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CONTINUING CARE: Modern Eyes owners and optometrists Vincenzo Gianfrancesco and Kellie McMahon worked on the staff of an optometry firm in Bristol County, Mass., before going into business for themselves in Pawtucket and East Providence.
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A vision for healthy eye care

What happens when two young optometrists go into business for themselves? They just might succeed. Vincenzo Gianfrancesco, 28, and Kellie McMahon, 30, are doing exactly...
BETTER CONNECTION: Nick Cardi III, interim executive director, and Jamie Lavoie, director of facilitation, are co-founders of the FastTrek.org Foundation Inc., a website that matches patients and caregivers with clinical medical trials. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Easy tracking of clinical trials

After watching his father undergo diagnosis and treatment for brain cancer, Nick Cardi III wanted to form a better connection between clinical trials, patients...
ENGAGED EDUCATOR: Brian Kampper, a middle school physical education teacher, has created MobileQuest LLC, a business that provides hands-on science, technology, engineering and math programming for after-school and school-break camps.
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Helping kids learn by doing

Children are eager to learn, if the lessons engage their curiosity. MobileQuest LLC is aimed at creating hands-on science and technology-inspired programs for children in...
RUNNING SMOOTHLY: Greek market and café Yoleni’s co-owners Alexandra Georgiou Philippides, with her sons Jimmy Philippides, right, and John Philippides. The restaurant opened on Westminster Street in downtown Providence last spring.
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Yoleni’s offers taste of Greece

What does it take for a new restaurant to survive? Before anything else, hard work, says Alexandra Georgiou, who opened Yoleni’s in downtown Providence...
UPCYCLED CANDLES: WICK-ed Candle co-owners Julie Normandin and Jeremy Bliven started the candle-making company, which upcycles glass bottles for use as holders, nearly a year ago. The candles are sold through a retail space at Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket, as well as a kiosk at Providence Place mall. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Candle maker finds niche in bottles

Julie Normandin began making candles a few years ago but it wasn’t until boyfriend Jeremy Bliven came into the picture – bringing with him...
NEIGHBORHOOD ADVOCATES: Mile of History Association board members, from left, William Deveney, treasurer; Linda Getgen, founding member; and Vincent Buonono, president, in front of 52 Benefit St. in Providence. The nonprofit was formed to advocate for the surrounding neighborhood.
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Group looks to preserve historic character of Benefit Street

Benefit Street in Providence is an architectural gem, a historic street that reflects the homes and businesses of the 1700s and 1800s. But it’s...
EXTRA COMFORT: North Providence resident Amy Antone, shown with her children, started the nonprofit Cuddles of Hope Foundation this past summer to donate gift bags to ailing children.
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Comforting kids when they need it most

Amy Antone of North Providence had her first crisis as a mother this past summer. Her 3-year-old son Lucas fell and hurt his eye....
INNOVATIVE STARTUP: Johnson & Wales University graduates Brandon Monti, left, and Patrick Straus co-founded FreshConn, a farmers market delivery service in Providence, to innovate the way produce is sold, increase sales to artisan producers and decrease food insecurity.
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It’s farm fresh and delivered

Farmers markets offer locally grown and produced fresh produce and foods. But for those with disabilities, or a lack of transportation or free time,...
NEW FLAVORS: Nagendra Thatavarthy and his wife, Lalitha, are owners of Swagat, an Indian food store and restaurant that opened a few months ago in the Diamond Hill Road area of Woonsocket. The grocery has spices and foods and fresh produce, as well as staples. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Indian eatery adds spice to community

Nagendra and Lalitha Thatavarthy opened Swagat, their Indian restaurant and specialty-food market in Woonsocket, after market research told them they had a built-in audience. More...
CUSTOM SHOP: Ben Antaya is the owner of Rome Point Woodworking in South Kingstown, a custom woodworking shop specializing in renovations and new constructions of kitchens, bathrooms and living spaces.
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Woodworking made to order – and last

Rome Point Woodworking specializes in renovations and new constructions of kitchens, bathrooms and living spaces. Proprietor Ben Antaya leads a team of three employees. After...
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