AROUND TOWN: Shoppe Pioneer

Are you getting sick of seeing all the same looks in every fast fashion retailer and most department stores? Well then, do I have a store for you! It’s called Shoppe Pioneer and is located in downtown Providence. This store has unique finds with a rustic chic atmosphere that you will fall in love with the second you walk through the door. You can find everything from that perfect dress to funky earrings and even cute gifts for friends.

Name: Natalie Spingold

Role: Owner

CollegeFashionista: How would you describe Shoppe Pioneer?

Natalie Spingold: Shoppe Pioneer is a women’s fashion and lifestyle boutique where I buy from all around the world. I try to give it a SoHo New York feel while trying to keep the price point usually under $200.

CF: Who is your typical customer?

NS: My typical customer is usually in my age group, late 20s to late 30s, but we do get a range of high school students all the way up to women in their 60s. My most prominent customer, that shops here most often, I would say is the late 20s to late 30s group. She is either a young professional or a mom.

CF: What do you think is the must-have item in a college student’s closet?

NS: I feel like there’s a few must-haves! I mean I think for sure some layering pieces, like a good pair of jeans and a really great blazer. Especially for a college student, I feel like you need an awesome blazer, not just a plain Jane black one, but a really great cropped or printed blazer that once you start interviewing you can wear. I guess everyone says a black dress so I guess that too!

CF: Are there any trends that you are looking forward to for spring? 

NS: I’m really excited about all the new colors. We just bought a line out of France and the colors are great. There are some yellows, peaches, and corals. Also, I love that the trends are staying really on point. I like how wide-leg pants are still in and flares are sticking around. I love that!

Learn More: Become a fashion pioneer and check out the store at 253 South Main Street Providence, RI or on the website at