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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.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

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.
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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.
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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.
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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,...
BOOKS ARE WINGS is kicking off its fourth annual Gift of Literacy campaign this holiday season, an opportunity to help impact the lives of local children through literature. There will be a Books Are Wings Family Day on Dec. 9. / COURTESY BOOKS ARE WINGS

Philanthropy Calendar, Nov. 24, 2017

If a nonprofit wants an upcoming fundraiser to be considered for a calendar listing, email information to Nicole Dotzenrod at nonprofit@PBN.com at least four weeks...
GHOST TOWN: With few shoppers or passersby on the sidewalks, even during weekday hours, Main Street in downtown Pawtucket resembles more of a ghost town than an active city center. City officials hope a new train station and a new ballpark for the Pawtucket Red Sox will lead to further development. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pawtucket leaders think they finally have a plan to jump-start development....

Years of promises and waiting for new economic opportunities have made some residents and business owners jaundiced about a Pawtucket turnaround.If the so-called Ballpark...
SOUTHERN FLAVOR: Adam Batchelder recently opened Smoke & Squeal Barbecue, a food truck specializing in natural, wood-fired smoked barbecue.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Culture, people led Marine Corps veteran to open BBQ food truck...

With a U.S. Small Business Administration loan, Adam Batchelder, a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and a Johnson...
NEW VISION: The former Pontiac Mills site in Warwick will be transformed into housing and commercial space, if developer Larry Silverstein, president of Baltimore-based Union Box Co., sees his plans realized. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

The state’s new approach to incentives has developers pining for a...

Time matters in historic renovation, and nowhere is that clearer than at the sprawling Pontiac Mills in Warwick.The 19th-century textile mill was in a...
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