Reviewed by Marcia Maynard
Art and Soul, an eclectic gift shop in Edgewood, Cranston, now carries children’s items. Children’s sun hats (pictured), books and onsies are just a few of the new items. There are also baby vases and unique baby soaps, which are perfect for shower gifts.
Owner, Susan Shapiro says she looks for items that make her heart sing and ones that are unique, whimsical, touching and special. From jewelry to home dÃ©cor, she and her husband, Jim Carroll, buy items from local and national artists.
Not only are Susan and Jim busy running a local gift shop and spending time with their twelve grandchildren, they also service our community by participating in a number of charitable activities.Â Each month, a percentage of sales from their store is designated to a charity such as RI Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Flood Relief Fund. The couple donates to local organizations such as Adoption RI and Gaspee Days. Â In addition, Susan is on the board of Directors for Ocean State Center for Independent Living and coordinates the RI Youth Leadership Program.
Art and Soul also has an art gallery. Check their web site for their latest exhibition.
So next time you’re in Edgewood, stop in and say hi to Jim and Susan. There’s enough room in the store for small strollers and plenty of interesting items to admire. They also look for input from customers on choices for children’s items.
Art and Soul Gifts
2007 Broad Street Cranston, RI 02905
Open Tue 10:30am-5pm; Wed-Sat 10:30am-5:30pm; Sun 11am-2pm
The gallery is available for rental for small functions and meetings.
Marcia Maynard is former teacher and reading specialist. She blogs about preschool activities at http://www.readandraise.com