing, and temperatures barely reaching past negative degrees, you may think the only vacation that will be satisfying is to venture to a warm climate with white, sandy beaches and bright sunny days. Well, this may be great for some people, but for others who are a little more adventurous and are comfortable with the outdoors, how about sticking with the cold temperatures, and adding a bit of luxury and distinct experiences as an escape from your daily routine? The Ice Hotel is only a few hours north of New York City, and ten minutes from downtown Quebec, Canada, sits the ever so popular getaway, Hotel de Glace, or Ice Hotel. It’s not just a hotel, but a unique piece of art. Inspired by the original in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden, Hotel de Glace on the outskirts of Quebec and incorporates the same functionality but in an even more cultured form. Within this remarkably distinct hotel, there are framed paintings hanging on its ice walls, elaborate ice furniture and a swanky ice bar. Also within the structure, there is a magical atmosphere with many different lodging experiences from which to choose. Where else can you go to “chill” out in a luxury igloo with sculptures, icy beds

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and cozy fur hides to keep you warm at night? Each year, the Ice Hotel is rebuilt using 30,000 tons of snow and designed by local artists from Quebec who are employed to carve out the ice into sculptures and wall murals. Students from architectural and design schools also come in and create the décor of the ice suites. Colored LED lights give it a nice visual effect as you walk through the hallways. And, each winter, from January through March, the Hotel de Glace hosts over 85,000 visitors. With 32,000 square feet of icy charm, this extravagant ice structure will surely enthuse those of all ages. With 45 differently themed rooms, there are options to delight everyone. And it’s not only frigid temperatures that you will experience. There are hot tubs, saunas, and spas for a break from the chill. For the kids and their parents too, there are “n’ice’ly” created giant slides to amuse and excite. The Ice Hotel even has a chapel (of course, created from ice) for lovebirds searching for a most unique and unforgettable marriage ceremony. From the “Valcartier” experience, which offers a

themed suite, a second night, access to the indoor water park, breakfast and more, to the “Adventure”experience, offering a regular room with Nordic sleeping bags, breakfast, and a dogsled shuttle ride, a “One Night Family” experience, which includes a regular room, access to the hot tubs and saunas under the stars, the “Romantic” getaway, with the choice of a themed room, a second night, breakfast, and more, and the “Nordic Escape,” offering a regular room, access to the hot tubs and saunas under the stars, and more, each experience will surely create lifetime memories. Upon entry into your stay at the Ice Hotel, there is a tour and one hour workshop about how to survive your overnight stay without suffering any significant discomfort or negative consequences. Instructors relay the importance of taking the safety measures very seriously to avoid getting hypothermia, or even worse. The rooms offer sleeping bags that preserve heat from the body and help to keep the body temperature regulated throughout the night (as long as used properly) and a comfortable Tempurpedic mattress. For those that cannot get through the night for one reason or another, they are offered transportation and a stay at an area regular hotel. This experience does not appear to be for everyone, but for those who do embrace it will have awesome memories that will last a lifetime. What is necessary to build ice hotels? Ice hotels are built near rivers where workers can draw water, freeze it into ice and cut the ice into large blocks before trucking it into place. Extensive, large-capacity ice hotels take about five to six weeks to build. For the Ice Hotel, snow and ice blocks are taken from the Torne River. Each spring, around March, Icehotel harvests ice from the frozen river and stores it in a nearby production hall with room for over 100,000 tons of ice and 30,000 tons of snow for the following year’s hotel construction. Some describe the experience of waking up after a night in an ice hotel as one of sheer exhilaration, while others say it even feels like an accomplishment. ShopInRI 85

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