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RISD b&bs?


i'm heading up to providence rhode island next thursday to speak at risd. i'll be poking around solo but i thought i'd treat myself and stay at a nice b&b- does anyone have any favorites in the area? i'm not trying to break the bank but would love to stay somewhere cute. also, if you have any shop suggestions feel free to add them below! i'll also be recording a podcast with one of my all-time favorite artists, jen corace so stay tuned! [thanks for any suggestions!]

[i'll be speaking at 9 am on friday morning if anyone wants to drop by. a got a few emails about attending, i'll have details soon. hope you can make it]


Anonymous Kathleen said...

I've been meaning to get back to Providence for so long. I don't know of any B&B's, but for brunch check out Brickway on Wickenden St--when we were at RISD it was our fav brunch spot. At peak times there are long lines, but very worth it. There also used to be a really great vintage store next door to Brickway, it was there 4 years ago, so if its still there, its worth popping in.
Le Creperie in Fones Alley off Thayer St is also really good.
Sorry, I can't recall too many shops. we ate out a lot at RISD...(unfortunate cafeteria.)
Have fun!

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CC Ledbetter (I always say it dyslexically as BedLetter)

She is on Benefit street.- both beautiful and very close to RISD.

11:56 AM  
Anonymous tim said...

which department are you speaking to?

check out martina & company and gallery agniel (same space) at 120 north main street.

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RISD Works is actually v. cool, all works are made/designed by risd grads. it's at 10 westminster st. http://www.risdworks.com

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since you helped me out with places to hit in NYC, I can return the favor here! Definitely hit Thayer St. for all the chic stores - too many to mention.
Wickenden St. has a few great stores too. Tealuxe is a great place to take a break and have a great cup of tea, and Cafe Paragon is another place for a bite to eat.

12:15 PM  
Blogger nonchalant mom said...

well, funny enough, we LIVE in Matunuck (just outside of Providence, by the beaches) and not that we know each other very well...but your blog is my homepage and we have exchanged emails from time to time, I have the web-boutique called nonchalant mom (www.nonchalantmom.com). At any rate you are welcome to stay with us, we have a 1950's mid century modern home that we recently renovated...and as a fan of your website I must say we have really similar tastes. Our guest house is a littel "rough" but you are welcome to stay. If not, please visit our store in Wakefield, on main street-Nonchalant Mom and Orange Lola--it's filled with wonderful things for the home and kids clothing and other fun things...carina.(email:carina@nonchalantmom.com)
ps. If you are in Providence on Saturday, visit ACME on upper Wickenden street, he has great things! Eat at Olgas (lower wickenden on the other side of the bridge).

12:35 PM  
Anonymous hrubarb said...

I am a risd alum and I second the cafe paragon recommendation. You can't go wrong with a sandwich from geoff's either. There are lot's of great places to eat in Providence.

12:54 PM  
Anonymous tim said...

also, my girlfriend's parents always stayed here:

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RISD works you must check out. I always go there when I go back to RISD. Also if you make things a lot, check out RISD store and the Metcalf store (which I never realized had a superb range of things until I graduated)

You have to goto Pastiche in Federal Hill. I have not found fruit tarts as good as there's in NYC yet. They have long waits but well worth it!

Those are my recommendations. And also I think this weekend is Parents Alumni weekend..so there may be some special art sales!

1:43 PM  
Blogger breanne said...

Grace! Yay! I'm looking forward to this...just didn't know it was this soon. Sorry I wasn't able to email you before. I believe there's a b&b on Benefit Street right near RISD but can't recall the name. Its usually where the print department has visiting artists stay... about $150/night? I just googled it: http://www.oldcourt.com/ - Pretty sure this is the one.

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nonchalant - Are you near All That Matters on Main? I'm trying to pinpoint the store...

2:09 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

thanks guys!

it seems it's an alumni weekend so every b&b from providence to well, outer providence was booked solid. so my backup of the biltmore came through- i'll be staying in a big fancy room all by myself because that was all they had left. i'm going to feel so silly.

anyway, thanks so much for all the ideas!!


2:12 PM  
Anonymous peggy said...

hi, this is peggy. owner of figments, a gifts & fine paper store located in the funky westside of providence. i am a risd alum and am interested in your presentation at risd. please let me know which department you will be giving he talk.

when you get a chance, stop by my store. allow me to treat you a cup of coffe at the uber cool cafe next door, "white electric coffe".

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi grace!
So sorry i'll miss you when you are here...
Please swing by the Textile dept if you can and Ryan or Vedrana ca show you around.
Gina (Risd Textiles)

2:30 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

Another Providence native here. There's a new store with a modern fllair which just opened up in Wayland Square called Mod Momma - contemporary kids clothes and such, very nice. Across the street is Myopic books.

Please tell us where and when you're speaking so your Providence fans can stop by and say hello!


2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RISD Works is a must, but no one has mentioned these great places to eat: Kebab & Curry on Thayer and Ran Zan on Hope. Sorry, no hints on lodging.

3:15 PM  
Anonymous kristian said...

I grew up in providence!

I think the best brunch is at Rue De Espoire (sp?) on hope street.... and I second the nomination of Pastiche.... Amazing fruit tart, Amazing Banana Creme Pie.

For shopping YES..... ACME!...... I have actually had dreams about that shop.... and yes, the vintage store on Wickenden next to the Brickway is still open.

oh, and no one said oop! on Thayer st.... come on, it is classic.

4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love jen corace's work!!! can't wait for the podcast.

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Asher said...

RISD works is neat and Matt Bird (the guy who practically single handedly got it up and running has just opened his own shop on wickenden street called Curitorium (a must visit)

btw, I'm a RISD student (and a big fan of design*sponge)> feel free to contact me and i can give you a tour of all the neatness on campus and in the local area!


6:35 PM  
Anonymous janet said...

Hi Grace! Long time no write. I've been taking a RISD class in the textiles dept. Is this something I can drop in while i'm there. You might remember me as Anthro home dept. mgr + letterpress :) wb soon!

7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No b&b recommendation cause im from the area but you need to go to the modern dinner on the weekend for breakfast, amazing food its special on the weekends like fruit crepes and custard french toast along with much more, prov is just a place to explore and i think you'll be there the weekend of waterfires which is an experience in its own

10:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yea the risd alumni show is always on columbas day weekend so things will be booked, i wouldnt worry your self with a b&b and look forward more to exploring providence, theres too much to see thayer st hope st among lots of other places people have mentioned already

10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For good coffee, check out Coffee Exchange on Wickenden St. For a truly good sandwich (and monsterous cookies) try Meeting St. Cafe on Thayer & Meeting. Gallery Agniel is definitely worth a visit, as is the RISD Museum (of course!). Please walk through the Textiles department if you have a chance - any student will be happy to show you around (we're all very friendly).
- Amy (RISD Textiles)

10:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


find her, or a gallery her work is at...beautiful unique jewelery.

7:20 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

hi guys!

i'll be "speaking" at 9 am on friday morning if anyone wants to drop by. a got a few emails about attending, i'll have details soon. hope you can make it!


8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ptovidence has such an amazing restaurant scene! During my 5 years at RISD I feel ive tried them all. Some of my favorites include...
Red Stripe on angel Street (it is owned by the same people who have Mills Tavern, another amazing place)
As for Brunch Julian's in Federal hill is also a fun spot.

A classic, inexpensive and consistant place where many of us would meet for a drink and some quick food is viva on thayer street.
I deeply miss Providence it is such a special little place, enjoy!

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you love thin crust Pizza, you can't beat Bob and Timmy's in Federal hill!!!
I haven't found anything to replace it in NYC. Its worth checking out, One of the many RISD Favs.

9:55 AM  
Anonymous sarafina said...


he was a big supporter of the fort thunder scene, the old space used to be covered in old Chippindale posters. The wait is long n the weekend but its so good, good coffee too

make sure to check out the new show at the risd museum on RISD 1995-present, covers fort thunder and the black dice/lightening bolt scene

12:38 PM  
Blogger mishareads said...

Jen Corace is so amazing!! So glad you also like her. I have been coveting her artwork for years now. I just saw her show in Seattle, and am kicking myself for not buying something years ago--I don't think I can afford her now! But I check her site constantly to see new work. What an amazing artist!

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wickenden St.: Acme (vintage goods), Brickway (Breakfast), Coffee Exchange, *The Curatorium* (design goods), Al Forno (food), *Olga's* (breakfast, lunch, brunch)

Federal Hill area: *Pastiche* (coffee, dessert), *Nick's on Broadway* (breakfast, lunch, brunch), Julian's (food, hipsters), White Electric (coffee)

RISD area: *Gallery Agniel* (jewelry, art), Cafe Choklad (breakfast, lunch)

Wayland square: *Red Stripe* (dinner)

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you can make it down to Warren, RI (20 min from Prov.) you should check out Muse jewelry boutique. Incredible jewelry store with beautiful pieces made by independent artists.


11:17 AM  

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