Friday, April 23, 2021



FEELING COMFORTABLE: The waiting area of Dr. Amy Falk’s The Eye Doctor in East Greenwich is decorated with plants and features comfortable chairs as part of the small-town, relaxed feel she brings to her eye care practice. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Falk brings small-town approach to her eye care practice

Curiosity led Dr. Amy Falk to visit an eye doctor’s office while attending high school, sparking her interest in pursuing a career in health...
LAB MODEL: Steven Triedman, co-owner of Corky’s Reflective Wear LLC, which makes highly visible and water-repellent collars and jackets for dogs, with Georgie, a yellow Lab puppy modeling the K-9 reflective wear, flanked by two stuffed models. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Corky’s makes reflective coats for dogs and vests for women dog...

Whether walking tiny teacup poodles or large Labs, dog walkers have a common problem. In New England, for much of the fall and winter,...
DYNAMIC DUO: Anthony Squillacci Jr., left, president of APAC Tool Inc., took over the family business, which was started as a jewelry manufacturer by his father, Anthony Squillacci Sr., right. APAC now also does product design. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Right tools for jewelers

Anthony Squillacci Sr. learned toolmaking as a teenager, watching over his uncle’s shoulder as they sat side by side at a workbench. Several decades later,...
DOCKED: Charlie Donadio Jr., founder, CEO and president of Atlantic Wind Transfers, stands on board the Atlantic Pioneer, one of two vessels his company uses to transport technicians and equipment to offshore wind turbines for repairs and maintenance.  / COURTESY ATLANTIC WIND TRANSFERS

Persistence drives offshore wind vessel business

A specially equipped boat navigates turbulent seas, landing its rubber nose smack against the steel foundation of a monstrous offshore wind turbine, delivering technicians...
ENDURING EQUIPMENT: Darya Blout is the owner of composites and advanced materials manufacturer Canapitsit Customs LLC in Bristol, which designs and makes composite materials that can encase and protect instruments on underwater unmanned vehicles. Blout recently won a Materials Innovation Challenge award through the 401 Tech Bridge. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Ensuring underwater unmanned vehicles can dive to deep depths

Even as a child, Darya Blout knew she wanted to design something that would work better. The first dream was a racing sailboat. Now,...
INTEGRAL ROLE: Heather Handrigan-Ross, third-generation owner of Atlas Pallet Corp. in Burrillville, says the manufacturer understood with the onset of COVID-19 “that if people wanted to get masks, wanted to get consumer goods, pallet supply lines would have to flow.”  / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Third-generation owner keeps pallet manufacturer flowing and growing

In a hot-pink mask and blown-out hair, Heather Handrigan-Ross may not fit the stereotypical look of a manufacturer. But as she strode into the production...
SCOURING THE GLOBE: Cousins Liana Buonanno and Paul Fede, co-owners of Gooseneck Vineyards, work with farmers in six countries to source the grapes for their classic, budget-friendly wines, which they sell in their North Kingstown vineyard shop.  PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Duo seeks best grapes to make classic, budget-friendly wines

From the hills of the Treviso in Italy to the stony Wairau Valley river flats in Marlborough, New Zealand, Liana Buonanno and Paul Fede...
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...

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