April Business of the Month: Pizza Man of Cumberland

87 Broad St  Cumberland, RI 02864 401-724-1180

If you're looking for a restaurant that uses fresh ingredients, You're looking for Pizza Man of Cumberland in Cumberland, RI. Since 1987, they have been offering the best of thin and thick crust pizzas. Pizza Man's dough is made fresh daily and given the appropriate time to rise so it has the perfect texture and flavor. They use the top of the line pizza sauce made from fresh tomatoes, not a frozen concentrate. No part of their pizza is ever frozen, everything is fresh!

Pizza, Subs, Falafel, & Swarma!

Stop by for the Week Day Special: $3 off large one topping pizza, Sunday - Thursday


March Business of the Month: America News

On March 5th, 2012, America News starts the celebration of its 20th anniversary in New England. America News is one of the oldest newspapers documenting the progress of Latin-American businesses in New England since 1992. This locally owned and operated paper is a trusted, Latino news source offering the highest quality local, state, national, and international news, serving the fast growing Latino and Hispanic marketplace in Rhode Island. The paper offers a wide variety of news stories on local politics, business, arts, culture, sports, and more. This multimedia company offers a free monthly print version of its newspaper, and it also runs news stories through its interactive website: www.americanewsne.com.

Publisher, Alfonso Acevedo, has developed a strong, ethical, grassroots news relationship with the local and state community. The multimedia company reports and offers opinions on many important news stories that other media outlets do not cover. America News provides superior customer service to its advertisers by providing customized, well-crafted, targeted advertisements that provide a positive return on investment. The company is a valuable asset to the fabric of community life in Rhode Island.

Contact Person
Alfonso D. Acevedo

America News En Español
Editorial Offices
570 Broad Street Suite 301

Providence, RI 02907

February Business of the Month: Broad Street Hair Salon

"Relax, Restore, Revive." Those three words form the basic philosophy of the Broad Street Hair Salon. For the past fifteen years owner Maria Quadros has tried to make her salon not just a money making venture, but an integral part of the Broad Street community. She and her daughter Jesica have been organizing and participation in community activities, from cultural festivals to this year's winter food drive. And starting this Valentine's Day, Broad Street Salon will be seeing the Grand Opening of it's new boutique, featuring specialty children's clothing (1st Communion, Baptism, and flower girl dresses for weddings, baby outfits, shoes for children, babies, and infants, socks, baby blankets, and First Communion gifts).

Phone: 401.722-7172
E-mail: broadsthairsalon@gmail.com
Web: www.broadsthairsalon.com

Store Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 9:00am - 7:00pm.

January Business of the Month: Pedro's Barber shop

April 2011: Valley Falls Flower Shop - Broad Street's Blossoming Business

For the past 16 years, Greg Grenon has been making the community smell a little bit nicer. As the owner of Valley Falls Flower Shop located at 244 Broad St. in Cumberland and online at valleyfallsflowershop.com, he has seen his business change in the troubled economy.

“Well, the last three years have been tough with the economy, but luckily we’ve been here for a long time and have a lot of clients, but the everyday business is just not what it used to be,” Grenon said.

The flower shop is open for walk-ins and deliveries seven days a week. Aside from flowers, Valley Falls Flower Shop carries fruit baskets, plants, plush animals and balloons.

“We have some great designers here. They do great work and we try to stand behind everything we put out; any kinds of arrangements we have, if there’s any problems, we stand behind them and guarantee our work,” Grenon said.  More

March 2011: Dulce’s Spring Renewal - Broad Street entrepreneur prepares for busy spring and summer season

On nice, sunny days, Dulce Silva lets her colorfully clad mannequins get some fresh air in hopes of catching the attention of passersby in search of fun, flirty clothing for the spring and summer season.

“The clothes we have are from California, which you don’t see here that much. Everyone that comes into our store says, ‘Wow,’ because they don’t see that around. The style of clothing is very different,” Marcia Cardoso said.

She’s the bookkeeper for and daughter of Dulce Silva, the owner of the two businesses located at 165 Broad St:  Dulce’s Xpo Boutique and Marcia’s Beauty Salon. After a slow winter, Silva is poised and ready for a busy spring and summer season as a hearty Broad Street business owner.   More

February, 2011: New Business on Broad Street: On The Go Laundromat - Environmentally-conscious Laundromat Opens at 306 Broad St.

Mike Pelletier wants his customers to save energy, money and time at his convenient, new business, On The Go Laundromat. Opened on February 4 after nearly four months of construction and renovation, the laundromat coined itself “The Eco-Friendly Laundromat.”  More

February, 2011:  Groupon’s Daily Deal Comes to Broad Street - Online coupon service holds new possibilities for Broad Street business.

Olly’s Pizza Parlor co-owner Mike Brown remembers the good ‘ol days of Broad Street business. “Ten years ago, you just opened your doors and people came in,” he said. ‘Now, you have to find more creative ways to market yourself.” The restaurant has been doing just that.

Aside from advertising with post cards and menu mailings, Olly’s has survived the tough economic times by increasing its online presence. “Online advertising varies from business to business, but really it’s just another way to get customers to come in your door,” Brown said.

The restaurant now offers online ordering from its appetizing website, urging visitors to “taste the difference.” Olly’s also has a Facebook page with over 1,500 friends and was recently featured in Groupon. More

February 2, 2011: Pawtucket Yoga Studio Breathes Fresh Air Into Downtown

Shri-Studio hopes to breathe new life into a historic downtown area that’s seen better days. The Sanskrit word “Shri” loosely translates as “life-affirming energy,” which is exactly what owner Alison Bologna hopes to bring to the downtown Pawtucket and Broad St. communities with her up-and-coming studio.

When Bologna opened it last May, she had to do a lot of “pounding the pavement” to get the support she needed for the studio’s timely opening. The renovation process was lengthy, but the before and after pictures on the studio’s website, www.shri-studio.com, show just how much work went into restoring the historic McDevitt building (which used to be a men’s department store) into the studio it is today.

“We found a lot of the wood for the renovation in the building’s basement,” Bologna said, reflecting on her desire to keep the process as local as possible. More

January 10, 2011 - Providence Business News
Completing Blackstone Valley Bikeway is overdue - Guest Column: Robert Billington

Let’s face it; Rhode Island’s bikeways bring lots of enjoyment to our residents. From South County to the Blackstone Valley, these paths connect our neighborhoods, improve our economy and draw visitors to explore our communities.

They are safe, enjoyable and provide a stress-free place to relax and exercise. Everyone who experiences them wants to see not only more paths but improved connectivity between paths. We have the opportunity to do this.  More

January 5, 2011 - Broad Street Business Gains Zoning Approval for Sign - Dulce’s Boutique receives relief from Pawtucket city zoning ordinance.

With the help of the Broad Street Regeneration Initiative (BSRI) and the Micro-Enterprise Grant Program, a new storefront sign was erected at 165 Broad St. in Pawtucket, RI on January 6th. The much anticipated addition to Dulce’s Boutique, which is owned and operated by Dulce Silva, is a projecting three-by-four-foot lime-green sign. The sign was made by Dion Signs, a local sign company in Central Falls.

The sign has been the subject of zoning debates between Silva, BSRI coordinator Andrew Pierson and the City of Pawtucket. Although building owners Joe Haskett and Kristen Murphy approved the signs installation this past July, current zoning ordinances prohibit the signs proposed height. The top of storefront signs may not exceed 12 feet in height. The proposed sign climbs just one foot above this limit due to tall storefront windows and the buildings existing architecture. Since the buildings’ 1929 construction predates the zoning code, Pierson and Silva requested and received relief from it through the city’s Zoning Board of Review.

The boutique is part of a growing number of Broad Street businesses the BSRI can add to the list of MicroEnterprise Grant recipients. The committee has already approved grants for six businesses along the Broad Street corridor in 2010. The MicroEnterprise funds come from a Federal Housing and Urban Developement (HUD) grant.

December 31, 2010 - Churrascaria Marques Grills for the Health of it
Cumberland restaurant stands out for healthy cuisine and well-designed website.

Wondering what the future for Broad Street holds? Ask Churrascaria Marques Grill and Restaurant owner, Joe Marques: “I think there will be a lot of people here like in Providence,” he said. “It’s not going to be easy, but I believe in five years it will be much nicer.” More

December 28, 2010 - Blackstone Valley Merchants Association’s 2nd Annual Cocktail Party

On December 16, the Blackstone Valley Merchants Association (BVMA) gathered to celebrate their 2nd Annual Cocktail Party, celebrating the economic contributions to the State of Rhode Island of the merchants of Blackstone Valley. The event was well-attended with representatives from local business, government, and non-profits. It was a lovely evening complete with music by The Bohemian Quartet and special entertainment from DJ Montoya and Todos Somos Latinos TV.

In addition to a social hour, the BVMA honored many of the Women Entrepreneurs of Blackstone Valley Merchants Association, recognizing their contributions to both business and family here in the Blackstone Valley. Congratulations to all award recipients!

**The BVMA was created to assist business people to acquire a better understanding of economic principles. Technical assistance is provided to promote business expansion, job creation and new entrepreneurship.

December 15, 2010 - Greater City Providence - Blackstone and East Bay Bike Paths to connect

We have some spectacular bike paths here in Rhode Island, and two of them are about to get connected, maybe as soon as this spring. Officials from the Broad Street Regeneration Initiative (BSRI) and the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council (BVTC) have announced that the City of Pawtucket, RI has been awarded $38 thousand in Federal funds to create a temporary on road connection linking the Blackstone Valley Bike Path and the East Bay Bike Path. The funds come from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) through the RI Office of Energy Resources and awarded to the City of Pawtucket.

This temporary on road linkage will provide bicyclists recreational and intermodal access to all the cities and towns located along both bikeways, along with guiding people who use both bike paths opportunities to access merchants and shops located along the Broad Street corridor of Pawtucket, Central Falls and Cumberland, RI. Most recent projections indicate that the temporary on road linkage connecting the Blackstone Valley and East Bay Bike Paths should be installed by the spring of 2011.  More

December 6, 2010 - Blackstone Valley Bike Stripe

The Blackstone Valley Bike Stripe is a project focused on connecting bicyclists from the East Bay bike path to the Blackstone Valley Bikeway via a temporary on-road indicator stripe. A committee consisting of representatives made up from the cities of Cumberland, Central Falls, Pawtucket, Providence and East Providence has been meeting over the past year to plan the project.  More

December 1, 2010 - Garcia insurance Agency Receives Assurance from MicroEnterprise Grant

Adalberto Garcia, owner of Garcia Insurance, has been struggling with both the hard economic times and his company’s computer equipment. With more than 25 years in the insurance industry, Garcia has the know-how to be a very successful agent, but his outdated technology is holding him back. Fortunately, the MicroEnterprise Grant Committee will help him fight the battle against his office’s machines More

October 30, 2010 - Three MicroEnterprise Grants Awarded

On Friday, October 29, 2010 the Broad Street Regeneration Initiative in partnership with the Cumberland Planning Department awarded three MicroEnterprise Grants: one totaling $9,500 to Garcia’s Insurance, one totaling $7,000 to EZ Computer and one totaling $3,000 to Envi-Mex. The business owners all proved they ran sustainable businesses, needed the funds and were cooperative and timely with the grant committee’s requests. More

October, 2010 - MicroEnterprise Grant Renews Stolen Confidence - Broad Street business owner Cristian Tabares withstands robbery with help of MicroEnterprise Grant

Cristian Tabares is a hard man to find. As a full-time family man and owner of the Colombian restaurant La Casona, he works hard to keep food on the tables of both his home and growing business. Originally from Colombia himself, he moved with his family to the United States in 2001. Five years later, Tabares opened La Casona at 804 Broad Street in May of 2006, developing the restaurant from a small start-up to a favorite of both locals and visitors. The restaurant offers a wide range of authentic Colombian food, featuring appetizers, meat entrees, salads, desserts and snacks. All of these are prepared with the family flavor only a mother could add—specifically, Tabares’ mother. Her authentic Colombian recipes make up the majority of the menu. More

5/2009 - Department of Environmental Management
RI DEM Partners with Pawtucket, Cumberland & Central Falls and Receives $1,000,000 in Brownfields Coalition Assessment Grant Funding  More

7/17/2009 - Pawtucket Times
KeepSpace aims to foster a stronger community  More

6/23/2009 - Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Grants Effectiveness: Rhode Island  More

12/6/2008 - Broadstreetexperience.com
First Broad Street Winter Festival a Success! More

11/7/2008 - Providence En Espańol More

9/24/2008 - Providence Journal
Tri-community improvement plans solidify for Broad Street  More

9/18/2008 - Providence Journal
Meeting set on Broad Street revitalization plan More

8/8/2008 - Providence En Espańol
Blackstone Explorer un crucero que hace turismo interno local  More

8/4/2008 - Pawtucket Times
Students talk about revitalizing Broad Street More

Listen to radio interview with Alex Sommer and Amanda Wood on Latin Public Radio  More

7/23/2008 - Providence Journal
Blackstone Explorer offers a cruise-food combo More

7/16/2008 - Sun Chronicle
Dinner with a twist - Blackstone Valley Food Tour begins with a cruise and ends with a delicious meal More

6/13/2008 - En Espańol, Providence
Plazas, amplios parqueos, historia, paseos en bote y exquisita comida La nueva Broad de Central Falls More

6/11/2008 - Providence Journal
Broad Street International Food Tour More

5/20/2008 - Providence Journal
The revitalization of a tri-town main street More

5/20/2008 - Evening Times
The Broad Street Tour More

3/31/2008 - Providence Journal
A Future Born from Latino Root  More

3/25/2008 - Evening Times
News Photo from Community Outreach Event at Madeira Club  More

3/21/2008 - Providence En Espańol
Crece entusiasmo por mejoras de Calle Broad en CF More

1/31/2008 - Broadstreetexperience.com

Inyectarán nueva vida a la Calle Broad de Central Falls, Pawtucket & Cumberland en RI - Nota de Prensa de Providence en Español  More

Mayors Announce Broad Street Initiative  More

Taking It to the Street - Mayor's Eye Plan for Three Town Road More

4/12/2007 - Providence Journal
A Future Born from Latino Roots  More

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