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MARCH 2016

The John Allmark Jazz Orchestra moves to The Met


This Month 17 Rethinking St. Patrick’s Day Getting plastered off green beer is for amateurs. This year, engage with St. Paddy’s Day while avoiding (most) clichés.

19 Reduce, Reuse, Reeducate Yourself No judgements, we’re trying, but we’re also recycling wrong. Here’s what we can do to be better planeteers.

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45 City Style Becoming a better runner through power lifting 45 At Home 47 The Look 48 Get Fit 50 Shop Around

55 Feast Discover edible chic at Milk Money 56 Review 59 On The Menu 60 In The Kitchen 62 In The Drink 63 Rhody Bites

69 Get Out Trinity Rep brings the poignant classic To Kill a Mockingbird to the stage 70 Calendar 73 Music 74 Art 75 Theatre

76 PVDoers Step inside the Social Enterprise Greenhouse

9 Providence Pulse weekly jazz to The Met

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Editor’s Note Seeing Green(er) in Providence Providence, we have a recycling problem. We have a lot of other problems, yes, but we can’t ignore this one anymore. Here’s the thing: we throw away just under a million dollars a year in penalties, fees and disposal of what should be perfectly good recyclables. Recyclables that would otherwise be earning us money. Considering the state of the City’s budget – we ran a $5,000,000 deficit last fiscal year – and the fact that the whispers of bankruptcy are becoming louder and louder by the day, we need to do something. Our cover story this

month addresses the city’s waste management issue. By simply trying a little bit harder to make our recyclables more, well, recyclable, we can all do a part to save the City money, and keep us away from a difficult alternative. It’s time to start seeing greener, Providence.


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“I’m still a New Yorker at heart but I find Providence to be infinitely cooler than Boston, with all its eccentricities, weird history and charm.” Strong words from our writer and New York expat Charlotte Seley. This month, Charlotte previews the new literary reading series starting at Point Street Dueling Pianos (page 11). As she puts it, the series “aims to give a little diversity in voices and a unique flavor to the literary scene here in Providence, borrowing from many quirky, funky and fun NYC book events.” Charlotte, a self-proclaimed word nerd, has a particular soft spot for poetry and alliteration. “Writing contains two crucial elements that I’m always craving in excess: feeling and information,” she says. “I love that I am capable of both at any time.”

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Monday just became the coolest night of your week. After 17 years of weekly performances at Bovi’s Tavern (RIP) in East Providence, the John Allmark Jazz Orchestra has set up shop at The Met. Read on to find out what the legendary band has in store for Pawtucket.

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Kicking Brass at The Met The legendary John Allmark Jazz Orchestra finds a new home in Pawtucket

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and the house band that had played for 20 years before them – Bovi’s had become a legendary local jazz venue. Luckily Rich Lupo was ready to offer the band refuge at The Met. “I’ve always thought the Met would be a good spot for [them],” say Rich, whose wife Sarah had enlisted John to play on her album a few years ago. “It’s a classic part of the Rhode Island

scene. We’re excited.” Every Monday will see the band playing two sets – the $8 admission is good for both – for all ages crowds. Down the road John is hoping to welcome guest performers like high school and college ensembles to open for the band, something he had done at Bovi’s and that the Lupos are excited to continue. “It will develop itself, it always has,”

John says. “The Met was the first place I thought would be a perfect fit. I think it’s going to sound awesome.” It absolutely does. Clear your Monday nights. This just might be the coolest show in town. Every Monday. All ages. Doors at 8pm, first show starts at 9pm. $8. 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket. –Tony Pacitti

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Art for the Birds A local artist looks to the skies for his latest project When Peter Green moved

into his downtown Providence apartment ten years ago he didn’t know it at the time that he picked the perfect place to pursue one of his passions: bird watching. “There was just a hawk a half hour ago outside my window chasing pigeons!” Peter excitedly divulged at the onset of our conversation. A graphic designer by trade and a photographer by choice, Peter decided to merge these two worlds together and create The Providence Raptors Landmark Collection.


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This new art project, which Peter launched at the close of 2015, “features the city’s most identifiable landmarks with the raptors that frequent them.” He “really wanted to do something bold and graphic,” and transformed this vision into striking artwork that is especially unique to our community because it “really only appeals to people in Providence.” He speaks to the novelty of his project, stressing the fascinating way in which the raptors have become a part of the cityscape: “The birds have been there longer than the landmarks,” he

says, “These birds are in the same spot they were 30 years ago. Different families and generations, but it’s [their territory].” His website is a nature-lover’s heaven, displaying scene-by-scene shots of magnificent birds in their urban habitat of downtown Providence. My personal favorite is a series of Ospreys clawing fish, flying through the sky and landing on a tree branch, which Green so cleverly captions “Table for 4 – B.Y.O.F. (Bring Your Own Fish).” –Samantha Westmoreland

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It was the Monday night after that first snowstorm in January, and through the crunching of snow under foot and the traffic on Main Street, the big, bright and brassy sounds of jazz were bleeding out from The Met. It had been six weeks since the John Allmark Jazz Orchestra played a gig. For a band that had a regular, weekly show for 17 years, six weeks is basically a lifetime. “In 25 years we’ve never had more than two weeks off,” says bandleader and trumpet player John Allmark. “Everyone’s ready to play again.” They sounded it. The band played their guts out and the packed crowd – stationed at tables and chairs set up across the usually empty venue floor – was hanging on every note. Despite the jarring start to their 25th year, the band was making a spectacular debut at their new weekly venue. News that their old home, Bovi’s Tavern in East Providence, was closing came with little warning, though John admits that it wasn’t entirely a surprise. Regardless of there being some writing on the wall, Bovi’s had been home for almost 20 years, and thanks to the John Allmark Jazz Orchestra –

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Island’s literary scene. For 12 years, she has been the beloved bookworm and host of Reading With Robin, a weekly radio show on AM790 and I Heart Radio, and she is the organizer and curator of events across the Ocean State. However, Robin sees a wealth of untapped potential in our state’s tiny-yet-mighty Creative Capital and has big plans to elevate the city’s already thriving artistic presence. Beginning this month, Robin is hosting a free monthly reading series, aptly named Point Street Reading Series, featuring four traveling and local writers selected to share their work. The series will occur every third Tuesday of the month at its permanent home, Point Street Dueling Pianos, centrally located downtown at 3 Davol Square. “The natural setup of the stage and bars is exactly what I

had imagined we’d have at Point Street,” Robin said of Dueling Pianos, “and it’s… right in the heart of Providence.” Her inspiration for the series borrows from outside state lines, citing many long-standing and delightfully quirky NYC events such as the Franklin Park Reading Series and Pete’s Candy Store in Brooklyn and the KGB Bar Reading Series in Manhattan’s East Village. Robin aims to cultivate a similar enthusiasm, verve and literary eclecticism for Providence writers and artists. “I was immediately blown away by how many people were at a bar on a Monday night in the summer to hear a handful of authors read,” Robin commented on the Franklin Park Reading Series, hosted by Penina Roth, and sees no reason why Providence can’t foster a love for literature just as lively. “Point Street is

primarily inspired by the structure of these series, in that having the authors reading is the program’s focal point. I do, however, strive to create similar communities and followings that all three have been able to establish.” Point Street’s inaugural reading will feature literary luminaries Caroline Leavitt (author of 8 books including Is This Tomorrow and New York Times Bestseller Pictures of You), Howard Axelrod (author of the popular memoir, The Point of Vanishing), Rachel Cantor (author of the novel, Good on Paper), and Johnson & Wales professor, Tamara Valentine. March 15, 7:30pm. 3 Davol Square. Find Point Street Reading Series on Facebook or get in touch with Robin directly at –Charlotte Seley

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Hope: A School, a Team, a Dream follows Hope High School’s Blue Wave through both the on- and off-court action of its 2012 season. Reynolds delves into the daily lives of Coach Dave Nyblom and his team, many of whom are either Liberian immigrants or the children of them, and are still grappling with the scars of the country’s civil war. It’s a story that takes place at our city’s frayed edges – as Bill notes, “The Providence of sirens and gunshots in the night, of kids who live in fear, of gritty streets where there are too many drugs, too many gangs, too many guns and too little hope that it’s going to change anytime soon.” The aging school itself becomes as much a character as the players and coaches, a shadow of its former glory

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Head Strong Brain Week explores the mysteries of biology’s final frontier The late neurologist, author and moonlighting mystic, Oliver Sacks, once perfectly captured the relevance of understanding the paradoxes of the human brain: “In examining disease, we gain wisdom about anatomy and physiology and biology. In examining the person with disease, we gain wisdom about life.” The intersection of modern brain research, Western psychiatry and even sociology inherently marries the clinical with the idiosyncratic human experience, boldly delving into the brain as “the final frontier” so that we can live our best lives possible. In kind, a Providencebased national advocacy organiza-

tion for mental illness, Cure Alliance for Mental Illness, in tandem with the Brown Institute for Brain Sciences and the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute, will host Rhode Island’s firstever Brain Week from March 12-20 in order to raise Rhody awareness on the importance of brain research and its critical role in helping people lead healthier and more productive lives. “We understand a great deal about our bodies and the world around us, but the workings of the brain are still an unsolved riddle,” says Karina Holyoak Wood of Rhode Island Brain Week. The Ocean State has proven to be a nexus of progressive brain

and mental illness research, part and parcel to the development of the Brown Institute for Brain Science, the Norman Prince Institute at RI Hospital and top-tier treatment facilities like Bradley and Butler Hospitals. “Exploring the ‘final frontier’ of human biology has the potential to fuel the economic engines that will help drive Rhode Island forward in the next decades,” adds Karina. But the desired outcome of Brain Week is trained on engaging and impacting the community at large, not just the world of academia, and it’s offering fun, accessible family-friendly programming, accordingly.

“The Brain Fair [on March 19] will feature exhibits and hands-on activities that showcase everything from neurons and brains, to explorations into the human psyche,” says Karina. “Children and young people will have the opportunity to interact with junior and senior researchers and ask them about their career paths and choices. We want them to leave with a sense of curiosity about the brain so that they might become inspired to become part of Rhode Island’s next generation of neuroscientists.” Rhode Island Brain Week, March 12-20. BrainWeekRI. org –Courtney Denelle


He Was Providence Had H.P. Lovecraft

not already claimed the words “I am Providence,” they would have served as a fitting epitaph for Buddy Cianci. All arguments about his, shall we say, complicated past aside, we would be remiss if we here at Providence Monthly didn’t take a moment to at least acknowledge his life and legacy. Until his death on January 28, he was arguably the most famous living Rhode Islander and his influence on this city, though open to debate, was unmistakable. Buddy was a man of immeasurable political acumen and brilliant vision, but also one who too often let the dark side of his nature dictate his actions – a duality that defined him. For every person with a horror story about his corruption or vindictiveness, there is someone else with a tale of his generosity or kindness. He was quick to claim total credit for Providence’s progress during his administration, yet unwilling to admit any culpability for the bad things that happened under him. To hear Buddy tell it, the mall, the moving of the rivers, WaterFire and the “Providence Renaissance,” were all his


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exclusive doing, but the corruption and graft in City Hall were due to a few bad seeds, and the ballooning pension system and mounting deficits were someone else’s fault, too. During his 2014 campaign he was eager to relive the past when it made him look good, yet so quick to steer the conversation towards the future when questions were raised. Generations of Rhode Islanders both loved and loathed him, and we’re likely to be debating his legacy for generations more. My own feelings on him were similarly complicated. I grew up revering him as a folk hero, then worked against his reelection in 2014. Even then, I never shared my colleagues’ unequivocal disdain for him; I simply believed that the time for his way of doing things, if it ever existed, had long since passed. Many of his most vociferous critics, or at least those with whom I had conversations, did not arrive in Providence until after he left office, or were too young to remember it, and they always seemed unable to grasp why anyone would revere the man. All they knew of him was what they had read in the

papers, or in The Prince of Providence, or the stories they’d heard at parties. All of it was probably true, too, but there is a complexity to that truth that must be understood. There is an inherent clannishness in our city’s character that often causes us to say, “Sure, he was a crook – but he was our crook.” Buddy’s claims of credit for the “renaissance,” while not entirely unfounded, were a self-aggrandizing oversimplification. A great many concerned citizens and civic leaders pitched in to move those rivers. But Buddy was the one who made us believe in a renaissance – that was the part his critics never quite seemed to grasp. Growing up in the ‘80s and ‘90s, I, like many others, had the sense that this city was not a place of any significance, that it was in irreversible decline, that there was no pride in saying you were from Providence. What Buddy did better than anyone else was to change that perception through sheer force of will and personality. He was Providence’s biggest, loudest, most aggressive cheerleader. Buddy forced the rest of the country to pay attention to what

was happening here. He convinced us that there was pride in being from Providence. For that, despite all his faults, he deserves recognition and remembrance. –John Taraborelli

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hat better way to commemorate Christianity’s arrival in Ireland and Irish heritage than by getting plastered with your besties while sporting green face paint and a leprechaun hat? Technically you could become an unflattering stereotype on St. Patrick’s Day, but why not up your game? Enough with the sophomoric green beer, the obligatory corned beef and cabbage, and the most egregious offender – the sloppy friend who doesn’t know their limits. Granted we’ve all done this, but maybe it’s time for something new this year. Instead, think weekend-long events like block parties around the city, free March Madness practice viewings, a special WaterFire, St. Paddy’s 5Ks, caches of Irish literature and month-long Irish history exhibits, just to name a few. Forget amateur hour and up your game this month by learning a little bit more of the history behind it, and the people it represents.

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Prep For Game Day During the week of St. Paddy’s Day, Providence is getting in on the March Madness action by hosting some NCAA Men’s Division 1 Basketball games. For the uninitiated, the tournament pits 68 college teams against each other in single elimination challenges, and Providence is hosting games on March 17 and 19 at The Dunk (1 La Salle Square. 331-6700, However, on March 16 anyone can stop by and watch team practice for free. During the practices and games, no drinking is allowed inside The Dunk, which means that when the fans egress

onto the streets, they will be thirsty. Neighborhood restaurants and bars are planning on blocking off some streets for neighborhood block parties after the games. Looks like you should come hungry and thirsty ( On March 18, plan on staying in the city and enjoy a Slam Dunk WaterFire ( in honor of March Madness. Stroll around Waterplace Park, take in the surroundings and stop by little Dunkin’ Donuts popups scattered throughout.

5K Your Heart Out For the exercise inclined, there are active ways to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day. Starting in Pawtucket on March 5, the Guinness Tour de Patrick ( kicks off its three-part race series with the Guinness 5K (11am. Pawtucket City Hall, 137 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket.). Then on March 19, the Guinness St. Pat’s 5K returns to the State House (11am. 82 Smith Street). Finally, the Tour de Patrick concludes with the Guinness Shamrock Shuffle 5K on March 26 in North Kingstown (10am. North Kingstown High School, 150 Fairway Drive, North Kingstown).

Stories of the Irish Sure, downing a Guinness can make you feel Irish for a day, but what if you had the chance to dive into Irish culture and understand the people behind the holiday? Well, you can at Providence Public Library (150 Empire Street. 455-8000, The library houses The George W. Potter and Alfred M. Williams Memorial Collection on Irish Culture. The

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collection is rich with Irish poetry, specifically of the late 19th century, and Irish broadside ballads of the same period.

All the Parades The nice thing about the St. Patrick’s Day parades this year is that they fall on different Saturdays. Expect to enjoy marching bands, fife and drum corps, historical reenactors, police and fire units, boy scouts and girl scouts (you get the idea) on Saturdays throughout the month. Begin in Pawtucket on March 5 for their parade at 12pm. Starting at Jenks Junior High School and ending at Pawtucket City Hall, make sure to catch the after party at the Pawtucket Armory starting around 1pm ( Then, head to Newport for their 60th Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, rain or shine, on March 12. Festivities begin at 11am at Newport City Hall and proceeds to Saint Augustine’s Church on Carroll Avenue ( Finally, on March 19 the Providence parade kicks into high gear at 12pm on the steps of the State House and winds its way through downtown (

Celebrate Irish History All Month Did you know that March is Newport Irish Heritage Month? The Museum of Newport Irish History (648 Lower Thames Street, Newport. 847-7201, is the perfect place to learn about the Irish immigration to Newport County from the 1600s and the impact it’s had on the present day community.

The museum also offers the opportunity to see what contributions Irish descendants made to the local community. Stop by the exhibits at the Interpretive Center to check out maps, videos, artifacts and photographs that center on life in the current Irish community. There are even photos of the construction of Fort Adams, which was built with Irish immigration labor.

Keep it 100 at Breakfast If you haven’t had yourself a proper Irish breakfast, now’s the time. In pretty much any corner of the state you can find a place to get bangers, beans, brown or soda bread, eggs, tomatoes, piles of meat, etc. If you’re in the Providence area, head to Murphy’s Law (2 George Street, Pawtucket. 724-5522, for their Full Irish Breakfast with two eggs, two pieces of Irish bacon, black and white pudding, fried tomatoes and mushrooms, and beans and toast. In the South County? No problem. Check out Kelley’s Deli (116 Granite Street, Westerly. 596-9896, for their version of an Irish Breakfast with two eggs any style with Irish bangers, Irish potato cakes and toast. If you’re going to be in Newport for the parade, you might as well start the day with Seamus’ Irish Breakfast at Buskers Pub (178 Thames Street, Newport. 8465856, It’s got eggs, rashers, bangers, black and white pudding, Irish baked beans and a grilled tomato.

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problem The city is really bad at recycling – and it adds up to a lot more than just extra trash at the landfill by John Taraborelli • Illustrations by Meghan H. Follett


rovidence, we need to talk. We have

a recycling problem and we really need to discuss it. Actually, it might be more accurate to say we have a general waste management problem, but either way, we can’t keep pretending those big green cans are magic vessels that will make all our problems go away. This conversation needs to include all of us. Yes, even you, Mr. or Mrs. I-recycle-everything-all-thetime, happily filling your green bin to the max with plastic hangers and grease-soaked pizza boxes and assuming that you’re doing your part. You, too, are part of the problem. Look, we all want to believe we’re doing our part to help steward our tiny corner of the planet, but the fact is that we can do better, need to do better. As the biggest city – and therefore, the biggest trash producer – in the

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Percentage of waste collection being recycled

state, our recycling efforts (or lack thereof), have real impacts on the environment, the ability of the entire state to manage its waste and even our taxes and city services. Consider this our intervention – and as always, the first step to solving our problem is admitting that we have one. According to 2014 data from Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC), Providence is sending almost a full ton (.99) of trash to the landfill for every household served by its waste haulers. The average for all other municipalities with 10,000 or more households served is .88. And it gets worse. Our MRF recycling rate, which measures the percentage of the total trash collection that’s being sent to RIRRC’s Materials Recycling Facility, is by far the lowest in the state at 9.5%, compared to an average of 22.9% for municipalities

serving 10,000 households or more and 23.8% statewide. Our mandatory recycling rate, which also takes into account yard waste and other materials that are recycled somewhere other than the green bin, is a paltry 13.9%, compared to 33.6% (municipalities ≥ 10,000) and 34.8% (statewide). The end result is that only 14.5% of our trash is being diverted from the landfill, while the statewide average is over 35%. One of the major reasons for this problem is the fact that about two-thirds of the city’s dwellings are multi-family units. “It is more difficult to recycle in smaller apartments and denser neighborhoods,” notes Leah Bamberger, Providence’s Director of Sustainability. “Storage can be a real problem in these areas.” This is compounded by the fact that Providence’s municipal waste disposal service will accommodate multi-families up to six units; most other municipalities cap it at four, beyond which the property owners are responsible for paying for their own waste management. With a constant flux of tenants in and out of these dwellings, and an estimated 25 languages being spoken in Providence on any given day, just keeping current residents informed about the Do’s and Don’ts is one of the city’s biggest recycling challenges. “A city the size of Providence should be recycling at least 15,000 tons per year. Right now, the city successfully recycles less than 7,000 tons,” says Sarah Reeves, RIRRC’s Director of Public Policy, Programs and Planning. The key to that statement comes down to two little words: “successfully recycles.” The problem isn’t that we’re not throwing enough into those green bins, it’s that we’re throwing too much into them – or, more accurately, too much of the wrong stuff. According to RIRRC’s data, only about 40% of the city’s recycling is successful. “We’d like to see more focus on recycling right rather than on recycling rates,” Reeves notes. So what exactly does that mean?

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What we don’t know about recycling

could fill a truck

We tend to think of recycling as a form of waste disposal, just like our weekly trash pick-up, but that’s a fundamental misunderstanding. “Recycling is a manufacturing process. The recyclables become raw materials, and for them to have value there has to be a manufacturer on the other end,” Reeves clarifies. We all know that some things are recyclable and others are not, a difference most of us assume comes down to the material. There are actually three factors that determine an item’s recyclability (or lack thereof): 1. there must be someone on the other end willing to buy the material (i.e. the glass in your beer bottle or the cardboard in your pizza box). 2. rirrc must be able to collect the item efficiently. (For example, one of the reasons you can’t ship your plastic bags off with your recyclables is because they tend to wrap themselves around the sorting machines at the Materials Recycling Facility, causing shutdowns.) 3. rirrc must be able to collect the quantity and quality of material desired by the buyer. “If I don’t have a customer to buy bales of Bic pens, then Bic pens aren’t recyclable,” declares Reeves. “It’s truly that simple.” Understanding these factors is key to increasing Providence’s recycling numbers. When we put something in the recycling bin that doesn’t belong there, it doesn’t magically get recycled anyway (Reeves calls this “wishcycling”) – it gets rerouted to the landfill, where it adds to the already monumental amount of trash we’re sending there. Furthermore, when we put really nasty things in the recycling bin – rotting food, yard waste, household chemicals – it contaminates the whole load, and otherwise good recyclables end up in the landfill. People put some crazy things into their recycling bins – syringes, diapers, tires, propane tanks, engine parts, even dead animals, to name a few – and it adds up: according to Bamberger, the city’s contaminated recycling loads in fiscal year 2015 totaled 17,000 tons. We’re not just adding up tonnage either, we’re also counting dollars.

Bad recycling means

throwing money away “Our poor recycling rate costs the City a significant amount of money each year,” Bamberger explains. “For every rejected load, we are fined $250.” The rejected loads are a double whammy for the City’s budget, too: each municipality has a cap on how much waste it can send to the landfill in a given year. The City pays a $32 per ton tipping fee as long as it stays under the cap; it increases to $54 per ton beyond the cap. In FY2015, Providence exceeded its cap by over 14,000 tons. “If we can eliminate these rejected loads and send them to the recycling facility instead of the landfill, we could stay under our cap and save upwards of $775,000 per year,” says Bamberger. We’re also losing out on potential income, because the City gets back a percentage of the value of its successful recycling. Total all those losses and you’ll realize, as RIRRC’s Reeves notes, “that money is truly being thrown away.” That cost has ripple effects. “We need to start paying more attention to our waste, and understanding how it’s managed and what this costs,” says Leo Pollock, founder of the Compost Plant, a commercial composting operation in Providence. “I don’t think most people understand that the more we recycle successfully, the more money the City saves for general services.” These are just the immediate costs – over the long term, it could get much worse. The state landfill in Johnston is approaching the end of its useful life; at today’s rate of trash generation, it’s got another 22 years, at best. Once we run out of room there, it’s not like any other municipalities will line up to



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site a new one. What happens then? “Without a central landfill, cities and towns would be forced to export our trash, which could mean paying fees of close to $100 per ton,” notes Bamberger. That increased strain on the budget could lead to either higher taxes or cuts in services, or both. Pollock sees a disconnect in our understanding of the economics at work. “Because we pay the cost of trash collection in taxes, it’s hidden, it’s invisible,” he says. “So there’s a little bit of this mentality of trash having no ‘real’ cost, which then disincentivizes recycling and composting.” He also calls the $32 per ton tipping fee “absurdly, artificially low.”

Providence can do


Reeves, Bamberger and Pollock all agree that education is the key to solving Providence’s recycling problem. That’s easier said than done, but unless Providence residents are willing to host a new landfill or see their tax bills skyrocket, it’s imperative that we try. Reeves believes that getting information directly in the hands of residents, not just property owners, is crucial to raising awareness in a city with so many multiunit dwellings. “We’ve heard that many residents are simply unaware that there are [City] services like bulky goods pick-up, electronic waste collections or household hazardous waste events. Some don’t know why their trash carts are two different colors,” says Reeves. “When the City speaks with people one-on-one and discusses the programs, residents are quick to comply. Door-to-door community engagement is needed every day.” Bamberger agrees, but cautions that it “is a continued challenge given limited resources and an extremely diverse and transient population.” Last fall, the City piloted its SustainPVD Ambassador program, which trains residents about proper recycling practices so that they can in turn educate their neighbors. An experiment with this program in Washington Park produced encouraging results. The City is also trying the carrot where the stick hasn’t worked. There is a municipal enforcement effort that can result in fines for improper recycling, but those violations are often issued to landlords who are not actually the guilty parties. Last year, the City tried a new tactic: offering free admission to the Downtown skating rink to residents who filled out a recycling pledge card and sent it to the Office of Sustainability. “These are all pilot efforts to help us understand what works and what doesn’t,” explains Bamberger. “We are closely monitoring the impacts of these efforts so we can then scale strategies that are proven to be effective.” Ultimately, the most effective way to solve this problem is for each of us to do our individual part. “I think every Rhode Island resident should take a tour of the landfill and the recycling facility,” Pollock enthuses. “When you see the recycling process, the volume moving through the facility, and understand how things that casually get thrown in recycling bins can screw up the entire system, it changes how you think.” While you may not be clearing your schedule to plan that visit, you can put a little more time into doing your civic duty. Learn the Do’s and Don’ts of proper recycling. Spend a few extra minutes on trash day ensuring that the right things are in the right bins. Watch some of the helpful videos at Unfortunately, some people will never do their part to reduce our recycling problem, but Pollock has a solution for them, too: “I think residents with that attitude should be paying more for their waste collection.”



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how you - yes, you – can do a better job recycling #1 education

#3 plastic bags provides a wealth of information on proper recycling and disposal of nonrecyclables, including helpful video tutorials. You can also look behind the scenes at Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation’s operations, including the Materials Recycling Facility, where actual human beings have to pick through the motley assortment of things you thoughtlessly toss in your green bin. “When people throw in items that aren’t on the list, it affects our workers,” explains RIRRC’s Sarah Reeves. “Sometimes these things can be hazardous, like syringes, diapers or human medical waste. Other times they’re dangerous, like propane tanks or engine blocks. We receive dead animals in recycling loads, chains, ropes, clothing, furniture, tires – you name it. All of these things have somewhere else to go, but because people don’t know or understand that their fellow human beings are on the other side of the bin sifting through their stuff, it’s easy to shrug off the warnings.”

This is an easy one. You cannot – repeat, can. not. – throw plastic shopping bags and the like in your recycling bins. When they reach the recycling facility they can get caught in the sorting machines and cause all sorts of problems. Fortunately, all major supermarkets and convenience stores (CVS, Walgreen’s, etc.) are required to offer collection bins for recycling bags. Simply take the mess of bags that’s cluttering your pantry with you on the next trip to the grocery store – or better yet, switch to reusable bags.

#2 composting The EPA estimates that about 20% of municipal waste is compostable. Leo Pollock, founder of The Compost Plant in Providence, thinks that figure is even higher, likely around one-third. Diverting that waste from the landfill would be a twofold improvement: it would take up less room and reduce the emission of methane, which is a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide. The benefits of composting are many, for the environment, the landfill and the folks creating it. Unfortunately, there is not yet a single solution for those who wish to compost in Providence. For some it’s a simple matter of starting a compost bin at home. For those who live in multi-family residences with no yards or storage spaces, it’s a bit more complicated. The City has piloted some promising neighborhood composting programs that divert food waste locally, but the challenge is scaling them. “It’s not going to be feasible to only have this food waste processed in community gardens and urban farms,” notes Pollock. “There would need to be a larger-scale collection system.” For now, The Compost Plant ( offers a food scrap collection service, which delivers the waste to Earth Care Farm in Charlestown. Providence COMPOSTS! (, a partnership between the City and Southside Community Land Trust, runs some pilot composting programs in neighborhoods around the city. ecoRI Earth (ecoRI. org/Earth) is another collection service available to residents in Providence, Edgewood/Pawtuxet Village and southern Pawtucket. As more people demonstrate a willingness to compost, there will be more incentive to find a large-scale fix, and we will all be able to breathe a little easier.

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#4 yard waste Here’s another easy one: the City offers curbside yard waste pick-up from mid-April to mid-December. Leaves, grass clippings, etc. can be left out on trash day in large paper bags or open barrels labeled “yard waste.” This stuff should never, ever be placed in your Big Green Can.

#5 bulky items, matresses and e-waste Not sure what to do with that old sofa, mattress, appliance or computer monitor? Well, to start with don’t throw them in your trash – they don’t belong there, and won’t be picked up on trash day. The City does offer free bulky item and e-waste pick-up through Waste Management, its waste disposal contractor. Simply call them at 800-972-4545 at least 24 hours before your regular trash day to schedule a free pick-up. Waste Management will also schedule pick-ups for old mattresses and boxsprings for a $22 charge. If you’d rather dispose of your mattress for free, you can drop it off at the Providence Public Works Convenience Center (140 Terminal Road, off Allens Avenue) between 7am1pm every Saturday. Proof of Providence residency is required. Public Works also allows you to drop old electronics and appliances in one of its e-waste pods located at 700 Allens Avenue from 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday through Saturday.

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#6 hazardous waste We’ve all got something nasty that we’re not sure how to get rid of – and we don’t mean that in the metaphoric sense. Used motor oil, old paint, pesticides, fluorescent light bulbs, pool chemicals, syringes and other hazardous materials are never to be thrown in with either your recycling or your trash. So where should they go? On Saturday, March 26 from 8am-1pm you can bring them to RIRRC’s Eco-Depot collection at the Providence Department of Public Works (700 Allens Avenue). It’s an opportunity to leave hazardous waste disposal to the professionals. The service is free, but it’s recommended that you call 9421430 x241 in advance to schedule an appointment and avoid waiting in line. If you miss this one, RIRRC has a total of 46 Eco-Depot events scheduled throughout the state in 2016. For more information, visit

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Mary T. O’Sullivan, MSOL, ATCP, ACC

Owner Encore Executive and Professional Coaching: A Charm School for Adults Are you tongue-tied when faced with uncomfortable situations? Do you get flustered when speaking with strangers? Have you had multiple interviews but no call backs? In-laws coming for the weekend, and you are dreading it? If these awkward and high-pressure situations sound familiar, Mary O’Sullivan’s Charm School for Adults approach can help. She specializes in teaching you the words and actions you need to use to handle challenging circumstances with charm, grace and class. With a strong background in industry, education and change management, Mary has built a career of guiding others out of troubled waters. “I listen to people’s work, life and relationship challenges and help them sort through what is most important to them,” she says. “Most significantly, I do this by creating scenarios in which I help to dispel a client’s confusion regarding exactly what to say and what to do when under stress. It’s really a charm school for adults!” A professional and executive coach can help you gain insight into your own behavior. Oftentimes, clients are too close to their problems to see workable solutions. That’s where Mary comes in. “I challenge people’s belief systems to help them make important life decisions,” she says. “This often entails actually rehearsing exact words and actions so that the client is fully prepared to be confident when faced with a potential landmine.” Work Life Balance Are you happy at work? That’s a tough question for most of us to answer. Perhaps it’s a promotion or a raise you didn’t get. Or a difficult boss who can not see things as you may. Through hands-on help with her method of practicing what to say and what to do when the going gets tough, Mary helps people shift from frustration in these situations, to achieving a satisfying, more gratifying outcome through repetition of appropriate actions and words. Are you content in your relationships? Whether it’s dealing with a major life crisis or an intense family dynamic, Mary’s approach can help you stay stable in rough waters. Mary creates a safe and confidential environment where clients express themselves freely and without judgment. “All coaching is conducted in an ethical, empathetic and engaged manner. My goal as an Adult Charm School coach is to create a partnership with each client, so there is sufficient trust in me for the client to accept the behavior changes that I suggest,” she says. Career in Creative Solutions Mary’s diverse academic and professional background is rooted in creative problem solving. She started her career as a high school English teacher in upstate New York. After ten years of teaching, Mary became involved in the defense industry, first at General Electric then later at Lockheed Martin. An exciting position at Raytheon brought her to Rhode Island in 2001. A major career shift, Mary thrived in various change management roles for over 20 years. “I was in positions where I was a change agent, moving teams and individuals from the status quo to new ways of thinking,” she explains. With a focus on changing behaviors and creating new habits, her innovative techniques contributed to the growth efforts of the Fortune 500 Company. A lifelong learner, Mary has a Bachelors in English from Long Island University. She completed her Masters in Organizational Leadership in 2012 at Quinnipiac University, and received a Graduate Certificate

in Executive and Professional Coaching from the University of Texas Dallas. Mary also holds a certification from the International Coach Federation (ICF). Mary, who lives in Kingston with her husband, recently opened an office at the Lafayette Mill Complex in North Kingstown. Due to demand, Mary is expanding into group sessions, where a group of six or fewer clients can support each other and offer recommendations based on their own personal experiences. “Group coaching is a very affordable way to benefit from professional coaching and gain the benefit of others who are also working through tough issues.” Mary offers a variety of special discounts for group members, and the first exploratory session for individuals is always complimentary. Be it one-on-one or in a group setting, Mary’s Charm School will provide you with actual practice sessions with roleplaying to help you ease high-pressure situations. “The aim is for each client to understand the impact that their words and actions have on their personal and professional lives, and how that influences their relationships,” she explains. “With my help, clients learn to handle demanding situations with poise, self assurance and confidence.”

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The Women of Wayland Square

Leading Ladies in Wayland Square and Elmgrove Avenue Non-Toxic Dry Cleaner

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Joyce Traini Owner Femme Fatale Salon

Owner Green & Cleaner

Joyce Traini, the owner of Femme Fatale Salon, has been a salon owner for an astounding 30 years. “The industry continues to evolve,” she says. “I credit my ability to stay ahead of the trends, to continuously create modern concepts, as one of the secrets of my success.” Married with two adult children, Joyce is passionate about the services she and her professional team deliver with excellence. “My salon is the most uplifting place to be. I love that I get to empower women by boosting their self-confidence,” Joyce says The career entrepreneur has seen trends come and go, but points out that some business practices never go out of style. “It’s all about the clients, and exceeding their expectations every time.” Al-

An advocate for living a healthy lifestyle, Stepha-

about the salon’s recently added bridal and makeup studio. “We love our brides… the studio has been a very popular addition to Femme Fatale,” she says. And come spring, signature services will include airbrush makeup and a brow bar. “I truly cherish each appointment and the opportunity to ways looking to raise the beauty bar, she’s excited make people look and feel their very best.” 461 Angell Street, Providence • 401-457-5000 •

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nie Isenberg owns Green & Cleaner, one of the few non-toxic cleaners in Rhode Island. “I offer a green alternative to traditional cleaners who use chemicals ranging from irritants to likely carcinogens,” she says. “It’s a service that is healthy for you, your clothes and the world we live in.” Stephanie provides high quality standards of cleaning and customer service in a green environment. “Our wetcleaning process actually produces a cleaner, whiter, brighter garment,” she points out. A dedicated business owner, she offers unique customer perks, like free pickup and delivery, a retail selection of green cleaning products, custom tailoring and all-natural in-home cleaning of rugs, carpets and upholstery. 147 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence 401-808-6321 •

Family Jeweler

Jody Barna

Janet Russell

Rena Abeles

Esthetics Manager Massage Envy

Manager McBride’s Pub

Owner Reliable Gold Ltd

A licensed esthetician for 16 years who joined Massage Envy last year, Jody Barna has certifications in organic skincare, oncology skincare, light therapy and theatrical makeup application. “I enjoy helping people live a healthy lifestyle,” she says. “It’s so satisfying to transform people’s lives through skincare, to have them feel better about themselves and their appearance.” Professional, personable and knowledgeable, Jody looks forward to contributing to the growth of the new Wayland Square location and reaching out to the neighboring community. “I love that Massage Envy, the pioneer in massage and skincare, offers whole body care. I’m part of a great team.” 229 Waterman Street, Providence 401-455-3689 •

We should all be as lucky as Janet Russell. As the manager of Providence’s beloved McBride’s Pub, she’s one of the fortunate ones that truly enjoys her job. “In five years we’ve become a thriving neighborhood place where people love to go,” she says. “It’s so gratifying to have been part of that journey.” The married mom of two adult kids admits that the real fun happens outside of her office. “There’s no better place to be than walking around the restaurant at lunch or dinner time, and seeing smiling, happy faces loving the food and ambience of our Irish pub.”

Rena Abeles has always had an appreciation for the arts. The Providence native lived in NYC for 19 years, following a dream of working in theatre. When an opportunity came along to come home to run Reliable Gold, her family’s business, another dream was realized. Today Rena is the third-generation owner of the 82 year old fine jewelry store. “Working with our wonderful customers, some of them also multigenerational, is such a pleasure,” she says. Reliable Gold is known for its curated selection of contemporary, antique and one-of-a-kind designer pieces. “We search for unique additions for our gallery-like atmosphere,” she says. With a new gorgeous location in the heart of the Square, Rena looks forward to helping customers old and new with custom redesigns, repairs, appraisals and more.

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Education Leader

Suzanne Fogarty Head of School Lincoln School

With a strong sense of tradition and a commitment to empower, the Lincoln School believes that young women should proudly lead like a girl. “Our Lincoln students truly believe that ‘like a girl’ is a compliment,” says Head of School Suzanne Fogarty. “They’re learning to be ‘like a girl’ – to lead through innovation, joy and rigorous learning.” Originally from White Plains, New York, Suzanne has a Bachelor’s from Bowdoin College, where she majored in English and French. She completed her Masters in elementary education from Bank Street College. She previously worked at prestigious independent schools in New York City, including Berkeley Carroll, St. Ann’s and the Brearley School. Suzanne took on the role as Lincoln’s Head of School in 2014, relocating to Providence with her husband John Bennett. “I absolutely love the environment here at Lincoln School,” she says. “The entire school and community have been incredibly welcoming.” The Lincoln School Tradition “Lincoln is a school where tradition meets innovation,” Suzanne says. Founded in 1884, the East Side institution is the only all girls, Quaker independent school for grades 1 through 12 in the nation with a co-educational early childhood (nursery through kindergarten) program and the Little School for children from 6 weeks to 3 years. Drawing on its Quaker heritage, Lincoln School focuses on character and values, as well as knowledge, simplicity, cooperation, mutual respect, and nonviolent resolution of conflict. The aims of a Lincoln education are confidence, achievement, a commitment to service and a lifelong love of learning. “I am always, always learning,” says Suzanne. “This is such an important part our of our mission, to instill a passion for continuous learning and curiosity.” Under Suzanne’s leadership, the Lincoln School has entered in dynamic partnerships with local institutions. “We’re in our second year of our partnership with RISD’s School of Architecture, our second year of our partnership with Brown’s School of Engineering, our second year of the India Program, our first year of our partnership with Save the Bay,” Suzanne says. “You can see that the word ‘partnership’ comes up quite a bit. Collaboration is so important to what we do at Lincoln School.” With the RISD and Brown collaborations, Upper School students have the opportunity to enroll in college level, credit-bearing courses at the universities. “These hands-on, outside of the traditional classroom programs are so vital to the way Lincoln School engages and educates its students,” Suzanne explains. These innovative programs have been praised on a national level, leading

Lincoln Program to Chinchoti, India

Like a Lincoln Girl Alongside faculty and staff, Suzanne is committed to redefining what it means to be like a girl. “The ‘like a girl’ campaign has had such a positive impact,” she says, pointing out the school tagline has been an inspiration for students and staff alike. At Lincoln, rigorous education is balanced with highly specialized extracurricular activities. From its competitive athletic programs and community speaking series to community-minded outreach and its award-winning Girls Who Code club, students have access to programs that continue to thrust them in leadership positions. “Students believe that they can make a difference in the world,” says Suzanne. “It’s a confidence and resilience that transcends beyond the classroom and into every aspect of life.”

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to a special invitation for Lincoln School colleagues to present details to over 800 educators from around the world at the Global Forum for Girl’s Education conference in New York City last month. “It’s always exciting to share our programs with peer educators. It’s truly an honor,” she says.

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Jewelry Boutique Owner Fashion Maven

Haylee Tallarida Owner talulah.cooper

Haylee Tallarida has a deep admiration for jewelry. “It’s more like an obsession,” says the Boston native. After studying sculpture at Boston University, Haylee decided to take the leap three years ago and opened her own business in Providence. “As a huge jewelry collector myself, opening my own jewelry boutique just made sense,” she explains. Just a few steps off of Wickenden Street, talulah.cooper offers a curated selection of handcrafted jewelry made by local and international artisans. Inspired by her travels and her love for vintage pieces with a modern feel, the diverse selection offers a range of designs at different price points. “I love to work with customers and help them find the jewelry that feels right for them,” she says. Another “perk “of the job, as she describes it, is to help procure or design the perfect engagement ring. Haylee works alongside the buyer, hunting down the perfect diamond or stone or redesigning an existing piece of jewelry. “Being a part of a couple’s love story is just magical,” she says. “I feel so privileged to be sharing my passion with people who are also passionate about jewelry.” 5 Traverse Street, Providence • 401-273-4324 •

stylist, herbalist, glamourist Fashion Maven

Jo-Anna Cassino Owner Flipp Salon Apothecary

For Jo-Anna Cassino, true beauty comes from the inside. The stylist, known for her chic, modern cuts and color, is also an herbalist who formulates her own products, some with herbs she grows herself, right here in Providence. “Beauty begins within,” Jo-Anna says, “and we really can supply the whole package.” There are two parts to Flipp: the salon, which exclusively uses non-toxic products for its fashion-forward hair and makeup styling; and the apothecary, where Jo-Anna blends face and body products, perfumes and teas. Flipp also offers therapies like reflexology and acupuncture. The walls are also a gallery space for local artists. For Jo-Anna, who’s pursuing a degree in Tibetan medicine, it’s very important to offer clients natural beauty options. “I’m offering a non toxic environment, and a place where people can become educated about the beauty and benefits of plant based product and therapies in an industry that more often does the opposite,” she says. “I really work hard for it and I’m proud of it.” At Flipp, though, the most important thing is that clients look at feel great. “I love the creativity and the relationships we build,” Jo-Anna says. “With every conversation there is a new world to explore.” 38 Transit Street, Providence • 401-274-1981 •

Restaurant Owner Fashion Maven

Carmen Vieira Monteiro Owner 10 Rocks Tapas Bar & Restaurant

Carmen Monteiro always dreamed of owning her own restaurant. With help of her husband, her partner Joseph da Rosa and her extended family, she opened 10 Rocks Tapas Bar & Restaurant on the Pawtucket/Providence line. “It was a labor of love,” she says, describing the nearly yearlong construction. Originally from Cape Verde, Carmen wanted to offer Rhode Islanders a taste of her rich culture. “It’s a beautiful culture where food is the centerpiece. I wanted to expose the beauty of it to the community.” Fusing together a delicious and exotic combination of Portuguese, West African and Caribbean flavors, the menu at 10 Rocks features a variety of seafood and choice cuts of pork, chicken and steak. The family-run restaurant serves traditional recipes from Cape Verde that have been passed down for generations, yet with a modern twist. Tapas, small plates that are meant to be shared, not only allow for a dynamic dining experience, it also allows guests to enjoy a diverse selection of the unique cuisine. “I love to see guests smiling, to feel their positive energy,” she says. “It’s such a pleasure to see people enjoying the live music, the food and the atmosphere.” 1091 Main Street, Pawtucket • 401-728-0800 •

Honey Farm Owner Fashion Maven

Annette “Annie” Birman Owner Annie B’s Honey Farm

Life is sweet for Annette Birman. Annie, as she’s better known, was always an outdoorsy person. She split most of her time as a professional equestrian and coordinating events with the Girl Scouts throughout her childhood and adult life. “I wanted to get involved with a hobby where I was still educating myself, but also others,” she says. And that’s where beekeeping came into her life, roughly 20 years ago. She studied at the Norfolk County Beekeepers Association’s Bee School and got herself two hives. “My hives began to multiply,” she says. “It quickly went from a hobby to a small business.” Today she has about 75 hives and works out of her Annie B’s Honey Farm, a two and a half acre space in Cumberland. Annie is dedicated to teaching people about the therapeutic benefits of pure, raw honey. “I really enjoy working with ‘The Girls,’” she says of her Italian honeybees. “I love the science behind it, and educating the public about the medicinal and everyday uses of honey.” You can find Annie B’s all natural, award-winning honey at Dave’s Marketplace and Tom’s Market locations throughout Rhode Island, as well as on her website. 401-481-8293 • •

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Baking Queen

Bianca Christofaro

For Bianca Christofaro, starting her own gourmet cake bakery was a family affair. “Being from a close Italian family, food is the way of life,” she says. Now, Bianca has taken that way of life and found a way to make a living at it. Queen B’s Cakery is a custom bake shop where everything is made inhouse, from the cake fillings to the sculpted floral decorations. “I love the reactions when people see their cake for the first time,” Bianca says. “I love the artistry of it, putting it all together and taking a step back to admire what I just created. It feels good to make people happy.” Bianca’s entrepreneurial spirit comes from her grandmother, who owned her own business. “I come from a long line of strong, business-minded women,” she says. Her father helps deliver cakes, and her mom, she says, “has helped me in countless ways, from finding the space my shop is located in to washing dishes and her favorite: making frosting!” Bianca’s mom was also the inspiration to open Queen B’s in the first place. “I wanted to make my mom a cake on her birthday that looked like her Mini Cooper. People

went nuts. I started getting orders from family and friends. I wouldn’t be anywhere without their support.” Where she is is at the helm of an incredibly creative bakery that turns out one-of-a-kind art pieces that taste as good as they look. Bianca’s work has won Best of the Knot for three years running, and has been featured in Cake Central Magazine. But, don’t think you can just stop in and pick up something on the way home. “We’re a special order cakery, and open by appointment so we can give our clients exactly what they want,” Bianca says. Rather than having someone else take the order, Bianca sits with every client to understand their vision. “I take the order, and I bake and decorate the cake. Nothing can get lost in translation,” she says. “I take great pride in my work, and I want everyone’s cakes to be as amazing as they do!”

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Owner Queen B’s Cakery

Dog’s Best Friend

Blythe Penna

Blythe Penna’s career journey took a major turn when Roma Bella Principessa, an energetic Vizsla, came into her life nine and a half years ago. Having built a successful 14-year career in the medical devices industry that had her traveling weekly, Blythe found it challenging to give the puppy the attention and exercise she deserved. That’s when she decided to go into business with her dog walker and came up with the concept for Ruffin’ Wranglers™. She envisioned a wide-open space where dogs could run free and off leash, not only to get exercise but also to socialize. “I wanted it to be a real adventure for dogs,” she explains. She took the leap in 2007 leaving her established career to create a unique – and fun! – business. As a dog owner, Blythe knew that her doggie excursion company had to be a premium service offering dogs and their people something far more exhilarating than a leash walk. “We aimed to take care of everything, from pick-up to drop-off and the blast they have in-between… packaged in the most dependable, professional service company our clients had ever experienced.” she says. The adventure starts when a Ruffin’ Wranglers™ Honda Element truck pulls up to your house. A Wrangler picks up your dog and whisks them away to the beautiful Ruffin’ Wranglers™ Doggie Ranch in Rehoboth. The 15-acre private and wooded space is an ideal spot where dogs are in their element and can just be dogs. The pack gets the opportunity to run and play freely for over an

hour in the country, gaining much needed physical activity and mental stimulation. “They have a better social life and exercise routine than most humans,” she says with a laugh. What started as a dream nine years ago has become one of the most successful dog companies in Rhode Island. In 2014, The Rhode Island Small Business Journal recognized Blythe and her incredible business journey by naming her one of the seven Entrepreneurial Women to Watch. Referring to her clients as the Ruffin’ Wrangler™ Family, Blythe points out that she would have never accomplished what she has without the support of her human and canine clients. She’s looking forward to adding another truck to her fleet this year, as well as expanding the service areas. Ruffin’ Wranglers™ currently covers the East Side, West Side and downtown areas of Providence, along with Rumford, Seekonk, Barrington and Pawtucket’s Oak Hill. To have a career in which you provide and receive joy may very well be the definition of dream job. “There is nothing like connecting with an animal’s spirit. They are pure love and they teach us lessons in love every day.”

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Owner Ruffin’ Wranglers™ Dog Excursions

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Personal Clothiers

Elizabeth Duggan & Caitlin Taylor Personal Clothiers Marc Allen Fine Clothiers

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Marc Allen Fine Clothiers, a Rhode Island tradition since 2005, continues to lead the luxury retail industry. With a commitment to raise the bar year after year, the bespoke tailor and men’s boutique continues to evolve services and goods that are unmatched in quality. Marc Allen has seen an impressive year of growth that includes a second location in Newport, a mobile showroom and the addition of personal clothiers Elizabeth Duggan and Caitlin Taylor. The clothes might make the man, but it’s these type of highly personalized services that makes Marc Allen Fine Clothiers a highly successful local business. “It’s been a whirlwind,” says Caitlin, who joined the Marc Allen team in September to lead the Newport team. “This is such a great time for Marc Allen, with the expansion into a new market and now with the mobile showroom.” Liz came on board shortly thereafter in November. “I completely agree with Caitlin. The last few months have been so exciting,” says Liz. It all started in Providence 11 years ago when owner Marc Streisand opened up shop with two full-time employees. The flagship store built an inimitable reputation not only for its luxurious and hard-to-find selection, but also for its expert customer service. On the edge of the East Side and downtown, the storefront offers designer ready-to-wear, custom made clothing and made-to-measure suits in a handsome boutique setting that

Inside the mobile showroom

includes a second floor clubroom. With a decade of excellence in the Creative Capital, along with showrooms in Boston and New York (by appointment only), the luxe retailer expanded into Newport with a location on Bellevue Avenue in April of 2015. One of the few men’s stores on the island that is open year-round, the shop appeals to discerning locals and tourists alike. While Providence is known for its signature tailored suits and sportscoats, Newport offers sportier and softer options that are fitting with the yachting and leisure-seeking crowd. A backyard courtyard completes the refined atmosphere. In the fall Marc Allen added another specialized feature – the mobile showroom. A tricked out Mercedes Sprinter Van, the boutique on wheels offers luxury clothing and personalized service on the go. “As a lifestyle brand, we want to be where our customers are,” says Caitlin. “We will come to your home, office, country club or marina. We want to interact with our customers in a personal way.” The personal clothiers offer comprehensive closet consultations in homes. “We pretty much analyze the wardrobe, merchandising items and making suggestions on what needs to be edited or added,” explains Liz. And with the convenience of the mobile showroom, customers can instantly see how a new shirt or pair of trousers will pair with his existing wardrobe. “That’s what sets Marc Allen apart from the rest,” Caitlin says. “It’s all about the customer experience, and we work hard to ensure that it’s exceptional.” Today, Marc Allen is a thriving small business with 15 employees. In the age of online shopping, the boutique is offering unique concierge services and a tailor-made shopping experience. “Our entire business is predicated on excellent and innovative service,” says Caitlin. “I can’t wait to see what we do next.”

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Craft Curator

Kim T. Clark Owner Rhody Craft In Rhode Island, where we have so many talented makers, the best gifts are local and creative. Luckily for us, Kim T. Clark is great at finding those makers. So great that after the huge success of Craftopia, her annual showcase of art and craft, Kim opened Rhody Craft, a fun, colorful and friendly boutique filled with locally made art and gifts. Kim also makes the shop’s most popular line of jewelry, and has recently designed a line of t-shirts and Rhode Baby onesies. This year, she says, “I’ll be collaborating with artists I admire on more exclusive items. It’s very exciting.” 780 Hope Street, Providence 401-626-1833 •

Artisan Jewelry Designer

Ashley Ernest Owner aDifferentKindofFine

Ashley Ernest makes jewelry that evokes reflection, delight and joy. With a Master’s of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Ashley has been designing jewelry professionally for about ten years. “I enjoy the independence of it, and having a career that allows me to be creative,” she says. The West Side artist is excited to debut a new e-commerce site,, this spring. “It will feature my small batch, high-quality, hand-crafted designs,” she adds. Customers can also find her on, where she’s available for freelance and special requests. Based in Providence • 401-486-6756

Vintage bombshell

Lulu Locks Owner Suite Tart & Providence Pin-Up

Dog Groomer

Elizabeth Grix Owner Grixy’s Grooming


Tiffany DePina Owner Blue Pearl Salon A good hairdresser stays on top of techniques and trends. A great hairdresser listens to her clients, and gives them exactly what they need to feel and look fabulous. “That’s what makes me proud to call myself a hairdresser,” says Tiffany DePina, “knowing I’m making people feel good about themselves.” Blue Pearl offers cuts, color, hair extensions and blowouts, as well as makeup, facial waxing and organic spray tans. In March, they’re offering $100 off Brazilian Blowouts. “The day I signed up for cosmetology school I knew my dream was to have my own salon,” Tiffany says. “I love to make people appreciate their hair.” 1458 Park Avenue, Cranston 401-270-7404 •

Fashion Pioneer

Natalie Morello Owner Shoppe Pioneer

helps women find their inner bombshell every day at her retro-fabulous salon Suite Tart, which offers expert color and styling in both vintage and modern fashions. Providence Pin-Up, their in-house photography studio, turns women into their most glamorous selves with themed makeup, hair and photo packages. “There is a special moment when a woman truly sees how she looks in the eyes of those who love her, including herself,” Lulu says. “The memory doesn’t go away, the photo doesn’t fade, and they always know they can choose to ‘Be A Bombshell!’”

A pet lover since she can remember, Elizabeth Grix started her dog grooming business as a creative solution to a problem. “I had a cocker spaniel that needed grooming, and I just wasn’t satisfied with my options,” she explains. She went to school to get certified and fulfilled her dream to work with pets. Grixy’s Grooming opened on the East Side two years ago with a mission to focus on one dog at a time. “I try and make the experience stress free, for both the clients and the dogs,” she says.

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Global Fashionista

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“Be a bombshell.” That’s Lulu Locks’s motto. She

Elise Mischel Owner LuLi Boutique

When it comes to your new spring wardrobe, think outside of the mall. LuLi Boutique sells “funky fashion for grownups,” says owner Elise Mischel. The women’s shop sells colorful, unique clothing and accessories. “I’m always trying to find the next great clothing line for LuLi,” Elise says. “This spring I have some new and very different lines coming in.” Also coming this spring is Luli’s online shop. “LuLi Boutique is a place for women to shop comfortably,” Elise says. “I love to hear how many compliments women get when they wear our clothes. A happy customer is our greatest sucess!” 782 Hope Street, Providence 401-369-4332 •


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Suzanne Ellis Wernevi Owner Luna & Stella

“People always talk about Rhode Island’s jewelry history,” says Luna & Stella designer Suzanne Ellis Wernevi, “but I think we should be talking about its future. Properly focused, supported and promoted, the jewelry industry could have a major impact on the state’s economy.” Suzanne, who started her line of sterling silver and 14K gold birthstone charms, necklaces and stacking rings in New York, worked for major fashion lines in the past. “We believe that Providence is the ideal place for our business to grow,” she says. “Our fine jewelry is symbolic of loved ones. At Luna & Stella we believe relationships – between parents, grandparents, children, partners, siblings and friends – are what life is all about.” 877-809-6014 •

The chic Shoppe Pioneer carries women’s clothing and accessories that you won’t find many other places. Once a sales director for designers in New York, Natalie took a chance on Providence, moving here without knowing anyone, hence the name Shoppe Pioneer. “I felt I was a pioneer,” Natalie says, for “moving here, and bringing fashion that I hand picked and that no one else sold in Providence.” Think clothing from global indie designers. “I find collections that are sourced globally and bring them to Providence: a #fashionpioneer.”

Cheryl Turnquist Owner Providence Pilates Center The Providence Pilates Center promotes personal health and wellbeing in a welcoming environment. Owner Cheryl Turnquist fell in love with Pilates in 1999, and opened her East Side studio two years later in 2001. “Pilates can be life changing,” she says, encouraging people of all fitness levels to try the famed exercise. With many certifications including being a Power Pilates Teacher Trainer, Cheryl and her team of skilled instructors offer private and group Pilates classes and have recently added small group Pilates, barre and spin classes. 189 Cole Avenue, Providence 401-480-0193 •

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Tourism Boosters Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau

Martha Sheridan President and CEO

Kristen Adamo VP of Marketing and Communications

Christine Phillips

Director of Partnership Development Rhode Island is an amazing place to visit. Think of how many guests you’ve entertained here who have been stunned at our gorgeous scenery, our incredible food, our exciting arts and culture. There’s a lot to love about Rhode Island, and there’s a team of talented people at the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau (PWCVB), led by three dynamic women, whose job it is to get that message to the rest of the world. “Our primary goal is to increase business for our membership by bringing meetings, conventions and sporting events to the area,” explains Christine Phillips, director of partnership development for the PWCVB. The team markets Providence and Warwick to large groups who have annual meetings and events: when those groups decide to meet in Providence, it means 10,000 people show up for a few days, fill our hotels, eat at our restaurants and bring in a lot of money to the area. “I love it when a member calls and tells me how busy they were due to a convention or sporting event that came in,” Christine says. “The PWCVB celebrates its 20th anniversary this year,” says President and CEO Martha Sheridan, “and we want to educate the community on the importance of tourism and our agency’s efforts on the state’s economy and quality of life.” Right now, there’s a lot of national buzz about Providence’s food (which is a given), but




also about its emerging fashion scene. The city has gone from being ‘the coolest little place you didn’t know about’ to being voted Travel + Leisure’s Best City in America in 2014, and a huge part of that has to do with this team getting our message out to the rest of the country. “One of the great things about promoting Providence is that there are always new stories to tell,” says Kristen Adamo, vice president of marketing and communication. While the economic impact of tourism on the state is incredibly important –Governor Raimondo has identified boosting tourism as one of her main goals – the agency also does a lot to improve the quality of life for locals, too. “We also manage some great local initiatives like Providence Restaurant Weeks and the Federal Hill Stroll aimed at providing Rhode Islanders with some great local culinary activities,” Martha explains. “Most of the restaurants in Providence are small businesses,” Kristen says, “and I am proud that this program puts money in the pockets of these owners and their hardworking staffs. I love Providence and Warwick and consider it a privilege to promote all of the great people and places around here.”

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Gourmet Gals

Maura Shea Chef

Stacy Iasimone Manager The Village Restaurant

“Watching people enjoy a delicious meal or drink is a great feeling,” says The Village’s manager Stacy Iasimone. “People actually talk about our establishment in other cities and states. We have been around just over a year so that is a pretty awesome feeling.” Since opening in October 2014, the Jewelry District restaurant has quickly become a fun, foodie destination. Executive Chef Maura Shea is at the helm of the kitchen that puts an unexpected twist on upscale comfort food. “I love that moment when a server comes through the kitchen door to tell us that the customer just said that was the best Stuffed Mushroom or Eggs Benedict they ever had in their life,” she says. Burgers, pizzas and sandwiches get a gourmet makeover here. The half-pound Angus burgers are creatively served on grilled pretzel rolls. The crisp, flatbread style pizza ranges from the classic Margherita to the unique Oktoberfest, a pie that deftly blends honey mustard, Swiss, sauerkraut, kielbasa and pickled red cabbage. Brunch, which is served on both Saturday and Sunday, raises the bar on breakfast fare in Providence and beyond. A Chicken and Waffle sandwich, Crème Brule French Toast with Maple Bacon Crunch Ice Cream and the Hash

Brown Skillet with Eggs are just a few of the one-of-a-kind menu offerings that you can find at The Village. Original brunch beverages, like the Hot Flash Bloody Mary and fresh fruit mimosas, further complement the decadent, yet reasonably priced food. While you should be coming in for the incredible food, you can also stop in for the live entertainment that happens most nights of the week and explore the extensive champagne and handcrafted cocktail menu. This year, Stacy and Chef Maura plan to start hosting wine dinners, and they also have a pet menu in the works for the patio season. “I am proud that we provide a fun, safe environment for any guest that walks through our door,” says Stacy, the 2014 RI Pride Bartender of the Year. “Everyone is treated like family. I was raised in an Italian household where everyone and anyone is welcome at anytime.” Chef Maura concurs: “There is always something fun to do and delicious to eat here at The Village.”

373 Richmond Street • 401-228-7222 •

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Fitspiration provider

Denise Chakoian

Denise Chakoian’s philosophy is simple: fitness should make you stronger, and give you a longer life. She opened Core Studios a decade ago with a goal of providing personalized fitness solutions that fit people’s individual lifestyles. Now, it’s so popular that Core Studios has evolved to include Core Pilates Mind/Body Studio, Core Cycling and Fitness Studio and Core Personal Training Studio. “We want to make fitness fun, but also help those who have those specific goals at the same time,” Denise says. “Our philosophy is based on creating a comfortable environment with professional staff that can lead clients to a better overall fitness level. We listen to what our clients want and need, instead of pushing them to do something that they won’t enjoy.” In addition to personal training and small group training, which provides a personalized training experience for less, Core Studios offers classes in cycling, TRX training, metabolic training, Reformer Pilates, Barre Cardio and more. “I couldn’t do this without my amazing team,” Denise says. “My fitness director Kim and Pilates director Melody, and all of my instructors, are what make Core great.” In Pawtucket, Core Cycling and Fitness has a state of the art Stadium Style

Cycling Studio, and offers signature group fitness classes like Core Sweat, Core Body Barre, HIIT, Pilates Mat and many others to target all ages and fitness levels. Across the parking lot, Core Personal Training Studio has a “Jungle Gym” type training studio with lots of toys and functional equipment to give clients or small groups a great workout in a private setting. The Providence location, home to the Core Pilates Mind/Body Studio, has a “serene and zen-like atmosphere, which is a nice balance from the other studios,” Denise says. Her fitness philosophy is that cultivating health and strength at the gym should allow you to find balance with the things you enjoy in your daily life. “It took me years to figure out how to get balance, and once you do, your entire life changes,” Denise explains. “I believe that you can enjoy all things in your life in moderation and at the same time kick some butt in your fitness sessions!”

727 East Avenue, Pawtucket • 208 Governor Street, Providence 401-273-2673 • •

estate planning Attorneys

J. Katherine Scott, Esq. & Laura G. Handwerger, Esq. Owners Scott & Handwerger, LLP

“It hasn’t always been easy, but we are setting an excellent example for our young daughters,” attorneys Katherine Scott and Laura Handwerger say of establishing their firm Scott & Handwerger. “We’re able to practice law in the way we both wanted, which is to put the clients first and respect their individual needs.” As partners in their own firm, Katherine and Laura’s practice focuses on estate planning and settlement, special needs planning, trust administration, guardianships, probate, elder law and Medicaid. After both working at other firms in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, the women opened their own practice in 2012. “We wanted the opportunity to better serve our clients and also be able to build a practice that has a foundation in service, honor and integrity,” they say. “We both enjoy working closely with families to ensure their needs are met. If a loved one is going through a difficult time, we are able to provide guidance and support.” While Katherine previously practiced in California, New York and New Jersey, the firm is soley focused on matters in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. “We love meeting new people,” the women say. “It’s an honor to

J. Katherine Scott

offer assistance to families at times when they truly need it.” “While estate planning, in general, may not sound that exciting, we make it our priority to listen to clients and their needs,” Katherine and Laura explain. “We never make recommendations before we take the time to get to know our clients and their personal situations.” It is very important to understand the clients’ needs. As they say, “We try to be approachable and understanding. We are mothers, wives and we run a business, which gives us a unique perspective.”

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Laura G. Handwerger

photography by (Left) Grace Lentini

Owner Core Studios

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Advertising and Design Specialist

Cathy Corelli Chianese Owner CC Media Partners

Cathy Corelli offers a unique approach and skilled expertise to advertising and marketing solutions. Her company, CC Media Partners, helps small and large businesses throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts with strategic media buying and marketing plans. Cathy combines her exceptionally strong core competency in the arena of graphic design, writing and production for TV and radio with a diverse portfolio that includes comprehensive marketing campaigns for all advertising mediums. She delivers consistent, compelling and engaging messages via television, radio, print, billboard, social media and online. In addition to proficient media buying and executing targeted marketing campaigns, CC Media Partners also develops websites with custom content and design, and produces professional quality television commercials. In today’s fast-paced and digital savvy business environment, you need a partner that can manage the marketing of your business with the

experience, personality and drive as if it were their own. With over 20 years of experience and long-term client partnerships, Cathy Corelli, along with her marketing assistant and key creative team partner Rose Cantor, has a proven track record of providing personal attention and expertise. “We base our success on yours,” Cathy says. “Our goal is to instill confidence while confirming our dedication to your business.” In addition to support the local business community, Cathy supports a variety of non-profits, including Big Cat Rescue, McCarthy’s Wildlife Animal Rescue, RISPCA. She is proud member of the Executives Association of Rhode Island.

Based in Providence • 401-437-8318 • •

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Restaurant Owners

Aline & Joyce KarAm Owners Opa & Trattoria Del Mare

Joyce Karam grew up, quite literally, in the restaurant business. Her parents Joe and Aline Karam opened Opa on Federal Hill in 2003 when she was just 11. “I have so many memories of being at Opa, watching my mom as the queen of the front of the house and my dad as the king of the back of the house,” she says. “They are the hardest working people I know. I have learned so much from them.” Today four family members own and manage Opa and Trattoria Del Mare, a second restaurant on the Hill that opened last summer. “My heart will always be at Opa,” says Aline, who spends most of her time at the Middle Eastern restaurant while Joyce mostly runs the newer restaurant, a sophisticated bar and grille with Mediterranean flair. “My dream was to own a restaurant by age 25,” says Joyce, who’s 24. “I’m so fortunate to have learned the business from my parents, the best of the best in the restaurant industry.” Her brother Francois, an architect by trade, also helps out at both restaurants. A love of cooking and hospitality runs deep in the family. “My father’s mother, my grandmother, makes the best food in the world. She taught my dad how to cook in an authentic Lebanese way,” Joyce says. “My father’s side is all about the food, while my mom is all about hosting and running a business.” Joyce got a taste for the industry at early age herself, starting to cook at age 14. When her dad had to head to Lebanon, his native country, for a family emergency two years later, Joyce jumped right in and helped Aline run the business. “That’s what we do. We will always have each other’s backs,” Joyce says. “The opportunity at

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Aline Karam

such a young age really shaped her,” Aline adds. With its exposed brick walls and passionate red lights, Opa is known for its intimate dining experiences. Grilled kabobs, pasta, fresh salads and seafood take a leading role on the menu. “Everything is absolutely amazing, and of course fresh made to order,” says Aline. Live entertainment is offered every Wednesday and Sunday night, with a belly dancer on Saturday nights. Trattoria Del Mare, one of the newest additions to Federal Hill, offers a wide variety of cuisine, including a raw bar, thin crust pizza and seafood. During the summer months, the alfresco patio is a best-kept secret in the city. “I think it’s the best outdoor seating in Providence. It’s really a hidden gem,” Joyce says. With two generations running two restaurants, this mother-daughter team proves that you can mix business with pleasure. “Working alongside my mother is so rewarding,” Joyce says. “I really have the best of both worlds.”

Opa: 230 Atwells Avenue, Providence • 401-351-8282 • Trattoria Del Mare: 145 Spruce Street, Providence • 401-273-7070 •


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Leading on Federal Hill Great taste & great ideas on Atwells Avenue

comfort foodies

Kimberly McGann Christine Manfredi Amie Chobanian Lori Manfredo

Family Friendly events

Eventi Federal Hill

Family Friendly events

Lia Bellini Alicia Costantino Iemma Valerie Leduc Founders, Eventi Federal Hill

Eventi Federal Hill, founded in 2015 by three female business operators on Atwells Avenue, is a community organization dedicated to creating family-friendly events in the neighborhood. Their first event, the Festa di Natale in December, drew over 300 people. The “Christmas in the Plaza” event included a tree lighting, musical performances, an appearance by Santa and a coat drive for the students of the West Broadway Middle School. With Easter approaching, Eventi is organizing a children-focused event for March and hopes to host an adult event in the summer.

Federal Hill is one of the city’s – even the state’s – most beloved neighborhoods. Three female business operators founded Eventi Federal Hill last year, with a mission to create more family-focused events in the neighborhood: Valerie Leduc of Angelo’s Civita Farnese, Alicia Costantino Iemma of Venda Ravioli and Lia Bellini of Enoteca Umberto. “With the founders being a mother and two mothers-tobe,” the women say, “it was very important to us to focus our energy on bringing the family atmosphere back to Federal Hill.” Check Eventi’s Facebook page for information on their Easter event.

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Chef & Owner

Nina Pande Executive Director Federal Hill House

20+ year employees Angelo’s Civita Farnese

At Angelo’s, everyone is family. The restaurant has been serving Italian comfort food for nearly a century, and has employed four dynamic women for over 20 years each. “I’m proud of the long term relationships I’ve developed with employees and customers,” says manager Kim. Chris adds, “We laugh all day with fellow employees and guests.” Lori says, “I’ve experienced many great memories here. I met the love of my life at Angelo’s.” Amie, a bartender, agrees: “You are guaranteed to leave full and with a smile on your face.”

For 129 years, Federal Hill House has been supporting families and kids in Providence. “I believe in creating programs that give people opportunities to succeed in home, school and work life,” says Executive Director Nina Pande. FHH offers five main kinds of assistance: early childhood education and care, senior services, child and family development, workforce readiness and financial literacy. “It’s my top priority to stay connected to our city’s children and families,” Nina says, “and to understand their personal, academic and professional needs for growth.”

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Fashionable Hairstylist

Culinary Guide

Christie Flanagan Chef/Owner Napolitano’s Brooklyn Pizza Some of life’s happiest moments happen around the dinner table. That’s what makes Chef Christie Flanagan of Napolitano’s Brooklyn Pizza love her job so much. “I enjoy sparking people’s memories of home and family when they eat my food,” she says. The graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and the Cucina e Cultura Intensive Italian Studies post graduate program serves up unforgettably delicious Italian comfort food every day at Napolitano’s. “I was inspired by my grandmother’s cooking and my love of New York pizza,” she says. Che delizioso. 100 East Street, Cranston • 401-383-7722 380 Atwells Avenue, Providence • 401-273-2400

Old World Gourmet

Doreen Ise

Cindy Salvato

Gina DiCicco

Owner Rosebud Salon AVEDA

Owner Savoring Rhode Island

Co-owner Tony’s Colonial Food

Rosebud Salon has been creating fashion forward styles for 20 years - and the Aveda concept salon isn’t slowing down anytime soon. “As a little girl, I loved playing with hair and makeup, and loved fashion,” owner Doreen Ise says. Now, she’s working behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week with the Aveda team. Rosebud offers hair cutting and coloring for women and men, as well as extensions and Aveda products for hair, face and body.

As owner of Savoring Rhode Island, Cindy takes foodies-in-training to delicious spots all over

“My team truly has a passion for what they do and are extremely talented,” Doreen says. “I admire how caring they are for the wellbeing of each and every guest who enters my shop.”

the state. Savoring Federal Hill is her most popular tour. “I took my students to Federal Hill on field trips. This was the inspiration for my tour company” Cindy says, She’s now expanding her offerings to include an evening restaurant tour. “My tour of Federal Hill sells out almost every weekend, year round,” she says. “I love teaching people about Italian food and the great businesses of Federal Hill.”

Since 1969, Tony’s Colonial Food has been a delicious blend of family, food and old world Italian traditions. Italian immigrants, Gina and husband Tony wanted to create the kind of specialty store they were accustomed to back home. Now, three generations of her family help to run Tony’s. This month, look for Italian Easter specialties, like Colomba cakes and chocolate eggs with surprises inside. “This is a piece of Italy that I brought with me,” she says. “I love passing that on to our customers.”

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311 Atwells Avenue, Providence 401-621-8675 •

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Mindful Fashionista

Robin Barrett Wilson Owner Robin B. Clothier

Nowadays, it’s too easy to find “fast fashion” – the cheap clothing that’s one aisle over from the kitchen supplies at Target, that lasts for one season before you drop it in the trash. It’s bad for the planet, and it’s bad for your budget. How do you maintain a closet full of great wardrobe staples if the fashion you purchase doesn’t last season to season, year to year? That’s exactly what Robin Barrett Wilson had in mind when she opened her boutique robin b. clothier last year. “I had always been taught the importance of quality when it came to spending money on my wardrobe,” she says. “Having quality doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the latest trends. I kept wondering, where do people shop, locally, to get great fashion that is high quality, represents the modern woman, and has a meaning or a purpose?” The answer now is robin b. clothier, a women’s clothing, accessory and gift boutique on Main Street in East Greenwich. Not only is every item beautiful and carefully chosen, every item in the store is focused on making a difference. “In the end, I knew I wanted to curate brands, designs and items that are unique, fashionable, and authentic,” Robin explains. “Designs that have a story, whether they are Fair Trade, organic cotton, made in the USA, handcrafted or hand sewn, designed by women for women or philanthropically focused, the designs had to also make a difference. Along with this comes great quality.” Opening a boutique is a dream come true for Robin. As a young girl in art club, her teacher took the group on a field trip to the Garment District in New York City. Her group was fortunate to visit the prestigious office of a highly regarded designer. As one of the interns explained the design process to the group, Robin knew, the fashion industry was in her future. “I always knew I would have my own boutique, offering a unique space and creative fashions that I hoped would inspire others, similar to my experience as a 17 year old,” she says. A Rhode Island native, Robin has over 20 years experience in the fashion and retail industry. She started her career working for large retail brands, working her way up from store operations to buying and transitioned to technology where she worked with some of the most successful brands in the industry: Tory Burch, L.L. Bean, Cole Haan, Chico’s and New Balance, to name a few. Several years and a lifetime of fulfilling retail experience later, Robin is living that dream. “I’ve loved fashion my whole life,” she says. “I am in awe of those who can create. It’s a gift, and I’m humbled to be able to find these

designers and share these amazing designs with my customers.” Robin also understands that today’s customer has changed. To meet the needs of those who are on the run and like to browse before you stop by the store, you can find Robin’s curated designers on her website at www. You can also follow what’s new on her beautifully curated Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook pages. Although shopping habits have changed, women still love to shop together, have lunch, attend an event on a Thursday evening. To meet those needs and educate her customer further about these amazing brands, robin b. clothier will be hosting monthly events. The first event will be March 3. Megan Williams from Henry and Belle will be visiting the store. She will be talking about the latest trends in denim, offering an extended assortment of styles to customers, and giving away a free pair of jeans. To compliment the event, there will be a wine tasting and hors devours. If you are in East Greenwich, stop by robin b. clothier, a women’s boutique that offers “fashions, mindfully designed.”

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Susan PascaleFrechette & Jamie Pascale Owners Pods Swimming

Sisters Susan Pascale-Frechette and Jamie Pascale grew up with a love for swimming, leading them both to pursue careers as swim coaches. They were both entry-level coaches for the Ocean State Squids at Brown University when the program suddenly ended in 2007 due to a beyond-repair roof. With a shared passion for helping kids learn the art of the swimming, the sisters joined the United States Swim School Association (USSSA) and set out to create the first United Swim school in Rhode Island. “I wanted to serve the community by offering lessons to kids of all ages, especially younger children,” says Susan. In just a few months, Pods Swimming was up and running. Both certified by the USSSA in infant and toddler programs, the coaches have a signature method that is loved by children and parents alike. “We take so much satisfaction in knowing how many children we have taught to swim,” says Jamie. “And it’s so much more,” adds Susan. “It’s learning about water safety, and that hard work and self-discipline pays off. It’s such a valuable lesson at a young age.” Jamie and Susan are thrilled to announce that Pods Swimming is breaking ground this spring to build out their very own aquatic facility in East Providence. “We’re so excited to continue working with families and teaching everyone to swim.” 401-337-5678 • susan@podsswimming •

The Happy Artist Fashion Maven

Natural Beauty Mavens Fashion Maven

Susan Benzuly & Yolande Muoio Owners Evolve Apothecary

Now more than ever, what you put on your body is just as important as what you’re putting in it. But when it comes to making safer, more mindful choices about products, you probably need help from the experts. In Providence, they’re Susan Benzuly and Yolande Muoio of Evolve Apothecary. The store specializes in natural, good for you beauty and home products. Trained as a registered nurse and a personal trainer, Sue says, “I became more and more interested in wellness, and how we prevent illness. The skin, the biggest organ in the body, has so much to do with that.” The store not only stocks better alternatives for your body, but carries lots of products made in Rhode Island. Evolve carries Farmaesthetics, Java, Curious Nature Apothecary, Farmacy Herbs, Infinity Apothecary, Cathryn Violet Artisan Soap and The Jam Salves. But, it’s not just about skin care. Evolve stocks products to live a more holistic lifestyle. So yes, you’ll find hair products by Intelligent Nutrients, makeup by Jane Iredale and skincare by Dr. Hauschka, but you’ll also find dish soap, diapers and household cleaners. “It’s our offering to Providence,” Sue says. “Here’s your chance for wellness. We’ve done the very best we could to provide people with safe alternatives that really work.” 769 Hope Street, Providence • 401-383-3089 •

Appliance experts Fashion Maven

Atabey Sánchez-Haiman

Lisa Sienkiewicz & Gail Parella

Owner & Artist Giraffes and Robots

Owners Gil’s Appliances

Painter and illustrator Atabey Sánchez-Haiman wants to make people smile through art. A Brown graduate and Providence transplant by way of Puerto Rico, Michigan, England, Spain and Ireland, Atabey has a uniquely whimsical approach to art. After two years of selling her bright and bold art in local stores and at art shows, she combined her love of painting and illustrating with her dream of owning a business by opening the Giraffes and Robots Studio last year. Setting out to create an art studio that simply makes people smile, the colorful space is the epitome of happiness. “I love it when people comment on how colorful and fun it is here,” she says. “That’s exactly what I was trying to achieve when I created this space. I wanted it to feel as if you’re entering one of my paintings or illustrations.” Atabey continues to sell her artwork at stores like Craftland and Providence Picture Frame and she participates at fairs like the Providence Artisan Market and Providence Flea. “I love the art community in Providence and my wonderful customers. I can’t thank them all enough for supporting my small business and making my dream of being a professional artist a reality!” Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main Street Studio 2219, Pawtucket 347-ROBOTS1 • •

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Swim Coaches Fashion Maven

Lisa Sienkiewicz and Gail Parella are sisters and co-owners of Gil’s Appliances in Bristol, RI. They are life-long residents of Bristol, growing up in the business, which was started by their parents, Gil and Sarah, fifty-five years ago. They and their professional sales staff are very knowledgeable about the products they carry and can offer great assistance in the selection process. Whether you are replacing one product or doing an entire appliance package they will take the time to inform their customers of all available options. They are also able to offer competitive pricing because they are members of one of the country’s largest buying groups. They offer the best of brands, styles and finishes with a selection that suits any budget at the guaranteed lowest price. Lisa and Gail have put together a great team of sales, delivery and service professionals to make sure all their customers are happy before, during and after the sale. Give them the opportunity to serve you, and see the difference Gil’s makes. Please visit their new second location at 926 Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown, opening in early March. Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am-6pm; Tuesday and Thursday 9am-8pm; and Saturday 9am-4pm. Closed Sundays. 397 Metacom Avenue (Rt. 136), Bristol 401-253-9789 •

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Real Estate Specialists

William Raveis Real Estate

(left to right) Alacyn Wolfe, Stephanie Markoff Cohen, Rachael Dotson, Katie D’Amico, Heather Dumaine, Jennifer Wieting, Mary Shawcross, Judy Croyle, Shannon Buss and Kate Littlefield. Shot on location in the Lobby of the Clubhouse Providence Art Club. Artwork by Charlotte Breed Handy and Kelly McCullough currently on display.

Shannon Buss is the managing broker of bustling William Raveis Providence office. Not your average Realtor, she has been inducted into the Accredited Buyer Representative Hall of Fame. When she is not coaching agents or helping her clients, she is Mom to Molly and Kevin. 401-714-7056, Katie D’Amico, operations manager, is a self-described organizational guru. Passionate about the real estate industry, she’s known for her determination and attention to detail. The West Warwick native has an admiration for French Bulldogs and soccer. Realtor Judy Croyle is all about the individual. “When you partner with me, you’ll experience a different kind of agent that’s focused on you,” she says. “With a close to 100% closing rate, I know how to keep my deals on track.” Besides people, she lists dogs and sailing as her passions. 401-499-7541, Mary Shawcross is known as the “multifamily lady.” As a Realtor, Mary helps investors and owner-occupiers pinpoint the best neighborhoods and properties for their needs. Mary has purchased and restored six local properties herself, she understands renovation

budgets and financing, as well as offers tips on how much to charge for rent. 401-536-3948, Realtor Alacyn Wolfe offers her clients a multitude of benefits. Efficient and an exceptional advocate for buyers and sellers of fine real estate, she is known by her clients and colleagues alike for her support during every phase of each real estate transaction. 619-713-3535, Rachael Dotson is a sales and leasing associate with Taylor & Company, the top producing team for William Raveis in RI and southeastern MA. Rachael has recently moved to the Armory District and is excited to be part of the emerging market and rich culture there. 253-223-6198, Stephanie Markoff Cohen has been working in real estate since 2010, focusing on first-time and new-to-RI homebuyers, estate sales, pre- and post-listing renovations, staging and interior design. Stephanie is passionate about Rhode Island and loves introducing clients to all it has to offer. 401-864-5374, Jennifer Wieting has eight years of real estate experience as a buyer and seller representative. An East Side resident who enjoys photography, pets and conservation, she’s licensed as a realtor in both RI and MA. 401-635-0019, Kate Littlefield has been a flight attendant, interior designer and gallery owner. “That’s what makes me a dynamite real estate agent,” she says. Savvy in social media, marketing and staging, she’s quick to solve problems and resolve differences. 401-338-9302, Heather Dumaine has been described as a stager extraordinaire. Detail oriented, she’s a collaborative negotiator determined to produce the best possible deal and get it to the finish line 401-924-4285,

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photography by José navarro-robles

William Raveis is the largest family owned real estate company in the Northeast. With three locations in Rhode Island (Providence, Bristol and Newport) and in Westport, MA, the agency is known for its distinctive homes, commitment to community and award-winning agents. The Providence location, which has been open for four years, boasts 40 agents with a diverse range of specialties including historic homes, multi-family and investment properties, waterfront and coastal homes, relocation services, rentals and much more. “We divide and conquer,” says Shannon Buss, the managing broker of the office. “We are a terrific team, but also work extremely well as individuals.” Here’s a bit more about ten leading ladies from the city’s office.

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Artistic Visionary

Kathleen Pletcher Founder, Executive Artistic Director FirstWorks

Kathleen Pletcher believes that connecting art with audiences can change lives. With a straightforward and ambitious mission, she founded FirstWorks in 2004. Serving as the organization’s Executive Artistic Director, Kathleen leads the creative team that brings world-class performance artists to Rhode Island, transforms arts education in local classrooms and engages the community through pioneering programs and festivals. As a visionary, Kathleen has had a keen ability to see opportunity in art throughout her 25-year career. “Much of my professional work, and my philosophy, stems from seeing how the arts are linked to the larger life of a community,” she says. Though Kathleen started her creative career as a classical pianist, she was inspired by the possibility she found in performance art. “I was in the middle of my conservatory training when I became caught up by developmental theatre,” she says. “I was moved by the way it could speak to our present world.” Another pivotal time was the year she spent in Japan researching folkloric puppet theater. “I traveled to remote places in the mountains and small islands to witness incredible performances and rituals,” she recalls. Enthralled by the power of the medium, Kathleen went on to create two experimental puppet theaters (in Ohio and NYC) that combined actors, visual artists and musicians. “As I look back at my career I see there is an entrepreneurial spirit in my DNA,” she says with a laugh.” That spirit led her to Providence and a decade-long role as First Night’s Artistic Director. The one-day arts festival that showcased a tremendous range of artists and performance spaces throughout the city would become the springboard for her next creative journey. “FirstWorks is a reincarnation of First Night,” she says, adding that Providence has the only First Night in the country to evolve into a year-round arts organization. “I’m so fortunate that Rhode Islanders embrace the new, the unique and the offbeat.” With a focus of bringing new works and experiences to Providence, FirstWorks has connected countless audiences with amazing artists from around the world in the past 11 years. From acclaimed dance troupes and experimental performance artists to intimate musical performances and large-scale outdoor festivals, FirstWorks continues to propel Providence into the spotlight. In a career full of personal and professional highlights, Kathleen points out that a six-month project with Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Project was another turning point. “It was a true ‘first work’ when we had the honor of presenting the world premiere of Layla and Majnun,” she says. The collaboration became the inspiration for the education arm of FirstWorks, which reached 4,000 students in 2015 alone. “FirstWorks artists are connecting with these kids on a meaningful level. The children have direct, in-depth experiences and dialogues with worldclass artists right in their schools. The experience empowers students to find their own creative voices.” Kathleen, who is married and has two adult children, is excited about what’s still to come for FirstWorks. She credits the passionate staff and board, creative partners and the engaged community. “It’s a thrill to be at a point in my work where it is possible to shape and share incredible art experiences in Providence,” she says.

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Leading Ladies in Richmond Square From massage to skincare, seven Leading Ladies in Richmond Square Therapeutic Massage Therapist

Kristen Casey Owner Kristen Casey, LMT

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Elizabeth Collins

Loren Mendozzi, LMT

Owner Balance Acupuncture & Infinity Apothecary

Owner East Side Escape

Elizabeth Collins is devoted to providing her clients with time-honored solutions to their medical problems. A doctor of acupuncture and herbalist, Elizabeth says, “I love Chinese medicine because of the all-inclusive approach, which addresses the body and the mind.” She’s trained in two types of acupuncture as well as Chinese orthopedic body work. Through the apothecary, Elizabeth formulates products like salves and liniments for bruises and injury. “I love when patients tell me how much better they feel because of acupuncture and Chinese medicine,” she says, “especially if it’s helped them when nothing else worked.”

A massage therapist since 2006, Loren Mendozzi opened East Side Escape in 2011 with a goal to provide holistic and therapeutic escapes from reality. Loren specializes in blending the healing energy of Reiki with deep tissue massage, and along with aromatherapy, hot stone, reflexology, crystal therapy and chakra balancing, her approach provides a unique healing session. “It’s so rewarding to help people by taking away their aches and pains,” she says. Loren’s practice has proven to be an escape for her, too. “I’m overjoyed that I created a space that I love to go to everyday.”

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Massage therapist Kristen Casey may very well be the best-kept secret on the East Side of Providence. The licensed therapist and Reiki Master opened up her private practice in Providence eight years ago, and has been a buzz around town ever since. Customized, client-focused massages that are both relaxing and therapeutic are her specialty. “Massage enhances lives by reducing pain and enhancing the body’s natural ability to heal itself,” she says. “I’m passionate about helping people live healthier and more productive lives.”

Kullawan Merola might be a long way from her native land of Thailand, but she’s found a way to stay connected and share her culture with others through her specialty of Thai massage. Having studied in Bangkok, she is certified in Thai Massage and Advanced Thai Medical Massage, allowing her to offer treatments that are both relaxing and therapeutic. “It’s the best feeling to know that I’m able to offer my clients relief from pain,” she says. “It’s so enriching to be a part of their wellbeing and show them a side of Thai culture.”

Laurie Neronha, owner of Viriditas Beautiful Skin Therapies, knows how to achieve beautiful skin. “They don’t call me the Skin Fairy for nothing,” she says with a laugh. She embraces that diet, lifestyle and daily habits influence not only our overall health, but also our skin. “We offer customized facial experiences that help clients achieve gorgeous skin,” she adds. The licensed esthetician opened her skincare clinic in 2007 and specializes in oncology skincare, graceful aging and acne. “We are actually able to clear severe acne,” she says. “It’s thrilling to see clients no longer afraid to show their face, beaming with healthy, clear skin.”

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Sometimes, you need a time out from all of life’s stresses. Sometimes, you just need some space to breathe. Abby Backlund, owner of the popular beauty destination Facing Thayer, had that exact thing in mind when she opened Breathing Space Spa, a serene oasis by the Seekonk River. “I wanted to create a haven for my clients away from the hustle and bustle of Thayer Street that focused on advanced skin care techniques, holistic healing practices and focused attention,” Abby says. “At Breathing Space I offer personalized facial services focused on serious results for anti-aging, acne and healing sensitized skin, as well as Reiki, a healing energy work. Getting back to my roots of offering services and connecting with my lovely clients has been

amazing. I still own and operate Facing Thayer with the help and support of my incredible staff.” Breathing Space offers facials, massages and other spa services, but with an added dose of mindfulness. Not only is Abby a Licensed Esthetician, but she’s a Reiki Master and Ayurvedic Lifestyle consultant who has studied at the storied Kripalu Institute. “Breathing Space is about practicing self-care so that you can be your best for everyone else in your life,” Abby says. “I promise a relaxing, rejuvenating, and personalized service and experience every time.”

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The Lady Project (LPO) started out as a small group of women looking to connect with each other, share ideas, network their talents and support like-minded people. Sierra Barter, a social media coordinator at Johnson & Wales University, and Julie Sygiel, founder of lingerie company Dear Kate, started the Lady Project in 2011. “Our vision was an ‘Old Boy’s Club’ for fabulous women in The Creative Capital to network, connect with other like-minded ladies and to do so over a glass of champagne,” Sierra says. It turns out they were onto something. From those first few networking events, The Lady Project has grown into a huge, vital force. Now, there are over 1,200 members of the non-profit, 500 of them in Providence, and another 500 scattered across the country in other Lady Project branches. Boston, Nashua, Boulder, Philadelphia, New Haven, New York, San Diego, Seattle and Washington D.C. all have their own groups, dedicated to bringing women together to share ideas and resources. “It’s an incredible feeling to be able to impact so many women’s lives,” Sierra says. “I love meeting our amazing members and traveling around the country to our different launches.” And, her work isn’t done. This year, LPO plans to launch 5-10 new chapters. “We want to double our current member base,” Sierra says. “It’s our goal to give women around the country a national network of likeminded ladies.” Every month, The Lady Project hosts fun, inspiring events for women to meet and connect. Think book clubs to discuss important, relevant current releases; exercise classes to get women moving on a Sunday morning; after-work networking events to bring together women looking to empower other women. This month, the lady project will host their national Lady Summit, happening on March 12 at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. The

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Artful Elegance About the Homeowners Ting and Ian Barnard live with their six-year-old daughter Victory on the East Side. Ting is the owner of an independent consulting firm called Ting, and Ian is a photographer. This light-filled dining room, designed by Amber Wilhelmina Design & Interiors, is where they enjoy hosting their Friday night dinner parties.

This holiday season, I purchased my husband Ian some stunning art pieces from one of my favorite galleries, Candita Clayton Gallery located in Hope Artiste Village. These two vibrant sculptures were made by a local ceramic artist named Tiffany Adams. Candita Clayton Gallery is also the main showroom for my father-in-law Jeremy Barnard’s infrared photography.

A remembrance of our grandfather John Barnard, Jr., this elephant collection is a reminder of his many years of travels throughout various parts of Asia for business and pleasure. The collection ties in beautifully with my Southeast Asian heritage.

Fashion is a huge part of my life and who I am. Being surrounded by so much talent in the Creative Capital, I enjoy supporting and shopping locally. The pocket squares blossoming out of the Chardonnay glasses are from Marc Allen Fine Clothiers. The owner Marc Streisand is a very dear friend of mine.

The table is always set with a colorful arrangement from the exceptional Jephry Floral Studios. My friend Jeffrey always knows what type of arrangement to create for me based on a quick conversation over the phone. His arrangements bring such happiness and zest to our lives.

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When translated, Soolip literally means “a place where beauty and inspiration are a part of every day.” The delicate touches of the Soolip brand is truly cherished in our home and can be seen in the soulfully handmade designs of the river rocks, guest book and rice paper menus and place cards on our table.

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Tell us about your look here. I am wearing all of my favorite clothes. I’ve been wearing this same style shirt since I was a boy. I like blazers because they always look nice. Blazers, like tuxedos, seem to clean themselves when they hang in the closet. You have an impressive bow tie collection. How many do you think you have? I have collected bow ties since I bought my first one at age 13. That tie is still in my collection. I have hundreds of ties, and people keep giving me ties because they know I like them. I have always taken good care of things, and things tend to last a long time when you do that.

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Why bow ties? I like that you can’t drop food on them when you’re eating. They are fun because they always dress up an outfit. But I also have many long ties, too. How would you describe your personal style? I came to Rhode Island in 1971 to go to RISD. Dressing is like painting for me; I like to have a lot of colors to choose from. I try to be comfortable and look good at the same time. Now that I am 63, I tend to dress up all the time. No one likes to see a messy older person. Plus, you never know who you’ll run into in Rhode Island.

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Are you interested in trends? I like to follow trends, but unfortunately my body is not a trendy kind of body. It used to be for many years. I always say, “accessories are the revenge of the middle aged.” When I travel I buy nice clothes; they are my equivalent of taking pictures.

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What are your favorite stores? I like Brooks Brothers and Nordstrom here in Providence. Marc Allen has spectacular clothes that are more like works of art. I like Charvet in Paris and Duchamp in London for ties. You’ve lived in Providence for 45 years, currently residing downtown. Tell us what you love about the city. There are wonderful people who live, work and play here. The mindset of Rhode Islanders is liberal yet curious. I love the look of the city. There are so many beautiful things in this town. I was the chairman of the Providence Tourism Council for over five years, and I got to take the message of Providence to other cities. There’s just a richness to life in Providence that you don’t find in other places.

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variations of it (i.e. incline or decline press), and never do any one for more than three weeks in a row. This allows you to build the same muscle groups without letting them get comfortable. To apply this to running, Joe had me power walk while pulling a weighted sled behind me. I was engaging my legs in a familiar motion, but with an unfamiliar type of resistance, forcing them to work in a different way. Special Exercises Each Westside Barbell training session begins with a main move (i.e. box squat or bench press variation), followed by a series of accessory moves, or special exercises, intended to improve on weaknesses. There is no one formula for this part, as it must be uniquely tailored to each person. One of my weaknesses is a difficult-to-describe imbalance in my movement – it’s almost as if my center of gravity imperceptibly twists forward and to the right as I move. To help identify and correct this imbalance, Joe had me do a series of upper body exercises that involved pulling weight across my core at an incline or decline angle, forcing me to focus on correcting that imbalance. Accommodating Resistance The use of bands, chains and other forms of resistance in addition to

weights is one of the most unique aspects of Westside Barbell. For example, one might alter a traditional squat by attaching bands to the bar to increase the level of resistance at different points in the movement. This forces the muscles to adjust to an additional challenge. In my case, Joe hooked a stack of weights around my waist and instructed me to walk in place, but not before adding ankle weights. This meant that the central resistance I was trying to overcome (the stack of weights at my core) was being augmented and altered by the additional weight at my extremities. It was an educational hour, particularly given Joe’s penchant for quoting Einstein as often as Louie Simmons, and I continue to apply some of Westside Barbell’s principles in my own ways: focusing on exercises in which I’m weak, exploring variations of workout staples like pushups and lunges, and carrying bricks while running to add resistance. The result is that I’m not just running faster, but running stronger.

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says a smiling Joe Pascone as I enter Ocean State Gym in Johnston. It’s an appropriate description. Calling itself “the last true powerlifting gym in RI,” the place looks like something out of the training montage in an ‘80s boxing movie. It’s big and cold (Joe swears there’s heat, they just don’t turn it on); the equipment is old and uncompromising and seems to hold up because it’s just too stubborn to fall apart. What Ocean State Gym lacks in aesthetic charm it more than makes up for in utilitarian function. As Joe likes to point out, “It’s not pretty but it all works, and it’s got everything you need. If you can’t do it here, you can’t do it.” Joe is an Olympic hammer throw coach and personal trainer who invited me here to learn a bit about his approach to fitness, which draws heavily on the Westside Barbell Method. Westside Barbell is an invitation-only gym in Columbus, OH where champion powerlifter Louie Simmons pioneered a unique approach to weight training that has made it “the world’s strongest gym,” home to several world powerlifting records. But I’m not here to max out my bench press or squat three times my body weight. “You’re a runner, so I want to make you the best runner you can be,” Joe informs me. “Strength is speed,” he notes, and with that in mind he works me through a session that takes several of Westside Barbell’s principles for pumping iron and adapts them to pounding pavement:



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Gold also provides a number of unbeatable services. You can set up one-onone consultation appointments with the team and the talented jeweler they work with directly. This allows customers easy access to repairs, cleanings, appraisals, sourcing and sales. Having been in business for so long, Reliable Gold has a well-established network of dealers, designers and vendors across the globe that can help with any issue. Their jeweler can even design a specific piece for you – whether you lost an earring and need a replacement, have photos of a family heirloom you’d like replicated or you just want something custom designed from scratch. Rena explains to me that the new location is starting to have “a different tenor” than the previous location. “It’s more fun,” she says. They’ve started to feature sculptures and paintings from local artists (currently Jim Bush, painter and political cartoonist, is the featured artist) and have begun to devote more space to incorporate edgier pieces from contemporary designers. Due to the move, they’ve focused less on antiques, china and giftware and have turned their attention towards expanding the kinds of jewelry pieces they feature. New items are cycling through all the time, so swing by the new location to have a look around or take a peek at their website to get a feel for the variety of aesthetics of their numerous collections.

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Think about the dishes you return to time and time again. Thick-cut bacon, fried chicken, carrot cake. Now imagine that a talented chef takes these to the next level. That’s what’s happening at milk money, and it’s worth a try.

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milk money’s shareable menu is bursting with hipster chic in Providence’s relatively new Milk Money, in the lower level of an attractive brick building near India Point Park, the restaurant revealed its persona to me: Milk Money is your 20-something friend who is, as they say, on fleek. She photographs like a Madewell catalog, can poach (and Instagram) the perfect egg and she has zero pantry staples but at least a dozen artisanal bitters. In a restaurant, that kind of casual poise is anything but effortless. It was obvious that every detail was carefully chosen, from the green-tinted mason jars, the waitress “uniform” of chambray and denim, sly cocktail names and the pluck of including a 64-oz bone-in rib eye on the same page as a section casually titled “Veg n’ Such.” We started with two selections off the Seasonal Cocktails list. I had the A Rosé by Any Other Name ($12), an elegant and bright vodka-based cocktail with lemon, rosé and cherry marmalade. My husband, recovering from

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a cough, found solace in the Modern Man’s Elixir ($12), a hot toddy made with rye, ginger and honey, with the unexpected addition of pear. Milk Money’s menu is, like that of many newly-opened restaurants, designed for sharing, with sections like First Bites, Small Plates and Platters. I’m sure this trend will eventually swing out of style, but it’s practical for those of us who like to sample more of the menu. We selected one or two dishes at a time, deliberating our next as we ate. First, we had the Smoked Trout Deviled Eggs ($7), an order of four egg halves. I liked the addition of a small garnish of crispy fried trout skin on each half. The House-Pickled Vegetables ($15) was like a flipped charcuterie platter. The pickled pink radishes, onion, carrots, cucumbers and the less traditional asparagus made vegetables the colorful stars, while the meat and cheese – cured ham, sopressata and paté – took the backseat. The scattering of pistachios was also a nice touch. We continued with the Charred

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The Million Dollar Burger Luxe Burger Bar celebrates a tasty milestone

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Dr. Evil isn’t the only one who thinks one million dollars is a lot of money. I’m pretty sure most folks would happily put that coin in their pocket. Now through May 21, winning one million dollars is as easy as rolling the dice, and you can do it at Luxe Burger Bar. Luxe is on its way to selling its one millionth burger, and to celebrate they’re giving guests the opportunity to win one million dollars. All you have to do is walk through the door and fill out an entry form – with no purchase necessary, mind you. “During a meeting we were discussing sales and I curiously asked, ‘how many to a million?’” explains owner and maestro John Elkhay. “My team and I thought it was very exciting to be on the road to a million burgers and we really wanted to share our excitement with our loyal guests. What could be better than to give someone a chance to win one million dollars?” Better yet, you can enter once a day from now until May 21 when Luxe will be hosting a special party. During the party, Luxe will draw one name, and the lucky guest whose name is drawn will roll four custom dice. The dice are six-sided, with two sides having a burger on it, two sides having draft beer, one side having a shake and one side having the Luxe logo. The lucky guest will have two chances to roll all four dice, with the goal of all four dice landing on the Luxe logo. If they do, Providence has a new millionaire. 5 Memorial Boulevard. 621-5893,

A Delicious Partnership On March 5 and April 2, prepare for a five-course beerpaired dinner at Foolproof Brewing Company in collaboration with Delsie Catering and Events. Prior to dinner, guests will savor beer-inspired hors d’oeuvres and handcrafted beer selections from Foolproof, all while enjoying a tour of the brewery and an explanation of the brewing process. After cocktail hour, get ready for some serious food porn: a soft beer pretzel with local honey, Foolproof Golden Ale Sabayon, pickled green apple and red pepper relish and smoked sea salt. And that’s just the amuse bouche. There are still three more courses and an Intermezzo. After dinner, attendees will receive complimentary “lustrous parting gifts,” yet to be disclosed. $165. 7pm. 241 Grotto Avenue, Pawtucket.

New Flavors, New Restaurant How does Roast Suckling Pork Rack with celeriac, mustards and kohlrabi kraut sound? What about Potato Gnocchi with shellfish and chives? If your tastebuds are tingling then it’s time to head over to Oberlin. Recently opened by the minds behind Birch, Oberlin is the second brainchild of Heidi and Benjamin Sukle. With an open kitchen serving up New American cuisine, it takes small plate dining to a fine dining level. Additionally, Oberlin is larger than Birch, which makes bringing larger parties much easier. 186 Union Street. 588-8755,

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Not that there’s anything wrong with pub eats, but sometimes it’s nice to have bar food that doesn’t leave you feeling weighed down. Enter Cook & Dagger with entrees like Chicken and Dumplings and Low Country Carbonara. Of course you’ll find pub favorites like burgers and quesadillas, they will however be kicked up, as in a Lamb Burger and Pork Belly Quesadilla. Cook & Dagger elevates traditional pub food into modern fare in their New American eatery. Looks like it’s time to head over to Smithfield and find out for yourself. 566 Putnam Pike, Smithfield. 349-3927,

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There is a little something for everybody in the Providence dining scene these days. A new look at worldwide cuisines is taking shape in several neighborhoods. In Downcity, Faust is leading the way. Housed in The Dean Hotel, this small restaurant transports its guests into the culture, atmosphere and cuisine of central Europe. We met up with co-owner and chef, Michael Lingwall, to get a closer look into the Bavarian journeys he cooks up in the kitchen. What’s been your journey as a chef? I’m a graduate of the Johnson & Wales culinary program. I started at Gracie’s and the Red Fez before eventually becoming the overnight baker at Seven Stars. After that, my business partners and I opened up Foremost Bakery, and then immediately started negotiations to open Faust. I realized after a while that I missed cooking, so instead of hiring someone else to do it, I decided to jump into the chef role myself. What’s your mentality in the kitchen? The philosophy at Gracie’s imbedded the fundamentals that I use in the kitchen today and the Red Fez was a time of experimentation for me. Both of my experiences at those restaurants directly influence how I run the kitchen here. Above all, I’ve learned that if it tastes good, and it looks good, it works. It’s a simple philosophy of cooking. When we come up with an idea, we ask ourselves, can we pick it up easily? Can our cooks understand how it works? Is it approachable for the guest? What are some food experiences your guests can look forward to? We offer flavors from Poland, Germany, Hungary and Austria that you won’t find at many other restaurants in Providence. We have lot of heavy dishes on the menu, so we focus on different preservation techniques to counter those flavors. The sausages and schnitzels are very full and robust, so we use our pickled items to cut through that dense flavor. When you hit both sides of the spectrum in a good way, it balances out the dishes.


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Chef michael Lingwall of Faust

What are some favorite dishes guests keep coming back for? Definitely our pierogis. That’s easily one of the most popular dishes on the menu. They’re filled with smoked onion and potato and garnished with a house-made cheese. And we use preserved Maitaki mushrooms from the RI Mushroom Company. Of course, the sausages and schnitzels are very popular, too. All of our sausages are made in-house. We’ve done that since the beginning, we have a DIY mentality here.

What are a few unexpected qualities of Bavarian cuisine you admire? Bavarian food usually gets pigeon holed. Many people feel that the flavors are bludgeoning. But I’ve learned that this type of cuisine is not as restrictive as many people think it is. When you look at it as a whole, central Europe is surrounded and imbedded in different cultures. Every country’s cuisine is influenced by its neighbors. Austria, for instance, has a lot of pastas. So it’s been fun learning about flavors, and we’re still learning as we go along.

Are there any dishes that stand out for you personally? We toyed around with the Paprikash for a long time. It involved many incarnations. And after a few different tries, we decided to do it with a chicken leg. It’s very spicy with a lot of paprika, charred chippolini onions and preserved button mushrooms served over a house-made egg noodle.

How have your European guests responded to your take on their native cuisine? It’s usually very positive and that’s one of the things that make me happiest. We’ve been well received from the German community and travelers in general. That’s a fantastic compliment. There was this one couple that came in when we first opened. They traveled and once lived in Eastern Europe. They kept asking where we import the sausages from. When we told them the sausages are all made in-house, they couldn’t believe it. That was eye opening for me.

Is there a particular cooking technique or process you specialize in? Preservation is a mainstay in this restaurant. We pickle, brine and smoke all the time. We smoke a lot of vegetables, nuts and meats. Sometimes we smoke different things to see how they will taste. We use preserved items to add different flavors to simple dishes, like beets or winter grits. Our specials menu gets that sort of extra attention.

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At Brutopia, Sean and crew make their lemongrass bitters in-house. Enterprising home bartenders can do the same – or, for those who want this drink in their gullet stat, there’s always a retail solution. The Bitter End’s Thai-style bitters are a solid choice, and nice to have on hand for peak gin-and-tonic season. • 3 parts Conga Imperial Ale (9.5% ABV, 85 IBUs)

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The chefs present a masterful array of dishes featuring both locally and globally-sourced seasonal selections ranging from Waygu beef and Beluga caviar to Maine lobster and their signature Dover sole. Their famous tableside flambés create a one-of-a-kind experience and atmosphere. At the forefront of upscale dining since day one, Capriccio created the distribution channels for many gourmet foods then new to our region. Farm-raised ostrich, stone crab, pompano, abalone, and Louisiana crayfish are samples of an ever-changing seasonal bounty that finds its way onto the Capriccio bill of fare.

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10 Prime Steak & Sushi Gourmet steaks and sushi. 55 Pine St, Providence, 4532333. LD $$$

Black Bass Grille Classic seafood, historic waterfront setting. 3 Water St, South Dartmouth, MA, 508-999-6975. LD $$

CAV Eclectic cuisine and art in an historic setting. 14 Imperial Place, Providence, 751-9164. BrLD $$-$$$

Angelo’s Civita Farnese Restaurant Italian American comfort food classics. 141 Atwells Ave, Providence, 6218171. LD $-$$

Blend Café Modern Latin-American infused fare. 745 Reservoir Ave, Cranston, 270-5533. BBrLD $-$$

Celestial Café Organic farm-to-table fine dining. Oak Harbor Village, 567 S County Tr, Exeter, 295-5559. BrLD $-$$$

AQUA Poolside cocktails with seasonal American cuisine. 1 Orms St, Providence, 272-2400. LD $-$$

Bluefin Grille at the Providence Marriott Downtown Seasonal and sustainable seafood in an elegant atmosphere. 1 Orms St, Providence, 272-5852. LD $-$$

Centro Restaurant & Lounge Contemporary cuisine and cocktails. 1 W Exchange St, Providence, 228-6802. BLD $$$

Aruba Steve’s Island cuisine, handcrafted cocktails and Caribbean flair. 520 Main St, Warren, 289-2677. LD $-$$

Breachway Grill Classic New England fare, plus NY-style pizza. 1 Charlestown Beach Rd, Charlestown, 213-6615. LD $$

Aspire Seasonal Kitchen Contemporary New England fare. 311 Westminster St, Providence, 521-3333. BBrLD $$-$$$

Café Nuovo Contemporary New World cuisine. 1 Citizens Plz, Providence, 4212525. LD $-$$$

Besos Kitchen & Cocktails Tapas and eclectic cuisine and cocktails. 378 Main St, East Greenwich, 398-8855. BrLD $$$

Capriccio Upscale international food with a northern Italian/Mediterranean accent. 2 Pine St, Providence, 421-1320. LD $-$$$

Bistro 22 New American rustic cuisine in Garden City. 22 Midway Rd, Cranston, 383-6400. LD $-$$

Carriage Inn & Saloon Regional comfort food accompanied by a whiskey bar. 1065 Tower Hill Rd, North Kingstown, 294-8466. D $-$$

Champlins Seafood Dockside fresh seafood serving easy breezy cocktails. 256 Great Island Rd, Narragansett, 783-3152. LD $-$$ Chez Pascal/The Wurst Kitchen Seasonal farm-to-table cuisine with a French accent. House made sausages, hot dogs and accoutrements. 960 Hope St, Providence, 421-4422. LD $-$$$ Chapel Grille Gourmet food overlooking the Providence skyline. 3000 Chapel View Blvd, Cranston, 944-4900. BrLD $$$ Circe Restaurant & Bar South Beach meets New England seafood favorites.

50 Weybosset St, Providence, 4378991. BRLD $-$$$ Clean Plate Delicious comfort food in a casual setting. 345 S. Water St, Providence, 621-8888. BBrLD $$ Cook & Dagger Kicked up American fare with artisanal cocktails. 566 Putnam Pike, Smithfield, 349-3927. BrD $-$$ Decadent Designs and Cafe Custom cakes and pastries alongside a fresh cafe with soups and sandwiches. 1285 Park Ave, Cranston, 942-9300 BL $ DeWolf Tavern Gourmet American/ Indian fusion. 259 Thames St, Bristol, 254-2005. BLD $$-$$$ The Dorrance Fine dining with exquisite cocktails. 60 Dorrance St, Providence, 521-6000. D $$$ Eleven Forty Nine City sophistication in the suburbs. 1149 Division St, Warwick, 884-1149. LD $$$

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Ella’s Fine Food & Drink Elegant dining meets international cuisine. 2 Tower St, Westerly, 315-0606. D $-$$$ Flatbread Company Artisanal pizza, local ingredients. 161 Cushing St, Providence, 273-2737. LD $-$$ Fresco Italian American comfort food with international inspirations. 301 Main St, East Greenwich, 398-0027; 140 Comstock Pkwy, Cranston, 228-3901. D $-$$ George’s of Galilee Fresh caught seafood in an upscale pub atmosphere. 250 Sand Hill Cove Rd, Narragansett, 7832306. LD $-$$ Harry’s Bar & Burger Handcrafted sliders, brews and pub games. 121 N Main St, Providence, 228-7437; 301 Atwells Ave, 228-3336. LD $-$$ Haruki Japanese cuisine and a la carte selections with casual ambiance. 1210 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston, 463-8338; 172 Wayland Ave, Providence, 223-0332; 112 Waterman St, Providence, 4210754. LD $-$$ Iggy’s Doughboys & Chowder House Classic clam shack fare, plus famous doughboys. 889 Oakland Beach Ave, Warwick, 737-9459; 1157 Point Judith Rd, Nar ragansett, 783-5608. LD $ Iron Works Tavern A wide variety of signature American dishes in the historic Thomas Jefferson Hill Mill. 697 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick, 739-5111. LD $-$$$ Ivy Tavern Top quality bar fare plus Korean specialties like Bibimbap. 758 Hope St, Providence L-D $-$$ Jacky’s Galaxie Local Pan-Asian chain offering sushi and classic entrees in a modern atmosphere. Locations in Providence, North Providence, Bristol and Cumberland, LD $-$$$ Jigger’s Diner Classic ‘50s diner serving breakfast all day. 145 Main St, East Greenwich, 884-6060. BL $-$$ Julian’s A must-taste Providence staple celebrating 20 years. 318 Broadway, Providence, 861-1770. BBrLD $$ Kabob and Curry Award-winning Indian food serving Providence since 1987. 261

Thayer St, Providence, 273-8844. LD $-$$ Kartabar Mediterranean-style cuisine, chic setting. 284 Thayer St, Providence, 331-8111. LD $-$$ KitchenBar Contemporary comfort cuisine. 771 Hope St, Providence, 3314100. BrLD $$ Laurel Lane Country Club Upscale pub cuisine overlooking a picturesque golf course. 309 Laurel Ln, West Kingston, 783-3844. LD $-$$ Legends Pub and Grub Hometown pub food and brews with ample sports viewing. 1458 Park Ave, Cranston, 270-4170. LD $ Lim’s Restaurant Upscale Thai and fresh sushi. 18 South Angell St, Providence, 383-8830. LD $$ Luxe Burger Bar Build your own creative burger. 5 Memorial Blvd, Providence, 621-5893. LD $

Nordic Lodge Surf and turf buffet selections perfect for family gatherings. 178 E Pasquisett Trl, Charlestown, 7834515. LD $$$ Oceanside at the Pier New England fare overlooking the Atlantic. 1 Beach St, Narragansett, 792-3999. BrLD $$ Ocean State Sandwich Company Craft sandwiches and hearty sides. 1345 Hartford Ave, Johnston. 155 Westminster St, Providence, 282-6772. BL $-$$ The Olive Tap Extra virgin olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars and gourmet food and gift selections. 485 Angell St, Providence, 272-8200. $$-$$$ Paragon & Viva Contemporary dining

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Parkside Rotisserie & Bar American bistro specializing in rotisserie meats. 76 South Main St, Providence, 3310003. LD $-$$ Pat’s Italian Fine Italian favorites, natural steaks and handcrafted cocktails. 1200 Hartford Ave, Johnston, 273-1444. LD $-$$$ Phil’s Main Street Grille Classic comfort food; great rooftop patio. 323 Main St, Wakefield, 783-4073. BBrLD $ Pho Horn’s Fresh authentic Vietnamese dishes in a colorful setting. 50 Ann Mary St #403, Pawtucket, 365-6278. LD $-$$

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Maharaja Indian Restaurant Indian cuisine and traditional curries in a warm setting. 1 Beach St, Narragansett, 3639988. LD $-$$ Malted Barley American craft beer, gourmet pretzels and creative sandwiches in downtown Westerly. 42 High St, Westerly, 315-2184. LD $$ McBride’s Pub Traditional Irish pub fare in Wayland Square. 161 Wayland Ave, Providence, 751-3000. LD $$ McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steak Mixed grill selections and signature fish dishes sourced locally and seasonally. 11 Dorrance St, Providence, 351-4500. BLD $$-$$$ Mia’s Prime Time Café Upscale café cuisine by the Pawcatuck River. 1 West Broad St, Pawcatuck, CT, 860-5993840. BLD $$ Mill’s Tavern Historic setting for New American gourmet. 101 N Main St, Providence, 272-3331. D $$$ Napolitano’s Brooklyn Pizza Classic Italian fare and traditional New Yorkstyle pizzas. 100 East St, Cranston, 383-7722; 380 Atwells Ave, Providence, 273-2400. LD $-$$

Eleven Forty Nine

Eleven Forty Nine Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant has been raising the bar of excellence since it opened in 2007. Executive Chef Nicholas Dadona leads a culinary team that delivers consistently exceptional dishes for lunch, dinner and brunch. Inspired by locally sourced food, the expansive menu is slightly changed twice a year (spring/summer and fall/winter) to incorporate in-season ingredients. In addition to

their already robust menu of seafood, meat, pasta, burgers, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes, Chef Dadona creates weekly specials that blend in the freshest meats, fish and produce available. The sprawling restaurant is remarkably versatile, allowing for a wide variety of experiences including an affordable quick lunch, intimate fine dining and a family-friendly brunch.

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and nightlife. 234 Thayer St, Providence, 331-6200. BrLD $-$$

Pizzico Diverse Italian and fusion cuisine in a rustic yet eclectic atmosphere. 762 Hope St, Providence, 421-4114; 308 County Rd, Barrington, 247-0303. LD $-$$$

Taullulah on Thames Farm-driven, a la carte and prix fixe menus in a simply decorated setting. 464 Thames St, Newport, 849-2433. BrD $$$

Providence Coal Fired Pizza Old world coal-fired pizzas, appetizers and entrees made from scratch. 385 Westminster St, Providence, 454-7499; 6105 Post Rd, North Kingstown, 885-7499. LD $-$$

Tavern by the Sea Waterfront European/American bistro. 16 W Main St, Wickford, 294-5771. LD $$

Public Kitchen & Bar American food with changing daily inspirations. 120 Francis St, Providence, 919-5050. BrLD $-$$ Rasa Authentic and contemporary Indian. 149 Main St, East Greenwich, 398-2822. LD $$ Rasoi Vegetarian-friendly Indian cuisine. 727 East Ave, Pawtucket, 728-5500. LD $$ Red Stripe Casual French-American bistro. 465 Angell St, Providence, 4376950; 455 Main St, East Greenwich, 398-2900. BrLD $$ Rick’s Roadhouse House-smoked barbecue. 370 Richmond St, Providence, 272-7675. LD $-$$ Roberto’s Italian fine dining and large wine selection in the scenic East Bay. 450 Hope St, Bristol, 254-9732. D $$-$$$ Sa-Tang Fine Thai and Asian fusion cuisine with gluten-free selections. 402 Main St, Wakefield, 284-4220. LD $-$$ Scampi Seafood and Italian cuisine with expansive water views. 657 Park Ave, Portsmouth, 293-5844. LD $$ The Sea Goose Seafood with New England and southern flair. 265 Post Rd, Westerly, 315-0788. LD $$-$$$ Theatre 82 & Cafe Hybrid art space with all day breakfast, coffee and theatreinspired entrees. 82 Rolfe Sq, Cranston. 490-9475 BL $ Siena Impeccable Italian cuisine. Locations in Providence, East Greenwich, Smithfield, 521-3311. D $$-$$$ Simone’s Gourmet brunch followed by upscale Mediterranean cuisine. 275 Child St, Warren, 247-1200. BBrLD $$-$$$

Ten Rocks Tapas Bar Cape-Verdean inspired small plates, handcrafted cocktails and frequent live music. 1091 Main St, Pawtucket, 728-0800. BrLD $-$$ The Coast Guard House Modern New England fare with Bay views. 40 Ocean Rd, Narragansett. 789-0700. LD $$-$$$ Tortilla Flats Fresh Mexican, Cajun and Southwestern fare, cocktails and over 70 tequilas. 355 Hope St, Providence, 7516777. LD $-$$ Trinity Brewhouse Rhode Island’s original brewpub. 186 Fountain St, Providence, 453-2337. LD $-$$ Twin Willows Fresh seafood and water views in a family-friendly atmosphere. 865 Boston Neck Rd, Narragansett, 7898153. LD $-$$ Vanuatu Coffee Roasters Artisan-crafted, single origin coffee, pastries and breakfast sandwiches. 294 Atwells Ave, Providence, 273-1586. BL $-$$ Vetrano’s Ristorante & Pizzeria Italian cooking like grandma would make. 130 Granite St, Westerly, 348-5050. LD $$ The Village Casual dining and live entertainment. 373 Richmond St, Providence, 228-7222. BrLD $$ Vittoria’s NY Pizza Best pizza north of Manhattan. 224 Post Rd, Westerly, 322-1901. LD $-$$ Waterman Grille Riverfront New American dining. 4 Richmond Sq, Providence, 521-9229. BLD $$$ Wes’ Rib House Missouri-style barbecue, open late. 38 Dike St, Providence, 421-9090. LD $$ What Cheer Tavern & Taqueria Neighborhood gastropub, taqueria and beer garden. 228 New York Ave, Providence, 680-7639. D $-$$

Sophia’s Tuscan Grille BYOB eatery with classic Tuscan dishes and homemade desserts. 1729 Warwick Ave, Warwick, 732-6656. BLD $-$$$

Whiskey Republic Delicious dockside pub fare. 515 South Water St, Providence, 588-5158. LD $-$$

T’s Restaurant Plentiful breakfast and lunch. Locations in Cranston, East Greenwich, Narragansett, 946-5900. BL $

XO Cafe Creative cocktails and New American fare. 125 N Main St, Providence, 273-9090. BrD $$

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March 10: The RISD Museum’s semi-annual Projections series screens feature length and short form films and videos by established and emerging contemporary artists working between the gallery space and the cinema. This month, see Emily Wardill: When You Fall into a Trance, navigating the psychological and metaphysical relationships between a neuroscientist, her patient, an aid worker and a synchronized swimmer. 6:30pm. 224 Benefit Street, Providence. 454-6506,


March 3- 31: What would Atticus Finch do? Don’t miss the truly relevant and classic tale, To Kill a Mockingbird on stage at Trinity Rep, and explore the themes of violence, racism and negative stereotyping as told by novelist Harper Lee. 201 Washington Street. 351-4242,


March 5: Don we now our green apparel. ‘Tis the season to dole out a kiss or two and raise a pint to the Emerald Isle as the streets become lined with kelly-clad revellers at the annual Pawtucket St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Noon.


March 13: Blow the winter stink off and hit the dusty trail at the F.I.T. ‘Rock 5K Trail Run, threading through the woods of the Cumberland Monastery and Diamond Hill, with a kids race offered, too. 10am. 1464 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland.


March 18: They’re comin’ to your town, they’ll help you party down – they’re an American Band. So act accordingly, and be sure not to miss Grand Funk Railroad on stage at Twin River along with the Guess Who. Are You Ready? 7pm. 100 Twin River Road, Lincoln. 723-3200,

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March March 2: Move, groove and trip the light fantastic as 94HJY welcomes PFX: The Pink Floyd Experience, live on stage at Lupo’s playing all the songs you still miraculously know by heart. Shine on, you crazy diamond! 7pm. 79 Washington Street. 331-5876, March 3-6, 10-13: Brown Theatre is greeting springtime with a magical flourish this season, presenting a fresh reimagining of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Stuart Theatre, steeped in mischief and merriment and sure to cast a spell. 75 Waterman Street. March 4: Giddy up, gang, and enjoy a night of rowdy laughs as comedian Kristen Becker takes the stage at The Village with special guest Christina Thomas for a night of political, personal, intelligent and unwaveringly honest hilarity of the supreme variety. 8pm. 373 Richmond Street. 228-7222, March 5, 19 & 26: May the road rise up to meet you all month long in the Guinness Tour De Patrick, a three part 5k road race series, composed of the Irish 5k, the St. Pat’s 5k and the Shamrock Shuffle 5k with routes along the streets of Pawtucket, Providence and North Kingstown, respectively. Runners can choose to enter a single race, but those who run all three can add up their times to tally their final score in this test of the Luck – and stamina – of the Irish. 9526333, March 6: Come one, come all as the eclectic caravan of artists, makers and vintage dreamweavers known by and large as the Etsy Mill Gypsies descend on Hope Artiste Village in celebration of the local maker community. Browse, shop and meet the talent selling their wares at this unique bazaar alight with local food, music, performance artists and more. 11am-5pm. 1005 Main Street. Facebook. com/EtsyMillGypsies March 6: Calling all goddesses: Don’t miss Rhode Island Pride’s 17th Annual Goddess Show at Aurora, as the Ocean State lesbian community gathers in celebration of women in the arts and to raise money for the RI Pride organization. Featuring The Rafters, Jodi Jolt and

the Volt, comedian Jennie McNulty and more. Noon. 276 Westminster Street. March 6-26: Featuring works honoring the bravery, strength and resilience of LGBTQ community, the installation Los Chicos will be lining the walls of the AS220 Project Space all month long, showcasing the work of artists Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo and Andrew Mroczek. 93 Matthewson Street. 831-9327, March 9: For a boot stompin’ night of roiling southern rock by way of Athens, Georgia by way of Muscle Shoals, don’t miss the Drive-By Truckers on the main stage at the Columbus. 8pm. 270 Broadway. 621-9660, March 9-30: Engage with your characters and with yourself through the storied lines of a letter at Epistolary Acts, a six-week course hosted by Frequency Writers Group carrying on through April. By reading and writing explicitly through correspondence, learn to challenge yourself – exploring different structures and modes of projection and expression – in your writing. 6pm. School One, 220 University Avenue. March 10: Spice up your life with live performances of the sweetest variety, as the Sweet Little March Show sweeps onto the Aurora stage like a lion and off like a lamb, featuring ventriloquist Virginia Dare, poet Jennifer Driscoll, Great Gale and much more. 8pm. 276 Westminster Street. March 10-13: For a sizable helping of community- and creativity-in-action, look no further than Work It Out: the Work and Labor Test, the culminating performance of The Manton Avenue Project’s TAG TEAM program, an after school playwriting course held at MAP’s clubhouse in Olneyville, that will showcase the collaborative work of nine young playwrights. 55 Putnam Street. 331-7007, March 12: Don’t miss the fourth annual Lady Project Summit at the Vets, and join forces with more than 300 driven, entrepreneurial women for a day filled

March 19: When the going gets tough, the tough duke it out and get to rockin’. Don’t miss the WBRU Rock Hunt Finals at The Met – a time honored rite of spring that’s poised to be the most, to say the least. 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket. 729-1005,

with inspiring speakers, professional workshops and more. Sure to spark your inner Leslie Knope and entice you to get down to work. 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence. 680-0870, March 12: If winter madness has dulled your shine, be sure not to miss Super Sound Sonic Surf Explosion at Firehouse 13, a garage rock n’ roll shindig with a sunshiny ‘60s vibe, featuring PVD’s The Buzzards and The Nebulas, as well as The Mad Doctor, Future Spa and DJ Hula Hoop spinning ‘45s that will have you rippin’ it up and hangin’ loose, for sure. 7pm. 41 Central Street. 270-1801, March 12-20: For the first time ever, Cure Alliance for Mental Illness hosts Brain Week, an eight day event featuring family-friendly activities, lectures and workshops designed to grow Rhody awareness surrounding the importance of brain research and its critical role in helping people lead healthier, more productive lives. With support from the Brown Institute for Brain Sciences and the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute, Brain Week is completely free to the public and promises to be a robust opportunity to learn about brain research alight in a variety of fun activities for all ages.

March 18-19: The State Ballet of Rhode Island presents the timeless love story, Giselle, from the stage of Roberts Hall Auditorium, elegantly spinning the heartbreaking tale of a peasant girl and her love forlorn. March 18, 10am & 7:30pm; March 19, 1:30pm. Roberts Hall Auditorium, Rhode Island College, Mount Pleasant Avenue. 334-2560, March 18: Take your feel good vibe to stratospheric levels and jam on… and on… and on... as Max Creek takes The Met stage into infinity. For those who are about to jam, we salute you. 9pm. 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket. 7291005, March 19: Got ink? Fete Music Hall is the place to be for the 2nd Annual Providence Tattoo and Music Fest, featuring vendors and bands, as well as tattoo shops, artists and piercers operating on site. 1pm. 103 Dike Street. 383-1112, March 19: AS220 is the place to be as PVD heartbreakers Lovesick get down on it with some fuzzy, riff-heavy 90’s rock magic. Let the good times roll in celebration of their recent self-titled EP, alongside Way Out, Neutrinos and Food Court. 9pm. 115 Empire Street. 831-9327,

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March 20: If your bridal style is more Lydia Deetz than celebutante princess, don’t miss LoveCraft Weddings 3 at Aurora, and peruse a highly stylized and meticulously curated selection of vintage and handcrafted wares, produced by more than 20 local and regional vendors that are sure to have your Big Day gleaming with romantic gothic radiance. 11am. 276 Westminster Street. March 20: Join House of Hope CDC as they host their 2016 Heart Warming Winter Ball at Roger Williams Carousel Village, honoring those who have kept our neighbors in the Providence area warm all year by dedicating their lives and work to ending homelessness in Rhode Island. Take a spin or two on the festive carousel, and enjoy a live and silent auction to benefit the Warwick-based advocacy organization, as well as complimentary beer and wine, tons of hors d’oeuvres and musical entertainment. 6pm. 1000 Elmwood Avenue. 463-3324, March 22: With an election year in full swing, inform yourself and engage in the process at Policy & Pinot, hosted by

the Athenaeum and co-presented by RI Public Radio. Join political reporter Ian Donnis and political analyst Scott MacKay alongside URI professor of Political Science Maureen Moakley, all gathering at the roundtable to discuss Election 2016. 5:30pm. 251 Benefit Street. 3512800, March 25: A vastly interwoven tapestry of faith, desire, family, ambition, betrayal and power in Second Iron Age Israel is the order of the day as the Athenaeum hosts and toasts Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks on her new novel at Salon: Geraldine Books on The Secret Chord, featuring a reception and reading followed by a book sale and signing. 5-7pm. 251 Benefit Street 421-6970, March 31: Your home is your castle, after all. This month, act in kind at the 66th Annual Rhode Island Home Show at the Convention Center, presented by the RI Builder’s Association, and enjoy educational seminars, cooking demonstrations by Chef Terranova, children’s activities and more, immersed in the expertise of leading industry design and contracting professionals. 1 Sabin Street.

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the East Providence singer-songwriter who goes simply by Collington on stage, is having a moment, though he would probably put it differently. “I just go through the doors as they open. One door leads to another,” James says, adding the caveat, “I’ll gladly go through them but if it doesn’t work out I’m okay with that.” That’s a levelheaded perspective for someone who had the good fortune of being in the right place at the right time, not only opening for a national act, but also having that performer turn around and offer to produce his album. Here are the Cliff’s Notes: over the summer James had the opportunity to open a show in Boston for Paramore’s Aaron Gillespie, but only after one of the originally scheduled bands fell through. From there, Aaron waited for James backstage and made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. “When I finished my set he told me he enjoyed it and invited me out to Utah to make my record,” says James. “Then I kind of laughed at him.” Speaking with James on Thayer Street he struck me as genuinely humble, so it doesn’t surprise me that he laughed off Aaron’s offer. Clearly, Aaron didn’t take it personally. Over the course of two weeks in Utah, James hunkered down in the studio and found the voice he’s been working towards. He chalks it up to his collaboration with Aaron, who as a producer wasn’t afraid to call him out when something wasn’t working. “The worst thing you can hear when you’re working on a record is, ‘well what do you think, it’s your record,’” James says. “There were some things where he would say ‘dude, this sucks.’ He helped settle me down in areas where I needed it.” The result is the deeply personal We Swim in Seas That Never Rest. The dreamy, anthemic “Don’t Crumble” starts things off and demonstrates James’ strong indie-pop sensibilities while setting the stage for the tracks to follow. As the title of the album suggests, recurring themes are coping with life’s struggles, which he







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explores most intimately on “This Ain’t My Home.” If there’s a single on the album I’d say it’s “City Lights” whose catchy, jangly licks were lodged pretty firmly in my head for a few days after seeing Collington perform at The Met in January. While words like “jangly” and “indie-pop” can paint a certain kind of picture, the folksy harmonica and slide guitar heavy “Steam Train Heart,” bluesy “Coffee” and borderline pop-country “Driving All Night” prove that the voice James has found is as mercurial as it is confident. Since finishing the album, James finds himself presented with new opportunities. He’s working with a booking agent for the first time, and the merits of the record are landing him gigs that would have seemed pretty out of reach just a year ago. You’d

think this would go to a guy’s head, but as I said, James is super level headed about all of it. “I’ve been doing this for years and it doesn’t always make sense sometimes, but doors are opening,” he says. “It’s a fun dream to have. I feel like a lot of people have it and a lot of people wake up. Somehow I’m still asleep. I just feel like it’s the thing I’m supposed to be doing.” He hasn’t ruled out that he might wake up someday and, should that happen, he seems perfectly willing to accept it. In the meantime, he’s just riding the wave.


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models, at least not in the stereotypical walk-the-runway, size zero, rubbing shoulders with Kanye sense of the word. Yet the radiant figures featured in many of Brittanny Taylor’s fashion and lifestyle photographs ooze absolute confidence while boasting envyinducing personal style in soft stripes, structured lines and finished looks that could make any fashion devotee utterly swoon. That is Brittanny’s gift: uncovering the inner trendsetting powerhouse in a person by using her well-trained eye and robust talent as a photographer in tandem with a comfortable flow of conversation. “I like bringing fashion to a more attainable place,” says the native Rhode Islander over mochas at the Cafe at Easy Entertaining. “Growing up around fashion and going to RISD for different things, you see the separation between the ‘fashion world’ and everyone else. But anyone can have fun with personal style. I like working with regular women who enjoy fashion and just want to represent themselves.” Brittanny’s love of style and beauty started at infancy. Her mother is a fashion designer who studied at RISD and exposed her to the many creative opportunities the famed university has to offer. She initially went to Rhode Island College for film studies, however indications of her inherent passion for photography were prevalent early on. “When I was three I would walk around with a cassette tape to my face because I thought it was a camera,” Brittanny laughs between chocolateinfused sips. “[My mom] would put on fashion shows and I watched everything; all the photo shoots.” It was an unexpected unemployment situation that helped her realize photography could be a viable career. After working at a local camera shop, Brittanny was asked to take professional pictures for a jewelry designer. “I did a trade shoot… I shot her jewelry and she posed for me and I didn’t suck at it, so I kept going. That was six and a half years ago.” Since then, Brittanny has shot campaigns featured in Complex magazine and VIBE. She has taken pictures for

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multiple fashion brands, executed shoots for musicians, photographed babes (as in babies) and orchestrated shoots for various professional situations, as well. She is also the creative director of a locally based online spa and beauty company, 1am Beauty, and is the communications director for the PVD Lady Project, helming the role as their house photographer, too. But some of Brittanny’s favorite work is collaborating with fashion bloggers – women or men who appreciate the intricate world of fashionable trends and need a little of their own photographic representation. “If I’m doing a shoot in the city – Providence, NYC – we do it guerilla style. You know a girl’s a fashion blogger [when] she’s dragging around a giant suitcase in heels and just wandering around the streets. We look and see if there is an interesting location, a cool wall, art, etc. If there are no cars, we will shoot in the street – whatever visually works,” she adds. In terms of aesthetics, Brittanny’s is raw, of-the-moment and energetic. She prefers natural light and finds inspiration in the moments between the clicks of her camera. If she needs a certain pose, she’ll ask, but often lets the subject take the lead. “I love working with new people – people who don’t really get their photo taken. I’ve worked with new models

that are nervous [and] bloggers who are starting out and they don’t really know what to do,” she says. “My goal is to make everyone comfortable in front of the camera. I’m very relaxed when I shoot. It’s more of a conversation. It can be very nerve-wracking, getting your picture taken. It’s not fun for a lot of people.” Currently, Brittanny is focusing on the business aspects of photography and hopes to expand her services to include consulting so that her clients will not only get beautiful photographs, but will have the additional opportunity to receive expert advice on brand management, as well, including how to set up an engaging website, aesthetic advice, content creation and more. “I want someone to come to me and get everything they need,” expresses Brittanny in a resolute tone. “I like being my own boss, and this is a time when anyone can start their own business. I want to motivate people into putting themselves out there. It’s scary, though – everyone has their doubts – but you do it because you can’t live life any other way.”

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Trinity Rep brings to the stage two timely classics examining race “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” William Faulkner published those words in 1951, but you’d be hard pressed to make them ring truer than they do right here, right now, in America in 2016. Cities burn and families break under the strains of racial tension and violence that some have long considered dead and buried. No matter what side you come down on, you have to recognize the role that our collective past – our horrific, racist past – has played in building this very great, if very flawed, country. And the past is definitely not done with us. That’s one of the messages that we can perhaps take from Trinity Repertory Company’s presentation of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee as adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel, and a concurrent, albeit limited, run of Blues for Mister Charlie by James Baldwin. Director Brian McEleney said that he had chosen the plays long before the uprisings in Ferguson, New York and Chicago, but that the enduring themes they tackle (racism, equality and justice, or lack thereof) are strikingly important now. “I thought it was important to take these plays on, to pick plays that addressed, on some level, the AfricanAmerican experience,” reflects Brian. “I did it with a lot of humility, because that’s not my experience.” Humility is clearly important for Brian in the presentation of this work. He emphasized that neither he personally nor Trinity institutionally is prepared or equipped to solve some of these longsmoldering issues, but that the “storytelling aspect of theatre” allows the work to be a part of a larger conversation. “Theatre isn’t processed information – it’s not someone’s opinion. It’s not an essay. It’s not an op-ed. It’s just somebody’s story,” he says. “And one of the reasons we go to the theater is to see these stories; to see the world through somebody else’s eyes. In this particular national moment, that’s really important.” Indeed, there will be talkbacks after every show, per usual. But Trinity’s choice to present these two pieces side by side – one, a staple of school curriculums and the other, a little-


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known Pulitzer winner that loosely conflates the murders of Medgar Evers and Emmett Till – is yet another opportunity for conversation. Both are courtroom dramas entangled with questions of justice and injustice, but with very different outcomes and main thrusts – an interesting study in contrasts. Brian says that, particularly with Blues, the illusion of a post-racial society is laid bare as just that: wishful thinking. Another wonderful component to this larger “conversation” will be taking place in classrooms across Rhode Island as upwards of 40 schools come see the presentation of Mockingbird through Project Discovery. Teachers can bring their classes in at a reduced cost, and are entitled to free workshops given by the Trinity Rep actors and teaching artists. “The demand for this show has been tremendous,” said School Partnerships Manager and Teaching Artist Matt Tibbs. “We believe very strongly that education, and theatre in particular, has the power to stir up empathy and let these students live in the moment, walk in other people’s shoes… any chance we can get to have an open conversation about it with [these students] as a broader community is beneficial. [We’re] looking to foster conversations and provide jumping off points [as] food for thought. The time is right in the communities right now, and we need to face it.” A lovely bit of serendipity: Brian said that their Mockingbird production (and by extension Blues, since the two share sets, as well as casts) is set in

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a classroom. The audiences can then “engage imaginatively” with the material, much like they would with the original novel, rather than relying upon the crutches of realistic sets. “It’s always been my experience that if you ask audiences to leap in, they have a great time imagining a play,” Brian says. Quite fitting, for a piece that has been a staple of curriculums around the country for quite some time – not to mention in present day Rhode Island, where a good chunk of students experience live theatre for the first time through Project Discovery matinees. But whether you’re in school on a field trip, or an adult out for a night on the town, these two plays promise to be an integral piece of some very important lifelong learning that we all must be a part of. “Maybe it will help people think about things that are difficult to think about,” muses Brian. “It’s not going to solve anything. But we are making our contribution. And hopefully, we will do it with integrity, and humility and truth.”

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The Social Enterprise Greenhouse fosters business with a conscience Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) creates positive social and economic impacts by providing innovative entrepreneurs with the support they need to thrive. A Providence-based nonprofit, SEG offers a network of business and community leaders who contribute time, expertise and money to carve out jobs and nurture positive change through social enterprise. SEG is an “organization of about 150 business and community leaders who believe that we can improve Rhode Island’s economy and community through social enterprise – which are do well, do good businesses – facilitating solutions for social problems,” says CEO Kelly Ramirez. Resources at 76

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SEG include everything from one-on-one workshops and an accelerator program, to post-acceleration support, loans and co-working space. “We’re at a tipping point right now,” says Kelly. “Nationally, there’s so much interest in doing well and doing good, and we’re very much aligned with economic directives: entrepreneurship, development and creating an economy that is equitable. Some of the stars are aligning. And now we have enough of a positive track record that the model is proven. We’re dogooders, yes, but these are viable businesses that are addressing a social need. People are starting to get it.” The intentions of SEG seem brilliantly relevant: Social change to meet the needs of the times,

facilitating solutions without suspending critical thinking. “Even the government is realizing that they can’t effectively solve social problems, so I always consider social enterprise to be breaking down the silos between business and government and nonprofits,” Kelly says. “I think of social enterprises as a spectrum. On one end, we have typical philanthropic non-profits over here, and the for-profits over here. There aren’t too many outliers on either end – everyone seems to be moving towards the middle. I say, in ten years we won’t be talking about social entrepreneurship anymore because everyone will be doing well and doing good – it will become business as usual.” –Courtney Denelle

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