At Geo Properties, we pride ourselves on providing quality tailored advice for our clients. Our agents are well-versed in the industry, as well as the local market. But best of all, they have amazing personalities to boot. Which, if you ask us, makes the entire process of buying or selling your home not only seamless, but enjoyable too.
So what better way to get to know our agents than to publicly ask them personal questions? Here are 5 questions with our newest agent, Katie Cocuzzo, one of our brightest, hilariously witty agent.
1. Q. Can you tell us a hidden gem in Providence that only locals know about?
A. Certainly not hidden, since it’s right on Benefit Street, The Providence Athenaeum (“Athena’s library”) is stunning. It’s the 4th oldest library in the country, and it feels like a Greek Temple. Not to mention, Edgar Allen Poe and local poet Sarah Helen Whitman fell in love here and that’s adorable. They consequently broke off their engagement here too, but that’s because Poe was a drunk. So don’t blame the library. Just go in and look at all the pretty books.
Let’s see, HIDDEN gems…
Chilangos is a dangerously authentic Mexican restaurant hidden on Manton Ave that most would never give a second look, but I highly recommend giving it a try. I recently went to Los Andes on Chalkstone Ave and their ceviche was exquisite, the best I’ve ever had. Justine’s over on Olneyville Square is a tucked away speakeasy/lingerie shop, with a cheese plate that is to die for. Artisan cocktails, cheese, and pretty lacey things? Yes please.
Last but not least, it’s not very ‘hidden’ since it’s right on Washington Street, where the old Tini’s was. It’s a tiny restaurant, so reservations are a must. But if you haven’t eaten at Birch on Washington yet, your mouth hasn’t lived.
For such a tiny city, however, I guarantee there will be (10) more things I didn’t know about and will be dying to try in the next week. Mostly food related.
2. Q. Providence is an extremely walkable city, what would you say is your favorite neighborhood to explore?
A. Truth be told, I’m a West Side girl. Not only does it take a mere 15 minutes to get downtown, but the Armory has the best restaurants in the city. North, Nicks on Broadway, The Grange…it’s all right here at your fingertips, with fresh local ingredients, skilled chefs, and incredible bartenders. There is always something going on, I can’t step out my front door without encountering something new. Block parties, yard sales, farmer’s markets, and street clean-ups happen all the time. Don’t even get me started on the architecture around here, these homes are unique and breathtaking.
3. Q. If you were to be getting married in Providence, where would you have the ceremony and reception?
A. No ceremony or formal receptions for this lady. Just a party would suffice, ideally in a garden akin to the Duck and Bunny, white lights strung up everywhere, live music playing in the background, with all my favorite people laughing, sweaty, and dancing. Absolutely no seating arrangements or formal sit down dinners, just passed hors d’oeuvres and impeccable wine. If I really wanted to blow everyone’s mind, I’d beg Chef Matt Varga from Gracie’s to create the food, and Joseph Haggard from The Grange to come up with the libations. Can I just throw this party anyway?
4. Q. Alternatively, where would you hold a divorce ceremony?
A. This question is amazing. What does it say about me that a divorce “ceremony” seems more interesting than a marriage ceremony? Like some kind of cleansing ritual, I love it! I have no idea where I would hold a divorce ceremony (and I hope I never have to) but it would almost certainly involve setting my “husband’s” camera equipment on fire.
5. Q. Where would we find your favorite piece of artwork in the city?
A. Right now? That’s easy. Bambu’ TATTOO Art Studio on Basset Street in Providence. Photography by Jason Wessel is adorning the walls in his hand-built frames as we speak. Not only is he an incredible photographer, he’s also the man whose camera would potentially get torched in the last question.
6. Q. Here’s an extra one! Fall is here, so what are some of your favorite (and least favorite) fall traditions?
A. One of my favorite fall traditions is finding cheesy haunted hayrides and corn mazes. Last couple years I went to Confreda farms in Cranston, RI. This year I want to find something different, maybe Field of Screams in West Greenwich, or the Bate’s Motel in Westerly? If you haven’t been to the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, go. It’s pumpkin art. Then there is the usual soup making, apple picking, pumpkin patches, apple cider, leaves crunching under your feet, windy days and spooky nights. I love fall.
My least favorite, and I think every woman in the city can agree with this: organizing the tights. Why are there so many and why do I keep ones with holes in them? It’s a problem.
By Katie Cocuzzo, Sales Agent
Licensed Sales Agent in RI