Within the historic core of downtown, Dorrance Street separates the Financial District (to the east) from the Arts & Entertainment District (to the west). In the Financial District, you’ll find bustling activity throughout the work week and growing weekend foot traffic.
Take a closer look at the Downcity Arts & Entertainment District–Providence’s historic shopping core. Bounded by the 3 parallel “W” streets—Washington, Westminster and Weybosset—from Dorrance to Empire, Downcity is home to unique shops, restaurants, theaters, and loft apartments. The University of Rhode Island has its downtown campus here, RISD has a presence on Weybosset, and the main Johnson & Wales University campus is located across the street. Students and creative companies add to Downcity’s young, vibrant atmosphere.
Providence Place, connected by skywalk to the Westin Hotel, Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin’ Donuts Center, offers more than 170 stores, restaurants and services within 1,260,000 square feet of leasable space. Anchored by Nordstrom, Macy’s and JC Penney, the mall is also a regional entertainment center with an IMAX Theater and 16 additional screens. For more information about current tenants, or to contact General Growth Properties, visit: www.providenceplace.com.
Interested in locating here? Search here for a current list of available spaces. You may also contact The Providence Foundation at (401) 521-3248.
Downcity Fund: Qualified borrowers may receive grants and loans for projects that enhance the historic character of downtown Providence and contribute to the vision for Downcity as a diverse arts and entertainment district. Funds may be used for awnings, signage, façade improvements, substantial renovations and new construction.
Visit www.revolvingfund.org to access the construction loan application, storefront loan and grant application, and design assistance application.
Providence Economic Development Partnership: Considering opening a business here? To get started, visit the city’s economic development website: www.opportunityprovidence.com. Review the “Starting Your Business” information which includes details about business registration, licenses and permits, taxes and employer requirements.
Download the City’s Business Resource Guide here.
You can also find the City’s Guide to Permitting here.
Contact one of the city’s business liaisons by calling PEDP at (401) 351-4300 or completing this form.