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STATUE GUY: James Fennessy collected statues and busts from antique stores up and down the East Coast for years before eventually dealing his collection at Nostalgia Antiques and Collectibles and ultimately taking over ownership of the Providence shop. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Fennessy finds success dealing collectibles at Nostalgia

While his collection has dwindled, James Fennessy’s title as the “statue guy” lives on through Nostalgia Antiques and Collectibles in Providence. Since he was 10...
TURNING THE PAGE: Tom Roberge, co-owner of Riffraff Bookstore + Bar, is hopeful that online book sales will increase when and if the business’s outdoor patio, now open daily with limited hours, closes in the winter. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Riffraff sells books like no one else

It seems fitting that a book was the inspiration for Riffraff Bookstore + Bar’s name. Tom Roberge, co-owner of the Providence business, credited the name...
STOREFRONTS: Journeyman glazer Michael Bennacchia of Chandler Architects works on the interior storefronts during renovation of the Empire Street wing of the Providence Public Library.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Training at heart of PPL’s new mission

The Providence Public Library, the grand dame of Rhode Island’s public libraries, is just a shell of its former self … literally. Last fall the...
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