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PRICES FOR ALL: Boscov’s, a family-owned department store, opened just a few months ago in Providence Place mall. Denise and Walter Budz, of Providence, check out with Islene DeOleo, sales associate. “There are prices for everyone here,” said Walter Budz, who spent 46 years in retail at Ann & Hope, Ames and Walmart. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. malls finding new ways to get people in the door

In one area of Providence Place mall, a couple of small children are working intently in a toddler-size veterinary clinic, treating a gray stuffed...
NEEDED TREATMENT: Susan Benzuly, owner of Evolve Apothecary and Spa in Providence, says selling spa time to customers who are giving the treatments as gifts has become a key part of her business during the holidays. “Self-care is not a luxury; it is a necessity,” she said. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

‘Intangible’ holiday gifts are big business for spas, hotels

“Give the gift of time.” It’s a sales pitch for a watch, right? Not always. Sometimes the gift of time is actual time – quiet time,...
UNCOMMON INVENTORY: Stefania Medeiros opened her gift shop, Ethereal Oddities, in June, selling items such as flower-infused soaps and resin-and-wire jewelry she created herself. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Ethereal Oddities a store with a ‘witchy vibe’

Stefania Medeiros trades in incense, sage, crystals and metaphysical needs. But, when she talks about her new shop, she is a hard-driving, goal-focused businesswoman. Last...
SETTING A HEALTHY COURSE: Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island CEO Jonathan Kabak on the deck of the nonprofit’s Tall Ship in Newport. Kabak says the organization has never offered health insurance coverage to its workers, but he said it’s an important part of employees contributing to the company and it will help with recruitment. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

For many R.I. businesses, health insurance questions remain as deadline looms

What is more utterly confounding than choosing a health insurance plan for a business? Not much. Officials from HealthSource RI, the state’s health insurance exchange under...

Cherrystone Angel Group gives early green light to 3 ventures

PROVIDENCE – Three out of seven hopeful innovators received encouragement during a recent pitch night hosted by Cherrystone Angel Group. Seven early-stage ventures, including health...
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5 Questions with Nirva LaFortune, Providence City Councilwoman

Nirva LaFortune | City Councilwoman, Providence 1. You’ve been named a winner in the national 2019 New Ideas Challenge of the NewDEAL organization for...

Roger Williams University’s inclusion process includes making sacrifices

PBN Diversity & Inclusion Awards 2019 EDUCATION: Roger Williams University Building a mixed community of people – diverse in race, gender, creed and culture – is...

R.I. general obligation bonds receive AA rating from Fitch

PROVIDENCE – Fitch Ratings has assigned an AA rating to Rhode Island’s general obligation bonds. The rating outlook is stable. Fitch noted Rhode Island’s conservative...

Mortgage bankers honor achievers, select officers and board members

PROVIDENCE – Mortgage professionals from across New England recently honored two high achievers in the industry during the Rhode Island Mortgage Bankers Association 2019...
CRAFTY FELLOW: Jeffrey Greene, owner of Peter Pots Pottery, displays some of the pottery products he and his craftspeople have made by hand at a converted old mill in South Kingstown. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

At scenic mill, much-desired pottery has been the product for seven...

The tale of Peter Pots Stoneware Inc. in South Kingstown feels like it should be encased in a snow globe or tucked into a...
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