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In the spirit of promoting the shop local movement, What’s Up Newp will be running Holiday Gift Guides this December, providing local shoppers a showcase of the best items available by shopping and supporting local. Local and area business are invited to participate in this special section and promotion.

These gift guides will be published on our website, included in our email newsletters, and be shared multiple times on our social media pages.
Our Holiday Gift Guides will publish as they fill up/no later than December 6th, 7th, and 8th, just in time for the 3rd Annual Newport Holiday Stroll.

  • Gifts Under $50  
  • Gifts Under $100  
  • Gifts Under $150  
  • Gifts Under $250  
  • Gifts Under $500  
  • Gifts $500 and above  

To find out more about being a part of the resource Newport County uses to shop for the holidays, please send an email to

The deadline to be in touch and find out how to be included in the Gift Guides is Wednesday, December 4th.

*Note – If you’re a current advertiser and want to be included in any of these guides, contact Ryan Belmore at

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.