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WHEN R.I. COMMERCE Secretary Elizbeth M. Tanner was director of the R.I. Department of Business Regulation, she was a strong advocate for blockchain technology, which she preferred to call "distributed ledger" technology. PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

X Corp. licensing in R.I. part of a bigger tech push?

The "currency transmitter" license that Rhode Island recently issued to the company formerly known as Twitter Inc. is a common authorization in business dealings,...
POP-UP BAKERY: Thrive Cakery LLC owner Jasmine Mendez speaks with John Shaw of Cumberland about her products, which she will be offering through a pop-up kiosk on the second floor of the Providence Place mall through the new year.
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Holiday cliffhanger: How long will merry feeling last for shoppers, retailers?

Karen Beebe’s Christmas season began months ago, in the heat of August, when she placed an order for 360 ­holiday ornaments. For Beebe, the owner...
EAGER SELLER: Karen Beebe, owner of Providence’s Queen of Hearts LLC, says the only way for her to combat inflation this holiday season is for her fashion boutique to sell more than usual. 
PBN FILE PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Shoppers’ return buoys retail but challenges remain

The good news for brick-and-mortar retailers of all types is that, like the handshake, in-person shopping will survive COVID-19. While plenty of pre-pandemic challenges remain,...
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