Rhody Gem: The Portsmouth Shop

June 2021


What it is:

A women’s wear shop turned “a little bit of everything” boutique, this family-owned mainstay has been selling jewelry, accessories, home decor, baby toys and clothes, beachy trinkets, and cozy gifts for 40 years.


Where to find it: 

Tucked away beneath the shade of a tree at the foot of Quaker Hill on East Main Road, find the shop just south of Clements Marketplace in the town center of its namesake. 


What makes it a Rhody Gem?

This is a shop that just says “Portsmouth” in both title and merch, from the artisan wares boasting Rhody pride to the self-care goods and positive vibes purveyed with local clientele in mind. Mother-and-daughter duo JoAnn Ryder and Sarah Zlydaszek keep their shelves stocked with must-have brands like Scout Bags, Mariposa, and Cape Cod Jewelry interspersed with fanciful pieces like paper flower bouquets, beaded clutches, and garden-print dish towels. “Whether you’re looking for a local treasure to celebrate a new home, a gift for a little one, or a meaningful pick-me-up for your bestie, you’re sure to find that special something here,” says Zlydaszek. A stroll through the shop is sure to provide gift-giving inspo, but now you can also shop your fave Nordic Beach wraps and statement scarves from home, too, with their online store.


The Portsmouth Shop2511 East Main Road, Portsmouth • 401-683-2184 •  @theportsmouthshopri


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