J. Kelly Hoey

Travel trend or simply the hot work reality for a growing generation of freelancers, entrepreneurs, (and yes, employees with side-hacks), frequent travelers are mixing R&R with how they are earning a living. It’s a trend that is increasing a lifestyle choice, not completely a business necessity (according to travel insights site Skift). So whether you are a remote worker or freelancer or digital nomad looking for a change of scenery or simply someone looking for collaborative space and great WiFi (plus opportunity to network like the locals) here are the how to and where insights on networking in Providence.

Name: Linda Descano, EVP at Havas PR Location: Linda recently relocated to Providence, Rhode Island and has quickly tapped into its vibrant networking scene.

Linda’s recommendations:

· Best power breakfast: West Side Diner (“a bit off beaten path, it’s retro style puts people at ease”) · For the business lunch: Hemenways or the Aurora Civic Association · The “only locals know this place” to start the day: Kitchen · Mid-day meeting place: Small Point Cafe, Seven Stars or Vanuatu for coffee · For socializing early-birds: Hemenways · Work options for night-owls: Haven Brothers · Favorite neighborhood restaurant: Broadway Bistro · Favorite local coffee shop: Vanuatu · Favorite bar: The Dorrance or Circe

And Linda’s fit-in-like-a-local suggestions:

· To seek inspiration: India Point Park, Blackstone Park, stroll along the river · Wardrobe and business essentials: Business casual with an edge plus sturdy shoes for walking · Events for combining work and play: PVD Lady Project and AWE · Co-working space: Sprout · Place to unplug and recharge: Walk through RISD museum, walk through Swan Point Cemetery, visit the Providence Athenaeum · Don’t Miss: The mansions in Newport

Last local word: “Try coffee milk, Del’s lemonade and an Olneyville New York System wiener

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