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Nearby Shopping in Providence

Looking for that perfect gift for your Rhode Island university student, or simply in the mood for some retail therapy? With dozens of unique and locally-owned shops, you’ll find everything from quirky indie bookstores and vintage clothing to trendier home goods of today. 

Love Rhode Island? Show your local pride with RI themed clothing, accessories, maps and stickers at HOMESTYLE, or find modern clothing from your favorite brands at Modern Love’s. Anything you can wish for, you’ll find it here with our list of the best five shops and stops to explore in Providence. 


Symposium Books

Enter Symposium Books and you’ll see shelves packed with books new and old. Though you’ll find everything from bestsellers to classics to local favorites, there’s actually more for sale than their name suggests. 

Pick up a tote to carry around all your new books or select a greeting card to send well wishes back home. This indie bookstore sells both new, used, and bargain books, so you’re sure to find a story that piques your interest without putting a dent in your wallet.

Insider Tip

Symposium Books offers free book delivery for guests of Graduate Providence.

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The Arcade Providence

You won’t find pinball machines or skeeball at the Arcade Providence, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t endless fun to be had. An arcade is actually an indoor shopping mall, popular in the 18th and 19th century as places to spend time on the town. The Arcade Providence fancies itself a neighborhood within a neighborhood, offering shops, restaurants, whisky bars, and more, all housed within an arcade built in 1928. 

Though the arcade is the oldest indoor shopping mall in the U.S., what’s within is as modern as it comes. Peruse goods made in Providence, enjoy a meal, or simply stroll through the mall the way shoppers would have several centuries ago.  

Insider Tip

Rouge Island, located inside the Arcade, serves up brunch every weekend! The breakfast flatbread is a must-try when in Providence

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Modern Love

An afternoon shopping on Westminster St is ideal, and no trip is complete without stopping in Modern Love. Unique clothing, jewelry, gifts, even kitchenware and local spices – this eclectic local boutique has it all.

Take your time wandering through the funky space, you’re sure to see something you can’t live without. 

Insider Tip

Bring your furry friend – they’re dog friendly.

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Civil Skate Shop

Even if you don’t know a kick flip from an ollie, you’ll appreciate the creative atmosphere that comes with the territory at Civil Skate Shop. With a total if you know you know vibe, Civil pushes the boundaries of a traditional skate, snowboard, surf shop to feel a little more elevated. Sure, you’ll see the latest sneakers, hats and streetwear on proud display, but the real star of the show is the wall of skate decks in the back.

In addition to selling some of the coolest gear around, Civil is also involved in the local skateboard and snowboard community by hosting and sponsoring contests, demos, park cleanups, video premiers, and other cultural events.  

Insider Tip

Civil stocks its own private label collection too. 

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The ultimate gift store for a friend (or yourself!), HOMESTYLE is another must-see on artsy Westminster St. This shop blends furniture, decor, gifts and art in a stylish yet low-key environment.

Looking to decorate an entire room or searching for a creative statement piece to add personality to your space? HOMESTYLE is a great spot to find some serious inspo

Insider Tip

Be sure to check out their one-of-a-kind card selection.

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