Tuesday, March 21, 2023



DOGGY DAY CARE: Dogtopia co-owners David Giardino, left, and Jennifer Giardino, right, say hello to U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Gretchen Evans and her hearing-service dog, Rusty. The business offers dog day care and boarding services with an emphasis on education, exercise and socialization. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Franchisee: Jennifer and David Giardino

Jennifer and David Giardino Dogtopia | 30 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick The pitch: A day care for dogs that prides itself on cleanliness and safety, offering boarding,...
HEALTHY ALTERNATIVE: Owners John Pisaturo and his wife, Aileen, are excited to open the first Saladworks franchise in Rhode Island, located at 75 Fountain St. in Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Franchisee: John Pisaturo and Aileen Soriano-Pisaturo

John Pisaturo and Aileen Soriano-Pisaturo Saladworks | 75 Fountain St., Providence The pitch: Delivery of a custom-built salad in minutes after walking through the door and...
THROWING DOWN: Bryan and Kim Besse, owners of Stumpy’s Hatchet House in Fall River, toss hatchets in one of the business’s eight throwing pits. Kim Besse says the hatchet-throwing entertainment business hosts single participants, parties and corporate events. /PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Franchisee: Kim and Bryan Besse

Kim and Bryan Besse | Stumpy’s Hatchet House | 75 Ferry St., Fall River The pitch: Stumpy’s Hatchet House is a hatchet-throwing entertainment business...
TOP-NOTCH OPERATION: Neha Patel, franchisee owner of the Primrose School in Mansfield, works with a student. Patel says the school has its own operating style and provides a top-notch educational curriculum for children in a nurturing environment. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Franchisee: Neha Patel

Neha Patel | Primrose School | 201 Copeland Drive, Mansfield The pitch: The Primrose School in Mansfield is a premier early learning education center and...
BALANCED GROWTH: From left, Carl Coutu, Jo Anne Samborsky, Joseph Dias and Jennifer Bove, franchise owners of Keller Williams Central Rhode Island in Cranston. Coutu, who purchased the location in 2011 and is stepping down as operating principal, will be succeeded by Bove. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Franchisees: Carl Coutu, Joseph Dias and Jo Anne Samborsky

Carl Coutu, Joseph Dias and Jo Anne Samborsky Keller Williams Realty Central Rhode Island | 1170 Pontiac Ave., Cranston The pitch: Keller Williams Realty, according to...
FINE PRINT: Karen Martins, left, franchise owner of FastSigns in Seekonk, inspects some placards with production/project installation manager Eric Dallaire. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Franchisee: Karen Martins

FastSigns | 128 Highland Ave., Seekonk THE PITCH: FastSigns offers custom signage, including vehicle graphics, trade show displays, digital kiosks, vinyl lettering and other graphics....
CAREER CHANGE: Sandra Cutting, right, franchise owner of H&R Block in South Kingstown, speaks with her daughter and client Caroline Walker. Cutting made a career change after having a child at age 30, got a master’s degree in accounting and started working at H&R Block. When the location came up for sale, she purchased it.

Franchisee: Sandra Cutting

Franchisee: Sandra Cutting H&R Block | 24 Salt Pond Road, Unit D5, South Kingstown The pitch: H&R Block offers professional help to individuals and business owners...
ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT: Sean Sullivan, franchisee owner of Jersey Mike’s Subs, says he always had an “entrepreneurial spirit” and wanted to go into business for himself. In 2006, he purchased the North Providence franchise, and subsequently bought franchises in Warwick and Raynham.

Franchisee: Sean Sullivan

Sean Sullivan | Jersey Mike’s Subs | North Providence, Raynham and two locations in Warwick The pitch: Jersey Mike’s Subs offers sliced and grilled sub...
ONE-ON-ONE: Rebecca Johnson, franchise owner of Sylvan Learning Center in Coventry, meets one-on-one with Caden Reis, 8, of Coventry. Johnson began working under previous franchise owner Gail Tuominen before taking over two franchise locations, in Coventry and Cumberland.

Franchisee: Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca Johnson | Sylvan Learning Centers | Coventry and Cumberland The pitch: Sylvan Learning Centers, as a company, has operated for 40 years providing supplemental...
ONE BIG TOY: After operating her own toy store for seven years, Stella Downie doesn’t see much difference as the owner of several Sky Zone trampoline park franchises in Rhode Island and Massachusetts that also promote fun and play.

Franchisee: Stella Downie

Stella Downie | Sky Zone LLC | 70 Pawtucket Ave., East Providence The pitch: Sky Zone is a trampoline park that offers traditional jumping, as...
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