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JACK OF MANY TRADES: Marine Solutions Inc. owner Dick Cromwell, left, who says he’s always enjoyed working around boats, ran many other businesses before launching the marine vessel dealer in Portsmouth in 1995. He’s pictured with Miles Brugman.
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Cromwell sailing smoothly

Richard “Dick” Cromwell ran many businesses throughout his career before launching Maritime Solutions Inc. in 1995, including a restaurant and scooter rental company. “I’ve had...
FARMER FIRST: Sowams Cider Works Co. owner Spencer Morris says he must have control over how the apples he plants are grown and harvested to successfully produce his craft ciders.
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Morris keeps family apple farming tradition alive with cidermaking

Though most customers know Sowams Cider Works Co. through its Warren tasting room, or by the bottle at several Rhode Island liquor stores, the...
TURNING THE PAGE: Laurie Sutherland says she always wanted to own her own bookstore, so when she saw an online ­advertisement for the sale of Island Books in Middletown, she visited the store, fell in love with it and bought the store. 
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Sutherland keeps Island Books’ story going strong

Whether she’s reading fictional fantasies or ­enlightening memoirs, Laurie Sutherland says she’s always loved books because of the knowledge she gains from each one. “I’ve...
TWO-FOR-ONE: Providence Tour Co. guide Kate Kelly, center, leads a Crime Cuisine Tour at Trattoria Appia on Federal Hill in Providence. At right are two of the dozen or so attendees, Tom and Marylou Costello, of Franklin, Mass.
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Transforming tourism to connect with city’s culture

For the price of a meal, you can take a walk with Bradly VanDerStad, founder of the Providence Tour Co., which he launched in 2018...
BRANCHING OUT: Laura Wistow, director of marketing for Bad-Adz in Pawtucket, says the marketing and advertising services the company provides for grocery stores can be applied to other industries and the company began taking on clients in other industries in 2023.
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Pivot from print to digital a Bad-Adz move that’s paying off

When Bad-Adz founder and President Joel ­Albrizio started his marketing business in the late 1970s, the heights of modern-day digital marketing were still largely...
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS: Brothers Brian, left, and David Morin are the co-owners of Fore Court Racquet & Fitness Club, an indoor tennis, racquetball and fitness center in Cumberland started by their father, Maurice “Moe” Morin, in 1973. While tennis has remained a major focus, the brothers say business exploded after they introduced pickleball about a year ago.
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Fore Court has been serving up fitness for 50 years

David Morin recalled how his father, Maurice “Moe” Morin, deemed tennis as the sport of a lifetime. His reasoning is that if you’ve learned it...
DOUBLE LIFE: Rick Sunderland, a gym and health teacher at Classical High School, opened live music venue Dusk on Harris Avenue in Providence in 2010 because of a passion for live music and a desire to showcase musicians and artists. 
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‘Creating a space for artists and musicians’ a labor of love...

Other than his 30 years as a Providence public school teacher, Rick Sunderland’s resume reads like a partial directory of Rhode Island nightclubs. Bon...
TRIAL BY FIRE: Elizabeth Welch started her Providence ceramics studio, Anyhow Studio, in 2021 after sensing there was a need for instruction on ceramics beyond beginner-level courses. 
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After leap of faith, ceramics studio takes shape

When Elizabeth Welch opened Anyhow Studio, she wasn’t quite sure what to expect. She was no stranger to leading ceramics courses in Providence, having taught...
VALUABLE COLLECTION: Bill and Alison Vareika gather amongst some of their extensive collection of William Trost Richards paintings in the Vareika Fine Arts Gallery in Newport.
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Vareika traded dealing in courtrooms for dealing paintings

William Vareika was supposed to be a lawyer, not an art dealer. But sometimes fate has a way of making these decisions for you. A...
COLLECTING SCRAPS: Leo Pollock, left, and Nat Harris, co-founders of organic waste collector ReMix Organics Co. in Providence, use these yellow bins to gather food waste, which either goes to farms for compost or is turned into energy such as electricity or a renewable gas. 
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ReMix Organics shaking up food waste industry

After moving to Providence in 2007 from the Netherlands, where he studied environmental policy and sustainable development, Leo Pollock noticed gaps in local food...
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