We headed out early for our visit to Water Street and Main Street in Warren, RI on a beautiful Friday morning. This area has an easily walk able town center, with the majority of the shopping, dining, and entertainment located between Water Street and Main Street. The area is very easy to navigate, and each additional side street holds other hidden gems beyond those we visited today, which will surely bring us back soon.
First on our list - breakfast at The Sunnyside Daytime Dining located on Water Street. We were introduced to The Sunnyside by our friend Jenn recently and have been thanking her ever since. It is without question my favorite place to eat in the state, even though they only serve breakfast and lunch. If you don’t live on the East Bay, The Sunnyside is worth driving to. We dined on chorizo hash with eggs and Portuguese French Toast with blackberries and peaches while sitting by the water. That’s a pretty special way to start your day.
Heading out with bellies full and calories to burn, we started our walk farther down Water Street, enjoying historic homes and beautifully decorated storefronts. The sun was getting higher in the morning sky as we were headed to our next location. The Wooden Midshipman is located in a beautifully detailed historic standalone building. There we met one of the owners, Kate Dickson, who also happens to be the head of the local Merchants Association. Her shop sells art and gifts made by local Warren area artists, and because the business is located within the Warren Arts District, all art is sales tax free. Of course we took advantage of this opportunity and picked up a few items.
Moving on, we bounced over to Main Street and discovered a fun dog & cat-centric shop offering hand-made treats, healthy pet foods, and unique pet-focused merchandise called Woof! Woof! Pet Boutique. It was an inviting and well-maintained shop, where we were greeted by owners Brett & Sherri DeChaine and Bronx, shop mascot and one ham of a Bulldog. Woof! Woof!’s focus on quality was evident and Brett & Sherri were friendly and welcoming as we talked dogs and their involvement with Providence Animal Rescue League. Having a dog and cat ourselves, we never leave a great shop without bringing something home, so we picked up some treats for our boys before heading to our next destination.
We strolled down Main to our next spot, the historic Delekta Pharmacy. Established in 1858, Delekta has been maintained as an active family-owned pharmacy ever since. The look, smell, and feel all give one a sense of stepping back in time; they have a fully operational soda fountain! Aside from being an affordable pharmacy, Delekta is widely known for delicious coffee cabinets made with their own house-made coffee syrup. They say that the cabinet is the thing to get, so we ordered up. “They” were right!
Our last stop brought us down Market Street to a place we stumbled upon called The Brass, a retail space where people with developmental disabilities participate in art programs and offer their creations for sale. The space was formerly a small coffee house and is located in The Cutler Mills Complex behind Tom’s Market. It’s a small part of a larger private, non-profit organization called Living In Fulfilling Environments (L.I.F.E.). Ending our walk in a place with happy people, smiling faces and leaders who care so deeply has left a very strong impression on me. I’m thankful for the opportunity to learn more about my home state and share it with others.