Rhody Gem: Speakeasy Plant Shop Botanical Bar on Providence’s West End

August 2023

What it is:

A speakeasy-style plant shop specializing in indoor greenery.


Where to find it:

Around the corner from Long Live Beerworks and upstairs from KNEAD Doughnuts’ West End location, once inside, look for the doorbell that says “Botanical Bar” to get buzzed in. Follow the leaf-wrapped handrails upstairs and take a left.


What makes it a Rhody Gem?

If you don’t know a philodendron from a fern, co-owners Samantha Fontanez and Shalika Shoulders are here to help. Cultivating a welcoming space for plant enthusiasts is at the root of Botanical Bar’s mission, and in addition to browsing house plants at the store, site visits are available. “We don’t just drop off plants at your home or office and send you on your way. We take the time to evaluate your space, lighting, and your unique preferences to provide personalized plant styling that perfectly fits your lifestyle,” says Fontanez. “We then provide all the necessary maintenance required, so you don’t have to lift a finger. Our goal is to create an effortless and enjoyable plant ownership experience for all of our valued customers.” With a belief that “education is key to fostering a love for plants and sustainable living practices,” Botanical Bar also hosts workshops and classes on plant care, propagation techniques, and more.


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