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ROBERT TOTH, owner of Old Mountain Lanes Inc. in South Kingstown and operator of Walnut Hill Bowl in Woonsocket, will have to close his two bowling centers Nov. 30 as part of the state's two-week 'pause.' / PBN FILE PHOTO / ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Indoor-recreation businesses worried about upcoming ‘pause,’ mandated closures

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s two-week “pause” will go into effect in a week, and schools and businesses will be asked to operate at limited...
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. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

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...
GOING IT ALONE: Katie Murano, a sole proprietor with a wedding photography business, has lost all of her 2020 jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic. She has struggled to qualify for relief programs because of the structure of her business. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Getting aid a struggle for many sole proprietors

A sole proprietorship seemed like the best option when Katie Murano started her wedding photography business in January. Having previously owned an event-planning business as...
IN A WALK-THROUGH of the project site in October, Leland Peyser, at right, CEO of Peyser Real Estate Group, discussed the Dexter Street Commons project. / COURTESY CITY OF PAWTUCKET

R.I. Commerce committee recommends tax-increment incentives for $43.5M Pawtucket project

PAWTUCKET – A large residential project which is expected to be the first major development in the Pawtucket commuter rail station area should be...
FRESH LOOK: BankNewport administrators cut the ribbon on the recently restored branch in Newport’s Washington Square. Pictured, from left, are Amy Riccitelli, senior vice president and director of retail sales; Mary Leach, executive vice president and director of consumer relationships; Sandra J. Pattie, CEO and president; and Evan Rose, vice president and branch sales manager. / COURTESY BANKNEWPORT

BankNewport is a vital financial and social asset to the community

PBN Business Excellence Awards 2020 Excellence at a Large Company: BankNewport ONE OF BANKNEWPORT’S priorities is developing a best-in-class customer experience by focusing on the...
CRUCIAL CREATION: Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, medical director of community relations at Care New England Health System, says forming an independent committee to plan the state’s vaccine distribution will build trust in the process. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Slow-spending R.I. has two months to disperse $900M in CARES Act...

Rhode Island officials rejoiced when they learned in March that the state would get a $1.25 billion slice of the federal coronavirus relief package....
STOCKED UP: Susan Mocarski, owner and principal designer of Cleverhood LLC, checks the inventory in the company’s Providence retail store. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Mocarski built apparel company to weather everything

A theme emerges when you speak with Susan Mocarski, owner and principal designer of rain apparel company Cleverhood LLC. The very ideals she has...

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...

Fitch affirms state credit risk and bond ratings, offers stable outlook

PROVIDENCE – Fitch Ratings recently affirmed the state’s existing credit risk and bond ratings and offered a stable rating outlook. The state’s Issuer Default Rating...

R.I. program to provide $20M in tourism, arts relief draws criticism...

PROVIDENCE – Eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the beleaguered hotel industry in Rhode Island now has access to a dedicated program using federal...

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