By Elyse Major
I like to shop. Or rather, I like to go shopping. I’m not the kind of person who returns home with armfuls of large glossy shopping bags from the mall (although that happens); I’m more likely to be excited by a charming shop and leave with packages filled with prized miscellany.
Recently, my sister was visiting from out of state and I wanted to show her a picturesque spot: Scituate Village came to mind. Even though I have yet to attend its famed art festival, I had visited its small shopping district. In a gray building festooned with flowers, wreaths, and signs, stands The Greenery, with its door wide open.
Inside I was smitten with the assortment of hand-crafted items, things for kids, organic beauty supplies, and more. The Greenery also offers full floral services (evidenced by the fresh smell of cut flowers). Owner Bridget Tierney is relaxed, friendly, and proud that her shop is Rhode Island’s only store to specialize in sustainable, local, green, and Fair Trade artisan gifts. Bridget also notes, “We are a small business that supports hundreds of local and global artists and are proud to showcase some of our best local artists.”
My little spree included a small basket carved from a walnut and filled with a chenille chick and millinery flowers, and a lined change purse made locally by Apiary.
The shop’s motto declares: “The Greenery is for people seeking a greater good and fewer toxins, greater detail and less plastic, greater meaning and less clutter.” It also fits my simple bill of a cool shop with fair prices in a pretty area.
Note: North Scituate is very close to Johnston and easy to get to. Added lure: coffee next door!
132 Danielson Pike, North Scituate, RI 02857
For flower orders, please call 401-647-7800
Elyse Major lives in northern Rhode Island with her husband and 2 sons. A “mostly” stay-at-home mom, Elyse works as a communications consultant for Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island. Elyse’s essay “De-Stressing by Distressing: A Mom Embraces Cottage Style” appears in the June issue of Romantic Homes magazine. You can read Elyse’s blog at http://tinkeredtreasures.blogspot.com
Photo Credit: Elyse Major