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SQUID MASTER: Ryan G. Clark, CEO and president of The Town Dock in Narragansett, took the reins of the family-owned wholesale squid supplier in 2016 and in recent years has been overseeing the launch of the company’s own calamari brand. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

At The Town Dock, calamari is made by the boatload

Calamari has a cult following in Rhode Island, crowned the official state appetizer in 2014. But how many calamari connoisseurs know what it takes to...
BOLD MOVE: Christian Rakotoarisoa makes a latte at White Electric Coffee in Providence. Rakotoarisoa is one of nine worker-owners at White Electric, which became the first unionized worker-owned cooperative cafe in Rhode Island last year. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

White Electric workers form coffee co-op after buying out former owners

Since becoming a worker-owned cooperative, the employees of CUPS Cooperative Inc., doing business as White Electric Coffee, say they’ve rarely fallen into disagreement about...
STRONGER TOGETHER: Ana Duque, left, and Karen Mejias at their new store called The Heal Room. The two Latina women have teamed up, using their past experiences as business owners to bring a zero-waste store and wellness bar to Pawtucket.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Duo serves up wellness with zero waste

Ana Duque and Karen Mejias discovered the need to merge their business ventures to create a bigger impact and survive amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The...
FOCUS SHIFT: Stephen Clair, left, and Brad Clair, brothers and co-owners of Simplex Engine & Repair Co. in Providence, a third-generation, family-owned machine and engine parts company, say auto dealers were once a major part of the company’s client base, but the focus has shifted to heavy-duty construction companies. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Clair brothers keep family’s engine machine shop running strong

Brothers Brad and Stephen Clair share a lot more than DNA. Always close, the Bristol natives grew up working for the family company, Simplex Engine...
PERFECT FIT: Jay Santiago, who owns the Imagine Gift Store with his wife, Michelle, stands on the upper landing of the second floor of the three-story shop located in the former Lyric Theater building in Warren. Michelle Santiago says the shop, with its quirky items, fun atmosphere and interactive murals, fits seamlessly into the town’s creative energy. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Santiago takes over gift shop to preserve vibe, culture of the...

To Michelle Santiago, owner of Imagine Gift Store, visiting the downtown Warren store isn’t just about shopping. It’s about the store’s overall atmosphere, Santiago...
GOING SOLO: Phil Mazza says he started the Providence School of Music because he wasn’t satisfied with how he and other teachers were treated as employees of different music schools around the city, where he’s taught off and on since 2002. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Music school strikes a chord with students

When the COVID-19 pandemic came to Rhode Island, Phil Mazza feared it could be the end of the music business he established in 2017...
BRANCHING OUT: Picerne Real Estate Group began by building single-family homes in Rhode Island before expanding both its services and its coverage area. Pictured, from left, are Fred DiFusco, Northeast region district manager; Ron Serpa, district manager; and Carol Macari, human resources manager, at the group’s Warwick office. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Picerne takes family-oriented approach to building, managing properties

Picerne Real Estate Group built the foundation for its business model by building single-family homes in Rhode Island before success led to the development...
DRIVEN TO SUCCEED: Kenneth Zorabedian, a former valet driver, is the owner of DASAP, a Providence business that partners with local restaurants to deliver orders to customers, while also providing valet parking services at multiple venues throughout the city. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Delivering food, parking cars with efficiency

Kenneth Zorabedian has always been a go-getter. As a child, he caught snakes and collected stray golf balls to sell to other kids in...
WATER FEATURE: Something Fishy Inc. CEO Kurt Harrington has more emphasis in getting aquariums into health care settings because of the potential health benefits. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MACDONALD

Something Fishy Aquarium Service

(published Jan. 22, 2001) YEAR ESTABLISHED: 1993 TYPE OF BUSINESS: Aquarium design, installation and maintenance THEN: OWNER/CEO: Kurt Harrington LOCATION: Charlestown EMPLOYEES: 5 ANNUAL SALES: WND NOW: OWNER/CEO: Kurt Harrington LOCATION: Warwick EMPLOYEES:...
FASHION ON DISPLAY: Leather bags and suitcases surround former Lotuff Leather executives Lindy McDonough, left, and Ellen McNulty-Brown in this photo taken in 2016. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Lotuff Leather

(published Dec. 16, 2016) YEAR ESTABLISHED: 2011 TYPE OF BUSINESS: Leather goods THEN: OWNERS: Joe and Rick Lotuff LOCATION: 1 Sims Ave., Providence EMPLOYEES: 18 ANNUAL SALES: WND NOW: OWNERS: Joe...

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