Cicilline To Help Cut Ribbon Saturday At East Side Edibles

Congressman to attend specialty snack and gift shop's grand opening at 11 a.m.


East Side Edibles proprietor Paula Paulette will get some help cutting the ribbon for her shop's grand opening Saturday morning from US Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI).

The shop, which sells "Out of the ordinary edibles and custom gifts", officially opens for business Saturday, June 30 at 11 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the 987 Cass Avenue location.

Paulette, 49, said she offers gifts and chocolates that might sound weird, but are really good. Her chocolates, for instance, are infused with ingredients like cayenne pepper and sea salt. "It sounds strange and you try it and say, 'Wow, this is so good,'" Paulette said.

Paulette rents the space from Dave Lahousse, owner of Kay's Restaurant, just two doors down from his eatery on Cass Avenue. She said she's been working on starting up the business since April.

Paulette, a former medical coder, said she started thinking about doing something new after her husband, Charlie Plouffe, 55, died in January of lung cancer. The work reminded her too much of medical issues, she said, and for the last few years she's been working at home. "I felt I just needed to totally get out of the house," she said. She said she knew if she didn't do it now, she never would.

Cicilline came into the picture while Paulette was putting together her plans for the business. She bumped into a man, Gary Lapierre, who used to date her sister, she said, and mentioned she was opening a business.

"He said, 'Well, you've got to have a ribbon cutting,'" Paulette said, and asked if she'd like to have Cicilline stop by for it. Paulette said sure, and two weeks ago, she got a phone call from Cicilline's office letting her know the Congressman would be attending.

"It was a strange thing," Paulette said.

East Side Edible's hours will be Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m to 6 p.m. and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Paulette said that might change after she has a few weeks to see how it works.

la_mouffette June 29, 2012 at 10:39 PM
This is a tough time and place to start a new business, what a brave lady. I don't have much to spend, but I'll certainly be swinging by to visit her shop. Best of luck, Ms. Paulette!
taxed2death June 30, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Maybe after he cuts that ribbon he'll cut the floor with us at the Sexy Saturday Dance Party?!? C'mon, David! You know you wanna!!!
Dancing spam June 30, 2012 at 05:10 AM
The more, the merryer. Gonna be fun,fun,fun!
Govstench July 01, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Having that bum there for the ribbon cutting was a waste of time. What has this guy done for Woonsocket? Most likely nothing, like Providence! Explain why this guy deserves to be re-elected to anything?
EMB July 02, 2012 at 02:26 PM
I don't think this article is about Cicillene, it is about this woman who started a business after a tragedy in her life and she picked herself up and took a chance. How many of us can say that? Good for her!!! Best of everything, Paulette. I wish you nothing but the best. You are an ispiration.


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