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Savannah-based tech company Aetho to launch first product this week

Whether you’re an aspiring filmmaker or a grandparent filming your grandchild’s first steps, Ian Nott wants you to know you can film like a pro with Aeon, the initial product from his Savannah-based tech company Aetho.

Photos by Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News - Ian Nott, co-founder of Aetho, stands in the company’s office in the Creative Foundry. Aetho is a startup company that is currently designing a steadicam rig for GoPro cameras.

Popular pizzeria Mellow Mushroom prepares for liquor license

You may soon be able to enjoy a glass of bourbon with your Magical Mystery Tour pizza at Mellow Mushroom after the Metropolitan Planning Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved to rezone the popular Liberty Street pizzeria to clear the way for the restaurant to apply for a liquor license.

Broughton Street: Ben Carter, construction, rumors and new stores on the historic corridor

The removal of the twinkle lights that had graced Broughton Street since last year, thanks in part to Atlanta developer Ben Carter — coupled with rumors that he has placed his Savannah homes on the market — has had people wondering whether Carter’s $75 million plan to revitalize the historic street has taken a hit.

Steve Bisson/ Savannah Morning News – Broughton Street between Jefferson and Barnard streets.

Thrifty Supply Center to close

If you’re in the market for dozens of sharp point drywall screws, Christmas lights, cookware, window shades or even a hamster cage, get to Thrifty Supply Center before the end of the month. 

Thrifty Supply Center at 340 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., which opened in 1956, will close at the end of the month after almost 60 years in business.

The coast with the most: More domestic, international travelers heading to Peach State

Numbers released by Visit Savannah last week showed that the city’s tourism numbers are up and continuing to grow, and the same holds true for the entire coastal region and the state.

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Savannah tourism numbers continue upward

If you’ve felt as if you’ve been braking for more bachelorette parties in crosswalks and spending more time stuck in traffic behind trolleys full of tourists while driving downtown this year — well, you’re right.

Savannah's cultural arts center gains design approval

The city’s proposed cultural arts center moved another step closer to reality on Wednesday, gaining unanimous design approval from the Savannah Historic District Board of Review.

Special photo This rendering of the city’s proposed cultural arts center shows the entrance from Montgomery Street. The building gained design approval from the Savannah Historic District Board of Review on Wednesday.

Developer eyes land surrounding Savannah restaurant Johnny Harris

Owners of longtime Savannah restaurant Johnny Harris have entered into an agreement with a regional developer to explore opportunities for development on the property surrounding the restaurant at 1651 East Victory Dr., according to a press release.

Developer eyes Johnny Harris land

Creative Coast celebrates six months of entrepreneurs, networking and coffee

In the six months since the Creative Coast began hosting the weekly entrepreneurial and networking event 1 Million Cups, more than 70 people have pitched everything from mobile medical apps to fine jewelry design.

Creative Coast photo Jill Cheeks, 1 Million Cups organizer, talks about the success of entrepreneurial programs in Savannah during the event’s six-month anniversary presentation on Wednesday.

Savannah featured in new state tourism video

Savannah and surrounding areas will be getting a little more screen time and, with hope, a few more tourists with the release of a series of state tourism videos titled "We Are Georgia.

Dozens of tourism-related businesses and agencies promoted their offerings at the Governor's Tourism Conference, being held here at the Hyatt Regency. (Photo by Carl Elmore/For the Savannah Morning News)

Governor Nathan Deal talks up tourism

Hundreds of tourism and hospitality industry professionals converged on Savannah this week to take part in talks and workshops that covered everything from technology to conflict resolution as well as Georgia’s new hotel-motel fee during the Governors Tourism Conference at the Hyatt Regency.

Visit Savannah photo Gov. Nathan Deal speaks at the governor’s luncheon and awards ceremony on Wednesday during the final day of the Governors Tourism Convention at the Hyatt Regency.

Creative Coast looking for ideas

If you’re an entrepreneur with an idea, The Creative Coast wants to hear from you. The Creative Coast, Advanced Technology Development Center at Georgia Tech and the Technology Association of Georgia are joining forces Oct. 1 with the Atlanta-based not-for-profit StartupLounge to bring entrepreneurs and investors together for a night of hassle free conversation.

Visit Savannah chief talks marketing, innovation

One question is always on the mind of Visit Savannah President Joe Marinelli as the number of tourists visiting Savannah continues to grow each year: How do we keep them coming back to the Hostess City?

Panel discussion focuses on Savannah's perishable import growth, opportunity

A panel of logistics representatives from around the state gathered Tuesday at the Embassy Suites Savannah Airport to discuss how to bring more perishables, jobs and opportunity to the Lowcountry during the first Savannah Logistics Lunch presented by the Center for Innovation for Logistics and HunterMacLean attorneys.

Katie Martin/Savannah Morning News - Panelist Chris Logan, Ross Maple, Bo Warren and Lee Woodham discuss the progress of perishable imports and cold chain in Savannah Tuesday at the Savannah Logistics Lunch.

Drayton Street hotel gets approval from Historic Review Board

A new hotel that will occupy two empty lots just north of Drayton Tower has received the go ahead from the Historic Review Board for its height and mass.

Special to the Savannah Morning News This rendering from Hansen Architects shows the proposed two-building hotel, at the center, along Drayton Street. The project gained height and mass approval from the Historic Review Board last week.

Armstrong, Small Business Institute partnership aims to help Savannah businesses

Small businesses in Savannah will soon have a new resource when it comes to growing thanks to a newly formed partnership between Armstrong State University and the Small Business Institute.

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Savannah hotels receive positive growth forecast

“The overall health of the lodging market here is extraordinarily good. We’re seeing new supply come in to the market and developers planning more and more projects, which shows that they’re recognizing just how strong the fundamentals are here in Savannah,” Woodworth said.

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Savannah's Woof Gang Bakery to open four new locations

Paul Allen certainly has a lot to bark about these days.

Allen, CEO of Woof Gang Bakery — an upscale pet store that sells treats, chews and pet accessories — opened Savannah’s first location in City Market just before St. Patrick’s Day and already has four other locations in the works. The newest location will open Aug. 7 at 236 Drayton Street.

Katie Martin/Savannah Morning News - Paul Allen, CEO of Woof Gang Bakery, stands in his City Market store on Tuesday. Allen has plans to open four more Savannah locations in the coming months.

Georgia's ports see another record year

Another year, another record recorded by the Georgia Ports Authority. On Monday, Georgia Ports officials reported they moved 31.7 million tons of cargo in the fiscal year 2015 — a 7.8 percent increase from the previous year — and the first time they have handled more than 30 million tons in a single year.

GPA Photo/Stephen B. Morton - The Georgia Ports Authority set an all-time record in the Fiscal Year 2015 moving more than 31.7 million tons of cargo and 3.66 million twenty-foot equivalent container units.

Initiative aims to make Savannah a better city for businesses

Starting a business in Savannah? The city wants to help you. For the last two years local business leaders, Mayor Edna Jackson and other city of Savannah staff have been working on a public-private initiative to make Savannah the best city in the state for conducting business.

Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News - Ruel Joyner of 24e Furniture