Thursday, November 15, 2012
Your imagination is the only limit, what would you open in Tiverton or Little Compton?
Economic development was the most widely purported platform for Tiverton candidates in the November election. What business would you open in the area? Imagine you had the tools and resources at your disposal - what business would you like to open in Tiverton or Little Compton? What would work in the community? Throughout Tiverton dozens of commercial buildings sit empty, the industrial park off of Route 24 is underdeveloped. We want you to weigh in on how Tiverton could capitalize on its unde-used resources. What about Little Compton. Tell us how you want business development to shape the future of the region. Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Alex and Ani, the jewelry design business that bought Sakonnet Vineyards in Little Compton earlier this month, is partnering with Wilson's of Wickford.
Alex and Ani, the jewelry designer who purchasd Sakonnet Vineyards in July, is in the works to buy another Rhode Island mainstay business. The Cranston-based jeweler announced it will purchase Wilson’s of Wickford. The 68-year-old clothing retailer became plagued with financial difficulties earlier this year when it was forced to declare bankruptcy to save its store in Wickford Village from foreclosure. This announcement by CEO Giovanni Feroce is the just the latest foray away from the company's jewelry-manufacturing roots. "We have a Main Street strategy," said Alexandra Zaso, public relations coordinator, in an interview on Wednesday. "We want to reinvest in the Rhode Island economy whenever an opportunity presents itself." Alex and Ani…
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Baker and caterer Gerry Dupont offers up his menu for the upcoming season.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
The following is a press release: Sakonnet Vineyards welcomes Gerry Dupont of Edible Creations by Gerry to the Coop Cafe! Gerry offers up delicious, local fare for our guests. Spend an afternoon with friends, wind down after a day at the beach, or sit back and relax as you take in the sights, sounds and flavors that Sakonnet wines and Gerry's food has to offer! Coop Cafe is open Friday through Sunday with Monday holidays. It's open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It will also be open during Thursday night music beginning June 21. Click here for the menu. Dupont merged his baking business with A-1 Pizza earlier this year.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Under the governor's budget plan, the restaurant tax would go from 8 percent to 10 percent next year.
When it comes to Gov. Chafee's proposal to increase the restaurant tax from 8 percent to 10 percent, restaurant owners in Rhode Island have strong feelings. Ken Lewis, manager of Crowther's Restaurant in Little Compton, said he's completely against the proposal. "It's not going to help business at all," he said, nothing that his waitresses and bartenders rely mostly on tips, and if the governor's restaurant tax increase goes through, their tip sizes will be reduced. Black Goose owner Steve McDonald echoed the sentiment. "We're opposed," he said. "It's definitely going to hurt us." “This is a second restaurant tax,” said Matt Wronski, owner of Tio Mateo’s and Greenwich Bay Gourmet in East Greenwich. “First they added a percentage point …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
We want to know what businesses you want to see in our area.
While some businesses in Tiverton and Little Compton have been around for "as long as you can remember," many have closed their doors due to poor economic times or simply moved to a new location. But we want to know what businesses you think would thrive in our area and what empty storefront would provide the perfect location. The property at 67 West Main Road, Little Compton, formerly housed the Country Harvest Restaurant. It's comprised of five lots. On Wednesday, owner Paul Borges said he closed it down right after The Station nightclub fire in 2003 due to the sprinkler system. In 2007, he said he tried to make it into senior community housing through Newport's Church Community House Corporation. Borges said there is a need for …
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Leah Kilborn's studio is entering its seventh year in business.
Sakonnet Vineyards owner Susan Samson hurt her back performing in a play in New York City in the 1950s and, through references, visited Joseph Pilates, the founder of the physical fitness and sports conditioning exercises, and returned to full health. Samson, now 73, hurt her back again five years ago playing tennis and decided to revisit Pilates. She contacted Leah Kilborn, owner and trainer of Little Compton Pilates at 33 Shaw Road, and admits the contemporary offering at her studio has kept her core rehabilitated, in shape and promotes better posture. "I can [still] lift a 40-pound case of wine," she said. Kilborn has 15 years experience teaching Pilates. Her studio, entering its seventh year in business, employs three other trainers, …
Monday, January 30, 2012
The Secretary of State's office released the information last week, calling it a step in the right direction.
Monday, January 30, 2012
The following is from a press release issued by Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis: At least 44 new businesses opened their doors in Little Compton and Tiverton in 2011, based on new data from the secretary of state’s office, which tracks yearly corporate filings. Tiverton led the way with 33 followed by Little Compton with 11. They included restaurants, bakeries and landscapers. "The economy has had a traumatic few years, so let’s be careful about reading too much into this data," Mollis said. "The pain isn’t over, but there are signs that things may be turning around,” Statewide, it appears that Rhode Island's entrepreneurs may be getting more optimistic about the economy’s recovery. For the first time since 2007, the number of new …
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Edible Creations by Gerry recently opened in the Little Compton pizza shop, which is celebrating its 30th year in business.
As they enter its 30th year in business, A-1 Pizza in Little Compton has added a talented baker and event planner to its popular hub on the Commons. Gerry Dupont, of Edible Creations by Gerry, started baking his creative cupcakes, cookies and assortment of pastries, including cannolis, jelly doughnuts and sticky buns, at A-1 last month. He has been baking cakes to order for the last 20 years and has done event planning for more than 15 years. Dupont, of Tiverton, said he now plans to grow his business at A-1. He said he made his first wedding cake when he was 13 years old. He has served as the catering director at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Providence College and Salve Regina University. After working in the corporate …