Nestled at the end of Hope Street in Bristol, Kate and Company has been the spot where people go to shop for things they want, not that they need, for over 20 years. Run by Kate Conlon, she says, “there are only wants in my store – you don’t need it. I always tell my customers to treat yourself.”
Kate tries to keep the items in her store as local as possible. “I’m trying really hard to do ‘Made in America’ with everything in the store,” she says. The shop features jewelry, clothing, bath and body products, home accents and gifts – many from New England artists. While she tries not to repeat anything in the store once she has it, she tells me they do have a few basics in the shop that remain the same.
One staple that’s usually around are dresses by Ruby Cotton, a dress company in Rhode Island that makes versatile, summery dresses that can be dressed up with pearls or worn to the beach.
There’s always a selection of gourmet food in the store, with brands like Stonewall Kitchen. They’ve also been known to carry goods from Hope and Main in Warren.
“Most of our customer base knows that [the selection] changes constantly,” she says. “I have some that come in once a week to see what we have – it’s a real mix of everything.”
Kate and Company
301 Hope Street, Bristol