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Home to one of the best design schools in the country and an Ivy League university, the small city of Providence, Rhode Island has a shopping scene heavily influenced by its creative student population.

As a teen growing up here, shopping was generally limited to Providence Place Mall, your typical shopping center filled with As Seen on TV kiosks and loitering teenagers. But in more recent years, the downtown scene has expanded with design-minded stores offering some unexpected and youthful pieces that any shopper, student or not, will appreciate.

Retailers like Clover, an industrial high-end boutique, and Sneaker Junkies, the pro athlete-approved stop for streetwear, have put downtown Providence's apparel and accessories offerings on par with any big city; meanwhile, shops like Nava and The Vault Collective bring fresh takes to the world of vintage with their own unique twists.

Whether you're just passing through or settling in for the weekend, be sure to check out our favorite spots to shop in town.

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1. Shoppe Pioneer

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253 S Main St
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 274-7467
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Though store founder Natalie Morello started her career as a marketer for established brands in New York City, she's always loved rummaging through estate sales, flea markets, and thrift stores. Shoppe Pioneer is the realization of her love of new discoveries, and you can find on-trend pieces from up-and-coming designers, curated vintage picks, and unique gifts.
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2. Clover

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233 Westminster St
Providence, RI 02903
With brands like Oak, Won Hundred, and Pam & Gela, Clover is the go-to spot in the city to pick up very alt, fashion-forward pieces. The store itself gives off a super-minimal industrial feel that, along with its selection, will have you feeling like you’re in Brooklyn.
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3. Queen of Hearts

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222 Westminster St
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 421-1471
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If you’re still looking to round out your fall wardrobe, there's a good chance you’ll find plenty of pieces at Queen of Hearts. The store carries popular lines like Free People, BB Dakota, Jack, and Mink Pink, along with a lot of one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry and accessories from some of Providence’s favorite hometown artists, along with other artists from all over the country.
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4. Modern Love

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220 Westminster St
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 421-1475
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Just next door to Queen of Hearts is its sister store, Modern Love. The selection here focuses on shoes and accessories from brands like Frye, Dolce Vita, and Seychelles. It's popular throughout the city for its frequent social media giveaways, so be sure to keep an eye on the stores's dual Instagram account while you're in the city.
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5. The Vault Collective

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235 Westminster St
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 250-2587
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The Vault Collective provides Providence-based vintage dealers with a place to sell their finds IRL, along with office space and and access to a professional photo studio to run their businesses. Each dealer within the collective sells out of the same storefront, so you’ll be welcomed by a huge variety of thrift pieces — and maybe even by the people that found them.
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6. Nava

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197 Wickenden St
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 453-6282
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Nava is a local favorite for scoring unique clothing — think lots of lace and embroidered pieces, home goods, and gifts. Filled with potted succulents and woven tapestries, the store carries a huge selection from familiar names like Kinfolk, Herbivore, and Sugarcube Press, as well as vintage deadstock pieces that the team alters and customizes before selling, making the pieces even more one-of-a-kind.
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7. RISD Works

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20 N Main St
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 277-4949
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Sitting just a few blocks away from the RISD campus and museum, RISD Works offers both current and alumni students (as well as faculty members) a place to sell their own pieces. What you’ll find here will depend on when you stop by, as its contents reflect what’s happening in the museum, which is constantly rotating through special exhibitions, programs, and gallery shows. But regardless of what you see when you stop by, it’s worth a look.
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8. Sneaker Junkies

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290 Thayer St
Providence, RI 02906
(401) 437-6997
All the way over by the college grounds on the always-busy Thayer Street, you'll find Providence's go-to streetwear spot. This small boutique is stacked with the most premium versions of usual suspects like Nike, Adidas, and Timberland; and yes, it's where you can find the local Yeezy drop.
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9. Talulah Cooper

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5 Traverse St
Providence, RI 02906
(401) 273-4324
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This small jewelry boutique is tucked away in an antique soap box building painted a matte black on the east side of the city. Inside, you'll find thoughtfully merchandised pieces, vintage details, and sweet displays of handmade necklaces, earrings, and rings. Also specializing in engagement rings, the store's team offers customization, diamond and stone sourcing, and even vintage hunts for the perfect antique piece.
Photo: Erin Little

1. Shoppe Pioneer

253 S Main St, Providence, RI 02903
Photo: Erin Little
Though store founder Natalie Morello started her career as a marketer for established brands in New York City, she's always loved rummaging through estate sales, flea markets, and thrift stores. Shoppe Pioneer is the realization of her love of new discoveries, and you can find on-trend pieces from up-and-coming designers, curated vintage picks, and unique gifts.
253 S Main St
Providence, RI 02903

2. Clover

233 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02903
Photo: Erin Little
With brands like Oak, Won Hundred, and Pam & Gela, Clover is the go-to spot in the city to pick up very alt, fashion-forward pieces. The store itself gives off a super-minimal industrial feel that, along with its selection, will have you feeling like you’re in Brooklyn.
233 Westminster St
Providence, RI 02903

3. Queen of Hearts

222 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02903
Photo: Erin Little
If you’re still looking to round out your fall wardrobe, there's a good chance you’ll find plenty of pieces at Queen of Hearts. The store carries popular lines like Free People, BB Dakota, Jack, and Mink Pink, along with a lot of one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry and accessories from some of Providence’s favorite hometown artists, along with other artists from all over the country.
222 Westminster St
Providence, RI 02903

4. Modern Love

220 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02903
Photo: Erin Little
Just next door to Queen of Hearts is its sister store, Modern Love. The selection here focuses on shoes and accessories from brands like Frye, Dolce Vita, and Seychelles. It's popular throughout the city for its frequent social media giveaways, so be sure to keep an eye on the stores's dual Instagram account while you're in the city.
220 Westminster St
Providence, RI 02903

5. The Vault Collective

235 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02903
Photo: Erin Little
The Vault Collective provides Providence-based vintage dealers with a place to sell their finds IRL, along with office space and and access to a professional photo studio to run their businesses. Each dealer within the collective sells out of the same storefront, so you’ll be welcomed by a huge variety of thrift pieces — and maybe even by the people that found them.
235 Westminster St
Providence, RI 02903

6. Nava

197 Wickenden St, Providence, RI 02903
Photo: Erin Little
Nava is a local favorite for scoring unique clothing — think lots of lace and embroidered pieces, home goods, and gifts. Filled with potted succulents and woven tapestries, the store carries a huge selection from familiar names like Kinfolk, Herbivore, and Sugarcube Press, as well as vintage deadstock pieces that the team alters and customizes before selling, making the pieces even more one-of-a-kind.
197 Wickenden St
Providence, RI 02903

7. RISD Works

20 N Main St, Providence, RI 02903
Photo: Erin Little
Sitting just a few blocks away from the RISD campus and museum, RISD Works offers both current and alumni students (as well as faculty members) a place to sell their own pieces. What you’ll find here will depend on when you stop by, as its contents reflect what’s happening in the museum, which is constantly rotating through special exhibitions, programs, and gallery shows. But regardless of what you see when you stop by, it’s worth a look.
20 N Main St
Providence, RI 02903

8. Sneaker Junkies

290 Thayer St, Providence, RI 02906
Photo: Erin Little
All the way over by the college grounds on the always-busy Thayer Street, you'll find Providence's go-to streetwear spot. This small boutique is stacked with the most premium versions of usual suspects like Nike, Adidas, and Timberland; and yes, it's where you can find the local Yeezy drop.
290 Thayer St
Providence, RI 02906

9. Talulah Cooper

5 Traverse St, Providence, RI 02906
Photo: Erin Little
This small jewelry boutique is tucked away in an antique soap box building painted a matte black on the east side of the city. Inside, you'll find thoughtfully merchandised pieces, vintage details, and sweet displays of handmade necklaces, earrings, and rings. Also specializing in engagement rings, the store's team offers customization, diamond and stone sourcing, and even vintage hunts for the perfect antique piece.
5 Traverse St
Providence, RI 02906