INDOWNCITY AND CORNISH ASSOCIATES PARTNER WITH THE COVE ARTIST COLLECTIVE FOR A UNIQUE POP-UP GIFT SHOP OPENING DOWNTOWN FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON
Just in time for the holidays, a pop-up shop coming to 233 Westminster Street in downtown Providence will offer shoppers even more unique gift options, while also supporting Rhode Island-based adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities (DD/ID), as well as local artists.
Spearheaded by The Cove Center and the Cove Artist’s Collective, The Cove pop-up will showcase a variety of handmade goods such as ceramic bowls made by The Collective, wooden furnishings and cutting boards made by Edge and End, hand-woven textiles from Flying Shuttles Studio, greenery and holiday plants care of the Groden Center Greenhouse, and more.“This is a very unique store that represents a variety of employment opportunities for the adult DD/ID community,” said Anna Thompson, the pop-up store manager and Studio Art Coordinator at Cove. “We are very excited to show off the beautiful work we make.”
All partnering organizations serve adults with Autism and other developmental disabilities by offering a range of instructional, vocational and residential programs.
The Cove Artist Collective is part of The Cove Center, which offers a range of instructional, employment and residential programs for DD/ID adults. Founded in 1985 and currently serving over 100 clients daily, The Cove Center is one of the three corporations under the Groden Network. “For over 30 years, the mission of Cove has been to connect the individuals we support to the larger community,” said Mike Smith, Director of Vocational Services at The Cove Center. “We are thrilled that The Cove pop-up store will offer opportunities for connections. We hope the entire community can stop by and check out this really unique store.”
The Cove pop-up plans to open in mid-November, and will be open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The retail space is provided by Cornish Associates, owner of the Peerless Building and Westminster Lofts.