Shop Local Rhody - December 2021 Issue

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Holidays AND

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Family Fun Ways to Celebrate the Holidays! Rhode Island knows how to celebrate the holidays right! Whether it be light shows, theater performances of holiday favorites, or ice skating, there is always a fun activity to experience with your loved ones. Here is a list of fun ideas happening in Rhode Island this holiday season!

Visit Trinity Rep for A Christmas Carol Rhode Island’s family holiday tradition brings Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Tiny Tim, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future to the stage in a glorious re-telling of the classic story that has delighted and inspired millions. The show is running from December 15 - January 2nd, so grab your tickets now! To do so, visit their website at! Act fast before you miss out on this opportunity!

Visit the Holiday Lights Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo from now until January 2nd! Experience this event featuring festive, larger-than-life dazzling displays with 1.5 million illuminated lights! It’s a must-see event that should be on everyone’s holiday to-do list. Not only this, but take your kids to see Santa! He’s coming to town on December 9, 16, and 23 from 5-7 pm. Tickets for Holiday Lights must be purchased in advance online. To do so, visit their website

Enjoy hours of family fun at the ALEX AND ANI City Center Ice Rink Dust off your ice skates or rent a pair and show off your skating skills as you glide around the 14,000 square-foot rink. Is skating not your thing? Take a lesson - or better yet, try the bumper cars! You won’t be able to stop smiling as you slide, glide & bump your way across the ice in brightly colored round cars. Walk-ups are first come, first serve. Visit to make reservations!

Celebrate Mansion-Style at the Blithewold Mansion in Bristol What sounds better than taking a stroll through beautifully-lit paths on the grounds of a mansion, including custom light displays, and handmade bamboo ornaments? Sunday, December 12 at 5- 7 pm, experience all the beauty that Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum in Bristol has to offer. Not only that, but RI Cruisin’ Cocktails will be serving non-alcoholic cider, hot chocolate, hot coffee, and some hot drinks with a kick!

Experience the Magical Bristol Christmas Festival Celebration Check out the Magical Bristol Christmas Festival Celebration, running from December 11-12 12-6 pm. Celebrating their 35th year, the Bristol Christmas Festival Committee is hosting a Europeanstyle Christmas market. Enjoy holiday music by carolers and other entertainers, and watch live wood carving demonstrations. Maybe even take a photo with Santa Claus. Find that perfect gift for yourself or others at the Vendor tables or make a creative present for someone at the crafts table! Don’t miss out on this special holiday event!



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Little Rhody is AWESOME!!! We’ve seen eleven examples of local businesses which offer opportunities to learn, purchase gifts and have fun in our Shop Local Rhody column throughout 2021. These businesses included:

Rarities Books and Bindery (401.379.9970). Visit Kelly AllenKujawski to purchase rare antique books or bring Kelly your family heirloom book for restoration. You might also enjoy some of the rare maps and prints in Kelly’s store. If you would like to learn the art of bookbinding, ask Kelly about bookbinding classes. Laurinda Design (401.258.7084). Laurinda Paolino would be delighted to work with you to redesign the interior of your home or business. Your interior will be both beautiful and efficient. Remember, no job is too big or too small for Laurinda. Aaron Usher (401.524.3750). Aaron Usher will make dramatic photos of your family heirlooms for you to share and display or to document your possessions for insurance purposes. Business owners will find that Aaron’s high-quality images will attract new clients and, thus, have a high return on their investment. The New England Photo Collective (401.474.5238). Contact Heidi Hope or Shaun Guerard if you need a great venue for your indoor family photos or videos with professional backgrounds, for business meetings, photo or video sessions. Heidi also offers professional photography services, photography lessons for beginners as well as professional photographers. The Photographer Who Cares ( Erika Stewart would love to photograph your family, reunion, birthday, anniversary, wedding or products. She would also be delighted to have you participate in her Wonder Workshops and Wonder Retreats for experienced as well as aspiring photographers. Connecting Hearts Travel (401.932.9066). The mother-daughter travel team of Kelly and Abigail White would be delighted to offer you some tips on travel, help you plan your next destination event or vacation, talk about their experiences as small business owners in Rhode Island and send you a copy of their latest fact sheet titled Travel Builds Better Relationships. Education By Entertainment TV Game Show Style Programs (401.272.4664). I’ll bring a FUN program designed to help

your colleagues, family, friends or students achieve their goals and potential,


become safer, more productive and better communicators by learning more about how they think to your event.

Harbor Creative Arts Studio (

Sign up for Rachel Armentano’s art workshops which help people of all ages develop critical thinking skills by encouraging empathy, collaboration, and confidence through art. Her innovative art classes for children are designed to enrich academic development and social-emotional wellbeing through openended exploration of many materials and topics.

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Contact Kat Carney if you, your friends or family members are thinking about an elopement or Small Wedding in Rhode Island, elsewhere in New England or anywhere else in the world. Kat would be delighted to be your photographer. In addition to making great photos Kat also offers to help plan a unique, incredible and memorable experience and can officiate, too! Bookkeeping Towne (401.474.5229). If you are in business or are thinking of opening a business contact Dolly Towne! She will help you become more successful in your business by providing you with the information you need to make the best business decisions, provide supporting documentation for tax purposes, bank loans, etc. As a result of working with Dolly and her team you should attain financial security, get your time back and regain control. The Bubblah (http://www.TheBubblah.Online). Donna McCarthy and her colleagues publish a children’s digital magazine, The Bubblah. The magazine includes activities, stories, art, recipes, physical fitness suggestions, videos, games and puzzles. Children (and adults) are encouraged to submit their writing and art work for consideration for publication. Additionally, Donna has authored several children’s books (http://www.MissMacBooks.Com). Consider purchasing some of Donna’s books for young children on your gift list. Subscriptions to The Bubblah are free, so sign up today!!!

Connect with our local Rhode Island creative professionals featured in this column as well as in each issue of Shop Local Rhody (ShopLocalRhody.Com). If you missed the full articles on any of the above businesses, you will find My Little Rhody is Awesome columns (usually on page 13) in the back issues. (Just Click on Current Issue on the website, scroll down and you will find the back issues). Consider purchasing experiences or tangible gifts from the featured businesses. 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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IMG IS GIVING BACK! Happy Giving Season!

The holidays are quickly approaching and the team here at Integrated Media Group recently kicked off our internal giving campaign, IMGives, to celebrate! A recently-established tradition, the IMG team annually picks a charity to which we donate funds and/or goods. IMGives began in 2019 when IMG proudly worked with Child & Family RI’s Adopt-A-Family program to purchase $500 worth of goods like clothes, food, and toys for a local family in need. This experience - raising the funds, going out to pick the perfect gifts out for our assigned family, and more - was incredibly rewarding for IMG and motivated us to continue this effort. After a brief break in 2020 due to COVID, IMGives has returned in 2021! The IMG family is bigger and more widespread than ever - with over 40 team members living in three different countries and eighteen U.S states. Despite the distance, we have been able to come together virtually to raise funds. We are incredibly excited to spread the holiday joy with our 2021 campaign!

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This year, IMG has decided to work with Toys for Tots. Founded in 1947 by the Marine Corps Reserve, Toys for Tots is a nationwide program that allows individuals and organizations to donate new, unwrapped toys to children in need who may not be able to receive gifts during the holidays otherwise. IMG is working with the Rhode Island branch of the charity to provide local children with gifts to unwrap during the holidays. As of December 1st, 2021, we have raised more than $450 - and our campaign is still in full swing! Integrated Media Group is proud to give back to the Rhode Island community this holiday season, and we are excited to continue the IMGives campaign throughout 2022. To learn more about how to donate to the charities mentioned in this article, you can visit their websites for more information.

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The Perfect Pen for your Special Someone The holidays are around the corner, which means the busiest shopping season is among us! A quality pen can make a fantastic gift for the writer, professional, or enthusiast in your life. There are a large variety of pens out there, and it can be overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re looking for - so we created this helpful guide so that you can choose the perfect pen! Ballpoint Pens - Most ballpoint pens are either a twist style pen, meaning that the pen operates by twisting it open and close in order to write. Another variation is a click pen in which there is a clicker on top of the pen that pushes up and down in order to write. Fountain Pens - Fountain pens have a calligraphy style nib that uses a wide range of filling systems and offer a wide range of inks and colors. These pens take some time to learn how to use but once you catch on, they are addictive. Standard Ballpoint Ink - Ballpoint pen ink contains an oil-based solvent and pigment for color. The ink flows from a thin tube or canister in the pen and through a small ball in the tip of the pen when you apply pressure to the ball. Standard colors for ballpoint ink are black, blue, red and green but are available in many other colors. Ballpoint pen ink dries almost instantly as it touches paper, but because it is oil-based, it can smear Rollerball Pens - Rollerball pens usually have a cap that stays on the pen when not in use. When you are ready to write with the pen, the cap needs to be taken off.

Rollerball Ink (water-based) - Water-based ink for rollerball require less pressure on the rollerball tip to write. Water-based ink is less viscous than oil-based ink and deeply saturates the paper, resulting in a dark color. Water-based ink comes in a variety of colors, but Black, Blue and Red are the most common. Water-based inks dry much quicker and will not smudge Gel Ink - Gel pen ink contains colorful pigment suspended in a thick, water-based gel. The high viscosity of the gel supports more pigment than standard gel ink and also accommodates different types of pigments such as copper and iron oxides. Gel pen ink is thick and opaque and available in almost every color. Gel inks are usually very smooth, require little pressure to write. They are also slower to dry and can smudge if not dried. Something to keep in mind is that ink refills are not interchangeable, and pertain only to the specific pen it is purchased. Choose the perfect pen for your special someone this holiday season by visiting their website

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Lil’ Rhody’s List of...

Winter Fun Activities To To Keep Keep You You And And The The Family Family Busy Busy This This Season! Season! Holiday Lights Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo

Celebrate the Holidays at the Newport Mansions

1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI

424 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI

Ice Skating at Bank Newport City Center

Skiing, Snowboarding, Tubing

2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence, RI

160 Yawgoo Valley Road, Exeter, RI

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Festive Winter Drinks Now is the time of year to snuggle up and embrace that winter chill with a cozy, festive cocktail. These drinks highlight your favorite seasonal flavors. From comforting nights indoors to dazzling Christmas party guests, these recipes have you covered!

Merry Mudslide

Werther’s Hot Toddies Ingredients:


- 2 cinnamon sticks, plus more for garnish - ⅟₃ cup lemon juice - 6 oz. whiskey or bourbon - Lemon slices, for garnish

- 2 oz. Baileys

- 10 Werther's Candies, crushed - ½ cup caramel - 2 c. water - 10 Werther's Candies, whole



1. Add chocolate syrup to inside of two cocktail glass.

1. Place crushed Werther's on a shallow plate, and caramel on a separate shallow plate. Dip rims first in caramel,and then in crushed Werther's.

- Chocolate syrup, for glass

- ¼ cup heavy cream

- 4 oz. vodka

- Chocolate shavings, for garnish

- 2 oz. Kahlua

- Ice

2. Add vodka, Kahlua, Baileys, and heavy cream to a cocktail shaker. 3. Fill with ice and shake until well chilled. 4. Strain into glasses and garnish with chocolate shavings.

2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine water, whole Werther's, and cinnamon sticks. Stir constantly until candies are fully melted. 3. Turn off heat and stir in lemon juice and whiskey. 4. Ladle into mugs and serve.




Ocean State Jewelers We are amidst the busiest shopping season, and there’s nothing quite like shopping local for the holidays. Our small businesses have endured a lot of hardships, yet continue to serve the community with a smile on their face. Put away the computer this year and visit the small businesses in the community! One great local business, Ocean State Jewelers, is conveniently located in Johnston and sells brands that will wow your special someone. With their wide range of pieces, you are guaranteed to find the perfect item for your loved one, or maybe even for yourself! Ocean State Jewelers carries these outstanding collections and more:

The DORA Collection - The DORA collection contains a

beautiful selection of wedding rings and other timeless pieces. These pieces can also be monogrammed to make this gift even more special.

The Stuller Collection - From various gems to other beautiful pieces, this collection is jaw-dropping, and guaranteed to make that special someone feel extra special! Quality Gold - Quality Gold is a beautiful collection with a wide selection. These beautiful gold charms are a perfect, simplistic gift to shower your loved one with! These examples are just a few of the many brands that Ocean State carries and their selection goes even deeper. Don’t wait until the last minute this season. Visit Ocean State Jewelers at 1395 Atwood Ave and view their incredible jewelry selection. Shop local for this holiday season, and support the small businesses that give us so much!



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Loan 101: Cash-Out Refinance There are many different types of loans out there, and they can all get confusing to the beginner. We’ll be breaking down one of the more common loan types we see from homeowners - one that can be particularly helpful during the winter months.

What Is Cash-Out Refinancing? A Cash-out refinancing loan replaces your current home loan with a bigger mortgage, letting you leverage the equity you’ve built up in your home and access the difference between the two mortgages in cash. That cash can go toward virtually any purpose, such as home remodeling, consolidating high-interest debt, or other financial goals.

How It Works

Cash-out Refinance A cash-out refinance allows clients to cash-out equity that is sitting in a property and not earning income. We can refinance up to a 75% cash-out. Seasoning may vary. This allows you to rehab a property, rent the units with executed leases, and then do a cash-out refi on the newly appraised value of the property. The program allows us to get you access to the equity that is just sitting in your property.

It’s very similar to a traditional mortgage refinance and can mean a much lower interest rate than what you currently have. However, with Cash-Out you can withdraw any difference right away. For example, say the remaining balance on your current mortgage is $150,000 and your home is currently worth $400,000. In this case, you have $250,000 in home equity. You’re saving money because of the lower interest rate, but now you can fund those kitchen and bathroom upgrades you’ve been talking about all year.

Why Now? Winter is a great time to do interior renovations that increase your home’s value. During the slow real estate season, you can bump up what your home is worth and be ready to jump right into the spring busy season. If you’re considering selling but have some projects holding you up - now is the perfect time to get back on track.

At Cornerstone, we are capable of handling any size loan for any need you may have. Whether you’re looking to upgrade from a kitchen, add a new bathroom, or even add a garage - we have a program for you. Our network of lenders gives us the opportunity to provide loans for homeowners like you. Whatever loan you need - Cornerstone Commercial Capital can help! Get a quote today!

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Bacon Lover Recipes Bacon is versatile, indulgent, downright delicious and simply is the perfect addition to your favorite holiday dishes. From appetizers to dessert, this feel good food is the ultimate crowd pleaser. Try one of these tasty dishes for your holiday meal.

Appetizer: Bacon

Beer Cheese Dip

Total Time: 45 minutes | Yields: 12 people


- 8 oz. cream cheese softened - 1-12 oz. beer (IPA or dark brown ale) - 6 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese about 8 ounces - Generous dashes of hot sauce - Chips for dipping

- ½ pound bacon slices - 1 tbsp. butter - ½ yellow onion diced - 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard - 1 tbsp. stone ground mustard

Directions: 1. Heat oven to 350 ˚F. Add bacon to skillet over medium heat. Sauté until just crispy then remove from heat. Cool and then chop bacon. 2. In a saucepan, melt butter. Add in onions and cook until soft. Whisk in mustard and add beer, scraping up bits from bottom of pan. Increase heat and bring to boil stirring occasionally. 3. Add in cream cheese and reduce heat to medium. Whisk cream cheese into beer mixture until cheese melts and becomes creamy. Turn off heat. 4. Set aside ¼ cup of shredded cheddar. Add the rest of cheddar cheese 1 cup at a time to the beer mixture, stirring until cheese melts and is smooth. 5. Stir in ¾ of the bacon, saving the remaining bits for the top of dip. 6. Spray baking dish and pour dip into the dish and top with remaining cheese and crumbled bacon. Bake 20-25 minutes. Serve with chips.

Main Entree:

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Total time: 1 hour 25 minutes | Serves: 6


Cooking Instructions:

- ¾ c. milk

1. Preheat the oven to 350˚. Pour the milk over the bread in a large bowl and let soak a few minutes. Use your fingers to smush up the bread into little pieces.

- 3 slices crusty Italian bread - 1 ½ lb. ground beef - 3 large eggs - 2 carrots, grated (about 1 cup) - ¾ c. grated parmesan cheese - ¼ c. minced fresh parsley - 2 tsp. Italian seasoning - ¾ tsp. kosher salt - ¼ tsp. black pepper - 8 slices bacon - 2 14 ½-ounce cans diced tomatoes - 3 tbsp. packed brown sugar - 1 tsp. mustard powder - Pinch of cayenne pepper - A few dashes of Worcestershire sauce - Steamed green beans, for serving

2. Add the beef, eggs, carrots, parmesan, parsley, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to the bread mixture. Knead with your hands until everything is completely mixed. 3. Place the meat mixture on a foil-lined baking sheet and form it into a loaf shape. Arrange the bacon slices on the meatloaf, overlapping slightly. Bake until the internal temperature reaches 160˚ on a meat thermometer and the meatloaf is no longer pink in the middle, 50 to 60 minutes.

Dessert: Maple

Bacon Cupcakes

Total Time: 2 hours | Serves: 12

Ingredients: - 2 ½ cups all purpose flour - 2 tsp. baking powder - 1 tsp. salt - 2 cups granulated sugar - 2 sticks butter softened - 4 eggs room temp

- 1 tsp. vanilla extract - 1 cup milk - ½ tsp. cinnamon - 3 tbsp. maple syrup - 1/3 cup bacon crumbled

Frosting Ingredients: - 2 Sticks Butter softened - 1 ¼ cups Confectioners Sugar - 1 tsp. Maple Extract - ½ cup Bacon cooked/ crumbled

4. Meanwhile, make the sauce: Combine the tomatoes with their juices, brown sugar, mustard powder, cayenne and Worcestershire sauce in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer, partially cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened but still saucy, about 30 minutes.


5. Cut the meatloaf into thick slices and top with the sauce. Serve with green beans.

3. With mixer on low, add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture slowly. Add the milk with mixer still running. Fold in the crumbled bacon.

1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Prepare 24 muffin cups with liners or non stick spray. In a large bowl whisk flour, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon. 2. In a medium bowl using mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, vanilla, and maple syrup until fluffy. Add eggs to butter mixer one at a time.

4. Scoop the cupcake batter into your muffin tins so that each cup is 3/4 full. Bake for 1825 minutes, until slightly golden.

Leftovers Tip: If you find yourself with leftover meatloaf, remember that it makes an insanely good sandwich the next day!

For the Frosting: 1. In a large bowl beat together the softened butter, confectioners sugar, and maple extract until smooth and fluffy. 2. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes and top with bacon as desired.



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