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Local makers and merchants have everything you need to make the most of long winter nights


Once the nights fall earlier and a frosty crispness fills the air, nothing is more inviting than a cozy night in. There’s something euphoric about a roaring, crackling fire that inspires us to create the ultimate tranquil setting. Even the warm glow of candles or the Fireplace channel on TV inspire curling up with a blanket and relishing the simplicity of the moment. We’ve surveyed the state and have uncovered places to shop small to get everything you need this holiday season, from candles to cookies.

Set the Stage

Ready to outfit your space into a cozy wonderland? Start with a visit to Wildwood, a home and garden center in East Greenwich. Wander their all-aglow location to browse warm throw blankets, candles, wooden serving trays, and ceramic mugs. Their curated selection of decor options makes it easy to bring the luxury lodge life into your home. 

Call the Bakery

Sharing boards continue to have a moment, and Rhody food vendors have risen to the occasion to help you build a one-of-a-kind dessert assemblage for winter. While the quick solution may be running to the supermarket to grab a pre-packaged assortment of cookies, consider placing an order instead at your local bakery. Cakes by Isabel Noel or Sophie’s Sweets are both female-operated small businesses that are not only led by bakers, but by a detail-oriented team of artists. 

Spill the Tea

Whether you make it an intimate date for two, a family game night, or evening of solitude, enjoy a beverage that soothes the soul. A popular choice is a glass of Gooseneck Vineyards Rhody Red paired with RI Nut Company’s Cinnamon Roasted Pecans. If wine isn’t your cup of tea, make one! Amber Jackson, the inspiring leader behind the woman- and Black-owned business The Black Leaf Tea + Culture Shop, recommends the Chi-der, a blend with hints of apples, cinnamon, and ginger. The perfect cap to your cinematic night in. 


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