Gifts from across the sea

Longevity suits Jagdish Sachdev and the retail business he founded on Thayer Street in Providence in the late 1960s. Of all the changes in...
GENERATIONAL LEADERSHIP: Robert Loiselle, president of Loiselle Insurance Agency in Pawtucket, runs the business with his two daughters, who both serve as vice presidents, Melanie Loiselle-Mongeon, left, who also serves as office administrator, and Brenda Loiselle-Marcotte. All three are owners of the company. 

Family lessons endure at Loiselle Insurance Agency

Insurance runs in the Loiselle family. Robert Loiselle is president of Loiselle Insurance Agency in Pawtucket. His daughters, Melanie Loiselle-Mongeon and Brenda Loiselle-Marcotte, serve as...
ON THE MOVE: Island Moving Company founder and Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen, with company dancer Emily Baker in the background. The ballet performance company is planning and fundraising for a new $4 million building that would include three studios as a black box theater and provide a home for its Newport Academy of Ballet.

Island Moving ballet works to connect

Masterful use of venues such as Rosecliff mansion and the tall ship SSV Oliver Hazard Perry has shaped the Island Moving Company’s relationship with...
RETAIL BOUTIQUES: Natalie Swift, left, and Dakota Whitworth are the co-founders of Harper & Tucker, a business that operates retail boutiques: one on Bellevue Avenue in Newport and another in the Wayland Square neighborhood of Providence.

Harper & Tucker clothing stands out

Dakota Whitworth and Natalie Swift launched a boutique in Newport in 2017 that had what every woman wants in her clothing – something unique...
THREADING A NEW NEEDLE: Ocean State Innovations uses a novel approach to find success in the textile industry, thanks in large part to ownership partner Ben L. Galpen, left, and Edward W. Ricci II, CEO and partner.

Redefining the role of middleman in the textile market

Ocean State Innovations in Portsmouth is putting a modern spin on Rhode Island’s storied textile industry. Once a powerhouse, local textile companies today are...
JOB TRAINING: We Make RI staff, from left: Diana Castellone, marketing specialist; Barbara Jackson, executive director; Katelyn Boudreau, vice president of employer relations; and Samantha Gobin, outreach coordinator, meet at the nonprofit’s Cranston offices.

Manufacturing a new job

At least half of the men accepted into classes at We Make RI say they want to be machinists, or computer numerically controlled operators. The...
LOCAL HERBS: Sisters Christina Dedora, right, owner, and Cheryl Pynn run Sanctuary Herbs, a small business that makes herbal teas. Sanctuary buys fresh herbs from local farmers and dries them in its facility in Pawtucket.

Rhody-grown herbal teas

After 13 years of farming – growing flowers, herbs and vegetables on state-owned, cooperative land – Christina Dedora was ready to simplify her work...
MANAGING PARTNERS: Cameron & Mittleman attorneys and managing partners, from left, Robert A. Migliaccio, Lynn E. ­Riley and Scott F. Bielecki converse at the Providence law firm. The firm has expanded practice areas as it added attorneys. 

Firm’s expertise grows with practice

Cameron & Mittleman LLP is one of Providence’s long-established, midsized law firms. Its areas of focus have grown with the practice. They include: corporate and...
DOG TRAINING: Cassandra Birocco, owner of K9 Connection in Warwick,, which serves about 150 people with their dogs per week and at least 30 dogs per night. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

K9 connects pups, owners

Perhaps it’s to be expected that a dog-training business would prioritize loyalty. Along with the closer relationships that K9 Connections has helped forge between people...
LABOR OF LOVE: Jordan Ford, left, and Darin Wildenstein are co-owners of Jordan’s Jungle, a plant store and nursery occupying 4,000 square feet in a former jewelry plant in Pawtucket. 

Jordan’s Jungle where the hard-to-find grow

A business of 5,000 plants, aptly named Jordan’s Jungle, began with a single orchid. Located in a Pawtucket mill, the business is popular with clients...
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