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
In the classic movie “The Wizard of Oz” there is a scene where Dorothy, her dog Toto, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion have their second encounter with the Wizard – the mysterious being of fire and smoke who was in charge of Emerald City, the capital of the Land of Oz. They hoped that the Wizard would grant them what they were wishing for: a heart for the Tin … [Read more...] about The Wizard of Westerly Life – Part 1
Are you a coffee lover? A cocktail connoisseur? Or maybe a Bloody Mary is more your speed, especially on a lazy Sunday morning? There’s no need to choose because Perks & Corks in downtown Westerly has whatever it is you are craving – as well as some libations you probably never even knew you needed.Perks & Corks has been in business for 20 years now, and although … [Read more...] about Perks & Corks: A Westerly Favorite for 20 Years and Counting
“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
Hotel Maria and Maria’s Seaside Cafe are a breath of fresh air in Misquamicut. Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of fun places to get drinks, eat dinner and stay at on Atlantic Avenue but nothing feels quite as welcoming and peaceful as Hotel Maria.The whole experience was one of the most relaxing vacation experiences I’ve ever had. My partner and I arrived for check in … [Read more...] about Dine & Stay: Maria’s Seaside Cafe & Hotel Maria
A little more than 100 years ago, when the last century was still quite young, Watch Hill's Olympia Tea Room came to be. To this day it is a place that visitors love to put on their travel itinerary and it remains a frequented restaurant for those who live in the area.Sitting prominently at 74 Bay Street with great views of Little Narragansett Bay, the Olympia Tea Room is … [Read more...] about Watch Hill’s Historic Olympia Tea Room: 41,18.632′ N by 71, 51.488′ W
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!
One of the things that makes the Westerly-Pawcatuck area attractive to locals and visitors is the friendliness of its many shopkeepers. Situated on the Pawcatuck Bridge on the border of Pawcatuck and Westerly, sits Bogue’s Alley, a hometown eatery and market that opened in 2004 in the building that had previously housed Besso’s Variety store.Ten years after opening, the … [Read more...] about Bogue’s Alley: A Neighborly Place to Be