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Choose the “Write” Pen!

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Writing is always saved for the most important times; hurried reminders, journal entries, greeting cards and maybe even a hand written note to your loved one on Valentine’s Day, so it is very important that you have a high-quality pen that you like and can rely on!

You don’t want to use a pen that makes your hand cramp every time you use it or one that requires you to scribble hard in the corner of your paper to get the ink flowing. It’s time that you purchase a long-lasting pen that looks as good as it feels!

Pen Savings is a New England based company that is committed to providing the very best writing products at price points that will add value to your writing experience. They specialize in offering high-quality refills that contain superior inks at unbeatable savings.

They carry brands such as Monteverde, Benu, Pineider, Conklin, Cross, Montegrappa, Also Domani & so much more! They also have a large selection of ink bottles, cartridges, converters, refills & notebooks. Please note that when purchasing from Pen Savings, there is always a 100% refund guarantee if anything was to ever go wrong and your product doesn’t leave you completely satisfied.

Enter into 2021 off with new goals in mind, and start by writing those down with a new, quality pen! Shop their products by visiting them at!

Treat Your Sweetheart to the Best Dining Experience in Rhode Island!

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Rhode Island has a slight advantage when it comes to finding a phenomenal restaurant. There are hundreds of delicious restaurants throughout our tiny Ocean State, but every so often, we all need a little help when it comes to finding the perfect restaurant that can really impress a date. You can never go wrong with these Rhode Island favorites! Although this year’s dining experience might look a little different, we have come up with some of our favorite places that are taking reservations! Be sure to book ahead of time.

  1. Spain, 1144 Ocean Rd. | Narragansett, RI 02882 | (401) 783-9770 | $$$


  1. La Messeria, 223 Main St, East Greenwich, RI 02818 | (401) 398-0693 | $$$


  1. The Tree House Tavern & Bistro, 1094 Centerville Rd, Warwick, RI 02886 | (401) 821-1105 | $$


  1. Gracie’s, 194 Washington St. | Providence, RI 02903 | (401) 272-7811 | $$$


  1. Pasta Beach, 138 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840 | (401) 847-2222 | $$


  1. Iron Works Tavern, 697 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI 02886 | (401) 739-5111 | $$


  1. Matunuck Oyster Bar, 629 Succotash Rd, Wakefield, RI 02879 | (401) 783-4202 | $$


  1. The Shanty, 3854 Post Rd, Warwick, RI 02886 | (401) 884-7008 | $$

Enjoy the Pleasure of a Good Cigar with Good Friends

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Come experience Havana Cigar! We house a selection of premium cigars from around the world in our walk-in humidor, known for being the largest in the state. Enjoy your smoke in one of our three well-ventilated rooms with a spectacular bar and spacious lounge area. Need recommendations? Our knowledgeable staff can help you find the perfect cigar for any occasion!

Havana Cigar is located on the top floor, at 24 Quaker Lane in Warwick and open to the public every day from 11 am – 1 am. Membership options are available, and include 21 hour access to the member’s room.

Need an escape? Havana Cigar offers weekly specials and events. Feel free to relax, play some cards, watch the game, or just catch up with some of your buddies. With a wide variety of drink options, including several beers on draft, it will be easy to kick back and take a much needed break. Our welcoming staff and friendly clientele make the experience even that much more enjoyable. If you are just looking to purchase cigars, Havana has you covered. We offer several mix and match box deals, as well as gift cards that are always available for purchase.

Follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for updates on what’s happening at Havana Cigar!

Ski Shop Plus

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Around for more than 40 years, Ski Shop Plus is one of Rhode Islands’ best and most experienced ski shops. Opening in 1979, Ramona and her dad, Vilnis, wanted to be another choice for winter sports needs. Located in North Smithfield, Ski Shop Plus has been around for over four decades, they have seen it all and offer top quality service.

They offer a wide variety of ski and snowboard equipment and offer any needed assistance when choosing the perfect product. Goggles, mittens, any winter clothing are all available as well to prepare you for any ski trip! Ski Shop Plus has a full-service workshop for any tuning and repairs, custom boot fitting, and rental skis and boards. Any questions can be answered ranging from how to get the right edge, what wax to use, where to ski, where to stay, directions to your favorite locations, and so much more!

Don’t want to commit to a purchase but still want to hit the slopes? Ski Shop Plus offers rentals for skis and snowboards, complete with poles and boots. This is the perfect way to try something new with your family this new year!

You can now order online with their new online store and use curbside pickup for contact-free service! If you’re going be on the slopes in the new year, make sure to check out Ski Shop Plus for all your needs, “Where the PLUS is the service!”

859 Eddie Dowling Highway
North Smithfield, RI 02896

Monday – Friday 11AM – 7PM
Saturday – 10AM – 5PM
Sunday – 11AM – 5PM

Fall in Love with Ocean State Jewelers

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Make this Valentine’s Day one to remember with your significant other! It’s that lovely holiday to remind your better half just how special they are, and how much you appreciate them!

Located in Johnston, Rhode Island, Ocean State Jewelers has been a family run business for the past 36 years. Veronica and Alicia take the time to get to know each and every one of their customer well enough to offer them the perfect piece of jewelry, which they are guaranteed to love. Their passion and enthusiasm make shopping at Ocean State Jewelers a fun and personalized experience!

Classic diamond earrings are some of the hottest jewels for this Valentine’s Day. Veronica says that you can never go wrong with these because after all, diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Ocean State Jewelers also carries floating diamond necklaces which are perfect for layering! If you’re shopping for him, they have plenty of Citizens watches. You will have no trouble finding the best timepiece for your man. If he has a watch that has seen better days, Ocean State Jewelers also does services including repairs and restorations.

Planning on making this the most memorable Valentine’s Day yet? Customers may also be interested in the very popular Dora Rings, starting at $299, they are perfect for wedding/engagement bands! Veronica, Alicja and the Ocean State family highly recommend gold. You can never go wrong with a classic!

Whether you’re looking for him, her, a family member, or maybe even yourself, Ocean State is thrilled to help their customers find stunning pieces of jewelry for their collection! Customers can even get their jewelry personalized with photo and message engravings.

In addition, they specialize in appraisals, estate jewelry, and custom made items. Whatever your jewelry needs are, Ocean State has you covered! The store, located at 1395 Atwood Avenue, Johnston RI, is open despite the pandemic! Contact the team with any questions or to book your private consultation. or 401-751-8105.

Be EMPOWERED This New Year

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Do you have fitness goals you want to achieve, but don’t have the time to spend at the gym? Empower Fitness understands the woman who works, the woman who has a family, and the woman who juggles everything. The Empower community consists of real women who simply want to feel better in their skin and brighter in their brains. Donna and Mike Savage, the husband and wife duo from Massachusetts, created a wellness brand that promotes healthy not hip, progress not perfection, and strength not guilt. So turn that energy you’re wasting trying to be someone else’s idea of perfect into positive, transforming power and get inspired with Empower Fitness this new year!

Empower Fitness’ equipment is designed specially for women by women, making it comfortable and even portable so exercising is a realistic task for the REAL women out there. With a variety of exercise programming provided, they will educate, motivate, entertain, and inspire you to set (and reach) your fitness resolutions.

Check out their FREE streaming workout videos to get started today!

Their products are reviewed highly on Amazon and they will show you results! Shop Adjustable Ankle Weights and Weighted Vest today by searching the names below.

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Show your furry friend some love this Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day is a time for showing the people we love just how much we care. It is not a surprise that our pets make the top of that list! Our furry friends are always up for a snuggle, they know when to be there for you at the worst and best of times and you can see how much they adore you every day!

Here are some ways that you can share your appreciation for your four-legged companion:

1. Buy them a new toy.

If your pet’s toys are looking chewed and ripped, this is the best time to go out and spoil them rotten! Replace their old toys with new ones that can easily entertain them.

2. Spa day!

After letting them enjoy the outdoors, give your pet a little TLC. Give them a grooming session (with lots of treats of course!). Give them a refreshing bath, a loving comb-out and maybe even sneak in a massage or two! Your pet will look fresh and feel fabulous, with a healthy coat!

3. Bring them on a long walk.

If your pet’s version of an ideal day involves chasing a tennis ball at your local park, take him! Enjoy this quality time together!

4. Give them all the scratches & belly rubs they want.

We can all agree that our pet has a special spot that they love being scratched. Whether that is on their belly or under their chin, give them all the scratches today to keep them extra happy!

5. Bake them a healthy treat.

Valentine’s Day is filled with sweet treats from your loved one, so why not cook up something special for your pet? Go out and purchase a cheap heart shaped cookie cutter, and look up an easy peanut butter or pumpkin dog treat recipe! There is nothing quite like a homemade treat made with love.

6. Set them up for a flea-free year!

Fleas and ticks don’t take the day off, unfortunately, and February into spring can be their busiest time of year. Make sure your pet is protected. Diamond Hill Animal Clinic offers a wide variety of safe flea & tick preventatives for your pet. Contact them at 401-658-0751 if you have any questions or visit their website to learn more.

7. Always remember to keep your house pet safe!

As many of us know, Valentine’s Day is a day filled with chocolates, candy, flowers and candles. Make sure your own treats are out of your pets reach, make sure you check to see if your plant or bouquet of flowers is safe for pets, and don’t forget to blow out any candles before leaving the house!

Mortgage Solutions with a Personal Touch

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If you are looking for mortgage lending with a personal touch, look no further than Sierra Pacific Mortgage! The team, located in North Providence, takes the time to get to know you through one-on-one meetings to gain a full understanding of your unique goals and financial situation.

Beyond conventional fixed and adjustable rate mortgages, they also offer special solutions like government issued or state bond programs. The expert team of loan officers at Sierra Pacific Mortgage are dedicated to finding funding that works for you in the long term. They know that smart decisions now lead to success in the future and they’re here to help you make the right call!

Along with their excellent customer service, Sierra Pacific Mortgage utilizes top-notch technology to process, view, and sign most documents electronically- saving you time!

Sierra Pacific Mortgage exists to support your goals, whether it is buying your dream home, your first home, renovating the home you are in right now, or refinancing your existing mortgage. Their dedicated loan officers will always make your needs their top priority. If you are ready for outstanding mortgage service, visit and contact a loan officer today!

New Year New Policies with Chestnut Hill Insurance Group

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This past year has taught us the importance of being prepared for the unexpected and supporting local businesses. That’s why we recommend that you consider a new policy with Chestnut Hill Insurance Group – for great coverage from a local company!

Chestnut Hill Insurance Group is a Rhode Island business with decades of experience serving RI, CT, MA, and ME residents. As a leading provider of innovative insurance solutions, Chestnut Hill Insurance Group takes pride in offering the most suitable risk management options. Their client’s best interest is always their top priority, so if you are looking for a business that always has your back and ensures that you are never alone, they would love to work with you!

Everyone has different needs, which is why they provide clients with personalized insurance solutions and offer services in a broad range of areas, such as:

  • Home
  • Renters
  • Auto
  • Boat, Yacht
  • Campers, Trailers, ATVs & Snowmobiles
  • Business
  • Wedding

Chestnut Hill Insurance Group strives to support its clients during times of need, while always providing caring and trustworthy customer service. Through reliable and affordable services, they can help you get the coverage that you need. With unpredictable winter weather and many other variables, make sure that you have the best protection for the important things in your life in 2021.

Prepare for this year by visiting Chestnut Hill Insurance Group online at to schedule a free assessment. You can also call 401.568.7888 to speak with the Rhode Island team, or 860.315.9494 for the Connecticut team! It is important that you have confidence in your coverage and support, and Chestnut Hill Insurance Group wants to be there to support you.
RI: 2 Chestnut Hill Rd, Chepachet, RI 02814
CT: 197 Providence St, Putnam, CT 06260
Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday: By appointment only
Sunday: Closed

Renew Your Insurance Policies for the New Year!

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The new year is upon us, and there is no better time to set goals for 2021! Though you may be focused on tackling new challenges, the new year is a perfect time to evaluate your insurance needs to make sure you are on track for this upcoming year!

As you already know, a lot can change in a year and when you reflect on your last twelve months, you might realize that some of those changes could affect your insurance needs. The Lawrence Agency, located in Lincoln, RI is fully committed to operating with honesty and integrity. They strive to deliver exceptional products and services for individuals, families and businesses throughout the Ocean State. They will help you find the right insurance coverage to keep you safe at all times. Head into the new year with confidence knowing you are properly protected.

Are you Protected on the Road?

It is very easy to renew your auto insurance coverage year after year without giving it much thought, but it is important to look over your current policy and see where you can save money. This is all determined on how much you drive, your current driving record, the type of car you drive, where you live, how old you are and much more.

Evaluate Your Homeowners Insurance

Many homeowners have used the extra time spent at home to make renovations around the house. Whether you finished your basement recently or made updates to your kitchen, this can affect how much your home is currently worth. One of the agents at The Lawrence agency can help you determine if you have enough coverage to protect your home and the valuables inside of it. While you are at it, be sure to update a record of all the personal possessions inside your home (jewelry, art, electronics).

Protect Your Loved Ones

Investing in life insurance is a way of showing you care about your love ones’ future. Maybe you recently got married or had your first child or now you are an empty nester. This all affects your coverage. If you don’t have life insurance yet, this is a crucial element that will financially protect your family. The younger you are when you get life insurance, the less expensive it will be.

It doesn’t have to be a time-consuming hassle to cross off all the items on your insurance resolution list. Scheduling a review with one of the agents at The Lawrence Agency will help take care of all your updates at once so you know you have the best coverage. Give them a call at 401-726-3210 or visit their website to learn more!