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Pandemic magnifies mall woes

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the consumer shift to online shopping, and the strain is being felt more acutely at mall retailers because of...

Five Questions With: Jason Evans

Jason Evans is the dean for Johnson & Wales University’s new College of Food Innovation & Technology. The college, according to JWU, will prepare...
CREATIVE THINKING: Lisa Mattiello, CEO of catering and events-planning business Pranzi Inc. in Providence, has had to think outside the box to develop alternative sources of revenue amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

She’s cooking up ways to overcome adversity

Lisa Mattiello has always loved food, beverages and occasions for people to gather. Growing up in Warwick in a family with five children – she...
Niamh Perreault

Companies can win big by thinking small

I’m a huge fan of Rhode Island. Growing up in a small, close-knit part of the world such as Northern Ireland drew me to...

JWU to offer degree in cannabis entrepreneurship

PROVIDENCE – Johnson & Wales University is launching a Bachelor of Science degree in cannabis entrepreneurship at its Providence campus, JWU announced Dec. 2. The...

JWU to offer degree in cannabis entrepreneurship

PROVIDENCE – Johnson & Wales University is launching a Bachelor of Science degree in Cannabis Entrepreneurship at its campus here, the university announced on...

Green Development gets approval for three turbines at the Port of...

PROVIDENCE – Green Development LLC has received all required approvals to construct three 1.5 megawatt turbines at the Port of Providence, the company announced...
HASN’T BEEN EASY: Terry Coburn, left, and Brian Buonaiuto, co-owners of Coffee and Crumbs in Cranston, opened their shop just weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in March. 

New restaurateurs forge ahead amid the crisis

The changing restrictions for restaurants in recent months have been severe. Curbside pick-up only. Outdoor dining only. Capacity limits. And now the latest: curfews that...

R.I. explores play for esports

Video games aren’t just a way for teenagers to avoid their homework but a more than $1 billion industry that continues to grow despite...
MULTITASKING: Jordyn Cruise, manager of Angelo’s Palace Pizza, takes an order over the phone while she runs the restaurant’s takeout window in Cumberland. The restaurant enrolled six managers and key servers in a program to help restaurant owners and their employees navigate difficult situations during the pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Customer’s always right? Well, not in a pandemic

For Bill Kitsilis, owner of Angelo’s Palace Pizza in Cumberland, banning customers from his family restaurant would have been unthinkable a year ago. But that...

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