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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.
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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...
FIRST TASTE: Two bottles of the 2018 Beaujolais Nouveau Rosé served recently at Pot au Feu. / COURTESY ROBERT I. BURKE

Everything old is new again

To be a “rising star chef,” there must be a dining destination, a food city, a restaurant row with a core group of well-established...

Providence’s neighborhoods in the spotlight with new online guides

On a sunny, June afternoon, two women stop to greet one another – one entering, one exiting Seven Stars Bakery on Hope Street, on...
Bruce Newbury

Not a recipe for failure

Recently, two East Greenwich restaurants on Main Street abruptly closed their doors.The story is that in mid-May, The Grille on Main, a mainstay on...

Hope Tower belongs downtown

In 2005 the tallest building in Providence was to be constructed in the heart of downtown. It was to be built between the historic...

Lost pay from snow shutdowns hurt hourly workers most

As pretty as it may be, snow falls heaviest on the poorest among us, at least in the workplace.The recent run of storm closings...
SAY CHEESE: Casey and Adrienne D’Arconte opened Edgewood Cheese Shop and Eatery in Cranston in May 2015, offering imported and domestic cheeses, crackers and select charcuterie, as well as a dine-in menu. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

A cheese lover’s paradise

Casey and Adrienne D’Arconte are working with what they know – and love – cheese.A New England Culinary Institute-trained chef, Casey’s training features stints...
Bruce Newbury

Foodies still flocking to Chef-a-Roni

“We had the first foodies in Rhode Island!” Henry Caniglia said, as he was giving a tour through his unique and venerable gourmet-food emporium...
POPULAR RACE: Boats skim the water during the Team Vestas Wind In-Port Race in Newport at the Volvo Ocean Race in May 2015. The race contributes to making Newport an attractive touring destination.   / COURTESY VOLVO OCEAN RACE/AINHOA SANCHEZ

Eighteen months after the ‘Cooler & Warmer’ debacle, does R.I....

When Portsmouth-based Rail Explorers USA, which offers unusual tours on recumbent bicycles along abandoned rail lines, got some national press in late July, business...
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