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Stores divided on pot shop zoning

A proposal to allow retail cannabis shops to open in more parts of Providence has business owners split over whether they’d welcome those businesses...

Help is not on the way, business owners hurt by Washington...

Harut Matkasyan watches cars back up from the Interstate 195 Washington Bridge to his East Providence restaurant with a growing sense of hopelessness.  The streets...

Federal Hill restaurant closes temporarily following stabbing

PROVIDENCE – VL Restaurant and Lounge on Federal Hill is temporarily closed following a weekend stabbing on the premises. The decision to close for at...
COMPANY CRED: Bacary Diatta says his food company Kassumay LLC is going well, but it could be doing better if it was easier to obtain a business loan. 
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Fear grows about reduced ability to access capital

When Bacary Diatta moved from Senegal to the United States in 2018, he knew he wanted to start a business that would add value...
THE CROWDS that showed up at previous PVDFests downtown didn't materialize this year at the 195 District Park, in part because of miserable weather. But some say the festival needs to move back to downtown. / COURTESY PVDFEST

Figuring out the future of PVDFest

PVDFest will return next year, but Providence Mayor Brett P. Smiley's administration is beginning the process of figuring out what it will look like...
REACTIONS TO THIS PAST weekend's PVDFest remain mixed, with some community members feel the lack of activity downtown impacted both the event and businesses. / COURTESY PVDFEST

After weekend festival, emotions on PVDFest remain mixed

PROVIDENCE – PVDFest this past weekend, according to some business leaders, was a tale of two cities. After several changes were made, including moving PVDFest...
PVDFEST IS SHIFTING this year from being downtown to along the Providence River. While Mayor Brett P. Smiley's office is saying the changes are more to focus on the local arts community, local business owners say the location change and prohibition of block parties will hurt them economically. / COURTESY PVDFEST

Is change a good thing for PVDFest? Some say no

PROVIDENCE – A citywide event that normally brings the community together to welcome in the summer and celebrate local artists has now raised some...
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Al fresco, food truck dining are back

The outdoor dining season has gotten underway in fine fashion. The Memorial Day weekend brought spectacular weather to Rhode Island, and terraces, sidewalks, decks...

Federal Hill preps for Al Fresco dining 

PROVIDENCE- What has become a summertime culinary tradition, Al Fresco on the Hill is returning to historic Federal Hill on Saturday.   Through Sept. 2,...

Federal Hill Al Fresco dining downsized

PROVIDENCE – The Federal Hill Commerce Association last week approved a reduction to Al Fresco on the Hill outdoor dining for the upcoming season, limiting the...
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