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Meet Tuni Schartner, Neighborhood Champion

Wickford Village Neighborhood Champion Tuni Schartner

Please enjoy this contribution from Neighborhood Champion Tuni Schartner.

Wickford is a welcoming seaside village tucked in along Narragansett Bay in Southern Rhode Island with picturesque tree-lined streets filled with lovingly preserved historic houses and many unique owner-operated small businesses, with many owners also living in the village. The large harbor is an outdoor playground for many boaters, kayakers, paddle boarders, and even mermaids and witches! The merchant’s association, historic organization, and others work hard to bring fun family events all year long, such as Harbor Lights, the Horribles Parade, and Festival of Lights. Wickford is truly a village and my favorite place to live, play, eat and shop! Follow I Love Wickford Village on Facebook or Instagram to learn more.

Wickford Village recently won USA Today’s annual Reader’s Choice ‘Best Historic Small Town’!

We even have a Town Historian, Tim Cranston, that has written multiple books covering the history of Wickford.

Julie and Jack Kliever (who also live in the village) operate New Deal Horse & Carriage. They offer carriage rides from small intimate tours to larger group history tours — Eddie & Lenny are the best mascots!

Green Ink Boutique (background) has been in business for over 40 years and remains one of the many women owned/operated foundational businesses in town. 

There is so much ‘Local Love’ at JW Graham/YES! Gallery. Julie and Palmer Beebe are the heart of our village, and this family-owned business featuring so many amazing gifts by local artists is a MUST when shopping and visiting Wickford Village. Follow them on Facebook or Instagram!

Beauty and the Bath, purveyor of fine soaps and toiletries as well as many very fun gifts, has been making people happy in Wickford Village for over 35 years. Owner and Wickford resident Lori Lyons is a true community champion offering many locally-crafted products from soaps and lotions to honey. Her annual Pajama Party, the first week in December, kicks off our holiday season in town. She has been collecting pajamas for children in need for over 20 years, and this night is full of fun, food, and shopping while also focusing on the true meaning of the holidays and community.  From annual pictures with the Easter Bunny to just daily shopping, Beauty and the Bath is a beloved destination for so many. Shop online, follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

PLEASE come visit Wickford Village soon. I didn’t mention food but we do have some great spots like Alma’s, Shayna’s Place, Wickford on the Water, Tavern by the Sea, and Gardner’s Seafood!  

Much love from Wickford Village,


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