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SERVICE-MINDED: Nicole O’Brien, pictured above, is owner of the artisan boutique Operation Made in Warwick that features handmade items created by veterans and their families, including flowers made of wood by veteran Jazmine Jackson, a Cranston native and Army National Guard veteran. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

An artisan shop forged by military experience

Nicole O’Brien knows how difficult it is for veterans to make the transition from military to civilian life. So, when she opened a retail...
LEVELING UP: JoEllen Fiorenzano, CEO and president of F.A.F. Inc. in Smithfield, has spent more than four decades at the fashion jewelry designer and supplier, working her way up from what started as a high school job to now leading the company for the past three years. / COURTESY F.A.F. INC.

Whether mentoring, collaborating, or supporting, Fiorenzano gives back in many ways

PBN 2021 Business Women Awards Industry Leader Creative Services: JoEllen Fiorenzano, F.A.F. Inc. JoEllen Fiorenzano, CEO and president of F.A.F. Inc. in Smithfield, wasn’t exactly born...
CURIOSITY WELCOMED: ­Priyadarshini Himatsingka, owner of pH Factor on Hope Street in Providence, doesn’t mind discussing her Indian roots with customers who ask about her background. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Everybody’s Business: She runs shop with a worldly view

(Editor’s note: This is the ninth installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...

Green Line Apothecary to relocate into expanded South Kingstown location

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Green Line Apothecary LLC, an independent pharmacy and soda fountain, will move into an expanded site at 245 Main St., in...
OCEAN STATE JOB LOT contributed $25 million, including $14.3 million within Rhode Island and Massachusetts, to philanthropic efforts in 2020.

Ocean State Job Lot contributed $25M to philanthropic efforts in 2020

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Ocean State Job Lot contributed $25 million in philanthropic efforts in 2020 across its 142-community-footprint for various causes, including assisting those...

Pandemic magnifies mall woes

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the consumer shift to online shopping, and the strain is being felt more acutely at mall retailers because of...

Old Navy to open store at Garden City Center

CRANSTON – The value fashion retailer Old Navy will open at Garden City Center this year, potentially by late summer, the shopping center announced...
SIGN OF THE TIMES: Asher Schofield, co-owner of Frog & Toad LCC in Providence, has kept the retailer’s two locations closed to foot traffic during the pandemic, but Frog & Toad has been able to offset that loss of business with online sales and curbside pickup.  / PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

Some independent retailers pay heavier price than others in COVID-19 era

Two hundred feet – about a 60-second walk – separates LuLi Boutique LLC from Frog & Toad LLC in Providence. But the pandemic experiences...

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...

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