Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the United States, but it’s home to hundreds of great locally-owned businesses. In Providence, you’ll find world-class dining combined with small-town charm. Federal Hill, best known for its restaurants, cobblestone squares and iconic archway, is also a vibrant shopping district. When you visit, be sure to stop in at these Nift partners:

Thailand Modern Eatery While many know as Federal Hill as the best place for Italian food in the city, it’s also home to one of Providence’s best Thai restaurants. The chef-owner of Thailand Modern Eatery focuses on traditional Thai dishes- and the focus pays off. Each dish excels in flavor, like the massaman curry or the veggie gar pow (this dish is for you if you love spice). The atmosphere is hip, while still being homey, with bright orange chairs punctuating across the dining room. It’s no wonder why Zagat rates Thailand Modern Eatery as one of Providence’s Hottest Restaurants. www.facebook.com/thailandpvd 292 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI 02903 

 

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Courtesy of Thailand Modern Eatery

 

Gasbarro’s Wines This isn’t just any old wine store. Gasbarro’s Wines first opened in 1898 (and no, that is not a typo), and today they offer over 1,600 different bottles with a focus on Italian wines. Immediately when you enter the store, you’ll notice the wall-to-wall wine cellar and inviting tasting room. Gasbarro’s often hosts wine tasting events, which is the perfect opportunity to test drive different wine varietals. More of a beer drinker? Gasbarro’s does stock beer as well as cordials and spirits. www.gasbarros.com 361 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI 02903

 

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Courtesy of Gasbarro’s Wines

 

Garbolino After eating and drinking your way through Federal Hill, it’s time to do some shopping. Garbolino is a specialty designer boutique, carrying laid back and effortlessly chic styles. There’s something for everyone, from jewelry to cashmere sweaters to the perfect pair of jeans. Open since 1994, the boutique focuses on making your shopping a personalized experience. www.facebook.com/pg/GarbolinoInc 254 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI 02903

 

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Courtesy of Garbolino

 

Dreamy Venice Dreamy Venice brings a taste of Murano, a part of Venice now famous for its glass industry, to Providence. The Murano glass industry began a whopping 1,000 years ago and to this day still produces the most exquisite glass pieces in the world. At Dreamy Venice, you’ll find mesmerizing jewelry and unique art pieces for the home- all at reasonable prices. dreamyvenice.com 259 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI 02903

 

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Courtesy of Dreamy Venice