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Newfound appreciation for pianos fuels sales surge at Avery amid pandemic

Avery Piano Co. has been a fixture in Richard Hundley’s life since childhood. After his family immigrated to Rhode Island from Burma, Hundley made frequent...
CONTINUED GROWTH: Jeffrey Wilhelm, owner of Infused Innovations Inc., has grown his technology consulting business by more than 330% in its eight years and hopes to continue growing at least 80% each year for the next three to five years. / PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

Tech consultant helps clients adapt to working remotely and securely

Jeffrey Wilhelm has worked in technology consulting his entire career, looking to make it less transactional and more relationship based. And in the last three...
LIFELINE: Wilfred Roth, owner of Add Temps, a temporary employment agency that hires its placements until they are hired by a company it works with, speaks with France Paulino, left, office manager, and Juliana Espinal, recruiter. Roth says the business may have gone under if manufacturing was not deemed essential because it allowed Add Temps to continue placing people. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Temp agency still answering calls for help

At least a portion of the low-skilled jobs that have been cut in the new coronavirus pandemic have been restored in other industries. WRoth...
VALUED CUSTOMERS: Jon Weiss, left, vice president of National Office Furniture Inc., with owner Howard Weiss in the company’s showroom on Branch Avenue in Providence. Jon Weiss says customer service has been at the heart of the company since it was established by his grandfather in 1919. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Long-standing ‘dinosaur’ furniture store thrives on showroom foot traffic

In an age when you can outfit a home office with the click of a button, venturing out to a store to buy furniture...
IN DEMAND: Dr. Richard Rosol, owner of TattooMedics Inc. in Providence, says his tattoo removal business has never been busier since reopening after elective surgeries were allowed to resume in Rhode Island amid the COVID-19 pandemic.   / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

TattooMedics provides comfortable ink removal

Kristen Kelo drives about 60 miles from the eastern part of Connecticut to Federal Hill in Providence frequently to attend her next session to...
VERSATILE: Tiffany Peay, owner of Tiffany Peay Jewerly Ltd. in Tiverton, is confident her jewelry design business will survive the COVID-19 pandemic by expanding her wellness-service offerings, which already include Reiki and meditation. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Tiffany Peay Jewelry shines in Tiverton

The gemstones in fine jewelry are particular to the people who wear them. The stones have their own properties and appearance. For the past...
RISK AVERSE: John Ruggieri, owner of Ocean State PyroTechnics Inc. in Hopkinton, with Juliana Lima, director of operations. Ruggieri says the business has attained an “impeccable” safety record in its 17 years of operation due to strict rules imposed on top of federal and state regulations. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Private events allow Ocean State Pyrotechnics to keep flame burning in...

John Ruggieri is fed up with the amateur fireworks that had become a nightly fixture during the coronavirus crisis before the Fourth of July. And...
PLANNING AHEAD: TMW Productions owner Tarah Warner says she’s as busy as she was prior to COVID-19, helping clients deal with restrictions related to the pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Events demand flexibility

Tarah Warner wanted to own a small business since she was 15, creating jobs and giving Rhode Islanders a path to success. After being in...
MORE THAN NOSTALGIA: Caswell Cooke Jr., executive director of the Misquamicut Business Association, says families have helped sell out most showings at the Misquamicut Drive-in Theater. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Blast from past a sellout

A summer at the beach and drive-in movie theaters: Some pleasures even a pandemic can’t ruin. The COVID-19 health crisis has dealt bad hands to...
UNIQUE RIDE: Matthew Haynes, owner of La Gondola Providence Inc., loves to share his knowledge of and passion for Venice and Venetian culture and history with his passengers while guiding them along the Providence and Woonasquatucket rivers. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

La Gondola Providence adds Venetian flavor

Matthew Haynes does not have a drop of Italian in his blood. But that hasn’t deterred him from donning the persona of a Venetian...

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