Fork & Brownie is a local gourmet parfait and brownie baking company founded by Johnson & Wales University graduates Tina Desrosiers and Jonathan Prata. "After spending our entire careers in the food service industry our passion for superior products and exceptional customer service has driven us to develop a company and brand that we truly believe in and strive to make a success. Our social commitment is to use readily available sustainable foods, recyclable food packaging, and to support our local communities. "
Fork & Brownie offers classic and gourmet brownies and perfectly prepared brownie parfaits. We've already got our eyes set on that white chocolate strawberry cheesecake one! We'll take one of each...
Grab a bite (or two, or three) from Fork & Brownie at the Providence Flea on Sunday, July 19 10am to 4pm!
Rusted Pulchritude hits the Greenway for their first Providence Flea this Sunday, July 12! Owners and co-creators, Aaron and Deidre, say they got the idea for Rusted Pulchritude when they built an octagonal house together out of upcycled materials in the woods of Maine. While they enjoyed the solitude of the Maine woods they've since settled in Rhode Island so they can share their upcycled creations with others. Lucky us!
Aaron and Deidre specialize in creating unique and custom home decor out of reclaimed, salvaged, & unusual wood and metal materials. Deidre tell us, "We get 95% of our materials out of dumpsters at construction sites, tag sales, on roadsides, and at many other sources of lost items. After finding an item that piques our interest, we transform and rejuvenate it into an object that can be used and cherished by another generation. Our materials are what inspire us!"
Be inspired by Aaron and Deidre's custom pieces from Rusted Pulchritude this Sunday, July 12 from 10am to 4pm!
Signs by Dana returns to the Greenway this Sunday, July 12 with their bright, bold, one-of-a-kind, metal sculptures. Dana Wilson began his career with metal when he started a pewter casting company in 1972 at just 17 years old. Since then he's mastered the skills of the costume jewelry crafting industry and has studied the art of blacksmithing at Rhode Island School of Design as well as completed an apprenticeship studying metal fabrication.
After 40 years in business Dana closed his pewter casting company in April 2012 and now spends his free time making art and fueling his creative energy into Signs by Dana. Speaking about his passion for his craft, Dana told us, "I enjoy working with metal. Transforming a flat piece of steel into a three dimensional sculpture is very rewarding. I become inspired simply by stepping into my work space. I never know what will be sitting on my bench when I am done!" We can't wait to see what Dana's latest creations are!
Swing by the Flea this Sunday from 10am to 4pm and brighten up your day with Signs by Dana!
amadeus magazine makes its debut at the Flea on Sunday, July 12 from 10am to 4pm on the Providence River Greenway. amadeus is an arts and culture print magazine published four times a year that aims to "create a space for creators to showcase their work and express their creativity". The magazine is a collaborative effort made up of independent artists who seek to design a network through which creators working in various disciplines can access information, ideas, inspiration, and one another.
We were blown away by their response when we asked them what inspired their work: "We're inspired by the DIY artists and creators who make for the sake of their craft rather than the industry, and the idea that collaboration of any kind can—especially between independent minds—harvest the capabilities to do just about anything."
"Providence is finally getting the recognition its deserved all these years for not only its amazing art, but the community of artists behind it, and for serving as an incubator of young, independent talents. amadeus strives to promote and connect these independent talents, and it seems Providence is the perfect combination of engaged audience and eager collaborators to push amadeus, and Providence, further."
We cannot wait to see amadeus thrive in Providence and hopefully showcase many of our beloved Flea vendors in the future!
Pick up the latest issue of amadeus magazine this Sunday, July 12 at the Flea from 10am to 4pm!
Jazmytaz Jewelry makes its debut at the Providence Flea on Sunday, July 5! Jewelry designer and artist Jazmyn Johnson has made it her goal to vend at the #PVDFlea ever since she attended the market during our second season. "I love the atmosphere and community feeling it brings!" she told us. (So do we!) And we're thrilled to welcome her to the Greenway this Independence Day weekend.
Wood in Motion crafts stunning kinetic wood sculptures unlike anything we've ever seen at the Providence Flea! We're completely mesmerized by these unique moving sculptures that remind us both of slithering snakes and the expansive outer space. See for yourself in the montage video above!
Artist Tim Dawes tells us, "Woodworking has been an avocation of mine most of my life. I also am interested in things mechanical. I came upon wood kinetic sculptures 7 years ago. They appeal to me because they pull together my combined interests in wood, woodwork, and mechanical mechanisms."
Well we're certainly glad Tim discovered kinetic sculptures so that we could enjoy marveling at them. WOW!
Visit Wood In Motion and order your custom kinetic sculpture at the #PVDFlea this Sunday, July 5 from 10am to 4pm!
This weekend at the Flea visit our featured nonprofit booth to find out how the Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) is helping small businesses in Rhode Island thrive! The Social Enterprise Greenhouse provides support systems to inspire, launch, grow, and sustain successful mission-driven businesses (hint: maybe even yours!).
SEG explains, "Social enterprises are organizations--nonprofit, for profit, and hybrid--that strive to 'do well and do good.' They harness market demand to achieve dual missions: delivering social and financial returns."
The Greenhouse provides 101 workshops to startup ventures in business planning, marketing, finance, fundraising and development, and more. They also offer an Accelerator program for entrepreneurs ready to move their businesses to the next level, provide small business loans, and host the annual, national Social Enterprise Economic Ecosystem Development (SEEED) Conference--the first of its kind in the country.
"We believe that social enterprises will be the driving force in the state's economic development efforts," says Greenhouse Hub manager, Paula Cunanan. "SEG is now more than ever working to partner with local organizations doing amazing work to grow the local economy and celebrate the many assets of Rhode Island. The Providence Flea certainly embodies that--providing the space for small businesses to flourish and grow the local economy."
Check out the Social Enterprise Greenhouse and find out how your business can get support this Sunday, June 28 at the Flea from 10 am to 4 pm!
Jennifer Howland Hill of Howland Studio makes colorful, affordable jewelry utilizing vintage fabrics and paper mounted under glass cabochons in a variety of settings. The jewelry also features her own photography, (also mounted under glass), often in a funky fractal form. She affectionately calls her jewelry 'eye candy,' as it is often colorful and whimsical--and looks good enough to eat! Jennifer offers a smattering of mini matted photographic prints, canvases and cards of her work as well.
"I've heard wonderful things about the Providence Flea," Jennifer told us, "by both customers and fellow vendors alike, and have always loved a good 'flea' market since childhood as the daughter of a former antique dealer. I also love the vibe Providence has which I find very refreshing in contrast to Boston, (closer to my own home)." Don't worry, Jennifer, we won't tell...many people...!
See Howland Studio at Sunday's Flea on June 28 from 10 am - 4 pm!
After 34 straight summer Fleas, tomorrow's market is canceled (Sunday, June 21st), the first cancellation since we started in 2013. It was a very good run!! With heavy rain and thunderstorms expected through mid-afternoon, we feel it's not worth the risk to vendors and patrons despite our 'rain or shine' policy. It was a difficult decision to make, but we think it's the right one. We thank you for your patronage, we apologize for the inconvenience, and we hope to see you on the 28th.
Happy Pride and Happy Father's Day!
Antiques, photography and Rhode Island icons all come together through Rhode Trip Photography. "If you put Rhode Island, a mechanical film camera, and antique photographic frames in a barrel and shake it up, you have Rhode Trip Photography. A blast from the past, vintage Rhode Island memories in a fine art format," artist and photographer Paul Davis explains. "It's not just about taking a picture, but actually making a picture by hand the old fashioned way."
We asked Paul what brings him to the Flea and he had this to share: "The Flea is the future of art/craft shows. Combining repurposed, creative art with antiques--and wash it all down with the amazing food trucks that Rhode Island has to offer." (We're not sure who loves whom more!)
Find a Rhode Island inspired treasure for your dad at the Rhode Trip Photography booth on Father's Day, June 21!