Tuesday, March 21, 2023



AGGRESSIVE GROWTH: Adam Lastrina, co-owner of Knead Doughnuts, is pictured at the company’s newest location at 135 Elmgrove Ave. on the East Side in Providence, which opened in April. The company opened its first location in downtown Providence in December 2016 and hopes to open four locations within five years.

Twice is nice for Knead

Rhode Island got its first taste of Knead Doughnuts last year, and co-owner Adam Lastrina says that ever since, it’s been wanting more. And Knead...
FAMILY HOBBY: For Michael Mancini, owner of American Muscle Car Restorations in North Kingstown, restoring cars began as a family hobby that has turned into a full-time career.

Restoring ‘muscle’ in vintage cars

For Michael Mancini, car restoration was first a family hobby, “a bug” he caught from his father and uncles. Today, Mancini owns the 17-person, North...
A BETTER WAY: Steve Rosa is the leader of (add)ventures, a small brand-communications business with clients around the globe. It recently received incentives to add more jobs in Providence through R.I. Commerce Corp.

At (add)ventures, it’s your brand, your story

Stephen Rosa learned to identify business ­solutions at a company that would grow to become a Fortune 500 giant – EMC. From his position, among...
HEAVY LOAD: Rosa Ciunci, left, and Maureen Pagliaro, co-founders of LinenDrops.com, provide linen services for vacation and short-term rental properties throughout the region.

Delivering on fresh linen

After working in criminal justice, Maureen Pagliaro was looking for something different to work on. Inspiration came during her vacations in North Carolina when...
POPULAR DESIGNS: Robin Barrett Wilson, CEO and founder of robin b., a 3-year-old women’s fashion design and boutique in Cranston, wears one of her designs, a black sleeveless sheath dress underneath a cardigan sweater, both made in New York. The outfit on the rack next to her has a Lola & Sophie top and Parkes Smith jeans.

Fresh fashion looks for women in Garden City

After studying fashion at the Community College of Rhode Island and Lesley University, followed by stints with Victoria’s Secret, Filene’s and apparel company V.F....
NEW SETUP: E. Frances Paper owners Jenni Laundon, left, director of sales, and Emily Roberts, director of operations, in what will be the new product assembly area for the greeting card and stationery design and manufacturer. The company currently leases space in Newport but will move in July to a new location, above, it purchased in Middletown. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Detailed designs lead to rapid success

The women behind E. Frances Paper Inc. are preparing to move into their own place this summer, a renovated former auto dealership and garage...
FAMILY-RUN: Joe Audette, left, owner and president of M.R.T. Jewelers, runs his business with his wife, Janice, and son ­David, vice president. The family-run business offers jewelry repair and sales. / COURTESY M.R.T. JEWELERS

E.P. jeweler rooted in family

Walk into M.R.T. Jewelers on a weekday morning and you might see owner Joe Audette in the store’s large showroom, starting his day among...
LASTING LETTERPRESS: Dan Wood, owner and founder of the Dan Wood Rhode Island letterpress print shop, works with Lois Harada, shop manager, on the Polyman 50 automatic-fed cylinder letterpress at the shop’s headquarters in Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Ancient print process still impresses

For Dan Wood, owner of Dan Wood Rhode Island letter­press print shop, “anytime the linotype runs, that’s an achievement.” The 1994 Rhode Island School of...
HIGH MARKS: The Bethany Home of Rhode Island, an adult rehab and care center privately owned and run recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. Elizabeth Sarro, president and administrator, took over the top job five years ago. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Mission is senior care

Bethany Home of Rhode Island Inc., one of the oldest nursing homes in the state, provides skilled services and enrichment for its residents under...
INFANT CARE: Kathleen F. Moren is the founder and CEO of Healthy Babies, Happy Moms. The company offers classes and support, as well as equipment for infant care and breastfeeding. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Keeping moms, babies healthy

When Kathleen F. Moren moved to Rhode Island from Chicago in the late 1990s, she found the state lacked services for new mothers. In 1999,...
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