Have a small business in Warren? You probably don't want to pass up this opportunity.
Calling all small businesses — whether within the heart of the main corridors or out on the fringes of town — the time to get in on the newest iteration of the Discover Warren map is now.
Begun in 2013, the map that is put out twice annually by Discover Warren has evolved in the same way that Warren itself has throughout the decade.
“They’ve grown in size because the town has grown into more of a destination, and we have a more thriving and active small business community,” said Keri Cronin, co-founder of Discover Warren. She said that the first map had around 41 different listings on the map — including everything from artisanal shops, restaurants and even two locally-operated inns — while the most recent iteration from Fall of 2022 had 86 in total.
Cronin said that submissions for placement on the map will be open until March 31, which can be found by clicking here.
This year, Cronin said that the map would not only include the “walkable” destinations within the main drag of town (from near the northern tip of Warren close to the bridge, to the Town Beach down south, along with some of Metacom Avenue and Market Street).
“We wanted to incorporate all of the areas that people might access with their car or their bike, to the parts of town that aren’t as traditionally walkable,” she said. Those might include areas further out on Child Street, Metacom Avenue, in Touisset, and beyond.
The price to get a spot on the walkable map is $75, while inclusion in the list of places farther out from the town center is $25. Cronin reminded business owners that getting your establishment listed on the Discover Warren website remains free. “Because we are funded through grants and contributions, we don’t take membership dues, so we really want to make access and the opportunity to be on the website open to as many people as possible,” she said.
Cronin said that she hoped to have the spring/summer iteration of the map printed by June, with the fall/winter version hopefully coming in October. Maps will be distributed throughout Warren, Bristol, and Barrington with additional marketing materials going to visitors bureaus in high-traffic tourist areas such as Providence, Newport, and Rhode Island International Airport (formerly T.F. Green).