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POP-UP BAKERY: Thrive Cakery LLC owner Jasmine Mendez speaks with John Shaw of Cumberland about her products, which she will be offering through a pop-up kiosk on the second floor of the Providence Place mall through the new year.

Holiday cliffhanger: How long will merry feeling last for shoppers, retailers?

Karen Beebe’s Christmas season began months ago, in the heat of August, when she placed an order for 360 ­holiday ornaments. For Beebe, the owner...
FEELING THE SPIRIT: Providence Place mall reported an increase in visitors to the mall in the first weekend of the holiday shopping season, placing the rise at about 3% above a year earlier. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. shopping centers feeling merry about December despite economic challenges

Crowded stores and stronger-than-expected sales have analysts predicting that the rest of the holiday shopping season will be a banner one despite higher prices,...
DOMENIC SCHIAVONE, RIGHT, Warwick Mall general manager, says more shoppers have hit the stores earlier in the holiday shopping season this year because of question marks surrounding the supply chain and the new variant of COVID-19. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Will new COVID-19 variant, supply-chain worries alter holiday shopping season?

Fears that retailers might not be able to restock shelves and that a new COVID-19 variant will curtail public gatherings and activities have apparently...
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...
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