The pace of life may generally slow down a bit during the “dog days of summer,” but business has been booming in Warwick with the arrival of a diverse array of companies to the community.

The Berry Joint, located in the heart of the city at 2424 West Shore Road, is bringing more healthy options to Warwick. Family owned and operated, The Berry Joint’s menu offers a tempting array of Acai bowls, real fruit smoothies, salads, cold-pressed juices, and cold-pressed juice shots. With a focus on real, fresh fruits and vegetables with no artificial ingredients or additives that are made to order, the shop is quickly becoming a local favorite.

Over at 465 Warwick Avenue, there’s a different type of culinary experience for one’s taste buds at the new Neza Mexican Restaurant. The owners are proud of their ability to bring authentic Mexican flavor to their menu, which includes mouth-watering appetizers like Camarones Puercos, Tamales, and Elotes, as well as salads and soups. Enchiladas, quesadillas, tacos, carne asada, molcajete, arroz con pollo, and salmon a lo Delgado are among the plentiful options available for lunch and dinner. Signature desserts and an extensive drink menu are also offered at Neza, which has attracted folks from all over, even as it’s become a popular neighborhood gathering place.

But Warwick’s not just all about great restaurants – with its central location in the heart of southern New England and easy on/off access to Interstates 95 and 295, it’s a great location for any number of business ventures, including those serving the traveling public. Neon Marketplace has capitalized on its location at 1149 Division Street – the former site of an eponymous restaurant – at the intersection of Routes 4 and 401 and just yards away from Route 95. Beyond the ability to refill gas and diesel and charge an electric vehicle, at Neon customers will find a kitchen and store that are open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., fountain drinks and gourmet coffee, made-to-order breakfasts and artisanal sandwiches, hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, and brick oven pizza, as well as grab-and-go sandwiches – all perfect options for those heading to the beach or any of the beautiful parks that abound in the area.

On the other side of the city is Renova Lighting Systems, which has been operating in Warwick for 25 years and just celebrated the transfer of ownership to Jeremy and Jessica Mularski. Located at 36 Bellair Avenue, the company boasts 14 patents and 32 awards and designs and manufactures lighting, with an emphasis on providing customers with innovative ideas and energy-efficient solutions. Their numerous product categories include customized linear lighting and LED retrofit kits.

And, tucked away in a residential neighborhood off Long Street is a new daycare, “Owl Always.” Serving children two to five years old, Owl Always’ mission is to empower the next generation of curious minds by providing an innovative and adaptive approach to childcare that values creativity. Owner/program director Jennifer Estrada and Michaela Famulari, education coordinator, have also worked cooperatively to foster an atmosphere where children can explore the world around them while feeling safe and loved.

These companies and new owners are a welcome addition to Warwick’s diverse and thriving small business community, providing great services and products while making aesthetic improvements that help to increase the attractiveness of the areas in which they’re located.

If you’re interested in learning more about available properties for your or your client’s next venture, or would like more information about doing business in Warwick, please call the Department of Economic Development at (401) 788-2014, or email