Tuesday, July 31, 2012

 Today's Thought for the Day:  Every Cloud has a Silver Lining

Yes, it began (and ended) as a stormy day here in Rhode Island.......This was the dark cloud hanging over me as I criss-crossed New England in preparation for our launch of the Only In New England.com site tomorrow!! Believe it or not, I escaped the rain entirely - it was either ahead or behind wherever I went - that's the kind of Irish luck I have!!

And I am, indeed, feeling lucky with all the incredible New England stuff we're carrying on the new site. We've also decided to create an Only In New England section in our Newport store because we get sooooo many requests for New England products made outside Rhode Island (surprising how many people think New England is a single blob, rather than 6 distinctly different States, haha!!) This is turning out to be a HUGE undertaking, with the addition  of all the amazing products from all over New England, but it's also become a fantastic adventure that makes me more proud each day that I live in the fine State of New England! (yep, I'm making fun of others:)

It will be interesting to find out if there are other Clam Chowders out there that have the same cult-like following as the Black Pearl Clam Chowder, and if anyone will buy RI Maple Syrup, once we start selling Maple Syrup from Vermont. We're actually thinking of doing a Maple Syrup Giftset, with syrup from each of the 6 States (yep, they all make it!). But we'll be watching and listening to our customers to provide the direction, since the customer is (almost) always right!!

Our Grand Opening Extravaganza will begin Monday the 6th, with specials, deals, giveaways, and secret promo codes all week long.....make sure you're on our Mailing List or you Like us on Facebook to get the scoop and help us celebrate!!



Monday, July 30, 2012

Photo: Congratulations Amanda Campbell, our Ms. March! Taken at the Newport Cliff Walk, here's her gorgeous shot that will be featured in our calendar!

Congratulations Amanda Campbell, our Ms. March! Taken at the Newport Cliff Walk, here's her gorgeous shot that will be featured in our calendar!

Incredibly hectic around here this week , as we prepare to launch OnlyInNewEngland.com on Wednesday, the 1st. We're so excited about the fantastic New England products we'll be featuring and the opportunity to promote all our favorite Rhode Island stuff in a broader market. Our staff is placing bets on which items will be best-sellers on the new site.............my money's on these....................

Lightfoot's Pine SoapLightfoot's Pine Soap (an Only In Rhode Island favorite!!)

Sea Bags, made from recycled sail cloth - love'em, love'em, love'em!!!!!
Bucket Bag - Navy AnchorWhale Tail - PinkBucket Bag - Gulls

Rhode Island 'Save The Bay' Pendant - Look Great & Make a Difference!

RI 'Save The Bay' PendantAll available now at OnlyInRhodeIsland.com and available                                                                                                beginning August 1st at OnlyInNewEngland.com

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What a weekend in Rhode Island!! So many great happenings, and one not-so-great happening......the closing of Gray's General Store, the oldest continually operating general store in the U.S. The circumstances were completely understandable, but sad nonetheless. I prefer to think of it as a remarkable achievement for a family-owned small business. They have much to be proud of and we wish them a happy and prosperous future.

General Store

Saturday, July 28, 2012

What a huge day in our Lil' State....starting with Save The Bay Swim, then a full day with the sold-out Folk Fest, and Elizabeth Beisel wins the Olympic Silver!  Gooooo, Rhode Island!!!!!! Woo - Woo !!!!

Photo: The Newport Folk Festival takes over Fort Adams this weekend - it's a great day for some great music! Where to you watch, at the fort or in the water?

Elizabeth Beisel

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Today's Photo Calendar Contest winner is Felicia Celeberto of Warwick. Congratulations for earning the June spot in Only In Rhode Island's 2013 Rhode Island calendar. This beautiful image is Burlingame State Park in Charlestown, RI.

Photo: The sun is peeking through here in Newport, just in time to give us a lovely sunset! Speaking of lovely sunsets...Congratulations to our very own Miss June - Felicia Celeberto of Warwick! Great shot, Summer!!

Incredibly busy day today in the Newport store (I think we say that everyday, but today was exceptionally busy!!).......We are selling so much Lightfoot's Pine Soap that I'm pretty sure there almost no dirty, smelly people left out there!! Glad to see everyone cleaning up their act, hahaha!!

Get yours now (just to make sure you're not one of the smelly ones:)


Don't forget......5 days until OnlyInNewEngland.com goes live.......to get the deals, discounts, and secret promo codes, either sign up on the site for our email list or like us on Facebook (and get sneak peeks of some of our favorite New England finds!)....

Email Signup:   OnlyInNewEngland.com

Facebook:       Facebook/Only-In-New-England

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Goodnight, Rhode Island

Good Night Rhode Island
And don't forget.....OnlyInNewEngland.com launches in 5 days!!! Like us on Facebook to get the scoop on all our celebration sales, deals, & giveaways!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sunday, July 22, 2012

It's Black Ships Weekend! Celebrating its 29th year, The Black Ships Festival
offers a variety of events that emphasize both Japanese art and culture. Events include a formal Gala, Japanese Arts & Crafts such as Origami and Ikebana; Martial Arts, and a Japanese Tea Ceremony. One of the highlights is always the Taiko Drums!

For those who wonder- there are not actually Black Ships in the harbor. The Black Ships Festival commemorates the historic achievements of Commodore Matthew C. Perry, USN, of Newport. The “Black Ships,” or “Kurofune,” refers to the Japanese term for foreign ships which, with one exception, were excluded from Japan for two hundred years until 1854. Commodore Perry negotiated the Treaty of Kanagawa in 1854, the first treaty between the United States and Japan, thus ending two centuries of Japanese isolationism. The Black Ships Festival celebrates the signing of the treaty, which brought the two countries together as trading partners.  It's also an excellent excuse to eat a lot of amazing sushi, hahah!!  Nice work, Commodore!!

Only one week until we launch OnlyInNewEngland.com!! We have so many spectacular things to offer, we cannot wait to show them to you!!! If you have ideas, suggestions, or recommendations for Only In New England, please visit our facebook page and let us know!!


Here's a sneak peek of some of the treasure we've found........................

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Friday, July 20, 2012

A big day for SeaBags today!! It started with the 1st sale of the day, and they've been flying out of the store ever since!! We've placed another re-order so we won't completely run out!! These are the most durable, useable, and adorable bags we've ever carried and we love them!!!!

Retro and Chic - Anchor Tote Designer Bag

Today's winning Only In Rhode Island Calendar Photo Contest winner is Jennifer Bifulco, with this delightful shot of the Roger Williams Jack-O-Lantern Spooktacular!! One of our favorite events of the year. Congratulations, Jennifer!!

Photo: DYING to post this one!!!! Today's photo calendar winner is Jennifer Bifulco's shot of the Roger Williams Spooktacular - our favorite event of the year!!!! Congratulations, Miss October!!

To see the complete list of winners and other winning photos, visit us on facebook.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

We have finally announced the winners of our annual calendar photo contest .......can't wait to show you the AMAZING images we received!!!   It was an almost impossible task, but we have chosen the Photo Contest winners that will be included in our 2013 Rhode Island Calendar........And The Winners are........(in no particular order)

Jennifer Bifulco
Becky Howard
Dana Mahan
Jack Ferdinand
Maryellen Dutra
Amanda Campbell
Brian Luebbert
Katherine Gendreau
... Felicia Celeberto
Nina Muzzi
Jake Stewart
Martina Thomas

We'll be posting a different winning photo each day. The calendar should be available in our stores and online by Sept. 1st. Thank you to all the incredibly talented Rhode Island photographers who submitted photos. There were so many beautiful shots, we could easily put together 10 calendars. Congratulations to each of the winners, we're so pleased to be able to showcase your work!

 December's winner (or Miss December, if you prefer, haha!).....Becky Howard of Middletown

Photo: We're announcing the winners of our photo contest today........can't wait to show you the AMAZING images we received!!! Here's a lil' sneak peek............. December's winner (or Miss December, if you prefer, haha!).....Becky Howard of Middletown 


Saturday, July 14, 2012

Happy Bastille Day everyone from Only In Rhode Island! Here's a special shoutout to Comte de Rochambeau, Newport's favorite frenchman and Revolutionary War hero! 3, 2, 1, Rochambeau!
Another fantastic Saturday in Newport coming to a close..........such a great day in the store - sold a ton of dog collars!  Glad to know we've got so many well dressed pooches out there!!

RAINBOW FLEET - DOG COLLARRainbow Fleet Dog Collar, by Douglas Paquette

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Friday, July 13, 2012

JetBlue is coming to TF Green Airport!! Woo-hoo!!!!! This is such a HUGE thing for Rhode Island, we could not be happier!! Also, a pretty fantastic thing for Only In Rhode Island since the nice people at JetBlue seem to have chosen the gates right next to our store!!! A lucky star is definitely shining over all of us at Only In Rhode Island this year - the potential opportunity for a new Providence store, the launching of Only In New England Aug. 1st, and of course, the $250,000 grant that we will find out about in September.........yep, everything's coming up roses!!!

Formal announcement is to be made next week - WooHooooo!! JetBlue is coming!!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

What do you think about an Only In Rhode Island store located in the Statehouse? We've been approached about such an opportunity and it's something we're considering......could be exciting, so we'll keep you posted!!!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

"Covered Bridges of New England" is a one hour documentary that examines the history, cultural importance, construction and preservation of many of our nation's oldest covered bridges. The spectacular photography  covers 80 bridges in all six New England states, in all 4 seasons, plus many rare archival photographs of bridges long gone.
Currently available at OnlyInRhodeIsland.com and soon to be available at OnlyInNewEngland.com.
We launch the new site in 21 days (3 short weeks!!) Like us on Facebook to get all the scoop (ie, discounts, deals, extravagant opportunities, etc.)

We are THRILLED to announce the unveiling of Only In New England!! The website will launch on August 1st - until then, we need your ideas! Tell us on Facebook your favorite New England things and we'll carry them on our site! Please "Like" our new page, and share with your friends!! THANK YOU :)
Whether you need one gift or 1,000, you can trust Only In New England to represent your thoughtfulness with the best possible taste and highest quality standards.

Photo: One of the most ingenious ideas EVER! Yes, they're crafted with care from stones collected from New England beaches, On the Rocks is a set of six granite drink chillers that perfectly chilll you beverages without watering them down. Available soon at OnlyInNewEngland.com

One of the most ingenious ideas EVER! Yes, they're crafted with care from stones collected from New England beaches, On the Rocks is a set of six granite drink chillers that perfectly chilll you beverages without watering them down. Available soon at OnlyInNewEngland.com

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

We Got The Votes!! Thank you, thank you, thank you to EVERYONE who supported us in the Mission: Small Business campaign!!! We got the 250 votes we needed to qualify, now we just have to wait and see what the judges think of our application! Winners will be announced in September, so we'll definitely keep you posted!