Meet Kate Lentz, Neighborhood Champion

Meet Kate Lentz, Neighborhood Champion

Kate Lentz is the director of the Rhode Island Center for the Book, a statewide organization devoted to promoting personal and community enrichment by celebrating the art and heritage of reading, writing, making, and sharing books. Kate and her team are true Neighborhood Champions, working everyday to spotlight all of Rhode Island’s unique independent bookstores.…

Meet Maria DeCarvalho, Neighborhood Champion

Meet Maria DeCarvalho, Neighborhood Champion

Maria DeCarvalho shared three wonderful local family businesses. La Arepa, 582 Smithfield Avenue, Pawtucket  Nohemi Rodriguez grew up in Valencia, Venezuela and she and her son Bernardo Garcia bring traditions of both beauty and deliciousness to their wonderful restaurant, La Arepa, located in the Fairlawn neighborhood of Pawtucket.   Arepas are sweet corn cakes filled…

July is Independents Month!

July is Independents Month!

From July 1 to July 31, Independents Month celebrates independent, locally-owned businesses and the community values they embody: Their spirit of entrepreneurship, individuality, uniqueness, and character. How they give back to our community with their time, talents, goods, and services. How they fulfill community needs that make us healthier and wealthier. Why independents? Every $1…

Meet Sandra Enos, Neighborhood Champion

Meet Sandra Enos, Neighborhood Champion

Sandra Enos, a recently retired sociology professor, has her own small business. Giving Beyond The Box curates gift boxes that feature local enterprises, BIPOC- and woman-owned businesses, Providence-based artists, and local farmers. Sandra’s local champions are located in downtown Wakefield, Rhode Island. They are all within about 500 feet of each other. Sandra said, “Wakefield…

Are you a Neighborhood Champion?

Are you a Neighborhood Champion?

Every $1 we spend has consequences. When we choose to buy from locally-owned businesses, our money does more good for our local community. Here’s six good reasons to buy local. From July 1 to July 31, Independents Month celebrates independent, locally-owned businesses and entrepreneurship. For Independents Month, Local Return is recruiting Neighborhood Champions to help…