Joy Homestead 156 Scituate Ave, Cranston, RI02921 The Joy Hometead was built circa 1754 by Job Joy, a cobbler and farmer. A five room house furnished with period…More antiques, the homestead is open for tours, educational events and other functions organized by the Cranston Historical Society. It is just one of five Cranston houses on the National Rochambeau Trail.
Wai Wai House 1850 Broad St, Cranston, RI02905 Wai Wai House, a Chinese-food eatery, opened 15 years ago on Broad Street near Warwick Avenue. It offers reasonably…More priced lunch specials from $4.25 - $5.50 and combo dishes are served all day priced from $6.25 - $7.95. There is some seating, though most customers enjoy take-out or delivery.
William H. Hall Free Library 1825 Broad St, Cranston, RI02905 The William Hall Library was the first official public library in Cranston when it opened as the Edgewood Library 1897…More in a small house at the corner of Park and Warwick Avenues.
Hall, a prominent businessman, established a fund to form the library in his will. He died in 1916.
Hall (1837-1916) was an entrepreneur and a well-respected member of the Cranston community, serving on the Cranston City Council, state Senate and House of Representatives. He was never defeated in his numerous runs for office and legend has it he started his first business at 18 with just $50, selling fruits and vegetables from a small market on Broad Street.
The library was renamed in 1921 after the Edgewood Free Public Library was transitioned into the new William H. Hall Free Library, run by a board of trustees envisioned in Hall's will. After a lengthy public debate, a new, elegant building was built on the grounds of Hall's former mansion on Broad Street. It was opened to the public on Nov. 13, 1927.
The building combines elements of Georgian and Italian Renaissance design with a curved arches over the loggia and white pillars. Three double glass and bronze doors open to an impressive, high-cieling interior.
The library boasts a large collection of fiction, nonfiction, reference and children's books. It also serves as a community center and gathering place.
Though he was childless, Hall was an ardent supporter of learning and children's issues. Long after his death, the William H. Hall Library stands as a monument to his desire to enrich the lives of Cranston's youth.
Beijing Restaurant 1500 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston, RI02920 Beijing Restaurant is open seven days a week for eat-in or takeout Chinese food. Its substantial menu includes lo mein,…More chicken, beef and seafood dishes and other favorites, plus house specialties and combination platters. Its affordable lunch option consists of any special with a drink for $5.99.
Center Place Realty 1055 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston, RI02920 Center Place Realty is committed to providing its customers with all of the tools to successfully complete a real estate…More transaction. Whether you are looking to buy or sell, the experts at Center Place Realty have the experience and commitment to make sure you know all of your options and which one is the best for you to take. The company often holds open houses for its listings and all of their listings are available to view on its website.
Stadium Fish & Chips, a family operation that opened in 1942, is currently run by its third generation.…More Everything is made in-house, from the cole slaw to the chowder to the batter that the seafood is fried in. Famous for its traditional fish and chips, Stadium also gives customers a choice of battered and fried shrimp, scallops, clams or oysters. Lobster, clam and tuna rolls and plates, chicken and baked fish are also offered. Wash it all down with a classic Hosmer Mountain specialty soda.
On Fridays, weekly specials are offered and Stadium asks that take-out orders are called in and picked up by 4 p.m., because it gets busy at night.
For the last 17 years, owner Malcolm Najarian has made it his mission to serve the best coffee in a beautiful…More atmosphere. Caffe Bon-Ami, known for its espresso, cappuccino and dark roast specialty coffees, is a coffee house and French bistro founded in honor of Najarian's mother, who was born in France. A family-run operation, Najarian's mother and sister help with the baking and daily preparations. The menu boasts focaccia bread, muffins, Belgian waffles, crepes, soups and hummus, all made from scratch.
In his passionate search for the best tasting coffees, Najarian forgot to take a day off for 14 years straight. Even on Christmas morning, he opens his shop every year to serve waiting customers his famous alcoholic eggnog for free. He works to create the perfect environment to drink his gourmet coffees, with the ceiling in Caffe Bon-Ami as a one-of-kind copper design. Also, the stained-glass window above the entryway is circa 1840.
Reel to Real Recording Studio 90 Connecticut St, Cranston, RI02920 Reel to Real Recording Studio has been bringing musical dreams to life since 1980. The studio's owner Anthony Marrapese…More is an expert in the field of audio and video and has experience in music production, video production, radio voice-overs, TV, commercials, live events, sales training, short films and more. This studio regularly records various types of music by local musicians and bands and has a sound proofed vocal booth, piano room and a separated control room filled with professional equipment. Reel to Real also offers programs to local schools for children to create their own CD or movie as well as after school workshops for grades 4 - 6. In addition to recording, Reel to Real can also press and duplicate CDs and DVDs with its in-house CD pressing machine and offer recording-session birthday parties. The studio has no operating hours and is only open by appointment.