Michele Zanfagna, a former jewelry designer, came home one day and told her husband that she had decided to quit her job and strike out on her own. The result of this “life crisis,” as she puts it, is her home and body store, Palomino. The shop came to life in Chepachet of all places – a great commute for Michele, but not so much a go-to destination for shopping. The foot traffic was light, and not long after opening last June Michele considered moving or closing up shop.
Luckily Michele heard about a space off Hope Street and, after scoping out the location in the small-business-heavy strip on the East Side, she knew it’d be a great fit. The spot on Rochambeau has been open since January and has a distinctly Western-plus-rustic-vintage kind of vibe. The theming makes sense when you find out that Palomino stocks goods mostly from small American-based businesses west of the Mississippi. Stroll by and stop in to find jewelry, accessories and body products (for both men and women) from all sorts of lines that you don’t often find around these parts.
247 Rochambeau Avenue, Providence