Wednesday, June 16, 2021


Something New

PERSONAL TOUCH: Diana Perkins created the LapSnap, a waterproof canvas bag, to allow wheelchair users to carry items when they go grocery shopping. She learned to sew so she could stitch 10 prototypes to send to test users. / COURTESY INCLUDESIGN LLC

Brown engineering student creates LapSnap to assist wheelchair users with shopping

After Diana Perkins took an inspiring course on disability justice at Brown University, the engineering student found that many wheelchair users had a difficult...
COFFEE BREAK: Kerri Gaffett, owner of Block Island Coffee, takes a break from her psychotherapy business to show off one of her blends at her North Kingstown storefront. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Gaffett brewing up success on Block Island

A career in coffee wasn’t what Kerri Gaffett planned as she sailed around the world with her then-husband and young children, sampling different coffees...
FRESH START: Longtime financial consultant Elaine Dickson, principal owner and CEO of Mavenly Consultants LLC, launched the strategy, financial services and bookkeeping firm in Cumberland in July. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Clients adding up quickly for Mavenly Consultants

Elaine Dickson grew up wanting to be a journalist. But when her family immigrated to the U.S. from Jamaica just before she started college,...
GETTING CREATIVE: Bloom Collective LLC owners Heather Wolfenden, left, and Savannah Barkley hope to support small businesses while filling vacant storefronts with pop-up shops.  / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Duo looks to fill empty storefronts with pop-up shops

Vintage clothing vendors Savannah Barkley and Heather Wolfenden know many of their peers haven’t been able to catch up since the beginning of the...
ACCESSORY UNIT: ADDASPACE co-founders Anders Hansen, right, and Andrew Naperotic stand inside of a module that is currently being customized in Bristol. / COURTESY ADDASPACE LLC

Modular units offer more space at home

What if adding more space to your house didn’t involve a lot of time, money and construction disruption? ADDASPACE LLC, launched over the summer, provides...
COMMUNITY COLLABORATION: Producer Connor Finelli, left, and hip-hop artist DaLaun Andrade, both recent high school graduates, opened Blue Wave Poetics, a recording studio for local independent artists, in June. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Beats keep this duo on track

A 2015 gym class at St. Raphael Academy first brought DaLaun Andrade and Connor Finelli together. But it was their shared passion for hip-hop...
REST ASSURED: Jake Murray, left owner of RI Home Security LLC, with lead technician Hunter Murray. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

RI Home Security invested in protecting families, U.S. military veterans

Jake Murray’s bottom line isn’t just about dollars and cents. His background in the security alarm system industry spans over almost two decades, including serving...
NICHE MARKET: Kerlyne Jean-Baptiste is the owner of KerlyGirl LLC, a natural hair care product line for people with curly, coiled hair that uses a fig oil as its secret ingredient. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Hair care business grows from side gig to full-time operation

The irony of products formulated for natural hair care is that they’re often unnatural. Kerlyne Jean-Baptiste, owner and CEO of KerlyGirl LLC, identified that unmet...
EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE: Co-owners Hercilia Corona and Sergio Mendoza hope to recreate the European experience with their Madrid European Bakery and Patisserie, which opened in Providence in September.  / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Mendoza brings authentic Spanish family recipes to Providence

Rhode Islanders looking for a taste of Europe don’t have to travel far. Madrid European Bakery and Patisserie in Providence offers a host of traditional...
LOCAL ASSIST: Erin Cabral Yarbough opened Get Social Local in January to help local businesses that can’t afford marketing consultants reach their customers. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Yarbough helps local businesses sensibly reach their customers

Erin Cabral Yarbough worked with global brands in the baby-products market for nearly 20 years, developing their brand strategy and handling large-scale operations. After...

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