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FINDING PURPOSE: Lexus Fernandez, right, launched her vegan skincare products company Soulita in Providence with co-founder Evan Delpeche in 2019 after seeking a solution for her sensitive skin as a result of treatment for a ruptured brain aneurysm. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Everybody’s Business: Fernandez overcomes obstacles on journey to finding Soulita

(Editor’s note: This is the 20th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each are asked their views on...
LISA CARNEVALE will step aside as co-founder and executive director of DESIGNxRI. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

DESIGNxRI’s Carnevale to step aside as executive director

PROVIDENCE – After close to a decade, DESIGNxRI’s co-founder and executive director will be stepping aside. The nonprofit that supports Rhode Island’s design industry announced...
DESIGNxRI HAS AWARDED eight local design firms seed money through its 2022 Providence Design Catalyst Program.

DESIGNxRI provides seed grants to 8 design firms

PROVIDENCE – Eight local design businesses have received seed grants through DESIGNxRI’s 2022 Providence Design Catalyst program, the organization announced Thursday. DESIGNxRI said it is...

Providence, DesignxRI open 6th annual design business grant program

PROVIDENCE – The city of Providence is once again teaming up with DesignxRI to offer grants and other resources to Providence design-focused small businesses. Major...
GROWING STAFF: Scott J. Pacheco, left, owner and president of Scott James Furniture & Design in Tiverton, with his father, Rob Pacheco, head bed builder. Although the company shut down for two months at the start of the pandemic in March 2020, it has done well since then, Scott Pacheco said, especially “doing a lot more work in the wealthier coastal neighborhoods for people leaving New York,” which has resulted in more full-time employees now than before COVID-19 hit. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

New model for collaboration

Rhode Island has a long, rich and diverse history of design, which arguably started with Samuel Slater. In 1789, the 21-year-old textile mill apprentice...
Vuthy Lay / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Q&A Vuthy Lay

Vuthy Lay | KITE Architects Inc. architectural designer Vuthy Lay in 2019 completed the DESIGNxRI Emerge Program, then earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from...

Q&A: Libby Slader

Libby Slader | Interior Design Inc. owner Libby Slader in 2010 founded her Providence-based interior design firm, which offers full-service design for the corporate office,...

DESIGN WEEK RI begins this weekend

PROVIDENCE – The eighth-annual DESIGN WEEK RI begins Friday and runs through Oct. 1, showcasing Rhode Island designers in a series of in-person and...

DESIGNxRI names 2021 R.I. Design Hall of Fame honorees

PROVIDENCE – DESIGNxRI recently announced that three designers will be inducted as part of the Rhode Island Design Hall of Fame’s 2021 class on...

DESIGNxRI announces 2021 Design Catalyst cohort

PROVIDENCE – DESIGNxRI announced its 2021 cohort for the Providence Design Catalyst program Friday. The 10 local design businesses will receive a combined $140,000 in...

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