COMO named Mystic business of the month
Every month the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce recognizes a member business deserving of special recognition. For the month of May, the recipient of the chamber’s Business of the Month award is the Stonington Community Center, or “the COMO,” located at 28 Cutler St. The honor is nomination-based and determined by several factors, including community involvement and overall success.
The COMO’s mission is to build a strong, vibrant community. It offers a wide variety of events and programs, including before and after school programming for youth, paddle tennis courts and regular tennis courts, a Junior Leadership Program, athletics, an art and pottery studio, its own thrift shop, the Doris Muller Preschool, and adult programs like tax preparation and creative writing. The center also organizes and runs the Stonington Village Fair in August, numerous other special events, and manages DuBois Beach in the Borough and Sandy Point.
Since its inception in 1945, the staff of the community center has worked tirelessly to create a loving and secure atmosphere for all who walk through their doors. As the nonprofit’s nominator wrote: “The COMO has woven a history of love, family and community for so many generations and is deserving of the spotlight.” The chamber said it was proud to honor the entire team at the center. For more information, please visit their website at www.thecomo.org.
Tula Tinkers relocates shop in Richmond
Tula Tinkers Gifts, a store that features over 100 local artists, has relocated to 91 Kingston Road in Richmond. The business had been on Richmond Townhouse Road. The store, owned by Alyssia Machado and Christopher Holmes, offers a wide variety of items ranging from unique jewelry to housewares, pottery and woodcrafts. It is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
RIPTA surveys customers on bus service
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority wants to know how satisfied their customers are with their bus service. The second annual online Customer Satisfaction Survey will be available on the RIPTA website until Sunday, May 25. Each participant will be automatically entered to win a prize pack which includes a 15-Ride e-fare card, a set of four tickets to a Pawtucket Red Sox game and a $25 gift card to Lang’s Bowlarama for participating. Customers should visit RIPTA’s website www.ripta.com and click on the Survey Link.
Surveys like these help RIPTA measure customer satisfaction and prioritize areas that need improvement.
RIPTA is one of 14 transit agencies to participate in this nationwide transit customer survey through the American Bus Benchmarking Group. The combined result of the surveys from each participating transit agency will guide the formation of a national benchmark of best practices in public transit. http://americanbusbenchmarking.org. For more information, please call 401-781-9400 or visit ripta.com.
Autocrat sold to British firm
The company behind one of Rhode Island’s best-known consumer brands, Autocrat LLC, has been sold to a British tea business. The British company, James Finlay Limited, announced last week that it has bought 100 percent of the share capital of Lincoln-based Autocrat, which makes coffee syrup.
“This acquisition demonstrates our willingness to invest in businesses that can help fuel profitable growth and broaden our existing tea extracts business in North America,” said Ron Mathison, Finlays Group managing director. “Finlays is already a major player in the U.K. roast and ground coffee market and there are some obvious synergies between tea and coffee extracts around customers and product development.” Mathison said the acquisition would double the size of its business in the U.S.
Both businesses have been operating independently for more than 100 years. Autocrat said there would be no job losses.