Tell us about your personal style.
I love to mix a bit of vintage influence with something new and trendy. In the warmer months, I live in dresses and for the cooler months, it’s Just Black Denim jeans and cozy sweaters.
Any must-haves you wear on a daily basis?
I wear my Swedish Hasbeens clogs every day and can’t leave home without earrings and lipstick. If I forget earrings, I usually end up buying a new pair – the bigger, the better!
What do you look for when curating items for the shop?
The ‘70s is my favorite era of fashion, so there is always that vintage influence. I also like to have items that are on-trend, in the moment, at a variety of price points for everyone’s budget. For home and gifts, we stay true to what we really love. Our shop manager John-Philip has a great eye for items and we buy really well together. Most of what we sell are items we would use in our own home and kitchen. I especially love the enamelware and cookbooks.
How do you like having a shop on Westminster Street?
I love the neighborhood and all the regulars we see daily. I also love meeting the tourists who pop in. We’re fortunate to have great neighboring businesses that are supportive of one another. It’s a nice energy on the street.
What are some special gifts you recommend for Valentine’s Day?
We have this really cute intimates set that is perfect. We also sell flower arrangements on the holiday. Jewelry is always nice, as well as bath and body products.
What do you love about Providence?
The food and great friends! I love El Rancho Grande and try to sneak there once a week (and have been for the past 12 years). You really don’t need a car if you live here and it’s nice to go places and see familiar friendly faces in all corners of the city.
Find Karen at Queen of Hearts and Modern Love at 222 Westminster Street and on Instagram at