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End delay on cannabis commission

It’s been nearly a year since state lawmakers passed legislation to legalize the recreational use of cannabis. But while existing medical cannabis dispensaries started...
SCARCE SNEAKERS: Legit Sneakerheads LLC owner Ryan Enos resells rare, expensive sneakers out of his Woonsocket shop. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Enos gets a real kick out of selling hard-to-get sneakers

To the uninitiated, shelling out a half-week’s pay or more on a pair of sneakers is a tough sell. But for “sneakerheads,” a subculture...
OPENING DAY: Eddie Keegan, left, chief operating officer, and Joseph Pakuris, co-owner, are ready to welcome customers on opening day at Mother Earth Wellness in Pawtucket.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pawtucket dispensary offers cannabis careers

When Pawtucket-based Mother Earth Wellness Inc. announced it would be expanding into the retail sphere, the interest from prospective employees was enormous, said co-owner...
IF YOU BOUGHT an unsuccessful gift this holiday season with a “buy now, pay later” plan, you or the recipient might soon be wondering how to return it. / AP FILE PHOTO/JULIA NIKHINSON

Buy now, pay later can make gift returns trickier

Shoppers who used “buy now, pay later” to help finance gifts this holiday season may soon encounter an unwelcome surprise: returns can be more...
POP-UP BAKERY: Thrive Cakery LLC owner Jasmine Mendez speaks with John Shaw of Cumberland about her products, which she will be offering through a pop-up kiosk on the second floor of the Providence Place mall through the new year.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Holiday cliffhanger: How long will merry feeling last for shoppers, retailers?

Karen Beebe’s Christmas season began months ago, in the heat of August, when she placed an order for 360 ­holiday ornaments. For Beebe, the owner...
FEELING THE SPIRIT: Providence Place mall reported an increase in visitors to the mall in the first weekend of the holiday shopping season, placing the rise at about 3% above a year earlier. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. shopping centers feeling merry about December despite economic challenges

Crowded stores and stronger-than-expected sales have analysts predicting that the rest of the holiday shopping season will be a banner one despite higher prices,...

Retail sales flat in September as inflation takes a bite 

NEW YORK (AP) – The pace of sales at U.S. retailers was unchanged in September from August as rising prices for rent and food...
A PERFECT LINK: FlorLink Inc. CEO Mark Barnes poses with the company’s SmartHub system, a platform that collects, connects and routes live data and information. 
PBN PHOTO/DAVID HANSEN

FlorLink provides a hub to help retailers

PBN Innovative Companies 2022 TECHNOLOGY: FlorLink Inc. KEEPING TEAMS CONNECTED on the sales floor is the key behind Newport-based FlorLink Inc. and its SmartHub technology suite. The...

Allendre McGovern-Siembab

2022 40 Under Forty Awards Allendre McGovern-Siembab, 37 Lead Director Of Product Safety And Development – Virtual Care, CVS Health Corp. How has COVID-19 changed your industry? It...

Patrick Mullen

2022 40 Under Forty Awards Patrick Mullen | 38 Senior risk expert, cybersecurity, Walmart Inc. How has COVID-19 changed your industry? COVID-19 has put an emphasis on...
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