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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...
SIGN OF THE TIMES: Asher Schofield, co-owner of Frog & Toad LCC in Providence, has kept the retailer’s two locations closed to foot traffic during the pandemic, but Frog & Toad has been able to offset that loss of business with online sales and curbside pickup.  / PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

Some independent retailers pay heavier price than others in COVID-19 era

Two hundred feet – about a 60-second walk – separates LuLi Boutique LLC from Frog & Toad LLC in Providence. But the pandemic experiences...
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...
THE PROVIDENCE PLACE mall and Warwick Mall were set to reopen Monday, as Phase II of the state's reopening plan took effect. PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Rhode Island malls reopening; inmate tests positive

PROVIDENCE (AP) – Rhode Island's malls are preparing to welcome shoppers Monday as the state moves into phase 2 of its economic restart. Providence Place...
SHINING EXAMPLE: Dietrich Neumann, a professor of the history of modern architecture at Brown University, stands in front of the university’s Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, which he says is one of the best modern buildings in Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

R.I. architects: Government shouldn’t dictate style

Classical design is found in public buildings across much of Rhode Island. The architectural style appears in the columns of courthouses and the rotundas...

Providence Place mall considers enhancing security after multiple fights break out

PROVIDENCE – Providence Place mall staff said they are looking into enhancing security following a series of fights that broke out at the shopping...
PRICES FOR ALL: Boscov’s, a family-owned department store, opened just a few months ago in Providence Place mall. Denise and Walter Budz, of Providence, check out with Islene DeOleo, sales associate. “There are prices for everyone here,” said Walter Budz, who spent 46 years in retail at Ann & Hope, Ames and Walmart. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. malls finding new ways to get people in the door

In one area of Providence Place mall, a couple of small children are working intently in a toddler-size veterinary clinic, treating a gray stuffed...

Swarovski to open third retail store in R.I.

CRANSTON – Swarovski will open a 1,152-square-foot retail store at Garden City Center, according to the site’s management. The opening is scheduled for spring 2020...

Just in time for the holidays: Local retailers taking on e-tailers

Experts say more people than ever will be shopping for holiday gifts online this year, but many brick-and-mortar store owners are no longer fretting...

Waterplace Park dredging to begin this month

PROVIDENCE – A long-awaited dredging of Waterplace Park is expected to begin within days. The project will remove 22,000 cubic yards of silt from the...
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