The Providence Downtown Improvement District is out with its annual business guide and it shows a surge of new business for the city center area.
The guide shows 13 new restaurants and shops opened last year. Thirty-five new businesses have opened their doors in the past two years. And this is just in the downtown area. It does not include College Hill, Federal Hill or other popular business districts.
Joelle Kanter of the Providence Downtown Improvement District said the new businesses run the gamut.