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It could be that Christina and Ken Procaccianti, owners of  Town Made are ahead of the curve at their rent-a-kitchen on Main Street in Wakefield.

For instance, this creative couple in business developed the throw-back Green Line Apothecary that offers the old-style fountain with ice cream, soda as well as other eats and drinks like pharmacies did years ago along with filling prescriptions. They also have a delivery statewide when other pharmacies have stopped that service.

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South County has some of the region’s best beaches, seafood, restaurants, fishing and many vacation activities. Yet, pizza never gets mentioned.

 A crowd-sourcing survey by South County Life on Facebook, however, found that over 150 residents of area towns have some very strong opinions about pizza. It’s not just what they like, but who has the best and why.

 Cassie Pennoyer wrote on Our Town North Kingstown, “The Place is the best in (North Kingstown). The food is high quality and the staff is friendly and accommodating. Just all around a top-notch place.”

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An integral part of most mornings is a delicious mug of coffee and West Kingston’s TLC Coffee Roasters strives to have the perfect cup for everyone.

David Turchetta, co-owner of TLC Coffee Roasters, said TLC Coffee is a special cup of coffee because the beans are locally roasted in their own facility in South County. By having the coffee roasted so close to the cafe, every sip of coffee is going to be fresh.

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Juice and smoothie bars are becoming vastly popular and with good reason. Who wouldn’t want to drink their fruits and vegetables if they taste great?

Now North Kingstown is getting into the action as T’s Vault Smoothie and Juice bar in The Gateway opened last month and is already getting amazing reviews.

As one customer posted on their Facebook page “excited to have an actual legit protein shop in town!”

“We’re so thrilled to be here and see a constant flow of people already coming in,” said owner Erika Tioumou.

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The creative talent behind Wakefield’s new Native American/Puerto Rican/American fusion restaurant have been crafting one-of-a-kind meals since its grand opening this Memorial Day weekend.  

Willie Johnson, owner of Willie’s Place, has been passionate about cooking his entire life. He said the idea for a Native American and Puerto Rican fusion restaurant came to him after attending powwows and being unable to find Native American tacos anywhere.

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Whether you’re a fan of rock music, jazz, showtunes or anything in between, the Contemporary Theater Company and Theatre by the Sea have you covered with impressive live music line-ups this summer.

The Contemporary Theater Company is putting on a summer concert series for the first time this year, titled “Afterglow.” Each Thursday night beginning at 8 p.m., a local act will perform as the sun sets behind the CTC’s stage.

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South County hosts hundreds of scintillating stops for tourists’ tracking fun of almost any kind. So, imagine having just 48 hours to visit this playground seacoast area.

How would you spend those precious few hours when there’s so much to do? What might be on the insiders’ “Do Not Miss” list for a visitor?

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It doesn’t take a witch or a wizard to train a puppy, but the trainers at Exeter’s Mischief Managed do have a few non-magical tricks up their sleeves for training dogs.

With the slogan “Mayhem to Manners,” owner Jo Ferraris created Mischief Managed, a positive reinforcement dog training facility, to facilitate productive puppy training that doesn’t use harsh punishment tools, such as choke and shock collars.

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"There was a URI college climbing group that would regularly travel to Lincoln to attend the only climbing gym in the area,” explained Manager Heather DeSantis of Rock Spot Climbing in Peacedale. “At the time we only had Lincoln and Dedham so there was nothing this far south. Someone who was friends with one of the managers just happened to know that this place was here basically asking to become a climbing gym.”

With high ceilings and an open structure, creating the tallest climbing walls in Rhode Island seemed the perfect solution to providing a climbing gym in South County. Located at 1174 Kingstown Road, Rock Spot Climbing creates a welcoming environment where people of all ages and physical abilities can come together and indulge in an exciting and underrepresented form of recreation.

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Few things symbolize summer more than a fresh cup or cone of homemade ice cream. For the legendary Wakefield/Narragansett’s Brickley’s Ice Cream and North Kingstown’s The Inside Scoop, these businesses have made the summertime symbol their livelihood.

Both ice cream shops are officially open for the 2022 season, ready to continue using new techniques they created during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep bringing the smoothest and safest service to their patrons.

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Bill “Timeless” Hanney, as he calls himself, sat in a rehearsal studio on Woodruff Avenue in Wakefield on a recent afternoon. It is close to a theater he owns in Matunuck.

Hanney listened to his hired performers belt out some songs for Theatre By the Sea’s summer season’s opening production of “Million Dollar Quartet.”

It’s about an extraordinary get together of  Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley at Sun Records in where they jammed together in one of the most well-known sessions ever.

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It is a busy spring season for construction, whether major renovations or even just some small projects like Matt Cavaco is doing at his house on the corner of Woodruff Avenue and Robinson Street in South Kingstown.

“I want to get this project done during April so that I have time for myself during the summer and it’s important that it gets done now with my son liking to run around,” said Cavaco recently as he and some friends nailed boards into posts to create a fence for his two-year-old son, Callan, and the family puppy, Lennox, a Golden Doodle.

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In a time where the outside world seems bleak, a stunning plant can brighten one’s entire day. Although there were no shortage of challenges throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Rich Clark, owner of Matunuck’s gardening center Clark Farms, said a silver lining was the emergence of new gardeners.

When people were spending an increased amount of time at home, Clark noticed people were turning to all kinds of home improvement, including sprucing up their gardens.

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There is a flat-screen in the break room showing a live feed which tracks the number of starving children reached by Edesia’s life saving peanut butter. On any given day an employee may be enjoying a yogurt from the dedicated fridge of chobani and watch as the number of children’s lives changed by the company they work for ticks up one by one.

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For homeowners, pest problems can range from something as simple as ants helping themselves to leftovers to the more devastating issue of termites gorging themselves on the home’s substructure. And with all the joys of spring, there also comes nuisances in the form of insects and vermin. Victims of these unwelcomed houseguests can rejoice, however, as one local exterminator is ready to help them get rid of and prevent pests.

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Soon after getting married, Julie and Dean Couchey left their home in Colorado and traveled for eight months, visiting 44 countries along the way. Their trip started in South America and wound across the Pacific to South East Asia, where some stops included Thailand, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam. Eventually, Julie and Dean landed in Europe, where they celebrated their anniversary in Paris. In each new place, the couple sampled foods and flavors, savoring dishes native to regional cultures.

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