So Summer


A city-like oasis in between beaches


While Wakefield is technically a village of South Kingstown, it’s one of South County’s main hubs. Find resources like grocery stores, local versions of big boxes and the area’s only mall. Wakefield also has a strollable Main Street filled with antiques shopping, boutiques, restaurants and artists.

The Arts in Wakefield

The Contemporary Theater Company
The Contemporary theater Company (CTC) stages unexpected and under-the-radar dramas and comedies in repertory. this summer, Black Comedy is showing in rotation with a One-Hour Theater Challenge, which is a different show written by a CTC member each time. there are also kid-friendly shows every Saturday, and improv comedy performances on Fridays and Sundays. 327 Main St. 401-218-0282,

Hera Gallery

What started in 1974 as a groundbreaking women’s alternative artist collaborative is now a nationally recognized gallery, showcasing innovative, socially relevant art. June’s exhibition is Further on Down the Yellow Brick Road, which is two and three-dimensional work by Jack Massey and Michael Yefko. 10 High St. 401-789-1488,

The Glass Station
Glassblower Eben Horton has a studio on Main Street where he offers demonstrations for the passerby, and lessons for the truly curious. Horton is also responsible for the Block Island Glass Float Project; the artist has hidden 500 pieces of art all over the island, and the people who find them are welcome to keep them, as long as they only take one each. 318 Main St. 401-788-2500,

Feeling Good, Living Well

All That Matters, a holistic living center, is one of the oldest yoga studios in the state. they offer drop-in classes for vacationers, and programs as challenging as the 40 Day Revolution, meant to transform your lifestyle with yoga, meditation and nutrition. 315 Main St. 401-782-2126,

Shop Stylishly

The Wakefield Mall is a convenient one-stop for any vacationing necessities, and houses a grocery store, restaurants, a bookstore, a chocolate shop, a science store and big box retailers. 160 Old Tower Hill Rd. 401-789-0657,

The Purple Cow sells funky, stylish women’s clothing and jewelry, and is hosting a ladies night on July 9. 205 Main St. 401-789-2389,

BasketCase carries fun women’s clothing and jewelry, and also has an extensive selection of home gifts, like formal serving ware and artful glass bowls. 343 Main St. 401-284-1551,

Zero Wampum is your best bet for a unique greeting card, but don’t miss their clothing, jewelry or unique gifts, either. 161 Old Tower Hill Rd. 401-789-7172,

Feet First carries shoes by Birkenstock, Clarks, Keen and more, and specializes in hard-to-fit feet and specialty sizes. 153 Old Tower Hill Rd. 401-783-8074,

Eat and Drink Local

Phil’s Main Street Grille has a downstairs diner, an upstairs lunch and dinner restaurant, and a roof deck with a great view. 323 Main St. 401-783-4073,

Meldgie’s has three diners in South Kingstown and Narragansett. their Wakefield location serves breakfast and lunch daily, and Friday night BYOB dinner. 406 Main St. 401-789-5960

Sa-Tang serves delicious Thai and Asian cuisine, including a “lunch box” special. 402 Main St. 401-284-4220,

Grab breakfast to go from Bagelz, which makes fresh, delicious bagels and spreads every morning. 90 Pershing Ave. 401-783-9700,

Whaler’s Brewing makes several fresh, seasonal beers – and offers tastes of them, and growlers to take home, in their taproom. 1070 Kingstown Rd. 401-284-7785, 

The Contemporary Theater Company, Hera Gallery, The Glass Station, All That Matters, The Wakefield Mall, The Purple Cow, BasketCase, Zero Wampum, Feet First, Phil’s Main Street Grille, Meldgie’s, Sa-Tang, Bagelz, Whaler’s Brewing, so summer, so rhode island magazine


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