Planning & Development

Fixing Rolfe Square: Pimp Your Storefront Edition

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by Josh Wood Monday November 23, 2009

Ruths Storefront Display, beforeRuth’s Lingerie storefront during a sale last year
Things are starting to look up for Rolfe Square. Soon they will be looking fabulous. The Artists’ Exchange has teamed up with students from Rhode Island School of Design to redesign six storefronts.

Artists’ Exchange Director Elaine McKenna-Yeaw says “the idea is to utilize beautiful, existing historic storefront windows to promote these businesses, using design that creates a ‘wow’ factor. The goal is for the window displays to change each semester, giving Rolfe Square the ‘something to see’ reputation.” Yeaw is confident that interesting art pieces and displays will help to revitalize historic Rolfe Square, while giving RISD students practical experience with project development from concept to installation.

The storefront window redesigns mark the first of many plans that Yeaw and the Artists’ Exchange hope to put into motion in Rolfe Square.

The windows will be unveiled on December 5 at 11am. Cooperating businesses include Ruth’s Lingerie, Park Senate Barber Salon, Betty’s Candies, Cranston Chamber of Commerce, Artists’ Exchange and Citizens’ Bank.


Fixing Rolfe Square: Intro
Fixing Rolfe Square: The Corner

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  1. You are kidding, right? Perhaps if they PAVED Rolfe Street, you could park at ample lots next to bank and post office. Both these crucial anchors are leased so they can bail out. Hardware store remains out of sheer obstinacy; breaks to big box stores have wiped out almost all local hardware stores who still must pay inventory taxes. They should revive the merchants association, but is there any point? I say, “Save Rolfe Square”, one of RI’s few true villages remaining, a place you don’t need a car to visit.

    — Labann · May 4, 11:21 AM · #


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