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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.

Rising Savannah rent sparks more home sales

Increasing rent prices in Savannah and surrounding areas are spurring millennials to seek affordable housing, bucking the national trend of the younger generation delaying home ownership.

Savannah real estate agents say that increasing rent prices in downtown are causing long-time renters to start a search for affordable housing that provides an investment opportunity such as this 1,200-square-foot condominium on Whitaker Street that is listed with Engel & Volkers Savannah for $319,000. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Haslam retires from Hancock Askew

J. Harry Haslam Jr. has announced his retirement from Hancock Askew &Co. LLP after more than four decades with the Savannah firm. Recalling his 44 years at the firm, Haslam said it’s been watching the success of others that he enjoyed the most.

Look for more travelers this holiday weekend

More people are expected to hit the roads for Memorial Day travel this weekend than have done so since 2005, according to AAA.

Visitors purchase tickets to the Tybee Island Light Station and Museum on Thursday morning. Light Station staff are expecting large crowds this Memorial Day weekend, officially kicking off the islands busy season. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Port sees solid growth, bigger ship on schedule

April was another recording setting month for the Georgia Ports Authority and officials expect the momentum to continue as the organization enters the last few weeks of the 2017 fiscal year.

During the 30 hours the COSCO Development was in dock at the Port of Savannah, six cranes moved more than 9,700 TEUs on and off the vessel. The length of four football fields and nearly 160 feet wide, the ship was the largest to ever call on the East Coast. (Georgia Port Authority / Stephen Morton)

‘Balancing old world and new’ at Cup to Cup Café

During its first year, Cup to Cup Café at 140 Abercorn St. has been serving up something a little different.

James Spano

Local breweries celebrate state’s new alcohol-selling bill

Local breweries are raising a glass after Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 85 into law last weekMay 8 allowing breweries and distilleries to sell directly to consumers. 
Members of the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild board of directors, Nancy Palmer, Chris Heron, Joel Iverson, Carly Wiggins and Bob Sandage celebrate after the signing of Senate Bill 85 at the state capital earlier this month. The bill will update the regulations surrounding Georgia breweries and distilleries, putting them on par with other states across the country. (Photo special to the Savannah Morning News)

More Savannah tourists spent more money in 2016

Last year, the Hostess City welcomed more visitors than ever and those guests spent more money while they were here.

A tour group walks in front of the Hamilton-Turner House earlier this year. According to an annual study compiled by Longwoods International for Visit Savannah, 13.9 million people visited Savannah and spent about $2.8 billion in 2016. (Robert Cooper/ Savannah Morning News file photo)

Hotel plan gets sent back again to appeals board

On Wednesday, several members of the Historic District Review Board clarified that they were not confused when they voted to approve a contested bonus story of a hotel at Tattnall and Liberty Streets in February. It was just the latest move for a proposal that’s been volleyed back and forth for weeks.

A rendering of a new hotel proposed for Liberty and Tattnall Street. An appeal challenging the proposed bonus story will once again go back before the City of Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals. (Rendering courtesy of Lynch Associates Architects)

Broughton Street projects bring awards for preservation efforts

Broughton Street and the transformation of 16 buildings along the historic corridor by Atlanta developer Ben Carter and his team received statewide recognition last month by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.

Images provided by Hansen Architects using Georgia Historical Society photos - This series of photos shows the facade changes to 32 east Broughton St. The restoration of 16 buildings along the historic corridor by Atlanta developer Ben Carter, Hansen Architects, DPR Construction and Tharpe Engineering Group received statewide recognition last month by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.

Streetscape project remains finishing touch

As developer Ben Carter’s restoration and construction project on Broughton Street project nears its end, one of the final pieces of bringing the street back to life as a downtown shopping destination will be upgrading the streetscape, according to Quito Anderson, CEO of Ben Carter Enterprises.