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COOLING COMFORT: Bedjet LLC founder and CEO Mark Aramli developed a climate comfort sleep system to help keep him cool at night, then found success with a Kickstarter fundraising campaign and headquartered the business in Newport in 2014 to produce and sell the device.
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Bed tech company finds firm support in Newport

It has been said necessity is the mother of invention. As an engineering contractor working on the NASA spacesuit program, Mark Aramli, founder and CEO...
HEALING HANDS: Amy E. Smith, one of the two owners of Roots Specialty Services LLC in Providence, a studio offering physical therapy, yoga and massage services, works on Shariah Landry from Cranston.
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Holistic physical therapist takes root in Providence

For Amy E. Smith, physical therapy is about much more than getting over a physical injury. It’s about fostering a relationship with the client,...
RARE FIND: In Your Ear Records owner Chris Zingg holds a 1967 pressing of “The Velvet Underground & Nico” at the record store’s recently opened second location in Warren at 99 Water St., which specializes in rarities and high-end records.
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In Your Ear Records still going strong after 40 years

Over his 40 years in business, Chris Zingg, owner of In Your Ear Records Ltd., has weathered the highs and lows of the industry...
PAYING IT FORWARD: After overcoming anxiety with the help of improv comedy, Taylor Bruneaux, left, and her husband, Luke, are trying to share that transformative experience with others through their Kismet Improv comedy theater in Pawtucket, which offers both live shows and classes.
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Improv theater finds its footing after shaky start

Taylor Bruneaux found stability and comfort in the most unscripted and seemingly unstable of places: improv comedy. The social circle and affirming “yes and” principle...
BUILDING BLOCKS: Ryan Powers, co-owner of RJP Packaging LLC, works at the company’s Pawtucket headquarters. Powers and his father, John Powers, started the business as an industrial packaging company but have expanded.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Variety of products and services keeps packager expanding

RJP Packaging LLC may have started as an industrial packaging business, but it is much more than that today. Co-founders John Powers and his son...
LOCAL IMPACT: Gilbane Inc. has utilized G.O. Services, a subsidiary of Gilbane Building Co., to include local workers on projects and drive economic development. Pictured, from left, working on the Newton Pavilion renovation project in Boston are G.O. Foreman Dan Pattavina, Gilbane Project Safety Manager Mike Morganelli, G.O. laborers Mike Jackson and Darius Hines, Gilbane project engineers Nicole Wormuth and Erica Wentz, and G.O. Vice President and Business Unit Leader Kahlil Olmstead. 
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Gilbane Inc. changes the landscape on job sites and the community

PBN 2022 Diversity Equity & Inclusion Awards Architecture/Construction/Design: Gilbane Inc. Most of the meetings at Providence construction company Gilbane Inc. begin with what Chairman and...
FULFILLED FARMER: Christopher Clegg, a fifth-generation co-owner of his family’s Four Town Farm in Seekonk, used to dream of being an architect until he decided to step up to continue running the family business, a job he now relishes and is passionate about. 
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Farming has grown to be his passion

Christopher Clegg has the title of co-owner for his family farm, but the real boss is Mother Nature. With deluges and dry spells, heat and...
SKATE CREW: Francisco Ramirez, left, is the owner of Junk Wheels, an in-line skate wheel company in Cranston. At right are Kaylyn Fells, who handles the company’s social media, and Edgar Meneses, who works in shipping.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

In-line wheel company aims to get more people rolling

Francisco Ramirez has taken the economic slide in stride. Despite his Cranston-based in-line skating company being slowed by the pandemic, supply chain bottlenecks and inflation,...
GHOST GUIDE: Courtney Edge-Matos indulged her interest in the paranormal and supernatural by launching Providence Ghost Tour, a guided journey through the East Side’s haunted history either by foot or by riverboat in partnership with the Providence River Boat Co.
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Learn about the East Side’s haunted history on foot or by...

Courtney Edge-Matos has been acquainted with the supernatural from a young age. As a child, she and her family lived in a haunted house...
ONE-MAN SHOW: John Yglowski is the owner and sole employee of Sea Creature Aquarium in North Providence, selling saltwater and freshwater fish and related supplies.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Sea Creature’s exotic fish in demand

On a Thursday evening, you might find John Yglowski driving to the local airport and picking up 14 boxes. Not an unusual sight for...
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