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GROWING SALES: David Urban, owner of the Secret Garden, a small floral shop with a garden center in Jamestown, says he tripled sales since he purchased the business by expanding the list of local suppliers and stocking more. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Hardy variety of retailer

In 2008, David Urban, who’d just earned a degree in horticulture from the University of Rhode Island, had one specific desire while in the...
DIVERSIFIED: Kevin Sheahan, left, and David Sheahan are the owners of Sheahan Printing in Woonsocket, a multigenerational, family-owned printing company that has transitioned to making face shields. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Woonsocket printer displays new COVID-19-inspired skill

For three generations, Sheahan Printing Corp. has ­focused on the commercial printing needs of its business and nonprofit customers, everything from rack cards and...
COMMUNITY RESOURCE: Nicholas Shanos is the owner and head pharmacist at Suburban Pharmacy, a second-generation, family-owned pharmacy in Warwick. He is holding a bottle of his own hand sanitizer. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Independent pharmacy offers Rx with personal touch

Nicholas Shanos originally planned to take his birthday off from work. But that was before the new coronavirus hit Rhode Island, making Shanos’ role as...
WEEKEND WARRIORS: Knead Doughnuts co-owner Adam Lastrina, right, and Bryan Tsai, production supervisor, prepare doughnuts in March. While the bakery has three locations in Rhode Island, only one remains open, serving takeout orders on the weekends only. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Knead Doughnuts waiting for a time to rise again

After four years of business growth and expansion, Knead Doughnuts completed its move into a larger commercial kitchen in February. The new space, in a...
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...
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