2015-11-25 / Around Town

The Comforts (and Joys) of Shopping Local

But Baby, It’s Cold Outside


This aviator style hat by Seirus ($29.50) is "the next level for warmth and comfort." It has a 100 percent canvas shell, with an adjustable chin strap, and faux fur that provides full ear coverage. Available at Freeman & Graves, 1134 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, 401-619-5303 This aviator style hat by Seirus ($29.50) is "the next level for warmth and comfort." It has a 100 percent canvas shell, with an adjustable chin strap, and faux fur that provides full ear coverage. Available at Freeman & Graves, 1134 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, 401-619-5303 All it takes is one night of 20-degree weather and everyone thinks: Winter. Which in turn opens the door to a wonderland of gift ideas for items that are practical, essential, and most important, cozy and warm. There are a number of great gift-giving options out there for dealing, both in comfort and in style, with the challenges of tumbling temperatures. Whether you are shopping for the person who enjoys cozying in with a good book (and whose idea of winter exercise is walking the dog on a brisk day) or for the year-round athlete who thinks nothing of heading out in below-freezing temperatures for a bit of frostbite sailing or a long morning run in the single digits, there are plenty of options.



Cheery Cozy Critter neck warmers from Island Books ($20) are filled with an aromatic lavender and buckwheat sack. Just wrap heated around neck for a fun and practical way to soothe any aches or just curl up with a good book. 575 East Main Road, Wyatt Square, Middletown, 401-849-2665 Cheery Cozy Critter neck warmers from Island Books ($20) are filled with an aromatic lavender and buckwheat sack. Just wrap heated around neck for a fun and practical way to soothe any aches or just curl up with a good book. 575 East Main Road, Wyatt Square, Middletown, 401-849-2665

Not all “warm” gifts are to be worn. For a gift that will warm up a room, Newport Lamp carries the Rigaud scented candles, known for their luxurious yet subtle fragrance. With an exceptional flame and burning qualities, the patented soft wax restores and diffuses the fragrance. Rigaud candles come in five scents and in three sizes: Small, (28 hours of fragrance, for $40), Medium (60 hours for $70); and Large ($95). Not all “warm” gifts are to be worn. For a gift that will warm up a room, Newport Lamp carries the Rigaud scented candles, known for their luxurious yet subtle fragrance. With an exceptional flame and burning qualities, the patented soft wax restores and diffuses the fragrance. Rigaud candles come in five scents and in three sizes: Small, (28 hours of fragrance, for $40), Medium (60 hours for $70); and Large ($95).

Winter warmth gets taken up a notch at Team One Newport, which carries the U.K.-based Gill, maker of serious outerwear for the serious sailor. Suitable for the local frostbiters, Team One carries the Gill Winter Racing Jacket, ($325) for both men and women, with a high neck and plenty of pockets for a quick warmup of the hands, and similarly sturdy insulating racing trousers ($225). 561 Thames St., Newport, 401-848-0884 Winter warmth gets taken up a notch at Team One Newport, which carries the U.K.-based Gill, maker of serious outerwear for the serious sailor. Suitable for the local frostbiters, Team One carries the Gill Winter Racing Jacket, ($325) for both men and women, with a high neck and plenty of pockets for a quick warmup of the hands, and similarly sturdy insulating racing trousers ($225). 561 Thames St., Newport, 401-848-0884

If you know marathoners (half or whole) keep in mind that every run is a practice run and that winter running is what they do. Run Newport on Long Wharf has been open since last May, and owner Adam Stadel, a runner himself, is ready and able to deliver useful head-to-toe advice. There are gloves for all mornings. Saucony’s “Run Warm” Swift Glove ($24), is lightweight and would help keep fingers cozy down into 30-degree temps. Run Newport also carries the North Face Denali thermal etip gloves ($35), slighty bulkier but made of an inviting-looking fleece. 16 Long Wharf Mall, Newport, 401-846-1036 If you know marathoners (half or whole) keep in mind that every run is a practice run and that winter running is what they do. Run Newport on Long Wharf has been open since last May, and owner Adam Stadel, a runner himself, is ready and able to deliver useful head-to-toe advice. There are gloves for all mornings. Saucony’s “Run Warm” Swift Glove ($24), is lightweight and would help keep fingers cozy down into 30-degree temps. Run Newport also carries the North Face Denali thermal etip gloves ($35), slighty bulkier but made of an inviting-looking fleece. 16 Long Wharf Mall, Newport, 401-846-1036

A hot new item this year, says Nancy Isherwood, is boot cuffs ($15) by Mona B. Lacy. The cuffs are a warm and sexy accent to any boot style. Available at Isherwood & Company, 8 Bowen’s Wharf, 401-619-1116 A hot new item this year, says Nancy Isherwood, is boot cuffs ($15) by Mona B. Lacy. The cuffs are a warm and sexy accent to any boot style. Available at Isherwood & Company, 8 Bowen’s Wharf, 401-619-1116

Owner Christine Higbee says her Franklin Street boutique Toci offers “quality designer cashmere for men and women.” She doesn’t add that it’s easy to become addicted to cashmere. Toci (who was the Aztec mother of the gods) carries a terrific range of warm and luxurious items, from the simplest ear bands at $48 to a selection of gorgeous sweaters in the $400 range, and in between are a number of items guaranteed to keep away the chill. One thing that went right onto our gift list was the Parronchi high-neck sweater ($668) available in creamy-white or black. 18 Franklin St., Newport, 401-848-9600 
Parronchi high-neck sweater available at Toci Owner Christine Higbee says her Franklin Street boutique Toci offers “quality designer cashmere for men and women.” She doesn’t add that it’s easy to become addicted to cashmere. Toci (who was the Aztec mother of the gods) carries a terrific range of warm and luxurious items, from the simplest ear bands at $48 to a selection of gorgeous sweaters in the $400 range, and in between are a number of items guaranteed to keep away the chill. One thing that went right onto our gift list was the Parronchi high-neck sweater ($668) available in creamy-white or black. 18 Franklin St., Newport, 401-848-9600 Parronchi high-neck sweater available at Toci

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