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134 ADAMS POINT $3,570,000






41 RIDGE ROAD $1,595,000


19 SUMMER STREET $1,300,000



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9 SHORE DRIVE $1,387,500



1 CARVER ROAD $1,895,000



15 OYSTER POINT, UNIT 15 $1,040,000









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New Paper, Here’s Why: Feel The Supply Chain Woes Container ships lined up on the coast, shipping containers stacked in ports, a slowly disappearing stock of certain items on store shelves, computer chips delaying automobile manufacturing, and now the paper that you hold in your hands. These are all examples of the global supply chain issues that we currently face. If I were to get into the Wayback Machine and travel what seems like an eternity to the beginning of 2020, there would be a version of myself who never considered that a global supply chain disruption would be coming. Even if I could have predicted such a thing, the thought would not have crossed my mind that it would affect a local publishing company in little Rhody. Yet here we are. Some of you may have astutely noticed that the stack of bound paper you now hold in your hands feels a bit different; there is something that seems off with your monthly magazine. You are indeed holding something that departs from the norm of our typical publication. The paper normally used is a lighter weight coated stock – of which, unfortunately, paper mills have completely dialed back the production. As it was explained to me by our printing partner, our typical paper is almost impossible to acquire

for the near future and the order that was placed through another purchasing partner to fulfill our printing needs is currently stalled amongst other products in the aforementioned shipping gridlock. Luckily for us here at Providence Media, our printing partner is resourceful and was able to procure a temporary replacement. This has allowed us to continue to bring the local news and lifestyle coverage that we all know and love to distribution points near you and to your homes. Normally a change in paper stocks wouldn’t be something that our company felt the need to address directly, but in these uncertain times we didn’t want anyone to see a difference and fear the worst. Providence Monthly, So Rhode Island, The Bay Magazine, and Hey Rhody aren’t going anywhere. We will simply roll with the punches and continue to do our best to put a little bit of joy and entertainment in your hands each month. Thank you, readers! Nick DelGiudice General Manager & Creative Director

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In This Issue

The Bay Magazine February 2022


Family Fun: How to make the most of Rhody’s snowiest month indoors and out

Photo courtesy of The Stitchery

The Buzz

Food & Drink

9 A mecca for car enthusiasts in

23 A Fat Tuesday sweet

Portsmouth is a rising tourism site

treat in Middletown


24 IN THE KITCHEN: Food biz

ing time through the changing sea-

founder brings Ethiopian health

sons in a Little Compton backyard

snack to Warren and beyond

14 Local creatives seek community

25 FOOD NEWS: Farm-to-table

in virtual club for women of color

meal delivery, a local fave expands to Bristol & new

16 RHODY GEM: Dazzling

cafe in Barrington

Photo by Benjamin DosSantos Jr.

28 RHODY RECIPE: Local maple

44 INFLUENCER: Catch up

Pic of the Bay

syrup adds flavor to this pretty pie

with the founder of Black

48 A stunning image

Girls Do Bike Newport

from a local lens

decor from a Bristol mainstay

18 VOICES OF THE BAY: Cupid is alive and well and living in Barrington

Life & Style 39 HOME: Two local

46 SHOP: Dazzle your


designers share tips for

Valentine with jewelry

month’s must-do’s

rethinking spaces

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ON THE COVER: Live like a tourist all winter long. Photo courtesy of Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina.


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A Car Lover’s Paradise How a private collection has accelerated into one of Rhode Island’s busiest attractions One of Rhode Island’s fastest growing attractions is the Newport Car Museum. Located in a former missile manufacturing facility in Portsmouth, it served over 50,000 visitors in 2021. The museum features over 80 cars in its collection, all belonging to Gunther Buerman, a part-time Newport resident, car collector, and sailing enthusiast. He opened the museum in 2017. “My wife Maggie and I moved to Newport in 2010, and we had some cars in storage that we weren’t using,” Buerman explains. “I woke up one morning and said to Maggie, ‘why don’t we sell the cars or start a museum?’” She agreed to the latter. “It gave me the opportunity to collect the cars that I’ve always wanted.” Photo courtesy of Newport Car Museum The Bay • February 2022 9

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It took some effort to make the site workable as a museum. The 114,000-square-foot building was completely gutted and reconfigured to transform into a space to display the collection. The museum sits on a 17-acre site, which allows it to host car clubs, car shows, and other special events. There was even a wedding there last year, with the ceremony held on the Corvette display turntable. The exhibitions cover 80,000 square feet, including cars in six galleries, with Ford/Shelby, Corvettes, World Cars, Fin Cars, American Muscle and Mopars, and a Pop-Up Porsche exhibit currently on display. The museum is user-friendly – there are no barrier ropes around the cars, and photography is permitted in the galleries. The staff updates exhibits continually,


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with new cars rotating through the collection. “As we add cars, we take cars out; it keeps the collection fresh,” explains Buerman. “We also have a storage facility housed within the building. We just added the initial Tesla, a little roadster, and a P1800 Volvo, which is fun for us because my wife is from Sweden and she’s always loved the TV series The Saint, where the first Volvo P1800 was introduced.” “We try to stay focused on the special cars of a particular model or era. I’m my own curator; I only find cars that I like,” adds Buerman. The museum experience also includes specially commissioned artwork, historic videos, and a 2,500-square-foot gift shop, along with an impressive collection

of mid-century modern furniture serving as seating throughout. “About 30 percent of the revenue comes in through our gift shop [where you can find detailed replicas]. We are the largest exotic, high-performance, and classic car dealer in New England. The problem is, they’re only about six inches long,” jokes Buerman. Although impacted by the pandemic like other businesses, the museum is coming off its most successful year. “Last year, despite the pandemic and the challenges associated with it, we broke records every month in terms of attendance,” says Buerman. “The goal of the museum and staff is to put smiles on people’s faces and apparently we’re doing it.” Learn more at

Photo courtesy of Newport Car Museum

A metallic blue 1965 427 SC Cobra is among the dazzling autos in the Ford/Shelby Gallery

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Letters from Home Remembering the year in notes from a 100-year-old Rhode Islander by Antonia Ayres-Brown For the last year, I’ve received an email nearly every month from Sidney Tynan. They arrive by email, usually without a subject line. Just an attached note with a careful record of what’s blooming, what’s wilting, and what animals have been passing through the 100-year-old Rhode Islander’s backyard. Tynan was born in Massachusetts in 1921, and she has lived in Little Compton since the 1970s. She’s a writer, former educator and bookstore owner, and avid gardener. We first met around the 2020 election, when I tracked down several of the state’s oldest registered voters for a radio project. A couple months after that story aired, in January of 2021, I received my first letter from her. For decades, Tynan has penned these open letters from her Rhode Island home,

For more than 20 years, Tynan has been writing letters from her backyard, which are typically republished by The Sakonnet Times.


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observing local wildlife and the evolving seasons. The notes are often republished by The Sakonnet Times, a weekly newspaper covering Tiverton and Little Compton. Her writing shows how tender everyday moments, as well as an attention to the living things around us, can help us make sense of our lives. Over the past year, especially during times of isolation and uncertainty, I’ve personally found much comfort in reading these letters. Tynan has watched many seasons change in her lifetime, and she still greets each new month with curiosity, attentiveness, and affection. As we said our farewells to 2021, Tynan agreed to share some excerpts from the past year. To hear an audio recording of Tynan reading her letters, visit

Tynan spends much time watching the animals that crowd around her birdfeeder, and she recently published a children’s book aimed at teaching young kids about local varieties of birds.

Photos by Antonia Ayres-Brown

MEASURING TIME THROUGH THE CHANGING SEASONS IN A LITTLE COMPTON BACKYARD. JANUARY: Venturing out over crusty, slippery snow to fill the bird feeder was something I wasn’t willing to do, so a kind friend has been filling it on Mondays and Fridays. Pretty soon it was emptied by Thursday morning, so off to the birdhouse maker went my friend and ordered a feeder that would hold twenty pounds! The bird house maker said it couldn’t be done, but three days later he called to say it was ready. A big success, and on a snowy day two red cardinals and one blue jay are a cheerful sight. Well, brace yourself for another month of winter and hope for a milder March. MARCH: Sometimes things work – and sometimes they don’t. The new feeder holding 20 pounds of black oil seed is a huge success and we have had to refill it. Of course there has been some help from a squirrel. Between now and the next time I write, there will be a lot of changes. I think the virus has so occupied our minds and our lives that we forgot spring was coming. But it is, and the birds and tiny flowers will tell us.

Tynan’s property in Little Compton, which she often refers to as the “Back 40” in her letters, includes several walking paths.

MAY: Well, it’s not exactly the May we had hoped for, being a little too cool and gray for my taste, but at least we didn’t have two heavy frosts as we did in 1999. Despite the cool, shrubs have been blooming everywhere and birds have been building nests. A pair of bluebirds even had their babies fledge early and a photo was sent to me, maybe two minutes after one had taken a first look at his new world. It is probably best that we forget once summer comes how magical May can be, with some surprise every day. Next time I write it will be close to the longest day of the year, so grasp these days as close as you can. JUNE: I had meant to write more but instead I sat on my deck and watched the surrounding trees darken slowly and the pale half moon become milkier. It was hard to believe that this is the longest day of the year and I wanted to watch the sun go down. Tomorrow, the first day of summer, the day will be a tiny bit shorter. This is something I do not want to think about. SEPTEMBER: Even though we know the days are getting shorter, we can imagine it is still

summer when we see roses and our annuals and pretend not to see those poor clipped chrysanthemums. The last of the wild grapes have fallen and for a while there was a patch which smelled like red wine. I wonder if there were any drunken skunks wandering around? DECEMBER: Well, I am still here but there really hasn’t been much news on my acres. After the leaves had gone, for a while it was possible to see little bright spots of red berries from our deciduous native Winterberry Holly, but the wintering robins have pretty much cleaned them out. Deer have been messing up the bark on some of my trees as the stags try and remove the itchy velvet from their new horns. The grass is still green and the goldfish pool has a surface that wrinkles with the winds, but no ice. The solstice is close and I wonder what winter will be like. I hope it will be mild and that you will stay warm and in good health. The excerpts above were edited for length and clarity. Antonia Ayres-Brown is the Newport Bureau Reporter for The Public’s Radio. She can be reached at

One visual cue Tynan uses to track the changing seasons is the pond in her backyard. In December, she wrote the surface “wrinkles with the winds, but no ice.”

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The Buzz


By Abbie Lahmers

Power in Numbers She Community Club uplifts Rhode Island women of color through workshops, wellness, and virtual gatherings

A Diwali event from last year invited South Asian women who celebrate to share what the holiday means to them


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Seeing a trend in the surge of women of color, especially Black women, starting their own businesses before the pandemic and that these businesses were often the hardest hit in COVID’s aftermath, Jakhar wanted to forge a community around empowerment and holistic modes of healing. “I am one of the first females in my family to get a higher education, to live alone, be independent and make money as a creative,” Jakhar shares. “Honestly, it gets incredibly lonely, and I didn’t see a lot of spaces that gave women like us the tools and support to thrive in these environments while also addressing a lot of the mental health and other barriers we face as women of color.” Despite these barriers, Jakhar notes, she still sees her peers thriving in their creative and entrepreneurial pursuits. “Imagine

what could happen if we started learning from each other?” This takes shape in a variety of in-person events like the Community Moon Ritual, markets featuring multicultural women vendors and performers, journaling sessions, and other unique programming. Digital platforms have allowed members to continue to share ideas amid the Omicron wave of the pandemic via Zoom workshops and even a Digital Community App that lets members connect based on occupations and interests. At the core of She Community Club are three principles Jakhar prioritizes: community, health and wellness, and development. In upholding the first, she emphasizes the importance of representation over inclusion in the multicultural events they host. “Being included is basically being invited to the party, but representation is when you

Photos courtesy of She Community Club

On a brisk October evening, a small group of women gathered around a bonfire under the full moon to hear their tarot cards read or have henna tattoos done, to laugh and indulge in baked treats together, enjoying the fruits of their creative peers’ labors. This first Community Moon Ritual hosted by She Community Club was also the first time many members had come together in a space like this, designed specifically for women of color to connect and share their talents. “Ever since I was young I always imagined a space where someone who looked like me could have the access to express all aspects of themselves while also having community, safety, and people who looked out for each other,” says Manal Jakhar, a first generation Pakistani-American who founded She Community Club in 2020 as a network of women of color in Rhode Island.

She Community Club hosted a Community Moon Ritual last fall

come to the party and hear your songs and taste your favorite foods and that’s when you know you’re home,” she says. For instance, a Diwali event they held invited South Asian women to share what the holiday meant to them. Second, health and wellness embodies everything from culturally sensitive therapy to Mindful Movement Mondays on Instagram

to “hosting yoga and meditation sessions guided by women of color who are ancestrally connected to the knowledge,” says Jakhar. And the development tenet spans a range of topics, including financial wellness, personal equity, starting and marketing a new business, and multicultural cooking and beauty workshops. Jakhar looks forward to more opportunities

to gather in person in the future, though in the meantime, every online workshop, uplifting IG post, and donation is a step toward breaking down the generational patterns she and many others have faced and begin the work of creating a new narrative for women of color – one that doesn’t have to begin with loneliness. @shecommunityclub

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We’re on the hunt for Rhody Gems! Every neighborhood has that secret, hidden, cool and unusual, or hole-in-the-wall spot that locals love. Email or tag us on social media using #RhodyGem to suggest yours, and we might just feature it! What it is: A shop committed to sourcing an eclectic blend of vintage, decor, floral arrangements, textiles, and more from local artists and designers and fair trade companies. Where to find it: On Bristol’s historic waterfront, find Grasmere steps from Beehive Cafe and Independence Park (and the end of the East Bay Bike Path if you’re cycling) on Franklin Street. What makes it a Rhody Gem? Truly an “immersive environment” as co-owners Beth and Peter Gresch describe, a step inside Grasmere beckons the design-minded to linger and explore the unique wares on display. The kind of shop where you’ll find something you never noticed before on each visit, the Greschs put care into curating a selection of pieces from local jewelers, potters, textile designers, and painters, along with international craftswomen. Preserved floral creations in the English style change seasonally and antiques are strewn throughout, from restored lamps from the ‘20s and ‘30s to elegant vases and looking glasses from the Victorian era. The Greschs share, “For over 25 years, we continue to promote an intuitive blend of decor and wearables that encourages thoughtful, creative, and, above all, joyful living.”

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By Nina Murphy

Make Me a Match Barrington’s Debra L’ Heureux is on a mission to help Rhode Islanders get ready to date again Debra L’ Heureux loves love. For over 20 years, she’s been in the business of preparing clients to do just what the name of her business states: get ready to date. A Certified Matchmaker from the Matchmaking Institute, L’ Heureux has a certificate in Dating and Relationship Coaching, and is also a graduate of the Relationship Coaching Institute. Beyond framed diplomas, she’s a good listener who found the love of her life at age 47 and believes with all her heart there is hope for everyone to find their special someone. REALIST ROMANTIC: You have to make space in your life for love. Lots of people fill up their lives with lots of activities. They’re in a kind of denial saying they want to find love, but they’re not prepared to make room for it in their lives. It’s one of my “Five Truths of Dating.” LOVE STORY: I typically work with people who are over 40, often widowed or divorced. Life has many chapters and I help people learn conscious dating skills to write their own happy ending. GETTING ACQUAINTED: I get to know all of my clients well. We start with a phone call, then there’s an in-person interview, and of course things like identity and background checks. From there, the process of creating a blueprint for love can begin! NEEDS AND WANTS: It’s important that people looking for love figure out their true needs and requirements. I advise sitting down and making a list of what you need to be in a relationship with someone. Many people don’t go through the process, they just look at someone’s physical appearance but they’re not looking at what they need. DATE NIGHT: Even during the lingering pandemic, I find that people want to meet in person, even if it means bundling up to dine outdoors. Of course there are virtual options, as well. CUPID HIT: I have two clients who live within five minutes of each other in a small town and never met. They’re dating now! POETRY IN MOTION: To quote Shakespeare, “This above all: to thine own self be true.” If you are authentic and allow yourself to be vulnerable, then you’ll attract a soul-mate who loves you exactly the way you are! Learn more at


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Photo courtesy of Debra L’ Heureux

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By Karen Greco


10 essential events happening this month Please note that events may require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test and mask-wearing regardless of vaccination status. Be sure to check each venue for updates.

Sample burgers all over Newport for the 10-day Burger Bender competition

February 12: Join Blanc and Bleu DIYers for a hands-on Valentine Wreath Workshop and enjoy a glass of bubbly while crafting fresh greenery and dried florals into a masterpiece. Materials are included with ticket purchase. Bristol,

February 12-13: Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or simply plant curious, explore the multitude of delicious plant-based food products from over 85 vendors at RI Veg Fest at WaterFire Arts Center. Providence,

February 13:

Meat lovers, we see you! During this 10-day gut-busting competition, Newport restaurants compete for the Best Burger in Newport crown, voted by diners, during the Burger Bender. Newport,

Enjoy romantic melodies from La Boheme and the American songbook, along with bubbly bevvies and chocolate treats, at Love Songs in the Living Room with the Encore Opera Company at Blithewold. Bristol,

Through February 28:

February 6 & 27:

February 15:

It’s Winter Wonder Days at Roger Williams Park Zoo! Catch cold weather-loving animals like snow leopards and red pandas in frosty temps, along with half-price admission, all month. Providence,

Yogi Justine McGowan hosts a soul-warming yin yoga practice by candle light to unwind the cold kinks before the week begins at Island Heron Yoga. Jamestown,

Indie country duo from Mississippi, Great Dying, and folk punk from Boston artist Matt Charette take the stage at the Galactic Theatre for an evening of can’t-miss acoustic tunes. Warren, Facebook: Galactic Theatre

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Catch stand up comic Kyle Kinane, featured on Netflix’s The Stand Ups and Love created by Judd Apatow, at the Comedy Connection for a series of five shows. East Providence,

After a crash course in astronomy, listen to stories about the stars from different cultures before stepping outside with a cup of hot cocoa to explore the night sky at Stories in the Stars. Bristol,

The Newport Wedding Show, sponsored by Audrain Hospitality Group, returns for its 19th year of showcasing 80+ exhibitors for every style of wedding at the glamorous Rosecliff and OceanCliff venues.

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Bite Into a Carnival Tradition Ma’s Donuts & More fries up a sweet treat from the Azores “On Fat Tuesday? A malasada was what you ate,” says Valdemar “Val” Leite, owner of Ma’s Donuts & More in Middletown, where they’ve been stretching malasada dough since 1993. Leite, who came to New Bedford from Portugal when he was nine years old, recalls the malasadas – deep-fried fritter-like confections dusted with granulated sugar – his mom made during certain major holidays and in the days right before Lent. “They were always something special because they were a lot of work, especially back then,” he says. “It was an all-night thing for my mother.” When Leite opened his own donut shop, there was no question they’d be on the menu. While Ma’s makes their malasadas daily, Sunday is the day to swing by. Between 8am and noon, Leite and his team fry up the malasadas fresh and piping hot, serving up 500-600 of them to hungry customers. Oh, and Hawaiian malasadas? According to Leite, those don’t count. “It’s a donut,” he says, noting that the Hawaiian version is filled with Bavarian cream or jelly. “A traditional malasada is not filled.” Nor is it covered with powdered sugar or cinnamon. “That’s a doughboy.” “A malasada is different,” Leite continues. “Different feeling, differing texture. When you finish one, you want another.” Learn more at | By Karen Greco Photo courtesy of Ma’s Donuts & More The Bay • February 2022 23

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By Jenna Pelletier

Snacking with Purpose

Saron Mechale, founder of goTeff

Growing up in Ethiopia, Saron Mechale ate the country’s staple crop teff every day, most often in the form of the fermented flatbread injera. But when she arrived in the United States in 2013 to attend Brown University, Mechale found that teff was not widely eaten here, and she felt that Americans’ perception of African culture tended to be “skewed and narrow.” “I wanted to be part of telling a different story about Africa than the negative one you hear on the news when there’s a crisis


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such as a war,” Mechale says. While taking an entrepreneurship course at Brown, Mechale realized that, in addition to being underrepresented in the US market, teff could be a great vehicle to share a positive narrative about Africa and her home country. Somewhat similar to quinoa, teff is a grass cultivated for its edible seeds. “It has a really delicious, nutty taste,” she says. Often referred to as a superfood, it’s gluten-free and high in protein, fiber, and iron. Mechale also points out that teff fuels Ethiopian

runners – many of whom are known for taking home Olympic medals. After several years of conducting market research, experimenting in the kitchen, and winning various competitions and grants, Mechale officially launched her company, goTeff, in the winter of 2021. The first product she developed is a crisp, available in plain, sweet (blueberry vanilla or strawberry coconut), and savory (chickpea garlic) versions. It can be eaten as a snack or garnish, in place of chips, croutons, or granola. For an overall healthy product, the crisps are made without oil or artificial ingredients, and she uses dried fruits as sweeteners. “We wanted to develop a product that was unique in the market and offer teff in its truest, simplest form – it’s the main ingredient in our crisps,” she says. Mechale produced the first batches at the Warren-based food incubator Hope & Main. Launching the business without a culinary background was challenging, she says, but Hope & Main helped fill in some of the gaps. “They were a great resource,” she says. “They helped me get all my licenses and sort of get started.” She has since moved her production to a larger space in Providence, though the snack can be purchased online and at local farmers markets, with plans to distribute more widely in the works. GoTeff recently won a Rhode Island Commerce Innovation Voucher Grant, which has allowed Mechale to hire some part-time employees and increase output. In keeping with the product’s impactdriven mission, Mechale has partnered with the nonprofit Girls Gotta Run, which supports adolescent Ethiopian girls and their families. She is now working to develop a goTeff subscription box to benefit the organization. “The most rewarding part of this journey has been that, as a female entrepreneur, I’ve created something that I am proud to present, not just on my behalf, but on behalf of my culture,” Mechale says. “I take that responsibility very seriously.”

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Ocean State Foods adds delivery to the menu

Thrive Tribe Collaborative opens cafe in Barrington

Borealis expands to Bristol

Chef Bryan Fatini’s Ocean State Foods now delivers their gourmet, locally sourced meals. The business, which launched in November after some trial and error, designs their menu “to utilize what we have in the moment,” says Fatini, noting, “with local ingredients, you are limited by seasonal availability, among a myriad of other variables affecting supply.” With his mission to keep Ocean State Foods’ prices low, Fatini is handling the added delivery option in-house. It creates more work for the enterprising owner, like designing a new website to handle a virtual store, but it’s enabled him to simplify order and fulfillment, passing those savings on to the consumer. Each handcrafted dish arrives frozen – a subscription option featuring fresh meals is in the works – which you simply defrost and pop in the oven. “When you buy our meals, you’re supporting every single other local small business we pay to bring you the meal,” says Fatini. Warren,

East Providence-based Thrive Tribe Collaborative, known for their alternative healing practices like Reiki, amps up their wellness mission with the opening of the Thrive Tribe Cafe in Barrington. “We wanted to create a healing atmosphere with nourishing food,” says co-owner Jax Smith. The plant-based eatery features a selection of gluten-free crepes, both savory and sweet, as well as items like the Green Dragon, which is smashed avocado, fresh tomato, and vegan mozzarella, drizzled with a sriracha lime sauce. For the gluten sensitive, they offer a selection of savory arepas (cornmeal cakes). The cafe also serves as a small boutique, where you can find healing items like crystals, smudge sticks, incense, and jewelry from local artisans. Taking an eco-friendly approach, they source out items that leave a minimal carbon footprint. “We are all about the love,” says Smith, “and how to show it to the land and to people.” Barrington,

Riverside coffee shop Borealis is primed for expansion. By 2016, after Borealis was open a year, owner Brian Dwiggins had visions of growing the business, but finding the right spot was a challenge. “We are an East Bay coffee shop and we wanted to keep it in the East Bay instead of going into a crowded Providence,” Dwiggins notes. At the beginning of last summer, they found the perfect spot at the old US Rubber Company in Bristol, joining other small businesses like Brick Pizza Co. and Pivotal Brewing Company. With a liquor license, Borealis’ Bristol outpost offers extended hours to create “a community space where people can come and do fun stuff,” like openmic and game nights. Besides beer, wine, and coffee-focused cocktails, Dwiggins plans to build on their limited menu. Look for items like breakfast sandwiches and soups as well as graband-go items like salads and muffins. Bristol,

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The sweet, almost caramelized quality of this elegant dessert is reminiscent of pecan pie, but those flavors are just the beginning. Using almonds instead of pecans, this Chocolate Almond Tart features roasted cocoa that melts in your mouth and a flakey, buttery pie crust. Red sanding sugar 28

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and careful lattice work come together to display a stunning labor of love for the SO in your life – or a Galentine’s day special. Getting its rich flavor from a cup of maple syrup, do yourself and this decadent dessert a favor by opting for the real stuff. Thankfully, Rhode Island tappers procure plenty of

liquid sugar from local trees – which starts flowing around this season. Watch for portly mini-jugs of the sweet stuff from vendors at Mount Hope Farmers Market in Bristol on Saturdays, and Coggeshall Farm Museum, also in Bristol, kicks off their 2022 season with Maple Sugaring Weekend March 5-6.

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Local maple syrup makes this chocolate almond dessert the perfect Valentine’s treat

CHOCOLATE ALMOND TART Pie Crust • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose white flour • 1 tsp table salt • 1 tsp granulated sugar • 1/2 cup ice water • 2 sticks unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces • 1/2 cup red sanding sugar • 1 egg, whisked for egg wash Tart Filling • 3/4 cup chocolate chips (any kind except white) • 1 tsp cocoa powder • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter • 2/3 cup granulated sugar • 1 cup maple syrup • 3 eggs • 1 tsp vanilla extract • 1 cup almonds, rough chopped Steps 1. Add flour, salt, and sugar to a food processor or blender. Slowly add cold pieces of butter and blend until coarse; then add ice water, about a tablespoon at a time. Press dough into a flat ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, up to overnight. 2. For the filling (best prepared about 30 minutes before building the pie), preheat oven to 200ºF. In a glass oven-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and butter in the preheated oven, stirring occasionally. Set aside. 3. In a saucepan, bring the maple syrup and sugar to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes. Whisk the eggs in a bowl; then add the melted chocolate butter mixture and syrup. Blend thoroughly, add almonds, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract, and set aside to cool. 4. Transfer the cooled dough from the refrigerator to a lightly floured surface. Cut the dough circle in half. Roll out one half into a 13x13” circle (or to fit in your tart shell). Cover the shell with plastic wrap and refrigerate. 5. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Roll out the second half of dough on a floured baking surface, less than 1/8” thick. Using a pastry wheel or pizza cutter, cut the dough into 1/2 inch-wide strips. 6. Whisk one egg in a bowl and egg wash a single strip. Sprinkle with red sanding sugar. Strips should alternate between red and plain dough. Only red strips require egg wash so the sprinkles stick. 7. Working on parchment paper, lay the strips, every other red and plain, with a 1/2 inch space between each, until you have a surface of about 13 inches. Do the same thing in the opposite direction, except weave the dough under/over the previously laid dough. When finished, adjust the strips to ensure there are no spaces in the pattern. 8. Transfer the parchment sheet of lattice to a flat baking sheet and cool in the freezer for about 8 minutes. Remove pie crust from fridge and fill with the prepared chocolate almond mixture. Once the lattice is cool, position the parchment paper directly next to the tart. Carefully slide your hand under the middle of the lattice and lift, transferring to the top of the pie. Trim the edges. 9. Bake for 20 minutes, then lower the heat to 350ºF and bake for about 25 minutes more, until edges are golden. Allow the tart to cool to room temp before cutting, and enjoy! The Bay • February 2022 29

Win at Winter 12+ activities around the East Bay to make this the best February ever BY ANDREA E. MCHUGH

Bundle up and set a course for adventure Photo courtesy of Save the Bay


ot headed to magical mouse-centric monstrosity in sunny Central Florida or the slopes of Aspen over school vacation week? No problem. Whether looking to fill your Feb with fun-filled family adventures around the Farm Coast or ways to keep boredom at bay over school vacation week, we have you covered. So grab those gloves, flop on a furry trapper hat, and zip up that parka because we’re hardy New Englandahs and a little chill never stopped us! NOTE: reservations may be required for select activities, and health and safety requirements may change due to public health information available at the time. Please confirm each activity accordingly.

Smiles are pretty much a given when hiking with goats Photo courtesy of Simmons Organic Farm


Getting the kids to walk the family dog? Incessant nagging. Getting the kids to walk a goat? You’re a hero. Since 2019, Simmons Farm in Middletown has been offering farmer-led goat hikes on their 120-acre family farm overlooking Narragansett Bay that specializes in growing traditional and heirloom produce. Once you leash up your cute and cuddly caprine friend, farmer Karla Simmons, her daughter, or farmer Aidan will lead the leisurely stroll through the farm’s bucolic, hilly pastures – but this activity isn’t likely to get your heart pumping as the goats nibble along the way. On your adventure, you’ll pass a babbling brook, visit the farm’s portly pigs, peek in on their group of belted Galloway cows (affectionately known as the “Oreo cookie cows’’), and see their funny flock of barnyard bird friends, and you’re welcome to ask all the burning questions you’ve ever had about farming in New England, the life of a farmer, or what a typical day looks like at Simmons Farm. After, as you make your way through the ducks and chickens milling about, stop by the petting zoo where you can feed the dairy goats, including the Tennessee Fainting Goats (yes, they really faint!). Goat hikes take place daily during school vacation week and on weekends throughout the winter. General admission tickets invite you to bring up to two children aged nine and under. Middletown,


While motoring through Newport Harbor seems like a quintessentially summertime sojourn, a mid-winter Newport Seal Tour and Seal/Rose Island Tour cruise might be just the thing you need to cure the winter blues. Harbor seals sunning themselves on Citing Rock and around Rose Island’s rocky shoreline are hard to resist. Save the Bay, the member-supported non-profit dedicated to protecting, restoring, and improving the ecological health of the Narragansett Bay region, has been offering seal watch tours and nature cruises for 15 years throughout the winter months, and it’s your best opportunity to see these majestic migratory harbor seals, dubbed the “dogs of the sea,” who love to frolic in the chilly waters of the bay (usually hovering around 40º F this time of year). Board one of their education vessels from Newport’s Bowen’s Ferry Landing, whether you opt for the onehour boat-based seal tour or the one-hour and 45-minute tour that includes a visit to Rose Island. Dress warm and bring a camera to capture all the action, National Geographic style. Newport, The Bay • February 2022 31


A visit to the wildly impressive Newport Car Museum is an awesome family-friendly activity sure to get your motor running. Open daily, the 114,000-square-foot (that’s 1½ football fields – plenty of room to socially distance!) the museum featuring six galleries houses nearly 100 rare, collectible, and coveted automobiles from across the globe. With vehicles representing eight decades of modern industrial automotive design from the 1950s to the present, the museum features everything from Corvettes to fin cars, sure to appeal to all ages. Porsches? Please and thank you. Mercedes Benz? Oh mama. Jaguars? Just for kicks! BMWs? By George, yes. Recent additions include a 2017 Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster, 2017 Audi R8 Spyder, 2010 Tesla Roadster, and a 1969 Camaro SS/RS 396 – a collection sure to rev up your inner Andretti. Need a moment to post your pics? Perch yourself comfortably on the mid-century modern furniture throughout the museum. Read more on page 9. Portsmouth,


What’s all that racquet about the museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame? Located within the stunning 1880 Newport Casino, this awesome museum houses nearly 2,000 objects and artifacts related to the sport of tennis from the 12th century through today, but the interactive and educational exhibits are especially kid friendly – and admission is free for ages 12 and under! Think it’s easy to call a match? Try your hand in the broadcast booth and attempt to keep up (it’s not easy!) – you can make a recording to take home with you. An oversized touch table allows you to “serve” one another tennis trivia questions back and forth, while a five-foot interactive globe allows visitors to virtually visit a certain part of the world to learn more about tennis events that take place there (along with recent results and live scores). Want to spend some time with Roger Federer? We all do. Check out the next best thing: step into the holographic theater where a Federer hologram reveals his top 10 reasons why he loves the sport. And take in the virtual reality exhibit that makes it possible to experience the 1968 US Open from the perspective of the champion, Arthur Ashe. Keep young kids engaged with a complimentary museum scavenger hunt and kids activity book (ask upon entry). Newport,

Legendary autos in the World Car Gallery Photo courtesy of Newport Car Museum

Be among the first to see recent renovations when the museum reopens February Photo courtesy of International Tennis Hall of Fame


Unplug with a fresh air hike Photo courtesy of Norman Bird Sanctuary

“Sweater Weather,” a new project on the outdoor Community Mural Wall behind the JAC Photo courtesy of the Jamestown Arts Center

Two distinct places but about a stone’s throw from one another, advance planning will allow you to explore both Norman Bird Sanctuary (NBS) and Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge in one day (and get all your steps in!). At NBS, you’ll find more than 325 acres of diverse habitats and seven miles of marked hiking trails able to accommodate everyone from novice explorers and little ones to families with older kids looking for a little adventure, including their 1,500-foot ADA-compliant Universally Accessible Trail, ideal for individuals who use wheelchairs and other mobility devices. Bring the binoculars so you can get a good view of native species, including red-tailed hawks, European turtle doves, fork-tailed storm-petrels, and if you’re especially lucky, you’ll spot a snowy owl. Or, DIY and unleash your inner Thoreau by following Hanging Rock Trail, a rocky walk along the most eastern of the sanctuary’s three ridges. Upon completion, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, Gardiner Pond, the Sakonnet River arm of the Narragansett Bay, and the majestic spires of St. George’s School from atop “puddingstone,” or Purgatory Conglomerate. At nearby Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, you won’t find any tree-canopied trails like at NBS – just absolutely inspiring trail loops with elevated viewing platforms ideal for spotting deer and other wildlife. If you love photography, this peninsula between the Sakonnet River and Rhode Island Sound is ideal for snapping stunning nature shots. Stop at the visitor center before getting underway to learn what critters to keep your eyes out for during your explorations. On Wednesday, February 23 at 3:30pm, NBS is offering a free guided walk. Middletown,;


The heartbeat of art and culture on Conanicut Island (the largest island in Rhode Island after neighboring Aquidneck Island), the Jamestown Arts Center inspires the community through extraordinary arts and educational experiences luring visitors far beyond its borders. The current exhibition, “Artistic Interpretations: Perspectives from Our Young Artists,” features the work of budding Picassos, pre-K through fourth grade, from nearby Melrose School. On view through March 5, it’s a perfect family-friendly outing. The current project, “Sweater Weather,” invites visitors to help cover the mural wall in cozy yarn. Jamestown, The Bay • February 2022 33


We scoured the area with the help of our readers to offer a short list of the best sledding sites around. Remember, these are word-of-mouth places taken over for the day by enthusiasts so please use your best judgement. Also, remember to always dress warmly in layers and wear a hat, helmet, and gloves. Slide feet first, and when marching back up the hill, keep to the side. Oh, and hot cocoa afterwards from your favorite local cafe is always a good idea! Did we miss your favorite sledding spot? Email with location! BARRINGTON Nayatt School, 400 Nayatt Road Rhode Island Country Club, 150 Nayatt Road St. Andrew’s Lacrosse/Soccer field, 63 Federal Road


A Warren tradition just shy of 85 years, Dudek Lanes opened its doors with duckpin bowling on just eight lanes in 1938, but today you’ll find 18 state-ofthe-art lanes with an automatic scoring system. As any bowling aficionado will tell you, a bowling alley is nothing without its snack bar, and Dudek doesn’t disappoint with a menu of pizza, fries, mozzarella sticks, onion rings, nachos, burgers, and, because it’s Rhode Island, chourico hot dogs and stuffies. Teach your little ones how to bowl a strike by day’s end, or play a few video games at the small arcade. For families with older kids, get ready to groove during Rock n’ Bowl every Saturday night. The laser and strobe lights are in full force, the music is turned up, and the bowling is on point. Open daily, it’s fun, it’s cheap, and it’s a tradition. For a truly Warren experience, cap off a competitive family bowl-off with authentic coffee cabinets from nearby Delekta Pharmacy on Main Street, a family-owned pharmacy now focused on its soda fountain that’s been a local institution since opening in 1948 (the same building had been an apothecary since 1858!). Warren,

BRISTOL Columban Fathers, 65 Ferry Road Colt State Park, Route 114 EAST PROVIDENCE Larissa Park, 701 Bullocks Point Avenue JAMESTOWN Fort Wetherill, 3 Fort Wetherill Road LITTLE COMPTON High Hill, Old Harbor Road Town Hall, 40 Commons MIDDLETOWN Middletown High School, 130 Valley Road Wanumetonomy Golf and Country Club, 152 Brown Lane NEWPORT Fort Adams State Park, 80 Fort Adams Drive St. George’s School, 372 Purgatory Road PORTSMOUTH Middle School, 125 Jepson Lane RIVERSIDE Silver Spring Golf Course, 3303 Pawtucket Avenue WARREN Burr’s Hill Park, off Water Street

Grab a frosty beverage at Delekta Pharmacy Photo by Tony Pacitti


Two adjacent bucolic beauties, Weetamoo Woods and the Pardon Gray Preserve boast equally peaceful pathways through striking forested wetlands with a combined seven miles of well-marked trails. The area is ripe with history, initially as the home lands of the Pocasset Wampanoag Tribe (Weetamoo was an honored sachem, or chief, who died in King Philip’s War, considered the country’s bloodiest conflict). Remnants of its Colonial past are evident along trails, from originally carved cart paths with cobble paving, cellar holes, dug wells, and the ruins of a sawmill. The most ‘grammable site is likely the stone slab arch bridge over Borden Brook. If Santa brought you some fat tire mountain bikes, they are welcome on Weetamoo Woods trails. For a closer look at authentic Rhode Island history, check out the Pardon Gray cemetery, where the oldest marker dates back to 1794 (the resting place of Pardon and Mary’s daughter). Tiverton,


Landing a double axel on the northernmost tip of Goat Island in shadow of the Goat Island Lighthouse with the glow of the lights along the Newport Pell Bridge announcing themselves at dusk? Yes, please! Open to the general public and not just hotel guests, the skating rink at Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina is a magical place to get your winter on. Bring your own skates or rent on site; the rink is open daily with Wednesday’s “Family Night” special offering $2 off admission (older “kids” in college can take advantage of the same deal on Thursdays with a valid college ID). Make the day a bonafide treat by reserving one of the “Après Skate Winter Wonderland” heated igloos, stocked with cozy decor, snuggly blankets, special menu, and cocktails. Newport,

Through March 31, reserve a Winter Wonderland Igloo Pop-Up, or simply enjoy the festive grounds Photo courtesy of Gurney’s

Skates are available to rent with a full range of sizes for all ages Photo by Michael Mondville, @mondvi60


Audubon is perennially an awesome place for children and families, and come school vacation week, they really step up their game. The Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium is a natural history museum offering interactive exhibits that explore local habitats and wildlife found in the Ocean State. While kids can get a closer look at creatures that live in a tide pool, it’s the 33-foot life-size model of a North Atlantic Right Whale that seems to capture their imaginations most. Over school vacation week, special programs and activities are planned for each day (free with admission). Nature stories, “animal interviews,” crafts, learning how to make a bird-friendly meal, exploring animal tracks in the snow, and unique experiments with bubbles are all on the agenda (space is limited). Who? Who? Who wants in on the “All About Owls” program on February 21? (Literally everyone.) Outside at the 28-acre Claire D. McIntosh Wildlife Refuge, explorers young and old can traipse the quarter-mile boardwalk through fresh and saltwater marshes where they’ll be rewarded with a captivating view of Narragansett Bay. You’ll also find ADA-certified walking trails, and bikers and walkers can access the refuge directly from the East Bay Bike Path. Bristol,


Activities all the way from Providence sure to entertain on indoor days 1. CardKits Set; 2. Coloring Book Find at Books on the Square, Frog & Toad 3. Inklings 4. Stickers 5. Stamp 6. Dangle Monster Fishcakes: Fishcakes.Shop. Find at Rhody Craft, Craftland 7. Bananagrams Game (also available in French, Hebrew, Spanish) 8. Half + Medio: Veggies Game Lumuku: Find at Craftland 9. Countaloupe Game

The tide pool offers an up-close look at local habitats and wildlife Photo courtesy of Audubon Society of RI


Mount Hope Farm is many things to many people. In the warmer months, it’s a magnet for amazing waterfront weddings. For outdoor enthusiasts, the miles of trails here offer a sea of serenity – and the new self-guided walking tour app provides an immersive way to experience the farm’s forested trails, rich history, native wildlife, preserved buildings, lush gardens, and family favorites: the resident chickens, miniature donkeys, and Nigerian Dwarf goats (who aren’t shy when it comes to being pet). The weekly farmers market on Saturday mornings features around two dozen local farms and food producers as well as a rotating selection of artisan vendors (don’t miss the microgreens and salad from Coastal Greens in Little Compton, the locally raised meat from Gnarly Vines Farm in Tiverton or the handcrafted cocktails to go from Bristol’s Two Gals Cocktails). For a family staycation to remember, stay at the farm’s historic Gov. Bradford Inn, a Georgian-style house built in 1745. Right now, the rates are the lowest all year and you can awake to the sounds of the nearby animals stirring as they start their day. Bristol,


Desperately trying to reduce screen time during school vacation week? Look no further than The Stitchery, a cozy learning spot offering sewing, knitting, and crafting classes for adults and kids alike. They’re offering a trio of half-day February Vacation day camps for kids with little-to-no experience, including Learn to Embellish a Knit Hat with Embroidery on February 23, Sew a Stuffed Animal of your Choosing on February 24 (prior machine class experience required), and Pom Pom Everything on February 25. COVID concerns? The studio has been reconfigured to have each sewing station at least six feet apart and everything needed for the day’s project will be in place at each station before students arrive, so there’s no need for anyone to interact closely. Other safety protocols are also in place. You may just unleash your little one’s creative genius! For more handmade fun, be sure to check Sew Nice Fabrics for Open Sew Studio events and classes, and Knit One Quilt Too for Needlepoint School and Knit Labs. Portsmouth,;; Barrington,

Find local goods and foods year-round at Mount Hope Farm Photo by Force Four Photography

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A custom desk turns an awkward spot into an accessible hub

Rethinking Spaces More at-home time inspires interior designers to make the most of overlooked areas – for now and later Our homes have become the settings for most everything we do – from streaming the latest Marvel movies on the couch to unfurling yoga mats on the floor. Homework at the kitchen table is nothing new, but today the busy spot resembles an internet cafe with Chromebooks and laptops, coffee mugs and juice boxes. Over time, some of these set-ups fashioned in haste during the early days of the pandemic became more permanent, and it’s likely many will remain because they’re useful. We checked in with two talented East Bay designers for tips and tricks for making the most of unexpected spaces – some for their clients and some for themselves. Photo by Sol Arnal, courtesy of Three Sparrows Design The Bay • February 2022 39

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Floating shelves transform a narrow nook

In her living room, Nicole Martel of Three Sparrows Design in Warren took advantage of an area along a wall that could easily be overlooked. By fabricating a desk from file cabinets and wood to fit, a zone is now ready for Zoom sessions for work or

play. “This crisis has taught us to live better in our homes both for the short-term and long-term,” she offers. Similarly, for a client, she positioned a narrow table and chairs along a row of windows, making it an ideal place for remote learning, crafting,

even daydreaming. “Out of the three spaces I designed for my client, I do believe that this will likely get used most,” says Martel. Blair Moore of Moore House, a Tiverton-based family business that restores “forgotten homes,” wanted to create “some-

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Life & Style HOME

Color blocking adds interest to neutral decor

By Elyse Major

GET RHODY STYLE Ideas and resources for making the most of living in the Ocean State. LINER NOTES “Usually the home is not completely level so using your eye and standing back is the best way to create a level line,” says Blair Moore. “Mark out the height from the crown moulding around the room, but use your eyesight to tape out the line. You will need one person to hold one end of the tape line taut.” PROJECT TIME “More and more people are tackling those home projects that have been on their to-do list. These projects will not only immediately add joy to their daily living but will also be something that they continue to enjoy for years to come,” says Nicole Martel. FOLLOW ALONG Nicole Martel, @threesparrows_interiordesign

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Blair Moore, @moorehousedesign

where fresh for the foreseeable future” for herself. She started by clearing out the entire space and then opening paint cans. “Dipped datum lines are always a fave of ours when designing spaces,” Moore says and advises using green painters tape. For the window, she ordered sheer linen, clipped and hung six inches below the crown moulding to add drama and make the ceiling look taller. “I just

clipped these but was purposeful on folding the fabric into the clip to give the illusion of custom curtains. I also used the fabric orientation on its side so that the selvage edge is at the top so there was no sewing needed and it won’t fray.” To complete the scene, Moore made pin boards from homasote boards purchased at a hardware store. “Added a rug I had and

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viola! Fresh flowers, some design books, and a Moore House Candle, and I was ready to work!” she says.

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By Sascha Martin

Meet Allyson McCalla This Newport cyclist is on a mission to show that Black Girls Do Bike in Little Rhody Why was it important for you to start a Rhode Island chapter of Black Girls Do Bike? It’s important to see a community that represents all individuals. In the community where I ride the most, I didn’t see any riders who were a representation of myself, and I knew there were other women of color out there who had the same outlook. Instead of being discouraged, I decided to start the Newport chapter of Black Girls Do Bike. My hope is to motivate other women of color to get out and ride, and to inspire others to start a chapter of Black Girls Do Bike in their cities or towns. Tell us about your first bike. My first two-wheel bike was a hand-me-down from my older sister. It was a white, red, and pink Strawberry Shortcake bike with a banana seat. At six years old, I remember teaching myself how to ride it in the hallway of our home using the walls to keep my balance. Once I was confident enough, you couldn’t get me off my bike. Apart from my feet, my bike was my only mode of transportation, and I rode it everywhere! Can you give advice to those who may want to bike but are not sure where to start? My advice is to start by learning the rules of the road in your city or town. Secondly, find a bike that suits your needs. Have conversations with other riders to build awareness and confidence. Go on brief rides around the neighborhood, on a bike path, or somewhere you feel safe. Lastly, I can’t stress enough the importance of bicycle safety precautions: I always recommend wearing high-visibility clothing and a helmet – both can be a lifesaver. Where are some of your favorite bike shops around the state? Although Bike Newport is not a bike shop, but rather an advocacy and education organization, it’s my favorite! Individuals can have their bike repaired by a mechanic, work one-on-one with an educator to learn how to fix their bike, adopt a bike, earn a bike, and rent a bike. Where are your favorite places to ride? My favorite places to ride are around Newport’s Ocean Loop, from Bristol to Providence on the East Bay Bike Path (I enjoy taking the Seastreak ferry back to Newport), the Blackstone River Bikeway, and of course, anywhere with my people who ride with the Newport chapter of Black Girls Do Bike! Learn more at 44

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Photo by Steve Sabo, courtesy of Bike Newport

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Life & Style SHOP

By Elyse Major





A Real Gem The name Tiffany has long conjured images of timeless style, inventive design, and luxury. And we’re not talking about the company known for its shiny eggshell blue boxes; we’re talking about Tiffany Peay Jewelry. In the heart of Tiverton Four Corners is a jewel box of a shop filled with the handiwork of Peay herself: a sparkling line centered around the beauty and power


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of gemstones, often paired with metals, silk, and pearls. Peay’s career was launched at Barneys New York with her inspired line of crown rings, which feature a signature beading technique that allows each gemstone movement. These rings, along with others, plus bracelets, necklaces, earrings, pendants, and charms can all be found artfully displayed about the space.

Peay’s studio is located within the store, so you can also take a peek at her process and supplies. “Making you feel beautiful while receiving the power of gemstones is one of our greatest pleasures,” says Peay. Note: The shop recently underwent a bit of “sprucing up” in late January, so be sure to stop in and see the updates.



Rainbow Moonstone and Aquamarine Cascade Pendant


Rose Quartz Ladder Bracelet


Garnet Ruffle Necklace


Cocktail rings


Crown rings

Tiffany Peay Jewelry & Healing Arts 3851 Main Road, Tiverton

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