A postage stamp-sized section of Hope Street – past the heart of Brown but not quite at Wickenden Street – has become a charming shopping destination. Adding to the flavorful vibes established by restaurants Persimmon and Dolores, Hawes Fine Foods opened their gourmet grocery in the summer of ‘21, making the most of their square footage with efficient displays and marigold drapery showcasing the storefront’s colored transom windows. This summer, another shop has taken over a restored building; it’s Stewart House, an interiors shop owned by two sisters who have been daydreaming about starting a family business for years.
Ellen and Karen Deutsch grew up in an apartment building in Greenwich Village. Their parents owned an art gallery in the city and their childhood was filled with conversation about the importance of aesthetics in daily life. Both moved to Rhode Island to raise their families, and while each went in different professional directions, they often revisited the idea of owning a business together. When their kids graduated from college, the time was right and the sisters realized they wanted to fill the need for a small business that would “bring color, texture, and joy to their homes and the homes of others,” explains Karen.
The Deutsches named their venture Stewart House after their childhood apartment building in New York City, and began a search for the ideal character-rich location on the East Side. They found their perfect spot at 97 Hope Street and set up shop in June. With its black window panes and elegant signage against white trim and a gray exterior, even at a quick glance it’s evident that something special awaits behind the red front door.
The sisters have filled their shop with a world of goods inspired from travels, wish lists, and trade shows. Shoppers will find alluring displays of textiles, tabletop wares, fine art, candles, and more – sourced from around the globe and close to home. Whether you’re smitten with Karen’s favorite tablecloths from Italy, embroidered velvet stuffed animals by German designer Anke Drechsel, or hand-painted tote bags from Providence artist Dominique Avila, Stewart House has the unique at a variety of price points.
“We’ve loved living in Providence for over 20 years, and this store is the perfect way to connect our past and present,” says Karen. “We’re thrilled to offer something new to the area — particularly something we and our fellow Rhode Islanders have long searched for.” Learn more at StewartHousePVD.com
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