The word that comes to mind when describing Courtyards is “whimsical.” Run by Sharon Prazak, the little Tiverton shop features garden art, pottery, jewelry, clothing and home accents – to name a few.
Courtyards is known for their garden statuary, most of which Sharon makes in a barn at her home with her husband, who is an engineer and artist. “He can do anything,” she laughs. Sharon says they make over one hundred different pieces but also carry other artist’s work.
The store’s slogan is “expect the unusual” which is fitting for such an eclectic selection. The focal point of the store, Sharon says, is handmade products like jewelry. She is also big on mermaids. “We kind of do what we want here,” she says. “It’s a crazy mix, we have new things come in almost every single day which is fun.”
My personal favorite item was the “A Day at the Beach” sea glass jewelry line with beautiful earrings, bracelets and necklaces. I loved the green sea glass necklace with a sterling silver anchor – clearly the Rhode Islander in me showing.
The store has been open for about 33 years and has a loyal customer following. “We have the best customers in the whole world,” says Sharon. “I treat the people that come in like they’re coming into my home. I want them to feel happy, I want them to love what they see, I want them to feel comfortable. They become friends the minute they walk in the door.”
3980 Main Road, Tiverton