Rhody Gem: The Hen House

March 2023


What it is:

An inviting shop stocked with products by regional makers, including pottery, soaps, knit goods, sewn items, glass art, maple, honey, birdhouses, jewelry, wood items, jams and jellies, fresh babka from East Providence’s BUNs Bakery, and Exeter’s Hadley’s Harvest sourdough bread. 


Where to find it:

Follow Route 44 to Putnam Pike into the village of Chepachet. When you begin to notice antique shops, look for street parking. Follow the orange chicken claw prints painted on the sidewalk to the unmistakable glossy orange Colonial house and you’re there!


What makes it a Rhody Gem?

The bright enthusiasm of owners Kim Belleavoine (a glass artist) and Jody Esposito (Chepachet Farms maple syrup), and variety of small-batch goods, makes this two-level shop a charmer. In addition to what’s for sale, Belleavoine shares that their business is rooted in community. “The shop is filled with local products including the food items you will find when you walk through our grandma-style kitchen.” Additionally, the shop hosts weekly knitting group Click & Cluck, offers workshops (March 26 is Ukrainian Egg Decorating), and is always seeking new artisans to bring into the nest. “We are open weekends and extended holiday hours, much to our customer’s disappointment, wishing we were open all week long, but it’s like getting a farmers market going each weekend, which includes preparing all week for the Saturday opening. Plus all of our artisans drop off their products to make sure we’re all stocked up and ready to go!” Pro-tip: the babka sells out early!

The Hen House 1189 Putnam Pike, Chepachet



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