Discover Rhode Island was started nearly ten years ago with the goal of promoting small and mid-sized Rhode Island businesses. We’ve done that primarily through interviews with business owners and managers that discuss their businesses history, philosophy, products and services. We’ve produced 122 television shows so far that center around businesses in different Rhode Island cities and towns, special shows that feature specific industries, and our well known auto shows. Our videos have over 500,000 views and and that number is growing every day. We’re finding new cities and towns to feature, new businesses to profile, new automobiles to review, and new photos for our Rhode island image gallery.
Rhode Island has a rich history of many different styles of architecture. Rhode Island has a thriving real estate market for sales and both long and short term rentals. Starting in November, we’ll be detailing one Featured Property of the Month. Search for real estate by town, or search for a Rhode Island Real estate agent.
If you’re planning a wedding, Rhode Island is one of the top wedding destinations in the US. From farmhouse weddings to mansions on the ocean and everything in between, our wedding section has all best Rhode Island area wedding vendors and advice for planning your Rhode Island wedding!
Our award-winning auto section has original automotive reviews, photography and video from international auto shows, directories for new car dealers, authorized service centers, auto body shops and insurance companies, plus galleries for local auto events like the latest Audrain Cars and Coffee held at Fort Adams in Newport RI.
The next town we’ll be featuring is Middletown. Middletown is on Aquidneck Island in Newport County, and is situated between Newport and Portsmouth. We’re currently gathering information on recommended businesses. View the current recommendations, or add your own in the comments!
Featured Rhode Island Businesses
THE LOST PHOTOS
My father was a photographer and in the seventies, after years of being a studio photographer, he came up with this idea of going out on the road and photographing people at work. He’d map out an area of a town where the businesses were, park his car, and walk into many of these places and tell them about his idea. “Most people work their whole lives and don’t have a single photo of themselves at work” he’d say. “So I’d like to take your picture, then I’ll develop it and print it, and bring back a black and white 5X7 tomorrow. If you like it, it’s three bucks.” He photographed thousands of people at work in the seventies and eighties. Black and white became color. Three bucks became five, then seven. He’s gone now, but he left behind thousands of his photos and negatives of people at work in Rhode Island. We’re going to scan and post them into this gallery. It’s an ongoing project that will take a while. Check back often. Maybe you’ll see someone you know or remember.