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U.S. retail sales fell in Dec. for 3rd straight month

NEW YORK (AP) – Retail sales fell for a third straight month as a surge in virus cases kept people away from stores during...

Citizens issues $30M line of credit to Ross-Simons following acquisition

PROVIDENCE – Citizens Financial Group Inc. on Tuesday announced a $30 million loan to Ross-Simons Inc. as part of an acquisition deal reached earlier...
U.S RETAIL SALES declined 1.1% in November. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Retail sales fell 1.1% in November, biggest drop in 7 months

NEW YORK (AP) – Retail sales fell 1.1% in November, the biggest drop in seven months, and a sign Americans held back on spending...
GETTING CREATIVE: Bloom Collective LLC owners Heather Wolfenden, left, and Savannah Barkley hope to support small businesses while filling vacant storefronts with pop-up shops.  / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Duo looks to fill empty storefronts with pop-up shops

Vintage clothing vendors Savannah Barkley and Heather Wolfenden know many of their peers haven’t been able to catch up since the beginning of the...
MARC STREISAND, owner of Providence-based Marc Allen Fine Clothiers, will donate $100,000 in clothes to nonprofits to distribute to people in need during the holidays. / COURTESY MARC ALLEN FINE CLOTHIERS

Stepping Up: Marc Allen Fine Clothiers donating $100K in clothes to...

PROVIDENCE – Like most businesses across the state, Marc Allen Fine Clothiers could not escape the COVID-19 pandemic. Owner Marc Streisand operated two store locations,...
AFTER MONTHS of slumping sales and businesses toppling into bankruptcy, Black Friday is offering a small beacon of hope. In normal times, Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year, drawing millions of shoppers eager to get started on their holiday spending. But these are not normal times. / AP FILE PHOTO/DAVID ZALUBOWSKI

Black Friday offers beacon of hope to struggling stores

NEW YORK (AP) – After months of slumping sales and businesses toppling into bankruptcy, Black Friday is offering a small beacon of hope. In normal...
CRAFTSMEN: M.R.T. Jewelers President David Audette, right, looks on as jeweler Mario Antonio makes a piece at the East Providence jewelry store. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

In tough times, the diamond that is M.R.T Jewelers shines on

PBN Business Excellence Awards 2020 Excellence at a Family-Owned Business: M.R.T. Jewelers WITH SO MANY WEDDINGS and other events postponed over the last eight months,...
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...

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