Jenna Pelletier

The Amazing Benny’s Origin Story

How an Eastern European immigrant founded a regional treasure.

“I pledge the best possible quality and service at most reasonable prices,” read the ad Benjamin Bromberg took out in the Providence Journal in 1924 to announce his new store, Benny’s. The eastern European immigrant — who had no more than a sixth grade education — opened the automotive supply shop on Fountain Street in Providence with his wife, Flora….

Advertising as Art With Providence Painted Signs

Catch their work at the Dean Hotel, Trinity Rep and other local companies.

Shawn Gilheeney, Buck Hastings and Greg Pennisten are making their mark on Rhode Island — one brush stroke at a time. Through their business, Providence Painted Signs, the trio has created custom calling cards for more than 200 local brands in Rhode Island and beyond. Their stylish lettering can be found everywhere from the outside of the Dean Hotel and…

See Rhode Island's State Donkey at the Democratic National Convention

The fiberglass mules are part of the "Donkeys Around Town" scavenger hunt, and each one represents a DNC delegation for the fifty states, plus DC and six U.S. territories.

As scandal shakes the Democratic National Convention, a more lighthearted form of donkey hunting is also going on in Philadelphia this week. The DNC host committee has invited visitors to take part in its "Donkeys Around Town" scavenger hunt featuring artist-painted donkeys installed at locations throughout the city. Using a smartphone app and the hashtag #dncdonkey, participants can win prizes…

Iron Chef Rhode Island?

I had the pleasure of being a fly on the wall at the Iron Chef-style challenge at The Miriam Hospital’s Wine & Dine gala on Saturday.  John Elkhay of the Chow Fun Food Group (Luxe Burger Bar, Ten Prime Steak & Sushi, etc) battled Newport Restaurant Group chef Casey Riley (Castle Hill Inn, 22 Bowen’s) for the title of top toque. For the night anyway.The competition was all in good…

Real Estate Q & A

Last year, Nelson Taylor had the highest gross sales among the state’s under-forty realtors. But his territory’s not East Greenwich or Barrington. Instead, Taylor’s wrangling houses on the Hill. Here, he gives us the real estate lowdown.

Q: Federal Hill: A buyer’s market or a seller’s? A: Definitely a buyer’s. The area has a lot of great deals, especially because there have been a number of foreclosures. You can get a multi-family for under $200,000 now. You haven’t been able to find that kind of price in a couple of years.  Q: Compared to the rest of…

When You’re Not Eating

Sure, you may journey to the Hill for the food, but there’s plenty to do after your carb load.

1. Slice and dice.  Hill fixture chef Walter Potenza begins his twelfth year of hands-on cooking classes this month. These one-night classes ($75 per person) focus on specifics: whole sessions are dedicated to things like risotto, terra cotta cookery and seafood from the Ligurian Coast. 286 Atwells Avenue, 273-2652, chefwalter.com 2. Get your palm read.At Lilly’s Astrology Readings, Lilly will…