Saturday, November 24, 2012
Start your holiday shopping at locally owned stores during Small Business Saturday.
Today is Small Business Saturday, two days after Thanksgiving — a day for everyone to support the small businesses that their community thrives on. American Express founded the day in 2010 to help small businesses get exposure during the holiday season, when they might be otherwise overlooked. With retailers buzzing around the holidays, it is important to support local small businesses that rely on their neighbors in order to continue prospering and building the local economy in Woonsocket. Jeanne Pepin Budnick, chairperson of the Blackstone Valley Independent Business Alliance, which is partnering with the Northern RI Chamber of Commerce to promote Small Business Saturday, said the day is a national focus on their year-round effort to …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Restaurant will serve meals gratis 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If you're in a spot finding food this Thanksgiving, Ocean Cafe has got you covered. The quaint corner diner located on the corner building at 144 North Main St. across from Shaw's Meat Market will offer its five tables to all comers, up to 200 of them, from 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. Thursday. "This is the second year I'm doing it," said Jose Mendosa, the restaurant's owner. Last year, they served about 100 meals, and are prepared to serve double that number. If more than that show up, Medosa said, he'll be out of food, unfortunately, but next year might be even bigger. This year he's got two turkeys, two porks and rice and beans, among other staples. Mendosa said he put the first one on for regular customers. "It's kind of a gift to the …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Small Business Owners - Comment with Saturday hours, locations.
The Northern RI Chamber of Commerce and the Blackstone Valley Independent Business Alliance are gearing for Small Business Saturday this weekend in Woonsocket, distributing about 100 mats for local business owners to advertise the day outside their doors. Small Business Saturday, two days after Thanksgiving, is a day for everyone to support the small businesses that the community thrives on. American Express founded the day in 2010 to help small businesses get exposure during the holiday season, when they might be otherwise overlooked. Whether you're a brick-and-mortar retail store, restaurant or online-only business, you’re a part of it, just by being a small business owner. To participate, you just have to be open for business this …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Donut shop closed by fryolator fire to reopen, return to 24/7 service.
Donut Xpress, closed for repairs since a fryolator fire Sept. 29, will reopen in December with new countertops and a return to 24 hour, seven days a week hours. "We plan on being open for Christmas," said owner John Guerin. He said that the fire required them to replace equipment and make repairs, so he took advantage of the downtime to make some changes he's been thinking about but couldn't manage while the 17 Front St. doughnut shop was open. Among the changes, new countertops, a new look and at least two new faces - the 24/7hours will require hiring two new people, Geurin said. He said he hasn't kept the shop open around the clock for about two years, since the recession began. "That was when the economy was slow, but things are …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
New interior, new menu wait customers when business reopens next week.
Paul Boulos, new owner of Santa's Pizza, was working at the restaurant Wednesday afternoon, supervising renovations that have been under way for the last few weeks. Boulos said he and two other owners decided the restaurant, known as Santa's Pizza since 2002, needed a change when they bought the place a few months ago. Boulos said when they're open next week under the new name, White House Pizza, customers can expect better food and better service.