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CONTENTS East Side Monthly • November 2019

Between Gano and Governor, Ives Street is the place to be (pg 28)

This Month

14 A Brown University professor’s new book digs into one of the last frontiers

28 WHAT’S COOKING ON IVES STREET From tacos to Thai, Fox Point is having a food renaissance

Every Month

16 Providence Community Library celebrates literature and Latinx culture with special event

Calendar 41 The Must List and other happenings in your area

Food & Drink 47 Flavor of the Month: Ceremony replaces Tealuxe on Thayer Street

23 Neighborhood News 18 Inside the East Side

48 Food News: Narragansett Brewery poised to open in India Point Park

6 Editorial and Letters News & Culture

20 Rhody Gem: A pilates center nestled behind Cole Avenue

9 Festival Ballet Providence’s search for The Nutcracker Dog continues

Life & Style

10 Providence considers hiring a dedicated “nightlife czar”

35 Home of the Month: The Contempory-meets-Classic style of Rebelle Artisan Bagels’ founder

12 The maker behind BABS reveals the process behind her handcrafted accessories

38 Education: A diverse nonfiction author series offers new perspectives

On the Cover:

51 Dining Guide

East Sider 58 Walkable Hope Street feels like home to a recent NYC transplant

Tallulah’s Taqueria is just one of many trendy spots on Ives. Photography by Nick DelGiudice.

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EDITORIAL

The Town. The Gown. And Maybe Moving Things Around.

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Given the increasingly tight financial constraints that threaten our city, perhaps it’s time to consider a non-traditional approach. Here is our own proposal to produce some much-needed revenue for our pension woes and budget shortages and address the housing shortage on the East Side. The Brown University football stadium is the largest, most underutilized, non-tax paying piece of property on the East Side. Brown plays five football games here and hosts a few track meets. That’s it! Located at the corner of Elmgrove Avenue and Sessions Street, the property covers over seven acres and sits dormant over 90 percent of the year. And, to quote Animal House, it generates “zero point zero” in tax revenue for the city. Meanwhile, there are an increasing number of East Siders anxious to downsize, who have few options short of moving Downtown or into the Jewelry District. Many would prefer to stay in their neighborhood, especially if it was a more modern dwelling. In short, serve an increasing market of residents who fall somewhere between new empty-nesters and Laurelmead who would love to explore another option!

Here’s our suggestion: The City of Providence could swap one of two of its properties with Brown that are: closer to the University, equally underused, and could be venues that could accommodate concerts and other activities for its students without disturbing the neighborhood. In return, the city could then take over the development of an area right in the heart of the East Side and could convert this large non-taxpaying entity into a badly needed lucrative income stream for the city. Where are these gems, you ask? Both are underutilized city assets that are, believe it or not, on the waterfront. First is Gano Park located off Gano Street at Power Street that currently has basketball courts and a baseball field. Second is the India Point Park soccer field. The land is already adjacent to the Brown University Boat House. This might this be a win-win for both the city and Brown and would generate new, badly needed tax revenue to initiate a necessary town-gown partnership. There may be holes in our thinking, but we think it deserves some exploration.


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Festival Ballet Providence’s search for The Nutcracker Dog continues By Megan Schmit

Last year, Festival Ballet Providence started the hunt for the newest star of their annual production of The Nutcracker. The casting call was unusual, looking for candidates with an “elegant prance” and “regal coat of fur.” FBP was looking for a pup to play the coveted role of The Nutcracker Dog after longtime furry cast member Archie retired in 2018. This November, FBP will be hosting another audition in what they have declared will be an annual tradition. Archibald or “Archie” the Yorkshire Terrier spent 19 seasons and hundreds of performances trotting across the stage during FBP’s most famous holiday show. “Archie’s sweet demeanor endeared him to audiences, cast members, and the entire FBP family,” share Press Representative Ruth Davis and Marketing Director Dylan Giles, “and the new ‘Archie’ will need to bring his or her own singular character and style to the role.” Unfortunately, this past summer, at the age of 92 in dog years, Archie passed away. In his memory, the role of The Nutcracker Dog will officially bear his name. The casting call is simple: It’s open to dogs of all breeds, size, and age. They must be leashed and ready to go. And without guidance, auditioning dogs must “traverse the grand studio” and meet their owners on the other side. The pup with the right stuff will appear in this year’s production, which runs December 21-23, and one thing’s for certain – they’ll certainly have big pawprints to fill. The Second Annual Audition for The Nutcracker Dog on November 24 at 825 Hope Street. FestivalBalletProvidence.org Photo by Dylan Giles, courtesy of Festival Ballet Providence East Side Monthly • November 2019 9


News & Culture East Side News

The Night Watch

Providence considers hiring a dedicated “nightlife czar” By Robert Isenberg

The story reads like

a dark thriller: Just past midnight, people cluster around the entrance to a dance club. Suddenly, gunshots ring out. A bullet hurtles through a wall. On the dance floor, a man is hit. Police flood the scene. Confusion ensues; the wounded man is rushed to a hospital, where he receives emergency care. Meanwhile, two suspects speed away in a car, police in hot pursuit... This particular scene unfolded at Flow, a Providence nightclub, on August 19, gaining much attention in local TV media. But

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such altercations have flared up frequently in recent months. In the late hours, substances make their rounds. Passions run high. Fights can break out – or worse. Yet some leaders in City Council may have a solution: a “nightlife mayor,” who would help improve public safety and foster healthy, satisfying late-night experiences. The PVD After Dark campaign was first proposed by City Council’s Katherine Kerwin and Travis Escobar. The pair have earned national attention in the past year, mostly for their millennial youth. But they

adopted the idea of a nightlife mayor from other cities – such as New York, Orlando, and even Amsterdam – where the role has already proven successful. “I think the public safety aspect is very important,” says Councilwoman Kerwin. “But it’s largely about policy.” The idea is to create an Office of Nightlife and Culture, which would serve as liaison between industry professionals, public safety officials, and city government. Highspeed chases aside, the nightlife mayor would cultivate local arts and entertainment


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and revisit antiquated statutes. If successful, the new office would help make nightlife fun, safe, and profitable for local talent. “In Providence, we have responsible business owners who have been successful at mitigating issues, and they do so voluntarily, with little fiscal impact,” said Councilman David Salvatore, a vocal supporter of the idea. He mentioned Anthony Santurri, owner of the nightclub Colosseum, who created a handbook for employees about “de-escalating fights.” “I believe that’s why he doesn’t encounter issues of violence inside or outside of his venue. I think he has lots to share.” Council members have cited a recent “uptick in violence” this year. Most of these reports are anecdotal, but they’re significant: Shots rang out PVDFest, startling crowds and casting a pall over the festival. A spate of assaults have made headlines in the past few months, including a fatal stabbing at Nara Hookah Lounge in Federal Hill and a fatal shooting on Broad Street; these latter events took place only days apart. “After many acts of violence outside of our clubs and bars, it’s clear we need to start thinking creatively about how to improve our nightlife for all residents,” said Kerwin in a widely circulated statement. “If we create safe places to enjoy our city after dark, we will allow our musicians, artists, and creatives to flourish in these spaces.” While violence is an urgent reason to consider a nightlife mayor, Kerwin sees an opportunity to foster Providence nightlife on a grand scale, particularly where live music is concerned. She gives credit to the Board of Licenses for diligent work, but she wants to revise old-fashioned policies, such as neighborhood bans on live music – which are often ignored anyway Kat – and a sluggish licensing process.

The more stages available, the more gigs for local musicians, and the more cultural opportunities for young folks on the town. “The nightlife economy is a massive part of the total economy,” says Kerwin. “If anything, we should be making it easy for Providence artists to make a living. And there are a lot of people who want to see more live music.” The possibility of a nightlife mayor is still a novel idea, and the job is difficult to explain, so Councilman Salvatore decided to test its appeal. He posted polls on social media, asking constituents what they thought of the concept. While this kind of survey hardly passes for scientific, Salvatore found that “54 percent of Facebook respondents and 63 percent of respondents on Twitter agreed that the city should explore creating a similar best practice.” Cheers to that.

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At the age of 18, East Side resident Bathsheba Demuth left her hometown of Decorah, Iowa to embark on an unexpected life-altering journey: traveling to the Arctic. What was supposed to be a limited stay before she headed off on other adventures during a gap year – the year between high school and college that some students take as an opportunity to travel – turned into a two-year odyssey that changed the course of Bathsheba’s life. “The first thing I experienced was homesickness and disorientation,” Bathsheba recalls. Staying with a host family in Old Crowe, a remote area 80 miles north of the Arctic Circle in the Yukon Peninsula, she got an apprenticeship as a sled dog trainer, hunted caribou, and learned to thrive in the

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aren’t aware that many Latin American countries host huge book festivals every year. In 2018, the Buenos Aires International Book Fair attracted 1.2 million visitors. Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay, Brazil, Cuba, Colombia, Panama, Guatemala, and Mexico all host similar events. Building on this rich history of literacy, the Providence Community Library, with the support of several community partners, is hosting the Feria del Libro y las Artes event on Saturday, November 9 in the Center at Moore Hall at Providence College. Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and RI Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea are honorary

co-chairs of this bilingual event, and over 20 local and international authors will be present, but the festival offers much more than that. Besides books and authors, there will also be food trucks, visual art displays, children’s activities, an all-ages dance workshop, film presentations by the Providence Latin American Film Festival (PLAFF), and an acting workshop by ECAS Theater. Local children’s author Anika Denise will read from her book Planting Stories, followed by a puppet-making workshop and puppet show. PC professor Nuria Alonso Garcia, along with several


now with more veggies Dominican storyteller Josefina Baez

of her students, will engage in intergenerational storytelling. Josefina Baez, a Dominican storyteller, performer, author, and educator will give a keynote address in the afternoon. The day before Feria, thanks to partner organization Raising Readers in RI, Cuban author Carlos Hernandez will visit with students in Providence schools, and the day of, he will host a writing workshop for teens. Hernandez writes novels for middle-schoolers and believes that diverse characters bring readers closer together: “Readers are drawn to expanding their understanding of the human condition,” he says, “but they also crave the way that reading evokes connection, fellow feeling, and even love, across space and time, via our imaginations.” And this is the goal of Feria del Libro y las Artes: To bring together our community for a day that celebrates literacy, the arts, and our cultural diversity. For more information, visit ProvComLib.org.

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It’ll be next to impossible to replace the iconic Cable Car Cinema whose signature couches and bottomless popcorn provided indelible memories for generations of students and East Side residents over the past four decades. Unable to negotiate a longer term lease with the RISD, the previous owners moved on, and our community of cinephiles made the lesser by their decision. According to the Brown Daily Herald, a new owner, Dave Fullerton, Brown PhD ’06, has decided to give it a go and open a coffee shop with movies to see if he can rekindle a little of the love the old owners left behind. Called the Acoustic Java Café and Microcinema, we’re told he plans to run free documentaries during the day and sell tickets for films at night, along with coffee, drinks, and innovative, frequently changing full meals. The new chef will be Gideon Skerry, who previously worked at the popular Tallulah’s Taqueria. Some creative explorations are expected as well. If a French or Italian film is scheduled, Gideon suggests he could offer a regional dish that might pertain to it. Or maybe we’re all just supposed to shout out “it’s a wrap” when he delivers a flatbread sandwich. Bad pun notwithstanding, we wish them and the cafe well.

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A new book is out that’s making a big national splash and may have an interesting and unexpected local connection from long ago. Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA’s Search for Mind Control, tells the true story of the attempt of the CIA in the 1950s to counterattack against rumors that the Russians had discovered a way to cloud men’s minds (think the Manchurian Candidate) and went on an all-out, no-holds bar attempt to find a similar hallucinogen of their own. Stephen Kinzler, a well published author and former New York Times correspondent, has dug deep to follow the sinewy and often sinister trail of Sidney Gottlieb, the nebbish, hippie scientist in charge of the CIA’s search to find mind altering substances. He led them on unconventional and, until now, previously unknown trips (we’re using the hippie term

here) including funding to search for magic mushrooms in Mexico, enlisting unknowing co-conspirators like Harvard’s LSD guru Timothy Leary, and conducting experiments on captured North Korean war prisoners. He also institutionalized psychiatric patients in asylums and centers around the country. Kinzler started his local tour earlier this month with a talk at the World Affairs Council and later at the Watson Center at Brown. There is an interesting symmetry to this by the way. In our early days as an alternative weekly back in the 1970s and ‘80s, one of our writers came across what he said was proof Butler Hospital was engaging in LSD experiments funded by the CIA. While the verification was somewhat elusive, there was enough there to suggest the writer was clearly onto something. Fascinating throughout, Kinzler’s book offers a stranger-than-fiction look at those murky Cold War days when competition with Russia was at an all-time high. If today’s Trumpian days make you scratch your head, be comforted that 60 years ago there were some carefully hidden moments almost as crazy. Check out the book.

The Power of Tower With the 5-to-1 passage of the new design for the base of his 46-story skyscraper, Jason Fane is now one step closer to beginning the final designs for the construction of Hope Towers. From what we can see, there seems to be two major remaining stumbling blocks. One is the need for the developer to secure the TSA’s he’ll need to put the hard numbers together to allow him to get that first shovel in the ground. And though he’ll need final approval of the actual building design itself, the 195 Commission seems to be comfortable with the current direction and size. The second element will be for the developer to demonstrate to skeptical community members that he is willing to make the financial commitment and see the construction through. Put us in the “show me” category, because we’re not convinced given his age, his lack of history with our city, and his historic hard-nosed negotiating style that this is a done deal. We also remain unconvinced that this is the best use of this valuable parcel of land.


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College Hill Neighborhood Association At this month’s meeting, we heard from board member Wendy Marcus about the citywide neighborhood association. Wendy noted that 16 neighborhoods are now represented by the association, and its most recent meeting included talk of student housing issues. More specifically, the citywide association discussed what could and should be done about the intensification of the use of city residences as housing for college students. Three of the five candidates to fill the city council seat formerly held by Luis Aponte were at the meeting. We also received updates from Board President Josh Eisen regarding various matters, including 150 Lloyd Avenue and the status of the Gano Street off-ramp. With respect to 150 Lloyd Avenue, Josh indicated that construction work is taking place, and that the property’s owner has withdrawn its use variance application. As for the Gano Street off-ramp, Josh indicated that at least two public meetings will be held regarding the currently closed offramp, one of which is scheduled for Tuesday, October 8, and will be hosted by the Jewelry District Association. Finally, Josh noted that a shop selling cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, will be opening on Thayer Street, and the board was given a report regarding the generally well-received July children’s event at Brown Street Park. CHNA welcomes all residents of College Hill to join our efforts to protect the neighborhood. For more information about joining and supporting CHNA and meeting your neighbors, contact: CHNA, PO Box 2442, Providence, RI 02906; visit CHNAProvidence.org; or email chna@ chnaprovidence.org. -Jared Sugerman

Summit Neighborhood Association Recent Events SNA has recently worked to bring two neighbors outdoor family movie nights in Lippitt Park (thanks, Cricket Cinema!), our annual fall bake-off competition and kids pre-Halloween costume night (thanks, Seven Stars!), and launched a new neighborhood speaker series with a panel discussion intended to help local parents with children about to reach school age navigate that process and all their options

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Memberships and Volunteer Writers As always, we welcome new members who are interested in supporting our neighborhood events, community projects, candidate forums, and advocacy. Memberships are affordable – starting at just $15 per year – and easier than ever to sign up for digitally or by mail. Additionally, SNA is always seeking local content for our long-running neighborhood newsletter, distributed by our volunteers to over 4,000 households and newly launched e-newsletter. Have something to say about an event, a neighborhood fun fact, a local issue, a new business, or any topic that would resonate with the neighborhood? Please contact us for more information! Summit Neighborhood Association, PO Box 41092, Providence, RI 02940, 401-400-0986 SummitNeighbors.org, SNAProv@gmail.com

Mount Hope Neighborhood Association Have you seen the latest mural on Cypress Street? The Land Acknowledgement mural is a product of ongoing efforts to tell of the rich history and culture of Mt. Hope and the East Side. The Mount Hope Neighborhood Association hosts the Mount Hope Dialogues for Action (MHDA), which conceived of the telling of the various forgotten histories of the community through various art media in 2016. Through the formation of an arts collaborative and funding from Arts, Culture + Tourism that supported the design and painting, the efforts took off. A community participatory process was created with surveys and interviews that contributed to the establishment of the themes and designs for two different murals. Only one could be completed in 2017, which was revised in the spring of this year. This was the Music

Mural. The story and event of its unveiling was told in RI Futures in the fall of 2017. Another article about the mural is in July’s edition of Providence Monthly, titled “If Walls Could Talk,” along with stories of other murals in the city. The second mural, designed by Cathern Housely, represents the indigenous people of this land. This mural, and others to come, are funded by the Rhode Island Foundation Community grant program. We were fortunate to have Deborah Moorehead, a renowned Native American muralist, paint the work. We are so grateful to her, and the wealth of knowledge she brought and contributed in the creation of the mural revealed a deeper history. The people depicted in the mural are Narragansett and Wampanoag from the 1920s and today. The history was shared in the storytelling at the gathering in Billy Taylor Park on September 14 at the mural’s unveiling. Also represented are the wetlands


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ments among trees tinged with autumn yellow inspired thoughts of how much has changed for the better. Decisions, Decisions! How do you manage the unmanageable? Where to begin in an eroding park that, as a visiting forester once observed, was being “loved to death” by visitors and besieged by intensifying storms and invasive plants? With Parks Department support, the BPC decided to encourage natural processes between the trails – falling trees and limbs would be left to decompose. To keep as much topsoil in place as possible we would discourage runoff – with water bars shunting water off to the side of trails – and protect more plants. In figuring out how best to outpace challenges, mistakes were sometimes made – early on, tightly placed logs lining trails were channeling torrents of water instead of allowing it to seep away through gaps. But with the help of scientists like Stephen Hamburg and Hope Leeson and a stormwater expert on our Park Committee, volunteers soon learned what was necessary and possible. Greening Up Each swath of green grass and wildflowers where not long ago there was bare dirt, each walkable trail that had been a gully came about with the help of many school children and teachers, ecologists, environmental agencies, the Parks Department, and groups like the Appalachian Mountain Club. And Mother Nature, of course. The lush green edge at Parkside Avenue, formerly a muddy patch where runoff and erosion prevailed, exists today because experienced trail tender Don Cordner promoted not mowing that stretch in order to allow sparse grass to reseed. Don and his cohorts achieved a lot with little money and few volunteers, tirelessly plying wheelbarrows filled with wood chips, and installing coir logs and water bars to stem the washouts and encourage new growth.

If you’d like to join the BPC in protecting the Park, attend a monthly ParkKeeping session led by Park Committee Chair Carrie Drake. Or check out the website below. Stay tuned for columns about more Park heroes. Events: • Saturday, Oct 19 @ 10am: Park-Keeping. Blackstone Park kiosk: Parkside Rd. & E. Orchard Ave. • Sunday, Oct 20 @ 11am: RiverRide on the Seekonk. Narragansett Boat Club Dock • Saturday, Nov 2 @ 10am: Leaf Creatures. Blackstone Park North Section, on Irving Ave. near Loring Ave. • Monday, Nov 11 @ 4pm: MoonRise on the Seekonk. Blackstone Field, across from the Narragansett Boat Club • Saturday, Dec 7 @ 10am: Winter Birds. Blackstone Field, opposite the Narragansett Boat Club Blackstone Parks Conservancy Phone Number: 401-270-3014 Website: BlackstoneParksConservancy.org Email Address: blackstoneparks@gmail.com Mailing Address: P.O. Box 603141, Providence, RI 02906 -Jane Peterson

Fox Point Neighborhood Association Crook Point Bridge: Beloved or a Bother? In early September, a large group of Fox Point neighbors met to discuss plans by the State of RI to demolish the Crook Point Bascule Bridge, the 100+ year-old railroad bridge that has been frozen in the “up” position since the 1970s and which many East Siders consider iconic. Opinions on the demolition, which according to the state’s Transportation Improvement Plan would not occur until 2025 or ’26, were divided. One neighbor characterized the bridge as a “unique communal resource” and suggested creating a


Danger Construction Area No Trespassing bike-pedestrian bridge with its remnants to unite the communities of Providence and East Providence. Others described the structure as beloved by neighbors and visitors alike – as demonstrated by the t-shirts, coffee mugs, and other local art pieces that bear its image. Still, others pointed out practical considerations like safety and liability. “It’s an invitation for danger,” commented one neighbor. Another attendee reminded the group of the City’s budget problems. “At some point we need to make sacrifices,” he said. “We now have another, exorbitantly expensive new bridge.” Still, the mood in the room was largely affectionate regarding the old bridge. “Is it practical?” asked another neighbor rhetorically about saving the structure. “No! But it’s a human spot. It’s emblematic of the city.” According to Brent Runyon of the Providence Preservation Society, who led the discussion, next steps are unclear. The State has not commented on whether it plans to study the condition of the bridge, he said, nor has it responded to inquiries from Mayor Elorza about transferring ownership. In any case, FPNA will continue to hear neighbor’s ideas on this issue and speak up as opinions coalesce. FPNA Fall Meeting Please join us on Wednesday, November 13 for our twice-annual neighborhood meeting at 7pm at the Sheldon Street church. Doors open at 6:30pm for conversation and refreshments. See our website, FPNA.net, for agenda and directions. All are welcome. About FPNA The Fox Point Neighborhood Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Fox Point and protecting its historic integrity and resources. FPNA speaks out on neighborhood issues and builds community through local events. Please sign up for our mailing list and join us at a monthly meeting!

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What’s Cooking on

IVES STREET

From tacos to Thai, a food renaissance is happening in Fox Point

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In August, Sam Glynn, owner of Warren’s wildly successful restaurant Chomp, announced he’d be opening a second location in Fox Point

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For much of the 20th century, Ives Street was a blue-collar stronghold right in the middle of Fox Point. The ‘70s and ‘80s saw a much grittier period, when drug dealing on numerous street corners was commonplace. Over the next few decades, the combination of engaged business owners and residents along with city improvements and nearby infrastructure helped reinvent this once conflicted thoroughfare. Today, the neighborhood attracts a vibrant mix of Millennials, professionals, professors, families, and students. International flair has brought acclaimed Mexican, Asian, Syrian, Thai, Portuguese, and specialty donuts to this unique enclave. On almost every afternoon and evening the area is flooded with East Siders and travellers from around the world, from artists and designers to bankers and lawyers, college students, families, and visitors, all looking to eat or drink. Customers are enthused by the variety of offerings and it’s common to see people in business suits at one end of an outdoor picnic table, students and medical professionals at the other, and out-of-towners sandwiched in between. Weekends, which often start on Thursday around here, bring long lines that seem to move, but there is a happy, fun vibe among the patrons, with a young couple sharing a story of how they met waiting in line on a Saturday night. And, if one restaurant is too busy, there are incredible options all within a couple of blocks. A big bonus is the Brown and RISD shuttles that cover the area, making it easy for students and faculty to patronize the restaurants; it’s like a regular stop on some nights with shuttles back-to-back-to-back, and a RIPTA line passes on a regular basis.


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years, but there was never the diversity or “big draws” for them to sustain. Today, it’s a whole different story. The area has embraced Tallulah’s with lines every night that often look like a who’s-who of the East Side mixed in with students, travellers, and a cross-generational cwlientele. Many locals use an app to preorder and pick-up, while others stay and take in the atmosphere. “The outside seating is family-style at large picnic tables. I love seeing students, business people, and moms all eating at the same table. I buy a few things from the Silver Star Bakery and we support the other restaurants on the street. It’s a great street and a great neighborhood,” says Jake is well-known in RI restaurant circles and has an engaging, affable manner that is genuine.

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Jake Rojas grew up in El Paso with a strong appreciation for high quality Mexican food. Working in Michelin 3 Star restaurants in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, and Boca Raton, he honed his skills and developed a passion for sourcing “the best ingredients” and making great food. Marrying Kelly Ann, a RI native whom he met in Malibu, brought him east. On a vacation in Newport they noticed an empty storefront and the first Tallulah’s Taqueria was born. “Tallulah” was Kelly Ann’s family nickname when she was growing up. A dockside Tallulah’s in Jamestown followed, then Newport was sold, and Jake discovered Ives Street. In 2014, he was looking for a new spot. “I fell in love with the location, the space, and the outdoor area,” he explains. Tallulah’s is located in a space that Claude Goldstein had built for United BBQ, but a lengthy and costly city permitting process ultimately killed his timeline and prospects and the business didn’t survive. “He was a pioneer,” Jake offers, “but unfortunately too far ahead of his time.” Ives Street has seen many restaurants over the

The Galvao family operated the Eagle Supermarket for 60 years, the last survivor from an era when each neighborhood had its own market. As patrons of Tallulah’s, the family admired and appreciated the taqueria’s food, operation, and commitment to the area, so when they decided to sell, the Galvaos approached Jake, who jumped at the opportunity. “I wanted to find a restaurant that would fit in, offer ‘non-competing’ food, and attract new and more business to the area,” explains Jake. “And, I found a real winner with the award-winning Chomp, a Warren restaurant known for its burgers and ‘frickles’ (fried pickles) and refined comfort food!” “I’m very excited,” explains Sam Glynn, Chomp’s creator and front-of-the-house master. Sam, who grew up in the restaurant business in New Hampshire, pursued a baseball career that ended in the operational side of the Boston Red Sox before he rediscovered his passion in the food industry and opened Chomp. “I’ve been looking for a second location in Providence, and especially the East Side, but we needed rent that wouldn’t choke us combined with an area that had the right feel, which was a challenge. When this opportunity presented itself, we jumped. To have all of these great restaurants in a six-block area is perfect! We are hoping to be open by the end of the year with a 50-seat restaurant and a small bar with a menu similar to Warren and a craft beer program.” He also shares that the old Eagle Supermarket sign will be displayed inside the new restaurant and it will have windows that open out for outdoor seating on a seasonal basis. East Side Monthly • November 2019 29


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PVDonuts succesfully moved from Allens to Ives

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PVDonuts debuted on Allens Avenue in a shared space. From day one the weekend lines probably could have reached Ives Street. Owner Paul Kettelle spent a portion of his youth in the area and knew Ives well. When the “ideal space was available with a very fair landlord,” he and his wife and partner Lori made the move. “The area is busy and safe at any time of the day and all of the restaurant owners are friendly and cooperative.” Their handcrafted specialty donuts like the “Dunkaroos” keep a steady stream of customers from Wednesday through Sunday. And, for those of you who prefer not to wait in line, they now have an app for that, so you can order in advance and pick up your designer donuts on your schedule.

Malachi’s was another early entrant onto Ives

Ives Street is gaining national attention: Bon Appétit magazine recently named Aleppo Sweets to its Top 50 America’s Best New Restaurants. This is a stunning accomplishment for such a new restaurant. “Big time!” says Kalid who is graciously translating for Youssef Akhtarini’s reaction to the new acclaim. Youssef, his wife, and children fled from their home in Aleppo to safety in Turkey. After arriving, they registered as refugees and were accepted to resettle in the United States. He opened a restaurant to support his family and wanted to be near Brown University.

entire day. “It’s all great. Very exciting. Lots of new business – younger, diverse!” Eduarda explains. Their sweetbreads and pastries have a following that goes well past Fox Point, as regular customers ship them to friends and relatives around the world. Another early entrant into the Ives Street scene was Mustafa Kuscu and his wife, Lisa, who opened Noodles 102, an Asian noodle house in 2007 following eight months of cutting through the city’s red tape. They feature a wonderful assortment of flavorful soups, pan-tossed noodle dishes, and claypots and rice bowls done right.

cream truck in the world” Like No Udder over a decade ago, and after looking for space with “affordable rent,” she found an opening on Ives. “I love being here,” she observes, “especially that all of the other restaurants help each other. We get dessert ‘referrals’ from everyone and we guide customers to the [other] restaurants.” She offers 12 flavors of house-made, dairy-free scooped ice cream as well as softserve. Bee’s Thai Cuisine has developed quite the following, and not just among locals. Brown professors regularly bring visiting colleagues here to show off the cuisine. When Bee took

Ives Street was a perfect fit with its affordable rent, diverse demographic, other international restaurants, and a good neighborhood. Eduarda Ferreira has operated the Silver Star Bakery since 1989. It is the last Portuguese bakery in an area that supported several bakeries in an earlier heyday. Silver Star opens at 5am and there is a steady flow of customers the

Malachi’s, owned by Joe Souza, offers coffee, shakes, and breakfast, and has been “keeping Fox Point caffeinated for 11 years.” The name goes back five generations to the Azores, and they have developed a good T-shirt and paraphernalia business as well. It has a very low-key, local feel. Karen Krinsky started with “the first vegan ice

over the space, she didn’t do a lot of major changes (except in the kitchen) from the previous tenant, George’s Deli, so the fun, lowkey atmosphere is maintained. Bee’s offers an authentic Thai experience, spiced to your taste or tolerance. It’s family owned and unpretentious with excellent food, and Bee is often running the kitchen. East Side Monthly • November 2019 31


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Captain Seaweed’s lore is that it was named in honor of one of the owner’s family members who loved to fish but only managed to catch seaweed. For 27 years, this nautical-themed bar has offered well-priced beer, hard liquor, bar food, and boasts a life-sized hammerhead shark with a hand hanging out of its mouth. Anyone who remembers those early days will be shocked by the new, quite diverse clientele and the hidden-inplain sight outdoor patio. Nikki Pacheco took over Captain Seaweed’s from his youthful father, Albert, who is still often around giving advice and suggestions. There is a Cheers feel to the environment. Very limited food is served, but you can bring in from anywhere and there is a pool table and an outdoor patio. “It’s about time!” Nikki Pacheco offers about the Ives Street boom. “We have smart, hard working people opening great restaurants and bringing a lot of new people to the area. We don’t serve much food, but people know that they are welcome to bring food in from any restaurant and have a drink.” Always a popular Brown hangout (that you’d only let certain friends know about) it became a celebrity hideaway for Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman when they came to visit their daughter at the Ivy League university, they discovered the Captain’s “unique ambiance and discretion” as did Demi Moore and her daughter, among the other celebrities have also discovered this unpretentious Fox Point sunken treasure.


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we wanted to make it more inclusive of age, race, and gender.” Across the country, students of nonfiction writing tend to study the same authors – “new journalism” pioneers like Tom Wolfe, John McPhee, and Gay Talese. Legendary as they are, the reading list can easily skew toward cisgendered caucasoids, leaving out whole libraries of more contemporary voices. The Nonfiction!@Brown series is trying to change that, starting with its nomenclature: The original name

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November 1: The Narragansett Towers transforms for Wakefield’s Contemporary Theater Company’s Masquerade Gala. It’s a glitzy evening of food, fun, dancing, and games, including specialty cocktails, blackjack tables, and your notable local DJs. Narragansett, ContemporaryTheaterCompany.com

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November 1-3: Rhode Island Comic Con is back and geekier than ever. The much-anticipated, weekend-long convention invites comic, movie, and sci-fi fans from all multiverses to assemble in the city. Meet and greet both characters and creators like celebrity guests Chevy Chase, William Shatner, and Evanna Lynch. Rhode Island Convention Center, RIComicCon.com

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November 1-10: Fall flavors abound during Newport Restaurant Week, a seven-day celebration of the culinary genius of the City by the Sea, featuring more than 50 restaurants with affordable prix fixe lunches and dinners. Various locations, DiscoverNewport.org

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November 2: Don’t miss the last WaterFire of the season! The Providence waterways are set ablaze in a salute to veterans. Find art fairs, food vendors, plus special performances and events. Waterplace Park, WaterFire.org

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November 22-23: Shop, stroll, and discover local merchants during downtown Bristol’s annual Holiday Preview Weekend. It’s the kick-off to a holly jolly season featuring plenty of dining and, of course, shopping, plus a special Snowflake Raffle and surprises. Bristol, ChristmasBristolRI.com

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COLUMBUS THEATRE November 2: Lady Lamb. November 3: Jenny Lewis – On The Line Tour 2019. November 6: Puddles Pity Party. November 16: Mandolin Orange with Sunny War. November 22: Joe Bob Briggs: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood. November 23: An Evening with Robyn Hitchcock. 270 Broadway, Providence. ColumbusTheatre.com FETE MUSIC HALL November 1: Devil’s Feedback Halloween Party with Fathom Farewell, In The Red, Lusus, Firsbourne, Silver City Gents. November 8: Catullus with Electro Politics. November 9: The Bruisers with Broken Heroes, HAMMER and the NAILS and Hardsell. November 13: Stonefield. November 20: Cannibal Corpse with Thy Art Is Murder & Perdition Temple. November 21: The Motet with West End Blend. November 23: Static X with Devildriver, Dope, Wednesday 13, Raven Black, Frnemy, Absence of Despair, The Mighty Fall. November 2930: Zach Deputy with After Phish’n. 103 Dike Street, Providence. FeteMusic.com   THE MET November 1: Anthony Gomes with Heidi Nirk Band. November 2: John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band. November 14: Keller Williams. November 21: Letters to Cleo. November 22: Yonder Mountain String Band with The Drunken Hearts. 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket. TheMetRI.com   THE STRAND November 1: Chief Keef. November 2: Atreyu – 20 Year Anniversary Tour with Whitechapel, He Is Legend, Tempting Fate, and Santa Cruz. November 6: Ani DiFranco with Gracie and Rachel. November 9: Tito Paris, Grace Evora & Zeca Nha Reinalda. November 20: The Noise Presents Falling In Reverse with Crown The Empire and Tom MacDonald. November 23: Dark Star Orchestra – Fall Tour 2019. November 29: Max Creek – Late Show. November 30: Pink Talking Fish – Late Show. 79 Washington Street, Providence. TheStrandRI.com

THEATER PROVIDENCE PERFORMING ARTS CTR October 29-November 10: Aladdin. November 19: Il Divo – A Holiday Song Celebration. November 20: Bob Dylan and His Band. November 24: The Acrobats of Cirque-tacular. November 30: 2019 Holiday Pops Tour. 220 Weybosset Street, Providence. PPACRI.org TRINITY REPERTORY COMPANY November 7-December 29: A Christmas Carol. 201 Washington Street, Providence. TrinityRep.com VETERANS MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM November 1: Mandy Patinkin in Concert:


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November 1-3: Providence Salsa & Bachata Festival. Various locations, PVDSalsaBachataFestival.com. November 8: Old Dominion “Make It Sweet” Tour. 1 La Salle Square, Providence, DunkinDonutsCenter.com. November 8-10: Art Providence Show. 1 Sabin Street, Providence, ArtProvidenceShow.com.

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November 12: An Evening with Sophia Loren. 1 Sabin Street, Providence, RIConvention.com. November 14: Vision String Quartet. 43 Dave Gavitt Way, Providence, RICMC.org. November 16: Behind-the-Scenes Tour at Lippitt House. 199 Hope Street, Providence, PreserveRI.org. November 17: Ensemble Caprice. 1 Benevolent Street, Providence, MuseumConcerts.org. November 23: Holiday Celebration Craft Fair. 59 Brightridge Avenue, East Providence, CherishTheMoments.net. November 29-30: Phish Fall 2019. 1 La Salle Square, Providence, DunkinDonutsCenter.com. November 30: WaterFire Art & Craft Festival. 475 Valley Street, Providence, ArtsCenter.WaterFire.org. November 30: Celebrate Downcity. Dorrance & Union Streets, Providence, InDowncity.com.

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FOOD & DRINK Flavor of the Month | Food News | Restaurant Guide

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A Spot for Tea

Ceremony brings the full sipping experience to Thayer Street By Lauren Vella

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For the longest time,

students, professors, visitors, and locals swilled tea at Tealuxe, a cozy cafe on Thayer Street. But after 25 years, a new tea shop has taken its place. Ceremony, the sister brick-and-mortar business of the online shop Leafy Green Tea, is now open to the public, providing Thayer-goers with an experience that’s unlike anything else in this city. The shop’s name is aptly chosen for the ritual it provides. When Michelle Cheng started her original business, Leafy Green, she made frequent trips to Asia to meet with the farmers who grew the tea she stocked. Each time she went, she would partake in tea ceremonies as

a way to taste the products. Her experiences during these visits are what she hopes to replicate with this store. Says Michelle, “Our goal is to improve the access to premium single origin teas, while both upholding traditional values and introducing new ways of drinking tea to the modern consumer.” All of Ceremony’s teas are brought over from China, Taiwan, and Japan from single-estate farms. Michelle makes sure that all of her tea leaves are sustainably grown and she ensures that they work with farmers to “select small lots of leaves that can be traced directly to their source.” This ensures that both Leafy Green and

Ceremony can be part of the tea-making process, from farm to teahouse table. So, what can you expect at a tea ceremony? The process is much different from Western countries we often associate with tea like Great Britain and Ireland. Rather than corrupting the product with milk, Ceremony uses a large amount of tea leaves with a small amount of water and very short steeps. This allows the drinker to taste the tea at different strengths. You can also find to-go items like hand-whisked matcha, tea spritz, and Chinese pastries on the menu. 231 Thayer Street, Facebook: Ceremony PVD. -Lauren Vella

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Food & Drink Food News

An East Side Home

Narragansett Brewery plants its flag in Fox Point

“Hi – Neighbor!” is the happy phrase plastered across bumpers, laptops, dorm room refrigerators, and of course, the Narragansett Beer can. Until recently, Providence residents could only receive this friendly greeting from the back of their favorite Narragansett brew or the decal on a pint glass. But in May, we’ll really be neighbors again! Narragansett Brewery is coming to Providence. The new brewery, now undergoing construction, is located on the India Point Park waterfront at the center of the Narragansett Bay Watershed. This location, says company president Mark Hellen-

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drung, is “powerfully symbolic for us to be planting our brewery flag.” Patrons can expect the design of the brewery to highlight the beauty of the park, connecting the customer to their surroundings with outdoor seating, large windows, and garage-style doors. Now, let’s get to the good stuff: Beer! The Narragansett space is large, so there will be more room to brew the classic lager along with specialties like the Bohemian pilsner, bock, porter, and the re-start of the Lovecraft series. As for food, Mark says they will assess how much residual space they have left in their building for a kitchen. For now, the location will have a “robust food truck program.” While the brewery construction is a large undertaking for the company, the space at India Point Park will also have an impact on the surrounding community. The brewer says the company is dedicated to fully integrating itself into the neighborhood and helping the local environment. “We look forward to shining a spotlight on all of the great aspects of the area, like the nearby bike path, local art, and the recreation and events in the park itself. As a large consumer of water, the health of the watershed is important to the company. I’ve taken part in Save The Bay a few times, and I’d personally like to explore what it’s going to take to do a swim off of India Point Park.” India Point Park, NarragansettBeer.com.

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West Bay Open Studios October 26th & 27th At first glance, Larry Dressler’s farm looks like a diabolical science experiment – long, cylindrical blue-green tanks filled with water that tower over the staff. But this is not the work of a mad scientist. The tanks actually contain a weigh protein algae called spirulina that his company SoulFresh Proteins uses to create nutritious snacks. Larry says that he “fell in love” with spirulina, and you can understand why. Spirulina is a superfood. The earthy, powdery substance has “more iron than spinach, more antioxidants than blueberries, more calcium than milk, more beta carotene than carrots, and more protein than steak.” Larry explains that the algae is grown in high pH water and later harvested by extraction and dehydration. Once the product is dehydrated, it is then made into a powder and sold for use. SoulFresh Proteins’s snacks are fruit, nut, and spirulina clusters that have been dehydrated together to form what Larry’s company calls “CrunchLina”. The farm also sells the algae in the form of different flavored powders like pumpkin spice and cinnamon, and the products are ubiquitous. “We have runners, bikers, hikers, campers – and these people will eat it [spirulina] right out of the bag or they’ll put it as a topping on cereal and salads and oatmeal, put it into baked goods and even on ice cream.” Find SoulFresh Protein’s spirulina products at local grocers all over Rhode Island. SoulFreshProteins.com. -Lauren Vella

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The Revival Craft Kitchen & Bar Focusing on American fare and craft beer. 50 Miller St, Warren (second location in East Greenwich), 245-4500. D $$-$$$ Tav Vino Waterfront dining with an Italian and seafood focus. 267 Water St, Warren, 2450231. D $$ The Wharf Remodeled and reimagined, this dockside restaurant offers seafood, pasta, and coastal charm for days. 215 Water St, Warren, 289-2524. LD $$-$$$$

SOUTH COUNTY Celestial Cafe Locally sourced and globally inspired cuisine with a curated craft beer list. 567 South County Trail, Exeter, 295-5559. BruLD $$-$$$ Chair 5 Hotel haunt with a beach-inspired menu and a dreamy rooftop lounge. 1208 Ocean Rd, Narragansett, 363-9820. LD $$$$$ Coast Guard House A new American menu with a seafood emphasis and extensive wine list, open seven days a week. 40 Ocean Rd, Narragansett, 789-0700. BrLD $$$

Blount Market & Kitchen Traditional New England seafood summer favorites offered year-round for dine-in and takeout. 406 Water St, Warren, 245-1800. LD $$

Colvitto’s Pizza & Bakery Pizza Calzones and baked goods made fresh daily. 91 Point Judith Rd, Narragansett, 783-8086. BrLD $

Bluewater Bar and Grill Casual restaurant with modern seafood dishes, patio seating, and live music. 32 Barton Ave, Barrington, 247-0017. LD $$-$$$

The Cove Traditional bar and grill serving burgers, sandwiches, and classic New England seafood favorites. 3963 Old Post Rd, Charlestown, 364-9222. LD $$

Cafe Water Street Dockside cafe with gourmet crepes and coffee. 279 Water St, Warren, 2457071. BLD $-$$

Eleven Forty Nine City sophistication in the suburbs. 1149 Division St, Warwick, 884-1149. LD $$$

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RESTAURANT GUIDE For full restaurant profiles, go to ProvidenceOnline.com Fuel Coffee Bar Breakfast and lunch, including vegan and gluten-free options. 904 Boston Neck Rd., Narragansett, 792-3835. BrL $-$$ George’s of Galilee Fresh-caught seafood in an upscale pub atmosphere. 250 Sand Hill Cove Rd, Narragansett, 783-2306. LD $-$$ Mariner Grille Seafood, steaks, and pasta in a fun setting, with live entertainment. 40 Point Judith Rd, Narragansett, 284-3282. LD $$ Pasquale’s Pizzeria Napoletana Authentic Neapolitan wood-fired pizza with exclusive ingredients imported from Naples. 60 S County Commons Way, South Kingstown, 783-2900. LD $-$$ Red Stripe Casual French-American bistro. 465 Angell St, Providence, 437-6950; 455 Main St, East Greenwich, 398-2900. BrLD $$ The Revival Craft Kitchen & Bar Focusing on American fare and craft beer. 219 Main St, East Greenwich (second location in Warren), 336-3747. D $$-$$$ Siena Impeccable Italian cuisine. Locations in Providence, East Greenwich, and Smithfield, 521-3311. D $$-$$$ Sonoma Bistro and Wine Bar New American cuisine in a friendly atmosphere. 7366 Post Rd, North Kingstown, 295-0800 LD $$-$$$ Sophie’s Brewhouse Espresso drinks and sandwiches with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients. 699 S County Trail, Exeter, 2954273. BL $$ T’s Restaurant RI favorite with all day breakfast-brunch. Cranston, East Greenwich, Narragansett; TsRestaurantRI.com BrLD $$ Tavern by the Sea Waterfront European/ American bistro. 16 West Main St, Wickford, 294-5771. LD $$ Thirsty Gull New England sourced gastropub. 9 East Ave, Westerly, 596-1936. D $$ Twin Willows Fresh seafood and water views in a family-friendly atmosphere. 865 Boston Neck Rd, Narragansett, 789-8153. LD $-$$

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e all want the best for those we love who struggle with dementia, and when we realize we can’t provide that on our own, BRIARCLIFFE GARDENS is there to help. Briarcliffe provides highly specialized, research-based care for loved ones with progressing dementia and Alzheimer’s. The 30-acre campus is located just 10 minutes from Providence, featuring round-the-clock care, laundry, housekeeping, activities, and meals, plus an exceptionally trained staff of nurses and caregivers. Owner Akshay Talwar creates a space that not only looks and feels like home, but is one, and where you know your loved one is safe, secure, and well taken care of. There are daily activities like yoga and tai chi to keep everyone up and moving. The Gardens building has fun features like an in-house movie theater and retro diner. The Cottage offers larger bedrooms and bright, airy community spaces. Both residences have high ceilings and skylights that provide natural, diffuse daylight. The rooms and suites are available furnished or unfurnished, so you can make the space feel as much like home as possible. Trusting another to care for a loved one is difficult, but with Briarcliffe, the choice is easier. Find out more by scheduling a personal tour.

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STONE MASON 40 yrs. exp. Stone, brick, veneers, walls, fireplaces, patios, chimneys, pavers. Design work. Reg. #7445. Call 641-0362. lousstonework.com HANDYMAN Specializing in exceptional results for repairs & small jobs. On time, professional & extremely clean. Reg. #40738. clearproppvd@gmail.com HOUSE CLEANING Experienced. Local references. Free estimates. Call Lilly, 401-419-2933.

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M–F 10a–9p | S 9a–6p | Su 10a–6p *Promotional offer ends December 31, 2019. Gift cards must be purchased at a Massage Envy franchised location. Offer is not valid online, from a third-party retailer, or for previous purchases. Minimum $100 per transaction for a $25 Promotional Card or $150 per transaction for a $40 Promotional Card. Gift cards are not redeemable or refundable for cash or credit except where required by law. Promotional Cards expire on March 31, 2020, and are subject to restrictions on use (See Promotional Card for details). Rates and services may vary by franchised location and session. For a specific list of services, check with specific franchised location or see MassageEnvy.com. Additional taxes and fees may apply. Each location is independently owned and operated. ©2019 ME SPE Franchising, LLC.

DOROTHY’S CLEANING We clean your home as our own! References & free estimates. 401-524-7453 or 401-228-6273. PIONEER BASEMENT The healthy choice for wet basements, crawl spaces, moisture & air quality control. Foundation repair. Certified. Insured. Reg. #3934. Cell 401-215-7985 or 1-800-649-6140. EAST SIDE HANDYMAN Carpentry, painting & repairs. Small jobs welcome. References. Insured. 401-524-6421. Reg. #3052. HOUSE CLEANING Honest, hard worker, years of experience. Excellent references. Free estimates. Call Renata 516-1354. PROPERTY MANAGER Available. On call 24/7. Rent collection. Rentals, evictions, maintenance. 421-0092. FOR RENT LARGE office in Holistic Health Center on East Side. Share office suite. $460/mo. (no utilities), Call 861-4642.

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DEDICATION ...is a word that is both used and abused these days. But I want you to know that I really am dedicated to my customers and to my profession. If a real estate transaction is in your future, let’s talk. Then you can decide for yourself if you really believe that I am...

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EAST SIDER By Robert Isenberg

A Very Good Year Once, a colleague approached Jessica Neubauer and said: “The thing about you is that, everything you do, you think you’re going to hit a home run.” This was a critique, not a compliment. But Jessica shrugged it off. “I was like, ‘Why would I ever go out if I didn’t think that?’ I always go out there with my game face, ready to go.” Indeed, Jessica has been hitting home runs all year. She moved to the East Side, a longtime dream. She started a new job, Director of People and Engagement, at Bradford Soap in West Warwick. And she recently enjoyed a transformative journey to Israel, thanks to a program designed for “Jewish mothers in Rhode Island who have children under the age of eighteen.” “It’s funny how life works,” she says in her fast-talking, Big Apple cadence. Jessica

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grew up in Brooklyn, New York, in an ethnically rich neighborhood. When a marriage brought her to Providence, Jessica liked the city, but her suburban neighborhood didn’t feel like home. In December, she seized the chance to move to the East Side. “I love New York,” she says. “I was always drawn to the East Side, because it reminded me so much more of Brooklyn. I love that I live down the street from Hope Street. I always joked, when I first moved to Providence – can I walk to get my coffee, get my nails done, and go to a CVS? And now I can. This is what I aspired to for awhile.” Jessica originally studied psychology, and she started out as a social worker. The intensity of the job, and an acumen for business, led her to human resources. At Bradford Soap,

Jessica has found a welcoming, progressive environment. The company is 143 years old, but forward-thinking management has encouraged Jessica to behave less like a paper-pusher and more like a career coach. “The field of HR has changed so rapidly over the past 10 to 15 years,” she says. “It’s more about people.” A week after she landed the job, Jessica was invited to visit Israel for eight days – for free. She toured the country, along with 200 mothers from across the US. The sojourn was a revelation, with sumptuous meals, Dead Sea swims, and dancing the hora before the Wailing Wall. By the end, Jessica had made a host of new friends. “I think I came back clearer,” she says. “As you settle back into life, you don’t want to lose that energy and excitement. Clarity is what comes to mind – where I see myself, where I see my future.”

Photo courtesy of Jessica Neubauer

Jessica Neubauer is new to the East Side, and she’s having the time of her life


4 MELLISSA CIRCLE SMITHFIELD, RI | $1,199,900

139 RUMSTICK ROAD BARRINGTON, RI | $1,195,000

100 EXCHANGE STREET #1703 EAST SIDE OF PROV., RI | $695,500

1258 DOUGLAS PIKE SMITHFIELD, RI | $789,900

555 SOUTH WATER STREET #224 PROVIDENCE, RI | $439,000

LILA DELMAN REAL ESTATE OF PROVIDENCE 369 SOUTH MAIN STREET | 401.274.1644

229 MEDWAY STREET #109 EAST SIDE OF PROV., RI | $415,000


41 Intervale Road East Side of Providence $1,425,000 401.274.6740

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31 Eames Street East Side of Providence $619,000 401.274.6740

6 Olive Street East Side of Providence $1,975,000 401.274.6740

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#1 in RI Homes Sold Four Consecutive Years * Barrington Cumberland East Greenwich Narragansett Providence West Side PVD Relocation

401.245.9600 401.333.9333 401.885.8400 401.783.2474 401.274.6740 401.457.3400 800.886.1775

*This statement is based in whole or in part on data supplied by the State-Wide Multiple Listing Service. The MLS does not guarantee and is not in any way responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by the MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market. Based on information from Statewide Multiple Listing Service, Inc. for 1995-2018 as of January 2019.

11 Gorton Street East Side of Providence $699,000 401.274.6740

Kettle Point East Providence From the High $400,000s 401.553.6389

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16 Firglade Avenue East Side of Providence $389,000 401.274.6740

415 Wayland Avenue East Side of Providence $665,000 401.274.6740

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