WARWICK, R.I. — The Rhode Island Foundation brings its “Buy Local RI” campaign to Noon Design’s new 18 Post Road, Warwick location in Pawtuxet Village Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., part of a statewide effort encouraging Rhode Islanders to shop small businesses this holiday.
The stop at the shop, which sells handmade jewelry, greeting cards, home goods and body product gifts, is one of eight on a week-long “Shop Hop” tour to promote shopping locally this holiday season. The first 20 shoppers who stop by will receive their choice of a free t-shirt or tote bag.
“I grew up in Edgewood, so it feels wonderful to be back. The community here has been super supportive and genuinely excited that we opened a handmade gift shop in the neighborhood,” said Noon Design owner Nora Alexander.
“I find people enjoy knowing the gifts they buy are made locally. We design and make all the jewelry right here in the shop as well as designing most of the other products,” she said.
The campaign offers businesses and consumers a central website — buylocalri.org — where merchants can share their promotions and shoppers see a calendar of holiday-related events and promotions, including the Christmas in Pawtuxet festivities Dec. 3 and the Shop Till You Drop Craft and Vendor Fair at the Crowne Plaza Dec. 11.
“Buying local is more than just getting a good deal; it’s about supporting your neighborhood. When you shop local you help buy a little girl a cheerleader’s uniform, you help send a child to college, you help a young couple fulfill the American Dream of homeownership,” said Lauren Slocum, president and CEO of the Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce.
“When you buy local you help change lives, you get outstanding products and services and you enable that local store or restaurant to business with other local businesses. You change lives,” she said.
Among the other holiday-related promotions posted on buylocalri.org’s event calendar are the Newport County Chamber of Commerce’s “Holidays by the Sea” festivities and the Wakefield Winter Wonderland Main Street Stroll.
The Buy Local RI Shop Hop also includes stops at Building Blocks Toy Store on Block Island, Harbor Bath & Body in Bristol, Wright’s Dairy Farm in North Smithfield, Two Ten Oyster Bar in South Kingstown and Serendipity in Wickford.
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