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Job Lot buys $250K worth of cleaning supplies for health, government...

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Ocean State Job Lot has donated $250,000 to buy masks, gloves, eye protection and cleaning supplies for health care and government...
CREATIVE OUTLET: In her spare time, Krystal Amaral, a full-time attorney, makes and sells custom-designed jewelry through her Tiverton store, Created Purpose. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Tiverton shop a chance to display artsy side

Twisting wire into jewelry offered Krystal Amaral a creative outlet during her time in law school. Now an attorney, Amaral is still making jewelry –...

Metal Supermarkets opens first R.I. franchise location in Warwick

WARWICK – Metal Supermarkets has expanded to Rhode Island, opening its latest franchise store at 177 Chestnut St. in Warwick, WJAR-TV NBC 10 reported...
HALF OF ALL U.S. adults have about $167 in some form of unused credit. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

You’re probably sitting on at least $167 of unused gift cards

SAN FRANCISCO – More than $20 billion in unredeemed gift cards and store credit is floating around the United States and there’s a good...
PIER 1 IMPORTS has filed for bankruptcy. / BLOOMBERG NEWS /LUKE SHARRETT

Pier 1 files for bankruptcy, seeking time to sell troubled chain

NEW YORK – Pier 1 Imports Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to facilitate a company sale after the retailer of eclectic home...
PROPER FIT: Tom Crowley, manager at The Ski Shop Plus in North Smithfield, helps Rosemary Stein of Smithfield get fitted for boots. Beyond skis and snowboards, available for rent or purchase, the shop offers a variety of accessories and clothing, including winter jackets and goggles. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Dead of winter? Not at Ski Shop Plus

North Smithfield is at least 35 miles away from Yawgoo Valley Ski Area in Exeter and even farther from the more popular Wachusett Mountain...

Burlington to expand, relocate store in Cranston

CRANSTON – Burlington Stores will expand and relocate its Cranston store this spring, under a redesign that will provide an updated interior. This is a...

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...
UNCOMMON INVENTORY: Stefania Medeiros opened her gift shop, Ethereal Oddities, in June, selling items such as flower-infused soaps and resin-and-wire jewelry she created herself. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Ethereal Oddities a store with a ‘witchy vibe’

Stefania Medeiros trades in incense, sage, crystals and metaphysical needs. But, when she talks about her new shop, she is a hard-driving, goal-focused businesswoman. Last...

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