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Fantastic Umbrella Factory, Charlestown

(4.1/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web)
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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • a different kind of shopping expererience that you and the entire family will enjoy. multiple shops, a restaurant,neat grounds to walk around. shops that are upstairs are not for the handicapped as th...  more »
  • many of the quaint shoppes were closed mid November but we were not impressed with what was open. it looked like the garden and landscaping would be enjoyable in the other seasons, and maybe some of t...  more »
  • A collection of funky shops filled with hippie clothing, jewelry, candles, gorgeous crafts. A walk through a bamboo forest with a surprise clearing. Unique chickens, emus with gurgling cries. A cafĂ© a...  more »
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  • I don't know the best part about this place because it was all wonderful. It was cool seeing the emu's and goats. All the shops were so interesting and the garden was beautiful. The bamboo forest was super cool too. I enjoyed spending time in the vintage shop and the staff was very friendly all around. Feeding the chickens was scary at first but pretty fun, my boyfriend managed to make one of them hop (i thought it was hilarious). Definitely recommend to visit this place, I can't wait until I'm back in the area!
  • Dont miss the lil hidden restaurant. Food is so fresh and good. Super cool place for all ages
  • Hidden gem. We found on a rainy day while staying at the beach in RI. Cute shops, ice cream, homemade goods, sculptures, as bamboo forest and other eclectic interests.
  • Wonderful place to escape the day-to-day life! Eclectic Hippy Vibe :) I bought a few wooden instruments @ one of the little shops.
  • This place is a Rhode Island treasure. The green houses and gardens are so peaceful with zen music. The bamboo forest/maze was amazing. Lets not forget the few animals and shops onsite.