Two cultures connect with art, food, drink at holiday event Saturday in Providence

Connecting two cultures is the plan for two stores in the downtown Providence Arcade, 65 Weybosset St., on Saturday.

Southwest Passage is partnering with Adirah Art Gallery to offer A Tribal Xmas Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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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.

Built in 1828, the Greek Revival building boasts Ionic columns, as well as granite, iron and marble features. The Arcade survived fires, hurricanes, demolition threats and economic downturns over the years. In 2008, it was closed, prompting the Providence Preservation Society to place it on the organization’s 10 Most Endangered Properties list.

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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.

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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!)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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