RISBJ - January 2021 Issue

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January 2021

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Rhode Island has a slight advantage when it comes to finding a phenomenal restaurant. There are hundreds of delicious restaurants throughout our tiny Ocean State, but every so often, we all need a little help when it comes to finding the perfect restaurant that can really impress a date. You can never go wrong with these Rhode Island favorites! Although this year’s dining experience might look a little different, we have come up with some of our favorite places that are taking reservations! Be sure to book ahead of time.


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WHAT’S GOING ON IN YOUR OFFICE? I want everybody to grab a pen and paper, walk toward your office and stop at the doorway. Take a minute here and look around. You spend so much time in your office that sometimes the clutter starts to blend into the walls and you become numb to it. At first glance, you see a cluttered desk, a bulletin board full of papers, cluttered bookshelves, and random piles on the floor. It’s chaos. Then you take a step into the office and stand over the desk. It’s cluttered with paper piles everywhere, random files scattered on the desk, chatzkies all over the desk and sticky notes stuck to the computer. Business cards are thrown all over the desk. A cup sits on the desk with above 20 writing instruments, half probably don’t work and most never get used. Inside the drawers, it’s chaos. You’re not utilizing drawer organizers and you try to find a binder clip and it takes you a few minutes to locate one. You haven’t purged your files in years, there is no system and the files aren’t even hanging in the drawers. It takes you 15 minutes to locate an important file. Now, you start to wonder if there is money in any form on the desk. You start to wonder if there are missed business opportunities in those piles. You think about how long it takes you to locate a file or important document. You start to sweat because now you’re thinking about all the time you’ve wasted due to your disorganization. You think about how much money you’ve lost and how many clients you may have lost due to your disorganization. How does this make you feel? If this overwhelms and stresses you out, you’re not alone. Before you even think about getting organized, you have to get past this feeling. People get stuck in all different areas of the organizing process. You may have trouble getting started or you get started but get stuck with the process of decluttering. You may make it through decluttering but then you get distracted and lose focus and after an hour, you’ve moved onto something else. Some make it through all of this but then get stuck when they begin the organizing process because they


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don’t have the skill set. You may make it all the way through but the little things frustrate you and can’t figure out what to do with them. Then, there are the people who make it through the entire process, but just can’t seem to maintain their organization, which is one of the biggest steps in the process. One of the first things you need to do is recognize where you get stuck. Once you recognize that, you can move forward with a detailed plan. You can’t tackle a large project if you can organize a drawer. Start with your drawer. Take everything out of the drawer. Make your piles of keep, toss, and move to another area. Wipe out your drawer and take measurements of height, width, and length. Take a picture of what you’re keeping. Look at the empty drawer and think about how you want to function going forward. Think about functionality and how often you’re grabbing these items and how you want to organize them. Go to the store with your picture and measurements and purchase drawer organizers to match what you need to hold that will fit the space. In a nutshell, this is the process to get organized. The process is the same for everybody, but when you start creating systems, that’s where everybody functions differently. Everybody’s system will be different based on how they function. That’s where you really have to start asking questions about functionality. Don’t let the task of getting organized hold you back from functioning at your highest level. Don’t let this ruin you as a business owner. Make the time to evaluate how you’re functioning and put a plan into motion to get organized and become more efficient and productive.

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The Ski Shop Plus has it ALL! Around for more than 40 years, The Ski Shop Plus is one of Rhode Islands’ best and most experienced ski shops. Opening in 1979, Ramona and her dad, Vilnis, wanted to be another choice for winter sports needs. Located in North Smithfield, The Ski Shop Plus has been around for over four decades, they have seen it all and offer top quality service. They offer a wide variety of ski and snowboard equipment and offer any needed assistance when choosing the perfect product. Goggles, mittens, any winter clothing are all available as well to prepare you for any ski trip! The Ski Shop Plus has a full-service workshop for any tuning and repairs, custom boot fitting, and rental skis and boards. Any questions can be answered ranging from how to get the right edge, what wax to use, where to ski, where to stay, directions to your favorite locations, and so much more!

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Rarities Books and Bindery

your hands. Instead hold the spine of the book cupped in your hand. Make sure a book has significant sentimental or monetary value before bringing it to a professional book binder. Once rebound, a book will look beautiful and will last for a very long time, but the cost of binding an average sized book can begin in the low hundreds, and increase exponentially with fine leather, and other high-quality materials that may be chosen (or needed) for the repair.

Kelly Allen-Kujawski established, owns, and operates Rarities Books and Bindery in North Kingston, Rhode Island. Kelly specializes in antique book and document repairs, as well as making journals, books, and other book type gifts. She also sells antique books, maps, and prints, and will be offering bookbinding classes to families and small groups of people later this year.

Kelly is a lifelong Rhode Islander, having been born and raised in Bristol and now residing in Western Coventry. She pursued her lifelong interest in reading as she earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Florida Atlantic University. Her degree has been very helpful, as Kelly and her husband, Nate, raise and educate their son, Ethan (8 years old) and daughter, Nora (6 years old) as well as their dog and two cats. Her interest in books shifted from teaching to binding and restoration within the past few years, so she learned the art of bookbinding at the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, Connecticut, and at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, Massachusetts. She began work as a professional bookbinder, working out of her home in 2017 and established her studio in 2020. One of her favorite projects to date has been preparing beautiful preservation cases for minutes from Quaker Meetings from the early 1700s.

If you enjoy reading Kelly recommends:

Kelly shared these ideas to preserve your books: •

Never use any kind of tape on books or valuable documents. Instead leave the tear alone and bring it to a professional book binder for repair. Once tape goes on the document it can cause further damage and the cost of repair in the future increases dramatically. When removing books from a shelf, never pull from the top of the spine. Likewise, never flatten a book on a table or in

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A special contemporary book Latitudes of Longing (a love story addressing our connection with earth) by Shubhangi Swarup which first became available in the USA in 2020. Kelly admits a bias here as she had the privilege of meeting the author in India a few years ago. Two classics -- The Hobbit and Pride and Prejudice. If you are planning to start a small business. Kelly strongly recommends: Doing research about monetary and time commitment. Making and documenting a detailed business plan. Sticking with the plan (even when things aren’t going perfectly).

Shop Local Rhody readers are encouraged to call for an appointment (401.379.9970) to visit Kelly’s studio at the Mill at Shady Lea, 215 Shady Lea Road in North Kingstown, to visit her website (RaritiesOnline.com) and fill out an inquiry form or to email her (RaritiesBinding@gmail.com). Kelly is also on Facebook and Instagram with the handles @RaritiesOnline for both sites. I would like to thank Industrial Consultant Dr. Margarita Posada Cossuto for helpful comments.

Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro Independent Consultant in Human Factors, Learning and Human Resources

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Fall In Love With Ocean State Jewelers | BUY LOCAL, SHOP LOCAL

Classic diamond earrings are some of the hottest jewels for this Valentine’s Day. Veronica says that you can never go wrong with these because after all, diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Article by Cassandra Remillard

Make this Valentine’s Day one to remember with your significant other! It’s that lovely holiday to remind your better half just how special they are, and how much you appreciate them! Located in Johnston, Rhode Island, Ocean State Jewelers has been a family run business for the past 36 years. Veronica and Alicja take the time to get to know each and every one of their customer well enough to offer them the perfect piece of jewelry, which they are guaranteed to love. Their passion and enthusiasm make shopping at Ocean State Jewelers a fun and personalized experience! Classic diamond earrings are some of the hottest jewels for this Valentine’s Day. Veronica says that you can never go wrong with these because after all, diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Ocean State Jewelers also carries floating diamond necklaces which are perfect for layering! If you’re shopping for him, they have plenty of Citizens watches. You will have no trouble finding the best timepiece for your man. If he has a watch that has seen better days, Ocean State

Jewelers also does services including repairs and restorations. Planning on making this the most memorable Valentine’s Day yet? Customers may also be interested in the very popular Dora Rings, starting at $299, they are perfect for wedding/engagement bands! Veronica, Alicja and the Ocean State family highly recommend gold. You can never go wrong with a classic! Whether you’re looking for him, her, a family member, or maybe even yourself, Ocean State is thrilled to help their customers find stunning pieces of jewelry for their collection! Customers can even get their jewelry personalized with photo and message engravings. In addition, they specialize in appraisals, estate jewelry, and custom made items. Whatever your jewelry needs are, Ocean State has you covered! The store, located at 1395 Atwood Avenue, Johnston RI, is open despite the pandemic! Contact the team with any questions or to book your private consultation. Contact Us Today: oceanstatejewelers@gmail.com or 401-751-8105

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Valentine’s Day Recipes Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. There is nothing more romantic than a home cooked meal. Here are some delicious recipes that will make your significant other fall in love with you all over again.


Red Pepper-Filled Appetizer Hearts Total Time: 50 minutes | Yields: 24

Ingredients: -1 1/2 cups Original Bisquick™ Mix -2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves -¼ cup garlic-and-herbs spreadable cheese (from 6.5-oz container)

-⅟₃ cup water -1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper -2 tablespoons butter, melted

Cooking Instructions: 1. In medium bowl, stir Bisquick mix, oregano and water until mixture comes together. On work surface sprinkled with additional Bisquick mix, knead dough 5 times. Roll dough into 13x10-inch rectangle, about 1/8 inch thick. 2. In small bowl, mix cheese and bell pepper. Spread mixture evenly over dough. Carefully roll long edges of dough to meet in center. Place on cookie sheet lined with cooking parchment paper. Freeze 10-15 minutes or until firm. 3. Heat oven to 400°F. Spray large cookie sheet with cooking spray. 4. Transfer dough to cutting board. With sharp knife, cut dough into 1/2-inch slices. Place slices, cut sides down, on sprayed cookie sheet. Slightly pinch base of heart into point. Brush butter over hearts.

Main Entree

Honey Garlic Salmon

5. Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until tops are lightly golden. Cool 10 minutes before serving.

Total time: 15 minutes | Serves: 3


Cooking Instructions:

- 12 oz salmon, cut into 2-3 fillet strips

1. Season the surface of the salmon with salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Set aside.

- salt - black pepper - 1 pinch cayenne pepper - 2 tablespoons honey - 1 tablespoon warm water - 1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar or lemon juice - 1 tablespoon olive oil - 3 cloves garlic, minced - 1/2 lemon, sliced into wedges - 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Surprise your loved one this Valentine’s Day with this three course meal!

2. Mix the honey, water, apple cider vinegar or lemon juice and a pinch of salt together. Stir to combine well. 3. Heat up an oven-safe skillet (cast-iron skillet preferred) on high heat. Add the olive oil. Pan-fry the salmon, skin side down first, for about 1 minute. Turn the salmon over and cook for 1 minute. Turn it over again so the skin side is at the bottom. 4. Add the garlic into the pan, saute until slightly browned. Add the honey mixture and lemon wedges into the skillet, reduce the sauce until it’s sticky. 5. Finish it off by broiling the salmon in the oven for 1 minute or until the surface becomes slightly charred (optional step). 6. Top the salmon with parsley and serve immediately.


Molten Chocolate Cakes Total Time: 35 minutes | Serves: 4

Ingredients: - 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter

- 2 egg yolks

- 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, preferably Valrhona

- ¼ cup sugar

- 2 eggs

- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

- Pinch of salt

Cooking Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 450°. Butter and lightly flour four 6-oz. ramekins. Tap out the excess flour. Set the ramekins on a baking sheet. 2. In a double boiler, over simmering water, melt the butter with the chocolate. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with the egg yolks, sugar and salt at high speed until thickened and pale. 3. Whisk the chocolate until smooth. Quickly fold it into the egg mixture along with the flour. Spoon the batter into the prepared ramekins and bake for 12 minutes, or until the sides of the cakes are firm but the centers are soft. Let the cakes cool in the ramekins for 1 minute, then cover each with an inverted dessert plate. Carefully turn each one over, let stand for 10 seconds and then unmold. Serve immediately. Rhode Island Small Business Journal



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STICKING TO THE SYSTEM Staying motivated to work towards your New Year’s resolutions can be difficult. Follow these tips to achieve your fitness goals this year! • Create a resolution that is specific and measurable • Break up your long-term goal into monthly objectives to remain on track throughout the year • Share your goals with others or have a friend workout with you to keep yourself accountable • Mix up your workouts to keep working out enjoyable ad fun

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“It is important to gradually transition and adapt to healthier eating, rather than making drastic measures that will make it difficult to stick to your resolutions.”

FUELING A HEALTHY BODY Eating healthy is a crucial part in meeting your fitness resolutions. Ditching the processed foods and filling your fridge with fresh produce and protein is a great start in cleaning up your diet. Something as simple as setting a timer every hour to remind yourself to drink water, can make a significant difference in your health. Using one day of the week to meal prep is another great habit to develop. This allows you to proportion out healthy meal options for the week and saves you from choosing unhealthy food as last-minute, quick alternatives. It is important to gradually transition and adapt to healthier eating, rather than making drastic measures that will make it difficult to stick to your resolutions. Try to start by limiting caffeine and alcohol consumption, and avoiding late night snacks before going to bed.

“Daily meditation is a positive way to reflect on yourself, reflect on your day, and be mindful of all the appreciations in your life.”

MAINTAINING THE MINDSET Taking care of your mental health is just as important as reaching your physical goals, especially in these difficult times. Daily meditation is a positive way to reflect on yourself, reflect on your day, and be mindful of all the appreciations in your life. Just taking time to pause, breath, and acknowledge how you feel can help you ground yourself and release some of the stress from your mind. Reaching out to loved ones and staying connected is so important while we live in a socially distant world. Checking on others’ wellbeing, as well as being mindful of your own is a goal we should all have on our New Year’s resolution list.

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The Arcade Providence 65 Weybosset Street, Providence, Rhode Island The Arcade was built in 1828 and is the nation’s oldest indoor shopping mall in downtown Providence. This historic structure has Greek Revival columns, granite walls and classic facades still standing beautifully after more than 185 years watching over Westminster and Weybosset Streets. Those who worked or lived in Providence at the time spent their days in the open center atrium to enjoy the delicious eateries and shop the small stores. The Arcade was designed by Russell Warren and Tallman & Bucklin in hopes for it to be a space for shopping and gathering inside with skylights for natural light. The design was inspired by many similar buildings found throughout Europe.

At the time of the Arcade’s opening, there were only a few stores on the west side of the building. Most of the shopping was on the east side. The Arcade was slow to attract customers and was known as “Butler’s Folly” for several years because of its distance from the shopping district. All things changed when a high end hat shop opened up, which attracted many wealthy customers to the neighborhood. More and more stores started to develop and it became a major shopping area in Providence. Unfortunately, the Arcade closed in 2008 because not enough retail space was being used. To revamp this old mall it took the commitment from several new stores to take over the empty retail spaces.It reopened ints doors in 2013 and is now used today as a residential and commercial mixeduse building. You can choose to shop at any mall, but you will never experience a mall with this much history and beautiful architecture! Visit arcadeprovidence.com (https://www. arcadeprovidence.com/) to learn more and check out their gorgeous, microlofts which are for rent!

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Milkcan Industries Milkcan Industries describes itself as Rhode Island’s most self deprecating t-shirt company. All of their shirts are hand designed in house and printed in right here in Rhode Island. Owner, Jenna Goldberg, started Milkcan Industries after having a 20 year career making one of a kind furniture. In 2016, she was ready for change and set out to do something different, “something more fun, something less time consuming, something for the people!” Jenna’s goal is to make people laugh by shedding some “truthiness” on our wonderful and sometimes run down state. Not only do these creative illustrations and quirky quotes come on t-shirts but you can also get them on mugs, stickers and more! www.milkcanindustries.com

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Business is Rising B L U S H B A K E S H O P E X PA N D S TO I N C L U D E R E TA I L LO C AT I O N Article by Manuel Batlle

From soup and pizza to doughnuts, cakes, danish, and more, Samantha Chamberlain has mastered vegan baking. As owner and Head Pastry Chef of Blush Bakeshop, Chamberlain has been selling her made-from-scratch vegan baked goods and pastries at farmers markets and pop-up events around Rhode Island since 2018. Shortly after establishing herself, she was ready to open a retail location to take her business to the next level. She contacted Providence Center Director Manuel J. Batlle in October of 2019 for assistance obtaining funding to open her store—and just two months later, Chamberlain closed a $45,000 Microloan to help finance her new store on Atwells Ave. The RISBDC also successfully assisted Blush Bakeshop in marketing their grand opening in August of 2020. The Mayor of Providence attended to welcome this fresh and exciting bakeshop to the community. Samantha Chamberlain is now excited to share her love for vegan baking with Rhode Island, from the comfort of her own shop.

Along with offering fully vegan baked goods, Chamberlain strives to use natural, organic and local ingredients as well as eco-friendly packaging for all her treats. Blush Bakeshop offers a variety of baked goods including custom special orders and seasonal favorites. There truly is something for everyone! See the mouthwatering treats Blush Bakeshop is safely serving up on their website at BlushBakeshop.com. Are you ready to start writing your business success story? Attend one of our upcoming workshops or set up a free one-on-one counseling session. Register at RISBDC.org and get in the game today. Manuel Batlle is the Providence RI Regional Director of the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center. The Rhode Island Small Business Development Center at URI is part of a national network of nearly 1,000 business assistance centers that provide counseling and training to small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. Partially funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, we help businesses to succeed from start-up to maturity.

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