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PAYING IT FORWARD: After overcoming anxiety with the help of improv comedy, Taylor Bruneaux, left, and her husband, Luke, are trying to share that transformative experience with others through their Kismet Improv comedy theater in Pawtucket, which offers both live shows and classes.
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Improv theater finds its footing after shaky start

Taylor Bruneaux found stability and comfort in the most unscripted and seemingly unstable of places: improv comedy. The social circle and affirming “yes and” principle...
CREATIVE SPACE: Designer Kyleen Moraton recently opened Kyleen Designs, a storefront featuring a shop and studio at Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Freelance designer takes work to next level by opening new storefront

A career in design is nothing new for Lincoln resident Kyleen Moraton. But over the past year, Moraton has taken her work to a...
REBIRTH? Jan Brodie, executive director of the Pawtucket Foundation, stands outside an abandoned industrial building at Conant and Pine streets in Pawtucket that city officials hope will be part of the redevelopment envisioned around a commuter rail and bus station scheduled to be finished in 2022. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Industrial area on cusp of revival in Pawtucket

When Eric DaRosa’s family opened North East Knitting Inc. on Conant Street in Pawtucket, the neighborhood was in rough shape. Many of the historic mill...

The Village Lofts now open, leasing

PAWTUCKET – The Village Lofts, 149 units of loft-style apartments, is leasing after nearly two years of construction. The project is adjacent to the popular...
CUSTOM DESIGNS: Brianna Moon, CEO and designer of Brianna Moon custom apparel and jewelry, opened a space in the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket in June to sell her creations.
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Styles that shine in the Moon-light

Years spent working in the jewelry and fashion industries, a move to New York and return home to Rhode Island all led up to...
STRETCH BREAK: Cranston manufacturer Taco Comfort Solutions hasn’t had any severe injuries in recent years, according to Occupational Health and Safety Administration statistics for severe injuries in Rhode Island workplaces. Circulator assembler Joe Branca, left, leads the residential division in performing stretches every two hours, which has reduced minor injuries and muscular-skeletal complaints.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

How safe is your workplace?

In March 2018, an employee of SMM New England Corp., doing business as Sims Metal Management in Providence, was erecting a sign in the...
MOBILE BOOKS: Alexa Trembly and Emory Harkins are the co-owners of Twenty Stories, a Los Angeles-born mobile bookselling company that opened a shop in Pawtucket in November.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Getting a read on R.I.

For Twenty Stories LLC co-owners Alexa Trembly and Emory Harkins, the mobile bookselling company they founded in Los Angeles is all about creating community. Both...
UPCYCLED CANDLES: WICK-ed Candle co-owners Julie Normandin and Jeremy Bliven started the candle-making company, which upcycles glass bottles for use as holders, nearly a year ago. The candles are sold through a retail space at Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket, as well as a kiosk at Providence Place mall. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Candle maker finds niche in bottles

Julie Normandin began making candles a few years ago but it wasn’t until boyfriend Jeremy Bliven came into the picture – bringing with him...
THE CONVERSION of a former mill in Pawtucket into loft apartments is a $39 million project of Urban Smart Growth. / COURTESY URBAN SMART GROWTH

Partial floor collapse at Hope Artiste Village residential project injures three

PAWTUCKET – A partial floor collapse at a mill being converted to loft apartments left three construction workers injured on Monday, one critically. The employees...
BEER BENEFIT: Attendees participate in an event during last year’s Augtoberfest at Foolproof Brewing Co. in Pawtucket. This year’s Augtoberfest, with a portion of proceeds benefitting the Pawtucket Foundation, will be held Aug. 11.
 / COURTESY FOOLPROOF BREWING CO.

Editor’s Choice: Foolproof Augtoberfest to benefit Pawtucket Foundation

EDITOR’S CHOICE Foolproof Augtoberfest to benefit Pawtucket Foundation FOOLPROOF BREWING CO. will host its annual Augtoberfest, which will feature live music, an inflatable slip-and-slide, games,...
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