Today we meet Jan Faust Dane. Jan is the new owner of Stock Culinary Goods on Hope Street in Providence full of thoughtfully sourced, well-designed kitchen tools, cooking resources and gifts for food lovers. It’s a place where people who love to cook and entertain can gather to find the materials to outfit their kitchens, decorate their tables, find inspiration or simply chat with other like-minded food enthusiasts. Jan is no stranger to the food and shop world. Feathers in her cap include food forager for the Ocean House in Watch Hill, contributing writer to Edible Rhody magazine, and the author of many eat.shop guides. She lives in Oak Hill with her husband and three children.
I love “real” holiday cards—especially designing them—but even more in our social media frenzied world where we rarely send “physical” mail anymore, receiving a personal card or letter is a rare delight.
Although I think about creating our family holiday card well in advance, planning what it takes to make the card happen (design/photo/updated addresses/night to write and stamp them) slips behind once the December bustle takes over — making and shopping for gifts, baking cookies, attending special holiday events. All too often our holiday card becomes a Happy New Year greeting.
Roisin McGettiga is an Irish runner who specializes in the 3000 metres steeplechase. She graduated from Providence College in 2003 and competed in the her first Olympic Games in 2008 in Beijing. In addition to her ongoing training/professional running career, she also is a business owner and a new mom.
Jaci Arnone recently interviewed Roisin for our Home Work series. We love getting to know parents and learning how they manage to squeeze in work time at home (whether working for someone else or running their own business) along with juggling kids, home life, and childcare (or lack of it).
Looking for a bargain on good quality, lightly worn (or new!) clothes for your family? Want to shop local and support educational initiatives? Then mark your calendar and plan to shop at the upcoming Wheeler School Clothing & More Sale, April19-21 in Providence, Rhode Island.
We love getting to know parents in our community. In our Home Work series, we ask moms and dads how they juggle their work while raising kids, hoping to get some insight on how to better balance our own work/playtime while being introduced to our neighbors and their cool businesses. Today Elyse Major interviewed Eric Bulmer. Meet the “Science Guy.” He is the Owner and Program Director of Pow!Science! a leading provider of Elementary Science enrichment programs in Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts with two locations that are part toy-store and part-workshop/party space.
Kidoinfo: What inspired you to start your business?
Eric Bulmer (EB): A couple of things. Although I loved classroom teaching, I was not enjoying the administrative aspects of the job and felt I was being held back. Teaching to a test has never been my style. Also, during my last year as a classroom teacher, I began performing science birthday parties and workshops for another company and saw the potential to take science “performance” a lot further. When Keith Michael Johnson, one of RI’s top enrichment performers, told me I “had the stuff” to go it on my own, I believed him.
Girls Rock! Rhode Island is pleased to present the Women Who Rock Coloring Book! The book celebrates a variety of female musicians, from those who paved the way to the ladies who are influencing today’s vibrant music scene. An eclectic mix of performers are represented in its pages, including Cyndi Lauper, Patti Smith, Nina Simone, Yoko Ono, Joan Jett, Esperanza Spaulding and many more. This first edition features 22 original works of art by local artists, who donated their time and their art.
Buy With Heart is a grassroots campaign that aims to educate the community about the concept of “Social Enterprise,” introduce consumers to local businesses that utilize this model, and highlight a wide spectrum of Social Enterprise products and services. Unlike a traditional non-profit, a Social Enterprise produces competitive products and services to generate revenue (often in addition to typical fundraising such as grant-writing and capital campaigns). Just as products labeled “organic” or “eco-friendly” tell consumers how a product is sourced, the Buy With Heart symbol lets consumers know that the businesses behind their products are driven by a social purpose.
Shop local. Shop handmade. You may have heard it before, but it can’t be stressed enough. When we buy from our local artisans, we are not only buying beautiful unique items, we are supporting our community and showing our children the importance of individuals—their craft and their business. Holiday arts and crafts shows are in [...]
People are reading books more and more on Kindles, ipads and smartphones. The big bookseller chain, Borders is going out of business. What does this mean for books, authors, illustrators and the remaining book stores? I shudder to think. My family loves real books; holding them, touching the paper, looking at the illustrations and typefaces how they were designed and looking at the book spines lined up on our bookshelf. We love visiting and supporting our local book sellers whenever possible.
Today Christine Chitnis, Providence-based writer and new mom shares her recent daytrip to FarmCoast.
She says it took her three years of living in Rhode Island before she finally took the time to discover the FarmCoast (aka South Coast) region of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. As a new mom, she is constantly looking for easy daytrips to help her get out of her East Side rut, and after spending the day exploring the farms, open spaces, beaches and ice cream stands of Little Compton, Tiverton, Westport and Dartmouth, she was left wondering what had taken her so long.