Friday, January 15, 2021



BUSINESS IS BOOMING: Rob Cagnetta, owner of Heritage Restoration Inc. in Providence, and Marguerite Keyes, finishing specialist, work on restoring some windows. Cagnetta said Heritage is as busy as ever despite the COVID-19 pandemic because people are home more and discovering things they don’t like or that need to be fixed. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Residential restorations keep long-running contractor busy

If it still works, keep it. If it doesn’t work, fix it. That’s the principle behind historic preservation of family homes and other residential...
DECORATIONS IN DEMAND: While those hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic may be scaling back their holiday displays this year, Chris Beneduce, owner of Impressions Holiday Lighting and Decor in Warwick, says many people have expressed continued interest in decorating this season. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Serial entrepreneur enjoys making spirits bright for clients each year

Chris Beneduce by no means identifies as a Christmas fanatic. But as owner of Holiday Impressions Lighting and Decor, he spends the last two months...
STRATEGIZING: From left, Briana Tikiryan, social media manager; social media strategists Jessica Turner and Taelor Washington; and Darren Jodoin, founder and president of PMC Media Group Inc., discuss upcoming projects at the company’s office in East Greenwich. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Digital marketing efforts help PMC Media Group ‘come back’ from COVID...

PMC Media Group was coming off a record-breaking 2019. Darren Jodoin, founder and president of the media and advertising firm, said the business had...
ON THE MOVE: Thr3e Live Dance Complex owners Nikki Gyftopoulos, left, and Tjay Martino recently closed their Johnston studio and expanded to a larger Providence location, where they offer a variety of dance and fitness classes. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Dance studio expands to larger venue

The idea of dance as an expression of art and personality, individual to the person and accessible to all is central to the business...
ONLINE ORDERS: Philip Viveiros, owner of Phil’s Propane in Tiverton, closed the company’s showroom and created an online-friendly ordering format prior to the coronavirus pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Fueled by family ethics

Not only do they have the same name – the younger named after the older – but Philip Viveiros also took over the third-generation...
ON THE MOVE: Christine Crum, owner of Gentry Moving and Storage, makes her way around the company storage facility. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Crum turns hurdle to advantage, stands out as woman-owned moving company

More than 15 years ago, Christine Crum felt like receiving her business license from the R.I. Division of Public Utilities and Carriers to own...
TAXING VOCATION: Certified public accountant Jonathan L. Ucran started Ucran & Co. LLC, a full-service public accounting and tax firm, eight years ago with only a part-time receptionist, but he now has 15 full-time employees and recently acquired a small, independent firm in Warwick. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Ucran accounting firm adds second location in R.I.

Certified public accountant Jonathan L. Ucran knew he was good with numbers and people, an essential combination to succeed in public accounting. But when...
WELL-ROUNDED: NeQter Labs CEO Richard Astle says he learned the importance of hiring “people smarter than me” to offset his areas of weakness and strengthen the software company, which he said has had its best year ever in 2020. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

NeQter provides sweet solutions to protect companies from cyberattacks

That the “NeQter” in NeQter Labs is an abbreviated ­version of the term “network quantifier” is a play on words few outside the tech...
FRUITS OF LABOR: About a decade ago, John and Maureen Leyden, owners of Leyden Vineyards and Winery LLC in West Greenwich, began planting seeds for strawberries, blueberries and grapevines on their Christmas tree farm property and in 2011 began making and selling fruit-essence wines. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Leyden Vineyards provides fruit wines to help you unwind

Harvested grapes along Rhode Island’s coastline may not bolster varieties such as nebbiolo from Piemonte, Italy; mourvédre from Provence, France; or the more than...
SEWING SUCCESS: Bob and Karen Roy are the owners of Blaine Sewing Machine Center in Cranston. The store, which sells and repairs sewing machines and carries fabrics and sewing supplies, has had a boost in sales because many people are dusting off old sewing machines and making masks. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Sewing supplier sees unprecedented demand during pandemic

An army of home-based seamstresses and tailors turned 2020 into a very good year for sewing suppliers. Blaine Enterprises Inc., which operates the Blaine...

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