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UP IN ARMS: Despite an anticipated 40% increase in annual sales due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dean Chapman, owner of gun stores Pheasant Ridge Inc. in Seekonk and River Street Tactical Inc. in Woonsocket, was not happy when he was forced to close his Seekonk store after initial stay-at-home orders in Massachusetts did not deem gun stores as essential ­businesses. / PBN PHOTO/NANCY LAVIN

Pandemic triggers a boom for Seekonk gun store

A gun can’t kill a virus, but that hasn’t stopped customers from swarming Pheasant Ridge Inc. amid the new coronavirus. In his 30-plus years in...
NEW MODEL: After working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Delin Designs CEO Eric Delin, left, and Digital Marketing Director Matt Smith decided not to return to in-office work and to perform all work remotely going forward. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Thriving in a virtual mode

Matthew Smith’s head is always in the world of the web. From website design, development, creative campaigns, landing pages and digital advertisements, Smith is constantly...
BRANCHING OUT: Kinder Industries owner Phillip Kinder displays the face shield and mask that his company recently started producing for health care workers and commercial orders. In the background, head seamstress Misuk Toppa cuts strips for enclosure panels that are going to Regata Place in Newport. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Kinder Industries shielded from a shutdown

For two weeks after the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Rhode Island, the phone stopped ringing at Kinder Industries Inc. in Bristol. The manufacturer of...
RESPONSIBLE CHANGE: The staff at Loft LLC, an industrial design company, has recently pivoted its work to designing and building contactless COVID-19 testing trailers for use by the R.I. National Guard. From left, Jeanette Numbers, co-founder; Nari Shin, designer/textile expert; and Scott Noh, product design. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Loft is designed for innovation

Jeanette Numbers was the rare kind of teenager who knew exactly what she wanted to do professionally. Realizing her interest in industrial design – originally...
GROWING SALES: David Urban, owner of the Secret Garden, a small floral shop with a garden center in Jamestown, says he tripled sales since he purchased the business by expanding the list of local suppliers and stocking more. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Hardy variety of retailer

In 2008, David Urban, who’d just earned a degree in horticulture from the University of Rhode Island, had one specific desire while in the...
DIVERSIFIED: Kevin Sheahan, left, and David Sheahan are the owners of Sheahan Printing in Woonsocket, a multigenerational, family-owned printing company that has transitioned to making face shields. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Woonsocket printer displays new COVID-19-inspired skill

For three generations, Sheahan Printing Corp. has ­focused on the commercial printing needs of its business and nonprofit customers, everything from rack cards and...
COMMUNITY RESOURCE: Nicholas Shanos is the owner and head pharmacist at Suburban Pharmacy, a second-generation, family-owned pharmacy in Warwick. He is holding a bottle of his own hand sanitizer. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Independent pharmacy offers Rx with personal touch

Nicholas Shanos originally planned to take his birthday off from work. But that was before the new coronavirus hit Rhode Island, making Shanos’ role as...
FOOD PREP: Roch’s Fresh Foods Vice President Zach Roch and Michelle Rivera, curbside pickup manager, prepare orders for delivery. The grocery wholesaler is now delivering food to people who are homebound because of COVID-19. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Roch’s escapes from a hard place

Ray Roch wasn’t sure what would become of his family business when Rhode Island’s public schools closed in mid-March as the coronavirus pandemic gained...
WEEKEND WARRIORS: Knead Doughnuts co-owner Adam Lastrina, right, and Bryan Tsai, production supervisor, prepare doughnuts in March. While the bakery has three locations in Rhode Island, only one remains open, serving takeout orders on the weekends only. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Knead Doughnuts waiting for a time to rise again

After four years of business growth and expansion, Knead Doughnuts completed its move into a larger commercial kitchen in February. The new space, in a...
LOADING UP: Tommy Duell, driver/loader operator at J & L Landscaping Co. in Seekonk, transfers loam to the dump truck for delivery. The company continues to provide its services via delivery and curbside pickup during the coronavirus ­pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

J & L Landscaping a true perennial presence

Sustaining a marriage for 40 years is an accomplishment in itself. Maintaining a harmonious relationship while also working side by side as business partners is...

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