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Hope & Main ‘incubee’ nuts about coconut butter

Hope & Main ‘incubee’ nuts about coconut butter

This is the latest in “What’s cooking at Hope & Main,” a series on the chefs using Rhode Island’s first kitchen incubator. So there’s that scene in Forrest Gump where Bubba, Forrest’s partner in the shrimping business, talks about all the delicacies one can make from “srimp”: “You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it,

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East Bay business leaders, innovators welcome 2015 with big plans, optimism

With just a handful of days remaining before General Treasurer Gina Raimondo takes over as Rhode Island’s chief executive on January 6, the governor-elect has been crossing the state, holding a series of meetings with business and community leaders in an effort to hear more about economic development efforts at the community level, as well

Ziggy Goldfarb with his locally-made pickles.

Meeting up with Warren’s perfect pickler

Hope & Main has been open for a few months now, and Rhode Island’s first kitchen incubator is already a busy place. Candy makers, salsa kingpins, fish smokers, bread bakers and other food entrepreneurs are using the Main Street facility’s kitchens full tilt, and there’s a line of others waiting to get in. Starting this

Hope & Main founder Lisa Raiola holds up the incubator's Certificate of Occupancy before the start of Friday's grand opening.

Hope & Main opens its doors in Warren

After five years of work, Warren finally made food its business Friday, celebrating the opening of Hope & Main, the state’s first kitchen incubator, in the old Main Street School. Founder Lisa Raiola, who dreamed up the incubator five years ago and has been working ever since to make it happen, celebrated the big day

Officials break ground on the Hope & Main incubator last year.

Hope and Main unveils first ‘class’ of cooks

A fish smoker, candy lover and pickler are among the more than 30 food entrepreneurs who will launch culinary businesses this month as members of the state’s first food business incubator program. They will begin full production at Hope & Main’s newly-renovated Main Street facility in early October. As the state’s first food business incubator,

Hope & Main founder Lisa Raiola of Bristol talks about her plans for the old Main Street Schfool.

Soup’s on! Hope & Main taking applications

It’s almost time to make food your business.  Hope & Main, Rhode Island’s first food business incubator, is now accepting applications for the inaugural class of its incubator program run out of the old Main Street School. The first deadline is December 17, with selected clients notified on or before March 1, 2014. After that,

Lisa Raiola (center, in red pants) breaks ground on the Hope & Main kitchen incubator Friday morning, with others who were instrumental in the $3.2 million project's funding.

Hope & Main breaks ground in Warren

A gently falling rain did nothing to stop the excitement in the air at the Main Street School Friday morning, where more than 50 foodies, government officials, local business owners, farmers and supporters gathered to break ground on Hope & Main, Rhode Island’s first kitchen incubator. Bristol resident Lisa Raiola, who for nearly four years


Hope & Main closes on school, $3 million loan

It’s official — Hope and Main now owns the old Main Street School building in Warren and has a $3 million federal loan that will help transform it into the state’s first kitchen incubator. “I’m very excited,” said Hope & Main founder Lisa Raiola of Bristol, Thursday. “I don’t think this is a victory so

Hope and Main group plans incubator bids

Things may seem quiet at the Main Street School, but there’s a lot going on behind the scenes with the Hope & Main incubator, seven weeks after Warren residents approved the sale of the old school to the Bristol-based group. “There’s quite a lot going on,” said Lisa Raiola, who founded Hope & Main and