Admittedly, I use landmarks when I ask for or give directions in North Kingstown. Sometimes, I use landmarks that no longer exist and then have to correct myself with the current landmark. For example, I still refer to Rite Aid’s spot in Wickford as “Earnshaw’s Drugs” or Centreville Bank’s spot opposite Wilson Park as the “old Post Office.” Without these landmarks, I am doomed to follow in the footsteps of my ancestors, which is quite frankly I get lost in a paper bag. One such landmark in Wickford has remained since the 1970s, Canvasworks. It is located on the left hand side of the road heading down to the town docks. When I was asked this Christmas where Gossip Boutique is located in Wickford, I said “Oh yes, two stores down from Canvasworks.” Landmark directions work great!
The North Kingstown Blog congratulates Canvasworks for being a mainstay in the Wickford Village community. My family and I have enjoyed shopping there for years and I recently caught up with Carrie Mitchell. In our continuing series on promoting local businesses, the NK Blog says hello to Canvasworks+, a North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce member.
Carrie, thanks for taking some time to write to me. Tell me about Canvasworks+. What is the “plus?”
Canvasworks+ in under new ownership. We respect and are continuing the tradition of women’s handbags, clothing & more. We also are proud to offer gifts for baby, kids & men too! Canvasworks+ is committed to purchasing items that are made in the USA, handmade, made with eco-friendly/recycled materials or made by fair trade international workers. We like to purchase from family-owned companies and companies that give back a portion of their proceeds to a cause. 67% of the store is one of more of the above. It’s not just canvas bags anymore.The attached photo shows a little bit of what we carry in the store.
Yes, I see you carry a number of specialty foods and items. I am very curious about the “Wind & Willow Chipotle Cheddar Dip Mix”. That sounds delicious. Where can shoppers find you online?
Website is www.canvasworksplus.com
Our Facebook page is www.facebook.com/canvasri
canvasworksplus on twitter, instagram and pinterest
And for those who use addresses instead of landmarks, we are located at 10 Main St. in Wickford Village.
I see that you are a Vera Bradley dealer. That is going to make a lot of shoppers very happy.
Yes, we are proud to be one of the first independent small businesses in Rhode Island to carry Vera Bradley products. I also want to share that we are having a special event on Thursday, July 30th from 5-8 pm with Joan Bradley Reedy, daughter of Vera Bradley. Joan will tell stories of Vera Bradley and the company. There will be a meet & greet with photo opportunity with Joan. Guests can bring a Vera Bradley bag to have her sign. The theme is “A Splash of Pink”. There will be raffles and a silent auction to raise funds for the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer. Public welcome, please RSVP to Carrie Mitchell at 401-295-8080.