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Villa Savannah bids farewell to loyal locals - for now

Villa Savannah, a fixture on Broughton Street for the past decade, is getting ready to close up shop — but, officials hope, only temporarily.

Katie Martin/Savannah Morning News Dean Caldarelli, CEO of Villa Savannah, stands in his Broughton Street store Wednesday. The store, which sells high-end home furnishings along with clothing and accessories, will close in September after a decade.

The Beer Growler to close July 27

If you need a growler refill of cold beer to cool off from the Savannah heat make sure to do it before July 27 — The Beer Growler located at 102 E. Liberty St. announced via Facebook on Friday that it would close its doors at month’s end.

Elizabeth Williams, manager at The Beer Growler Savannah, stands alongside the bar Monday at the store on Liberty Street. The store announced last week that it will close July 27 after being open for just more than two years. - Katie Martin/Savannah Morning News

Savannah gears up for Geekend

Entering its seventh year, Geekend brings together developers, marketers, entrepreneurs and everything in between for a three-day conference packed with panel discussions, interactive workshops and more than two dozen speakers from Oct. 15-17.

Savannah gears up for Geekend

H&M, Savannah Tap Room coming to Broughton Street

International retailer H&M is making Savannah its newest home thanks to Ben Carter and his $75 million historic restoration project on Broughton Street.

Katie Martin/Savannah Morning News Crews work on the four-story Broughton Street building Thursday that will house international retailer H&M. The store is set to open next June, according to developer Ben Carter.

Savannah business owners share tips for growth at monthly meeting

In Savannah, small businesses and networking go hand in hand — you don’t just build your business based on clients, you build your business based on personal connections.

Hotel Indigo coming to Savannah

A downtown hotel is set to undergo a complete face-lift — opening with a new name that will bring a bit of color to the Savannah hotel industry.

Hotel Indigo — Savannah Historic District, formerly the Inn at Ellis Square, is set to open in early 2016.

An Uptown Houston Hotel Indigo

Trio flying high at Cotton & Rye

Bacon dust, octopus and fried chicken thighs — those are just a few of the things that will be on the menu when Cotton & Rye, located at 1801 Habersham Street, opens on July 21.

Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News – Zach Shultz, Chef and owner of the Cotton & Rye, stands in front of the vault which offers a private dining experience at the restaurant.

Businesses push clean sweep

You might have to pay a $500 fine the next time you roll your car window down to toss that cup or flick your cigarette — and you also might have your face plastered across various social media sites.

Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News Greg Parker, president and CEO of Parker’s, speaks at the launch of the Keep Savannah Clean Initiative in April near the fountain in Forsyth Park.

Drinking it in: Local breweries celebrating new law changes

Savannah just got a little boozier. On Wednesday, State Bill 63, also known as the Beer Jobs Bill, updating Georgia’s post-prohibition-era beer laws, went into effect, which is good news for Savannah area breweries and craft beer geeks across the state.

Ian Maule/ Savannah Morning News Eric Burnett helps a group select which type of beer to sample during a tour at Southbound Brewing Company in Savannah on Thursday..

Sisters of the Starland District

Clean, contemporary and unique.

Those are the words that 26-year-old Molly Hatch and her sister, Emma, 27, use to describe their one-of-a-kind storefront, Appreciation Society, in Savannah’s Starland District.

Photos by Ian Maule/Savannah Morning News- Molly and Emma Hatch pose for a portrait in their store, Appreciation Society, in Savannah on June 16. The sisters were inspired to open the store after living in New York City.

Paula Deen's Wilmington Island home hits the market for $12.5 million

If you’ve wondered what it’s like to live like celebrity chef Paula Deen, now’s your chance to cook in her kitchen, relax with a game of croquet on her personal court or fish in a private half-acre pond — if you have $12.5 million plus an additional $29,000 a year for property taxes.

Photo courtesy of Paula Deen Ventures Paula Deen recently listed her 14,500 square-foot Wilmington Island home on the market for $12.5 million. The property also includes a barn, dock house and two guest cottages.

Historic Tybee Post Theater to open doors spring 2015

From the decades old lighthouse that overlooks north beach to the beautifully restored cottages, there is no shortage of historic structures on Tybee Island and now another one is getting ready to open its doors to the community once again.

South Carolina artist headed to New York City after winning national competition

Daufuskie Island, S.C., resident Chase Allen, who owns The Iron Fish Art Gallery, will be packing his bags for New York City this weekend after his gallery claimed the Audience Choice Award in the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Awards competition.

Savannah preservation efforts recognized

Candy Kitchen ushers in the fall season