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Katie Martin

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New Broughton Street coffee shop bringing the world to Savannah

You don’t have to travel the world to get a great cup of coffee. Just drop into Blends Coffee Boutique on Broughton Street.

The newly opened shop features six varieties of freshly blended coffee from around the world, so your favorite latte can be Puerto Rican one day and Colombian the next.

Javier Carro president of Blends Coffee Boutique pours a drink for a customer.

Coffee shops the hot trend in Savannah's Historic District

Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world, and a quick walk through Savannah’s Historic District backs that up. There are at least 10 coffee shops in the 2.2 square miles that make up the district, so you’re never far away from a hot pick-me-up.

So what makes these shops so successful?

DeLoach talks up business approach

Before he was elected as Savannah’s 66th mayor, Eddie DeLoach was a small business owner. And when it comes to running the city, he said he still applies those small business principles and lessons.

Mayor Eddie DeLoach addresses the crowd at this month’s Buy Local Savannah meeting. (Katie Martin/Savannah Morning News)

Local home sales have solid start

The new year has so far been a good one for the Savannah area real estate market.

Lockhart to local Rotarians: Fed hike may be on horizon

Although the Federal Open Market Committee voted to keep its interest rate target unchanged last week, Dennis Lockhart, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, said Monday a hike could be coming in the near future.

Dennis Lockhart, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta, speaks to the Rotary Club of Savannah on Monday. (Special to the Savannah Morning News)

New retailers announced for Broughton Street

The number of businesses on Broughton Street continues to grow with the announcement of three new retail stores, all related to Atlanta developer Ben Carter’s $90 million investment to revitalize the historic downtown corridor.

A man passes by the H&M currently being completed on Broughton St. in Savannah. Ben Carter Enterprises announced three new retailers that will be joining H&M in the Broughton Street Collection in the coming months. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News file photo)

Swedish retailer H&M to open downtown, Pooler stores

With more than 3,000 stores across the globe, Swedish retailer H&M is rapidly expanding, and Savannah and Pooler are next on the company’s radar.

H&M at the Tanger Outlets in Pooler is under construction. (Photos by Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

River Street hotel's rooftop lights get thumbs down from historic board

The recently opened Homewood Suites Hotel at 611 E. River St. got a little ahead of itself when it installed 16 light fixtures on its rooftop pool deck without asking Savannah’s Historic Review Board for permission.

Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News - The Homewood Suites hotel on the East end of River street has been under review by the Savannah Historic District Board of Review for the installation of unapproved lights which have been deemed as not visually compatible with the rest of the city.

Pool company celebrates 41 years, new expansion

It was a double celebration on Wednesday for Pride Pools, Spas and Leisure Products, Inc. as the company celebrated its 41st anniversary and the opening of a new showroom at its Savannah location at 11 Gateway Blvd. inside the Shoppes of Savannah.

Pride Pools, Spas and Leisure Products, Inc. owner, Sherry Buckman with brother Alex Smith, left, cuts the ribbon on the company's 1,500 square-foot showroom expansion on Wednesday. (Katie Martin/ Savannah Morning News)

Enmarket to boost starting salaries for associates, managers

Enmarket announced Tuesday the firm is adding $500,000 to its annual budget to boost starting salaries at its 60-plus convenience stores in the Savannah area and also plans to increase earnings for senior general managers to $55,000 a year with a monthly profit sharing bonus of 5 percent.

EnviroVac opens corporate headquarters in Garden City

Officially opening the doors to the new corporate headquarters in Garden City on Monday, EnviroVac CEO Kevin Jackson said the company had come a long way since its start in a single trailer in 1998 with four employees.

President and CEO Kevin Jackson speaks Monday at the ribbon-cutting of the new EnviroVac corporate headquarters. (Photos by Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Actor Mark Wahlberg to bring burger chain to Savannah

Wahlburgers, a burger chain owned by Academy Award nominee Mark Wahlberg and his brothers, Donnie, a former New Kid on the Block, and Paul, a chef, has announced a major expansion of the Boston-based eatery that will include at least one location in Savannah.

(Photo by Lisa Corrado/Special to the Savannah Morning News) The exterior of Wahlburgers Fenway location in Boston. The burger chain owned by bothers Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg, recently announced they will open a location in Savannah.

Beetnix Superfood and Juice Bar opens on Savannah's Broughton Street

Grab a Beet Berry smoothie and pull up a chair. Beetnix Superfood and Juice Bar, the newest endeavor from Shelley Lowther, owner of Dancing Dogs Yoga Studio, aims to put healthy, delicious food alongside community togetherness.

Inside Beetnix, customers order and enjoy superfoods and juices.

FastPitch competition winner goes by the book

On Friday, books mixed with a little bit of technology took home the top prize at the Creative Coast’s annual FastPitch competition.

Trey Gordner, right, of Koios accepts his award as overall winner of the Creative Coast’s annual FastPitch competition on Friday. (Katie Martin/Savannah Morning News)

Comcast announces fiber optic network to increase web speeds in Savannah

Comcast Business will build a multi-million dollar fiber optic network in Savannah to deliver the fastest Internet speeds to businesses in the state. Company officials on Tuesday announced that the fiber-based Ethernet service will provide 10 gigabit speeds to businesses, colleges and government agencies and will begin in the third quarter of 2016.

Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission director to retire

Tom Thomson, executive director of the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission, has announced that he will retire in July.

Savannah Rock 'n' Roll Marathon extended through 2018

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon will continue to rock Savannah streets through 2018 officials announced on Wednesday.

Shops OK'd at Johnny Harris site

The Metropolitan Planning Commission, at a contentious meeting Tuesday, approved the general development site plan for the Shops at Wicklow Farms to be located at 1675 Victory Drive, the current site of Johnny Harris Restaurant.

Savannah tourism awards honor industry leaders, students

Savannah’s Tourism Leadership Council, a local trade organization, presented its 18th annual Tourism Awards on Thursday evening. The black-tie gala honored those who represent the best of Savannah’s leisure and hospitality industry as well as those in the community who support it.

Randy Thompson/ Photography/ for the Savannah Morning News. Ronald Blue, valet attendant at the Embassy Suites, was the Service Star Award winner at 18th Annual Savannah Tourism Awards & Scholarship Dinner. He is flanked on the left by Michael Owens,President & CEO of the Savannah TLC and on the right by Molly Swagler ,Vice President of Communications for the Savannah TLC.

Conference highlights equal employment for those returning citizens

About 3.8 million Georgia residents have some sort of criminal background, and the state ranks second worst in the nation when it comes to creating roadblocks for those trying to re-enter society, according to Nancy DeVetter, an attorney with the Georgia Legal Services Program.

Savannah Morning News - Georgia Legal Services Program attorney Nancy DeVetter speaks Wednesday during the Savannah-Chatham Reentry Council Employment Conference. DeVetter and other local and state officials spoke on the importance of providing those with criminal backgrounds an equal opportunity for employment.