Sunday, January 17, 2021


Something New

FULLY INVESTED: After owning several cafes, Kelly Walsh launched Farmstead Refreshments, a zero-waste food truck featuring farm-fresh items, on Block Island in July.  / COURTESY FARMSTEAD REFRESHMENTS

Zero-waste food truck perseveres in pandemic with farm-fresh menu

Kelly Walsh is a serial entrepreneur. After several stints owning cafes on Block Island, the longtime New Shoreham resident set out to create another business....
PUZZLE PIECES: Ocean State Escape owner Leonard Albanese, with daughter Rachel. They are in their Christmas-themed escape room in Johnston. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Where few escape alone

Cracking codes, translating riddles and finding a way out of hard-to-navigate spaces in just 60 minutes are what draw customers to Johnston’s Ocean State...
SOLID LAUNCH: The Perfect Match Shop owners Justin Skory and ­Cierra Fasulo have sold about 10,000 candles since opening the Warwick business in March. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Gifts to draw a smile

Looking for the perfect gift, for someone with a snappy sense of humor? The Perfect Match Shop may have it. Some of the messages on...
ADAPTING: Key Mediation LLC owners Kristen Sloan Maccini, left, and Christine L. Marinello have had to

Key Mediation resolving conflicts online or offline

Christine L. Marinello and Kristen Sloan Maccini just opened the doors to their newly outfitted North Kingstown office when COVID-19 hit. Suddenly, the conflict...
MULTIPURPOSE: Lavender Waves Farm owner Henry Cabrera thought “out of the box” to develop a plot of land in South Kingstown into the farm, which can host overnight guests, as well as weddings, family gatherings and corporate events. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Lavender Waves Farm has truly blossomed

Henry Cabrera purchased a plot of 14 acres of land in South Kingstown that was full of nothing more than hay and potential. And...

‘Plant nerd’ brings unique, diverse inventory to Providence

A gardening store that features unusual varieties of familiar perennials is a new addition to Providence. Homegrown, which opened in May, has both houseplants...
MATCHMAKER: Debra L’Heureux, owner of Get Ready to Date LLC in Barrington, offers personalized matchmaking and dating-coach services for seniors. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

She makes the dating game personal

Debra L’Heureux has always been a matchmaker of sorts. First it was pairing Johnson & Wales University students with their dream careers during her time...
MADE IN R.I.: Cynthia Treen, left, and Clare King, co-owners of isewMasks, use locally sourced materials from Rhode Island-based companies in their do-it-yourself mask-making kits. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

These DIY face mask kits have dual purpose

isewMasks do-it-yourself mask-making kit products are locally manufactured, affordable and designed to teach new skills while filling a need during the coronavirus ­pandemic. Founders Propel...
POWERFUL PRODUCT: Allyson Cote, CEO and president of Ocean State Shields, and Todd Thomas, chief innovation officer, with their product, sd90, a coating that stops micro-organism growth for up to a year on surfaces. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Startup aiming to ensure microbes stay away

Without making claims specific to the new coronavirus, Ocean State Shields LP says its product – a nontoxic spray-on liquid that disinfects surfaces, including...
TACTILE TRAINER: Kevin Davis spent 15 years working as a personal trainer in various gyms before setting out on his own and launching Anchor Fitness LLC in Middletown in September. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Bad injury sparks a passion for trainer

A broken back ended Kevin Davis’ skateboarding career. But the injury also forced the Portsmouth native into a gym, igniting a new passion and the...

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