Keeping up with what’s happening and new with Newport businesses can be tough, we decided to do something about it in order to help you (and us) keep track of all that’s happening in the City-By-The-Sea.

This is ‘Newport Business News’, a weekly column where we keep you in the know of what’s happening with stores, restaurants, businesses and other news that you should know about.

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BankNewport, OceanPoint Insurance Agency: Sixty youth literacy kits and no-sew fleece blankets were donated by employees of BankNewport and OceanPoint Insurance Agency through the United Way of Rhode Island as part of the companies’ workplace giving campaign. More Info

BENRUS: BENRUS CEO Giovanni Feroce and the landlord of his short-lived Nantucket store have agreed on a motion to attach a lien on his Newport mansion. More Info

Discover Newport: Kristine Cox, General Manager of the Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina; T.R. McGrath, President of McGrath Clambakes and former Newport City-Councilor Marco Camacho have joined Discover Newport’s Board Of Directors.

Electric Boat: Unemployed and interested in a manufacturing career? Electric Boat is hiring machinists, metal fabricators, pipe-fitters and welders. No experience necessary. There will be a hiring fair to meet 1-on-1 with a Skills RI recruiter at the Newport County Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, January 11th from 11a.m – 1pm. More Info

Innovate Newport: The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, through its Re-Build RI tax credit program, has awarded The Innovate Newport project $2.1 million, completing the capitalization stage and paving the way for final design and construction bidding, according to Scott A. Gibbs, president of The Economic Development Foundation of Rhode Island. More Info

Kai Bar: Jason Kindness, former Beverage Director at The Revolving Door, has departed Lower Thames Street for East Greenwich to open Kai Bar. More Info

La Vasca: Stoneacre Pantry re-opened on Friday, January 6 as La Vasca, a Basque-style restaurant featuring pintxos, or small plates. More Info

Newport Art Museum: The Newport Art Museum has received a gift of nearly $5 million. This transformative gift, which has been donated to the Newport Art Museum by an anonymous benefactor, recognizes and supports the value of the Museum’s century-long dedication to serving its community through the arts, education, outreach initiatives, and historic preservation. More Info

People’s Credit Union: People’s Credit Union has announced it has earned the highest 5-Star Superior rating from BAUERFINANCIALS, the Nation’s Premier Bank and Credit Union Rating Firm. More Info

Restaurant Scene: Many restaurants are taking some time off in January and February, some for renovations and some for rest. See the list here.

Sears/K-Mart: It looks like Aquidneck Island locations will be sparred of the massive list of stores that will be closed. More Info

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).