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THE CHAIR MEN: Knock on Wood Furniture Inc. owner Michael Gordon, right, and his son Nathan Gordon, head of finishing operations, stand in front of the Lincoln furniture store and manufacturer. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Knock on Wood carves out own niche in furniture market

It’s hard to miss the giant purple Adirondack chair marking the entrance to Knock on Wood Furniture Inc. in Lincoln. Ironically, the landmark is one...
FULFILLING WORK: Justin Gontarek, owner of Simplicity Print Studio in Warwick, says running his own screen printing and embroidery business may not be as profitable as the work he did previously with larger corporations but it’s more rewarding.
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Keeping it simple paying off for Warwick screen printing and embroidery...

Justin Gontarek’s motto these days is to “keep it simple.” This is also the mentality behind Simplicity Print Studio, his Warwick-based screen printing and embroidery...

Half-brothers use passion for renewable energy to launch solar startup

For a company that makes its money from homeowners buying solar panels, Evergreen Solar Inc. has a seemingly contradictory philosophy. “We don’t sell solar,”...
FROM PASSION TO PROFESSION: Kelly Allen-Kujawski used her love of reading to launch Rarities Books & Bindery in South Kingstown, where she specializes in restoration and preservation services for antique books and documents. 
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Avid reader turns passion into business preserving family heirlooms

Growing up, Kelly Allen-Kujawski always had “a love of old things,” and a book in her hand. This interest in history and literature ran...

No matter the tech changes, Meridian Printing presses forward

IT HAS BEEN SAID the birth of the print industry was 1436, when goldsmith Johannes Gutenberg combined a screw press and pieces of his...

Watch Hill Group hospitality product sales surging

WHEN BRENDA MOTTOLA goes out to eat, she isn’t only interested in what’s on her plate. She’s also looking for what’s underneath it – specifically, the...

Unique gift reflects broad appeal

The concept started as a gift: Toye Onikoyi, a ­University of Rhode Island graduate who was working as an engineer at Rite-Solutions Inc. in...
SMALL-CRAFT SPECIALISTS: New England Yacht Rigging Inc. President Kyle Wishart, left, and Vice President Daniel Martinez outside their Warwick shop with shop mascot Hooper. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Showing sailors the ropes

While some other businesses in the industry boast pictures on Instagram of their big projects fixing up flashy superyachts and megayachts, New England Yacht...
CURIOUS COLLECTOR: Aardvark Antiques Inc. owner Arthur Grover, center, loves the thrill of the hunt for rare or unique items. Grover is pictured with his sons, Rocco Grover Silvestri, right, and Jay Grover Silvestri, general manager, at the Newport business. / PBN PHOTO/DAVID HANSEN

On the hunt for hidden gems

Arthur Grover loves the chase. Whether it was combing through the Cranston dump as a teenager or now traveling to Dubai and Thailand to...
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...
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