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Topic: local business

Four women-owned small businesses based in Providence

Metro, News

Four women-owned small businesses based in Providence

March 30, 2021 0 comments

While there has been a significant increase in the number of women-owned businesses across the nation, recent studies still show that women are underrepresented in the field of entrepreneurship: Only 17 percent of startups in the United States have a female founder.

Beyond its books, Paper Nautilus also displays art exhibits that change frequently

Arts & Culture

Three independent Providence bookstores that persist against the digital age

March 11, 2021 1 comment

“I love seeing the bookshops and meeting the booksellers — booksellers really are a special breed. So, it has to be a love of readers and reading that makes them do it.” It is tempting to accept this quote from Mary Ann Shaffer’s historical novel, The Guernsey Literary and Potato […]

Curfews bring challenges for Providence businesses

Metro, News

Curfews bring challenges for Providence businesses

January 27, 2021 0 comments

Curfews imposed in Rhode Island to curb the spread of COVID-19 have been painful for local businesses, prompting some to call for the state to remove certain restrictions.

The eye-glass chain Warby Parker opened its first Rhode Island location on Thayer Street this October.

Metro, News

Eyewear chain Warby Parker opens on Thayer Street

November 8, 2020 0 comments

Eye-glass chain Warby Parker opened their first Rhode Island store on College Hill at the end of October. The Providence location, one of the company’s over 100 brick-and-mortar retail shops, sits at the corner of Thayer and Meeting Street.  

Restaurants on Thayer Street have increased reliance on apps as a means of adapting to public health restrictions imposed by the pandemic.

Metro, News

Faced with pandemic hurdles, restaurants on Thayer Street lean on apps

September 27, 2020 0 comments

Before the pandemic, customers in East Side Pockets watched their orders being prepared from behind a glass wall. Still, the glass could not contain the crackle of frying oil and the wafting smell of grilled meat — mouthwatering hints for hungry customers.

“There is no win-win situation,” said Raj Mahajam, manager of Kabob and Curry. “We are just keeping (the restaurant) open because we want to do something for the customers.”

COVID-19 Updates, Metro, News

On Thayer Street, businesses that stay open watch sales plummet, cut jobs

April 20, 2020 Comments are Disabled

Earlier this semester, a Monday afternoon on Thayer Street would mean students filling the windows of Blue State and Ceremony Tea, with lines stretching along the counters of Bajas or East Side Pockets. Now, the street is nearly deserted. 

Douglas ’20: Thayer Street is struggling. Help before it’s too late.

Columns, Opinions

Douglas ’20: Thayer Street is struggling. Help before it’s too late.

April 9, 2020 3 comments

When I first returned to Brown last summer after a several-month break from College Hill, I didn’t first stop at the Main Green, Faunce House or my friend’s off-campus house — I made a beeline for the steak nachos at Baja’s.

At nearby restaurant Plant City, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza launched a city-wide campaign called #ThinkPVD to promote small businesses. The campaign will include a free parking initiative and partnerships with some local businesses to offer discounts to city residents. Speakers also encouraged supporting small businesses during the holiday season.

Metro, News

Mayor Elorza kicks off #ThinkPVD campaign to support local businesses

November 20, 2019 Comments are Disabled

Graduate students rallied on the steps of the Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center Tuesday to reiterate demands for a union contract that would improve benefits for graduate student workers…