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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Take the Family to Providence


5. An Oddball Day

From left, Alex Art on Wheels; a Sticks desk.   

It sounds mundane, but shopping for your kids in Providence provides a rare opportunity to splurge — there's no sales tax on clothing. Fashion-focused girls will delight in the denim selection at Jasmine Sola at Providence Place (think Scoop NYC); the quiet and well-stocked kids' department at Nordstrom is a great place to get the little one his first suit or a new winter coat. While you're in the mall, Oop Gallery has gorgeous hand-painted bookshelves, desks, and trunks by Sticks Furniture that add clever charm to a nursery or playroom. Let the kids pick out their souvenirs here: The Alex Art on Wheels kit ($53.95) is a rolling suitcase of creative supplies, and the Schylling Toys Pinball Machine of solid wood ($18.95) is a portable, though non-digital, way for Junior to pass the time on the ride back to the city.

Published on Oct 11, 2006 as a web exclusive.

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