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OPEN PATH: Linda Perri, a longtime resident of the Washington Park neighborhood in Providence, stands at a narrow public access point on the Providence working waterfront that she and other residents fought to establish. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

SHADES OF GREEN: Can Providence’s working waterfront be both livable and...

Owning a home near the water isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. At least not for Linda Perri, who lives a mile west...
SETTING UP SHOP: Laura Guillén, the new Rhode Island executive director for Entrepreneurship for All, is forming a network of mentors and prospective program participants. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Mass. business incubator arrives in Providence

Getting a business off the ground is no easy feat, especially for people of color. And if Rhode Island’s undersized share of minority-owned businesses is...
BIG MIX: Jan Faust Dane opened Stock Culinary Goods in Providence in 2012 intending only to sell local, small-batch products. She quickly realized she needed to grow the array of offerings. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Stock Culinary Goods nurtures community vibe 


Jan Faust Dane has been a writer, editor, public relations consultant and an enthusiast of dinner parties, but she knew nothing about running a...
MOVING AHEAD: George Metz, who has Montauk and Narragansett tribal roots, has certified his company, G. Metz Moving and Storage, as a minority-owned business, but in some cases, he feels it’s been a hinderance. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERTY WHITELEY

Everybody’s Business: Declaring minority status wasn’t an easy decision for Metz

(Editor’s note: This is the latest installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each are asked their views on...
GOOD BUSINESS: Term-limited Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza says ProvPort Inc. has “thrived” during his eight years in office and should not be lumped in with perceived polluters on the city’s working waterfront. Above are two large cranes used to move material at the port. / PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

Next mayor must have a plan for city’s working waterfront

An under-the-radar issue in Providence’s mayoral race with major implications for the city in the coming years is the future of its working waterfront. A...

Merger fallout claims CNE leader

Fallout from the latest failed attempt to merge the state’s two largest health care systems continues. Care New England Health System CEO and President Dr....
Yesenia Rubio opened Notes Coffee Co. in Pawtucket in July 2020. Nine months later, she left a corporate marketing job to give her full attention to growing the business. / COURTESY BRITTANNY TAYLOR

Take a chance on yourself

Yesenia Rubio | Notes Coffee Co. owner My parents came to this country in search of better opportunities. To them, landing a corporate job that paid well,...
Caroline Gangji / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With: Caroline Gangji

Caroline Gangji | Executive director, The Village Common of Rhode Island 1. How did you end up becoming the executive director of The Village Common...
HANDIWORK: Mike ­Heimall, owner of Providence Shoe Repair, ­repairs a leather bag at his shop on Mathewson Street. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Cobbler in demand since opening shop in March

When people think of cobbler services, salvaging expensive dress shoes might come to mind. That’s sometimes the case, said Providence Shoe Repair owner Mike...
MALLEABLE METALLERS: Sandi Bonazoli and Jim Dowd are the co-owners of Beehive Handmade, a long-standing metal­work business that recently opened a store and studio space in Warren. Dowd crafts a copper rack for measuring spoons while Bonazoli looks on. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Metalsmiths forge ahead with storefront, in-house manufacturing

In Sandi Bonazoli and Jim Dowd’s Warren metalsmithing studio, Beehive Handmade, equipment ranges from a 100-year-old machine to modern technology such as a laser...

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