Creativity Flows Once Again In Warren,RI

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Creativity Flows Once Again In Warren, RI

I spent my Sunday between Bristol & Warren RI. I ate lunch on the water, visited some shops in downtown Bristol then headed home. On my way through Warren, RI we decided to pull over and walk along Main Street. What I noticed is that Warren is once again coming back to life.  Warren went though a period where business on Main Street had closed down due to economics, lack of customers and other issues. Now we have new businesses opening up at a fairly steady pace. So, on this beautifully warm Sunday in June I decided to drop in on a few and chat up the owners.


Boheme: Locally made fine art, jewelry,clothing. I chatted with Karen the owner for a short time and she said how excited she was to open up a shop on Main St Warren. She's been open for about 3 weeks or so and is one of the stops on the monthly Art Night tour.


The Coffee Depot: The Coffee Depot, a cozy and lively gathering spot, is centrally located in downtown historic Warren. Friday open mic nights are a big draw for music lovers and regional musicians. Monthly art exhibits by area artists are also popular. The Coffee Depot is directly across the street from Boheme.


Stella Marie Soap Company: Stella Marie was founded in 2007 out of a desire to merge artistic expression with a passion for the bath. Her business has grown from a tiny pantry in an apartment to a 2000 foot shop and retail space in Warren, RI. They make the most delicious smelling soaps. I stop in to the shop  as often as I can to check out the new "flavors".


Woof Woof Pet Boutique and Biscuit Bar: Woof Woof is exactly what it says it is. It's for the dogs (and cats).. and owners are allowed inside too. WOOF! WOOF! is a modern, fun, dog bakery & boutique for your pets. They are Rhode Island's "ORIGINAL" 10' biscuit bar, filled with 8 varieties of our all natural dog biscuits.


I recommend the walkability of downtown Warren's Main Street to anyone looking for a quaint, artsy, casual afternoon spent shopping or window shopping. You'll find it's more quiet than downtown Newport or Bristol and less crowded. Stop in and enjoy the creativity that flows once again in Warren, RI 02885.


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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Hi Heidi.... localism posts like this one are greatly appreciated by those who are interested in living in Warren RI.....

Jun 23, 2013 08:37 AM #1
Heidi Kelley
Keller Williams Realty Leading Edge - East Providence, RI
Your Rhode Island Real Estate Connection
Thanks Barbara I'm hoping that hyper local posts will attract buyers just like you said.
Jun 23, 2013 08:41 AM #2
Ronald DiLalla
Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824 - Anaheim, CA
No. Orange Cty Real Estate

The Woof Woof Pet sounds like our Lazy Dog Restaurants here in So Cal..Thanks for sharing with us.

Jun 23, 2013 09:51 AM #3
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Heidi, I went to High School in East Providence (lived on 5th Street), and bought a house next door to Warren, in Barrington, before moving to CT.  It is music to my ears to hear that Warren is showing signs of life again, and maybe the next time I am in RI to visit family, I will drive through to see some of what you have written about.

Jun 23, 2013 10:24 AM #4
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

That's great news. We have neighborhoods like that here, as well, as they're really doing better now. I'm sure the store owners appreciate the positive press.

Jun 23, 2013 11:07 AM #5
Heidi Kelley
Keller Williams Realty Leading Edge - East Providence, RI
Your Rhode Island Real Estate Connection

Ronald-Thanks for reading my blog.

George- I have lived in East Providence most of my life, and graduated from EPHS as well. Warren is really flexing its creative muscle. The next time you come to visit try to spend some time on Main St & Water St in Warren.

Jill- I sure hope the shop owners appreciate the blog..I sure appreciate their shops! Thanks for reading my post.

Jun 23, 2013 11:42 AM #6
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Great localism....and great PR for the small business owners welcoming the return of good business.

Jun 23, 2013 07:34 PM #7
Edward & Celia Maddox
The Celtic Connection Realty - Queen Creek, AZ

Good for you giving local business owners a plug.  Will come back to you in new clients.

Jun 23, 2013 07:46 PM #8
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

I always love driving the shortcut along the water in Warren on my way to Bristol and Prudence Island.  Antiques, interesting shops and Blount's Seafood.

Jun 23, 2013 08:07 PM #9
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Sounds like a great day! I'm just sorry I'm too far away to experience it for myself.

Jun 23, 2013 09:36 PM #10
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Good morning Heidi - Warren sounds like a great place to do a little shopping!

Jun 23, 2013 10:16 PM #11
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Heidi, it's good to hear local businesses are starting to come back to the main street locations. Nice Post!

Jun 23, 2013 10:47 PM #12
Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

I love those quaint little shops on main street. They just add so much character to an otherwise "big box" run market. And who doesn't like to support the local shops?!

Jun 23, 2013 11:57 PM #13
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

That biscuit bar sounds good enough for a human to sneak a bite...

Jun 23, 2013 11:58 PM #14
Harry F. D'Elia
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

It is vital that retail flourishes to bring people down and spend money.

Jun 24, 2013 12:22 AM #15
Heidi Kelley
Keller Williams Realty Leading Edge - East Providence, RI
Your Rhode Island Real Estate Connection

Sally & Dave- Thanks for reading my post

Ed & Ceila- I love plugging new business when I can. When they win everyone wins!

Barbara-Sounds like you know your way around Warren. Water St is the street with GREAT foods!

Nina, Wayne & Jean Marie- Ya'll should come to RI to pay us a visit.

Michael- It's a slow process but the economy is picking up here in RI. I think the smaller towns are over all doing better then the cities.

Suzanne- Shopping Local is something I try to encourage to all. Without the "little shops on Main St" there would be no color, no creativity, and certainly nothing to really "sell" the town to those who may want to move there.

Richie- The biscuits on the biscuit bar are made from all natural ingredients and can be used for human consumption...according to the owner & baker herself.

Harry- Well said.

Jun 24, 2013 01:33 AM #16
Jimmy Faulkner
Florida. Homes Realty & Mortgage - Wantagh, NY
The Best Of St. Augustine

It seems that the economy is picking up with all of these places or have they lost their jobs and are going it on their own. I do hope we are in an upswing.

Jun 24, 2013 12:58 PM #17
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I love traveling and visiting such streets. Thanks Heidi for highlighting and sharing these local businesses of Warren.

Jun 24, 2013 05:32 PM #18
Heidi Kelley
Keller Williams Realty Leading Edge - East Providence, RI
Your Rhode Island Real Estate Connection

Jimmy at least in RI I fee that we are finally on an upswing. I can only hope for the same in the rest of the country.

Inna- I agree. When I travel to other areas in the country I try to find those little Main Steets shops to help support the local businesses.

Jun 24, 2013 09:57 PM #19
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