After celebrating 69 years of quality selection and service for toys and bikes in 2018, John Willis has sold his family’s business, Ray Willis Toys and Bikes, to Joshua Mason. While it could be said that the store is leaving the Willis family, it might be more accurate to say that the Masons are simply joining the Willis family. Both men were kind enough to take time out of … [Read more...] about Business as Usual, Only Better: Ray Willis Toys and Bikes
St. Pius X was established in 1963, in the building that was once Westerly High School, and when the Immaculate Conception School closed in the 1970s, it became the last parochial school in town. For the next 55 years, the teachers, staff, and parishioners tended to the academic and spiritual education of hundreds of students in grades K through 8. Many of these young people … [Read more...] about Saying Goodbye to St. Pius X School
Back in Thyme Herb Farm and Kitchen is not your typical restaurant - the tables are limited, the atmosphere is intimate and homey, and the food is handcrafted and astoundingly fresh. "It's really more of a farm and product experiment station," owner and chef Marne McNamara explained." Back in Thyme opened in 2013, but in many ways the grand event had been in the works for … [Read more...] about Traveling Back in Thyme for a Unique and Delicious Meal
What's your pinball story? Everyone has one, says Mark Carvey, co-owner of the newest themed bar in downtown Westerly. And if you don't, now's your chance to start discovering it! Located right across the street from the train station, Flip Side opened almost a few years ago and business has been steady. Mark's wife and co-owner, Dana, attributes part of their success so far … [Read more...] about Pinball Wizards of Westerly: Flip Side Pinball Bar
It’s almost 2019! What are your resolutions? Common ones are to quit smoking and save money, but perhaps the most common of all are to lose weight, tone up, and become more fit. No matter your current fitness level or weight loss goals, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the steps ahead of you. Fortunately, Westerly Fitness and owner Mike Volpe have plenty of insight and … [Read more...] about Working Out and Working On Yourself with Westerly Life Fitness
The holidays are upon us! While the holiday season is certainly full of magic and joy, it can also be a source of stress, especially when it comes to finding gifts for everyone on your list. To help, we've put together our own list of local businesses and suggested gifts for all your loved ones, right in downtown Westerly!Savoy Bookshop and Cafe / ReReads Bookshop Give … [Read more...] about Shop Small, Shop Local: A Gift Guide for Downtown Westerly
The gift of food is a safe bet for everyone on your holiday shopping list, and choosing the best ingredients from local vendors is an easy way to show your loved ones that you care about them. Luckily, Westerly is home to several specialty food stores, featuring options as affordable as they are delicious.For the foodie in your life, or for the health nut who must also eat, … [Read more...] about Specialty Food for a Special Season: Capizzano’s Olive Oils, the Cheese Corner and Westerly Packing Co.
There's never any shortage of fun to be had during the holiday season, that's for sure - in fact, sometimes there's just so much going on, it's hard to know where to be and when! With that in mind, we've rounded up some of the best holiday events in Westerly and nearby Mystic in the hopes of making it easier to fill your calendar with plenty of family-friendly fun and no … [Read more...] about Making a List, Checking it Twice – Local Holiday Events You Won’t Want to Miss!
There are so many wonderful things about this time of the year; special treats and opportunities to feast, beautiful sights and sounds, crisp air and the promise of snow, and time to spend with loved ones. Another very special source of joy during this season is the spirit of giving - when we think of the holidays, we often equate them with buying presents for our favorite … [Read more...] about Holiday Giving to Local Charities and Organizations
If you're looking for a fun way to connect with your partner, find a new hobby to exercise both your body and your brain, prepare for a wedding or other special event, and make some friends along the way, might we make a suggestion? Ballroom dancing lessons from internationally renowned teachers at the Sound of Dance Studio, right on Granite Street!Olga Golubko and Dmitry … [Read more...] about Dancing the Night Away: Ballroom Dancing Lessons at Sound of Dance Studio