Rhody Gem: Simple Pleasures

November 2022

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What it is:

A gift shop aptly described by its owners as “a sparkling tiny wonderland of festive delights.”

Where to find it:

Tucked away on Providence’s East Side, follow Pitman Street to Richmond Square to discover a rustic cottage (once a blacksmith’s forge) near Waterman Grille and the Seekonk River. For the parking-wary: there are designated spots and an enormous lot just steps away.

What makes it a Rhody Gem?

Established in 1992, this enchanting brick-and-mortar served as the inspiration for this very column (a former Rhody Gem in our sister pub Providence Monthly). Mother-and-daughter shopkeepers Mary and Alice Moore keep the space filled with curated collections of thoughtfully designed artisan goods from around the world. Shelves, tables, and mantles are decked with ever-changing displays of an uncommon mix of textiles, jewelry, scarves, accessories, home decor, hand crafts, paper goods, candles, chocolates, confections, ornaments, and decorations. “Simple Pleasures shines most brightly for the holiday season,” says Alice. “Step inside, and remember why little shops matter,” Mary adds.

Simple Pleasures6 Richmond Square, Providence • 401-331-4120

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