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Melissa Beckwith, owner of Serendipity, is pictured in the store’s new location at 3 Main St. in Wickford.

Serendipity, an artisan boutique, has moved to a new location at 3 Main St. in Wickford, a mere four-minute walk from its former Brown Street location, where the business opened less than a year ago.

Owner Melissa Beckwith said the store’s new location will help the business thrive. Beckwith, an artist, purchased the former Madge and Moby Gifts of Whimsy last April and changed the name and the concept.

“I decided to go with [local art] because you get a different kind of uniqueness in the purchase,” Beckwith said. “It’s not something you can get it at Christmas Tree Shops for $5. That was kind of an experience I wanted with the store for gifts.”

Handmade jewelry, custom glassware, beer-bottle candles, pillows, rustic birdcages, fabric bowls, wooden signs, pet collars and other accessories are among the items available for purchase. Her jewelry line, Missy and Me – started with her mother, Lisa, in 2012 – offers earrings and bracelets.

For more information, call 486-5532 or visit serendipityri.com.

North Kingstown

Tim Filippou hopes to introduce a new “system” for area residents to dine on this week.

After working for his parents for 16 years at Filippou’s Pizza on Ten Rod Road, Filippou is branching out on his own with the opening of Tim and Nikki’s NY System, 8230 Post Road, North Kingstown, in the former Honey Dew Donuts next to Wickford Appliance & Lighting. Filippou, after taking time away from the restaurant industry to focus on family, said the quick-serve restaurant will focus on wieners, grinders and pizza, as well as a large breakfast menu.

“We’re going to do nice pastrami grinders, steak grinders, the Philly chicken melt, Greek salads, antipasto,” Filippou said. “I’ve been doing pizza all my life. It’s going to be a little bit of everything.”

Breakfast will be served between 6 a.m.-2 p.m., and will include French toast, eggs Benedict, and omelets – veggie, Mediterranean and pizza.

Filippou, who will operate the restaurant with his wife, Loris, and daughter Nikki, leased the property from John Kupa of Kupa Law, with the option to purchase. He has spent the last month with contractors – Brentwood Builders, Smith Electrical, Cola Plumbing and Tucker Food Service Equipment – getting the establishment ready for operation.

Paving company T. Miozzi Inc. will relocate from Coventry to Quonset Business Park after agreeing to a 25-year lease on a 10.2-acre parcel off Compass Circle in West Davisville.

The lease was approved on an 8-0 vote by the QDC Board of Directors during its Jan. 19 meeting. Member John Dorsey abstained.

Owner Thomas Miozzi of North Kingstown told the board he looked forward to moving his operations to the business park, where he has done asphalt and concrete work, such as laying pavement at NORAD.

The Coventry location is no longer feasible for his business, he said, as production has outgrown the Airport Road facility. As a result, trucks must pass through residential areas, which has created tension with the neighbors.

As part of the agreement, Miozzi agreed to remove topsoil and encapsulate it to remove arsenic naturally occurring on the parcel, King said, noting QDC was “well aware” the parcel contained arsenic when it purchased the land. Miozzi will receive a $10,000 annual credit from QDC for the removal of arsenic and other tenant improvements, such as driveway installation and utility construction.

Wickford Appliance & Lighting, 8236 Post Road, North Kingstown, which also has stores in Cranston and Pawtucket, is expanding into Middletown. The store offers appliances, lighting, electronics and grills.

The owner of Bravo Wood Fired Pizza, 6689 Post Road, North Kingstown, has started a GoFundMe page asking donors to raise $25,000 to keep the business open.

According to the site that launched Feb. 1, owner Gregg O’Neill said he opened his pizza shop in November 2014 with the confidence his unique style and quality pizza, among other items on the menu, would become popular among residents.

Mother Nature has been unkind to them, O’Neill said. Snow plowing from last winter and other unexpected expenses consumed the business’ capital, leaving him short of money to pay bills and properly advertise.

According to the GoFundMe page, donors can choose from four options that include food perks, ranging from being a Bravo Friend for $50 to being a Platinum donor for $750.

To donate, visit gofundme.com/jgmjv25g.

Duffy’s Tavern and Restaurant, 235 Tower Hill Road, North Kingstown, is on the market.

The list price for the seafood restaurant is $500,000, according to an ad posted on Craigslist. The restaurant includes three separate dining rooms, three bars, two fully equipped kitchens, and can accommodate approximately 500 combined seating among indoors, outside patio, bar area and outdoor stage areas.

All equipment, licenses, good will and the restaurant’s name are included in the price, the ad states. For more information, call 295-2444.

Pink Chair Consignments, 7511 Post Road, North Kingstown, will close at the end of the month. The consignment store was in operation for four years.

South Kingstown

The legacy of Universal Firearms and Militaria Ltd., 265 Main St., Wakefield, lives on with its new owner, Tim Gray.

Founded in 1988, Hank Almonte opened the gun shop, which buys, sells, consigns and transfers new, used, military and antique firearms. Although always selling militaria collections, under new ownership, Gray has been focusing on that aspect a bit more, he said.

“I’ve always been interested in antique guns, from the Revolutionary War to World War II. It was a new venture, something I’d never done before, one of those things where I thought ‘Let’s take a shot at it,’” he said.

Gray also is the chairman of the World War II Foundation, a nonprofit company that produces documentaries and events about the people involved in World War II.

He said business has been brisk, which he said is a continuation of the well-known store, though he has noticed an increase in women shoppers.

“People are nervous about a lot of things and want to protect themselves,” he said. “We’re seeing more women come in, in terms of wanting to learn how to shoot and protect themselves. What we’re doing is mirroring what’s going on in the gun industry around the country.”

Gray said he has no plans to make drastic changes to the business, adding that it was run so well people have been shopping there for decades.

For more information, visit its Facebook page or call 782-4867.

A gym, Studio X, has opened in Palisades Mill, 1080 Kingstown Road, Peace Dale, aiming to reach the community with healthy and affordable options to improve health awareness.

Gym owner Wendy Goodine said the gym focuses on nutrition, exercise and health and beauty. It opened in October, but is operating in 3,000 square feet of the 13,000-square-foot space. Goodine said the expanded space will open in three months.

“It’s not a typical gym,” Goodine said. Services range from facials to massages to nutritional programs for all ages. The facility also has a nutrition bar/lounge offering organic and balanced shakes with no added sugar.

“We take a holistic approach when you come in to get fit and healthy. We look at your whole scenario from what you’re eating and doing and we help educate you,” Goodine said.

The gym offers a Genetic Edge Program, taking an inside cheek swab of customers that is sent to a lab to learn how the person’s body processes carbohydrates, its food sensitivities and vitamin levels. This helps the gym cater to an individual’s nutritional needs, she said.

For more information, visit the website, studioxsk.com, or call 783-3469.

Dr. Day Care South County opened its seventh Rhode Island location Feb. 3 at 12 High St., Wakefield. Dr. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith, known as Dr. Day Care, began working in early childhood care in 1972, and has continued to spread the importance of educating children, said Rebecca Compton, marketing director for Dr. Day Care.

The company moved into the location that formerly housed A Place To Grow, a childcare provider that closed last year.

“[Each day care] is a little different,” she said. “We have a monthly curriculum. The [South County location] strives to be nationally accredited, with the same rigorous standards to make sure they are qualified when they apply.”

Dr. Day Care begins talking to its students at an early age about high school graduation and college degrees, and makes a commitment to help parents, Compton said.


New Bedford, Massachusetts-based KSJ Seafood has a new location at 50 Sunset Blvd., Narragansett.

The family-run business – owned by Peter Reposa and his son, Jeremy – specializes in catching whiting fish and marketing squid. They catch more whiting than any other business in New England and sell it primarily to Fulton Fish Market in New York.

Jeremy recalled the company’s humble beginnings with one boat in New Bedford 14 years ago – now there are three boats in Point Judith. And while the company is new to Narragansett, the Reposas are not.

“I grew up in the area, so this was a homecoming for us,” Jeremy said. “It’s a lot better than commuting to New Bedford like we have for the last 14 years.”

South County Trolley, 290 Point Judith Road, Narragansett, has been purchased by husband and wife Corey and Betsy Sullivan after the death of former owner Ted Wright. They have changed the name to South County Trolley and Transportation LLC.

According to its website, the company “specializes in providing unique and charming trolleys for special events such as weddings, proms, and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs in the [Rhode Island] and Mystic, Connecticut, area. We also provide historic tours through Narragansett. Our hospitable and commercially licensed drivers will chauffeur you to your destinations safely and with a smile. We tailor our transport services based on your needs to assure your time with us with be memorable!”

Betsy Sullivan said Monday the trolley offers dinner trolley rides from Narragansett to Newport and Newport to Narragansett Fridays and Saturdays.

This column was compiled by The Independent staff reporters.

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