Tuesday, January 8, 2013
North Kingstown's aquarium, Biomes, is officially open at its new location.
After more than three months since owner Mark Hall closed his doors at the old Biomes building in Shady Lea, New England's largest private aquarium is officially open at its new location on Post Road. Initially, Hall anticipated to close the old building and open the new facility successively. Unfortunately, fire and building code updates forced back the building’s grand opening by more than two months. Now officially up to code, Biomes is up and running – and with a much different look. The new facility – the former home of Gable House Furniture – boasts about 10,000 sq. ft. of space, which is decidedly much larger than its old building at just 1,700 sq. ft. The added space also means more (and bigger) exhibits. Amongst the nearly 80 …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
During these economic times, businesses come and go all the time. Tell us which ones you were sad to see go in the comments section below.
It was another year of welcomes and farewells for North Kingstown businesses. Wide World of Indoor Sports opened its second location in North Kingstown this year. Wickford welcomed back Wickford Gourmet to the village. Sergio's Restaurant on Boston Neck Road closed, making way for Plum Beach Bistro. Wilson's of Wickford nearly went up for auction, but a last-minute approval from the courts saved the building and allowed the merger with Alex & Ani to continue. (Teas & Javas is expected to open in spring 2013.) North Kingstown has also bid farewell to many businesses this year, including 007 Bar & Restaurant, Sydney Rae's in Wickford, Togs and others. TELL US: What North Kingstown business(es) were you sad to see close in 2012? Share with …
Monday, December 24, 2012
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Sunday, December 23, 2012
A list of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day hours for local businesses in North Kingstown.
Haven't made dinner plans for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day and need to see what's open in North Kingstown? Run out of butter and need to hit up the store on Christmas Eve? Or, do you need to grab a last minute coffee to stay awake during your family's festivities? Before you start asking, "Is [insert local business name here] open?" and begin driving around town, stop. We've taken some of the guess work out for you and compiled a list of holiday hours. Find out what stores are open or closed on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. If you don't see your business included below, let us know in the comments and we'll do our best to include your hours!
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
We're compiling a list of North Kingstown stores and restaurants that will be open during the holidays.
North Kingstown business owners: Is your store or restaurant open during the holidays? We're making a list and checking it twice. If you'd like to be included, leave your business' store hours in the comments below for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. You can also email your store or restaurant's hours on those days to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide your store's hours no later than Friday, Dec. 21 so we can give everyone advance notice of your store's hours during the holidays.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Your imagination is the only limit, what would you open in North Kingstown?
Imagine you had the tools and resources at your disposal - what business would you like to open in North Kingstown? What would work in the community? With our "Up to You" series, we've asked North Kingstown residents what they would do with vacant buildings throughout town. Many have called for an upscale restaurant. Others have wanted a Target, Sam's or Costco, especially in the vacant Lowe's building in Quonset. Personally, I wish North Kingstown had a movie theater or small venue to see musical performances and/or plays. If you could open any type of business in town, what would it be? If you have a specific vision for a specific spot in town, even better! Tell us in the comments.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The NK Zoning Board denied an application for a Dunkin' Donuts outside Wickford Village.
There won’t be a Dunkin’ Donuts in Wickford, at least for now. The North Kingstown Zoning Board of Review denied an application that would have brought a Dunkin’ Donuts to the corner of Phillips Street and Tower Hill Road. Thirteen residents of the more than 50 present at Tuesday night’s meeting vehemently spoke out against the project. The applicants, Theresa Amaral and Robert and David Batista, were seeking to build a 3,000 sq. ft. building on the half-acre lot. Half the building would be a Dunkin’ Donuts (without drive-through service) while the other half would be a business to be determined. Residents and members of both the zoning board and North Kingstown Planning Commission (which gave the project an unfavorable recommendation in…
Help us compile our list of the top gifts you can only find in North Kingstown.
With Thanksgiving behind us, we're now in full-tilt, holiday shopping mode. For those who don't want to venture outside the town lines and would rather support local businesses, North Kingstown Patch is once again putting together our "5 Gotta-Get Gifts in NK" list. I'll be heading out to do "research" (also known as retail therapy) this week, searching for unique gifts you can only find in North Kingstown. Last year, we featured the Coffee Cuff from Updike's Newtowne Coffee and gourmet olive oil sample packs from Narragansett Bay Olive Oil Company, among others. Before I head out on my quest for the coolest gifts in NK, I'm seeking input from North Kingstown's residents and business owners. If you know of a really unique gift idea that …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Need to venture out on Thanksgiving or Black Friday? Check here for a list of openings and closings around town.
Whether you're heading out or staying in for this Thanksgiving, you may need to make an emergency trip out into town. Where should you go if you run out of tin foil? What if you want to get a quick workout in before the binge? And where can you watch the Pats game? We've compiled a list of businesses and offices in town and their holiday store hours. If we've missed you, let us know in the comments and we'll include your business as well.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Start your holiday shopping at locally owned stores during Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday is on Nov. 24 this year, two days after Thanksgiving. It is a day for everyone to support the small businesses that their community thrives on. American Express founded the day in 2010 to help small businesses get exposure during the holiday season, when they might be otherwise overlooked. With retailers buzzing around the holidays, it is important to support local small businesses that rely on their neighbors in order to continue prospering and building the local economy in North Kingstown. Participating this year in town are: Last year, 100 million people nationwide participated in Small Business Saturday by shopping at locally owned stores to help boost the economy and their communities. You can also “like” Small…