Business

Small Businesses in Rhode Island

These family companies have what it takes to withstand the test of time.

Photography by Mike Cevoli, James Jones and Chris Vaccaro   If small business is the backbone of our economy, family-owned businesses are its connective tissue, passing down entrepreneurial success from one generation to the next. Whether it’s fashioning jewelry from lustrous Tahitian pearls or serving up spicy wieners all the way, these Rhode Islanders share their ups and downs and…

Crimetown Podcast Named One of the Best of 2016

The series spotlighting organized crime in Providence was named one of “The Best New Podcasts of 2016" by the New York Times.

Podcasts are gaining more and more popularity and one of the hottest new ones out there is "Crimetown." Its first series spotlights organized crime and mobsters in Providence, Rhode Island, and The New York Times named it one of “The Best New Podcasts of 2016.” Download the episodes and listen to them on your way to and from work or…

The Evolution of the Providence Journal

A new editor is shaking things up at the ProJo. Can the paper be saved?

In 1980, the Providence Journal Company published a 494-page hardcover titled The Providence Journal: 150 Years. In some ways, the book was a straightforward institutional autobiography. One chapter described how the paper reported on the fall of the Alamo, the rise of Abraham Lincoln and the 1861 attacks on Fort Sumter that sparked the Civil War. Another recalled how Stephen…

Preppy Pig BBQ Locations Closed for Relocation

The locations are open under new ownership but it will not be Preppy Pig BBQ.

Rhode Island Monthly’s December 2016 restaurant review includes Preppy Pig BBQ in Warren and Jamestown. Yesterday, we learned that Preppy Pig closed its doors in both spots for relocation “in search of a bigger and better spot for their acclaimed barbecue cuisine,” according to a press release. The two locations will still be open under new ownership, but it will…

Giving for Free

Spend money on the Internet, help out local charities: It's a win, win.

Giving to charity is one of those things we all know we should do more of, especially this time of year, but we’re so busy, so slammed, so broke…. Now online shoppers have no excuse, because you can sign up for AmazonSmile and 0.5 percent of your spending will be donated to the charity of your choice — at no…

The Dish: Brown Grads Blend Vietnamese Gac Fruit into X.O.I. Juices

Brown University graduates Myron Lam and Linh Tran are introducing a lesser known superfruit to global markets.

Brown University graduates Myron Lam and Linh Tran had no idea that they’d be making juice after graduation. Their interest in social entrepreneurship and economics took them to the highlands of Vietnam, where they were introduced to Vietnamese gac fruit juice, and later came up with an idea for a new product: X.O.I. "In Vietnam, the gac fruit is used…

Tech Ten Winners 2016

These fifteen people have distinguished themselves in tech this year.

YOUTH ENGAGEMENT Mary Johnson Executive Director, RI Students of the Future Mary Johnson had an unconventional road to her involvement in the tech sphere in Rhode Island. “I started my career in the theater industry as a stage manager and I was also a theatrical dog trainer for a while,” she says, laughing. Her foray into technology began when her…

The Dish: Q-and-A: Cristiano Labia: Manager and Wine Director at Pane e Vino

Cristiano Labia, the new manager and wine director at Pane e Vino, brings authentic Italian charm (and super fresh mozzarella) to a favorite Federal Hill restaurant.

Cristiano Labia hails from Rome, Italy, from a family of restaurateurs and bakers. He made his way to the United States in 1994, taking his first restaurant position at Bellablu in New York City, and he has worked at several renowned places, including Le Madri Restaurant and Bellavitae Enogastonomia Italiana. In 2011, he moved to Aspen for nearly five years,…

Minding the Skills Gap

How is Rhode Island connecting workers to jobs?

Dan Sullivan was working remotely from Providence for a Utah-based company last year when he and a group of coworkers got laid off by a new CEO. It was nine days before Christmas and a decade since the Cranston native had dusted off his resume. Sullivan was always into technology growing up; he was the kid everyone in the neighborhood…

The Dish: Veteran-Owned Mike's Ice Serves Thai Ice Cream Rolls

The mobile ice cream truck, run by and dedicated to veterans, has some serious social media swag, including Pokemon GO doughnuts.

  A photo posted by Mike's Ice (@mikesicetruck) on Jul 27, 2016 at 2:53pm PDT   Here in Rhode Island, we like our ice cream many different ways: strictly on a cone, blended into an Awful Awful or cabinet, on top of a doughboy, stuck between a cookie sandwich and even vegan style. But there’s a new ice cream truck…