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Legislation to create state registry of short-term, third-party rentals moves forward

PROVIDENCE – Legislation that would establish a short-term rental registry across Rhode Island was approved this week by the R.I. Senate. The bill, S0501A, is...
OPENING THE DOOR: Frederick Reinhardt, CEO and president of Greenwood Credit Union, says the Warwick credit union started providing services to cannabis-related businesses in part because of safety concerns over operating a large all-cash enterprise. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Lack of banking hinders R.I.’s cannabis sector

The cannabis industry may be expanding in Rhode Island, but these types of businesses still struggle to find financial institutions that will provide financing...
GREENLEAF COMPASSIONATE CARE CENTER employees voted, 21 to 1, to join United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 328, on April 6. / COURTESY UNITED FOOD AND COMMERCIAL WORKERS UNION LOCAL 328

As R.I. cannabis industry grows, so does unionization

As the cannabis industry is poised to expand in Rhode Island, the move to unionize its workers is gaining momentum. The latest example: Workers at...
THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND is seeking to create a lottery system to grant six new licenses for medical-marijuana dispensaries by May 14. / AP FILE PHOTO

A lot is riding on cannabis license lottery

With Rhode Island poised to issue licenses for six new cannabis dispensaries, some applicants say the selection process will hamper the chances of experienced...
FESTIVAL BALLET PROVIDENCE will offer the community free of charge its 2020-21 modified production of 'Nutcracker Sweets!' online beginning Thursday through Jan. 10. / COURTESY FESTIVAL BALLET PROVIDENCE

Stepping Up: Festival Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker Sweets!’ will go on – online

PROVIDENCE – For Festival Ballet Providence, the show must go on. That mentality is not just for the local performing-arts enthusiasts who are in need...

DBR encourages bank lobbies to limit access during ‘pause’

PROVIDENCE – As the two-week state “pause” continues, the R.I. Department of Business Regulation’s Division of Banking is recommending that financial institutions limit lobby...

Brewing battle over distribution of beer, wine and liquor

The wholesale distribution of beer, wine and liquor in Rhode Island long has been managed by multiple businesses. Now, a proposed acquisition of one...
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...
TAKING IT TO THE STREETS: PB Bistro & Bar had been setting up tables on the sidewalk on Main Street in East Greenwich, but on Labor Day weekend the restaurant and others were allowed to move the tables to the closed street. / COURTESY PB BISTRO & BAR

Restaurants are weathering the worst

This summer was like no other. Across the country, sections of cities and towns were transformed into terraces and piazzas where restaurant tables migrated...

300 R.I. businesses receive perfect COVID-19 compliance scores

PROVIDENCE – Close to 300 businesses in hospitality, personal services, banking, fitness and retail received perfect scores on their COVID-19 compliance inspections, the R.I....

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