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MALLEABLE METALLERS: Sandi Bonazoli and Jim Dowd are the co-owners of Beehive Handmade, a long-standing metal­work business that recently opened a store and studio space in Warren. Dowd crafts a copper rack for measuring spoons while Bonazoli looks on. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Metalsmiths forge ahead with storefront, in-house manufacturing

In Sandi Bonazoli and Jim Dowd’s Warren metalsmithing studio, Beehive Handmade, equipment ranges from a 100-year-old machine to modern technology such as a laser...
NEW DIGS: Providence Living is emerging as a real estate developer behind some of the most prominent redevelopment projects in the city. In front of their newly rehabilitated downtown headquarters at 259 Weybosset St., are, from left, Dustin Dezube, owner; Kevin Diamond, principal architect of Providence Architecture; and Eric Belisle, principal of Providence Building. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Providence Living builds on rapid growth, adds architecture division

In the past year, Providence Living has bought prominent properties throughout the city, including the Hotel Dolce Villa on Federal Hill, the former Club...
QUALITY TIME: Heather Mayo, founder and owner of Sweet Peas Village in East Greenwich, reads to a few kindergarten students on St. Patrick’s Day. The school has 22 classrooms and serves 230 students between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years old. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Sweet Peas Village creates foundation for kids to succeed, learn and...

Heather Mayo was a sophomore in college when she saw a television show about abused children in child care, prompting her to change her...
PERSONAL TOUCH: Althea Tower, owner of Riveted Woodworking & Design in Bristol, and her husband, Jason Tower, specialize in custom-made built-in structures. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Tower builds on her design career with woodworking

For Althea Tower, owner and builder at Riveted Woodworking & Design in Bristol, opening a custom design business was a somewhat unplanned turn in...
SQUID MASTER: Ryan G. Clark, CEO and president of The Town Dock in Narragansett, took the reins of the family-owned wholesale squid supplier in 2016 and in recent years has been overseeing the launch of the company’s own calamari brand. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

At The Town Dock, calamari is made by the boatload

Calamari has a cult following in Rhode Island, crowned the official state appetizer in 2014. But how many calamari connoisseurs know what it takes to...
BOLD MOVE: Christian Rakotoarisoa makes a latte at White Electric Coffee in Providence. Rakotoarisoa is one of nine worker-owners at White Electric, which became the first unionized worker-owned cooperative cafe in Rhode Island last year. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

White Electric workers form coffee co-op after buying out former owners

Since becoming a worker-owned cooperative, the employees of CUPS Cooperative Inc., doing business as White Electric Coffee, say they’ve rarely fallen into disagreement about...
STRONGER TOGETHER: Ana Duque, left, and Karen Mejias at their new store called The Heal Room. The two Latina women have teamed up, using their past experiences as business owners to bring a zero-waste store and wellness bar to Pawtucket.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Duo serves up wellness with zero waste

Ana Duque and Karen Mejias discovered the need to merge their business ventures to create a bigger impact and survive amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The...
FOCUS SHIFT: Stephen Clair, left, and Brad Clair, brothers and co-owners of Simplex Engine & Repair Co. in Providence, a third-generation, family-owned machine and engine parts company, say auto dealers were once a major part of the company’s client base, but the focus has shifted to heavy-duty construction companies. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Clair brothers keep family’s engine machine shop running strong

Brothers Brad and Stephen Clair share a lot more than DNA. Always close, the Bristol natives grew up working for the family company, Simplex Engine...
PERFECT FIT: Jay Santiago, who owns the Imagine Gift Store with his wife, Michelle, stands on the upper landing of the second floor of the three-story shop located in the former Lyric Theater building in Warren. Michelle Santiago says the shop, with its quirky items, fun atmosphere and interactive murals, fits seamlessly into the town’s creative energy. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Santiago takes over gift shop to preserve vibe, culture of the...

To Michelle Santiago, owner of Imagine Gift Store, visiting the downtown Warren store isn’t just about shopping. It’s about the store’s overall atmosphere, Santiago...
GOING SOLO: Phil Mazza says he started the Providence School of Music because he wasn’t satisfied with how he and other teachers were treated as employees of different music schools around the city, where he’s taught off and on since 2002. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Music school strikes a chord with students

When the COVID-19 pandemic came to Rhode Island, Phil Mazza feared it could be the end of the music business he established in 2017...

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