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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

Local Business Owners to Host Inaugural Newport Holiday Stroll in December

Newport Holiday Stroll will offer free parking, complimentary gift wrapping, uniformed store hours, special events, in-store offers, special events and discounts at local restaurants. Every dollar that you, we and I spend at an independent business returns three times more money to the local economy than one spent at a chain, that’s the thought process behind

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North Sails Store Will Open 2nd US Retail Location in Newport on October 17th

North Sails, a world wide leader in sail making who already calls Newport home of their world headquarters, will open its second US retail location in the heart of Newport at 172 Thames Street (formerly A Christmas To Remember and Potter & Co.) on Monday, October 17th. The new location in Newport joins Annapolis in offering the brands signature outerwear,

USA Athletes Competing in Rio 2016 Olympic Games Receive Bags That Were Made in Newport

Ralph Lauren, the official outfitter of the 2016 USA Olympic Team, identified a select group of manufacturers from across the United States to produce Team USA’s opening and closing ceremony uniforms—from yarn to dye to finished product. Each Olympic athlete competing in the Rio 2016 Games reportedly received a sailcloth duffel and tote bag from

Sole Food, Teysha Weaves the Way

There are always so many intriguing vendors at Newport Folk Festival. You can find anything from hand drawn and embossed stationary to jewelry made of sterling cutlery. What caught my eye most this year was a booth selling crafted boots made from handwoven textiles. The company is called Teysha (Tay-sha), based in Austin, Texas, selling footwear and

Marc Allen Fine Clothiers’ Window Display Wins 1st Place at Newport Flower Show

Marc Allen Fine Clothiers, with locations in Providence and Newport, Rhode Island was named the best ‘Retail Window Display’ among  local businesses for its artful and elegant design during the 21st annual Newport Flower Show.   The winning display, located at 142 Bellevue Avenue, features samples of Marc Allen’s bespoke, made-to-measure and ready-to-wear wear clothing,

WUN’s Founder Launches His New Company’s Line of Sunglasses Made From Recycled Ocean Plastic

Since launching What’sUpMartha and What’sUpNetworks back in 2009, Rob Ianelli went on to launch What’sUpTuck, What’sUpStowe and What’sUpNewp. After handing over the reigns of “What’sUp” to Ryan Belmore, Rob went on to launch Brewsees Eyewear and Norton Point, an eyewear brand based on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, MA Today, June 8, 2016 and in conjunction

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UPDATE: lululemon Pop-Up Shop Will Open on May 20th

{Photo by Marial Maher/Visual Manor} This story was originally published on February 22, 2016. After a successful Summer of 2015 at 106 William Street, lululemon athletica  will once again return to Newport, RI and open up a Pop-Up Shop for the Summer of 2016 At the end of last season and before the lululemon athletic Pop-Up Shop


FatFace Will Open Store in Newport, RI

FatFace, a UK based company that specializes in lifestyle clothing and accessories, is coming to Newport, RI. What’sUpNewp has confirmed that FatFace will open at 172 Thames Street, formerly operated as A Christmas To Remember and Potter & Co. Jack Wills, another British Company, was located right next door to their new home and just

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Jack Wills Closes Store in Newport

Jack Wills, the British-based retailer offering trendy takes on classic fashions for men & women, has closed it’s store located at 170 Thames Street in Newport, RI. The final day for the Thames Street store and only Jack Wills location in Rhode Island was Thursday, March 3rd. Jack Wills opened in Newport in 2011. Jack Wills

Portsmouth, RI Fashion Designer Recently Presented Runway Show in New York Fashion Week

Chaz Aracil, recent Rhode Island School of Design Alumni and Portsmouth local, had his first large-scale presentation in New York City which took place on Tuesday February 16tth. The emerging designer showcased his talents with Art Hearts Fashion at the Angel Orensanz Foundation. What’sUpNewp first wrote about this back on July 23rd – Portsmouth, RI Fashion Designer

Op-Ed: Sales Tax Holiday Would Be A ‘Victory Day’ for Rhode Island Taxpayers and Small Businesses

The following Op-Ed was written by Rep. Deborah Ruggiero (D-Dist. 74, Jamestown, Middletown), Deputy Majority Leader. Small business is the lifeblood of Rhode Island economy. We have over 95,000 small businesses, and they employ our friends and families. Their success directly impacts the livelihoods of those families as well as our state’s economy in payroll taxes

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