New gift shop brings a little bit of everything to Great Road

New gift shop brings a little bit of everything to Great Road

Beverly Jarry, of North Smithfield, recently opened The Wooden Mantel at 645 Great Road. (Breeze photo by Lauren Clem)

NORTH SMITHFIELD – A local woman has opened a new gift shop offering primitives and antique home furnishings on Great Road.

Beverly Jarry, a North Smithfield resident and former real estate investor, recently opened The Wooden Mantel at 645 Great Road. The shop is located in a former pet supply store next to the Great Road Li’l General.

Jarry formerly made a living flipping houses but said she’d always wanted to open a gift shop. Between the frenzied housing market and the high price of construction materials, she said, this year wasn’t a great time to be flipping houses.

“Between the two, I couldn’t find anything to do,” she said.

After selling her last house in February, she turned to her lifelong passion for primitive furnishings. Jarry said she’s always been crafty, volunteering at church bazaars and decking out her own home for the holidays over the years. She also refinishes antique furniture, buying items at stores or online and fixing them up to resell.

“I’ve just always had that talent to be crafty,” she said.

She initially looked at opening her store in Chepachet but decided to rent space in North Smithfield. Lisa and Mike Pestana, the owners of Li’l General, own the building, which is also home to a nail salon and pool supply store.

Along with antique furniture, the shop features decorative wooden signs, candles, soaps, gift baskets, baking mixes and items by local artists and crafters. Jarry described the space as “a little bit of everything,” with primitive wall hangings mixed in with farmhouse-style décor.

“I’m trying to keep prices reasonable so if you need a gift for someone, you can come in last minute,” she said.

Even in the gift shop business, she hasn’t been able to completely avoid the material shortages that drove her out of the real estate industry. Jarry said she experienced some delays getting set up as certain items, including glass jars for candles, were on back order.

Still, the renovation process went smoothly and The Wooden Mantel opened its doors last month.

The summer hours at the shop are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jarry said she plans to extend the hours in the fall and offer classes in wineglass painting and watercolor.

More information about The Wooden Mantel is available on Facebook or by calling 401-488-3190.