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Gift A Stunning Conversation Piece Two thousand years ago, JDZ Kaolin formed over millions of years was used to make fine art for the Chinese royalty. Today, this local precious mineral is handcraBed into the 5-element healing jewelry by Dr. Hannah in Rhode Island. Dr. Hannah’s weekly email services guide you on how to use Sara Yo jewelry for holisMc healing purposes.

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Classic diamond earrings are some of the hottest jewels for this Valentine’s Day. Veronica says that you can never go wrong with these, after all, diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Article by Cassandra Remillard

Make this Valentine’s Day one to remember with your significant other! It’s that lovely holiday to remind your better half just how special they are, and how much you appreciate them! Located in Johnston, Rhode Island, Ocean State Jewelers has been a family run business for the past 35 years. Veronica and Alicja take the time to get to know each and every one of their customer well enough to offer them the perfect piece of jewelry, which they are guaranteed to love. Their passion and enthusiasm make shopping at Ocean State Jewelers a fun and personalized experience! Classic diamond earrings are some of the hottest jewels for this Valentine’s Day. Veronica says that you can never go wrong with these, after all, diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Ocean State Jewelers is also happy to carry floating diamond necklaces which are perfect for layering! If you’re shopping for him, Ocean State Jewelry has plenty of Citizens watches, you will be able to find the best timepiece for your man.

Planning on making this the most memorable Valentine’s Day yet? Customers may also be interested in the very popular Dora Rings, starting at $299, they are perfect for wedding/engagement bands! Veronica, Alicja and the Ocean State family highly recommend gold, you can never go wrong! Ocean State is thrilled to help their customers find the most amazing piece of jewelry for their customers. Whether you’re looking for him, her or your family members, customers can get their jewelry personalized with photo and message engraving. In addition, if you need a repair, restoration or watch service, Ocean State Jewelry has you covered. They also specialize in appraisals, estate jewelry, and custom made items. At Ocean State Jewelry, Veronica and Alicja pride themselves on the words Customized Service. The store is located at 1395 Atwood Avenue, in Johnston RI. Feel free to email or call their team with any questions! oceanstatejewelers@gmail.com or 401-751-8105

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Enjoy the Pleasure of a Good Cigar, You Owe it to Yourself Come experience Havana Cigar! Located on the top floor, at 24 Quaker Lane in Warwick. Our walk-in humidor houses a selection of premium cigars from all over the world. Enjoy the full bar and spacious seating in one of our three well-ventilated rooms. Our knowledgeable staff can help you find the perfect cigar for any occasion!

Havana is open to the public from 11 am - 1 am everyday. Membership options are available, with 21 hour access to the member’s room. Need to escape? Relax and have a smoke any day of the week. Take advantage Saturday night by pairing your first drink with the Cigar of the Night for half off. Or Sunday morning for $8 Bully Boy Bloody Marys and $15 bottomless Mimosas. Come play cards on Tuesday with our friends here at Havana. Mix and match box deals, as well as gift cards that are always available. You can also join us for our monthly cigar dinners! Follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for updates on events happening at Havana Cigar. Gift cards are always available!

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Treat yourself and others to some delicious Valentine’s Day Chocolate Covered Strawberries! What a treat! They are easy to make and loved by all! Ingredients:

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1 Pack of large strawberries

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Total Time: 10 minutes

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Cooking Instructions: 1. Wash and dry your strawberries and lay out a piece of parchment paper. 2. In three separate small microwave-safe bowls, melt two cups of each color candy melts on 50% power for about 3 to 4 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until melted. 3. Add about 1/4 of each melted chocolate into separate decorating bags and cut a tiny tip off the end. 4. Dip your strawberries into your melted chocolate cups and place into your parchment paper and let harden for about 15 minutes. 5. Drizzle of your melted chocolate in your decorating bags over your chocolate covered strawberries. 6. Immediately top your chocolate drizzle off with the sprinkles of your choice and let harden for another 5 minutes and enjoy!


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Kelly Carlini, owner of Community Marketing, LLC and Bridal Shows By Kelly in West Warwick, Rhode Island believes that consumers get the best products and services from local businesses. Thus, she strives to connect people planning special events such as weddings, birthday and holiday celebrations with small businesses in the community by organizing and hosting over 20 expos throughout southern New England each year. Kelly helps small business owners by sharing her knowledge gained from over 20 years of advertising and marketing experience. Kelly is the proud parent of two sons and a grandchild.

Some of Kelly’s 2020 Rhode Island Events include the: • • • • • • • •

Rustic Wedding Expo at Mishnock Barn in West Greenwich on March 22 Lullaby RI, a new baby expo, at the North Beach Clubhouse in Narragansett on April 4. Bridal Show at Kinney Bungalow Farm in Narragansett on May 3 Ocean State Bridal Show at the West Warwick Civic Center on August 9 Bridal Show on the Bay in Warwick on September 13 Girl Scout Partnership Bridal Show at Camp Hoffman on September 27 The Kids Expo on October 25 Rhode Island Christmas Festival on November 21 & 22

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Kelly offers the following recommendations for working with local businesses: • • •

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Both Brides and Grooms should actively participate in wedding planning and attend wedding expos Wedding expos should be for couples, families and friends, not just for brides. Be sure that you personally connect with and like your service providers, especially your photographer and DJ. You want people you like to help you make precious memories. Prepare for attending an event expo much as you would prepare for a job interview. Feel free to bring written questions with you. You are hiring professionals to do a job for you. Ask all service providers what their backup plan is if they are unable to attend your event due to an emergency or if their primary equipment fails. Attend Christmas and other festivals to do your shopping. Support small businesses.

Please check out Kelly’s websites: www.BridalShowsByKelly.com and www.RhodyKids.Com.

For further information and recommendations please contact Kelly by email (Kelly@BridalShowsByKelly.Com). Kelly will be pleased to communicate with you about promoting your business at community events. I would like to thank Industrial Consultant Dr. Margarita Posada Cossuto for helpful comments.

Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro Independent Consultant in Human Factors, Learning and Human Resources

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THURSDAY, FEB 13 Chef Walters Cooking School Valentine for Couples Why not try something new with your partner this Valentine’s Day? In this Cooking for Couples class you’ll learn how to prepare a fabulous gourmet meal with your significant other, a meal you can repeat or expand at home. In your class, you will learn how to easily craft a delicious, exciting meal. Bring your favorite apron! Visit www.chefwalterscookingschool.com to register!

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Valentine’s Day Floral Workshop

24th Annual WINEterFest

Roses are red, violets are blue, head to Williams Sonoma’s kitchen for a floral tip or two. Learn how to create a personalized, romantic arrangement for yourself or a loved one. BYO bubbles or wine to this Valentine’s flower party in Garden City, Cranston!

Two days full of grape stomping, wine tasting and beer tasting. Enjoy live music while sipping at the infamous Ice Wine Bar and noshing on food created by scratch from the culinary team. You could even be called to compete in the Grape Stomping Competitions! 909 East Main Road (rt. 138), Middletown, RI 02842

6:30PM - 8:30PM

12PM - 5PM

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Galentine’s Day Massage & Coloring

Illuminated Garden at Newport’s Ballard Park

Grab your gal pals and leave your fellas at home for a great cheese and charcuterie spread plus a chocolate filled dessert bar for $25 per person at Edgewood Cheese Shop and Eatery in Cranston! Adult coloring books available and Mrs. Martin’s Mobile Massage will be there if you wish to purchase a 10 minute chair massage. BYOB!

Stroll through Ballard Park and enjoy the thousands of lights displayed throughout the park. The 3-acre quarry meadow is decked out in lights making it the most beautiful sight! And this is a free event!

6:30PM - 8:30PM

6PM - 9PM

FEB 14-23

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32nd Annual Newport Winter Festival

Winter Wonder Days

10 Days of non stop Music, food and fun at the Newport Winter Festival! This is New England’s largest winter extravaganza featuring over 150 events and offering a unique winter experience.

Visit Roger Williams Park Zoo in January and February during the annual Winter Wonder Days. Don’t miss the Zoo’s newly-opened Faces of the Rainforest exhibit and experience the indigenous monkeys, birds, amphibians, and reptiles of the Amazon Rainforest. Learn more and plan your visit at rwpzoo.org.

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MEET THE LOCALS Some Details About David: Business Name and Info: Koteshin Ryu Martial Arts | David Gervais Address: 50 Minnesota Ave, Warwick, RI 02888 Phone: (401) 738-0750 Email: koteshinryu@gmail.com Website: www.ksrwarwick.com

About Koteshin Ryu Martial Arts: Koteshin Ryu Martial Arts: This is not all about just kicking and punching...this is a family centered martial arts school offering Kenpo, Kali, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Self-Defense training for all age groups. Join our family centered martial arts school today. Train for a better you! #KoteshinryuWarwick

David’s Favorites: What is your favorite place to eat in RI: Best Italian dinner I think goes to Rosalina’s downtown, and my favorite cookie is Seven Stars Bakery’s almond macaroon. What is your favorite vacation destination: I never want to go to a place I’ve already been to. Typically, my favorite destinations are historical sites. I’ve seen the Mayan ruins, Athens, and the Louvre, but my favorite was touring the British Virgin Islands with my family on a 45’ sailboat.

Who is your biggest influencer? Superman and Captain America. They always chose to do what’s right even if it meant sacrificing themselves. That’s the ideal I try to emulate. What is your favorite thing to do in your down time? Kayak with my daughter on Johnson Pond. What’s one thing you couldn’t live without: That’s easy, my daughter. She’s the coolest. Second place in my heart is the Karate School. I love being there and the sense of purpose it gives me.

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Back to the 80’s Party Sat., February 8, 2020 | 7PM Come & dance the night away to your favorite 80’s tunes!

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Rhode Island has a slight advantage when it comes to finding a phenomenal restaurant. Although there are hundreds of tasty spots throughout our tiny Ocean State, we all need a little help when it comes to finding the perfect restaurant that can really impress a date. You can never go wrong with these Rhode Island favorites!

Spain

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1144 Ocean Rd. | Narragansett, RI 02882

138 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840

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Al Forno

Iron Works Tavern

577 S Main St. | Providence, RI 02903 (401) 273-9760 | $$

La Messeria 223 Main St, East Greenwich, RI 02818 (401) 398-0693 | $$$

697 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI 02886 (401) 739-5111 | $$

Matunuck Oyster Bar 629 Succotash Rd, Wakefield, RI 02879 (401) 783-4202 | $$

The Tree House Tavern & Bistro 1094 Centerville Rd, Warwick, RI 02886 (401) 821-1105 | $$

Gracie’s 194 Washington St. | Providence, RI 02903 (401) 272-7811 | $$$

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BOTANICAL BRASS Handcrafted Jewelry That Celebrates Nature & Embraces Individuality Ever since she was a young girl, Kathy always knew she would be an artist. After studying metalsmithing and jewelry design at RIC she has fully committed herself to developing her business, Botanical Brass. Her years of research and testing have resulted in an array of unique jewelry that immortalizes Rhode Island’s beauty. Her pieces are direct impressions of leaves sourced right in Rhode Island, and no two pieces are ever alike! Kathy uses a historic process called roll printing to permanently preserve leaves in brass, copper, and silver. Kathy has a log of specific locations and times to go out and collect her favorite leaves. In the short collection window between mid-April and May - or “The Mad Dash,” as Kathy likes to call it - you may bump into her on some of RI’s most beautiful nature trails. Some of her favorite leaves to harvest are red oaks, chestnut oaks, and even poison ivy! As a self-described nature buff, this is the ideal career for Kathy. She gets to connect with the outdoors while she collects its treasures. After she has her leaves, she carefully dries and presses them until they are ready to be rolled into the selected metal. This process is a beautiful balance of the leaves’ fragile properties mixed with the tough metal and heavy-duty tools.

“Her pieces are direct impressions of leaves sourced right in Rhode Island, and no two pieces are ever alike!” Kathy looks back at the first time she showed her jewelry fondly. “I was blown away by the positive feedback and fascination with my product!” Kathy said. Her line consists of earnings, necklaces and her bestseller, rings. As interest in her product grows, Kathy is building out a new studio! Soon she will move out of the small 6’ X 6’ space in her home to a fully renovated yurt, allowing her creativity to flourish. If you are looking for a truly unique gift for your loved one this Valentine’s Day check out Botanical Brass at the Yes Gallery in Wickford in North Kingston, RI or purchase online at www.botanical-brass.com. BUY LOCAL, SHOP LOCAL

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Titans of Tire Pressure Based in the smallest state in the U.S., Excel Tire Gauge is a big name in the air machine industry. You may not think about tire pressure every day, but when your vehicle’s TPMS light flashes on, it can quickly become a big priority. If you have ever pulled into a gas station, convenience store, or tire shop to fill your tires at an air machine, you may have noticed that not all of these machines are created equal. While some of these air towers may turn tire inflation into a hassle, one business is dedicated to making the process as easy as possible. Excel Tire Gauge, headquartered right on Jefferson Boulevard in Warwick, is known as America’s leader in digital air inflation. A titan of the digital air machine industry, the company’s roots are firmly planted in Rhode Island.

While they operate out of the smallest state in the U.S., the growth Excel has experienced is far from small. Excel Tire Gauge started operating in the U.S. in 1999 after the brand enjoyed international success in Europe, Asia, and South America. Since then, the company has come a long way as Excel’s base of over 150,000 air machines continues to grow rapidly. 2019 was a big year for Excel Tire Gauge. The company sold over 6,800 machines, resulting in a 28% increase in gross sales from 2018. Excel also added 300 new site locations along the way and secured some big-time partnerships with companies like Global Partners LP and RNR Tire Express.

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To account for their growth in sales, they invested in a brand new workspace and hired 12 new team members. The team also redesigned its website and stepped up its marketing efforts. While growth is a major focus for Excel every year, so is giving back. Excel participated in close to 30 charity events in 2019. In October, the team helped fundraise for the Bruce T. Halle Assistance Fund which provides necessities such as shelter, food, and clothing to employees within the Discount Tire family while in transition from a disaster, fire, storm, or injury. The charity also covers medical bills for life-threatening illness or emergency treatment above what insurance covers. With a focus on providing excellent customer service and high-quality products, Excel will hope to continue growing and giving back in 2020 and beyond. Next time your TPMS light flashes on and you find yourself filling your tires at a gas station or tire shop, take a look at the air machine you’re using. It might have come from Excel Tire Gauge.


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Denise Dacier, owner of Hope and Harmony: Holistic Health and Healing, LLC, always knew she was a healer and that her life’s purpose is to help people. A registered nurse since 2004 and a nurse practitioner since 2013, she is now actively pursuing a certification in holistic nursing through the American Holistic Nurses Association. For Denise, the holistic nursing designation is a step toward further aligning her professional practice with her personal philosophy. Denise attended the RISBDC’s startup workshop, The Right Foot, in early 2018 when she was considering developing a business that incorporated her holistic health philosophy. She found the workshop informative and learned the “dos & don’ts” of business planning. With the support of RISBDC Central Rhode Island Director Amit Basnet, Denise launched her business in August of 2019. With a strong start, she has a growing clientele and continues to work with Amit on business development and marketing. Holistic nursing is a practice that honors relationshipcentered care and the interconnectedness of self, others, nature, and spirituality. With a goal of healing the whole person, it focuses on protecting, promoting and optimizing health and wellness, and incorporates complementary and alternative modalities. Denise’s journey began when she started to explore yoga and Reiki as ways to combat the increasing stress of working in today’s healthcare field. She was so transformed by her experiences that she decided to enter into a holistic professional program and is now a Certified Usui and Shamballa Reiki Master/Teacher. She also loves working

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with her gemstones, crystals, essential oils, herbs and her cards as an Intuitive Reader. Denise describes herself as a lifelong learner and reports that her personal self-healing experiences, along with her professional background working with individuals of all races, genders, and ages during times of stress and crises, benefit those seeking assistance on their own healing journeys. Hope and Harmony describes its services as promoting spiritual and self development which lead to a more tranquil and balanced life. “We help you to process negativity so that you are able to focus on bringing the highest vibrations into your life,” says Denise. “Book a session today to experience an energy healing treatment that will leave you feeling relaxed and re-energized!” To learn more about Hope and Harmony: Holistic Health and Healing visit their website at HopeAndHarmonyHolisticHealthAndHealing.com. If you’re ready to start writing your business success story, attend one of our upcoming workshops or set up a free oneon-one counseling session. Register at RISBDC.org today. The Rhode Island Small Business Development Center at URI is part of a national network of nearly 1,000 business assistance centers that provide counseling and training to small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. Partially funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, we help businesses to succeed from start-up to maturity. Amit Basnet is the Central RI Regional Director of the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center. BUY LOCAL, SHOP LOCAL

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The Arcade Providence 65 Weybosset Street, Providence, Rhode Island The Arcade was built in 1828 and is the nation’s oldest indoor shopping mall in downtown Providence. This historic structure has Greek Revival columns, granite walls and classic facades still standing beautifully after more than 185 years watching over Westminster and Weybosset Streets. Those who worked or lived in Providence at the time spent their days in the open center atrium to enjoy the delicious eateries and shop the small stores. The Arcade was designed by Russell Warren and Tallman & Bucklin in hopes for it to be a space for shopping and gathering inside with skylights for natural light. The design was inspired by many similar buildings found throughout Europe.

At the time of the Arcade’s opening, there were only a few stores on the west side of the building. Most of the shopping was on the east side. The Arcade was slow to attract customers and was known as “Butler’s Folly” for several years because of its distance from the shopping district. All things changed when a high end hat shop opened up, which attracted many wealthy customers to the neighborhood. More and more stores started to develop and it became a major shopping area in Providence. Unfortunately, the Arcade closed in 2008 because not enough retail space was being used. To revamp this old mall it took the commitment from several new stores to take over the empty retail spaces.It reopened ints doors in 2013 and is now used today as a residential and commercial mixeduse building. You can choose to shop at any mall, but you will never experience a mall with this much history and beautiful architecture! Visit arcadeprovidence.com (https://www. arcadeprovidence.com/) to learn more and check out their gorgeous, microlofts which are for rent!

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BUY LOCAL, SHOP LOCAL | The Rhode Island Real Estate Market

How’s the Rhode Island

Real Estate Market Doing, You May Ask? The smallest state sure can prove to have big returns. 2019 was quite the year for the Rhode Island real estate market and the state experienced a record-setting growth, providing another great year of appreciation for homeowners and investors. Data shows that this year’s record-producing sales figures qualify for it to be one of the strongest real estate markets in history!

“The real estate market is hotter than ever with unbeatable low-interest rates and a strong buyer demand.” With our Ocean State containing over one million residents, the state’s average sales price ended the year at $285,000 which is a 5.5% increase over 2018’s average price of $270,000. Sale prices in many areas exceeded pricing experienced in the now infamous 2004-2007 boom and there are mixed opinions on whether this is the year the tides turn. Our awesome group of agents worked hard to sell our inventory at 99% of the asking price in an average of 41 days on the market. The smallest state sure can prove to have big returns.

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Thanks to our strong economy, there has been steady appreciation year after year. The real estate market is hotter than ever with unbeatable low-interest rates and a strong buyer demand. Now just might be the perfect time if you are looking to trade up or down, cash out and retire or refinance and buy your dream summer home. The journey of property investing is a path to navigate with the help of an experienced real estate agent. If you need guidance on how to get stated, our experts can create a strategy you need in a competitive market. As you know, the market is cyclical and what goes up does come down as history has repeatedly shown. There is no way to predict what the future has in store for the real estate market, but 2020 could be your year to invest in some Rhode Island property!

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BUY LOCAL, SHOP LOCAL | Whalers Brewing Company

WH A L E R S Rhode Island Whalers Brewing Company was founded in 2011 by Josh Dunlap and Wes Staschke with hopes to create a fun atmosphere for all ages...and yes this means your furry friends too! The inside is a perfect blend between classic nautical Rhode Island and rustic decor inside a cozy warehouse. When you first walk in, the entire ceiling is cascaded with lights, and really sets the mood for a relaxed ambience. There are both high top tables for you to grab a cold brew as well as long picnic tables for big groups. A matter of fact, it is a perfect place to bring your group, whether it is a birthday party celebration or a work outing. Whalers provides a variety of live, local music and activities such as Pool, Giant Jenga, and CornHole; just about something for everyone! You are able to bring all of your own food, drinks and decorations to make whatever you have planned extra special! Call ahead and plan your next event!

“ We brew beer we like to drink, and we only drink good beer” With the many food options around the brewery, you will have no problem finding something to eat. There is a street sign style post labeling all of the local restaurants near by and how far they are, as well as a pile of all the menus. Pizza, cheesesteaks, pasta, sushi...Whalers makes it easy to satisfy your craving! One thing that makes Whalers one of everyone’s favorites is how delicious their beer is. They brew their beer on-site and have a variety of different flavors. The Whalers Rise is a must try! They make ordering your drink very simple, all you need to do is walk up to the counter! If you are looking to do a taste test of their delicious beers, they do it right in the beer hall. While you’re there grab a hat or t-shirt too! There is no question Whalers is one of the top breweries in Rhode Island, and is a great example of what our Ocean State represents. Josh Dunlap and Wes Staschke’s hard work has definitely been noticed, and has become a great staple of Rhode Island. To learn more about Whalers Brewery, visit www.whalers.com or give them a call at (401) 552-0002. Remember to head over after a long day at work, take a seat, and unwind with the locals! Written By: Kayla Falk

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Inpopnito Inpopnito concocts popcorn in dozens of “disguises”. This tasty popcorn is a step above your average microwave snack! They feature such sweet disguises, or flavors if you must, as Blue (really!) Raspberry, Key Lime, and Wacky Watermelon. Of course they have caramels such as White Sugar Caramel, Deep, Dark Caramel, and their best seller, Sea-sprayed Caramel. Their savory disguises include Buffalo Breath, French Onion, Honey Mustard, and Vampire’s Nemesis. Don’t forget the cheese, Newport Cheddar is a fan favorite. Do yourself a flavor favor and visit Inpopnito in Newport to sample some of their disguises! Also available online! www.inpopnito.com | (617) 817-1241

Gregg’s Restaurants & Taverns With four locations conveniently located throughout the state of Rhode Island, Gregg’s is a family favorite and a Rhode Island tradition since 1972. Famous for their award winning home style desserts and an extensive menu that features items made from only the freshest ingredients. Go to Gregg’s and watch the game in their Tavern or enjoy a casual lunch or dinner in the dining rooms. Book their function rooms or bring their famous, multiple award winning desserts and platters to your next party. Make Gregg’s Restaurants & Taverns your restaurant of choice and see why they’ve been a Rhode Island tradition for close to 50 years! www.greggsusa.com | (401) 886-5700

Allie’s Donuts Allie’s Donuts is - and has always been - YOUR hometown bakery. The Allie’s Donuts franchise has been up and running since June 1st, 1968; the day that Frederick ‘Allie” Briggs decided to open up shop on a busy stretch of Rt.2 highway. Since that day, ‘Allie’s’ has continued to produce quality doughnuts, turnovers, cinnamon buns, and other pastry desserts that many Rhode Islanders have grown to love. From one simple familyowned bakery in North Kingstown, the ‘Allie’s’ reputation of delicious doughnuts has crossed generations - and is now proudly owned & operated by Allie’s own daughter Anne and her husband Bud Drescher. The ‘Allie’s Family’ is determined to continue creating the best homemade doughnuts possible, and are proud to be a part of the long and storied tradition that Allie’s Donuts upholds. www.facebook.com/AlliesDonuts | (401) 295-8036 BUY LOCAL, SHOP LOCAL

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