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Flaming hot: Port Wentworth tow truck honored in national contest

A tow truck is a sight of relief for anyone that’s ever been stranded on the side of the road, so when Darel Sapp of Sapp’s Wrecker Service in Port Wentworth sends his fleet on the road, he makes sure they stand out.

Photo special to the Savannah Morning News- This 2009 Peterbilt truck from Sapp’s Wrecker Service in Port Wentworth was recently awarded second place in Tow Times magazine’s national Shine ‘n Star Tow Truck beauty contest. The truck was selected from more than 500 entries from around the country and Canada.

Running tourism surges in Savannah

Since its introduction in 2011, runners have shelled out about $66 million in total direct spending, filling not just the streets, but hotels, restaurants and local shops.

Savannah Morning News file photo A sign encourages runners to “just keep running” during the Rock ’n’ Roll Savannah Marathon and Half Marathon last year. About 22,000 people are expected to register for the 2015 race.

Savannah landmark bar Pinkie Master's to close after 65 years

Say goodbye to cheap Pabst Blue Ribbon, free popcorn and always interesting conversation - Savannah landmark Pinkie Master's Lounge is closing Jan. 1, after more than 60 years.

Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News Guy Kirk, owner of Pinkie Master’s, talks on the phone Thursday about the announcement of his bar’s closure after being a local favorite for more than 60 years.

Savannah breweries hopping mad over new state brewery restrictions

Georgia breweries are foaming after the Georgia Department of Revenue quietly released a bulletin last month with its interpretation of the recently passed State Bill 63, also known as the Beer Jobs Bill, which updated the state’s post-prohibition-era beer laws.

Savannah Morning News file photo Eric Burnett helps a group select which type of beer to sample during a tour at Southbound Brewing Company in Savannah on July 2. New interpretation of a recently passed law prohibits variable tour pricing, which isn’t sitting well with breweries and customers.

Savannah McDonald's franchise owner talks hard work, dedication at luncheon

Nina Tracy Gompels’ journey from McDonald’s counter worker as a teenager to second generation franchise owner wasn’t an easy stroll under the golden arches. 

Katie Martin/Savannah Morning News McDonald’s franchise owner Nina Tracy Gompels talks about her restaurant’s community involvement Wednesday at the Business in Savannah Luncheon. Gompels is a second-generation franchise owner and operates six McDonald’s restaurants in the Savannah area.

Six new Broughton Street retailers announced

Several new stores will soon be calling Savannah’s Broughton Street home.

Savannah Morning News file photos- Construction barricades are shown along the 100 West block of Broughton Street in September. Six new retailers, including Victoria’s Secret and Michael Kors, are expected to open in the coming months, according to a press release from Ben Carter Enterprises.

Moon River District offers Savannah's Lowcounty experience

Savannah is known for its history, architecture and those beautiful, majestic oaks draped in Spanish Moss. But one group wants to make sure tourists — as well as locals — know that Savannah’s history and beauty go beyond the downtown Historic District.

Savannah Morning News file photo- Oaks line the entrance to Wormsloe Historic Site. The Moon River committee hopes more tourists will visit the site.

Mayoral candidates focus on small business during forum

Crime and public safety have taken center stage for local elections this year, but on Thursday the topic turned to another rising campaign issue — local and small businesses — during a forum hosted by Buy Local Savannah at Johnny Harris Restaurant on Victory Drive.

Savannah Morning News file photo

Lucky's Market unveils new Savannah store

Lucky’s Market, a natural foods grocer that offers affordable options for everyday foods and specialty choices, will have the grand opening for its first Savannah location today at 5501 Abercorn St., with a bacon-cutting.

Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News Milaina Salazar, left, came from the home office in Colorado on Wednesday to help Shanique Gore open the new Lucky’s Market on Abercorn Street.

Home sales continue upward

Savannah area home sales have continued their winning streak into September, making it the sixth month in a row that sales have broken 500 units.

Selfie on a Stick founders to speak during Geekend

In the year since they launched their company, Selfie on a Stick, the duo and their product have been featured on “Good Morning America,” CNN, Vogue magazine and can be found coast-to-coast in retail stores and on QVC.

Photo courtesy of Selfie on a Stick- Jacqueline Verdier and Dominic Suszanski, founders of Selfie on a Stick, take a selfie with a wax figure of President Barak Obama at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. The famed wax museum sells the selfie stick at its gift shops across the nation.

Investor gives startup something to Bark about

Geekend, the Creative Coast’s tech and interactive design conference, launched its seventh year with quite a surprise Thursday night — 50,000 of them to be exact — when an investor awarded $50,000 to Brian Bason, the CEO and founder of Bark.

Carl Elmore/For the Savannah Morning News Brian Bason uses a slideshow to explain his business, Bark, during a Geekend pitch presentation Thursday evening at the Guild Hall on Montgomery Street.

Proposed Johnny Harris site development clears rezoning hurdle

The Metropolitan Planning Commission on Tuesday approved a request to rezone 11 acres of land around the current site of Johnny Harris restaurant at 1651 Victory Drive.

Blacksmith vying for top spot in Martha Stewart competition

By day Gilbert Walker works as an investigator at the Chatham County District Attorney’s office, but in his free time he trades his badge and gun for a hammer and anvil in his small blacksmith workshop behind his mother’s house in East Savannah.

Special to the Savannah Morning News

City's startup scene grows: Savannah tech CEO to speak at Geekend

Yvonne Jouffrault’s business has customers around the globe, although, admittedly, she rarely speaks with them. Jouffrault is the CEO and founder of Tour Buddy apps, an online software that allows visitor destinations around the world to create their own iOS and Android apps.


B's Cracklin' BBQ back in business

Savannah’s famed B’s Cracklin’ Barbeque is back in all its saucy glory just four months after being destroyed by fire.

Photos by Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News Bryan Furman, owner and head cook of B’s Cracklin’ Barbeque, cuts ribs in the kitchen of his newly reopened restaurant Wednesday.

Savannah's Yia Yia's Kitchen to expand

Upon meeting Stathy Stathopoulos you quickly learn the guy knows his Greek food, and his passion for it shines through each koulouria twist cookie, gyro or bottle of imported olive oil that leaves the doors at Yia Yia’s Kitchen at 3113 Habersham Street.

Photos by Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News- Stathy Stathopoulos at Yia Yia’s Kitchen on Habersham Street.

Savannah area home sales continue upward

Savannah area homes sales have been just as hot as the weather lately, breaking 500 every month since March.

Panelists push passion

Savannah small businesses of every kind — from cookies to tech startups — were represented Wednesday during the Business Owners Roundtable, which took place as part of the Mayor’s Small Business Conference at the Savannah Civic Center.

Stephanie Lindley

Shop the Fox offers hot finds for coffee crowd and beyond

Shop the Fox is the third expansion from Foxy Loxy Cafe and Coffee Fox owner Jennifer Jenkins, who, after a successful run with Foxy Loxy and the Coffee Fox jumped at the chance to buy the Foxy Loxy property and the adjacent building at 1917 Bull St., which houses Shop the Fox and adds a retail component to her successful duo of coffeehouses.

Jennifer Jenkins, owner of Foxy Loxy and now her new retail store Shop the Fox, second from right, talks with employees. Shop the Fox is the third expansion from Foxy Loxy Cafe and Coffee Fox. - Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News