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Ga. Tech-Savannah graduates its first Coding Boot Camp

The internet is the best, and sometimes only, link to fundamental information and networks, but code is the power to unlock it all.

The inaugural class of Georgia-Tech Savannah’s Coding Boot Camp. The six-month program teaches the fundamentals of coding and web development, while offering one-on-one time to students. (Photo courtesy of Back River Photography/Wayne C. Moore)

Savannah tourism leaders talk crime, hospitality at annual luncheon

The Savannah hospitality industry employs more than 27,000 people who work year round to serve millions of visitors and residents. On Thursday, some of those industry leaders had the chance to voice their comments and concerns on a wide range of topics, including hotel development, health of the industry, parking and crime, during the Tourism Leadership Council’s annual State of Tourism Conversation luncheon.

Michael Owens, president/CEO of the Tourism Leadership Council

Savannah Spirits finds history, challenges in pursuit of new distillery

Savannah has long been known for its spirits of both the haunting and distilled variety, and they’ll soon be a few more of the latter calling downtown home.

This rendering shows the future site of Savannah Spirits craft distillery at the corner of Whitaker and State streets. Renovations on the 12,000-square-foot establishment, which will also include a chophouse, have been ongoing since March 2016. (Rendering courtesy of Savannah Spirits)

Board OKs hotel projects for Drayton, River streets

The design of a hotel that spurred confusion and conversation over zoning districts received the green light from the Historic Review Board on Wednesday.

An artist’s rendering shows the proposed West Elm Hotel at 607 Drayton St. The Historic Review Board voted to approve the design plans for the four-story building Wednesday. (Renderings provided by Gunn Meyerhoff Shay)

Lunch group hears how good habits build fitness at work

Replace your candy bowl with fruit. Take the stairs. Drink water.

Paula Kreissler, director of healthy living and community development for Healthy Savannah, talks about simple tips for a healthier lifestyle during the Savannah Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Power Hour lunch on Tuesday. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

‘Crazy for the Boys,’ new teen musical drama, films at The Diner on Abercorn

Aside from the usual pancakes, The Diner on Abercorn was busy serving up some Hollywood magic on Thursday.

Amelia DeMilo and Hunter Sansone prepare to shoot a scene for “Crazy for the Boys” on Thursday at The Diner on Abercorn. The teen musical will be filming in Savannah until the end of the month. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Whitaker Street store ends seven decades of beauty, barber supply

It’s hard to miss the big metal shears affixed to the front of Smith Beauty and Barber Supply at 215 Whitaker St., a low brick building that sits just off of Oglethorpe Avenue.

A selection of combs and other remaining inventory is on sell at a ” first come first serve” basis. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah engineer’s essay gets international notice

If you’ve enjoyed a meal at The Grey, had drinks at the rooftop bar at the Cotton Sail Hotel or driven down Drayton Street where the Perry Lane Hotel is under construction, you’ve seen Cody Tharpe’s and Tharpe Engineering Group’s work in action.

Savannah-area home sales have record month

Savannah-area home sales reached a benchmark in May with 775 homes selling across Bryan, Chatham and Effingham counties. It was the highest number of sales since at least January 2012, according to data recently released by Savannah Multi List Corp.

Auto shop reinforces service with social media

A visit to the auto repair shop can cost a lot of money and, often, a lot of frustration. The team at Savannah’s Integrity Auto Repair hopes to change that by pairing old-fashioned customer service with the modern twist of social media to remodel the industry.

Integrity Auto Repair’s new location is at 12125 Apache Ave. The company plans to expand to Pooler, hoping to grow its business through social media. (Photo courtesy of Integrity Auto Repair)

Producer, writer bring subject of film work to Savannah

As The Rotary Club of Savannah opened their weekly meeting Monday, singing “God Bless America,” 84-year-old Tsui Chi Hsii placed his hand over his heart and sang every word.

Photo by Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News - Tsui Chi Hsii, also known as Charlie “Two Shoes” Tsui and Stratton Leopold. Tsui was the guest speaker at Monday's Savannah Rotary Club meeting.

Acheson says he’s learned a lot, not done with Savannah

Ahead of The Florence’s scheduled June 25 closing, owner and celebrity chef Hugh Acheson said the financials behind the Victory Drive restaurant were ultimately what led him to close the doors.

The Florence owner Hugh Acheson poses in his restaurant in Savannah in 2015. (SMN file photo)

Hugh Acheson to close The Florence

Restaurateur and celebrity chef Hugh Acheson has announced that his Savannah restaurant, The Florence, will close on June 25.

The Florence owner Hugh Acheson poses in his restaurant in Savannah in 2015. Acheson announced on his Facebook page Wednesday that the restaurant, which opened in 2014, will close on June 25. (Savannah Morning News file photo) The Florence owner Hugh Acheson poses in his restaurant in Savannah in 2015. Acheson announced on his Facebook page Wednesday that the restaurant, which opened in 2014, will close on June 25. (Savannah Morning News file photo)

TSA reports rise in firearms seizures at Savannah airport

Transportation Security officers at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport have reported an increase of firearms in carry-on baggage this year.

Transportation Security Officer Joanne Hackett shows off prohibited items recently surrendered at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. TSA officials were at the airport to remind passengers to double check their luggage for prohibited items. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

12 Oaks adds Cinnamon Bear gift store to lineup

Visitors to the Twelve Oaks Shopping Center will be greeted by another local storefront during their next shopping trip. The Cinnamon Bear Country Store, a staple on River Street and City Market, has opened a third Savannah location at the midtown shopping center.

Owners of The Cinnamon Bear Country Store, Lynne and Michael Snaid along with their daughter, Haylee, cut the ribbon on the company’s third Savannah location at the Twelve Oaks Shopping Center on Tuesday. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Jamie and Bobby Deen to release cookware, wine collection

You’ll soon be able to add more Deen family style to your kitchen. Jamie and Bobby Deen are set to release their own line of cookware, kitchen accessories and curated wines with the Evine shopping network.

The Deen brothers, Jaime and Bobby, are set to release their own line of cookware, kitchen accessories and curated wines with the Evine shopping network next week. The debut wine collection includes Chardonnay and a red blend developed by Jamie Deen.

Plant Riverside hotel construction stays on track

Construction continues on hotelier Richard Kessler’s Plant Riverside District on the west end of River Street. The centerpiece is the site of a decommissioned power plant built in 1912. Representatives from The Kessler Collection say construction is progressing as expected on the $270 million, 670,000 square-foot development.

Construction continues at the Plant Riverside District on the west end of River Street. (Rich Burkhart/For the SMN)

Vintage Market Days Savannah to showcase local, national talent

Those who search for the perfect old mirror or original art piece may be in luck this weekend as Vintage Market Days Savannah comes to the International Trade and Convention Center.

A few examples of what shoppers can expect from Vintage Market Days Savannah, which will be held today through Sunday at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. (Photos courtesy of Vintage Market Days Savannah)

Commission votes down Savannah hotel changes

The Metropolitan Planning Commission on Tuesday voted to deny a petition by the city of Savannah that would amend the zoning ordinance as it relates to hotel development.

Savannah cat café to bring drinks, furry friends together

If you’ve ever wanted to relax with a glass of wine and cuddle with some cute, adoptable felines then Pounce Cat Café + Wine Bar is the perfect place for you.