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Providence business community still worried about bike lanes

It’s been more than a year since Providence installed a bike lane on South Water Street despite opposition from businesses, but it’s apparently done...
CREATIVE ­­OUTLETS: ­­Barrington woodworker Torsten Mayer-Rothbarth says Etsy Inc. is one of several places he sells his work. Convenience outweighs the downsides for many sellers using Esty, he says. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Price might be high for using online platforms

When Frog and Toad LLC launched in 2001, the owners of the gift shop didn’t see the need to create a website, let alone...

Businesses report smaller-than-usual weekend crowds, but strong sales

PROVIDENCE - After a difficult holiday season in 2020, small businesses are hoping to see sales begin to bounce back or exceed pre-pandemic norms...

New strategy to ease bike backlash is limited

Hoping to curb some of the resistance to bike lanes, street safety and cycling advocates are trying a different approach by offering a preview...
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Catalyzing the big power of small business

(Editor’s note: This essay is part of PBN’s 35th anniversary publication, which can be viewed here.) Five years ago, Jhonny Leyva, of Heroica Construction in Providence, was...
SIGN OF THE TIMES: Asher Schofield, co-owner of Frog & Toad LCC in Providence, has kept the retailer’s two locations closed to foot traffic during the pandemic, but Frog & Toad has been able to offset that loss of business with online sales and curbside pickup.  / PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

Some independent retailers pay heavier price than others in COVID-19 era

Two hundred feet – about a 60-second walk – separates LuLi Boutique LLC from Frog & Toad LLC in Providence. But the pandemic experiences...
WHILE RETAILERS were ravaged by mandated shutdowns during the earliest months of the pandemic, numbers have rebounded and holiday sales have been encouraging, according to industry groups. AP FILE PHOTO/JEFF CHIU

Retail sales proving immune to virus

Braving long lines, freezing temperatures and swarms of shoppers for the sake of holiday shopping holds even less appeal than usual in the midst...

It’s make or break time for retailers

Local retailers have turned to traditional in-store special touches such as gift wrapping and promises of superior customer service to attract customers to their...

Providence’s neighborhoods in the spotlight with new online guides

On a sunny, June afternoon, two women stop to greet one another – one entering, one exiting Seven Stars Bakery on Hope Street, on...
ORGANIC HEALTH: Kimberly Cornwell, owner and founder of Celadon Road Inc., an organic health and products company that sells mostly online, holds the refill size of her lavender laundry detergent, which has all-natural ingredients. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Local warehouse space in short supply with rise of e-commerce

As e-commerce continues to transform the retail industry, the demand for dependable, affordable storage space is on the rise in the United States. The trend...
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