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Fantastic Umbrella Factory, Charlestown

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Gift & Specialty Shop Shopping
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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  • This place is a dream for people who live and follow the hippie lifestyle. Don't get me wrong that's fine there is nothing wrong with that. As my sister loves this place who is a hippie. For me is not...  more »
  • Seemed like just another tourist trap. There were a few animals and the Bamboo maze was neat. But seemed like every little shop sold the same hippy stuff that was cool in the 1960s. Would have loved t...  more »
  • We have been coming for years, seems like they've upgraded in the last couple of years, it was getting a little run down. Love the Small Ax (great jewelry ) the gardens. Animal feeding fun for kids. A...  more »
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  • Good selection, super convenient location if you're vacationing in Charlestown, much easier than going to Westerly or Narragansett. Meats are excellent, as is the seafood. Bakery items are also pretty good and always fresh.
  • First off parking on a Saturday is awful. The parking guy directing cars is stupid. parking cars so tight you cant get in and out of your car. Small axe shop guy was rude!! Afraid you are going to steal there dollar incense. All the other small shops are the same. No smiles or hello's.
  • Quality products ethically sourced and reasonably priced. The scenery and the atmosphere is as close to zen as you can get and the greenhouse has an impressive selection.
  • Very interesting stuff. Loved walking thru all shops. Good place to go on a foggy day at the beach.
  • This place is awsome I always have a great time but... the best spot in the entire umbrella factory is the henna tent the henna is beautiful

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