Monday, December 31, 2012
If you could open one kind of business in Barrington, what would it be?
What kind of business would you love to see open in Barrington? Returning Town Council President June Speakman said at the December reorganizational meeting after the swearing-in ceremony that economic development would be a priority for her during this term of office. She is even considering setting up a new standing commission or board to pursue the creation of a more vital downtown area. So, what type of new business do you think would fly in Barrington? How about another new store? Or a business that would provide a service Barrington does not have right now? Would you love to run your own bar or restaurant? How about another coffee shop? Maybe an art gallery? Or a music studio? Or a business that caters to an agining population? Maybe…
Monday, September 17, 2012
The Barrington antiques and home furnishings consignment shop in Maplewood Square is moving to the former Jade Tree restaurant in Warren.
Alfred’s of Barrington is closing and moving to Warren. Alfred Brazil of Bristol, who owns the Maplewood Square consignment store, said he is moving into the former Jade Tree restaurant at 480 Main Street. His lease expires on Oct. 31. “It’s all on one level,” said Brazil. “This store has two levels, and I wanted to get it all onto one.” Brazil said he has no regrets operating in Barrington. “It’s been really wonderful there,” he said of his 6-½ years in Barrington. “It’s a beautiful building, and it’s great for a shop. And I like Barrington.” Brazil said the former Warren restaurant, which has been gutted, also puts him on a main street. “I was always a bit out of the way off of Maple Avenue,” he said. “People had to look in that …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
A dozen warranty deeds -- the most in the past year -- were recorded in Barrington Town Hall last week.
The highest number of warranty deeds in over a year were recorded in the Barrington Town Hall last week, July 29-Aug. 3. A dozen deeds were recorded for properties that changed hands, including one for a home worth more than a million dollars and one for another affordable home. The 12 homes are located in most of Barrington's neighborhoods. Sale prices on the deeds ranged from a high of $1.15 million dollars for a home on Adams Point to a low of $169,000 for the Walker Farm Lane home. The prices can give you an estimate of the market value of your property.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Nine Barrington businesses cited by RI Monthly magazine as 'best of' in East Bay.
Nine Barrington businesses received some statewide recognition recently. The businesses were cited by Rhode Island Monthly magazine as “best of” award winners in the East Bay in the publication’s 19th annual competition. All 340 winners statewide are published in the magazine’s August issue. Here are the Barrington winners: Along with their recognition, the owners of the businesses were invited to attend a recognition party at the Providence Performing Arts Center on July 26. Matt Amaral, who owns Grapes & Grains in Barrington, attended the event and provided this response: “The VIP party was a blast and the reception afterwards was incredible,” Amaral wrote in an email. “The energy in the Performing Arts Center was amazing, hundreds of R…
Friday, July 20, 2012
The frozen yogurt franchise is negotiating a lease for a location in Barrington; the shop would be its second in the East Bay after opening in Bristol later this year.
Swizzles Frozen Yogurt has set its sights on Barrington. The largest self-serve frozen yogurt chain in New England is "in the middle of negotiating a lease for a space" in Barrington, said founder and owner Adam Kessner. Kessner said he did not want to announce the location until the lease was signed, but it will be in a high traffic area in town center. The shop will be the second spot in Rhode Island. Swizzles has signed a lease for 433 Hope St. in Bristol as its first East Bay location. Kessner said he plans to submit plans for the shop to the town in September, with the goal of opening to the public in December or January. Swizzles is a self-serve frozen yogurt shop, where customers can choose from a rotating selection of frozen yogurt…
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Five warranty deeds recorded in the Barrington Town Hall last week.
Five warranty deeds that showed an exchange of properties from a seller to a buyer were recorded in the Town Hall last week, July 8-14. The deeds included two properties that sold for half a million dollars and three homes that ranged from $245,000 to $347,500. The sale prices can give you some idea of the price of Barrington properties in the current real estate market. Want to see what properties are still for sale out there? Come back to Patch on Friday afternoon for the list of open houses this weekend.
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Barrington Books is participating in the celebration of the 25th birthday of 'Waldo' with a search for him in businesses all over town.
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Where's "Waldo" in Barrington? Waldo is turning 25 this year and to celebrate, the famous fellow in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 17 different local businesses all through the month of July – a search sponsored by Barrington Books. If you spot him, you can win prizes, including buttons, books, and more, said Jennifer Massotti, manager of the book store. Feminine Fancies, Weird Girl Creations, Grapes & Grains, Billy’s restaurant and Zuzu’s are just some of the businesses in Barrington where a 6-inch cardboard cut out of Waldo will be hiding, she said. Anyone who wants to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo in Barrington” search list with the names of all the businesses, and collect an "I Found Waldo at ___________" …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
A new law requires parental or medical permission for every other tanning visit by people under 18 years old — what do you think?
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Starting Jan. 1, anyone younger than 18 will need a parent's written permission to use indoor tanning booths after a new law went into effect this week. Legislators had originally considered an all-out ban on indoor tanning by teens, but approved a compromise in the waning days of the 2011-12 session. The compromise requires a medical prescription, or a parent's note and signature every second time a teen uses an indoor tanning bed. Supporters argued that the restrictions would prevent exposure to UV radiation, which is classified as a Class 1 carcinogen by the World Health Organization. In an article recently published on the Providence Journal website, one salon owner said the new law will be difficult to enforce, since some tanning …
Barrington Farmers' Market runs each Saturday from 9 am to noon at the Congregational Church on County Road; here's a recipe with product from a honey vendor.
The Barrington Farmers’ Market opens up again at the “White Church” today, June 30, from 9 am to noon. “Come to the market to do your weekly grocery shopping,” said Lisa Browning, market manager and nutritionist. “Eat local, farm-fresh foods, support your and your family's health, support local farmers and support local businesses. Rain or shine, we go indoors!” Browning also provided a recipe for a honey vinaigrette dressing you can make with the honey sold at the market by one of the vendors, Aquidneck Honey. Here's the recipe, courtesy of the market's new newsletter: Honey Vinaigrette Dressing Easy and delicious, this dressing is perfect for salads, leftover whole grains and grilled or roasted veggies. 1/4 cup of your favorite vinegar 1…
Thursday, June 28, 2012
John Kraunelis is moving his Barrington insurance agency into a building that once housed the drug store at Washington Road and Bay Spring Avenue.
John Kraunelis is moving his insurance agency down Washington Road into one of the most historic buildings in West Barrington. Do you remember the former West Barrington drug store on the corner of Bay Spring Avenue and Washington Street? Kraunelis does. He grew up in that neighborhood and still lives there. More recently, the building housed Devine Catering, which moved to Warren. “It had an original soda fountain,” said Kraunelis. “I’d go in there for candy and ice cream.” “There’s a lot of history behind it,” said Kraunelis of that building, which is owned now by James Tavares of Bristol and which he has remodeled. When it became available and with his lease expiring this month, Kraunelis said, he decided to relocate. “It’s double the …