Natural Appeal

Pier Marketplace gets a little greener


Step inside the sunny, airy location of Simply Natural, the new eco-friendly store in Narragansett’s Pier Marketplace, and be prepared for your senses to get up and dance. With their grand opening slated for May 11, this relaxed yet hip new store is expanding on the former, well-liked Most Naturally which occupied the corner shop space for eight years before relocating to Connecticut.

Owner Gail Fortin has selected environmentally-friendly and uber-chic product lines that feature a wide variety of organic and natural merchandise. “I always admired the organic lines that Most Naturally carried and jumped at the chance to build on that with some exciting, cutting-edge brands that support green and recycled living,” she says. “They still offer a real wow factor with funky and/or tranquil color palates and simple, one-of-a-kind designs.”

Freshly renovated with peaceful, neutral tones Simply Natural offers handcrafted jewelry, natural skincare lines and home décor and gift items crafted from some enchanting local artists as well as sustainable and Fair Trade organizations. “We feature some tried and true artists and creators such as sea glass jewelry by Lovely Glassworks, handmade beachy décor painted on driftwood and sea shells found at Narragansett Town Beach by Katie of Beach Babe, organically grown cotton yoga wear from Global Girlfriend and a terrific chemical-free skin care line made on Block Island called Island Mist,” notes Gail enthusiastically.

Because of her passion to live a simple, organic lifestyle, Gail is able to discuss the latest environmentally- friendly trends and products with her customers and make recommendations for gifts and personal items that run the gamut from new baby (the Kid Corner in the store offers an adorable assortment of kid-friendly gear, lotions and creams, and items for new breastfeeding moms) to housewarming and wedding gifts (the eco-friendly Mariposa line made from recycled aluminum is stunning and practical). The soy candles, reusable bags, stained glass sun catchers are all wonderful finds as well, or, as a treat to yourself, the Ann-Made bracelet and earring line made from recycled can tops are beautiful and definitely unique. Loose leaf organic teas with diffusers and pretty teapots make a nice pick-me-up late in the day, and the rich, Shea butter lotions are soothing after a fun day at the beach. Most of the packaging is also recycled and is charming enough to forgo the gift wrap.

Gail feels particularly good about selling eco-friendly, locally-made wares. “They reflect a wholesome, organic lifestyle which we believe can offer a little slice of comfort to today’s busy lives. Our merchandise is naturally attractive and good for both you and the environment.”