After 35 years, the owners of Tropical Gangsters retired and closed their Thames Street store forever on November 15th, 2015.

What’sUpNewp has learned that Rochelle’s of Newport will move from 433 Thames Street to fill some of the space left empty by Tropical Gangsters at 375 Thames Street in early 2016.

It is unknown who will fill the space Rochelle’s is moving from at this time, it was formally Diva for many years. Diva is now located at 400 Thames Street.

Rochelle’s Boutiques are women’s clothing boutiques specializing in beautiful one of a kind clothing, shoes, jewelry & handbags with a wide assortment of designers from California to Europe. Some brands include: Alex & Ani, Sky, DL1961 Premium Denim, Free People, Vintage Havana, Tees by Tina, M. Rena, Lavand, etc.

Rochelle’s Boutiques also operates stores in Westerly, RI and Mystic, CT.

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).

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