Rhody Gem: NAVA

August 2020


What it is:

A lifestyle shop featuring one-of-a-kind finds ranging from chic clothing and accessories to contemporary home decor, plants, and vintage rugs. Handmade and artisan wares from local makers also line the shelves.


Where to find it:

Watch for the red door, deep gray storefront, and all-caps “NAVA” letters in the window of this Wickenden shop across the street from Blick Art Materials.


What makes it a Rhody Gem?

Stepping inside, a vintage dresser housing various sundries, baskets overflowing with greenery, and soft textiles draping over every surface set NAVA apart as not only a fashion-forward boutique, but also a self-care haven. Since the pandemic gripped our world, the shop has taken on a nurturing role in the community during these past few months with their selection of essential oils, balms, and other apothecary-style items available for delivery and curbside pickup. And curated care packages come in fun themes like “zodiac,” “stationery,” and “stay-at-home,” which was a staple gift offering during quarantine. Says owner Ali Burns-Nachwalter, “It was really touching filling out cards for these orders for all of our customers sending gifts to loved ones they were unable to see, who were having a hard time.” Their online shopping platform makes a little retail therapy easy, or book an appointment to browse in person.


NAVA • 197 Wickenden Street • @shopnava


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