RHODY GEM: Discover Decor, Provisions, Apparel and More at With Grace & Blaise on Newport’s Franklin Street

February 2023


What it is: 

An elegant boutique filled with a finely selected mix of clothing, home furnishings, provisions, and gifts.

Where to find it:

On charming Franklin Street in downtown Newport. From America’s Cup, start heading up the street near the post office.

What makes it a Rhody Gem?

“Repeat customers love that they always find something new and interesting when they visit the shop. We stretch out on the sofa, have some tea or wine, and I offer the background story on each piece,” says owner Grace Trofa, who stocks her shop with an artful selection of goods from near and far. “As a RISD graduate and committed photographer and journalist, if I were to make room in my life for a shop, it had to be something different than the Newport mainstream,” says Trofa. “I seek out unique furniture, tableware, objects, whatever catches my eye, and I offer a small collection of clothing sourced in Europe from small businesses.” Additionally the space showcases paintings and artwork, drawing on the talent of Trofa’s creative friends, and carries a small selection of imported gourmet products, such as English chocolates, French chestnut spread, and Brazilian honey. The shop is a tribute to Trofa’s late nephew Blaise. “He was always willing to accompany me on the hunt for treasures,” says Trofa. “I think he is responsible for that little bit of magic pixie dust which makes the shop so special and puts everyone at ease.” 

With Grace & Blaise • 34 Franklin Street, Newport • 401-742-4678


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