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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.

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.

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.

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.

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...
BETTER WAY: Brendan Loflin started Rhodeside Revival to make it easy for clients to divert food waste from the state’s landfill in Johnston. / PBN PHOTO/DAVID HANSEN

Curbside food-waste collection

In the final year of his studies at the University of Rhode Island, Brendan Loflin wanted to do something meaningful but wasn’t sure how.“Other...
STUDENT TUTORS: Andrew Binder, left, content strategist, and Ethan Binder, co-founder, of GoPeer LLC. The Providence-based company, which launched last fall with its website, vets college students who want to tutor and connects them with families.

At GoPeer, students do the teaching

An educational ­technology business that launched recently in Providence follows a simple premise: students learn best from other students.GoPeer LLC provides the platform that...
BLUE TECH: Co-founders, from left, Mark Huang, managing director; Alissa Peterson, executive director; and Jason Kelly, board chair, formed SeaAhead, an advisory firm that works with marine businesses, in May.

SeaAhead formed to assist ocean-related businesses

Mark Huang and his partners are betting that “blue tech,” as they call it, is the wave of the future, especially in Rhode Island.The...
DIFFERENT TASTES: Taproot Brewing Co. owner John Nunes, left, with head brewer Kevin Beachem. The Middletown company is a subsidiary of Newport Vineyards. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Newport Vineyards launches brewery

Newport Vineyards is no longer only known for alcohol derived from grapes.Taproot Brewing Co., a new entity launched by the longtime winemaker and inspired...
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