Merch Aid’s Art-Driven Apparel for Local Businesses

Artists create exclusive merchandise for local businesses, and 100% of the profits go to the establishment

Created with the intention of providing relief to the long list of small businesses forced to close (hopefully) temporarily, Merch Aid—an initiative helmed by a team of RGA employees—pairs an established artist with a local business. The designer or artist creates exclusive merchandise (a T-shirt and a tote bag) for the company, with 100% of the sales going directly to the local business. Localized to …

The Vandal’s Future Craft-Focused Dinner Series, SEATED

Taking place later this year, events that encourage conversation and community

Described as a “charity dinner for the environment,” SEATED—a communal supper series held at Pittsburgh restaurant The Vandal (in collaboration with small-batch ceramics maker Bombabird and local shop Oatmeal)—will aim to be as eco-friendly as possible, while championing the craftspeople involved. The meal will commence later this year in two sessions, with drinks and light bites preceding the first seating (as appetizers) and succeeding the …

The Dean Hotel, Providence

This former church mission and brothel is transformed into a design-minded hotel

Massive, corporate hotels pepper downtown Providence, Rhode Island’s skyline, and these concrete structures are the first to greet visitors as their cars exit off I-95. The downtown area is prime lodging grounds, as the Rhode Island Convention Center and the Dunkin’ Donuts Center are steps away; Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design are also only a 15-minute walk up the hill. So …