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Holiday pop-up shop celebrates local fashion

Broughton Exchange to feature collections from 16 local designers

‘Left Behind Kids’ to begin filming this weekend

Production will begin this weekend on a feature film offshoot of the “Left Behind” franchise, a series of best-selling fictional novels about the biblical apocalypse.

Man’s aquaponic hobby leads to new partnership

A few years ago Claude Galipeault watched a YouTube video about food security that spurred him to action.
Galipeault, an electrical instrumentation technician for the city during the day, began researching and building what would become his life’s mission: a biodynamic system to promote sustainable agriculture and help feed the world.

Savannah startup gets first round of seed funding

A Savannah-area tech startup has secured $100,000 in seed funding after a made-for-TV moment at The Creative Coast’s tech and interactive design conference last weekend.

Tour guides file lawsuit against city over licensing requirements

A group of local tour guides is suing the city of Savannah over its licensing requirements, saying such regulations amount to an assault on their First Amendment rights.

Large-scale infill developments filling out Savannah's edges

Infill development shows no sign of slowing down along the edges of Savannah's historic district with the future addition of a six-story boutique hotel and two multi-story apartment complexes.

New Savannah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce works to break barriers for Latino entrepreneurs

Hoping to break down barriers for aspiring and current Latino and Hispanic entrepreneurs, a group of local entrepreneurs has launched the first Hispanic business chamber to cater specifically to this growing population.

Height concerns dominate Historic Board discussion of new Broughton Street building

When talking about height in Savannah’s Historic District, what matters more: stories or feet? Is the Height Map a rigid rule or a mere guideline? Do height variances set a bad precedent or should each project be considered in its individual context?

Savannah media magnate details historic Trustees' Garden redevelopment

Savannah business leader Charles Morris says the redevelopment of the historic Trustees' Garden property on the eastern edge of the Historic District is going smoothly and there may even be room for two amphitheaters.

Savannah home sales slow in October, median prices up

Metro Savannah saw significant gains in median home prices and new home sales in October, even as overall unit sales slowed slightly, according to data from local real estate tracker Savannah Multi-List Corp.

Median home sale prices leaped from $166,000 in October 2013 to $184,700 this year, an 11.3 percent increase and 1.2 percent higher than September.

Junior Achievement honors Savannah school board president, business leader at 15th annual gala

Junior Achievement of Georgia inducted its two newest laureates into the Savannah Business Hall of Fame on Monday evening.

Citing their business accomplishments and contributions to the community, the nonprofit selected Savannah-Chatham School Board President Joe Buck and local business leader Eugene Cartledge as its 2014 inductees.

Amid tour industry growth, a new resource for would-be guides

For those paying close attention, a debate raging on the letters to the editor page these last two months has not been the typical liberal versus conservative flame throwing. It’s between locals sparring over historical accuracy in the tour industry.

“Tourists would be better off reading about Savannah and taking themselves on a self-guided tour instead of paying to be misled and misinformed,” wrote Nancy Cunningham on Sept. 23, citing historical gaffes she’s overheard while walking by tour groups.

Sandfly redoubles efforts to get historic designation amid commercial encroachment

Herbert Kemp remembers as a child running alongside the streetcar that ran through his Sandfly neighborhood and throwing acorns through its open windows.

Born in 1931, Kemp has spent his entire life in this historic African-American community, settled by the descendants of slaves who worked on nearby Wormsloe Plantation.

Georgia craft brewers prepare for 2015 legislative push

The Georgia General Assembly doesn’t resume until January, but the state’s burgeoning craft beer industry wants to ensure they’re a top priority when legislators return to Atlanta.

The Georgia Craft Brewer’s Guild has hired lobbying firm Thrash Group, helmed by consultants Mo Thrash and John Haliburton, and launched an online crowdfunding campaign to raise $30,000 for their legislative reform efforts.

Amid tour industry growth, a new resource for would-be guides

For those paying close attention, a debate raging on the letters to the editor page these last two months has not been the typical liberal versus conservative flame throwing. It’s between locals sparring over historical accuracy in the tour industry.

“Tourists would be better off reading about Savannah and taking themselves on a self-guided tour instead of paying to be misled and misinformed,” wrote Nancy Cunningham on Sept. 23, citing historical gaffes she’s overheard while walking by tour groups.

Echoes of Manhattan in proposed Broughton Street building

Local architect Christian Sottile speaks personally about his designs, often attributing human traits and forms to them because, as he puts it, buildings should reflect their owners.

For his latest creation, about a year in the making, Sottile has designed a lofty six-story building with glass and limestone facade that recalls the Manhattan and Greek roots of his newest clients, Tak and Ourania Argentinis.

Management expert Ken Blanchard talks 'servant leadership' at Armstrong State University

With more than 50 books to his name and dozens of years speaking on management and leadership, Ken Blanchard said the biggest change that’s taken place in the business world is the dissolution of hierarchy between superiors and subordinates, and that’s a good thing.

“The big thing that’s changed is that I think we’ve really moved from a philosophy of command and control as leadership — you know, my way or the highway — to much more of a partnership relationship,” said Blanchard. “I think the young people have really pushed that.”

Savannah startup sets sights on DIY filmmaking market

Ian Nott is standing in the middle of Forsyth Park holding a small handheld 3D printed prototype mounted with a GoPro camera when a man runs by on his way to an ultimate Frisbee pick-up game.

“Oh, that’s a cool camera! Is that kind of a gyroscope?” the man asks as Nott cuts diagonally through the air with the device, demonstrating the different types of shots and angles an amateur filmmaker can get using his video-stabilized accessory.

Sandfly rezoning request ruffles neighbors' feathers

Sandfly resident Norman Luten Jr. moved back to Savannah around 17 years ago, taking up residence on land that’s been in his family for more than a century — some of it now being eyed for commercial development.

SCAD Film Festival panel gives insights into distribution and finance

For all its glitz, moviemaking is still a business. A small panel held Monday as part of the Savannah Film Festival tackled perhaps one of the trickiest issues in showbiz: how to recoup production costs for a movie.

Los Angeles-based manager and producer Steven Adams and entertainment lawyer Vinca Jarrett, co-producers of an online series called “Show Me the ******* Money,” headed the discussion on the intricate ways in which films can make money in distribution.