Centro Comercial mais antigo dos EUA é transformado em microapartamentos

Quando a utilização de alguns edifícios deixa de fazer sentido, por exemplo centros comerciais que deixaram de ter clientela, a melhor opção é dar-lhes uma nova função. Isto foi o que aconteceu no Centro Comercial interior mais antigo dos EUA, o Arcade Providence, que foi transformado num complexo de microapartamentos, com apenas algumas lojas. Read the full story on NoctulaChannel.com>

Is there a place for micro apartments and micro hotels in a country notorious for macro tastes?

For Robin Dionne, director of outreach for the Arcade in Providence, R.I., expectations for the micro-apartment complex located in a repurposed shopping passage were initially as modest as the 225-square-foot dwellings she began hawking in 2014. “We had doubts that anybody would show,” she said. See original article on MarketWatch>

This Mall has been converted into an affordable housing community and the results are amazing.

Arcade Providence holds the honor of being America’s first enclosed shopping mall and now a National Historic Landmark, located in Providence, Rhode Island. The narrow, long building was praised for its Greek Revival architecture while the interior boasted skylights and cast iron railings topped with a strip of mahogany. However, Arcade Providence fell into disuse in the late 20th century and shut down multiple times to undergo renovations. Recently, it reopened as a mixed-use commercial and residential building, offering stores on the ground level and affordable micro-lofts on the second and third floors. Read the original story on Wanderlust Party>

Local groups awarded grants for access to historic records

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded more than $28,000 in grants to promote public access to historic records. The foundation says the grants are from a fund created by philanthropist Herman Rose in 1986. Read the full story on ABC6.com>

JJP designs for closing night of StyleWeek

There are two nights remaining in this season’s StyleWeek. Four designers will showcase their looks on Friday night and another three designers will show on Saturday. Closing out the week is local designer and StyleWeek’s Chief Operating Officer, Jonathan Joseph Peters. Read the full story at wpri.com>


Part of what makes vibrant community are the people that live there. While it hasn’t always been a super residential area,  Downcity has been changing–a lot! The Downtown Neighborhood Association, while only getting started in October, has a fire in their belly for positive engagement. Here, we talk with Richard Pezzillo about the Association’s pride in the neighborhood many of us enjoy and a few live. Read the full story on InDownCity.com>

You can now live in an apartment inside America’s oldest mall

With many of America’s shopping malls permanently closing back in the 2008 recession, the oldest indoor mall in the country has found a new way to keep business afloat: by letting people live there. The Arcade Providence in Rhode Island is a National Historic Landmark that closed down in 2008. Recognising the building’s history, developer Evan Granoff purchased the place for $7 million and worked with Northeast Collaborative Architects (NCA) to transform it into mixed-use housing. Read the full story at Lost at E Minor>

Yelp’s Merry Marketplace

The holidays are here and Yelp’s Merry Marketplace is back to help spread the local cheer. You can get in the giving spirit as you sip, shop and savor with Yelp and Rhode Island’s local boutique retailers, restaurants, breweries, and everything else you need to keep your season full of sparkle and shine. Hillary Henning from Yelp joined The Rhode Show on Wednesday with all of the event details and an in depth look at all that the evening will have to offer.  It takes place Wednesday, Dec 10, from 7-9 p.m. at The Arcade in downtown Providence. Don’t miss the opportunity for a great night out that will take care of your holiday shopping while supporting small local businesses and other great causes! See original article on wpri.com >

Brown is Proud to Support Our Local Providence Merchants!

Stop by the Brown Bookstore on: Thursday, December 4 from 11:30 am — 5:30 pm Students, faculty and staff, stop by the Brown Bookstore for:
  • a free "Brown Shops Local" tote bag
  • free Blue State Coffee or tea
  • free cookies
  • special goods & offers from over 50 Providence merchants
See original article on brown.edu >

Micro-loft living in America’s oldest indoor mall

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CBS Money Watch) -- Living in the mall is probably a teen dream. But it's also a reality in Providence, Rhode Island, where nearly 100 micro-lofts, many of them 225-square-foot studios, came online in a historic shopping mall last fall. While the lofts at the Arcade are likely the first of their kind located inside a mall, small-scale living is a wider trend across the U.S., mostly in cities where finding inexpensive ways to provide housing for people is a serious problem. Places like New York, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle and Chicago have reduced the square footage requirements for apartments in recent years, with some going as small as 220 square feet, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. See original article on local12.com >

Free 2-Hour Parking this Holiday Season

Support locally owned businesses in Providence’s commercial districts! Parallel parking shouldn’t scare you away. Starting right after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 28th, shoppers can park for FREE for up to 2 hours at meters throughout the city. The holiday program is in place from 10am-6pm, Monday through Saturday until Thursday, January 1, 2015. Downtown meters are included within the area bounded by Fountain Street, Memorial Boulevard, Weybosset, Empire and Friendship streets (from Dyer to Dorrance). See the green shaded area within this map! Look for stickers on the downtown meters reminding you about the details. Keep in mind—while parking is free, time limits will be strictly enforced! For information about other Providence neighborhoods, visit providenceri.com, and for details about off-street longer-term parking options downtown, visit parkdowntownprovidence.com. - See original article on downtownprovidence.com >

Arcade’s micro lofts picking up awards

PROVIDENCE – Restoration of the micro lofts at the Arcade Providence garnered a “preservation honor award” from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Arcade was one of 17 award winners to be honored by the nonprofit National Trust during its 2014 Past Forward National Preservation Conference on Nov. 13 in Savannah, Ga. The Providence Arcade, designed by Russell Warren and James Bucklin, was America’s first indoor shopping mall. See original article on pbn.com >

Yelp’s Merry Marketplace III

What/Why:The holidays are here and you know what that means: Yelp's Merry Marketplace is back to help spread the local cheer. Get in the giving spirit as you sip, shop and savor with Yelp and RI's wonderful local boutique retailers, restaurants, breweries, and everything else you need to keep your season full of sparkle and shine. -------------------------­-------------------------­-------------------------­-- When: Wednesday, December 10th, 7 to 9pm (6pm for Elites!) Where: The Arcade Providence Who: Yelpers and guests! (If you have a +1, you must arrive together. Thanks!) See original article on yelp.com >

Craving Caffeine from Around the State

We all know that there’s basically a Dunkin’ Donuts on every Rhode Island corner, and there’s nothing particularly wrong with that – God knows we all went through an extra extra phase. But with all the local food options available, it only makes sense to try some of the roasted coffees Li’l Rhody has to offer. And the best part is, no matter where you live, there is one in close proximity to you. See original article on sorhodeisland.com >

New Harvest Marries Booze & Seasonality with the Broken Arrow

Say “coffee” and “booze,” and nine out of ten people’s brains turn to Irish coffee – not that there’s anything wrong with that. Certainly I’ve chugged my share of steaming, spiked mugs, especially as days grow shorter and colder. Still, merging everyone’s favorite, socially-acceptable vices can be a vastly more creative exercise. New Harvest Coffee Roasters’ downtown offshoot shows how it’s done, turning out inventive, often locally-sourced cocktail menus each season. One of this fall’s highlights is the Broken Arrow, a cold cocktail with the warming power of rye whiskey and moody notes from coffee bitters and a bracing Italian liqueur. And although whiskey, coffee and autumn are about as natural a match as Mr. Rogers and his sweaters, non-whiskey and non-coffee drinkers needn’t be deterred. The cafe?-cum-bar offers plenty of well-curated, seasonal drinks in hues other than brown. See original article on providenceonline.com >

Compete for Hundreds of Dollars in Prizes

On Sunday, October 5th, we’ll wrap up the 2014 Taste Trekkers Food & Travel Expo with a scavenger hunt throughout downcity Providence. Enter by yourself or with a team of friends and compete for hundreds of dollars worth of prizes. Must be 14+ to participate. Under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. See the official rules. See original article on tastetrekkers.com >

The Oldest Mall in America Is Now a Hotbed of Tiny-House Living

With just a few clicks of a mouse or track pad, a modern shopping “trip” can be complete—no fighting for a parking spot at the mall and no messy, crowded dressing rooms. But thanks to the convenience of online retailing, over the last decade the death knell has been sounding for traditional shopping malls. But if a savvy idea for repurposing America’s shopping centers goes mainstream, perhaps those spaces are set to see a renaissance. The bustling stores that used to grace the oldest enclosed mall in America, the Arcade Providence in Providence, R.I., have been transformed into mixed-use housing: shops on the ground floor and micro-apartments on the top two levels. See original article on takepart.com >

Bling on the Shopping

Your best friend is hosting a cookout and you’re dressed in a cute, new chevron maxi with your favorite beaded sandals. And although you’re already running an hour-and-a-half behind, you stall in the full-length mirror, staring at your reflection in dismay: something is definitely missing. You’re just not sure what it is. If Amanda Doumato were standing beside you in your bedroom, she’d size you up (in the nicest way possible, of course) and tell you to pile on the bling. The striking brunette is a walking advertisement for her own business – Flaunt Boutique, a successful jewelry and accessory shop that has recently opened its second retail location inside the Providence Arcade downtown. See original article on providenceonline.com >

Long Weekend in Providence, Rhode Island

If you're looking for a big-city restaurant scene with small-town charm,Providence, Rhode Island, meets the criteria with its seemingly endless collection of local-run eateries, adorable shops, hip bars, and a world-class art scene. The capital city of the nation's smallest state, Providence is often overlooked in favor of nearby Boston and Cape Cod, but the academic and artistic communities of both Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design, along with the bevy of passionate and welcoming locals, have turned the city into an exciting collection of diverse and cultural neighborhoods. See original article on fodors.com >

These Are America’s 10 Most Exciting Mid-Sized Cities

We’ve been doing some exciting things here on the Movoto Real Estate Blog. More specifically, we’ve been doing some things involving excitement, or, even more specifically, places across this great country of ours that are especially exciting. Big cities, small cities, suburban cities… they’ve all been run through our patented excitement-judging algorithms and seen where they rank. There’s just one more (important) piece of this big America-shaped puzzle that needs popping into place: Mid-sized cities. See original article on movoto.com >

Prov. micro-lofts featured in exhibit

Arcade designs will be displayed at NYC museum PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - The Providence Arcade's micro-loft designs are going to be featured in an exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York . "Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers" runs January 23 - September 15, 2013 The exhibit also presents winning designs from the Bloomberg administration's recently launched pilot competition to test new housing models, as well as examples set by other cities including Seattle, Montreal, San Diego, and Tokyo. Originally published on wpri.com,

New life for Arcade: Micro lofts, micro retail

Originally published on turnto10.com, January 23, 2013

PROVIDENCE --The Arcade in Providence, the oldest indoor shopping mall in the U.S., is undergoing a major renovation.

Work is under way converting the second and third floors, which had been retail spaces, into micro lofts, 225 to 300 square-foot apartments with built-in furniture. The rent for the apartments will start at $550 a month.

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At the Arcade, micro-living

Once upon a time, Providence's Westminster Arcade represented a novel idea: an indoor shopping mall where customers could find a variety of merchants under one roof. But that was in the 1820s, long before the Mall of America, Mallrats, mall cops, mall food, mall concerts, and a literary style dubbed "shopping mall realism." So what is Evan Granoff — head of 130 Westminster Street Associates, the group spearheading the Arcade's re-development — talking about when he says, "It's not easy . . . being a pioneer"? Well, he's talking about making America's oldest mall micro. Originally published on providence.thephoenix.com, December 26, 2012

Urban Legends

The Arcade and developer Evan Granoff are featured in the 4th quarter issue of Brand RI. Read the article here

Providence Arcade to reopen soon

Historic shopping to be renovated PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - A downtown Providence landmark could soon be back in business. Developers say several retail shops and restaurants could move into the renovated Providence Arcade by the end of September. Construction crews have been hard at work renovating the country's oldest indoor mall into a so-called "micro-retail" and "micro-loft" space. Originally published on wpri.com, August 24, 2012

Arcade ready to again be innovator

Can what’s old really become new again? Evan Granoff, owner of The Arcade Providence, thinks so and aims to prove himself, as well as those behind him in the effort, right when the building’s transformation – from a vacant reminder of its former glory as a city centerpiece to an innovator in downtown housing – is completed later this year. Originally published on pbn.com, July 16, 2012

Seeking New Roles for Landmarks in Providence, R.I.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Two landmark buildings in this city’s downtown have been in the news a lot lately, but for decidedly different reasons. Originally published in the N.Y. Times, June 19, 2012

The Arcade Providence Launches New Website

Providence, RI: Evan Granoff of 130 Westminster Street Associates, LLC, owner of the Arcade, today announced the Arcade Providence has launched a website for the mixed-use project that will revive a historic building and bring retail establishments and micro-lofts into the city's downtown. The exciting project, to be completed before the end of this year, puts Providence at the forefront of the micro-living trend - providing small, attractive spaces for those hoping to live simply, efficiently, and affordably in an urban center. The Arcade's new website, arcadeprovidence.com, provides specific information on the first level retail spaces and the 48 micro-lofts that will populate the second and third levels of Providence's National Historic Landmark. Read More >

Arcade to be reimagined with shops, lofts

A historic downtown Providence landmark will reopen this fall with a mix of retail shops, restaurants and lofts. The Providence Journal reported that plans for The Arcade were announced Wednesday by building owner Evan Granoff. Read more...

The Arcade Providence MicroLofts and New Retail Approach Will Create A New, Energetic Community in the Heart of Downtown

For Immediate Release: January 25, 2012 The Arcade Providence MicroLofts and New Retail Approach Will Create A New, Energetic Community in the Heart of Downtown U.S. Senator Reed, Gov. Chafee and Providence Mayor Taveras Join 130 Westminster Street Associates to Unveil Plans to Combine Retail and Residential in the Landmark Building Downtown Read More >

Reviving the Arcade to revive downtown

Yesterday's announcement that the Providence Arcade will reopen this year is the best news of the year around here so far, certainly -- and maybe the entire year. This is big, folks.

The raspberries bestowed on Arcade owner Granoff Associates for closing it down in 2008 are hereby, henceforth and forthwith revoked -- a first in the annals of "roses & raspberries."


Future of Arcade to be revealed next week

The Arcade in downtown Providence will be renovated to include shops and small apartments, the Providence Business News reported Friday.

Citing sources, the PBN reported that the redevelopment plan includes restaurants and stores on the first floor with apartments on the second and third floors.