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MARKET OPPORTUNITY: Joe Tuberville, left, and Alan Oversmith, owners of full-service moving company Two Men and a Truck in Warwick, say Rhode Island appealed to them because it was an untouched market with a lot of potential and a need for their services.
COURTESY TWO MEN AND A TRUCK

Franchisee: Joe Tuberville and Alan Oversmith

Joe Tuberville and Alan Oversmith Two Men and a Truck  |  205 Hallene Road, Warwick The pitch: Two Men and a Truck is a full-service moving...
TRANSFORMED SPACE: David MacDonald, owner of CoWork Cumberland LLC, meets with office manager Marybeth Young in the cafe space.
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MacDonald transforms Cumberland child care center into coworking space

David MacDonald had always been fascinated by coworking spaces. But he considered it more of a novelty than a practical venture for his property management...
PIVOTAL PLAYER: David Podsnap, owner of Galactic Theatre LLC on Main Street in Warren, a performance venue offering live music and stand-up comedy and a micro-movie theater, says it’s been rewarding to see a livelier downtown district along Main Street and to know that Galactic played a role in this shift.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Galactic Theater keeping Warren ‘weird’

It has a bar, but it isn’t a bar. It began as a vintage store and became the Galactic Theatre LLC “by accident and...
Yahaira “Jay” Placencia

The building of Hispanic wealth in R.I.

Every year at this time – Hispanic Heritage Month – we collectively celebrate the economic, cultural and social contributions of the Hispanic-Latino community to...

Boston-based food launchpad expands to R.I.

PROVIDENCE — A Boston-based food launchpad is expanding its network of industry connections and capital into the Ocean State. Founded in 2015 by CEO Lauren...
RORY's MARKET + KITCHEN is ready to open Friday on Washington Street in downtown Providence. Rory Eames, right, owner and CEO, was at the front door on Thursday, telling a potential customer trying to enter the store to return the next day. At left, one of the employees puts the finishing touches on some displays. PBN PHOTO/WILLIAM HAMILTON

Organic market set to open in downtown Providence Friday

PROVIDENCE – The owner of a Massachusetts-based specialty organic market chain will be welcoming customers to its first Rhode Island location Friday, providing a...

Brown University dropout sells design company for $20B in cash and...

PROVIDENCE – Software company Adobe Inc. is buying online design platform maker Figma Inc., founded in 2012 by Dylan Field, a Brown University dropout,...
BABY STEPS: Maey Petrie, left, director of programs and business developent at New England Medical Innovation Center, and Robert Cooper, SmölTap CEO, with the product designed to hold infants still while undergoing a spinal tap. It will launch this fall. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pediatrics pain point may be soothed by design solution

When Dr. Ravi D’Cruz asked his former mentor Dr. Brian Alverson if he could think of any problems in health care that could be...
THE CHAIR MEN: Knock on Wood Furniture Inc. owner Michael Gordon, right, and his son Nathan Gordon, head of finishing operations, stand in front of the Lincoln furniture store and manufacturer. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Knock on Wood carves out own niche in furniture market

It’s hard to miss the giant purple Adirondack chair marking the entrance to Knock on Wood Furniture Inc. in Lincoln. Ironically, the landmark is one...
COQUITO CREW: Papis Refrescos LLC co-owners, from left, Travis Escobar, Victor Regino and Lewis Olmo run one of the only companies in Rhode Island making and selling coquito. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Regino’s coquito family recipe popular among R.I. bars, restaurants, liquor stores

Though a popular beverage in Puerto Rico, coquito, a coconut-rum liquor, is only sold by four brands throughout the U.S., and by just two...
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