While Providence might be a smaller city, it wastes no space. Each block is packed with beautiful architecture, industry, commerce or buildings reserved for scholarly pursuits. Cross country moving might be a long and trying process, but once you have made your home in Rhode Island, you will probably be glad that you made the trek. Each neighborhood within Providence offers something new and exciting, just waiting for you to discover it.
Providence's Arts District will cater to your creative side, and each thoroughfare of the neighborhood offers something unique. There is the Providence Performing Arts Center, which regularly showcases the finest off-Broadway plays and musicals. Down on Empire Street is AS220, an institute that not only serves as an art gallery and music venue but it offers a series of classes that range from printmaking to photography. The streets of Arts District are lined with great boutiques, galleries, cafes and bookstores.
The Thayer Street neighborhood is on the other side of College Hill, separated from the hustle and bustle of the downtown area. The primary spot of activity is a series of unique restaurants and eateries such as Johnny Rockets and the hip pizza joint Nice Slice, which has an interior adorned with works from the famous illustrator Shepard Fairey. There's also a thrift clothing store, an independent movie theatre and other food and drink establishments with sidewalk patios that locals and college students are fond of hanging out on.
This seaside neighborhood mixes the quaint with an alternative culture. The Wickenden area is home to a series of great antique stores, small cafes, tattoo parlors and various independent vendors. The vibrancy of locally owned businesses mixed with the tourist element makes Wickenden eclectic and vibrant.