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Practically Perfect Consignments opens in new space

WESTERLY — Practically Perfect Consignments has moved to a newly renovated space at 271 Post Road, within Spindrift Village.

Owners Denise Murphy and Rachel DuFour provide more than 100 “practically perfect” items daily, at a fraction of retail prices. The store specializes in children’s clothing, with sizes ranging from newborns through juniors and young men’s, as well as maternity clothing and, most recently, the addition of bridal and prom attire. The store’s new space is twice as large as its previous location, allowing for a greater variety of infant and children’s furniture, décor, baby equipment such as swings and strollers, sporting goods, toys, books, and more. If Practically Perfect Consignments does not have an item in stock, it works with its consignors to obtain it.

Practically Perfect Consignments is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturday from 10 to 3, and on Thursdays from 10-7. Consignors are able to drop off items any business day with no appointments necessary, no limitation on quantity of items, and are not required to wait while items are processed. The store also gives consignors the option to have items that are not quite “practically perfect” donated to local charities and families in need.

Call 401-332-9077 for more information.

Elmer receives eighth ALFA award

Robert Elmer, of Stonington, has been recognized by the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) for the eighth consecutive year. ALFA President and CEO Richard Grimes said in a letter that Elmer was recognized for his “dedication and leadership in the senior living field.” Elmer also received a “Certificate of Excellence” and was inducted into the ALFA “Circle of Leadership” for the second consecutive year, being recognized for “exemplary leadership, business acumen and core values critical to championing quality of life.”

Elmer is the director of care for Caregivers LLC., he is a master trainer of Alzheimer’s care, and has been in the senior care industry for more than 15 years. He contributes bi-monthly columns to The Sun on Alzheimer’s care.

Westerly Parent Academy offers free business classes

WESTERLY — The Westerly Parent Academy will offer a free six-session workshop for anyone interested in business planning or accelerating their business.

The workshop will assist with decision making around starting a business, assessing potential customers and how to reach them, how and where to find money to buy equipment, resources needed to be successful, and potential competitors. Participants will construct a solid business plan, a decision-making tool that will allow them to objectively and critically assess the probability of success.

“Thinking About Starting a Business” is presented free to the community by the Center for Women & Enterprise. The Center for Women & Enterprise is a nationally known nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people start and grow their businesses. CWE has worked with more than 28,000 Massachusetts and Rhode Island entrepreneurs since 1995.

The six-session workshop will run for three weeks on Tuesday and Thursday nights beginning on Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Tower Street School Community

Center, 93 Tower Street. Register in advance at or by calling 401-348-2319.

Kitchen Little awarded Business of the Month

MYSTIC — Each month, the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce highlights a member business deserving of special recognition. Kitchen Little, located at the Mystic River Marina at 36 Quarry Road, is the September recipient of the Business of the Month award. The award is based and determined by several factors, including community involvement and overall success.

Kitchen Little has undoubtedly become a staple in southeastern Connecticut for tourists and residents alike. The mastermind behind the restaurant — which has been featured in issues of Yankee, The Food Network and Connecticut magazines — is Flo Klewin, owner for more than 30 years. The eatery offers an endless menu of New England favorites, all while sitting on the shore of the Mystic River. Open seven days a week, breakfast is offered all day and house specials change daily.

Kitchen Little prides itself on its participation in the “shop local” movement. The restaurant exclusively serves cage-free eggs that are hormone-, steroid- and antibiotic-free. It also purchases seafood fresh from local waters from Bomster scallops and Sea Well Seafood. All the ingredients used at Kitchen Little are not only flavorful but fresh and support the local economy.

Visit for more information.

Mystic chamber to host Business After Hours At Nature’s Art

MYSTIC — The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly Business After Hours at Nature’s Art in The Past Antiques Market & Museum building on Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Located at 1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike in Oakdale, Nature’s Art is a family-owned and operated interactive science, nature and shopping adventure. It features 30 life-sized dinosaur replicas, as well as a state-of-the-art playground and New England’s largest Splashpad. This month’s Business After Hours is truly unique and full of exciting exhibits, including an antique water pump, steam engine, drag saw, the first gasoline-powered lawnmower, and an antique rock crusher that attendees will be able to operate.

Business After Hours is a monthly networking event so bring business cards. The cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. To register, contact the Mystic Chamber of Commerce at 860-572-9578 or email

Mystic Knotwork nominated for Martha Stewart’s American Made competition

MYSTIC — Mystic Knotwork, a local small business specializing in sailor bracelets and traditional knotted nautical decorations, has been nominated for Martha Stewart’s American Made competition.

To learn more about the competition or to vote for Mystic Knotwork, visit To discover more about Mystic Knotwork, visit Voting ends Sept. 13, and each person may vote up to six times per day.

Homebuyer education class set for Sept. 14, 21

CHARLESTOWN — South County Habitat for Humanity (SCHH) is joining forces with the Housing Network of Rhode Island to offer a two-day homebuyer education class for potential homeowners. The class will take place on two consecutive Saturdays, Sept. 14 and Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Habitat office located at 1555 Shannock Road.

The class will inform prospective homeowners about affordable housing agencies in the area and help connect them to potential financing. Topics for the two days include how to work with a real estate agent; how much you can afford; what type of loan is best for you; and more.

Cost for the two classes is $50 and the fee includes all your materials. Space is limited so reserve a spot today by calling the Housing Network of R.I. at 401-521-1461, ext. 37.

For more information on South County Habitat for Humanity and for directions to the class, visit For more information on the Housing Network of R.I. and the homebuyer classes in general, visit

QuickBooks boot camp scheduled Monday in Middletown

PROVIDENCE — The Center for Women & Enterprise will hold a QuickBooks boot camp on Monday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Newport Chamber of Commerce, 35 Valley Road, Middletown.

The intensive, one-day workshop will help individuals keep track of business finances. Participants will learn to enter and pay bills; enter and manage loans; reconcile bank and credit card statements; input data from merchant service payment processors; utilize basic reporting features from QuickBooks that are needed to make everyday financial decisions; and more.

There is no cost for this program, but you must register to attend. Limited space is available. Call Claudia Cornejo at 401-277-0800 or email for more information.

Westerly Hospital to present free program on advances in total joint replacement

WESTERLY — Are you or is someone you know suffering from joint problems, including hips and knees?

Join orthopedic surgeon Paul R. Benoit, MD, for a free community education program on Wednesday, Sept. 25, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Westerly Hospital’s Henry J. Nardone Conference Center. Learn about joint replacements and the various types of treatments available. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

This program is free and open to the public. To register, visit or call 401-348-2300, or, from outside Rhode Island, call 800-933-5960, ext. 3423. Please leave a message with your name, phone number, and program for which you are registering. You will automatically be registered in the program.

R.I. Hospitality Association offers food handlers course for only $5

PROVIDENCE — In celebration of Food Safety Month in September, the Rhode Island Hospitality Association (RIHA), in partnership with the Rhode Island Convention Center, will offer a ServSafe food handlers course at a special discounted rate of $5. The course will take place at the Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St., on Tuesday, Sept.17, from 9 to 11 a.m.

There is an estimated 76 million food-borne illnesses that occur in the United States each year. This two-hour crash course on basic food safety will help Rhode Island hospitality employees be up to date on the best practices in the work place. It is appropriate for frontline food-service employees such as kitchen staff and servers. The event is also open to the public.

The ServSafe program, a nationally recognized program offered by the National Restaurant Association, is the restaurant and food-service industry’s preeminent food safety training program.

To register, contact RIHA at 401-223-1120 or visit

R.I. Small Business Recovery Program changing name to Prophet Share Inc.

PROVIDENCE — Twenty-four business leaders have recently established a collaborative training network enabling them to share their knowledge and experience with local business owners. This new collaborative network is called Prophet Share Inc.

Prophet Share Inc., formerly known as the R.I. Small Business Recovery Program, is an example of what has become internationally known as “a sharing community.” In simple terms, “a sharing community” removes duplication that doesn’t add value and concentrates on things that do add value.

Through participation in Prophet Share, business owners and trainers (prophets) no longer have to individually own projection, video and recording equipment. Nor do they have to rent expensive classroom or hotel space in order to share their talent and experience with their peers. Instead, they jointly have access to a newly redecorated facility that will seat 42 attendees and has cutting-edge technology, Internet access for up to 40 individuals simultaneously and, a kitchen facility to serve food and beverages. As the result of this “penny-pinching” sharing approach, Prophet Share Inc. will be able to bring high-quality business training to the Rhode Island business community on a meager budget of less than $25,000 annually.

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