Wednesday, July 28, 2021



FAMILY MOLD: Francis H. Curren IV, right, vice president of Pease & Curren Inc., a family-owned precious-metal refinement company in Warwick that works with jewelers, pawn brokers, medical offices and recyclers, watches as David Silva, manager/operator, pours molten metal into a mold. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Curren ensures metal refining family business in capable hands

It’s hard to sum up Pease & Curren Inc.’s business in a single word. Much of the 40,000-square-foot building in Warwick suggests manufacturing: unfinished, concrete...
CHRONICLING LIVES: Joe Rocco, left, and Ted Canova are the founders of Tributes, which offers people the opportunity to share their life stories on video. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Duo’s venture memorializes people’s lives through tribute videos

Ted Canova was struck by an idea he kept a secret for 20 years for fear of being thought crazy for thinking of it. The...
EXPANDED SPACE: Adam Ramsey, CEO of Advanced Production and Design LLC, in the company’s new North Kingstown location. The events planning business was first launched in Warwick in 2011 and the new, expanded location will allow it to grow as needed and has enough space for its new equipment. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

With return of in-person events, online option still in demand by...

The event planning and management business went online for most of the past year. But the forced departure from in-person events created new opportunities,...
FOCUS SHIFT: Jeanine Lantini, who with her husband bought J. & K. Electrical Supply Co. in Johnston in 1973, has transitioned the company from electrical work to a lighting, design and home decor business. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Lantini family keeps J. & K. Electrical Supply burning bright

Jeanine Lantini embodies the classic American immigrant story. A native of France whose accent gives away her Marseilles upbringing, she came to Rhode Island as...
LOTS OF GREEN: Spencer Blier, left, CEO and founder of Mammoth Inc. in Warwick, one of the state’s licensed cannabis cultivators, in his facility with Lucas Molak, plant operations and solventless ice water technician. Mammoth generates $100,000 to $120,000 in cannabis sales per month. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Homegrown cannabis venture becomes Mammoth cultivation and sales operation

Cannabis seeds mature into budding plants that sit submersed in 13-gallon buckets of water, nurtured with injections of nutrients, oxygen and artificial sunlight until...
GROWTH SECTOR: From left, Kris Bradner, Arthur Eddy and Ashley Iannuccilli Cullion, principals with Traverse Landscape Architects LLC, at the Hammetts Hotel in Newport. The company, which recently completed the landscape planning for the hotel, has seen its portion of business related to the hospitality sector increase dramatically in the past several years.

Outdoor spaces in demand, as architecture adapts to pandemic-influenced designs

Long after the COVID-19 pandemic is gone, its influence on school and hotel designs will be seen across New England. Traverse Landscape Architects LLC, a...
FEARLESS: Ted Peffer, owner of I/O Labs Inc. in East Providence, says his custom print, fabrication and framing business is not afraid to take risks when it comes to printing material, providing rarely used options such as wood veneers and backlit film paper. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Developing ‘creative solutions’ for the work of artists, photographers and museums

Ted Peffer quickly dismisses his own creative talents – by no means does he identify as an artist or photographer. Peffer instead describes himself as...
FEELING COMFORTABLE: The waiting area of Dr. Amy Falk’s The Eye Doctor in East Greenwich is decorated with plants and features comfortable chairs as part of the small-town, relaxed feel she brings to her eye care practice. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Falk brings small-town approach to her eye care practice

Curiosity led Dr. Amy Falk to visit an eye doctor’s office while attending high school, sparking her interest in pursuing a career in health...
LAB MODEL: Steven Triedman, co-owner of Corky’s Reflective Wear LLC, which makes highly visible and water-repellent collars and jackets for dogs, with Georgie, a yellow Lab puppy modeling the K-9 reflective wear, flanked by two stuffed models. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Corky’s makes reflective coats for dogs and vests for women dog...

Whether walking tiny teacup poodles or large Labs, dog walkers have a common problem. In New England, for much of the fall and winter,...
DYNAMIC DUO: Anthony Squillacci Jr., left, president of APAC Tool Inc., took over the family business, which was started as a jewelry manufacturer by his father, Anthony Squillacci Sr., right. APAC now also does product design. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Right tools for jewelers

Anthony Squillacci Sr. learned toolmaking as a teenager, watching over his uncle’s shoulder as they sat side by side at a workbench. Several decades later,...

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