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Linda has been knitting since she was eight years old and in 2009, began selling her work at local holiday bazaars. Her positive reputation for creating beautiful stockings grew, and people began referring to her as ‘The Stocking Lady.’

Since then, she has expanded her line of products to include baby and children sweaters, blankets, loveys (security blankets for babies & toddlers), hats, and all kinds of knitted items. Linda can recreate stockings for people who have their family’s patterns.

Laura and Matt created OSKC nearly two years ago, after recognizing a need for youth programs for students in grades 6-8.

Laura, OSKC’s owner and director, is a highly experienced childcare professional who has spent her entire career serving families in the greater Warwick and Cranston areas. Her experience includes pre-school programs, before and after school care, summer camp and youth programs. She was born and raised in Rhode Island and spent her early years as a student at her family-owned childcare centers in Warwick. Liddle Tots, Liddle Tots II TEEN and Ocean State Kidz were founded by her parents in the early 90’s. Laura experienced first-hand and benefited from the high-quality childcare provided by her family’s business. After graduating from CCRI, Laura followed in her family’s footsteps and became Director of Liddle Tots II TEEN in 2009.

Keryn started Living Chi to help people be well, naturally. After working with a chiropractor, she realized that many people are in pain and are looking for natural solutions to help them heal. So, she attended the North Eastern Institute of Whole Health, and opened Living Chi in 2007.

Sonoma Bistro and Wine Bar is a 200-seat casual fine dining eatery in North Kingstown, RI. Christian and Kerrie Lanoie opened Sonoma as a couple who both had made a living in the restaurant industry and wanted to share their love for food and people in a family friendly atmosphere. They have now had eight years of success living out their dream!

Meet Shirley X. Moore and Zoila Bernal of Be Moore Interpreting! Four years ago, the two founded Be Moore Interpreting in Pawtucket to serve the interpretation and translation needs of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

20 years ago, Lori started a career as a massage therapist to support her family. She started as the only employee in one very small room and grew her business into a seven-therapist massage studio! After a ten-year run, she decided to make a chance but continue to help people with their overall health, and opened a health and wellness clinic in Westerly!

For over 20 years, Joy Rich has been beautifying special events and weddings with her ‘natural approach to flowers with an English garden flair.’ Joy graduated from the URI Plant and Soil Sciences program in 1983, and opened Flowerthyme right after graduation. She enjoys using her talent to work with couples and create arrangements for romantic weddings throughout New England.

Christine Rockwell saw the need for a kennel alternative for area pets, and wanted to keep her pet-sitting clients, while still being able to work from home. So, she and her husband, Dennis, a career firefighter, started Watch Dog In Home Boarding LLC in Kingston, RI. The couple’s own dogs, Salty, a 8 year old Australian Shepherd, Bronx, a 6 year old Golden Retriever, and Cally, a 4 year old Black Lab, love having friends over to play. Their "host cat", Bagheera, is dog savvy and loves making guests feel at home, too.

Lynn Eglington, owner of Fuel Coffee Bar, had a passion to own a coffee shop on an island in the Caribbean. And, while Narragansett isn’t quite the Caribbean, it is a beautiful beach community, so after years as a medical professional, Lynn decided to hang up her stethoscope and make Fuel Coffee Bar a reality!

Dianne became a Medicare Advisor three years ago, when she saw that her current employer only offered limited Medicare products. She enjoyed helping people sort out the confusion of going on to Medicare, and wanted to be able to offer all available products and continue her work in the insurance industry.

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