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MESSY PLAY: Michelle Sweet opened Make a Mess, a messy play space for young kids, six months ago in North Kingstown. She has a number of fun stations featuring water beads, kinetic sand and homemade play dough.
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Where making messes is part of the fun

Michelle Sweet knows that play dough, paint, sand, mud and lots of other squishy, wet, grainy and colorful things are irresistible for most kids.The...
SPEAKING OUT: Connie Donnelly, an organizer of Concerned Citizens of Capital Center, wants all citizens to be heard on Providence mass-transit plans.
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A voice for all on city traffic

Concerned Citizens of Capital Center LLC was created in the past year for a specific purpose: making sure the interests of tenants and owners...
SMOOTHING THE WAY: Jason and Justyne Johnson, pictured with their son Tristan, started Statewide Paving and Patching in Warwick in October.  
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Pavers smooth over lots, driveways following winter wear and tear

In some ways, New England is a paver’s paradise. Frost heaves, potholes and the usual wear and tear of winter are hard on asphalt...
MIX MASTER: Recording and mixing engineer Dacota Fresilli formed DG Engineering in Providence in January, a one-man music-mixing company, with hopes of eventually opening a full-service mixing studio. His goal this year is to mix 1,000 songs.
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Local recording engineer looking for quality mix with driven artists

Dacota Fresilli has ­already earned top honors in his field, but the South Kingstown native isn’t letting that get in the way of his...
FILMMAKER FRIENDS: Classical High School classmates Robert McMahon, left, 19, and Xander Monge, 18, started film and production company Deft in the last year and have already won contracts for producing ads and short videos.  
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Deft videos tell a story

The origin of Deft LLC, which focuses on commercial video production, was in the short films and videos created by two friends in Providence.Xander...
HELPING STUDENTS: After working for 33 years in admissions and financial aid at the University of Rhode Island, Diane DelGreco, left, created Smart Choice College Counseling in North Kingstown to help students get into the college of their choice. At right is La Salle Academy college counselor Anne Clawson, one of her assistants.
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Smart move for college planning

Diane DelGreco started Smart Choice College Counseling LLC after retiring last spring from the University of Rhode Island’s admissions office.She immersed herself in the...
VERSATILE SEAT: Thomas E. Derecktor, founder and CEO of Derecktor Marine Technology LLC, sits on The Fehn, a chair he developed that uses movement to limit workday back pain and fatigue.
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This chair keeps you moving

Thomas E. Derecktor needed a better chair.Sitting all day took a toll on his back. Moving to a stand-up desk created other issues.An engineer...
MEETING DEMAND: Kate Simpson is the owner of Shades of Vintage, a former monthly marketplace she operated within her artisan shop Cerulean in Warren that is now its own business.
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Vintage pop-up gets own space

Handmade items, vintage pieces and repurposed furniture are what sells at Shades of Vintage, a new shop in Warren.The store owned by Kate Simpson...
SWEET OPERATION: Kevin and Danielle Anderson opened Seacoast Sweets, a small chocolates-manufacturing and sales operation in Pawtucket, in September after purchasing the company and moving it from Newburyport, Mass.
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Seacoast sweets just the ticket

Seacoast Sweets is not Willie Wonka’s chocolate factory – it belongs to Danielle and Kevin Anderson.The couple opened their small chocolates-manufacturing and sales operation...
MOBILE BOOKS: Alexa Trembly and Emory Harkins are the co-owners of Twenty Stories, a Los Angeles-born mobile bookselling company that opened a shop in Pawtucket in November.
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Getting a read on R.I.

For Twenty Stories LLC co-owners Alexa Trembly and Emory Harkins, the mobile bookselling company they founded in Los Angeles is all about creating community.Both...
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