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STRONG SKILLS: Carley Ferrara is the owner of Iron Mountain Forge & Furniture, a metal fabrication and design company in Providence specializing in furniture and decor that also offers “Sip & Smash” blacksmithing classes and beer tastings. Welding in the background is Devon Jalette.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

It’s all within her hands

Carley Ferrara, owner of Iron Mountain Forge & Furniture, knew from a young age that she wanted to work with her hands. Finding her...
Matt DuPlessie / COURTESY LEVEL99/KATE WEISER

Five Questions With: Matt DuPlessie

Matt DuPlessie | CEO, Level99 in Providence Place mall 1. This is the second Level99 located in a shopping mall. Did you see opportunity...
PROVIDENCE MAYOR Brett P. Smiley has floated the possibility of removing the bike lanes on South Water Street to make more room for motor vehicles while part of the Washington Bridge is rebuilt over two years. / PBN PHOTO

Possibility of removing South Water St. bike lanes creates a divide

As state and Providence city officials look to address the continuing impacts of the Washington Bridge closure, a different type of transit infrastructure could...
THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS: Tom Chang, pictured, who studied food and beverage management at Johnson & Wales University, Jenny Lu and Tony Chen joined forces to open Charuma Inc. in Providence in 2021.
PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Everybody’s Business: A partnership formed from common connection

(Editor’s note: This is the 40th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...

Public viewing of Independent Man ends Jan. 5

PROVIDENCE – Time is running out for people to see the Independent Man up close and personal. The 800-pound statue that normally sits atop the...
JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY next year will require students to live on campus for their first three years. / PBN FILE PHOTO/JAMES BESSETTE

Do on-campus college residency requirements limit student choice?

PROVIDENCE – Meeting new roommates, decorating one’s dorm room and making an acres-large campus one’s home for several months are all part of a...

Wickenden St. project raises a question of character

Does a single building have the power to alter the nature of a neighborhood? Opponents of a proposed 75-unit apartment building on Wickenden Street in...

City opens PILOT talks with Lifespan

While Providence Mayor Brett P. Smiley has celebrated the passage of the latest payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreements with Providence’s four colleges and universities, uncertainties remain about...

Biocomposites supplier wins PitchRI contest

EAST GREENWICH – A Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University student-launched venture took the top prize in a pitch competition co-hosted by...

Providence City Plan Commission approves Brown University’s proposed master plan

PROVIDENCE – The Providence City Plan Commission Tuesday night approved Brown University’s proposed Institutional Master Plan. The university updates its master plan every five years...
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