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Great Family Spots For Page 11

Local Apple Picking

Retro Blast Page 23


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44th Annual

Run Around the Block September 7th, 2019

Old Center Road, Block Island, RI This may be the longest run around a block on record. That’s because the particular block in question is actually Block Island, a little piece of paradise just 7 miles long and 3 miles wide off the coast of Rhode Island. And you’ll see most of its beauty — rolling meadows, stone walls, sparkling ponds, towering cliffs —during the Run Around the Block, a 9.3 mile (15K) journey around this stunning island where more than 47% of the area is conservation land. The race starts at 11:45am on Saturday, September 7. For locals, September is their favorite time of year. The days are still long, the water is still warm, and the summer crowds have thinned out since Labor Day. Most island businesses will still be open, so you’ll find plenty of places to eat, drink, relax and shop before you make the trip back to the mainland. Run Around the Block has a fairly late starting time, so runners coming over that morning have plenty of time to catch a morning ferry and make it to the race on time. Free bus transportation will take you from ferry to race and back again. Registration costs $30 to $45 depending on when you register. Preregistration is available at

Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival 2019 Newport, RI September 19, 2019, 7:00 pm Through September 22, 2019, 4:00 pm The Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, one of the East Coast’s most sophisticated culinary events, returns for its 14thyear, September 19 – 22, 2019. The Marble House lawn will once again be the spectacular setting for the much-anticipated two-day Grand Tasting on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22, which offers guests the chance to sample hundreds of wines from around the world and cuisine from nearly two dozen regional restaurants and caterers. Additional highlights of the weekend-long festivities include the elegant Friday night Wine & Rosecliff gala, which will feature a special selection of fine wines from these and other wineries, as well as food from at least 20 New England chefs amid seaside Gilded Age splendor, and more!

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Lighting the Way. T H E G L O R I A G E M M A B R E A S T C A N C E R R E S O U R C E F O U N D AT I O N

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This is a special year for me, so I’d like to be the first torchbearer. This is my year of doing everything big Article by Carol Ann Donnelly

It is not uncommon for people who go through a lifethreatening illness to want to help others facing a similar situation. The desire to pay it forward seems like a necessary part of the healing process, and it is exactly what two women from two completely different backgrounds are doing to help others affected by cancer. The commonalities Monique Boyajian and Katy Bell share are the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation and they are both thriving. However, their stories are inimitable, as you will read. Katy Bell was 36 years old when she was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer in 2012. This young teacher spent the next 2-1/2 years going through cancer treatments and surgeries. She connected with the Foundation in the spring of 2014 and joined the Foundation’s Young Survivor group and became an active participant in other programs the Foundation offered. She also carried a torch in the annual Illuminations of Life Ceremony at the Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life™ Weekend in October the following year, just a month after she said “I do” to her longtime boyfriend, in a beautiful ceremony surrounded by family and friends. She set a goal to raise $5,000 to carry the torch and she did it. The money Bell and the other 149 torchbearers raise is used for the operating expenses of the Hope Bus, a 38-foot long pink RV that travels throughout Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts to bring education, support and programs to people who are unable to come to the Foundation’s Center. “I raise money for Gloria Gemma, because of all it’s done to make my life richer and more fulfilling,” Bell said. That fall and early winter couldn’t have gone better for Bell. She was healthy, she loved her job, and she was looking forward to spending the holidays with her husband and family. The New Year should have brought more of the same, but in January of 2016, she received the news that she had metastatic cancer.

Since then, Bell has challenged herself to increase her fundraising goals every year, and she has been the top fundraiser for the past four years. In addition to other perks, the top torch fundraiser also has the honor to carry the first torch and lead the procession to light the largest WaterFire of the season. “Being a torchbearer gives me purpose—something to focus on,” said Bell. This year, her goal is to raise $10,000 but she has some competition. Monique Boyajian has risen over $7,500 and she’s not done fundraising. For Boyajian, 2019 is a big year for milestones. This year marks 10 years that she has been cancer-free, and she is also celebrating her 40th wedding anniversary. In addition, she celebrated a milestone birthday, and this is the first year her family is coming in from all over the United States to help her celebrate at the Flames of Hope Weekend. “This is a special year for me, so I’d like to be the first torchbearer. This is my year of doing everything big,” said Boyajian. A friend told Boyajian about the Foundation after she had been diagnosed in 2009, and her initial meeting with the executive director lasted almost three hours. Boyajian has been actively involved with the Foundation ever since. She participates in the free programs offered by the Foundation, as well as volunteers and fundraises. Boyajian admits her favorite thing to do is give the pink ribbons out to all the torchbearers. “It’s such an honor to give each person the ribbon. I get to meet new people and see familiar faces,” Boyajian said. Although Katy Bell’s and Monique Boyajian’s stories are very different, they both state they are okay if they don’t win the top fundraising spot, because the money they raise is for a good cause. They both know firsthand how important the programs and support services offered by the Foundation are to people touched by cancer, and this is their way of lighting the way for others.



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Apple Picking in

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Dame Farm Johnston, RI

Three generations of Dame Family Farming also provides pumpkin picking and fall décor.

Elwood Orchard North Scituate, RI

Nectarines, Asian pears, pumpkins and winter squash available. They carry mostly certified organic products including apple cider.

Barden Family Orchard North Scituate, RI Sweet corn, nectarines, pumpkins and tomatoes.

Phantom Farms Cumberland, RI

Over fifteen apple variations including: Macoun and Honeycrisp. Also available are squash and giant pumpkins in the fall. Enjoy their country café and bakery, garden center and gift shop.

Hill Orchards Johnston, RI

Apples, peaches, cider, pumpkins, fall decorations and Christmas trees when in season. Horse-drawn hayrides through the orchard, scheduled on selected weekends in September and October.

Jaswells Farm Smithfield, RI

Apples, blueberries, Christmas trees, fruit and specialty baskets, gourmet chocolates seasonal vegetables and pumpkins available.

Steere Orchard Greenville,RI

Pick-your-own apples, peaches, pumpkins, gourds, squash, corn, homemade jams and local produce. Free hayrides on the weekend.

Harmony Farms Harmony, RI

Six acres of blueberries, two acres of apples, one acre of peaches peaches and a pumpkin patch. The farm stand offers herbs, gourds, honey and more.

Knight Farm North Scituate, RI

Apple picking and hayrides available. Enjoy breakfast or lunch in the restaurant.

Appleland Orchard Greenville, RI

Wide variety of apples, peaches, cider, donuts, pies, candy, caramel apples, gourmet chocolate apples, local RI honey, New England made maple syrup and apple wine.

Rocky Brook Orchard Middletown, RI Pick-your-own apples, peaches, and quince. Low trees for toddlers to pick. Bring a picnic and enjoy the scenery.

Salisbury Farm Johnston, RI

Pick-your-own crops, including strawberries, raspberries, and pumpkins. Free hay rides on weekends. Home of New England’s original Corn Maze.

Sunset Orchard North Scituate, RI

Eighteen varieties of apples and a small variety of peaches, nectarines and Italian plums.

Narrow Lane Orchard North Kingstown, RI

Purchase firewood, honey, flowers, eggs, as wells as empty bags to take with you into the orchard to fill with delicious apples, peaches, nectarines, blackberries and pumpkins.

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by Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro Where is the best place to shop for great, inexpensive outfits that you will enjoy wearing? If you ask The Style Sherpa Gaelen Abt will tell you that it is in your own closet!!! Gaelen helps clients find new combinations of clothing so that they can dress confidently and stylishly for the cost of a modest consulting fee. She really enjoys the challenge of mixing patterns and takes pride when people get excited about clothing they already own. Additionally, Gaelen shops for her clients with limited time or patience for shopping, she updates clothing and creates new outfits for her clients. Most of Gaelen’s clients are women, but she enjoys helping men, too!

The Style


Men: - Update your shoes. Shoes make a powerful statement. - Replace suits, jackets and pants (or having a tailor update them) if they are over 10 years old. Eliminate pleated pants. They do not look good on you. - Add pattern suits, shirts, ties and socks to your wardrobe.

Women: - Add a variety of patterns. Don’t wear just solids. Wear patterns in a variety of combinations. - Stop wearing all black unless you are in mourning. - Use your clothing to highlight your best features.

Gaelen shared the following style recommendations:

Please contact Gaelen by email at Gaelen@TheStyleSherpa. Com or check out her http://www.TheStyleSherpa.Com website, FaceBook page and Instagram postings. Gaelen will be pleased to help you dress more confidently.


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- Try it on, even if you don’t think it is your style. You may like what you see. - Experiment mixing different clothing you own. You may discover unique outfits you did not know you owned. - Find an awesome tailor and become one of their favorite customers.

I would like to thank Industrial Consultant Dr. Margarita Posada Cossuto for helpful comments.

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SEPT 1, 14, 28 & Oct 5 WaterFire Providence A partial WaterFire is a multisensory experience that has drawn hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city. This series of bonfires, installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence, entices with aromatic wood smoke, flickering firelight and enchanting music. WaterFire Providence is an independent, nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy.

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Warwick Food Truck Nights

Foster Forward’s Annual Gala

Food Truck Night in Warwick returns. Come experience an array of some of the greatest savory and sweet food trucks. Eat from your favorite local food truck or try something new. Admission is free! Live Entertainment!

This year’s gala promises to be magical! Located at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet. Our emcee for the evening will be Emily Volz, NBC10. Attendees will enjoy dinner, dancing, New York city entertainment, and silent and live auctions. Your support we can make a lasting difference in the lives of children and youth who are in foster care.

5PM - 8PM

6:30PM - 10PM



Warren Folks Festival

First Annual Heroes Walk/Run

The 2019 Warren Folks Fest will feature over thirty local artists and crafts makers, ten live music acts, seven local food vendors and tons of delicious beverages from Narragansett Beer. The event is free and rain or shine. Enjoy great music with your family and friends!

Family, friends and support teams are invited to this fun filled and celebratory event, as we highlight our Wish Kids and their families as the real super heroes they truly are! Our job on this walk is to pay it forward so others can have amazing family support trips. Funds raised during this event will be allocated towards our upcoming Wishes.

1PM - 7PM

9AM - 2PM



John Trimble Fund Golf Tournament for Autism

Food Trucks at Flames of Hope

Join for the thirty-ninth Annual John Trimble Fund Golf Tournament for Autism! Enjoy a beautiful Fall day on the green at one of the finest golf courses in the United States, Wannamoisett Country Club. All funds raised through your generosity support The Groden Network’s critical services.

Presented by the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. Eat from your favorite local food truck or try something new…or maybe even eat at multiple trucks.

11:30AM - 7PM



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Teddy Bearskins

The Wickford store is the main location, located in beautiful historic Wickford, RI. It’s worth the visit to this quaint historic fishing village. Wickford also has a great playground, with soccer and baseball fields, just blocks from the store. There is alos a second location in East Greenwich. Quality clothing, shoes, and toys is the main desire, along with excellent customer service. If you are looking for a unique shopping experience this school season, so by Teddy Bearskins.

Yorker Shoes

In 1949 Yorker Shoes opened its doors in Providence, Rhode Island for the first time. The store was committed to showing everyone that size, service and selection was the key to customer satisfaction. Today, Yorker Shoes now located in Johnston, is still providing size, service, and selection to each and every customer. When you visit Yorker Shoes you will discover that nothing has changed. They still offer the same customer service and support as we did the day they opened their doors. 20


April Showers

April Showers, located in West Warwick, has been serving Rhode Island communities since 2005. They expanded our store in 2008 to better serve our families for tremendous savings on brand name clothing for kids, babies and moms-to-be! April Showers carries boys and girls clothing from preemie to size 14, baby equipment, furniture, books, toys and more! They offer new products every day. Whether you want to shop for incredible savings, consign to clean out, or do both, April Showers looks forward to serving you.

Back to Basics Natural Foods

Rhode Island healthy eating is for some, the only option. Especially for kids that have certain requirements. Back To Basics Natural Foods, in East Greenwich, opened in 1982 and has been selling healthy foods and vitamin supplements to the area ever since.This is a 5,000 square foot grocery store If you have some type of dietary restriction, be it voluntary, such as vegetarianism or veganism, or involuntary, such as lactose intolerance


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or Celiac’s disease, Back to Basics has an array of specialty foods for you. For example, if you have an intolerance to gluten, you can find a wide variety of delicious gluten free pizzas. If your children have certain allergies or restrictions, this is a great place to shop for back to school lunch and snack items.


Located in Cranston, this European inspired boutique has singing praises from local devotees for over 33 years. Sonya’s innovative merchandise mix evolves with the ever changing fashion scene.The shop’s mantra is to offer timeless fashion that spans the ages. Sonya’s has become a destination for styling advice and seasonal wardrobing.Their unique special occasion collection pleases the most discriminating of shoppers. The magnificent space, large yet intimate hosts over 100 lines per season.Looking for unique back to school styles and designs? The exceptional staff creates a mood that is warm and inviting. Whether shopping in store or online this fashionista favorite is sure to please.

Capitol Stationery

Capitol Stationery was founded in 1922 by Alexander and Sadie Agronick. They located their business at the base of Weybosset Street in downtown Providence right in the heart of the financial district. Working together they built their enterprise over the next decade into a large and profitable business. As the sole distributor of R.C. Allen typewriters and adding machines in New England, they received a commission on every machine sold by every dealer in the region. Today, the business, located in Cranston, is run by Sadie’s grandson Alex, the third generation to run the business. Alex took over when his father Raymond passed away in 1996. Having worked in the business his entire life, Alex is committed to serving his customers with the same high standards set by his parents and grandparents. Looking to buy school supplies for your children? Trying to buy in bulk and stay away from the larger chain stores? From binders, paper and markers, to art supplies and accessories, Capitol has you covered. BUY LOCAL, SHOP LOCAL


Jewelry’s Own

Dynamic Duo

Article by Mike Casale

We have all been through the journey of purchasing Jewelry. As a husband and a father, I have had the joys of purchasing many jewelry items over the past 20 years or so. The experiences have been much different, to say the least. I tend to notice that when I shop at some of the larger chain retailers, the experience is more generic, and tends to be more about the person behind the counter making a fast sale, which I completely understand by the way, as I have worked in sales for many years myself. When I shop online, I tend to feel as though there is a 50/50 shot that the product is going to be exactly the one that I loved in the photo. Again, these methods may seem convenient, but they are not always the safest and most efficient way to shop either. Luckily, a few years back, I was introduced to a local, family owned and operated Jewelry store in Johnston, Rhode Island, called Ocean State Jewelry. One of my closest friends had recommended that I take a ride there, as I was at the time, looking for an anniversary gift for my wife. What caught my attention the most during my trip to the store was not just the good selection, and the high quality items that were available, but just as equally important was the one-on-one personal service. I feel as though that has become a lost art. Not enough customers appreciate the need for personalized service anymore. At Ocean State Jewelry, Veronica and Alicja pride themselves on the words Customized Service. They take the time to know you, and Veronica is even known by some as the Jewelry Therapist. Why, you might ask? Well, she takes the time to evaluate exactly what item will be a fit, an even better, she listens to your situation. With the help of Alicja, the dynamic duo is almost always able to pair a perfect match with the customers desires. In fact, Alicja’s skills are so well recognized in the industry, she is currently doing repairs and work for over 15 different jewelry stores nationwide. From appraisals, to custom watch repair, and even the special designs and sizings, the ladies at Ocean State Jewelry will cover your needs. So, how did this duo come to fruition? Well, just as many local businesses carry on, Veronica worked in Jewelry for her uncle for several years. He had formed the business in 1984. When it was time for her uncle to move away from the business, he wanted to make sure that the store that he had worked hard to create would be left in the best possible hands. Veronica’s business partner Alicja, who has over 30 years of experience in the industry, wanted to buy the business initially, but instead decided to ask Veronica to be her partner. Keeping with the family business atmosphere, personalized service was the most important thing that Veronica and Alicja needed to do. It doesn’t matter if the customer is going to spend $5 or $5,000, the same time and effort is given to each customer equally. So, as I said when I began this article, the thing that I loved most about my experience at Ocean State Jewelry was the ability to be myself, and actually feel appreciated for being in the store. Many times in my life, I tend to feel out of place when shopping for higher end items, and that was never the case in this experience. When I asked the ladies what their favorite thing about going to work is everyday, they both agreed making friends and close relationships with their customers. They want you to feel like family when you come to the store. If you are looking for some great jewelry ideas, including the latest lines of Sarah Yo, Citizens and Dora, or even if you just need a repair, restoration, or watch service, Ocean State Jewelry has you covered. They also specialize in appraisals, estate jewelry, and custom made items. The store is located at 1395 Atwood Avenue, in Johnston RI. Feel free to email or call their team with any questions. or 401-751-8105.





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Old Slater Mill 67 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket, Rhode Island Recognized internationally as the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, the museum celebrates innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit by engaging audiences in relevant cultural, historic, and artistic endeavors. In 1921, a group of visionary business leaders with ties to the textile industry convened to form the Old Slater Mill Association (OSMA), to prevent the mill’s demolition and to preserve the physical presence of the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. In the 1950s, OSMA opened a museum of industrial history at Slater Mill, and by the 1970s, the U.S. Department of the Interior recognized the campus, including its three historic structures and mill race, as a National Historic Landmark District. Nearly 100 years later, OSMA continues to fulfill and further this mission, and serves as an educational anchor and community champion in the Blackstone River Valley and statewide.

The mill is located at the Slater Mill Historic Site along with two other historic buildings, the 1810 Wilkinson Mill and the 1758 Sylvanus Brown House. The latter features a collection of textile artifacts such as a loom, a spinning wheel, and other tools used to weave and make cloth by hand. Later on, this manual process was replicated in the Slater Mill but with machinery, making this house a predecessor of the Slater Mill. It is also believed that Samuel Slater spent his first night in Pawtucket in this house. As an added point of interest, paranormal activity has been reported in all three historic buildings. Some visitors have heard children voices, particularly a boy voice and the staff have found items misplaced or found in a different location, especially in the Sylvanus Brown House. Slater Mill is currently visited by 10,000 school children each year, and 25,000 additional adult and family visitors who come for tours, events, festivals, to make research inquiries, and to experience a physical connection with American History. Photography and video are allowed inside the museums. Visitors can only tour the museums with a guided tour. The site is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m from March to November. The mill is a National Registered Historic Place, a National Historic Landmark, and belongs to the Blackstone River Valley National Historic Park.

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As your Secretary of State, I believe it should be easier for Rhode Island’s small businesses to succeed and grow jobs. By visiting local companies and talking to entrepreneurs across the state, I’ve learned that a key way government can help businesses is by communicating clearly. In that spirit, I would like to remind Rhode Island limited liability companies (LLC’s) that your annual filing period is approaching at the start of September. I will also provide you with easy ways to avoid having your annual filing rejected by our Business Services Division and explain how you can help enhance commerce in our state by taking a short four question survey.

Filing an Annual Report for Your LLC

Each calendar year following the year of formation, your annual report is due. The period for limited liability companies (LLC’s) to file annual reports with our Business Services Division is September 1st through November 1st. You can easily file online by using our Business Portal at: divisions/business-portal. If you do not wish to file online, you must submit a paper form provided by our office. Screenshots of online filing forms will not be accepted as a paper filing. The filing fee is $50, with a late filing penalty of an additional $25 applied after December 1st. Please note that there is an online filing access fee of $2.50.

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Prior to filing your annual report, use our Corporate Database to verify whether your entity is managed by either members or managers. Below are



some of the most common reasons LLC annual report filings are rejected by our office: •

You elected to be managed by your members on your articles of organization/certificate of registration, but you have listed a manager on the annual report form. The names of members are not listed on an annual report. To change your internal structure, an amendment is required. You elected to be managed by one or more managers on your articles of organization/certificate of registration, but you did not list the name and/or address of your current manager(s). To change your internal structure, an amendment is required. You have neglected to provide a brief description of the character of business conducted in Rhode Island.

If you have any questions about your annual report filing, please call our Business Services Division at: (401) 222-3040.

Your Information Goes a Long Way

Annual reports allow the Business Services Division to collect basic data about entities and organizations doing business in Rhode Island. Much of today’s economy is fueled by data and information. As the Department of State works to empower and engage all Rhode Islanders and to enhance commerce across the state, it is useful for local businesses to have insight into economic trends and the types of businesses that call Rhode Island home. That is why, as part of the annual report process, we are

asking business corporations, limited liability companies and non-profit corporations to answer four short survey questions. The survey data that has been provided to our office has allowed us to create the RI Business Data Hub. The Data Hub, found online at http://, contains several interactive visualizations that allow users to explore the business landscape across Rhode Island. Your participation will allow the Business Services Division to offer more data and tools to help you plan, start and maintain your business.

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By Nick Domings

Bowen’s Wharf has contributed to the economy and culture of the city of Newport and the state of Rhode Island since the 17th century. This month marks 50 years since the Bowen’s Wharf Company was incorporated with the Secretary of State’s office. In that time the company, led by president Bart Dunbar, has done a remarkable job of evolving. For example, Bowen’s Wharf was on of the first harbor-front restoration projects in the United States. The Wharf’s growth has created jobs and helped Newport thrive. It’s the kind of small business that makes up the backbone of Rhode Island’s economy.


50 Years Of Business

That’s why Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea was excited and honored to present a citation to Bowen’s Wharf and its president, Bart Dunbar, celebrating 50 years of business and commitment to the community. “The Bowen’s Wharf Company has been a vital part of Newport’s economy and culture for the past five decades,” said Secretary Gorbea. “Congratulations to them on 50 years of incorporation and innovation. As Secretary of State, I will continue working with businesses like The Bowen’s Wharf Company to help them thrive.” BUY LOCAL, SHOP LOCAL






Tu Voz Es Musica D U P L I C AT I N G S U C C E S S AC R O S S B O R D E R S by Dennis McCarthy

The question on Yaneth Caecido’s mind was, “Can I duplicate the success I’ve enjoyed in my native Columbia now that I’m living in the United States?” Accolades and awards came easily to Yaneth in Columbia while singing, instructing and organizing muscial production recordings and performances. Duplicating this success with only limited English would be challenging. Things never go the way you think they’re going to, but Yaneth adapted and managed to build a successful business in Pawtucket, RI. Located in a largely Spanish speaking

Can I duplicate the success I’ve enjoyed in my native Columbia now that I’m living in the United States

neighborhood, Yaneth expected her clientele to be Spanish speakers. To her surprise, her early success was built on English speaking customers. The music was all that was needed to build a brisk following of happy music students. Hard work, a personal cash investment and a loan from the Pawtucket Business Development Corporation has enabled Tu Voz Es Musica to buy the equipment needed to compete. The RISBDC assisted her in obtaining the loan. Yaneth said of the SBDC, “[It was a] very good experience. I like working with the SBDC. Dennis [McCarthy] and Lina [Echiverry] have been very helpful.” Learn more about Tu Voz Es Musica by visiting their website at If you’re ready to start writing your business success story, attend one of our upcoming workshops or set up a free one-on-one counseling session today. Register at today. Dennis McCarthy is the Northern RI Regional Director of the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center

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D O W N T O W N ’ S O N LY R E A L B A R Article by Sarah Day Have you ever had a long day at work in the city of Providence, and felt like you might want to go to a local bar to relax and grab a drink? There might have been times you were heading to a show at the Vets or PPAC and you felt like grabbing a drink before or after, without having to deal with long wait times. This has happened to many of us, and the comfort of knowing that there is a local downtown pub, ready to serve you, is always an exciting option to have available. For myself, and so many others, this place is Muldowney’s Pub. Muldowney’s has been the go-to Providence bar for the past 33 years featuring the lowest prices, greatest company and the most delicious drink concoctions in the area. It is by far one of my favorite spots to unwind with my co-workers after a long day at work, and of course the best place to grab an after dinner martini! Muldowney’s truly offers you that Providence “flavor”. You are always promised top notch service from the incredible, outgoing staff who truly care about each and every customer that walks through its doors. It is nice to be able to come in chat with the entire staff, and have them remember who you are. Open daily, this downtown pub caters to all your beer needs, with over 35 different beers to choose from! I am as indecisive as they come when it’s time for choosing my drink, and it is nice to have a variety to choose from! You can also find the bartenders preparing tasty scorpion bowls, jello shots around the holidays and of course the famous Muldowney’s Bloody Mary. The casual and relaxed atmosphere of this favored dive bar makes it unlike the rest. Nothing beats a Sunday afternoon playing a game of pool or listening to the occasional live bands that they have throughout the week. This is also the perfect place to book for a party or work function if you are trying to avoid the hassle of reserving a big restaurant. If you are looking for a fun and inexpensive time in the heart of Providence, come see what Muldowney’s is all about! I promise you won’t regret it! For more information about Muldowney’s Pub, visit their new website at or give them a call at 401-831-6202. They are located at 121 Empire Street in Providence.



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