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Contents So Rhode Island • March 2020

37 Leading Ladies

Snug or Modern: Two very different properties – which would you choose?

The inspiring stories behind women making a difference

Photography by Nick DelGiudice


28 The Perfect Beach House

Departments The Scoop

19 RHODY GEM: Head to

69 HOME: A Saunderstown ranch

84 FOOD NEWS: Authentic Chinese

11 The SCAA is ready to debut the

Wyoming for great coffee

is its owner’s dream come true

in Peace Dale, new hip hotel eatery,

latest in gallery renovations

and guitar strumming

12 Greenwich Odeum’s storied past

21 CALENDAR: The Must List and

73 SPOTLIGHT: The sweet story

gives way to a fun future

more to do this month

behind a Wickford couple’s patties

find cocktails and curry in Westerly


15 Author chronicles the rise and

Life & Style

74 EXPERIENCE: Kelley’s Deli in

South County Scenes

fall of the original muckraking

65 SHOP: Cool goods and apparel

Westerly serves up Irish classics

90 A stunning snapshot from our


in this hip SK boutique

16 This RISCA program keeps


behind ‘Gansett’s go-to

Native American artforms alive

stylist became an oyster siren

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76 IN THE KITCHEN: The story

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REDESIGNED The South County Art Association wraps up the latest in a series of renovations By Megan Schmit “We like to think we are on the move!” exclaims Kathleen Carland, executive director of the South County Art Association. The nonprofit art organization has been a fixture in the coastal arts community since the late 1920s, when an informal exhibit between friends turned into tradition. Today, they’re home to diverse art shows, art instruction, commu-

record sales at this past Holiday Sale. And, in January, they wrapped up phase one of gallery renovations, including painting the ceilings and walls and refinishing the floors – just in time to offer a fresh backdrop for their spring events: their Annual Photography Exhibit (through March 14), Spring Classes Preview Open House (March 7), RISCA Fellowship Exhibition (open-

nity programming – and a new look. The makeover began in 2016, Carland explains, when they launched a campaign to paint the outside of their two historic buildings and renovate their print studio. In 2018, they debuted a new website and logo designed by students at Johnson & Wales to match. They posted colorful outdoor signage to make them “easier to spot in sleepy, historic Kingston.” They saw

ing March 20), and Annual Earthworks Exhibit (opening April 30). “The gallery experience is really at the core of the organization,” says Carland, and “more enhancements are on the way.” The second phase of reno will include working with an architect to restructure the gallery and move windows to create more space for displaying art. “The vision for the future is making progress!”

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Gem on Main Street The Greenwich Odeum’s storied past gives way to a fun, bright future

When delving into the thriving local music scene, the Greenwich Odeum in East Greenwich is a great place to start. For one, it has a longstanding history. The Odeum first opened in 1926 as a vaudeville theater that would also present “picture shows.” By 1990, multi-screen theaters forced the Odeum to close its doors. It reopened in 1994, but shuttered later due to new regulations following the Station Fire. After further renovations, the “little theater that could” finally reopened in 2013. These days, the Odeum brings in a wide range of entertainment, from cult films to classic rock to modern sounds. “Right now, we’re really trying to be a little something for everyone,” says Odeum President Dan Speca of their philosophy. “To be successful, we need to fill the seats as much as possible, so by having a broad variety of programming, we’re able to meet everyone’s entertainment budget. By offering different things for different people, we’re also able to introduce the theater to people who may never have had an opportunity to attend a show had we kept things so siloed.” The future looks bright for the Odeum. There’s work underway on the building’s second-floor balcony, which has previously housed everything from a barbershop to real estate offices. “The balcony will reopen as a lounge/bar with space for another 75 patrons,” shares Speca. “The lounge area will not only allow us to reduce some of the pre-show crowding downstairs, but will offer us the ability to host pre-show VIP events, post-show meet and greets, and private event rentals.” Speca also says they plan to move some of their more intimate, small-scale shows upstairs. And, to honor the theater’s storied past, “We’ll be showcasing some of the history of the building upstairs, with the most notable items being the building’s two Peerless 35mm projectors, which will be on permanent display.” The Odeum has a full docket for spring, including comedy with Greg Proops, music from The Verve Pipe, and V-Day RI’s production of The Vagina Monologues. For more, check out

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The Original Muckrakers Author Stephanie Gorton chronicles the rise and fall of McClure’s Magazine

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In 1905, McClure’s Magazine ran a provocative headline: “Rhode Island: a State of Sale.” The story wasn’t about how great real estate prices were in the Ocean State; it was about political corruption, and many local leaders weren’t too happy about it. But this kind of “muckraking” was one of McClure’s trademarks – to expose lies and abuses for a national audience, no matter the pushback. Local author Stephanie Gorton chronicles the rise and fall of McClure’s, a Gilded Age periodical that once attracted 400,000 subscribers, in her new book, Citizen Reporters: S.S. McClure, Ida Tarbell, and the Magazine That Rewrote America. “After years spent working in publishing, I found myself wondering: How does a writer make a difference in the world?” says Gorton. “What does it take, in a world where there are new headlines and bits of content lobbed at us every minute, to create a story with real staying power? When I came across Ida Tarbell and S.S. McClure, I found surprising insights.” The first character in question is McClure himself, who arrived in the United States as an impoverished child from Ireland and went on to create the first newspaper syndicate in the United States, followed by his eponymous magazine. McClure was a larger-than-life personality with lofty ambitions and a manic disposition. The second, Ida Tarbell, was a crackerjack reporter, a pioneer in “muckraking” investigative journalism. Together, the two colleagues helped invent the modern newsroom. Gorton is more than familiar with this tradition, having contributed to such publications as, The Millions, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. And, of course, the complex relationship between the press and the public is more relevant now than ever. “Readers’ hunger for investigative stories, the way journalism exposed corporate greed, and the way the president was threatened by those who spoke truth to power can all be seen as parallels,” notes Gorton. “Not to mention the gender dynamics in the newsroom, which were often exploitative of women. Circumstances are a bit dif-

ferent now – for one thing, in 1900, print was the only mass medium, so it had much more power.” One of the book’s many personalities is John D. Rockefeller, whose hostile tactics in the oil and railroad industries drew criticism from the media. As it happens, Gorton did much of her research at the Rockefeller Li-

brary on Brown University’s campus. “Since Rockefeller emerges as a bit of a villain in the book,” adds Gorton, “I appreciated the fact that he endowed a library where I could learn so much.” Gorton will be speaking and signing books on March 26 at Savoy Bookshop and Café in Westerly. • March 2020


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Master Class Thanks to RISCA and an NEA grant, the Apprenticeship Collective Teaching Program will help keep Native American artforms alive By Robert Isenberg


If you ever want to lose yourself in an Internet rabbit-hole, try reading about the history of wampum. First you’ll read about wampum belts, which hold special significance to northeastern Native Americans. Then you’ll learn that purple beads came from quahog shells – that same hardshell clam that Rhodies revere. And then, after you read about treaties secured with wampum and Dutch colonists mass-producing wampum in factories, you’ll learn that the artform is thousands of years old. Last year, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts received a $30,000, multi-year grant from the NEA for the study of “folk arts.” This isn’t a new genre for RISCA, which cultivates a wide range of creative Photography by Robert Isenberg

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pursuits across the state. What is new is the way that these arts are taught: The Apprenticeship Collective Teaching Program gathers master artists and new students in the Narragansett Longhouse in Charlestown. The crafting techniques are traditional, as is the entire method of teaching. “This collective way of teaching provides a highly effective approach to reach a broader number of students, to create a bigger impact and legacy that results in more Junior Artists becoming Master Artists,” says Elena Calderón Patiño, director of the community arts program. The lynchpin of the program is Nancy Brown-Garcia, a master beader and chief deputy preservation officer for the



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What makes it a Rhody Gem? Greeted by their motto, “It gets better from here!” plastered above the menu, the coffeehouse has a homey, living room feel with guitars visitors are welcome to play and books to peruse at cozy lounge chairs. It’s a family-run business, and guests pick up on their neighborliness, praising the owners as “the sweetest people” who “genuinely care about your experience there.” Whether you’re stopping in for a cup of joe or one of a variety of muffins, bars, bagels, breakfast sammies, or other quick bites, you’d be remiss to make it a quick stop – stay and enjoy the atmosphere to soak in the full experience this coffeeshop has to offer.

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COURTHOUSE CENTER FOR THE ARTS March 6: Jamie G. and Friends. March 7: Charlie Hall and Doreen Collins present Aging Disgracefully. March 8: A Tribute to Elvis Starring Patrick Johnson. March 10: Roland Comtois and his Signature Purple Papers. March 13: L’Esperance Mandolin Ensemble - Celtic with Class. March 20: Awaken - A Tribute to Yes. March 21: James Taylor Experience - October Road. March 27: The Guns n’ Roses Experience - Nightrain. March 28: Changes in Latitudes - Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show. 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston. GREENWICH ODEUM March 5: Anthony Rodia. March 6: Odeum Comedy presents Todd Barry. March 7: The

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Snug or Modern: Two very different properties – which would you choose?

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A house on the beach in Narragansett


hances are good that if you live in South County it’s because you love the ocean. There’s something about being close to the sea that inspires a way of living, starting with sockless shoes and working its way into a relaxed attitude. Just knowing that the surf is minutes – or even steps – away inspires a breezy feel in interior spaces as well, and even if you call a third-floor apartment in a business district home, there’s sure to be an undeniable coastal vibe inside – and maybe even traces of sand on the floor. Aside from the metaphorical, there’s the actual: Houses by the beach. These are the homes that you pass on treks to the shore and wonder, who lives in these places? Every beach

members. Some are newly built and stand on land where there was once a cottage (or three). Many are now owned by property companies and available to rent for various time periods. Others are owned by pop stars and more who use them as seasonal residences. We all have our vision of the perfect beach house. Some favor a cozy cabin outfitted with upcycled finds, where plopping on a chair with a wet bathing suit is not a problem but anticipated. On the opposite scale are near mansions, which provide luxury along with expansive water views and state of the art features. We offer a sneak peek into two extreme examples: A circa 1932 cottage

house has its own origin story: Some began as small fishermen’s shacks purchased for a song and passed down to family

that packs charm into just 216 square feet, and a custom-built abode that’s 3,500 square feet with six bathrooms.

Since June 2018, Marnee Grzebien has owned the property she affectionately and appropriately named The Snug Cottage. Known in its former life as “The Shack,” this spot is located in Snug Harbor, that sleepy village with a marina in East Matunuck that wakes up for its lively and local Fourth of July parade. “We drove by and fell in love with this coastal tiny home,” says Grzebien of the property that she uses as a seasonal rental. A local realtor and lifelong resident, she describes the spot as a darling little getaway. Essentially a studio, Snug Cottage is outfitted in a ship-shape way, with clever furnishings to make the most of its tight quarters. There are storage bins beneath the double bed and a drop leaf table that goes from accommodating two to five. Grzebien has decorated in simple seaworthy style with blue-and-white striped bedding, pale gray walls, accents like a fish-shaped mirror, and an overall sea turtle theme – all providing location clues without being too kitschy. “It’s pure cottage,” says Grzebien. “Informal, minimalist, and coastal.” The exterior is idyllic with weathered gray shingles, pure white trim, and a sky blue door and matching window box. A painted sign with the cottage name confirms you’ve found the right place. During summer months the property is framed by tall Shasta daisies and impatiens hang between the windows. Says Grzebien, “It’s laid-back living. Fresh air and ready for the beach anytime.” Cottage rentals like this one go quickly and Grzebien reveals that she opens it up from May 1 to October 31, and has bicycles on the property for rides to the beach. “There’s a three-night minimum stay and almost all of the nights get rented.”

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Neutral walls and elements, plus the use of repeated colors, keep the small space cohesive

About a dozen miles away in the Narragansett neighborhood of Bonnet Shores is a property deemed The Modern Beach House by the Sweenor Builders project team. Purchased by a family in 2013 to be a summer house, they soon encountered the foundation sinking into the ground due to water and drainage issues. The homeowner explains that they enjoyed the house for a few years but knew a significant renovation would be ahead. They enlisted the Sweenor team, who recommended a reverse living floor plan, a trend in coastal design where main living areas are on the higher floors to take advantage of water views. “A vertical floor plan design addressed the demands of a small building lot and tight building envelope, maximized natural light on each floor, and capitalized on the property’s panoramic coastal views,” explains the firm’s founder Jeff Sweenor. “Beginning with a tear-down of the existing structure, this design/build made sure every square inch of the new home packs a punch.” Sweenor in-house designer Kristen Martone notes that streamlined Scandinavian-inspired interiors reflect the clients’ love of modern design and desire for a calming family space by the beach. An open floor plan pairs natural wood grains, concrete counters, and clean lines; a tray ceiling detail adds warmth to the foyer on the lower level. Says Martone, “The material selections and color palette let custom woodworking and ocean views take center stage. The result: A durable retreat that combines timeless design with modern beach living.” Shiplap and brick keep white walls interesting, and furniture is at once attractive, practical, and comfortable. The Narragansett home was built to accommodate an influx of summertime guests across a range of ages. Standout features are its many bathrooms – six including two powder rooms, one bathtub, and three curbless walkin showers. There’s a kids’ bunkbed room with hidden closets, pocket doors, and custom built-ins to help maximize every inch of space while maintaining the minimalist aesthetic. A bonus TV and gaming space sits opposite the kids’ bunk room on the third floor. Says the owner, “It’s polished, yet simple and comfortable. Perfect for easy-living and a family retreat by the beach.” While very different, the two homes do have many things in common. Open floor plans that create an easy flow, outdoor showers, neutral walls and hardwood floors, sturdy fabrics and materials, splashes of blue, and any art or accent is sure to offer a sense of place. There are space-saving features like pocket doors or built-ins, and furnishings that work double-duty, like the drop leaf table. Windows are focal points and furniture is often placed to showcase the prized view. But the most important commonality? That these houses were built for folks who want to spend time enjoying time at and near the beach.

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Having main living areas on higher floor levels maximizes views in a reverse living floor plan

SUMMER RENTALS Looking to rent a place near the sea? Start your research now! We’ve assembled a list to get you started, from cottage to beach towel. Of course, also check out The Snug Cottage, listed on AirBNB and VRBO.



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JOANNE DALY cares deeply about her clients and their families. She is dedicated to helping them take control of their financial future. “I am passionate about helping others become financially empowered and make smart well-informed decisions about their money, especially women,” she says. Joanne’s clientele include individuals, couples, doctors, small business owners and professors, but many of her clients are women who have become

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Making Memories “Nothing brings me more pleasure than seeing guests enjoy all of the amenities that we have created here,” says Becky. “Our goal has always been to offer a space for memories to be made, and throughout the past five years we’ve seen guests return to The Break to celebrate important milestones.” From bridal showers and weddings to baby showers and birthdays, The Break has become a destination for celebrations. The same can be said for businesses, as Becky is now focused on showcasing the hotel’s meeting space for corporate events. “The intimacy of our hotel creates an ideal location for retreats and off-site gatherings for organizations of any size,” says Becky. “The corporate stays are a natural progression that taps into our exceptional service, attention to detail, and personal touch.”

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Narragansett roots run deep with Becky Durkin. Becky, a University of Rhode Island graduate and long-time town resident, and her husband Jim put all of their energy into building the town’s first and only boutique hotel, THE BREAK. The Break will celebrate its five-year anniversary this June, a milestone that brings immense pride to Becky. “We wanted to create a special experience in Narragansett that is authentic to the town, one that captures the essence of life here,” says Becky. “We want The Break to feel like a stay in the most beautiful beach house ever.” Step inside the 16-room boutique property and you’ll immediately see that the Durkins succeeded in embracing the local beach community on many levels. “Narragansett’s early surfers gave the town its original charm,” Becky says, adding that she and her husband collaborated with local surfing legend Peter Pan on the hotel’s retrochic surf vibe. His original photographs are hung throughout the hotel.

With a passion for providing guests with fun and memorable experiences, The Break rings in each year with creative flair. Narragansett may be known for its annual New Year’s Day plunges into chilly ocean waters, but there is a decidedly warmer option at The Break — “The Non-Polar 95-Degree Plunge” at the hotel’s always heated outdoor pool. The heated plunge is followed by a New Year’s Day brunch at CHAIR 5, the hotel’s signature restaurant named after a lifeguard chair and local gathering spot on Narragansett Town Beach. Chair 5 has become a quintessential part of The Break, giving the hotel a unique charm with its local seaside inspired menu.

Nothing brings me more pleasure than seeing guests enjoy all of the amenities that we have created. Hometown Ties South County is lucky Becky didn’t end up at UConn (with all due respect to the Huskies). Becky missed the exit on her way to URI as a freshman and ended up in Connecticut. “I turned around as quickly as I could,” she says with a laugh. That U-turn was significant. While at URI, Becky met Jim, a thirdgeneration owner of Durkin Cottage Realty in Narragansett. Becky and Jim have been successfully working together for 35 years, and hospitality is in their genes. The Break Hotel is the pinnacle of their experiences. “Our team is just phenomenal,” says Becky. “They are immensely dedicated to our guests. Best of all, we get to share what we love most about Narragansett and Rhode Island with everyone who walks in the front door.”

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“I love helping people make their home into a sanctuary where they feel relaxed, which is an expression of themselves,” says Kim ElliottPeterson. For over 20 years, Kim has been helping clients refresh everything from single rooms to large scale comprehensive projects through her company KEP INTERIOR DESIGNS. Based from her home studio in East Greenwich, Kim works with clients all over Rhode Island, as well as Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Florida. Natural Instincts People often assume that you should only call in professional interior design help when doing a major home overhaul, but Kim says this just isn’t true. “I’m happy to work with anyone who feels the need for help with a design project. I like to make people comfortable working with a designer,” she says, adding that the process should be fun for clients. Kim notes that design has always come with a natural ease for her. Armed with a BA in Textiles and Design from the University of Rhode Island, this self-proclaimed color junkie enjoys the process of color placement and coordination. “My training in the psychology of color is a great asset to my ability to match and pair colors for any given use,” she explains. Kim is not only able to choose shades, but is always cognizant of color hue, value, and saturation, and how shades and textures combine for the greatest effect.

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Restaurant Co-owner Pamela Rapport has been a fighter all her life. “She’s an incredible inspiration to us all,” says her staff at the THIRSTY GULL. “Pam is the heart and soul of the Thirsty Gull. Without her dedication and determination, it would have been impossible to be where we are.” Having survived tragic personal losses, Pamela rebuilt her life in a truly remarkable way. A graduate from Springfield College with a degree in Art, Pamela helped to create one of the first “Paint and Sip” companies in southern New England. She moved to Narragansett in 2017 and soon thereafter met her now fiance and business partner, Joey Madeiros. Hands On Leader Both Pamela and Joey, a respected chef with 25 years of experience, always dreamt of owning their own business. “We started our pub from literally nothing except our own two hands,” says Joey. “With absolutely zero money or help, Pam transformed a dungy pizza parlor into the amazing space that is the Thirsty Gull.” Described by her staff as hardworking, upbeat and supportive, Pam threw her heart and soul into opening their business. “She painted, hammered, moved equipment, and assisted with the electrical and plumbing,” says Joey. “She built and stained the bar. She has an incredibly rare work ethic, and exemplifies what it means to be a leader.” Pam is not only a co-owner, she’s also a bartender and front of the house manager at the Gull. “This business can be cruel, hard, and scary but through it all Pamela maintains a smile and vibe you can’t help but admire,” says her staff. “She’s super supportive of her staff, down to earth, caring, and just a great person in general.”

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18 Franklin St., Westerly 326-9459,

Dr. Valerie Tokarz

Board-Certified Dermatologist & Laser Specialist Dr. Valerie Tokarz takes a skin deep approach in her practice, TOKARZ LASER AND AESTHETIC DERMATOLOGY. “I love my job,” says the board-certified dermatologist. “It’s incredibly rewarding to make a difference in someone’s life.” Her dermatology office, which opened in March of 2019, showcases her skilled experience in laser surgery for both cosmetic and scar treatments as well as anti-aging treatments such as Botox™ and Fillers. In addition to scars, Dr. Tokarz uses state-of-the-art treatments for rosacea, acne, sunspots, wrinkles, and hair removal. “I personally treat my patients,” she adds, pointing out that patients are always treated by a medical doctor at her practice. “The industry has many self-proclaimed ‘experts’ who have not had the thousands of hours of dermatology training required to medically treat patients in this specialty. My vision for my practice is to provide patient awareness and education about their medically-proven options.”

It’s incredibly rewarding to make a difference in someone’s life. Dr. Tokarz continues to find new and innovative ways for using lasers to help scars, wrinkles, sunspots, and rosacea including new techniques using multiple modalities for lip and neck lines. “We’ve had great success helping our patients achieve healthy looking skin using a variety of state-of-the-art treatments including Lasers, Botox™, Filler, and Peels. Our feedback has been very positive because patients feel they are in the best hands with a board certified dermatologist’s office helping them plan skin care treatments and daily maintenance,” Dr. Tokarz says.

Meet The Leading Team “We have some of the area’s most highly-trained and experienced dermatology staff. They do a tremendous job ensuring patients are well cared for,” Dr. Tokarz says. Samantha Faucher LPN has been working for many years in dermatology and is now Tokarz Dermatology’s Laser Hair Removal Nurse training directly under Dr. Tokarz for the past year. She’s a member of the American Society of Lasers in Medicine and Surgery, and is passionate about her patients which shows in her compassion. Barbara Bisson, medical assistant, has been in dermatology for almost two decades. She’s Dr. Tokarz’s right hand woman during the more intense laser and cosmetic cases. She shares the team’s passion for high standards of patient care. Patients feel very relaxed in her presence. Maria DiSimone, practice manager, keeps the office running smoothly. Maria constantly keeps up with the latest in skin care and mainstream procedures. Patients appreciate her knowledge of cosmetic dermatology and her determination to make their experience superb. Dr. Valerie Tokarz is a board certified dermatologist specializing in laser and cosmetic dermatology. She trained at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, CA where she was involved in many laser treatments especially those for scars, but also rosacea, pigment and hair removal. She was the first American doctor to bring a skin laser on a US naval ship; the Navy-led humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia treated traumatic scars and burns. Dr. Tokarz has over 10 years of experience in cosmetic and laser dermatology.

1485 South County Trail, Suite 105, East Greenwich. 886-5277

Dianna Normanton Interior Designer

“I believe everyone deserves to have a home that reflects their personality and their unique story,” says Dianna Normanton. “I love being an interior designer because design is a creative process and it is exciting to approach each design with a fresh eye and new perspective.” Dianna, the sole owner of DIANNA NORMANTON INTERIOR DESIGN, offers full service interior design for residential and boutique-style commercial spaces. A creative force within the industry, Dianna has an impressive portfolio of work throughout New England, including Rhode Island, Boston, Connecticut, and New Hampshire. And with a new office in Westerly, Dianna is excited to work closely with new clients in the Ocean State.

I love to incorporate color and natural elements through bold statements or subtle accents in all my design projects. Photo by Kelli Rugger With an MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and a degree in Interior Design from the New Hampshire Institute of Art, Dianna has a keen eye for composition, space, contrast, and color. She credits her extensive travels for her impeccable sense of style. “I find design inspiration everywhere I go – from Italy and Mexico to the Caribbean and South Africa. I love to bring color, global elements, and a bit of the unexpected into every space I design.” For Dianna, each new space starts with the client’s goals. Possessing a personable and easy-going manner, Dianna transforms her client’s vision into signature spaces that are layered, beautiful, and personalized. “My approach is to help clients ‘Express Themselves!’ Each design is uniquely theirs,” she explains. Dianna is passionate about the entire creative design process, from working within her clients’ budgets to overcoming the common fear of using color. “I see color as a natural extension of a client’s singular vision and surroundings, and I love to incorporate color and natural elements through bold statements or subtle accents in all my design projects. Once clients see how color enhances their spaces, they fall in love with color and can’t imagine living without color in their home.” Dianna’s stunning and trend-setting designs have recently been featured in New England Home and New Hampshire Home magazines. In 2018, Dianna was selected to design a space for the New Hampshire Designer Show House, a month-long exhibit featuring the work of 21 interior designers. The career highlight was very meaningful to Dianna, as all ticket sale proceeds benefited a local hospice.

Dianna frequents the noted Boston Design Center and attends High Point Market in North Carolina to keep up with the latest design trends and products. She is especially committed to using responsibly sourced non-toxic materials to create designs that are not only beautiful but ensures a healthy interior environment. “I am passionate about interior design and the creative process involved in each project. My approach with each client is to help them ‘Express Themselves’ and design a home they will love to walk into every day!”

9 East Ave., #D, Westerly. 603-930-2761,

Photography by Savannah Barkley for SO Rhode Island

Cathy Corelli Chianese Marketing Director

Marketing and advertising are usually referred to as an art, but there is also a science to it. A career professional with over 20 years of industry expertise, Cathy Corelli Chianese offers a unique and comprehensive approach to advertising and marketing solutions. “We look at the whole picture,” says the owner of CC MEDIA PARTNERS. “We take the time to get to know each business, and to understand every aspect of it.” Committed to producing results for her clients, Cathy and her team manage the marketing of each business with the experience, personality and relentless drive as if it were their own. “In today’s fast paced and digital-savvy environment, businesses need more than just creative design and production. They need a partner that fully understands their needs and can develop strategies to reach their goals,” she says. CC Media Partners is a full-service advertising/design agency that helps small and large businesses throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts with strategic media buying and marketing plans as well as offering full service design and video production. Cathy, along with her marketing assistant and key creative team partner Rose Cantor, has a proven track record of providing personalized creative solutions. “There are no templates in our advertising campaigns,” she says, adding that the agency’s work is customized for each client and project. “Our focus is always on the client and making their message stand out from their competition; our success is based on their success.” Cathy combines her exceptionally strong experience in graphic design, writing and production for TV and radio with a diverse portfolio of creative services. Her boutique agency provides comprehensive marketing campaigns for all mediums including print, billboard, direct mail, digital, email, and social media. “The key is consistent and compelling

Cathy Corelli Chianese, President, Graphic Designer and Marketing Director, CC Media Partners messages that are optimized for each medium and built for engagement,” she says. 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 video and commercials. Current clients range from regional automotive groups and

Our focus is always on the client and making their message stand out from their competition; our success is based on their success. lawyers to retail and healthcare. “We don’t specialize in any one industry, although I am passionate about cars which is one of the reasons I tend to gravitate towards automotive dealers. Results driven marketing is our true specialty,” she says with a smile. With over two decades of impressive market knowledge and media connections, Cathy believes in offering real experience to college students pursuing a career in marketing. “Although we do not currently have an intern working with us, Johnson & Wales University and Rhode Island College have been in touch with me regarding internship candidates for the summer.” In addition, Cathy represents the local business community as a member and 2020 President of the Executives Association of Rhode Island, and supports a variety of non-profits, including Big Cat Rescue and the RISPCA. “I’m proud of the longstanding partnerships I have with my clients and the community,” she says. “I’m honored to know that we’ve been a part of their success.”

Cathy Corelli Chianese and Rose Cantor, Graphic Designer

Warwick. 437-8318,

Dr. Caroline Chang Practice Owner & Dermatologist

highest quality care to all my patients.” Dr. Chang graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Art and Archaeology. She spent two years conducting melanoma research at New York University Medical Center, and established a comprehensive melanoma patient database which has been utilized in studies that defined the risk factors for and behavior of melanoma. She earned her MD from the New York University School of Medicine. She moved to Rhode Island to pursue her residency at Tufts Medical Center, where she served as Chief Resident. During her residency she received specialty training in dermoscopy, a non-invasive technique that

Building a practice from scratch and watching it blossom has been one of the most rewarding things in my career.

“I love making my patients happy, whether it’s clearing their acne or making them look ten years younger,” says Dr. Caroline Chang, board-certified dermatologist and owner of RHODE ISLAND DERMATOLOGY INSTITUTE. “It’s very gratifying to be able to help people improve their confidence and self-esteem.” Celebrating her practice’s second year anniversary this year, Dr. Chang is humbled by her patients’ continued support. “Building a practice from scratch and watching it blossom has been one of the most rewarding things in my career. My office has grown a lot through word of mouth; it’s beyond gratifying to have earned that level of trust with my patients.” Personalized Patient Care “I focus on individualized care for both medical and cosmetic services. I always put the patient first,” says Dr. Chang. In 2018, after ten years of studying and practicing medicine within the confines of the traditional insurance-based system, Dr. Chang opened her own unique patientfocused practice. “We have a close bond with

our patients. Our approach allows us to get to know them on a very personal level, and provide the best outcome possible.” Rhode Island Dermatology Institute (RIDI), the first direct care dermatology practice in the state, aims to restore and nurture the doctor-patient relationship. “We provide the highest quality of care to our patients without the barriers of health insurance,” Dr. Chang says, explaining that in the direct care model patients contract medical services directly with their doctor. New and existing patients can make appointments without referrals, and can typically be seen in the office within a week. “We cut out the middle people [insurance companies.] In turn, patients are able to get the care they need, and doctors are able to provide the care they want.”

allows for better visualization of the skin’s surface. An associate staff member at Rhode Island Hospital, Dr. Chang has over a decade of experience with providing customized care in both medical and cosmetic dermatology. “It’s very important that patients choose board certified dermatologists for all procedures,” she says, explaining that she examines her patients’ skin at every appointment. “I’ve had a number of patients see me for cosmetic procedures in which I have spotted skin cancer. I am on the frontline of my patients’ health, providing comprehensive evaluations and offering the very best care of their skin.” Dr. Chang is looking forward to growing her practice this year by introducing new, state-ofthe-art procedures. “I’m excited to continue offering the most innovative treatments, as well as providing the best evidence-based procedures. It’s been a dream to not only own my own business, but also treat patients in a truly personalized and meaningful way.”

The Art of Science An art enthusiast with a dedication for sciencebased medicine, Dr. Chang has a unique academic and medically-trained background. “I apply my extensive background in both art history and dermatology to provide the

5586 Post Rd., Suite 6, East Greenwich. 398-2500,


Locations in Cranston, North Kingstown, Wakefield, Middletown, & Smithfield (opening Mid-March)


Pilates Instructor & Gym Owner

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THE COLOR HOUSE, a paint and design retailer with four storefronts in Rhode Island, has recently earned state certification as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE). To date, The Color House is the first and only RI paint and design retailer to hold the WBE certification. The Color House is a secondgeneration, family-owned paint and decorating business specializing in providing superior quality Benjamin Moore paints, stains, primers, and industrial coatings with the expert knowledge and advice that customers need to get their projects done right. In addition to paint, The Color House offers the largest selection of wallcovering in the state, along with window treatments and color consultations. Jean Hauser, President, inherited ownership of her husband’s family-run paint and wall covering business after he passed away in 2016. It marked a turning point – both for the company started in 1963, and for Jean herself. With four recently-renovated locations and a fifth

STOTT Pilates is a precise strengthening and stretching method developed a century ago by Joseph Pilates. It has had immense benefits for those who practice it, but the original repertoire was based on old knowledge about the body and its functions. That’s why Melissa Siple, owner of BENEFITNESS in East Greenwich, is a STOTT Pilates instructor trainer. She teaches the method to future Pilates instructors, both at her acclaimed local studio and around the world. “STOTT is the contemporary approach. As science has evolved, our method has evolved to better fit clients’ needs,” Melissa says. “There are a number of different brands, and I always encourage clients to do their research. STOTT is globally recognized as the leader in Pilates and other fitness programming.” Benefitness offers daily Group Mat and Reformer classes, as well as customized one-on-one sessions. “One size doesn’t fit all’ when it comes to personal

planned to open this spring, The Color House’s phenomenal growth continues under Jean’s leadership. “I believe in women supporting women – whether that means partnering together, promoting one another, or providing support and resources we need to be successful,” she says. “The WBE certification demonstrates how proud we are to be a woman-owned business. It is also a reflection of The Color House as an inclusive team that values and appreciates the diversity of every customer who walks through our door.” Jean is also leading the way for women in the traditionally male-dominated paint industry. Earlier this year, she became the first woman appointed committee chair of the AllPro® Corporation (AllProCorp. com), a business-to-business purchasing cooperative for the international paint and decorating industry. “It is a privilege to represent a 280-member network of international paint and design retailers, but I am especially honored to be a voice for fellow women business owners at the table.”

training. Inspired, creative instruction is the best way to reach personal goals and overcome challenges,” Melissa says. Melissa loves how customizable STOTT is to each person’s fitness level and abilities. “It makes people feel successful,” she says. “It’s completely anatomically and physiologically appropriate for the person who’s doing it.” Melissa holds a BS, an MBA and a graduate certificate from Seton Hall School of Law. She continually strives to expand her skill set both personally and professionally. Melissa prides herself on having “the best of the best” trainers working for her – but that doesn’t mean she only trains top athletes. “People are looking to be fit and functional longer. We work with every body type and age to help you be your best self.”

816 Middle Rd., East Greenwich. 886-5661


Historically, the advertising industry has been led by men or male archetypes – think Mad Men and the Marlboro Man. PMC MEDIA GROUP, distinctively made up of mostly women, is a noted example of how women can make an impact in a once male-dominated profession. “The women of PMC were instrumental in growing the business from a smaller operation to a now sizable boutique agency serving nearly 90 clients in the New England area and nationwide,” says president Darren Jodoin. “Some of the top agencies in Boston, Los Angeles, and NYC are led by women at all organizational levels. We’re proud to be a small part of that industry shift.”

CHERYL VIEIRA Director, Visitor Services

Mission-driven organizations like ROGER WILLIAMS PARK ZOO know that the key to connecting with the public is to craft meaningful interactions for each visitor. Enter Cheryl Vieira, a committed leader dedicated to increasing accessibility, advocating sustainability, and giving every guest an exceptional experience. Cheryl joined the zoo in 2009 as a Systems Specialist, transitioning to lead the team as a Visitor Services Manager just four years later. By 2016, she rose to Director of Visitor Services, the title she proudly holds today. In this role, Cheryl collaborates with zoo leaders to provide strategic oversight of all visitor

From graphic design and social media strategy to finance and project management, each female team member specializes in a designated craft to support the agency. With over 50 years of combined experience between them, this group has proven to be an exceptional asset to the business. Natatia Jodoin has served as PMC’s chief financial officer since its inception in 2013. Both Emily Shlan (operations manager) and Beth Zell (creative director) joined the team soon thereafter in 2015. Briana Tikiryan (social media supervisor) and Brianna Ducey (social media strategist) have assisted with the expansion of PMC’s social media and digital capabilities. New to the team, Kendra Dingley (social media strategist), Taelor Washington (executive administrative assistant), and Zaria Dean (creative specialist) have started their careers after recently graduating college. These new additions to the team came as a result of the growing need to expand PMC’s bandwidth after moving to a new, larger office space on Main Street in East Greenwich. “We get the opportunity to explore our creative sides daily. Whether that involves developing branding concepts and designs for a business or finding a unique way for our clients to engage with consumers on social media,” says Emily. “But most importantly, our jobs are fun.” 694 Main St., East Greenwich. 667-7777,

experience components, including ticketing, programming, membership sales, private functions, and food/retail services. Thanks largely to her “above and beyond” approach, Cheryl has transformed the way the zoo operates, steadily growing attendance and access. Her signature project showcases a personal commitment to expanding opportunities for individuals with sensory processing disorders. More specifically, she spearheaded a series of exclusive accessibility programs and on-site sensory resources never before found in a New England zoo. Through her tenure, Cheryl has received more than 5.5 million guests at the zoo, and so it comes to no surprise that the department has likewise expanded exponentially. She now manages more than 100 frontline representatives, control of a new sister site (Carousel Village), and record-breaking successes from the annual Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular – all of which would not be possible without her vision, innovation, and adaptability. Cheryl has earned great respect from her peers for practicing what she preaches with passion and consistency. She is admired for her no-excuses attitude and willingness to work hard, even with the most daunting tasks. But perhaps the reason this comes naturally to Cheryl is because she personally aligns with the organization’s mission to protect wildlife and wild places. She serves her hometown East Providence as a Conservation Committee lead, and regularly escapes to the outdoors for hiking, exploring, and is an active marathoner. She is a CF L1 coach and has one son. 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence. 785-3510, • March 2020


KATJE AFONSECA Executive Director

1540 Pontiac Ave., Cranston 921-2434,


Chef & Restaurateur

87 Oak St., Westerly, 596-9559

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“Mentoring is important to me — personally and professionally,” says Katje N. Afonseca, Executive Director at BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF RHODE ISLAND (BBBSRI). “Losing my sister when I was 12 highlighted the importance of connections and support for youth as they navigate life.” Praised as an excellent communicator and visionary leader, Katje and her team ensure kids in Rhode Island have positive role models in their lives. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University, Katje has worked in the non-profit sector for over 15 years, and has multifaceted experience with program management and fund development, including strategic planning, donor cultivation and stewardship, and grant writing. Katje has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island since 2013, when she was hired as Director of Development. In 2016 Katje was promoted to Executive Director of two 501(c)3’s: Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), which focuses on youth development; and a social enterprise organization (the Donation

Center), which raises funds for BBBS. “Running organizations with a human services focus means the work is always evolving. While challenging, it is also very fulfilling. I love it because it truly changes lives, and that feels good,” she says. Described as forward thinking and passionate, Katje and her team are embarking on a new three-year strategic plan, which they look forward to implementing. Katje is especially proud of leading an organization that was named one of PBN “Best Places to Work” in 2019. “I believe happy, healthy employees working in an environment with a positive internal impact will create a greater external impact.” In addition to extensive volunteer work and mentoring, Katje sits on committees that focus on youth empowerment and women’s leadership, to name a few. “I am passionate about building strong relationships,” Katje says. “Mentoring is a deep-rooted investment in our community as a whole.”

Kade Feldman grew up eating her mother’s food. “She helped me expand my palate and to be a better cook,” says Kade, owner of Westerly’s NOODLE REVOLUTION. “I owe so much to my mother. She taught me her cooking techniques, how to select superior ingredients, the importance of customer service with both vendors and guests, and really all aspects of running a successful restaurant.” Originally from Bangkok, Kade was born into a family of hoteliers and restaurateurs. Her father was the general manager of one of the oldest hotels in Bangkok. Her mother was an apprentice to one of the royal chefs for the Thai monarchy and opened her first restaurant during the Vietnam War, where she introduced gourmet cuisine to American, British, and French troops. Kade’s older brother was trained in classic French cuisine and has worked at culinary landmarks such as Le Cirque, River Cafe, Le Bernadin, Bouley, and Pierre Hotel. Kade ran a popular restaurant, Rice Spice Noodles, in Mystic Connecticut with her brother before branching out on her own. “We both took an unusual

approach and created a unique cuisine that combining Thai and western components. It was an honor to have so many rave reviews including a very good rating in the New York Times.” With a focus on family traditions, unique cuisine, and exceptional service, Kade took a leap to start her own business. “I moved to the Rhode Island/Connecticut area from New York City to fulfill my lifelong dream of opening my own restaurant where I could share what I’ve learned from my family and culture,” says Kade, “I feel so fortunate to bring my passion and the yield of my culinary journey to this community with Noodle Revolution.” Among her favorite things to do is to dine out at local restaurants. From the food and the interior to the ambiance and all the small details, Kade is passionate about the entire dining experience. “The best feeling is to be sitting in a comfortable room surrounded by familiar guests enjoying delicious food, drinks, ambiance, and great hospitality. My restaurant is an expression of myself, it’s my art. When I see the smiles on my guests’ faces, it just fills me with pride.”

THE LEADING TEAM AT RHODE ISLAND KITCHEN & BATH DESIGN + BUILD to delivering quality work and exceptional style to their clients. Their 3,000 sq ft showroom is full of ideas and features displays inspired by the latest trends in cabinetry, appliances, countertops, hardware, tile, lighting, and more. It’s also a space to educate and inspire. “Through our informative complimentary remodeling workshops our team shares the latest trends, as well as providing insider tips on remodeling projects,” Tanya says. Tanya – along with design team members Prudence Stoddard, Billie Senzek, Erika Pearson, Stephanie McShane, Kingsley Catalucci, Karleen Kingsbury, Joanne Parillo, Kim Gammell, Trevor Loonie, Kelly May Enos, Heather Abrames, Ellen Ovalles, Rose Champagne The design team at Rhode Island Kitchen & Bath Design+Build, led by President & Owner Tanya Donahue, have the know-how and passion to “Create a Dream Space You’ll Love anywhere in your home.”

You have a dream – and the design team at RHODE ISLAND KITCHEN & BATH DESIGN + BUILD have the ideas to bring it to life. Led by President and owner Tanya Donahue, RIKB is known throughout southern New England for delivering results that customers rave about. “Our full-service residential team remodels spaces where people raise families, gather friends, and celebrate holidays and milestones,” Tanya says. Best known for their nationally award-winning projects, RIKB has the capability to create dream spaces you’ll love,

and Brittany Capozzi – are revamping their workshops to provide even more insight. Highlights include their annual Home Remodeling Fair on March 21, which will include a variety of mini-seminars like Determining Your Remodeling Budget and Designer Tips for Your Forever Home. Kevin O’Connor from This Old House returns to RIKB in the spring and fall for can’t-miss workshops. The team is also looking forward to exhibiting at the RI Home Show, held at the RI Convention Center from April 2-5. “We believe a home should be a reflection of the homeowner’s personality and style, designed to function for the way they live,” Tanya says. “I’m honored whenever a client chooses us to bring their vision to life.”

including multi-room renovations, small additions, mudrooms, pantries, built-ins, and more. Consistently ranked as one of the country’s Top 500 professional remodelers, RIKB is committed

139 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick 463-1550,


Owner & Medical Director

SeaMist MedSpa 36 South County Commons Way South Kingstown | 782-2400

“It’s amazing when you are able to live your passion...when science and art combined with creativity allows you to change an individual’s life. It’s quite rewarding,” says Dr. Mary Christina Simpson. Dr. Simpson balances several highly demanding — yet highly rewarding — careers in addition to being a mom of four young children. As the physician owner and medical director of SEAMIST MEDSPA, Dr. Simpson balances work, family and life working as a business owner, aesthetic physician injector, and obstetrician/ gynecologist at Women & Infants Hospital. With a passion for empowering women and men to feel and look their best, she is constantly educating herself and learning the latest techniques. “I’m honest with my patients about the realistic expectations of aesthetic procedures. We work together to achieve natural, age appropriate, yet refreshing results.” SeaMist MedSpa has been a respected pioneer in innovative cosmetic services for over a decade. Medically licensed clinicians offer clients a wide range of state-of-the-art treatments including Botox, dermal facial fillers, Hydrafacial, CoolSculpting, Emsculpt

muscle toning, collagen induction treatments, laser hair removal, skin tightening, and medical grade peels. “We provide a professional atmosphere and create the most natural, youthful look which our clients desire. We have a huge focus on wellness, maintaining healthy skin, and preventative care,” Dr. Simpson says. A graduate of Bowdoin College with a degree in biochemistry and psychology, Dr. Simpson earned her Master’s Degree at Boston University and received her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. She completed her residency at Women & Infants Hospital and has been providing comprehensive obstetrical and gynecological care in Rhode Island since 2004. She provides personalized and compassionate care for her patients. A native Rhode Islander, Dr. Simpson lives in East Greenwich with her husband and their four children. Balancing as much as she does, it’s no surprise that she is often described as energetic and motivated. “Exceeding my clients’ expectations is one of my main goals. We focus on wonderful provider-client relationships that offer real results, and help our clients age gracefully.” • March 2020








understanding their health issues, and helping them on their path to full health potential, says Dr. Mariya Thunman. “Most of us are under so much stress that we have forgotten to take care of ourselves.” A chiropractor at CENTER FOR HEALTH, Dr. Thunman uses adjustments, lifestyle changes, exercises, nutrition, whole food supplements, and mind body connections to help bodies heal. “Chiropractic is for everybody, newborn to seniors. We have a technique that works for everybody. 24 Salt Pond Rd. Wakefield, 789-5008,


Trust, Estate & Elder Law Attorney Marcia Boyd, a RI native and Narragansett resident, appreciates the community and economic influences which are part of life in the Ocean State. Her practice, located on Main Street in Wakefield, provides comprehensive elder law, trust and estate planning and related advice. Of counsel to the Newport-based law firm SAYER REGAN & THAYER, LLP, Marcia is able to offer the support and breadth of a full-service law firm to her own practice areas. Marcia concentrates her practice in the areas of Elder Law, Special Needs Trusts, and Probate and Trusts – including Medicaid Planning and Asset Preservation, Long Term Care Planning, Advance Directives, Wills, Trust Planning, and Estate Planning. Marcia has a long history of community service, and is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Women’s Club of South County, RI Chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness, and South County Hospital Professional Advisory Committee.

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has extensive experience clients and their families

who face issues of long term care and planning. She is available by appointment in her office or at your home, hospital, or nursing home.

Of Counsel, Sayer Regan & Thayer, LLP 343C Main St., Wakefield. 789-1616,



Robin Leclerc grew up with a competitive edge. Involved with sports at a young age, she continued through college and beyond, eventually landing in Australia to play semi-pro basketball. Fast forward to 2012…with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts and Communication and a Master’s in Early Education, Robin pursued and received her real estate license. “I feel I have become successful in a short period of time by utilizing my background and competitive edge,” Robin says. “It was also key to find the right company, RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES LTD, to work with.” Robin works closely with buyers, sellers, and investors. She’s also a rental agent/property manager for many homes in South County, specifically Narragansett and Wakefield. “I strive to have happy and completely satisfied clients, whether they are buying, selling, or renting in Rhode Island. The Ocean State has so much to offer,” she says.

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Married with two children (and five dogs), Robin is grateful for her career path. “I finally found a career that I love. It compliments my daily life. I enjoy the hard work - it’s rewarding and fun!”

750 Boston Neck Rd., Suite 8, Narragansett, 401-556-8894

FAITH HILL FARM offers training, lessons, boarding, sales, special event opportunities, and summer camp. With years of expertise in dressage and eventing, owner and sole proprietor Pam Maloof thrives on helping her students establish and reach their personal goals. Pam has created an environment where individuals of all ages can grow, gain confidence, and be a kind hand in the greater community. Faith Hill Farm is the proud home of the FHF Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports community needs through equine assisted learning and psychotherapy. 2056 Division Rd., East Greenwich. 524-1788,


Cassidy Ferry is an inspiring 16-year-old. The honors student at Lasalle Academy and Wakefield resident is a recently published author. “I’m so thankful to everyone who has supported me,” she says. THE GIRL IN THE MIDDLE is a coming-of-age story based on Cassidy’s middle school experience, and the journey to self-love. Currently working on a film version of the book, Cassidy is excited to see where her book will take her next. “I want to inspire acceptance in this world. I’m excited to have the opportunity.” Book Available on Amazon &

KRISANNE MURRAY Graphic Design & Marketing “I’m the sole owner of a woman-owned Rhode Island-based company. I may be a small business, but I still want to make my mark on the world,” says Krisanne Murray. “I’m passionate about helping local businesses leave their mark, too.” Krisanne has spent 20 years building a successful career in the graphic design industry. Her company, DESIGN ROOM, specializes in marketing, branding, print materials, and web solutions. She works on everything from logo development and magazine layout to web design. “I love working with clients to help them grow their business with effective design and marketing. My success is dependent on their success – we’re all in this together and are working towards similar goals,” Krisanne says. While wearing a multitude of hats and staying focused, Krisanne has the expertise and competence to overcome any obstacles that might come her way.

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LAUREN HEDDE, DO Direct Doctors Lauren Hedde started DIRECT DOCTORS in 2014 when she saw a need for a more personalized and accessible primary care model. “As a mom of three young kids, I know how important it is to be able to reach a doctor directly,” says Dr. Hedde. “I realized waiting in a waiting room of sick patients was not ideal, and that having to leave messages for someone to call you back wasn’t working.” She opened a practice where patients could pay an affordable monthly fee instead and then have access to their doctor when it worked for them, without waiting, and with direct access via cell/email/text. ‘’I love getting to know my patients. Spending time one-on-one is the best way for me to get to know someone so that when there is an urgent medical need or a new and difficult diagnosis, that patient can see the doctor they have worked with before and feel comfortable that they’re in good hands.”

“I’m a creative problem solver, and always have my clients’ best interest at heart. I deeply value the relationships I’ve made with both clients and vendors. Their success motivates me every day.”

“Your satisfaction is my passion’ is my motto,” says Donna Evans, a 20-year veteran in sales and Multi-Million Dollar Producer/Realtor with COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL. Donna

The practice is looking forward to adding a third doctor, as well as growing a wellness community by welcoming independent practitioners of psychiatry, psychology, nutrition, acupuncture, and chiropractic care in their facility.

is keenly aware that the selling or buying process is unique to each client and one of their biggest decisions. “My mission is to make the process stress-free, from initial conversation to closing, and keep my clients best interest at heart.” With over 20 transactions closed in 2019 alone, Donna is one of the best. Her clients say, “Donna is a top-notch professional

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that goes above and beyond.”

527 Main St., East Greenwich. 486-3448, • March 2020


AMAN DANIELS Branch Manager, Chase

Aman Daniels, a native Rhode Islander with a decade of experience in the banking industry, is excited for the new opportunities at CHASE. The bank has big plans for RI, including adding 80 jobs across 12 new branches. The recently opened full-service branch in Downtown Providence




that support consumer/private banking, home lending, and small business. “I’m truly fortunate to be part of Chase’s commitment





partnerships with local organizations like RISD, and how we support our neighbors.” 146 Westminster St., Providence 854-3319,

KIMBERLY J. POLAND Advertising Agency President “Delivering results is my passion. There’s nothing more satisfying than creating solutions that help my clients grow,” says Kimberly J. Poland, founder of POLAND MEDIA GROUP, a full-service advertising and public relations agency. Kimberly can create top-to-bottom marketing campaigns, including social media management, public relations. and media planning and buying. She can also work on single projects, like building a website. She prides herself on finding the best return on investment and making any budget work. Kimberly launched Poland Media Group after working at WPRI for 12 years, where she helped clients plan television and digital marketing campaigns. “I started Poland Media Group so I could 100% focus on my clients’ needs. Before working in television I owned and operated my own business, so I understand how business owners think and feel, and can put myself in their shoes.” In

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SARA L. BENN Fitness Studio Owner Sara Benn believes you can have your cake and eat it too. The owner of elevate barre and cycle says it’s all about balance. “The studio developed as a place for community members to get that piece of cake while balancing other aspects of life.” A balancing act between responsibilities and carving out “me time,” elevate is a community-driven studio offering two specialty programs: indoor cycling and barre. “Our clients are energized by community action,” says Sara. “There is a sense of camaraderie and individuality.” In addition to bringing people together, elevate has helped to raise money for Global Lyme Disease and Pedal for Cancer. A self-described fitness enthusiast, Sara juggle(s) multiple roles: mother, wife, and insurance professional. “My day starts at 5am teaching a spin class or two, then I’m off to managing commercial accounts. After work, I go back to elevate to teach.

what can be a fast-paced and overwhelming process, Kimberly is a marketing expert who simplifies the decision making for clients. “Business owners get hit up with so many options for their advertising. I help them find their balance.”

Caring, friendly, and dedicated are just a few of the ways patients describe Dr. Jacqueline Boisvert. “Excellent service is

My day begins and ends with a few classes.” Aside from being goal focused, Sara is career focused. She’s soon launching a third fitness specialty, TRX, to elevate. “What we do physically can be very transformative into our daily lives.”

my passion,” says the owner of RHODE EYELAND. It’s a rare combination of skill, personality, and professionalism that sets her apart. “I’m committed to providing a thorough and fulfilling patient experience, from





maximizing insurance. There is great value to working with the owner of a company.”

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Coordinator at AFLAC, is committed to protecting her clients. “Being a trusted resource in their time of need is my greatest reward,” she says. Aflac is an affordable benefit for any business, whether they have a benefit program or need one. Bonnie educates businesses and their employees on the various policies, assists clients with claims, and ensures prompt financial benefits after an illness/injury. Excited to attend the National Convention for top producers in April, she adds, “Aflac offers amazing career opportunities.” 110 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick. 481-2944

LYNN EGLINGTON Coffee Bar Owner FUEL COFFEE BAR is moving into its 7th year serving the Narragansett community with exceptional coffee and baked goods! Lynn Eglington, owner, believes Fuel Coffee Bar’s success comes from her incredible, hard working and outstanding welcoming team. Although Fuel’s hearty bacon, sausage, egg and cheese sandwiches and fabulous buttery scones are iconic, Fuel is offering more plant-based options to address health conscious nutrition trends. Plant-based egg breakfast sandwiches, peanut butter protein smoothies and overnight oats are just a few! All baked goods are made in-house from scratch with natural ingredients. We’ve expanded our gluten and dairy-free options, with gluten-free granola, coffee cake, acai bowls and, for your perfect cup, oat, almond, coconut and soy milk. At Fuel Coffee Bar we get how busy

904 Boston Neck Rd., Narragansett. 792-3835,


JAN BERTWELL Owner It’s an exciting time in custom picture framing according to Jan Bertwell, owner of FINISHING TOUCHES. “People are using framed items more than ever in their decorating as a way to express their personal style and to remember special times and events in their lives. I have the skills and frame design background to help our customers create a presentation for their artwork and precious memories that they will love and will look wonderful in their home or office.” Jan believes in continuous improvement, and as a Professional Picture Framers Association member she takes advantage of continuing education in custom framing. “Keeping up on new technology, methods, and materials is so important in a world that is ever changing.” The shop has approximately 1000 corner samples and is always adding to

you are. Relax with CBD sparkling water, kombucha, and other healthy drinks. Enjoy Fuel’s expanded pet friendly outdoor seating on those Narragansett days when you want to sip coffee outside with friends.

“Reflexology is restorative and rejuvenating. It allows people to be their best selves,” says Kelly Urso, owner of FOOTPRINTS REFLEXOLOGY AND PROFESSIONAL

the selection. ‘We are proud to be the Preferred Custom Picture Framer for URI Athletics and The Ryan Center. We are truly a family business and my son, Evan, and I take pride in all that we offer to our customers.”

REFLEXOLOGY TRAINING. Kelly was one of the first reflexologists in the U.S. to work in a hospital, bringing pain relief naturally to women’s care and oncology units. “I was amazed at how reflexology helped on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels.” Kelly also serves as president of the National Council for Reflexology Educators

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Laurie Ramaker, owner of RAMAKER COMMUNICATIONS, considers herself an invested partner in her clients’ businesses. With more than 20 years as a South County business owner, advertising director and public relations professional, Laurie has developed deep relationships with RI businesses and organizations. She values her connection to the community and knows the importance of differentiation in a crowded marketplace. She has spearheaded marketing efforts for one of New England’s most popular musical events, the Rhythm & Roots Festival, held every Labor Day weekend in Charlestown. Her diverse client base includes the iconic Coast Guard House Restaurant, the non-profit South County Museum, local businesses and community organizations. “The most important thing I do is listen well. Marketing is not one-size-fits-all, and each business requires a different approach. As a partner in your business, I have your best interests in mind – all within your budget.” Creative and collaborative,


Laurie helps clients define what makes them unique, then implements a plan that targets the right audience with a blend of traditional, digital and social media marketing. As the go-to marketing consultant in southern RI, Laurie frees up her clients to do what they do best – serve their customers.


MERCE for 19 years, taking the lead with recruiting


and growing membership. She’s especially proud of tripling the size of the beloved Charlestown Seafood Festival, their largest annual fundraiser. “We are strong advocates for our members, and strong ambassadors for preserving our coastal heritage.” 364-3878,

SARAH ISABELLA Realtor Sarah Isabella is a full time realtor and investor at RANDALL REALTORS with 10 years experience guiding people through buying and selling their homes. Sarah says “Market knowledge and diligent work are the keys to success for my clients. As a client said to me ‘ I had no idea how

JEANNE ABATE Mortgage Officer

“It’s a great day when a family realizes their dream of homeownership,” says Jeanne Abate. “I’ve been in the industry for 50 years, and I still get excited each time.” The Westerly resident has been with the WESTERLY COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION since 2000. Described by her clients as knowledgeable and reliable, Jeanne goes above and beyond to assist clients. “Time flies when you love what you do, and you’re surrounded by staff that are committed to community,” she says. 122 Granite St., Westerly. 637-4415, 58 • March 2020

much goes into this process. I’m glad I have a trustworthy, detail-oriented person on my side.” She understands all clients are unique and offers personalized service. In this fast moving market you need an experienced detailoriented hard working professional on your side. There is so much demand in RI, it is a great time to sell. With closings throughout the state, Sarah’s specialty is Washington County (known to locals as South County). “I live in South Kingstown and love its natural diversity and small town feel.” Sarah continues to enjoy the process of learning and success. “It’s a wonderful feeling to have a challenging process that produces positive results for my clients. I eat, breath, and sleep real estate! I feel fortunate to have made so many connections and lifelong

friendships in this wonderful field,” she says. “Guiding you every step of the way.” In addition to outstanding reviews on Zillow, she is a recipient of the Randall Realtors Sapphire Award recipient, 5 Star Professional Award and a Certified Relocation Specialist. 235 Main Street Wakefield, 401-996-5817

JENNIFER TORBETT, DMD Dentist & Practice Owner

LISA SIENKIEWICZ & GAIL PARELLA Co-owners GIL’S APPLIANCES is a family-owned and operated appliance store with two Rhode Island locations. Lisa Sienkiewicz and Gail Parella, coowners and sisters, are proud to continue a tradition of trust, integrity, and value started by their parents, Gil and Sarah Almeida, in 1961. Family and community values have always played an important role in their business strategy and they are proud to be a multi-generational business that can thrive in an age of big box stores and online shopping. Lisa and Gail are committed to providing superior customer service, competitive pricing, and a strong connection to the communities they serve. Their hugely popular Gil’s Loves Local series connects customers with local foods, farms, chefs, and artisans through in-store cooking classes, events, and displays.

Gil’s carries all major appliance brands and offers free delivery. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for information on upcoming promotions and events. You’ll see why Lisa and Gail are truly “Leading Ladies” in their field. Bristol: 397 Metacom Ave., 253-9789 Middletown: 926 Aquidneck Ave., 314-9789

SANDRA CUTTING Tax Reform Specialist Sandra Cutting, the owner of the Wakefield office of H&R BLOCK, actually looks forward to the challenge of preparing taxes. “I enjoy offering peace of mind to clients,” Sandra explains. “Life changes – such as a marriage, divorce, birth of a child, buying a home, starting a business, selling property – have implications for your tax return. Seeking professional guidance, especially if you had such an event last year, ensures you are getting all the benefits for your particular tax situation,” she says. This is especially true this year, as many of the provisions of the The Tax and Jobs Act of 2017 have into effect. “Tax

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forward to helping people this tax season.”

every year to stay current on tax laws and their impact for her clients. A friendly woman with an easy laugh, Sandra is committed to her

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“We aim to offer a calming environment that is accommodating for everybody,” says Jennifer Torbett, dentist-owner of CRESTVIEW DENTAL ASSOCIATES. Married with two children, Jennifer knows the challenges of balancing work and family. She created her South County practice with accessibility in mind. “We treat our patients like family. We are prompt, friendly, and compassionate.” Jennifer graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 2004 and soon thereafter bought an existing practice in Westerly. With a focus on personalized family dentistry, the office earned a gleaming reputation and a large client following. The growing practice expanded in 2017 by moving into a larger, more modern space. “It’s been a dream come true,” she says of the state-of-the art office. Services include preventive treatments, comprehensive exams, cosmetic and restorative treatments, and implant dentistry. With a warm approach and a relaxing atmosphere, her professional team of hygienists and dentists works to put patients at ease. “We take pride in our great patient care philosophy and we all strive to provide the best dental experience at each visit.” An active member of the American Dental Association and the Rhode Island Dental Association, Jennifer presided as president of the RI Dental Association for 2018-2019. “It’s an honor to serve and represent the South County community I call home.” Westerly, 596-0319. • March 2020



Executive Director Peg Fradette has been serving as the Executive Director of the NARRAGANSETT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE for just over a year. With a solid track record in leadership, sales, marketing and business development, with start-ups and turnarounds in the medical device space the role has been a natural fit for the Narragansett resident. Peg is looking forward to the sixth annual Calamari Festival & Cook Off: “It will be our best yet!” 36 Ocean Rd., Narragansett. 783-7121,

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producer, and with a 100% Customer Satisfaction Award, she credits her excellent service for her success. “I put my clients first. I’m knowledgeable, hard working and ready to help them find their new home.” 23 Brown St., North Kingstown. 413-6075,

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CHOCOLATES which specializes in handmade chocolates, fudge, truffles, and sweet novelties. “We take great pride in working for a business that has had continued success for over 60 years. I also get to eat chocolate every day. That’s always a plus!” 21 Charles St., Wakefield, 783-4433; Garden City, Cranston, 942-2720. 60 • March 2020

SAMANTHA SCHEER, MBA CEO & Founder Samantha Scheer is a business professional and entrepreneur with over a decade of healthcare industry experience. Armed with an MBA from Bryant University and a Bachelor’s in Management from Umass Amherst, she has held a number of consulting, management, and executive positions at large-scale healthcare clinics and top organizations including CVS Health and Lifespan. Early in her career, Samantha held a management position at Assisted Recovery - an addiction treatment clinic in RI - that was a career game changer. “Working directly with patients and physicians helped me gain a deep understanding of addiction as a disease, and the growing need for simple, effective, long-term medical solutions. I knew that I would one day set out to change this.” Samantha did just that in 2019 when she launched DRINK-LESS, RI’s first outpatient Medication-Assisted Alcohol Moderation Program. The program combines prescription medication and clinical

guidance to eliminate alcohol cravings, suppress anxiety, and rewire addictive habits, enabling people to reduce their drinking to safe levels or abstain entirely. To learn more, visit or call 401-346-1599. For professional connections, Samantha can be reached at 678 Park Ave., Cranston. (855)-Y-SUFFER,


DIANE FAGAN Co-owner “Our name is our brand so we do everything we can to earn the respect and trust of our clients,” says Diane Fagan, co-owner of FAGAN DOOR. It would not be unusual to find Diane, a hands-on learner, working alongside technicians or climbing up on a ladder. “I don’t mind getting my hands dirty. It’s all part of helping achieve the customers’ goals.” Diane points out that woman-owned companies are hard to come by, especially in male-dominated industries like home improvement. She has been a driving force at Fagan Door since meeting her now husband Shawn at RIC in 1992. In 2001, Diane was honored to be the first woman in New England to pass the International Door Education and Accreditation exam. 2020 is a big year for Diane: Fagan Door is celebrating their 45th year in business, and it’s also her 25th




always committed to reaching her clients’ goals.





owned a decorating/ drapery business. “Real estate has been a great fit for me.” She’s also an Accredited Staging Professional, and has a keen eye for design. “I love working with people to find a house, and

wedding anniversary. A self-described perfectionist, Diane admits to “sweating the small details so my customers don’t have to. We take pride in providing superior quality products at affordable prices, and just being honest everyday.”

achieving their vision to make it a home.” 7 Main St., Wickford. 447-4492,

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two years ago. The full service salon has an on location bridal team which is expanding to

Whether it’s purchasing a home, the birth of a child, divorce, or death of a parent, all these events signal the need for legal help. For well over three decades, Debra Chernick of SAYER REGAN & THAYER, LLP (SRT) has aided families going through their individual joys and sorrows. As General Counsel to SRT, Debra provides support in a wide range of services, including real estate, preparation of wills and powers of attorney, and family court issues. SRT provides additional expertise in cases of automobile accidents, immigration, criminal, and corporate matters. What is the sign of a successful office? How does an attorney know that the service she offers provides the right outcome, is reasonably priced, and is appreciated? “It’s all reflected in our clients themselves,” Debra says, pointing out that the firm is proud to earn their clients repeat business and referrals.






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The Ladies of Providence Media

Pictured from left to right: Abigail Brown, Elyse Major, Abbie Lahmers, Kristine Mangan Olf, Louann DiMuccio, Sascha Martin, Taylor Gilbert, Ann Gallagher, Megan Schmit, Jeanette St. Pierre, Liz Riel, Stephanie Wilmarth

You see our magazines around the state. Perhaps you pick up a copy as you exit the market or your favorite boutique, or flip through the pages while lingering over a sweet treat at your favorite coffee shop. We’re PROVIDENCE MEDIA, the publisher of Rhode Island’s premier lifestyle magazines, including SO Rhode Island, The Bay Magazine, East Side Monthly, Hey Rhody, and our flagship, Providence Monthly. Our free magazines reach roughly 100,000 readers throughout the state every month, bringing the best of food, arts, culture, fashion and much more, all in our unique local voice. Much of what we do starts from our headquarters in Pawtucket. Media Director Jeanette St. Pierre has been at the helm for twenty years and was the company’s first full-time employee. Today, along with Jeanette, women hold a number of leadership roles in the Editorial, Art, and Sales departments. “We are a dream team that is dedicated to producing superior

products and results for our readers and clients.” Taylor Gilbert, Senior Designer, concurs, “We all work together as one big family, constantly supporting and motivating us all to be a better company.” Editor in Chief Elyse Major joined the team nearly two years ago and soon after created the Rhody Gem program. Started in December of 2019, this column which appears in each of the publications, highlights a reader-nominated small business each month. “Ever walk into a small shop or cafe and think – how did I not know about this wonderful place? – I must share it! That is the goal of each Rhody Gem feature, to clue our readers into each neighborhood’s hidden gem,” says Elyse. Being a free magazine, display ads are crucial to the success of Providence Media, something we all take very seriously. “We are committed and we are proud of our work,” begins Kristine Mangan Olf, Account Manager. “We want readers to learn something about Rhode Island from our

magazines and we want our advertisers to feel good about advertising and reap the benefits of being part of our publications.” Says Managing Editor Meg Schmit, “I want people to know that we have women shining in every kind of role, including sales, graphic design, event planning, web management, writing, editing, and social media. We’re the definition of a team that’s small but mighty.” Editorial Designer Abigail Brown adds, “While we all have different passions, we have one big one in common: Rhode Island! We all work every day finding what makes our state so awesome and putting it out around the state in a beautiful way, hopefully helping to allow all other leading ladies to continue thriving.”

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and paper goods, and notice brands you might not expect to find in a South Kingstown plaza. It’s obvious that the shop is dear to Gadde’s heart and she’s delighted to explain the origins of every selected item and then recommend the best place to grab a smoothie. There’s

Named for the Velvet Underground singer and the To Kill a Mockingbird character, Gadde has created a hip yet welcoming boutique. Alternative music plays as you browse gifts and jewelry by independent makers, artisanal home accessories, books

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by Elyse Major

Fine Features

Photography by Grace Lentini

Strokes of color infuse high style in a single-level Saunderstown home

Norman Ramos loves being at the beach so much that two years ago, he decided it was time to move. The biggest item on his wish list was being within a 15-minute drive to the ocean. “Mine is the typical answer from anyone who grew up here,” he says, “the best part is always being close to anywhere you want to go.” Ramos figured a condo would be a good idea but after nearly a year of looking, still wasn’t finding the right place. On one of his searches he noticed a piece of land for sale in Saunderstown that was both 15 minutes from Newport and Narragansett. “It just seemed too perfect to pass up so instead of buying a condo, I built my dream house,” Ramos says with a smile.

The kitchen island works triple duty providing storage, surface space for food prep, and an inviting spot to pull up a chair – or three – for meals

Once the home was finished, Ramos enlisted the help of Michelle Lee Parenteau, a local and lauded interior designer and artist who specializes in both commercial and residential spaces. “I left the colors up to my decorator,” says Ramos. “The best decision I could’ve made.” • March 2020


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Michelle Lee Parenteau’s designer touches add panache without being precious in Norman Ramos’ home. Here’s how:

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ered gray bathroom flooring contributes to the waterside feel of the home. Furnishings from chairs to flooring are at once stunning and forgiving because after all, this is a home meant for casual living. Says Parenteau, “The location absolutely had an influence on decorating. Being not far from the water, I wanted it to have an open airy relaxed theme.” Standout features include the fireplace, done in small mosaic stones and with shiplap paneling above. “Those two combined design concepts with the driftwood mantel give the fireplace an ocean look and feel,” she explains. Nearly two years in, Ramos is enjoying life at the beach in his custom digs. “It is so inviting, everyone that has visited feels so relaxed when they’re here,” he says. “I always have something to eat and drink and keep the place clean as living here means last-minute company is always a potential!”

MAKESHIFT MUDROOM A tall entryway bench with hooks and a drawer turns a simple corner into useful storage. PARENTEAU’S PICKS East Coast Countertop, Cranston; Lighting & Design by J&K Electric, Johnston; Supply New England, Warwick; The Blind King, Providence; and Rhode Island Design Center, West Warwick, are among the businesses Parenteau patronizes. “I try to use as many local companies as I can,” she says. SAUNDERSTOWN SPOT Ramos cites Plum Pt. Bistro as his go-to place. The neighborhood restaurant is known for farm fresh offerings, signature chowder, and more.

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While Ramos gave direction on certain rooms like the master suite – which he wanted to feel like a favorite vacation resort he’d visited – he completely left other rooms like the kitchen to Parenteau. Known for her bold use of pigment, Parenteau offers, “I am fascinated by all the colors in nature and creating vibrant warm and inviting environments. I find myself spending a good amount of time at the beach deriving inspiration from the sand and shore.” The inside of the ranch style house indeed reflects the palette of the coastline. Everything from the stylish blue glass kitchen backsplash to weath-

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COASTAL CONFECTIONS The sweet story behind a Wickford couple’s peppermint patties By Megan Schmit “It started with a grandfather’s recipe for peppermint patties,” says

Danielle, who lists the mouthwatering ingredients found in each bite:

Danielle Anderson, recounting the origin story behind Seacoast

all-natural peanut butter, shredded coconut, graham cracker cookies,

Sweets, the now-Rhode Island-based handmade chocolate com-

and New England Fluff. Each patty is prettily packaged with a colorful

pany she and her husband, Kevin, purchased in 2018. While the

label, then placed in a box trimmed with patterned paper and ribbon.

business was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, the Wickford

One could say they’re just as beautiful as they are tasty. “People love

couple saw potential in a larger production facility in Pawtucket.

them and keep coming back for more – and we keep making them!”

Today, they whip up patties in coconut, peanut butter, s’mores,

Seacoast Sweets can be found as hotel amenity gifts in Boston

and, of course, classic peppermint, that have been sold all over the

and Rhode Island, gifts for kiddos and loved ones around the holi-

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days, and customizable boxes as weddings favors (one of Danielle’s

“We hand-make, hand-wrap, and hand-package every patty,” adds

favorite endeavors).

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by Ann M. Martini

Feast Fit for a Leprechaun Kelley’s Deli is the place to get your Irish on in the month of St. Patrick of their corned beef hash and the quality of their Reubens. (Yes, Reubens are actually German, but an Irish place that doesn’t serve this classic sandwich is quite suspect to this second-generation Irish gal.) Corned beef hash should be crispy on the bottom (or top), tender elsewhere. It’s the ratio, though, of corned beef to potatoes to onions and peppers, where most restaurants get it wrong. The result is often a concoction that’s too heavy on potatoes and way

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too light on the salty, tender corned beef. Kelley’s strikes that balance deliciously, refusing to skimp on the corned beef. It is tender-crisp in all the right places, and is featured in no fewer than a half-dozen breakfast items. We chose The Dubliner: two eggs, raisin bread French toast (raisin bread is a practical and tastier stand-in for Irish soda bread on Kelley’s menu), bangers and hash (which, mixed with jammy egg yolks, is heavenly), as well as the Cheddar

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Ah, the Irish. They’re known for many a good thing – the gift of gab, festive music, whiskey. But they’re not really known for their culinary prowess, save potatoes. But don’t tell the folks at Kelley’s Deli that. This unassuming but insanely popular family-owned diner located in a Westerly strip mall has been turning out sublime Irish breakfast and lunch dishes for almost 18 years. I tend to judge the quality of an Irish restaurant on two things: the deliciousness

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Jack Stacker. Were I more adept at making hollandaise sauce, I would eat this every day of my life. Three scrambled eggs are piled on a hearty portion of hash, with hash brown patties, cheddar jack cheese, and toast, topped with a silky hollandaise. Holy Saint Patrick, it was delicious. Kelley’s Reuben is a total classic. Grilled rye is topped with an inch-high stack of tender, juicy corned beef, melty swiss, kraut, and dressing. Reubens that annoy me aren’t warm all the way through. The bread and the corned beef may be, but the kraut might be cold, the cheese not completely melted, or the dressing not room temp when it’s slathered on. The result is an unpleasant

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temperature discombobulation. But Kelley’s gets this right, too. It’s crunchy and soft and warm in all the right places. Kelley’s menu is expansive. Their classic Irish breakfasts (defined by the combination of eggs, potatoes, and lots of sausage and Irish bacon) include many hash and hollandaise selections, breakfast wraps and sandwiches, omelets, pancakes, and French toast. Lunch has a variety of sandwiches and wraps, hamburgers, and salads. And thanks to trendy items such as avocado and Sriracha incorporated into the menu, you don’t feel like you’re eating in a 1950s-style diner until it comes to the prices – most dishes are under $10. The result is that Kelley’s is especially popular on weekends (and yes, you might experience a so-worth-it wait). Thanks to Kelley’s, I decided to add two more criteria when it comes to judging Irish restaurants. Do they have separate menu

Must-Try Items The Reuben Ultimate Corned Beef Melt, or Blarney Melt, all featuring tender corned beef on grilled bread.

The Irish Sampler The classic Irish-style breakfast with eggs, bangers, potato cakes, hash, and toast.

Anything with hollandaise Such as the Irish Benedict, an English muffin with poached eggs, potato cakes, Irish bacon, and hollandaise.

sections listing substantial “Potato Sides” and “Meat Sides”? Well Kelley’s does, which leaves these Irish eyes smiling.

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Food & Drink | in the kitchen •

by Karen Greco

The Art of the Sandwich

New Jersey native Mark Zimmer arrived in Rhode Island over 30 years ago as a URI student. An accounting major, he headed back to the Garden State after graduation. But the siren call of the southern part of the state lured him back. By then, he decided accounting wasn’t for him. Weekend jobs in food service during his time at URI stoked his food entrepreneurial fire. So, Zimmer opened The Picnic Basket in April of 1993. “You have to understand, back then there was nothing here,” he says. “Not even Crazy Burger.” The deli took off. This first summer, his mom, dad, and sister made weekend pilgrimages from New Jersey to help him through the busy season.

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Building on the rich deli tradition of New Jersey, Zimmer wanted nothing but the best and freshest ingredients. “We use Boar’s Head meats and make fresh baguettes for each sandwich,” he says. “We brew Illy coffee, so you can get a good cup of coffee with your breakfast sandwich in the morning.” Their various soups and salads are made from scratch daily. Even the pickles are sliced to order. The 48 creative sandwiches on the menu reflect the local community that frequents the year-round establishment. “A lot of the sandwich ideas come from our customers,” he says. “If we like it, we’ll put it on the menu.” Every sandwich is named in honor of its creator.

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The Picnic Basket recently leveled up again, with the addition of manager Kevin Spearin to the team. A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Boston, and with a swath of cooking experience behind him (Davio’s, Renaissance Hotel, Whole Foods), Spearin spends his mornings concocting new menu items like a Vegan Tomato Soup with homemade focaccia croutons, and Lemon Squares. One new menu item is the Cuban Sandwich. With the recent purchase of a panini press (“our customers kept asking if we could press their sandwiches,” explains Zimmer), a traditional Cuban sandwich is now on the menu. After marinating a pork loin in vinegar and spices overnight, the meat is seared and slow roasted throughout the morning. Slices of the pork, along with ham and Swiss cheese, are stuffed in a ciabatta roll,

which is slathered with yellow mustard and topped with pickle slices. The sandwich is brushed with melted butter, wrapped in parchment, and then put in the press, where it’s grilled to a melty deliciousness. With a six-burner stove, one oven, and, now, the panini press, The Picnic Basket’s small-but-mighty kitchen makes upwards of 400 sandwiches on a typical summer day, a far cry from the 50 or so the first summer they opened. In an age of “grab-and-go” convenience food, making everything to order takes extra time. But the few extra minutes are worth it. “There’s an art to making a really good sandwich,” Zimmer says. “You don’t want to rush that.”

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Waterfront. Great views of the Cove & Harbor from this 3 br 2 ba Ranch w/walkout basement. New Price.

3/4 br home w/water views to Block Island. Gorgeous 3 season room. In-ground salt water pool.

Wooded privacy & a panoramic ocean view are just some of the exceptional features of this contemporary home.

Walk to beach from this Cape in Matunuck. Quiet neighborhood close to dining, markets Theatre-by the Sea.

Lovely 3 br 2 ba Ranch sits on over an acre land. Renovated in 2014 and set back from road.

Great location. 3 bed 1.5 bath Gambrel on cul-de-sac offers garage, private yard, deck w/hot tub.

Waterfront Log cabin with dock sitting on 3.15 private acres offers 3 br 2 ba.

241 Post Road

124 Bay Street

4009 Old Post Road

235 Main Street

23 Brown Street





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