Leading Ladies 2017

Chris Woodbine

Crosswynds Traders

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Chris Woodbine was a bargain hunter before bargain hunting was a thing. The owner of Crosswynds Traders started her fashion-for-less business 24 years ago by buying last season’s clothing from retailers and selling it on college campuses and at home parties. Now, she’s been in the same location in Narragansett for 22 years. “My customers have become my friends,” she says. “I love seeing the same families come back year after year.”

Crosswynds is known across South County as a go-to shop where you can find fun, fashionable women’s and men’s clothing for much less than retail price. Chris describes her store as, “a fun and inviting place to shop where the thrill is in the hunt of what you might find.” Now, she’s opening a second location in Newport this spring, with her daughter and son in law. “My dad was the reason there ever was a Crosswynds,” Chris says. “He was my mentor, my accountant and my biggest cheerleader. I am really excited to carry on his legacy and to be doing the same for my children that my dad did for me. That’s truly the essence of who I am and what my business is all about.”

1175 Boston Neck Road, Narragansett & 6 West Marlborough Street, Newport | 401-782-1110