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Gift Shop Fall 2018

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80 FALL 2018 FOODIE CITY 2012, the year that Stock opened, was also when Providence was rated as the #1 Foodie City in America by Travel + Leisure magazine. Since then, the city has been booming with hot new food concepts. Dane says she's lucky to be part of that movement. She collaborates extensively with local chefs who choose to buy their supplies from her. "The advantages of being in a small state is that everybody knows one another: the farmer knows the chef and vice versa, I get word-of-mouth referrals and people will promote us just because we are what we are," Dane says. Stock carries a large range of culinary goods including an assortment of kitchen utility ware and fun objects but also a variety of foods: from local Dave's coffee to Amaretti cookies from Star Street Party, another Rhode Island favorite cookie. EHChocolatier (from neighboring Massachusetts), Sugarfina, Jacobsen Licorice and Bang Candy (from Nashville) are just a few of the many other gourmet food items that Dane offers. Stock also has a small fridge to carry perishable food items but she admits she's still trying to figure out inventory when it comes to fresh food. "If people want me to stock ricotta, do they really also want me to stock smoked mozzarella? We're still tweaking that." The milk and eggs from a local farmer do really well and are more reliable in terms of sales. STOCKING UP AT MARKET Dane shops a number of U.S. gift and food shows including NY NOW and American Made show in Washington, D.C. The Fancy Food Show is another favorite. Dane is also looking to shop in international markets soon. Local food incubators are a big draw. Hope & Main in nearby Warren, Rhode Island, has been a great source for new products in the store. "They've gotten us everything from spices to Amaretti to gluten-free crackers," Dane says. Stock's customers are drawn from a wide cross-section and they're all united by a love of food and the community spirit that Dane has nurtured in the store. "If there's any throughline about our customers, it's that they're all people who value the local and independent shopping environment," she says, adding that millennials love Stock. Customers, split pretty evenly between men and women, range from chefs to a young girl who Clockwise from top left: Stock carries a large range of culinary goods including an assortment of kitchen utility ware and fun objects. Circle 289. Kombucha, a fermented sweet tea thought to have health benefits, along with nitro coffee, are a big draw for customers. Circle 290. Just a few of the many other gourmet food items available at Stock. Circle 291. Photos by Denise Bass.

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