As “Captain Tom” and Kristin McGinn know all too well, a day on the docks is best enjoyed with a cold scoop of ice cream – or better yet, a classic Rhody cabinet. That’s why the couple opened The Landing a year ago during Memorial Day weekend to complement their other two businesses, The Providence River Boat Co. and Providence Kayak, whose docks are just across the street.
More than an ice cream parlor, The Landing doubles as an art gallery selling locally made nautical-inspired crafts, gifts, and jewelry and a cafe serving Providence-based New Harvest coffee, plus treats from Rhode Island businesses like Thrive Cakery, Diva’s Dips, and The Perfect Parcel. “In addition to our cones, sundaes, affogatos, and cabinets,” shares Kristin, “we will be making our own waffle cones this season, along with Crazy Cabinets – over-the-top shakes topped with cake or pie, candy, and sweets, that are meant to be shared. It’s a monster mashup of drink meets dessert!”
Conveniently located close by river views and downtown attractions, there’s no excuse not to take a city stroll without an ice cream cone in hand. “As the warmer weather approaches, we will expand our menu to include over 25 Maine-based Gifford’s Ice Cream flavors, like Toasted Coconut, Cannoli, Sea Salt Caramel Truffle, Maine Wild Blueberry, and Peanut Butter Pie,” says Kristin.
“We truly love Providence, and consider our businesses, captains, and crew to be ambassadors to our thriving tourism and hospitality industry,” she continues, “so it was only natural for us to create a space that showcased our community.” Find out more about ice cream specials, renting The Landing for your event, and rotating gallery schedules by following @thelandingpvd on Instagram.
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