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IN DEMAND: From left, Randall Ferdinand, Providence Kayak Co. employee; Kristin Stone, owner; and Tom McGinn, captain. The company, which was started three years ago, exploded in popularity this past summer, as people wanted to get outside. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Kayak company drawing people to Providence River, livening up the downtown

The three businesspeople who know the most about the Providence River as it courses through the downtown came to the same conclusion a few...
DRAMATIC CHANGE: Tom McGinn, captain and president, and Kristin Stone are co-owners of Providence Riverboat. After the company joined the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, it shifted its business model from cocktail cruises to catering to the tourism industry and nearly tripled its revenue in the first year, Stone said.

Tourism: In search of coordination

The Providence Riverboat Co. once served primarily local customers. Its boats would take groups out on the Providence River for cocktail cruises, leaving from...
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