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15 reasons to shop and dine local this holiday season

Photo via Bowen’s Wharf We hear a lot about “shop local”, “support local”, “eat local” and so on. We say it, share it and preach it; this holiday season it’s time to follow through and actually do it! Let’s face it once the new year hits, Newport and the rest of Aquidneck Island gets VERY quiet

Bridge to Fitness holds fundraiser to benefit MLK Center

Bridge to Fitness held an especially created group exercise class on Saturday, November 11th to raise almost $1,000 to benefit the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center (MLK Center).  The fitness facility inspired group exercise class trainers, Rachel Alexander and Lauren Freitas, to come up with a unique and early November fundraising event with the

Lemon & Line named Official Volvo Ocean Race Accessory Supplier

Newport-based Lemon & Line has announced that they have been chosen as an official accessory for the 2017-2018 Volvo Ocean Race.   Partnering with preeminent European rope manufacturer Gottifredi Maffioli, the line supplier for the Volvo Ocean Race fleet, and Musto, the event’s official kit supplier, Lemon & Line will manufacture the Official Volvo Ocean

Has North Sails closed its retail store in Newport?

It appears that North Sails has closed their retail location in the heart of Newport at 172 Thames Street. On Monday evening and Tuesday morning, What’sUpNewp observed a U-Haul out in front of the business being loaded with contents, merchandise, and fixtures from the store. On Tuesday afternoon, the store was completely empty with no

New England Harbour Club set to permanently close

After 5 years on Long Wharf in Newport, The New England Harbour Club (The NEHC) is closing its doors for the final time this weekend. Ros Leach, a manager at The NEHC, tells What’sUpNewp that the stores lease has come to an end and the decision was recently made by ownership to close. The store, located

Sunday Folk Festival Fashion

On Sunday, sunny skies and temps in the high 70’s meant perfect conditions to get your #folkon. Bare shoulders, cut-off shorts, cropped tops and dresses returned to the fort. Check out our gallery and share with your friends!

Saturday Folk Festival Fashion

It was a blustery day at Fort Adams, but the rain held off. Jackets, sweaters and blankets added more layers to festival style.  Photo Credit: Sarah McClutchy/What’sUpNewp

Friday Folk Festival Fashion

Cloud cover, temperatures in the high 70s, and gentle breezes made for pleasant, late July conditions as music lovers gathered at historic Fort Adams for Day One of Newport Folk Festival. Summer festival fashion trends were on full display throughout the fort, and it was clear early on that brimmed hats, neck ties, mirrored sunglasses,

Kiel James Patrick Will Open a Flagship Store in Downtown Newport (Updated)

This story was originally published on March 22, 2017. Kiel James Patrick plans to open a flagship store in Downtown Newport. Well known as “KJP”, the Pawtucket-based lifestyle clothing and accessories company will open their first self-owned and operates store in Newport this May at 5 Bowen’s Wharf. Currently, their products can be found in more than a

Crosswynds Traders of Narragansett to Open Location in Newport

Crosswynds Traders will be opening a second location in downtown Newport this spring. Known as “Narragansett’s Best-Kept Secret,” Crosswynds Traders is a favorite shopping spot for both tourists and locals to find the latest fashion trends for men and women at an affordable price. Shoppers will find popular name brands at a great value.  Crosswynds

Laura Jean Denim to Change Ownership in 2017

After more than 12 years, Laura Jean Denim will have new ownership beginning on February 1, 2017. Storeowner and Newport local, Laura Flynn, founded her company in 2005 with the mission of bringing fashionable, comfortable clothing to Newport. Flynn shared the news with customers and friends via an e-mail on Thursday morning. “I am happy

#ShopSmall Gift Guide: Stand-out Stocking Stuffers

Shopping for stocking stuffers? Two local stores you don’t want to miss during the Newport Holiday Stroll are Soap & Water and Scrimshanders on Bowen’s Wharf. In Soap & Water, you’ll find a stand-out inventory of luxurious bath & body products for men and women, as well as exceptional items for the home. In Scrimshanders, you’ll find unique,

#ShopSmall Gift Guide: Shopping for Fashion-Forward Friends

Ladies, do you have a fashion-forward friend or family member to shop for on your Christmas list? If yes, then Rochelle’s on Thames and Sail Loft at Bowen’s Wharf are two local must-stop shops during the Newport Holiday Stroll this weekend. At Rochelle’s, the boutique’s large selection of affordable outfits and accessories offers great gifts for trendy 20-somethings. And

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More Than 50 Local Businesses Will Participate in Inaugural Newport Holiday Stroll

Dozens of local retail stores, restaurants and hotels are currently preparing for the inaugural Newport Holiday Stroll,  a two-weekend event aimed at promoting Newport as New England’s Premier Holiday Shopping Destination. The 2016 Newport Holiday Stroll, scheduled for December 3rd – 4th and 10th – 11th, will feature free parking, complimentary gift wrapping, sip & shops, 15% discount at

POLL: Holiday Spending and Shopping

We’d like to know what you’re thinking. Beginning today, WhatsUpNewp and WhatsUpRhodeIsland will initiate weekly polling on a variety of topics. By participating you’ll be sending an important message to decisions, from your local city or town government to federal elected officials. With the holiday season upon us, we’re interested to measure whether shoppers will

Unique Holiday Gift Pairs Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity with a Donation to Historic Preservation

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for someone who has everything? Shoppers in search of a unique present need look no further than a ticket to luxury with the Live the Gilded Life Sweepstakes. Gift givers can feel good that with each tax-deductible donation they make, they’re helping to preserve some of America’s greatest architectural treasures while

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