This is our story of creating silver linings amidst a crisis.  As a family owned local small business (Yes! Gallery in Wickford, Rhode Island) when COVID 19 hit, we were terrified for the future of not only our own future but that of ALL small businesses.  We also felt a LOT of LOCAL LOVE from our Rhode Island community!  Appreciation of each other, awareness of the vulnerability of our community, and PRIDE of being a Rhode Islander became stronger than ever.  Out of fear, uncertainty & compassion we set out on a mission to survive, help our neighbors & celebrate the pride we ALL have of being LOCAL.  Through a collaboration with our friend & fellow local small business owner, Jake Fahrenholz of Fresh Mode Screen Printing, we created “Rhode Island Local Love” -  A high quality line of custom screen printed and embroidered apparel for the entire family to help benefit a local non-profit near and dear to our hearts… The North Kingstown Food Pantry.  Local designer Rob Dube took our concept of incorporating the iconic Ocean State wave license plate and totally nailed the graphics!  Talk about Rhode Island pride and celebration of loving local!!  $5 from every tee or hat purchase and $10 from every hoodie purchase from the original RI Local Love Wave collection is directly donated to the NK Food Pantry.  Our hope is to continue designing additional collections of Local Love gear to raise funds for various other Rhode Island based non-profit organizations.  Rhode Island Local Love is our RI Monthly "BEST OF 2020" winning, home-grown brand created for boasting Rhody pride while supporting community.

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