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...
BUILT TO LAST: McKay’s Furniture Vice President Kerry McKay says treating customers with gratitude and respect has been at the center of the company’s 120-year longevity. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

McKay’s Furniture offering comfort in a crisis

At one time, five generations of McKays were working at McKay’s Furniture Inc. Kerry McKay, the furniture retailer’s vice president, remembers another instance when five...
STILL PRODUCING: Dan Neff is a co-owner of The Industrious Spirit Co. in Providence. The distillery was prepared to open a tasting room for the public before the new coronavirus hit. Industrious Spirit is still selling its Structural Vodka through a walk-up window at the distillery. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Providence distillery remains in high spirits

Four years of research and development led The Industrious Spirit Co. LLC to a lineup of craft spirits that it was preparing to sell...
CLEAN LANDING: Thomas McNees, managing operator for PVD Shines at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, works on the shoes of businessman Mike Rogers. McNees says the company performed about 50 shoeshines a day at the airport before it had to halt its services due to the coronavirus pandemic./ PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PVD Shines offers service with a polished finish

Airports have played a central role in Thomas McNees’ life. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a business degree, he previously worked as food...
ENDLESS CHOICES: Customers can choose from up to 4,000 styles and an array of finishes at Get The Picture, a custom framing shop in Lincoln launched nearly 20 years ago by owners Andy Langlois, right, and Mike Labbe. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

A custom shop that’s thinking outside the frame

Customers who walk into Get The Picture LLC in search of a custom frame are presented with row after row of choices – up...
RUNNING THE TABLE: East Greenwich Cove Builders recently won the 2019 “Best in American Living” community of the year award from the National Association of Home Builders for their “pocket neighborhood” called Castle Street Cottages. From left, Chris Santilli, managing partner, and Jerry Zarrella Jr., president. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Creating a ‘pocket’ in the housing market

For many buyers, the American dream is no longer a single-family house with a yard. Instead, they want to own a smaller but well-designed home...
CHARGED UP: Jeffrey Flath is CEO and president of eNow Inc., a Warwick manufacturer that designed a system that uses solar panels to power refrigeration units in commercial trucks. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

eNow has found cool use for solar panels on trucks

It’s no secret that emissions from the use of diesel fuel are exacerbating climate change worldwide. One might consider the elephant – or perhaps, the...
THE FABRICATOR: Deb Semple established Teddy Bearskins Inc. after she started sewing outfits for her twins. The independent retailer has been in business for nearly 40 years. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Independent retailer Teddy Bearskins shows no signs of wear and tear

When Deb Semple created Teddy Bearskins Inc. in 1983, her first store in the North Kingstown village of Wickford sold handmade clothes. The tiny space,...
CONSTRUCTION DISCUSSION: Dave Caldwell, left, co-owner of Caldwell & Johnson Inc., talks with employee Rob Ball about the progress on a home rebuild in Cranston recently. In the background, standing, is company co-founder Dave Caldwell Sr. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Caldwell & Johnson Inc. a homegrown family enterprise

For more than a half-century, Caldwell & Johnson Inc. has followed where the house building has gone in Rhode Island. Founded in the late 1960s,...
CAPTAIN OF THE SHIP: Bob Romano, president of Coutu Bros. Movers, purchased the business in 2000 and recently expanded with the acquisition of MGM Express Movers. / PBN PHOTO / RUPERT WHITELEY

Buying competitor a bold move for Coutu Bros.

The beginnings of Bob Romano’s ownership of a moving and storage company weren’t auspicious. His only truck broke down on its first delivery. “Very first...

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