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SEWING SUCCESS: Bob and Karen Roy are the owners of Blaine Sewing Machine Center in Cranston. The store, which sells and repairs sewing machines and carries fabrics and sewing supplies, has had a boost in sales because many people are dusting off old sewing machines and making masks. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Sewing supplier sees unprecedented demand during pandemic

An army of home-based seamstresses and tailors turned 2020 into a very good year for sewing suppliers. Blaine Enterprises Inc., which operates the Blaine...
’TIS THE SEASON: Holiday knick-knacks are displayed at a Macy’s department store on Oct. 1 in Denver. Stores are trying to attract earlier holiday shoppers as a way to reduce crowding during the COVID-19 ­pandemic.  / AP PHOTO/DAVID ZALUBOWSKI

Retailers start holiday season earlier than ever

NEW YORK – Add last-minute holiday shopping to the list of time-honored traditions being upended by the coronavirus pandemic. Retailers are kicking off the...
METAL CONVENIENCE: Rumen Dimitrov is the owner and manager of the first Metal Supermarkets store in Rhode Island. The store specializes in small-quantity metal distribution with no minimum order size and features more than 8,000 types of metal. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Franchisee: Rumen Dimitrov

Franchisee: Rumen Dimitrov Metal Supermarkets | 177 Chestnut St., Warwick The pitch: Metal Supermarkets is like a convenience store for metal, where more than 8,000 types...
VALUED CUSTOMERS: Jon Weiss, left, vice president of National Office Furniture Inc., with owner Howard Weiss in the company’s showroom on Branch Avenue in Providence. Jon Weiss says customer service has been at the heart of the company since it was established by his grandfather in 1919. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Long-standing ‘dinosaur’ furniture store thrives on showroom foot traffic

In an age when you can outfit a home office with the click of a button, venturing out to a store to buy furniture...
VERSATILE: Tiffany Peay, owner of Tiffany Peay Jewerly Ltd. in Tiverton, is confident her jewelry design business will survive the COVID-19 pandemic by expanding her wellness-service offerings, which already include Reiki and meditation. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Tiffany Peay Jewelry shines in Tiverton

The gemstones in fine jewelry are particular to the people who wear them. The stones have their own properties and appearance. For the past...

Derek Dubois

PBN 40 UNDER FORTY 2020 AWARD WINNER Derek Dubois, 34 | Director of retail finance, CVS Health Corp. How has COVID-19 impacted your work-life balance?...

Demand surges at NBX Bikes despite backlog for orders

Bicycles are so in again that they’re out of stock. So many people want them – not just in Rhode Island but globally –...

‘Plant nerd’ brings unique, diverse inventory to Providence

A gardening store that features unusual varieties of familiar perennials is a new addition to Providence. Homegrown, which opened in May, has both houseplants...
ANN & HOPE INC. announced Monday that due to significant financial impacts brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the retailer will permanently close its 11 Curtain & Bath Outlet stores across Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut by the end of the summer.

Ann & Hope to close its Curtain & Bath Outlet stores...

CUMBERLAND – Ann & Hope Inc. announced Monday that it will permanently close its 11 Curtain & Bath Outlet stores in Rhode Island, Massachusetts...
CVS HEALTH and Walgreens announced they will stop locking up beauty and hair care products aimed at black women and other women of color. / AP FILE PHOTO/GENE J. PUSKAR

Some stores end practice of locking up black beauty products

NEW YORK (AP) – Drugstore chains Walgreens and CVS Health Corp. say they will stop locking up beauty and hair care products aimed at...

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