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  • Writer's pictureMichaela Crimmins

Support Local Rhody Businesses!

I love to support local Rhode Island businesses and spread the word as much as possible. After what this past year looked like, it’s so important to consider local businesses for any purchase, whether it’s a bakery or a moving company. I’ve rounded up some local Rhode Island businesses to highlight that are all in high demand as we kick off the summer season.

Wicked Tulips

If you haven't heard about New England's largest U-pick tulip farm, you NEED to check out Wicked Tulips and do it fast! Located in Exeter, RI and Preston, CT, their fields feature thousands of colorful tulips that you get to pick yourself to take home to enjoy! I go every year and each time I'm blown away by the beauty of them. It's such a fun experience and one you don't want to miss. According to their Instagram, it looks like their Exeter location will only be open for one more week so purchase your tickets before they close for the season! Follow @wickedtulips on Instagram to learn more.

RI Luxury Picnics

Rhode Island Luxury Picnics is a new local business that will leave you memories that last a lifetime! This unique and intimate picnic experience is a perfect opportunity to gather with friends or family. Whether you're celebrating a birthday, bachelorette bash, or even just an excuse to watch a sunset, RI Luxury Picnics has you covered. They provide set up/clean up services, tables, pillows, place settings, flowers, and decor! Follow RI Luxury Picnics on Instagram to learn more and book your summer picnic!

(Photo credit: Victoria Costello Photography)

South County Bread Company

South County Bread Company is a new bread company owned by Jeff Collins located at 333 Main St in Wakefield, RI. Jeff is proud to provide the community with hand-crafted, artisan breads such as sourdough, cranberry nut, and rosemary monterey jack. South County Bread's goal is to upload a promise they'll always create the best product, using the best ingredients for ultimate flavor. Their bread is free of additives and preservatives and they also source as much as possible from local farms and vendors. For those with a sweet tooth, don't forget to also pick up some delicious, fresh baked items such as chocolate croissants!

Fresh Start Moving Company

With the house market booming right now, many will be looking for a moving company. The thought of moving everything on your own can be daunting and stressful. We did that when we bought our first house and I don’t think we’d do it again! One way to support local and also eliminate the stress of moving is to hire a local company to help you with your big move. Fresh Start - The Moving Crew - Warwick has 8 years of experience moving their clients and they pride themselves as being the top moving company in the Rhode Island area. They offer customer-focused service, are fast and efficient, and have competitive pricing - all things that are so important when choosing a reliable moving company.

Not only do they do residential moves, they also do commercial moving in Warwick. Fresh Start - Moving Crew - Warwick will do all heavy lifting for your residential or commercial move. Their #1 goal is to simplify your move by taking some of the weight off your shoulders, literally. Fresh Start – The Moving Crew – Warwick provides comprehensive commercial moving services.and can also unpack and set up your office in the new location according to your floor plan. If you are in need of movers for your home or commercial, I highly recommend checking out Fresh Start - Moving Crew Warwick - to help alleviate some of the stress and make your move as easy as can be.

Alpha-LIT Rhode Island

Alpha Lit Rhode Island offers marquee letter rentals for weddings, parties, and events. Serving Rhode Island and Connecticut, Alpha-LIT is a fun way to add a fun element to any event whether it's a wedding, baby shower, or birthday party. The marquee letters are large and look amazing when lit up, making it the perfect photo op for any event. Looking at their Instagram, they've also done engagements with letters saying "MARRY ME" which is so adorable. If you have an event coming up, check out Alpha-LIT to make it feel all the more special!

Cobblestone Cookie Company

Cookie lovers, listen up! Cobblestone Cookie Company was created by a nurse named Kristen Whitlock who has a passion for making delicious homemade cookies. She makes personalized cookie boxes for any and all occasions! Some of my favorites on her cookie menu is espresso/cocoa chocolate chip, lemon shortbread, and snickerdoodle. Located in Northern RI, you can either pick up your order or have it shipped anywhere in the country. Send her a message on Instagram @cobblestonecookiecompany to place your order.

The Blissful B Shop

The Blissful B Shop creates custom label soy candles that are hand poured in Rhode Island. They are non-toxic and dye & metal-free. Their fragrances sound delightful - they recommend sea salt & orchard, honeysuckle jasmine, and lavender as some of their best fragrances for spring and summer. I can't get wait to get my hands on one of these candles and also give them as a gift for future purchases. Check out their Instagram @theblissfulb and send a message or shop their Etsy page!

The Pour House

New coffee shop alert! The Pour House is a new coffee shop located in the Pier Market Place in Narragansett (where Dunkin Donuts used to be). Visit them to try their exceptional coffee and tea, especially their delicious lattes! This is the perfect place to stop before you hit up the beach this summer. And here's a little secret - every weekend they offer PVD donuts so you don't have to make the drive to Providence!

Crosswynd Traders

While you're in Narragansett, you have to stop at Crosswynd Traders, Narragansett's best kept secret! Located at 1175 Boston Neck Road, they are open every day 10-5 and offer popular brand name clothing for less. Tops, shorts, dresses, comfy joggers, Narragansett sweatshirts, shoes, you name it! They also offer shipping so if you don't live close by that is an awesome option to still shop at this amazing boutique!

As we kick into summer gear, let's continue to shop small and support local businesses!

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