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CIRCUITOUS ROUTE: Rosalind “Roz” Rustigian tried her hand at several different occupations before taking over her father’s V. George Rustigian Rugs Inc. business in Providence after he died in 1980.
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Roz keeps the rugs rolling at Rustigian

When Rosalind Rustigian was a teenager, her dad, Rusty, offered her some fatherly advice. “He wrote me a note. It said I should keep my...

Just how busy will Quonset port get in wake of Baltimore...

Officials at Quonset Development Corp. were ready to step up for the long term when the Port of Baltimore closed because of a bridge...
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Five Questions With: Matt DuPlessie

Matt DuPlessie | CEO, Level99 in Providence Place mall 1. This is the second Level99 located in a shopping mall. Did you see opportunity...
SOARING SALES: Co-owner Mark DeFestano says sales exploded at Bristol Bikes LLC, which specializes in electric bicycles, following the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns and he anticipates continued demand now that it will take years to repair the Washington Bridge in Providence, which was partially closed in December due to an infrastructure failure. DeFestano is pictured with his wife and co-owner, Robin Paradis.
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Pedaling DeFestano’s Bristol Bikes wares

The pandemic restrictions and a growing appreciation among consumers for electric bicycles has resulted in boosted sales at Bristol Bikes LLC, an independent distributor...
FIRST CUSTOMER? William Prentice, CEO of Providence-based Signati Medical Inc., displays the company’s noninvasive vasectomy device. He says he’s considering being its first official user and have the procedure filmed for TV, if the technology gets regulatory approval. 
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R.I. firm looks to upend vasectomy procedures

For the last two decades, little has changed in the way vasectomies are performed, a procedure that more than 500,000 men undergo annually. Providence-based Signati...

To Savor: The splendid sangiovese

Working in the wine business has given me the ability to travel abroad to Italy. Long, winding roads flanked by a sea of vineyards...
Marc A. Streisand

Dress for success: The keys to buying quality cashmere

Cashmere holds a coveted position in the world of textiles. But the quality of the luxurious fabric famed for its softness and warmth can...
James ­Morton Turner

Green manufacturing boom in U.S. has a big problem

Panasonic’s new $4 billion battery factory in De Soto, Kan., is designed to be a model of sustainability – it’s an all-electric factory. When...
Charlie Hunt

Is this the least productive Congress ever? Maybe

Congress has once again been making headlines for all the wrong reasons, with the current 118th Congress touted as possibly the least productive in...
Bruce Newbury

You can get there from here

Restaurant owners are, by nature, resilient. Every service presents new and unique challenges. A special runs out too quickly, perhaps by popular demand. A...
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