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Eva Fedderly

Woman finds her business in dance

Four years ago, a 25-year-old Rachael Moore launched a dance studio in a creative effort to do something that no one else in town had done.

Rachael Moore, owner of Salon de Baile.

Tourism advocates learn about film industry needs

If you’re wondering what will lure Hollywood to Savannah, Mitzi HIll can tell you. Hill was the keynote speaker at the Tourism Leadership Council’s June luncheon.  

Augusta mayor encourages Savannah to embrace change

Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis cited the power in change as the key to new development in his city. Davis was the speaker for the small business advocacy group’s monthly meeting.

MICHAEL HOLAHAN, Augusta Chronicle

Vacant store windows provide art exhibition space

At the corner of Bull and Anderson streets, an empty building space temporarily holds vibrant, geometric artwork on easels by a local Savannah College of Art and Design MFA student. The concept, called “Vacant Windows,” was created by local non-profit Art Rise Savannah.

Sheng Wang’s paintings hang at the Strong Gym on Bull and Anderson streets in a space destined to be a fitness and dance studio. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Official pushes business incentives at luncheon

A city official on Wednesday pleaded for local business leaders to take advantage of incentives and resources as a way to help spark the local economy.

Want a tattoo? Go Anonymous

Using the second floor of what once was the historic First Georgia Railroad and Bank, Ricky McGee opened Anonymous Tattoo in 2005 when there were only a handful of tattoo parlors in Savannah.

Ricky McGee, owner of Anonymous Tattoo, works with a client. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

39 Rue de Jean works to attract 'locals'

Savannah’s new French brasserie, 39 Rue de Jean, located beneath Embassy Suites on West Oglethorpe Avenue, opened last November by Charleston-based Holy City Hospitality but is run by locals, including executive chef Drue Longo, a 30-year-old transplant from Philadelphia.

Executive chef Drue Longo of 39 Rue de Jean in Savannah sits in a booth on Saturday. The new French brasserie is located beneath Embassy Suites on West Oglethorpe Avenue. (Dylan Wilson/For the Savannah Morning News)

BiS profile: Nina Gompels, McDonald's restaurants

The economic impact in our Savannah community directly enhances the quality of life and wellbeing of our neighbors. Building the relationship between businesses and citizens translates into a symbiotic partnership between consumers and suppliers.

Couple builds business on champagne truffles

Kharye and Joel met in college and got married on Valentine’s Day. Thirty-five years later, they opened the chocolate factory for truffles that already have caught the eye of wedding planners and wineries throughout the United States and abroad.

Submitted photos- Le Dome Champagne Truffles are shaped like champagne corks.

New Day Counseling offers addiction treatment

Last January, Mike and Susan Farmer opened the addiction treatment center, NewDay Counseling, because they saw a need for intensive outpatient treatment in Savannah.

“There are a lot of people with the need, but not a lot of providers,” Mike told Business in Savannah.

West Rehab celebrates 25 years

This story began when two high school sweethearts from Calvary Day School got married and set out to start a physical therapy business in semi-rural areas in Greater Savannah. Now, what began as one small location in Hinesville 25 years ago has blossomed into eight locations with a staff of more than 50 therapists and support staff.

BiS profile: Brooke Atwood

The Brooke Atwood aesthetic comes from years of figuring things out. I hone in on what I think I do best (and what sells) and try to focus on that aspect of my line.

BiS profile: David Camden, President & CEO, Savannah SunTrust Bank

“I have been with SunTrust for five years, one and a half of which have been in Savannah. Every day keeps getting better. It’s a great time to be in banking and particularly with SunTrust.

BiS profile: Robin Restoration

As a child living in Savannah, Brian Robin and his father restored vintage British cars, which is when Robin first realized his love of restoring old and remarkable structures.

United Way's annual charity campaign hits halfway mark

United Way officials praised their volunteers and the community’s generosity Wednesday as they announced more than $3 million has been raised so far in the 2015 charity campaign.

Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News Loaned associate Willie Mae Knight, center, with the city of Savannah, gives her fundraising report as Campaign Chair Toby Moreau, right, looks on at the mid-campaign rally next to Monterey Square on Wednesday.

'Taste of Pooler' draws community crowd at Mighty Eighth

A mix of restaurants showcased their most tantalizing dishes and hundreds of participants enjoyed the kickoff to Pooler’s third annual Patriot Weekend on Thursday night at the Taste of Pooler event at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force.

Participants enjoy the Taste of Pooler event Thursday night at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force in Pooler. Pictured below are Taste of Pooler organizer John Fender, left, and Pooler Mayor Mike Lamb. - Eva Fedderly/Special to the Morning News

United Way sets $9 million fundraising goal

More than 1,100 United Way supporters were enjoying Southern soul food Thursday at the Savannah Civic Center when Dare Dukes, executive director of Deep Center, introduced two young boys on stage. 

Photos by Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News The goal for the United Way 2015 campaign is displayed at the kickoff party at the Savannah Civic Center. The group has set its goal for $9 million after raising $8,905,818 in 2014.

Nation's tour operators scout Savannah

The National Tour Association, an organization whose members have the potential to bring numerous tourists to Savannah, hosted its annual conference in the Hostess City this week and had its opening reception Thursday evening at the Green-Meldrim House.

Verizon promotes Savannah as 'smart city'

Community leaders and technology providers gathered at Hilton Savannah Desoto on Tuesday to discuss how Savannah would benefit if it were to become a “smart city.”

Savannahians restock Bahamas bee colony

Instead of “snakes on a plane,” think “bees on a plane.” In fact, think of 12 boxes of bees on a plane, one headed to a remote corner of The Bahamas.

A beekeeper takes Ted’s word that honeybees don’t sting unless you squeeze them.