SEAL OF APPROVAL: Jeff O’Brien’s company, Fish’n Tales Adventures, has started offering seal tours on his boat, the Northeastern, allowing passengers to get a close look at harbor seals on rocks along the North Kingstown waterfront. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. company giving tourists close up view of seals

Fish’n Tales Adventures started four years ago with a focus on quintessential Rhode Island experiences – lobstering and saltwater fishing. This year, it’s moved on...
REAL RHODY DEAL: Trisha Torres, co-owner of bird feeder manufacturer Aspects Inc. in Warren, takes pride in the fact the company has exclusively been making lawn and garden products at its Rhode Island facility for 40 years. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

R.I. manufacturer of bird feeder is flying high

Made in the USA is a claim few manufacturers can make. And even fewer can boast of products made entirely in Rhode Island. But this...
TAKING SHAPE: Architects Donald Powers, left, and Douglas Kallfelz, of Union Studio Architecture & Community Design, outside a three-building project the firm designed on Westminster Street in Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Union Studio is expert at drawing connections

Founded nearly 20 years ago on the idea that architects’ influence should extend beyond the design of a building, Union Studio Architecture & Community...
STITCHING SUCCESS: Heather Fortes, center, and her two business partners, Nicole Almeida, and Fortes’ son, Nathan, have moved an online business in specialty clothing and accessories into a retail store in East Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Clothing business built on duo’s common threads

Heather Fortes initially was looking for a distraction when she started sewing. Forlorn and directionless after her only son left for college at the...
CRAFTY FELLOW: Jeffrey Greene, owner of Peter Pots Pottery, displays some of the pottery products he and his craftspeople have made by hand at a converted old mill in South Kingstown. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

At scenic mill, much-desired pottery has been the product for seven...

The tale of Peter Pots Stoneware Inc. in South Kingstown feels like it should be encased in a snow globe or tucked into a...
MUSSEL MAN: Gregory Silkes is a co-owner and the general manager of American Mussel Harvesters in North Kingstown. The shellfish operation recently underwent an online facelift, updating its website, tweaking its logo and streamlining its sales focus to present a consistent message to customers. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

American Mussel Harvesters in shell game of different kind

There’s no doubt that American Mussel Harvesters Inc. sells mussels. They also harvest and distribute quahogs, soft-shell clams and up to 40 different types...
PAPER PUSHERS: David Spencer, right, CEO of Atlantic Paper & Supply, talks with sales representative Sean Borek. Spencer runs the company with his wife, Lisa, whose grandfather started the business in the 1940s. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

In digital age, paper-goods supplier is modern, but ‘still old-fashioned’

The third-generation family business, Atlantic Paper & Supply, has adapted through the years to changing methods of distribution and waning demand for some of...
UNCOMMON SENSOR: Tom Reilly, left, general manager at Security Supply Inc. in Cranston, and Rick Gentile, a sales representative, display equipment that can detect the vapors created by e-cigarettes. The detectors send email and phone alerts when an alarm goes off. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

R.I. firm offers tool for school to sniff out vaping students

Security Supply Inc. is selling schools a new tool in the timeless cat-and-mouse game with students: stopping them from smoking in bathrooms. Now the...
WRITTEN IN FROTH: Jeb Barnes, head of sales and operations at Ripples U.S. in North Kingstown, displays a beverage with a custom-made design in the foam, made by a Ripple Maker machine behind him.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Ripple Makers use foam to make an impression

THE FROTH ATOP a freshly made cappuccino or a newly poured dark beer has untapped potential, according to a company that has established its...

Charity blames for-profits for drop in clothing donations

The Cranston-based nonprofit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island is upset that for-profit collectors of hand-me-downs, particularly an Ohio company named Simple Recycling,...

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