Fantastic Umbrella Factory, Charlestown

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The retail stores include Small Axe Productions, The General Store, South County Artisan Loft, Axiom, and Frills. Small Axe Productions carries gifts made locally and around the world including a wide range of jewelry, clothing, instruments, tapestries, pottery, blown and stained glass, music, tapestries, carvings and much more. The General Store has gifts including toys, candy, perfume oils, posters, and jewelry just to name a few. South County Artisan Loft is a cooperative of all local artisan. Hand cut silouettes are available by appointment. Axiom mainly focuses on vintage eye wear. Carrying a wide range of frames and sunglasses. Frills Store has a wide variety of clothing and jewelry. The Umbrella Factory Gardens is seasonal with a large selection of tropical plants, perennials, annuals, succulants, and much more. Small Axe Cafe is a seasonal cafe open in the summer months focusing on organic, farm fresh quality food. There is also a very talented Henna artist on the grounds in the summer months. Different local artists are known to stop by and set up outside in the summer months. The grounds have beautiful gardens, bamboo forests, and animals including goats, emus, ducks, and fancy chickens.
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  • Not just for shopping, the Fantastic Umbrella Factory has magical gardens and exotic animals--emus, ducks and goats. We miss the peacocks of course but they are no longer there. There is also a delici...  more »
  • We live in Charlestown, so we often get summer visitors who want to check out the Umbrella Factory. Once a year is the perfect frequency for visiting, as things don’t change all that much from year to...  more »
  • I've been coming here since I was a child and love the art and gardens here. It's quirky and fun, and something different. My 16 year old son was bored, but I recommend for little kids and grownups.  more »
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  • Longstanding South County fixture. A hidden gem of local shops buried in the woodsy residential backroads adjacent to the Rhode Island coast line. This quaint collection of eclectic businesses features some cool finds & is a real treat for families & children. The hidden surprise is the farm & animals that bring joy to shop patrons. This year around operation bustles during the Summer, but locals look forward to the off-season when crowds have gone. Help keep this local establishment in business & shop small at The a Fantastic Umbrella Factory.
  • Omg. This place is amazing. There is yummy food and ice cream, animals for the kids to feed and pet, homemade craft items, a plant nursery and a lovely lovely atmosphere. I highly recommend it. You could easily spend quite a few hours walking around and discovering what the Umbrella Factory has to offer. This place easily deserves 5+ stars.
  • Great place to go with your family. They have lots of animals and cool stores. The bamboo forest is something to check out! You can get lots of interesting gifts and jewlery in the stores here, as well as work from local artists. They also have the prettiest flowers and gardens here featuring artwork. Check it out!
  • The people are incredibly kind and helpful in a relaxed atmosphere with so many interesting items to choose from. Just the best place ever especially for gift buying. I love hearing the chickens roaming about while shopping. Such a great vibe. Thank you for another wonderful experience.
  • Best gift shops and very affordable! Really cool Bamboo forest! Quiet nice place to relax.
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