When COVID-19 hit the Ocean State in March, a lot of small-business owners felt their world turn upside down. Julie Beebe, owner of Wickford’s Yes! Gallery gift shop, made the best of the situation and took the opportunity to pursue her dream, launching a locally themed clothing line while her store was temporarily shuttered.
By the time the state’s stay-in-place order was lifted, Beebe had created the RI Local Love clothing line inspired by the state’s wave license-plate graphic.
Beebe commissioned graphic designer Rob Dube to adapt the design and worked with Jake Farenholz of Fresh Mode Screen Printing to embroider and screen-print the logo on clothing.
Yes! Gallery was founded as JW Graham by Beebe’s stepfather-in-law, more than 40 years ago. The store has expanded, then contracted over the years, but people recognize Beebe as a locally owned business with deep roots in Wickford.
Many people who had supported