Shop Local with Me: Block Island
Happy September! As I am closing out my second summer on Block Island I am realizing that I have built up quite the collection of things that I have bought here over the past two years. The great thing about Block Island is that there are actually no chain restaurants or stores, so as long as you are shopping and eating out you are directly supporting the local community. Be on the lookout for a post on my favorite vegan food on Block Island later this month!
I had a lovely morning yesterday hiking the Clayhead Trail and picking up my camera for the first time in a while. I hope you enjoy these photos and this blogpost!
East of the River Nile Trading Co.
You will notice most of my haul is from East of the River Nile. This is because I used to work there last summer and more often not I would be leaving with a new piece of jewelry to add to my collection and not a paycheck. The owner, Ron Munschy is an amazing man. Each winter he travels to places like Nepal, Turkey, Morocco, etc and picks up merchandise. Each summer he sets up shop on Block Island to sell that merchandise to afford his travels for the next winter, pretty amazing if you ask me. You can find him at 459 Chapel street, just one block behind the ferry landing.
Some of my favorites pictured above at the moonstone & sterling silver earrings, the handmade wallet which is still looking great after a year of wear and the turqousise necklace. You can find Ron online Here, online shopping coming soon!
The Block Island Farmers Market
Red Right Return & Clayhead Salon and Spa
I got these adorable turtle studs at Red Right Return on Dodge Street. Also pictured here are my nails which I get done at Clayhead Salon and Spa. I have nothing but great things to say about this place, the prices are reasonable and the vibe given off by the interior decor and beautiful harbor veiw ensures a relaxing spa experience. Not to mention the staff here is amazing, hats off to the owner Michael. You can find them on Facebook Here.
MarMar has what is arguably the best jewelry shop on the island. Everything in her shop is handmade and she has jewelry from 50 rotating independent jewelry artists on display alongside her very own designs. Here you can find eclectic one of a kind pieces and support artists country-wide. To me shopping local isn't just about supporting people who are local to your community but supporting small business and people who dedicate their lives to their craft! There is no better example then buying handmade jewelry! Find MarMar on Dodge street or online, Here.
Full Moon Tide
I picked up this "message in a bottle" necklace from Full Moon Tide, one shop down from East of the River Nile trading Co. I filled it with small pieces of seaglass I found in Positano on my trip to Italy. Personalize yours by filling it with Block Island sand, or anything you like!
I hope you enjoyed shopping local with me on Block Island.
Wander often & wonder always,