Rhody Gem: Geri’s Bluffing Boutique

February 2022


What it is:

A shop featuring a vibrant collection of custom clothing for women, men, and children, along with home decor, art, accessories, and gifts representing a range of styles from regions all over Africa. 

Where to find it: 

Housed in a brick building in the heart of downtown Woonsocket, next to Chan’s Fine Oriental Dining and a short walk from Stadium Theatre, Geri’s is the first door on your right inside the Main Street entrance. 

What makes it a Rhody Gem?

No two dresses, designer bags, or hair clips are alike at this African Bohemian boutique, where owner Geraldine Barclay-King takes care in stocking one-of-a-kind pieces and helping customers leave with a purchase that’s truly special to them. Barclay-King opened the boutique with the goal of “transforming lives through fashion, art, and cultural education,” she explains. “The word ‘bluffing’ means the desire to not only look good but to feel good. It is a slang commonly used by Liberians in West Africa to describe someone’s projected confidence to mask pain or hurt they are experiencing.” Whether you’re looking for a headscarf or standout dress shirt, earrings or wood beaded purse – or open to being surprised – it’s impossible not to find a piece that brings you joy, or to leave Geri’s without learning something new. 

Geri’s Bluffing Boutique285 Main Street, Suite 2, Woonsocket • 488-4182


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