Saturday, October 23, 2021


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ELIZABETH M. TANNER, middle, director of the R.I. Department of Business Regulation, demonstrates how the lottery for the medical marijuana dispensary licenses will work. Tanner was at the Office of Cannabis Regulation on Friday with Russ Griffiths, left, a DBR policy analyst, and Matthew Santacroce, the state's cannabis chief. PBN PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

R.I. to hold lottery for five medical marijuana dispensary licenses on...

WARWICK – Two years after state lawmakers approved the expansion of Rhode Island’s medical marijuana dispensaries from three to nine, a lottery will be...

Elorza announces new small-business grant program using ARPA funds

PROVIDENCE - Mayor Jorge O. Elorza in a press conference on Friday announced the launch of a new city grant program for small businesses...
Bruce Newbury

Dining out: A tale of prep and opportunity

The title of author Michael Ruhlman’s latest book “From Scratch” could be the title of his biography. He came by his position from the ground...
LOCAL FLAVOR: Roger Lapierre is the founder, owner and key principal of Li’l General convenience stores. Lapierre started with one store in 1970 in Woonsocket and has evolved the business to six franchise locations throughout northern Rhode Island. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Local convenience store brand has staying power

The first night he came home after opening his first Li’l General store, having invested much of his money in the venture as a...
RAPID TESTERS: PureVita Labs LLC co-founders, from left foreground, Dr. Jonathan Martin, Dr. Jason Ianuccilli and Stuart Procter, meet with Chief Operating Officer Andrew Austin, background, at the West Warwick marijuana testing facility. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PureVita aiming to become New England’s premier marijuana testing lab

Typically, in states where the green, leafy substance has been legalized, the testing of retail and medical marijuana by government-certified labs is conducted by...

MOCingbird creator wins Cox Business ‘Get Started Rhode Island’ competition

WARWICK – The Cox Business “Get Started Rhode Island” winner has been announced, with My MOC Inc. of North Kingstown winning a $50,000 prize...
TITLE TALK: Diep Nguyen, right, managing member of Elite Title & Closing Services LLC in East Providence, meets with Robert Watson, associate ­attorney. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

After a long journey, she still had drive ‘to do more’

Diep Nguyen is a lawyer and managing member of Elite Title & Closing Services LLC in East Providence, a business she launched in 2004. But...
PREPPING FOR DINERS: Natasha Nichols, left, vice president of Chow Fun Inc., helps manager Antonio Galvao set up tables in Chow Fun’s new restaurant OZ Tacos & Tequila in Lincoln.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Dining out: Employing a quirky formula

Although our focus is on an exciting new restaurant doing well in Rhode Island, it is still 2021. Therefore, the specter of the pandemic...
RETURN TO ROOTS: Katherine Fotiades and Mark Phillips own and operate Skydog Farm, a farm store and hydroponic nursery in Scituate that grows herbs and leafy greens. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Connecting to the land, reducing food waste and building a community

Katherine Fotiades believes education and community engagement are the keys to running a successful agricultural operation. Fotiades and partner Mark Phillips in September 2020 opened...
LEAP OF FAITH: Hoping to take advantage of what they saw as an untapped market, John Heelan and his wife, Beth, in 2015 opened Ripples Swim School, an aquatic operation providing swimming instruction for young children, with facilities in Bristol and West Warwick.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Heelans see waves of success after diving in to create swim...

The Heelan family dove into the swim school business while seeking a suitable swimming program for their three young children. It took John Heelan and...

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