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The North Providence Breeze 11-13-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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64 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2019 | THE VALLEY BREEZE Discover Unique Gifts – ©2019 GREEN SHOOT MEDIA. Discover what makes your communi- ty different from any other in the country. Supporting local businesses gives back to your economy and ensures that its unique flair remains intact for the future. When researching establishments to include on your shopping venture, social media and review-based websites are a valuable resource. Search your community for distinct shops that offer a gift which stands out to your recipient. Here are some great types of stores to seek and check off all the names on your naughty and nice list. LOCAL BREWERY The craft beer movement is here to stay. In fact, the National Brewers Association reports that in 2018, retail dollars for craft sales amounted to $27.6 billion. That's about 24 percent of the entire country's beer sales. Search your area for a local brewery to find the perfect mixture of hops and ales to satisfy the thirst of a craft beer aficionado. Be sure to ask the brewing experts for holiday exclusive recipes or a variety pack that fea- tures the best of their offerings. You may even purchase a ticket for a tour so your loved one can view the operations. Some may be inspired to take on the task of brewing themselves. LOCAL ARTISTS Search your community for art galleries or reach out on a creator's professional network- ing site. By contacting them with enough no- tice, you may be able to commission a custom piece of art in your recipient's favorite style. You can gain a good idea of their preferred type by analyzing the designs they display in their home. Brush up on different styles like contemporary, abstract and expressionism to determine which artist will make a good match for you. LOCAL DESIGNERS For those who are interested in fashion, seeking apparel from local designers is a unique way to support your community. Take the time to ensure their manufactur- ing methods are ethical before supporting their brand by investing in their product. Shopping local this holiday season helps you find unique shops in the area to fulfill everyone on your list. NOV-13-2019-GIFT-NPS-Mel.indd 64 11/4/19 10:21 AM

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