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FROM PASSION TO PROFESSION: Kelly Allen-Kujawski used her love of reading to launch Rarities Books & Bindery in South Kingstown, where she specializes in restoration and preservation services for antique books and documents. 
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Avid reader turns passion into business preserving family heirlooms

Growing up, Kelly Allen-Kujawski always had “a love of old things,” and a book in her hand. This interest in history and literature ran...

No matter the tech changes, Meridian Printing presses forward

IT HAS BEEN SAID the birth of the print industry was 1436, when goldsmith Johannes Gutenberg combined a screw press and pieces of his...

Watch Hill Group hospitality product sales surging

WHEN BRENDA MOTTOLA goes out to eat, she isn’t only interested in what’s on her plate. She’s also looking for what’s underneath it – specifically, the...

Unique gift reflects broad appeal

The concept started as a gift: Toye Onikoyi, a ­University of Rhode Island graduate who was working as an engineer at Rite-Solutions Inc. in...
SMALL-CRAFT SPECIALISTS: New England Yacht Rigging Inc. President Kyle Wishart, left, and Vice President Daniel Martinez outside their Warwick shop with shop mascot Hooper. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Showing sailors the ropes

While some other businesses in the industry boast pictures on Instagram of their big projects fixing up flashy superyachts and megayachts, New England Yacht...
CURIOUS COLLECTOR: Aardvark Antiques Inc. owner Arthur Grover, center, loves the thrill of the hunt for rare or unique items. Grover is pictured with his sons, Rocco Grover Silvestri, right, and Jay Grover Silvestri, general manager, at the Newport business. / PBN PHOTO/DAVID HANSEN

On the hunt for hidden gems

Arthur Grover loves the chase. Whether it was combing through the Cranston dump as a teenager or now traveling to Dubai and Thailand to...
MALLEABLE METALLERS: Sandi Bonazoli and Jim Dowd are the co-owners of Beehive Handmade, a long-standing metal­work business that recently opened a store and studio space in Warren. Dowd crafts a copper rack for measuring spoons while Bonazoli looks on. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Metalsmiths forge ahead with storefront, in-house manufacturing

In Sandi Bonazoli and Jim Dowd’s Warren metalsmithing studio, Beehive Handmade, equipment ranges from a 100-year-old machine to modern technology such as a laser...
NEW DIGS: Providence Living is emerging as a real estate developer behind some of the most prominent redevelopment projects in the city. In front of their newly rehabilitated downtown headquarters at 259 Weybosset St., are, from left, Dustin Dezube, owner; Kevin Diamond, principal architect of Providence Architecture; and Eric Belisle, principal of Providence Building. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Providence Living builds on rapid growth, adds architecture division

In the past year, Providence Living has bought prominent properties throughout the city, including the Hotel Dolce Villa on Federal Hill, the former Club...
STRONGER TOGETHER: Ana Duque, left, and Karen Mejias at their new store called The Heal Room. The two Latina women have teamed up, using their past experiences as business owners to bring a zero-waste store and wellness bar to Pawtucket.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Duo serves up wellness with zero waste

Ana Duque and Karen Mejias discovered the need to merge their business ventures to create a bigger impact and survive amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The...
FOCUS SHIFT: Stephen Clair, left, and Brad Clair, brothers and co-owners of Simplex Engine & Repair Co. in Providence, a third-generation, family-owned machine and engine parts company, say auto dealers were once a major part of the company’s client base, but the focus has shifted to heavy-duty construction companies. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Clair brothers keep family’s engine machine shop running strong

Brothers Brad and Stephen Clair share a lot more than DNA. Always close, the Bristol natives grew up working for the family company, Simplex Engine...

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