After more than 115 years in operation, I think it's safe to say that one of the most lasting fixtures of downtown Westerly is Woodmansee's. Despite many changes to the scene over the years, the boutique that prides itself on providing beautiful clothing and accessories for the young at heart continues to thrive.First opened in 1904 by LeClyde Woodmansee, the store began as … [Read more...] about Woodmansee’s Withstands the Test of Time with a Passion for Fashion
Please note: this article was written prior to the COVID-19 outbreak which has forced all restaurants in Rhode Island to close down temporarily to in-restaurant diners. If you would like to continue to support the downtown scene, many places are still operating exclusively with take-out and/or delivery options, including the Malted Barley. Please consider placing an order from … [Read more...] about The Malted Barley’s Recipe for Success
“I think that how much we care shows in our food and everything we do here,” Chef Jeanie Roland tells me as we sit down at Ella’s. “If you’re cooking without love, you’re cooking with nothing.”Jeanie Roland knew from a young age that she wanted to be a chef, ever since her first job washing dishes at the General Stanton Inn. Her parents didn’t think that becoming a cook … [Read more...] about Chef Roland Teaches Westerly to Cook with Butter, Love, and Cream
Drive-in movies were once an American institution, with 5,000 theaters standing proudly during the 1950s and 60s. Today, fewer than 500 remain, but residents and visitors of Misquamicut are in luck because we can claim one of those exclusive theaters as our own, thanks to the hard work and ingenuity of the Misquamicut Business Association, led by then Executive Director Caswell … [Read more...] about Nostalgia No More: Making New Memories at Misquamicut’s Drive-In Theater!
Food trucks have been a hot culinary trend in recent years, but they've actually been around since before the invention of the automobile. Chuckwagons served cowboys and urban workers alike as far back as the late 1800s, while pushcarts offered busy city folk fast, simple food like sandwiches and fruits while they worked on buildings, sewed clothing, or delivered … [Read more...] about Keep On Truckin’: Food Trucks in South County
A downtown fixture for the better part of a decade and the subject of a brief but intense political controversy last year, Amigos Taqueria Y Tequila is known for its modern Mexican dishes, its plentiful sangrias, and its vibrant nightlife - all of which are definitely bipartisan issues, if you ask me. Owner Wendy Carr recently took the time to share her history with Latino … [Read more...] about Let’s Taco-Bout Amigos Taqueria Y Tequila!
Breakfast, we're told, is the most important meal of the day. "Why," Leslie Knope of the show Parks & Rec asks incredulously, "would anybody ever eat anything other than breakfast food?" and it's a valid question in my opinion. If you take your first meal seriously, or you want to start doing so, please check out the following suggestions of five places to visit to satisfy … [Read more...] about The Best Breakfast Restaurants in Westerly
Chances are if you’ve spent any time at Misquamicut, you’ve at least heard of the Andrea. One of the premier dining establishments located directly on the beach, the full-service restaurant offers delicious apps and entrees along with fun cocktails and plenty of entertainment to make your days and nights at the beach all the more magical.Originally built in 1912 and run as … [Read more...] about A Century of Summers at the Andrea Beach Bar
Westerly is home to more than just beautiful beaches and exciting new restaurants - it's also full of history, from the birth of the country through the 20th-century. Westerly is fortunate to have the Babcock-Smith House Museum right in the heart of it all to help us remember and explore the town's past.Museum Trustee Dr. Ellen Madison, a former American literature teacher, … [Read more...] about Exploring Two Eras of History with the Babcock-Smith House Museum
Everyone in Westerly has their favorite things, whether it’s a secret spot at the beach, a certain menu item at a downtown restaurant, or a quiet place in the park to relax. One favorite thing that almost everyone shares, however, is delicious soppressata, or as it’s affectionately known – soupy.The old phrase goes “no one wants to know how the sausage is made,” but Bruno … [Read more...] about Westerly Meat Packing Unpacks the History of Soupy
With so many catastrophes appearing in the news, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and unable to make a meaningful impact as just one person. Global warming, fair trade, human and animal rights - there's just so many causes to choose from. Fortunately, Westerly's newest and most conscientious clothing and accessory store, Cahill & Co, is working to make the world a little … [Read more...] about Choosing a Consciously Curated Life with Cahill & Company