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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...
PERSONAL TRAINING: From left, Kathy Lyons, Amy Cham, Jaime Hayes and Tracy Lombard opened On the Ropes Boxing and Fitness in January in a former garage building at Pontiac Mills in Warwick, where they offer drop-in classes, regular classes and personalized fitness.
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Fitness that packs a punch

The boxing gym has come a long way, and a new one in Warwick seeks to broaden the sport beyond its traditional base. On the...
GREEN ENERGY: Tomasz Sadowski and Ana Morgan are partners at GETS (Green Energy Tower System), a startup to build solar- and wind-power towers in Rhode Island.
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Towers for clean-energy power

GETS LLC is bringing a new twist to Rhode Island’s clean-energy business. Based in downtown Providence, the fledgling Green Energy Tower System company is being...
ART ADVOCATE: Josef Blazar, co-owner of YJ Contemporary Fine Art in East Greenwich, launched the gallery to bring art collectors to the town and provide artists a platform for their work.
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Fine art on display in E.G.

Hoping to attract more art collectors to East Greenwich – as well as fill a requirement for representing artists at shows – 32-year-old Josef...
FINDING A NICHE: Eugenio ­Fernandez Jr. grew up in Providence’s West End and is now giving back through his independent pharmacy that serves a large Spanishspeaking population.
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Providing a needed, missing service

Where do people get health information after they’ve left their doctor? Eugenio Fernandez Jr. pondered that question as he considered where his career interests and...
AVID GOLFER: Max Buerman is the owner of Newport Indoor Golf, a golfing facility in Portsmouth that features four virtual-reality bays with high-definition projection screens allowing golfers to play courses from around the world.
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Staying in the swing all winter

Max Buerman and his ­customers will be golfing all winter long – playing many of the best courses, from the United States to Scotland....
ONE-STOP SHOP: Bill and Diana Bothelo opened The Cheese Wheel in Tiverton in November. The shop sells packaged meats and cheeses, shown below. 
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Cheese and meats from near and far

Husband and wife team Bill and Diana Bothelo in November launched The Cheese Wheel Inc. at 3838 Main Road in Tiverton. New to entrepreneurship and...
EXPANDING BUSINESS: Anna Soares is the owner and president of Perfectly Planned, a wedding and corporate-event-planning business in Somerset. She said the business will expand into guided group tours this year.
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She takes the worry out of planning

Anna Soares likes to mind the little things and watch it all come together at the end. As owner and president of Somerset-based Perfectly Planned...
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