Kayak company drawing people to Providence River, livening up the downtown

IN DEMAND: From left, Randall Ferdinand, Providence Kayak Co. employee; Kristin Stone, owner; and Tom McGinn, captain. The company, which was started three years ago, exploded in popularity this past summer, as people wanted to get outside. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
IN DEMAND: From left, Randall Ferdinand, Providence Kayak Co. employee; Kristin Stone, owner; and Tom McGinn, captain. The company, which was started three years ago, exploded in popularity this past summer, as people wanted to get outside. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
The three businesspeople who know the most about the Providence River as it courses through the downtown came to the same conclusion a few years ago: it needs more life. Providence Kayak Co., created in 2017, brought together the people behind the Providence River Boat Co. and La Gondola Providence Inc., two established, river-based businesses.…

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