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Natural Awakenings Rhode Island

Rocks, Minerals and More at Emporium in East Greenwich

Opening last year, Third Rock Emporium, in East Greenwich, is a rock, mineral and fossil gallery. Previously, owner and microbiologist Mark Lavoie displayed his collection at flea markets and festivals but wanted a permanent location. “After 30 years of rock peddling from town to town at fairs, festivals and flea markets as Mark’s Rocks, I decided that rocks are way too heavy to carry,” Lavoie says.

Many of the minerals are sourced locally, including the difficult-to-obtain Rhode Island state mineral, bowenite, and the Rhode Island state rock, cumberlandite. The storefront, enhanced by murals painted by Lavoie’s youngest daughter Jamie, carries crystals, dream catchers, aromatherapy products, spheres, pyramids, carvings, statues, chakra kits, essential oils, a line of soapstone diffusers for the oils, sage and palo santo, and will continue to add more products in the aromatherapy and holistic lines.

In addition, four lines of jewelry made in America can be found at the Emporium. Among them is a line of handmade Native American jewelry by the Diné of the Navajo Nation. Third Rock hopes to become a field trip destination for organizations such as the Girl and Boy scouts as well as schools and other learning programs.

Location: 75 Main St., East Greenwich. For more information, call 401-374-1585 or visit See ad page ??