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UNIQUE OFFERING: Harmony Oschefski is co-owner of The Bodhi Spa LLC, with locations in Newport and Providence, where she and her sister Cedar Hwang offer clients what they call the Water Journey, a sauna session followed by a plunge in cold water. / PBN PHOTO/­ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Oschefski’s spa venture picking up a lot of steam

The Bodhi Spa LLC co-owner Harmony Oschefski has built her business around family memories full of free-spirited living and simple, sustainable habits with hydrotherapy...

Entrepreneurship is on the Menu at JWU

Johnson & Wales University’s first Food Entrepreneur in Residence, acclaimed Food Network star Tyler Florence, is bringing nearly 25 years of culinary, business and...
CREATIVE COMMUNITY: Manya Rubinstein, CEO of Industrious Spirit Co., a distillery in Providence, says she was drawn to the city and the closeness and collaborative nature among its artisans. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Creative collaborations make her spirits soar

New York City native Manya Rubinstein is CEO of a Rhode Island distillery, leading a like-minded team at Industrious Spirit Co. and creating sustainably...
STOCKED UP: Susan Mocarski, owner and principal designer of Cleverhood LLC, checks the inventory in the company’s Providence retail store. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Mocarski built apparel company to weather everything

A theme emerges when you speak with Susan Mocarski, owner and principal designer of rain apparel company Cleverhood LLC. The very ideals she has...
Jack Martin

Library aiming to help build businesses

Providence Public Library was founded 145 years ago during a period that is now referred to as the Long Depression. Starting with the Panic...
Beth Carter last September became executive director of the Rhode Island Business Competition, a nonprofit that provides resources to entrepreneurs. She’s also founder of Carter Consultants Ltd., and Beth Carter Enterprises. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Get in the trenches

Beth Carter | Rhode Island Business Competition executive director When I started my first company, in 1991, our nation was facing a major economic downturn....
GROWING SALES: David Urban, owner of the Secret Garden, a small floral shop with a garden center in Jamestown, says he tripled sales since he purchased the business by expanding the list of local suppliers and stocking more. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Hardy variety of retailer

In 2008, David Urban, who’d just earned a degree in horticulture from the University of Rhode Island, had one specific desire while in the...

Embrace pandemic challenges

We’ve all heard the proverb, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” In business rarely does it ring truer than in a financial crisis. The COVID-19...
WEEKEND WARRIORS: Knead Doughnuts co-owner Adam Lastrina, right, and Bryan Tsai, production supervisor, prepare doughnuts in March. While the bakery has three locations in Rhode Island, only one remains open, serving takeout orders on the weekends only. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Knead Doughnuts waiting for a time to rise again

After four years of business growth and expansion, Knead Doughnuts completed its move into a larger commercial kitchen in February. The new space, in a...
SWEEPING CHANGE: Shawn Lynch, right, owner of second-generation family business Lynch’s Cleaning & Restoration Service, with Miguel Lopez, left, and Carlos Pereira cleaning smoke damage at a house on Maplewood Drive in East Greenwich. / PBN PHOTOMIKE SKORSKI

Carpet-cleaning business has taken it from dirt to disaster

Small-business savvy runs in Shawn Lynch’s blood. He grew up entrenched in his father’s carpet-cleaning company, which was a part-time complement to his full-time job...

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