GET PACKING: Valerie Achorn, owner of Simplified Lives, a professional packing, organization and downsizing consultancy, has grown her business from a startup in Barrington in 2012 to an eight-person operation in Rehoboth now serving Greater Boston, Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Organized and profiting

As a special-events manager, Valerie Achorn needed to maintain a certain amount of organization in her life and career. She’s also moved “a lot” in...
NO SURPRISES: Justin Gallant is the owner of J.E. Group Properties in South Kingstown, a real estate company that is selling homes by a flat fee, rather than commission. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Brokerage’s flat fee boosts home sales

The road to a career in real estate started with the end of pizza. After 18 years of owning several pizza restaurants in Rhode...
NOSTALGIA SELLS: Jennifer Ricci, co-owner of Providence-based vintage store Rocket to Mars, sits at a 1960s Royal typewriter, with a 1950s Moss Lighting Co. tall lamp. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Where ‘vintage’ is always in style

Nothing says “vintage” like a heavy, yellow-tinted glass ashtray with a picture of Burt Reynolds looking up from the bottom. Or an Elvis trash bucket,...
BIG MOVE: Feast & Fettle co-founders Nicole Oliveira and Carlos Ventura are planning to move from a Warren incubator space to their own location in East Providence. / COURTESY FEAST & FETTLE/STACEY DOYLE

Delivery that’s worth the wait

After three years in business, Warren-based meal-prep and -delivery company Feast & Fettle Inc. has big plans – starting with breaking a stereotype. “When you...
CAREER ADJUSTMENT: Rodger Lincoln is the owner of New Hope Family Chiropractic, which has two locations, East Providence and Pawtucket. After suffering from a back injury while working in construction, Lincoln eventually found successful treatment through a chiropractor and the experience led him to start his own practice.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

New Hope for drug-free pain treatment

Rodger Lincoln found chiropractic – and a new career – after enduring long-term pain. Lincoln, who operates New Hope Family Chiropractic LLC out of two...
STAYING STRONG: Joe Depena, owner and fitness manager at VP Fitness on Dorrance Street in Providence, works with his client, Alice Negrao of Providence.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Depena seizes opportunity to open his own fitness club

Joe Depena has a passion for iron – not the type found in vitamin pills or used to build office towers, but the kind...
PASSING IT ON: Ben Giguere, left, founder of Gather LLC, on Atwells Avenue in Providence, shows Jairus Burdick how to make a drinking glass. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Glass blowing for masses

Growing up in New Hampshire and Vermont, Ben Giguere, founder of Gather LLC, a Providence glass blowing studio-cum-community center, drew inspiration for his future...
VETERAN LOCKSMITH: Jon Issa, right, is the owner of Jon’s Locks, which provides lock sets and other security services. He recently moved his business into a storefront retail location in Warwick. With Issa is his employee and son Zachary Issa.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Jon’s a lock to help customers

Jonathan Issa had retired from a career in the U.S. Army and was looking for a new occupation where he could work for himself. The...
DESIGN TEAM: Sarah Rainwater, center, founder, president and creative director of Studio Rainwater, talks with designer Danikqwa Rambert, right, at the firm’s office in East Providence. Art Director Sarah Verity works in the background.
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Rainwater boosting brand appeal

Sarah Rainwater has had a thing for art, dating back to college when she was an art-history major. After graduating, she became a graphic designer...
ON THE RADAR: From left, Ronald Olf, quality manager; Chris Burch, vice president; and Donald J. Boyle, owner, look at some grounding posts at Jade Manufacturing in Warwick.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Jade’s military parts can’t fail

Founded by Donald J. Boyle’s father after years in the textile and military-manufacturing industries, Jade Manufacturing has survived ups and downs in the state’s...
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