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LOADING UP: Tommy Duell, driver/loader operator at J & L Landscaping Co. in Seekonk, transfers loam to the dump truck for delivery. The company continues to provide its services via delivery and curbside pickup during the coronavirus ­pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

J & L Landscaping a true perennial presence

Sustaining a marriage for 40 years is an accomplishment in itself. Maintaining a harmonious relationship while also working side by side as business partners is...
BUILT TO LAST: McKay’s Furniture Vice President Kerry McKay says treating customers with gratitude and respect has been at the center of the company’s 120-year longevity. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

McKay’s Furniture offering comfort in a crisis

At one time, five generations of McKays were working at McKay’s Furniture Inc. Kerry McKay, the furniture retailer’s vice president, remembers another instance when five...
ENDLESS CHOICES: Customers can choose from up to 4,000 styles and an array of finishes at Get The Picture, a custom framing shop in Lincoln launched nearly 20 years ago by owners Andy Langlois, right, and Mike Labbe. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

A custom shop that’s thinking outside the frame

Customers who walk into Get The Picture LLC in search of a custom frame are presented with row after row of choices – up...
SWEEPING CHANGE: Shawn Lynch, right, owner of second-generation family business Lynch’s Cleaning & Restoration Service, with Miguel Lopez, left, and Carlos Pereira cleaning smoke damage at a house on Maplewood Drive in East Greenwich. / PBN PHOTOMIKE SKORSKI

Carpet-cleaning business has taken it from dirt to disaster

Small-business savvy runs in Shawn Lynch’s blood. He grew up entrenched in his father’s carpet-cleaning company, which was a part-time complement to his full-time job...
IN DEMAND: Bill and Linda Bohmbach, owners of Home Healthsmith in Portsmouth, stand in front of a demo residential elevator holding the Prism award they received in 2019 for “Most Creative/Unique Use of Space” for their residential glass elevator in Boston. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Need a lift? Home Healthsmith sees growing demand for in-home elevators

When Home Healthsmith LLC unveils its remodeled showroom later this year, the space will include a working residential elevator. That’s because demand for in-home...
STITCHING SUCCESS: Heather Fortes, center, and her two business partners, Nicole Almeida, and Fortes’ son, Nathan, have moved an online business in specialty clothing and accessories into a retail store in East Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Clothing business built on duo’s common threads

Heather Fortes initially was looking for a distraction when she started sewing. Forlorn and directionless after her only son left for college at the...
PAPER PUSHERS: David Spencer, right, CEO of Atlantic Paper & Supply, talks with sales representative Sean Borek. Spencer runs the company with his wife, Lisa, whose grandfather started the business in the 1940s. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

In digital age, paper-goods supplier is modern, but ‘still old-fashioned’

The third-generation family business, Atlantic Paper & Supply, has adapted through the years to changing methods of distribution and waning demand for some of...

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