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In which I share snippets of things I saw around/about Rhode Island last week:

The end of an era as the nearly 50-year-old Fogarty Building comes down bit by bit.

I finally got a detailed shot of the tippy-top of the Superman Building. I could have sworn there were faces at the corners, but nope. Just wings.

Also, my very first trip to Rocky Point! I'll go again when the weather is better.

Artists ~ Nancy Ratte' ~ Chepachet

Artist’s name: Nancy Ratte'
Shop name: Designs Stained Glass

1. Tell us about your work
My stained glass work is created using the Tiffany copper foil method. Each glass piece is cut by hand, the edges are made smooth, and a special copper foil is applied to all of the edges. Then all of the pieces are soldered together. Some of the larger panels have a zinc or lead frame around the edges. Each piece I make is made with care and attention to detail.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business? 
Not really – I make a variety of items. From suncatchers, to panels, jewelry, candle holders, mosaics – so I think the name of my shop covers all types of “designs”.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer? 
I’ve always been working with my hands since I was a litt…

Artists ~ Cynthia Falco ~ Chepachet

Artist’s name: Cynthia Falco
Shop name: Sew Much Moxie
Facebook: Sew Much Moxie

1. Tell us about your work: 
My work is home-sewn items for babies, children and accessories for the home.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business? 
The story behind my shop name is that it is named for my beloved chocolate lab named "Moxie". When I decided to try and make and sell my products, I wanted to add Moxie in the name because she was always at my side and curled up under my feel while I was sewing . Unfortunately, we lost her about a month after we decided on the name for my shop.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer? 
I taught myself to sew when I was about 12 years old. My mom's friend had opened up a small fabric store back then, and we went to see the store. I asked my mom if I could get a pattern and some fabric, and she allowed me to. I made a dress for myself, and I have been sewing for myself and my…

Artists ~ Julie Van ~ Coventry

Artist’s name: Julie Van
Shop name: Ocean State Scenes
Instagram: infamousjulievan

1. Tell us about your work
Most of the photos are scenes of the ocean state and animal portraits. All landscapes are from various areas in the state of Rhode Island, and the animal portraits are from little rhody as well.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
I love Rhode Island, it has a little of everything in it. Capturing the charm of RI makes the name Ocean State Scenes very fitting.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I am an auto mechanic by trade, however while I was in school, I enjoyed and excelled in art. It began as a hobby and has slowly grown from there. Etsy was a great tool to take my hobby to the next level.

4. Where do you draw your inspiration?
I draw inspiration from many different things. Sometimes photos help depict a feeling of joy, sometimes peace. I get a lot of inspiration from everything aro…

Events ~ Eat Drink RI Festival ~ April 26 – 29, 2017

Eat Drink RI Festival
April 26-29, 2017
various locations around Providence

Wednesday, April 26th 
Fiestaval!, a VIP product launch from the team behind the incredibly successful Rhode Island food business, The Backyard Food Company. This event, showcasing the culinary collaboration between best friends and gardeners Matt McClelland and Louby Sukkar, will feature custom cocktails from Bootblack Brand, small bites from Easy Entertaining, live music and entertainment, and the unveiling of the newest BYFC product before it hits the shelves.

Thursday, April 27th
Dinner by Dames, a unique experience bringing together a group of Rhode Island’s most talented female chefs & bartenders for a multi-course dining event held at the brand new Skyline at Waterplace in downtown Providence. This year’s Dinner by Dames is a part of Paint the Town (RED)to benefit AIDS Care Ocean State. This female-driven dining experience brings together five of Rhode Island’s most talented chefs, Melissa Denmark ofGrac…

Artists ~ Scott Yi ~ Providence

Artist’s name: Scott Yi
Shop name: The Youth Collaborative
Twitter: @theyouthcollab
Instagram: @theyouthcollaborative

1. Tell us about your work
I started the Youth Collaborative as a 501c3 to empower urban teens in the Providence area. Specifically, we teach entrepreneurial skills and creative skills to our teens by working with them in our team-based business projects. Together, we've come up with shirts, buttons, cards, mugs, and a handful of other products that the teens are proud to have their names attached to.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
We wanted to emphasize the "collaborative" aspect because the teenagers are not just our students, but they are co-owners. We empower them to be part of the designing and decision-making process, letting them know that they have unique voices that matter. They have a unique perspective and a uniqu…

Events ~ Terror Con ~ Providence

Terror Con
February 24-26, 2017
Rhode Island Convention Center
Providence, Rhode Island

Before I went to Terror Con, I would not have described myself as a fan of the horror genre. But I realized that Terror Con's fandom covers a lot of ground.

There's a good-natured vibe to the show, from the fans, to the staff, the vendors, and the guests. Although there's a lot of the macabre, there's a lot of fun as well.

The Massachusetts Ghostbusters were there, raising funds for the Baystate Children's Hospital. There were snakes and spider petting, and even a kids area.

The panels showed an impressive roster across the genre. I sat in on a talk by Andrea Perron, a member of the Burrillville family whose experiences were the basis for the movie The Conjuring.

She shared some of her experiences, and how she's been able to take the sad and frightening and turn it into a positive learning experience.

There were lots of vendors as well, including authors, artists, and purvey…

Shop Local ~ Box of Fate

One of the high spots of my week was receiving my Box of Fate, a new subscription service featuring emerging artists and small business owners.

Each box contains exclusive designer accessories by Art of Fate, a Rhode Island fashion house, and samples of locally made beauty and wellness products from socially-conscious businesses.

So what's inside?

First, the box itself is simple elegance. I'm ridiculously charmed by that ribbon.

Open the box, and inside is a pretty surprise: a sprig of salignum foliage and dried starflowers. I must find a teeny tiny budvase for them.

Under the tissue wrap is a collection of fun and adorable things. Up top are pretty calcite and shell earrings by The Art of Fate.

Next up was a toner/refresher from Infinity Apothecary, called Fresh|Face.

There was also a muslin sachet filled with dried rosebuds from Moonstone Beach, usable as a sachet or a tea by Farmacy Herbs. The whole box smelled sweet and floral.

Next up, we have a sample of honey oatmeal so…

Sights ~ Hachikō statue ~ Woonsocket

Hachikō statue
Woonsocket Depot
1 Depot Square
Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Have you heard the story of Hachikō?  He was an Akita dog, the pet of Professor Hidesaburō Ueno and his family.

Professor Ueno adopted Hachikō in 1924, and for more than a year, Hachikō accompanied him to the Shibuya train station for his morning commute to Tokyo University. At the end of the day, Hachikō would leave the family home and return to the tram station to wait for Ueno to return. Until one day...

Professor Ueno suffered a cerebral hemorrhage at work, and died. Hachikō went to meet him that day at Shibuya Station, but of course Ueno didn't return. So Hachikō went again the next day. And the next. All told, Hachikō went to the station to wait for his master every day for nine years, nine months and 15 days, until his own death in 1935.

Hachikō's dedication inspired those who heard his story. He's a national hero in Japan.

In 2009, Hachi: A Dog's Tale, a movie based on Hachikō's life, w…

Artists ~ Adena Moller ~ Providence

Artist’s name: Adena Moller
Shop name: The Keeping Room 55;
Pinterest: amvintagequeen
Instagram: adenamoller

1. Tell us about your work
I make a lot of tags. It started as a favor for a friend and kind of grew from there. Vintage items are a life long passion for me. I find charm and quality missing from the goods of today.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
Growing up I was surrounded by strong women full of character. While doing some research on Colonial homes and era following I came across the keeping room. Often found just behind the kitchen women would gather here to prepare and sew and socialize while they worked. The idea stuck with me.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
Simply a desire to craft. Etsy provided the vehicle for me.

4. Where do you draw your inspiration?
I draw inspiration from history, from Pinterest and fellow…