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APPEALING SPOT: Plant City in Providence has been hailed as the world’s first plant-based food hall. It features two sit-down restaurants, a market, coffee bar and a build-your-own-bowl station. Owner Kimberley Anderson said the food hall served 200,000 people in its first five months of operation. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

R.I. restaurant industry experiencing a plant-based boom

On a busy Saturday morning inside Plant City food hall in Providence, owner Kimberley Anderson found time to strike up conversations with customers who...
CARETAKER: Jo Ellen Mistarz is the executive director of The Village Common of Rhode Island, which has its office at Hamilton House in Providence and connects seniors with volunteer services. Despite the thousands of elderly people in Rhode Island, Mistarz says only about 200 are members of organizations such as the Providence Village, which is part of the Village Common. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Movement to help elders ‘age in place’ expanding in R.I.

For Anne Connor, a volunteer with the nonprofit Providence Village of Rhode Island since its inception in 2015, giving rides to elderly members isn’t...
NEW ARRIVALS: Jack Siravo, center, owner of Belmont Market in South Kingstown, with his managers, Brian McConnell, left, and Thomas Lake. Siravo says a lot of new customers arrived at his store during the labor dispute that shuttered many Stop & Shop supermarkets for more than a week in April. The independent grocer has seen an increase in sustained new sales since the strike ended. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. independent grocers capitalize in wake of Stop & Shop strike

The disruptive strike that hit Stop & Shop, Rhode Island’s largest grocery chain, for more than a week in April is still being felt...
BRIDGE BUZZ: Bryan Lavin, an assistant professor at Johnson & Wales University’s College of Hospitality Management, says the pedestrian bridge in Providence has been generating positive reviews in the tourism space. / BN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. tourism inches toward sustainability as threats from climate change, ‘overtourism’...

About 25 million visitors drive, fly and sail into Rhode Island each year. Mansions, restaurants, theaters and historical sites attract their fair share of...
STUDENT-FOCUSED: R.I. Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green says Providence’s nearly 24,000 students will be her focus, as she leads the state takeover of the city’s public school system. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Business a key part of Infante-Green’s blueprint for takeover of Providence...

R.I. Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green has been in Rhode Island for less than a year, but she now finds herself trying to fix a...
LIFE SKILLS: Stephen Cronin, a sales executive with Signature Printing in East Providence, volunteers at Hope High School in Providence, teaching students interpersonal and research skills desired by employers. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Business community debates best way to help Providence schools

The Providence schools need an infusion of energy and expertise. Business owners and leaders are being asked to commit staff and financial resources to...

Providence giving troubled e-scooter, e-bike programs another go, but not everybody’s...

Seemingly overnight, rentable electric bikes and scooters began popping up on Providence streets last year. The Creative Capital was in the regional vanguard of...
COURTING MEMBERS: Lance Pryor, left, owner and member of Agawam Hunt’s management team, and Joshua Helm, assistant general manager and controller, are pictured at the club’s indoor tennis courts. Pryor said golf “as the sole value proposition” is a challenging one right now.
 / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

For many R.I. golf clubs, fairways and greens aren’t enough to...

At Agawam Hunt, membership is up to 400 after the East Providence golf club nearly went under last year. About 220 have joined The...
BUILDING MOMENTUM: About 20 individual owners have closed on units at the Tower at Carnegie Abbey in Portsmouth. The tower stood empty for the better part of a decade after opening as the Great Recession hit. 
 / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

After 10 years, tower condos finally filling

In 2009, the Tower at Carnegie Abbey was brand-new and ready for buyers to move in. Ten years later, it is finally starting to...
NEW DEVELOPMENT: The home pictured here is part of The Oaks housing development in Coventry, one of the largest residential subdivisions under active construction in Rhode Island. The development will have 105 houses when complete.
 / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Lack of new, affordable R.I. homes a growing problem

Richard Marcello, a homebuilder of 34 years, remembers when many new houses were under construction across Rhode Island. He started building homes with his...
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