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ELDERLY ELM: Matt Largess, owner of Largess Forestry, stands in front of the giant American elm tree at 100 Garfield St. in Central Falls. With a trunk measuring 16 feet, 6 inches in circumference, 90 feet high and a 120-foot crown spread, it is among the oldest and largest in the state. Largess estimates the tree sprouted prior to the Civil War. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Largess Forestry Inc. stands up for trees

When you have a tree that needs to come down, you call a tree removal service. An arborist may try to persuade you to...
CATCHING SOME RAYS: Vito Buonomano, owner of Northeast Solar & Wind Power LLC, says most of the solar-power projects his company has been involved with have been on farms, including this installation at the Washington County Turf Farms in South Kingstown. 
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Providence company started after owner took a shine to renewable energy

When Vito Buonomano saw the 2006 climate change documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” he felt compelled to act. So much so that he upended his career...
IN ANY EVENT: Mark Brown, co-owner of Cozy Caterers, stands in one of the party spaces available at the Warwick venue where the catering company relocated last May. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Waterfront venue added to caterer’s growing menu

Fresh off the nonstop hustle of the holidays, Cozy Caterers LLC is already making ambitious plans for this year. “Bigger and better,” is how co-owner...
SEAL OF APPROVAL: Jeff O’Brien’s company, Fish’n Tales Adventures, has started offering seal tours on his boat, the Northeastern, allowing passengers to get a close look at harbor seals on rocks along the North Kingstown waterfront. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. company giving tourists close up view of seals

Fish’n Tales Adventures started four years ago with a focus on quintessential Rhode Island experiences – lobstering and saltwater fishing. This year, it’s moved on...
REAL RHODY DEAL: Trisha Torres, co-owner of bird feeder manufacturer Aspects Inc. in Warren, takes pride in the fact the company has exclusively been making lawn and garden products at its Rhode Island facility for 40 years. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

R.I. manufacturer of bird feeder is flying high

Made in the USA is a claim few manufacturers can make. And even fewer can boast of products made entirely in Rhode Island. But this...
TAKING SHAPE: Architects Donald Powers, left, and Douglas Kallfelz, of Union Studio Architecture & Community Design, outside a three-building project the firm designed on Westminster Street in Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Union Studio is expert at drawing connections

Founded nearly 20 years ago on the idea that architects’ influence should extend beyond the design of a building, Union Studio Architecture & Community...
STITCHING SUCCESS: Heather Fortes, center, and her two business partners, Nicole Almeida, and Fortes’ son, Nathan, have moved an online business in specialty clothing and accessories into a retail store in East Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Clothing business built on duo’s common threads

Heather Fortes initially was looking for a distraction when she started sewing. Forlorn and directionless after her only son left for college at the...
CRAFTY FELLOW: Jeffrey Greene, owner of Peter Pots Pottery, displays some of the pottery products he and his craftspeople have made by hand at a converted old mill in South Kingstown. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

At scenic mill, much-desired pottery has been the product for seven...

The tale of Peter Pots Stoneware Inc. in South Kingstown feels like it should be encased in a snow globe or tucked into a...
MUSSEL MAN: Gregory Silkes is a co-owner and the general manager of American Mussel Harvesters in North Kingstown. The shellfish operation recently underwent an online facelift, updating its website, tweaking its logo and streamlining its sales focus to present a consistent message to customers. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

American Mussel Harvesters in shell game of different kind

There’s no doubt that American Mussel Harvesters Inc. sells mussels. They also harvest and distribute quahogs, soft-shell clams and up to 40 different types...
PAPER PUSHERS: David Spencer, right, CEO of Atlantic Paper & Supply, talks with sales representative Sean Borek. Spencer runs the company with his wife, Lisa, whose grandfather started the business in the 1940s. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

In digital age, paper-goods supplier is modern, but ‘still old-fashioned’

The third-generation family business, Atlantic Paper & Supply, has adapted through the years to changing methods of distribution and waning demand for some of...
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