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Katie Nussbaum

Retailers get ready for holiday shoppers

Holiday shopping season arrives this week, and retailers are optimistic consumers will be out in force.

Mike Finn, the manager at Best Buy talks about some of the products that seem to be trending this holiday season like the latest smart home technology that allows people to control many devices in their homes remotely. (Robert Cooper/for the Savannah Morning News)(Robert Cooper/for the Savannah Morning News)

Tourism groups set legislative focus

Making sure visitors and businesses feel welcome in Georgia remains the top of the 2108 list for the General Assembly. Local and state tourism leaders gathered Thursday to urge elected officials to support their work.

Michael Owens, president and CEO of the Tourism Leadership Council, and Morgan Law, executive director of the Georgia Travel Association, speak during the TLC’s last luncheon of 2017 on Thursday. The tourism leaders discussed their top legislative priorities ahead of the 2018 Georgia General Assembly. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Jobs remain top priority for legislators in next year

Keeping Savannah’s business climate healthy and defending against legislation that could negatively impact the industry once again topped a list of seven legislative priorities Savannah business leaders presented to local delegation members during the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Eggs &Issues breakfast.

Chamber Chairman Sam McCachern, right, talks with State Senator Lester Jackson, left, and Representative Ron Stephens at the annual Eggs & Issues Legislative Breakfast. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Score Savannah honors longtime mentor

After retiring and settling in Savannah 22 years ago, Al Torpie knew he wanted to remain active in the business community and, during the last two decades, he’s been doing just that by helping the area’s small businesses build plans for success through his time with Savannah SCORE.

Score Savannah member Al Torpie, left, was honored by the organization and chapter chairman Michael Siegel on Monday for 20 years of service as a Score Mentor. Torpie has advised dozens of Savannah businesses and nonprofits on marketing, budgeting and planning during the last two decades through Score. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Cohen’s Retreat owner finds new inspiration after 5 years

Colleen Smith’s love for Cohen’s Retreat began long before she purchased the Skidaway Road property five years ago and transformed it into one of Savannah’s most unique restaurants and retail spaces.

Photo courtesy of Cohen’s Retreat - Purchased five years ago by Colleen Smith, Cohen’s Retreat, a former nursing home on Skidaway Road, has been transformed it into one of Savannah’s most unique restaurants and retail spaces.

Breast cancer awareness effort celebrates successful year

Over the past decade, Paint the Town Pink has served thousands of women and raised thousands of dollars, but it all began as a small, casual conversation between friends. The partnership, between St. Joseph’s/Candler and the Savannah Morning News, renews each October to raise breast cancer awareness and encourage women to get mammograms.

Ebates exec brings expertise to Savannah

As director of marketing, Canada for Ebates Inc., one of the biggest rewards-based online shopping sites, and former head of marketing, Canada for Yahoo, Belinda Baugniet knows what it takes to capture potential customers.

Belinda Baugniet

Historic Review Board OKs hotel, two residential buildings

The second to last meeting of the year was a busy one for the Historic District Board of Review on Wednesday. During the meeting, which lasted more than three hours the board approved three major projects in the downtown area – one hotel and two residential buildings.

Preliminary rendering by Gunn Meyerhoff Shay Architects - The Historic District Board of Review approved the height and mass for Hotel Anne, a three-building hotel being developed by North Point Hospitality at 602 E. River St. on Wednesday.

Savannah vet finds way to help give your pets their meds

Aside from your dog being wise to the old hiding pills in a piece of cheese trick, the busy schedules of pet parents, frequent dose changes and medication side effects can sometimes make it difficult to make sure Fido gets the proper care when it comes to prescriptions.

Dr. Jason King, veterinary neurologist with Live Oak Veterinary Neurology on Stephenson Avenue, has developed Heel!, a new mobile and web app designed to help pet parents communicate seamlessly with their veterinary care team through push notifications for dosage reminders and changes to dose amounts. (Photo by Teresa Earnest/Courtesy of Heel!)

Developer withdraws Ardsley zoning request after tense board meeting

After failing to come to a decision concerning several variances for a proposed Ardsley Park home on Thursday, the city of Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals allowed the potential homeowner to withdraw the petition abruptly at the end of the hearing.

After failing to come to a decision concerning several variances for a proposed Ardsley Park home, the potential homeowner of this lot was allowed to withdraw his petition abruptly. (Photo courtesy of city of Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals)

Ardsley neighborhood, home owner at odds over demolition request

A demolition request for a 1920s Ardsley Park bungalow, along with the planned construction of a larger home on the lot, is raising concerns among neighbors who fear the project could set a precedent for unfavorable development.

The possible demolition of this Ardsley Park bungalow along with the planned construction of a larger home on the lot is raising concerns among neighbors who fear the project could set precedence for unfavorable development in the future. The city of Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals will hear the matter at their meeting on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of city of Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals)

Savannah area home sales slip in September

September homes Sales deceased about 10 percent year-over-year with 543 homes selling across Bryan, Chatham and Effingham counties compared to the 603 homes sold during the same period last year, according to data recently released by Savannah Multi List Corp.

Cheers! Savannah’s Moon River takes the gold at Great American Beer Festival

Moon River Brewing Company is raising a glass after receiving two prestigious awards at the Great American Beer Festival held in Denver earlier this month.

The crew from Savannah’s Moon River Brewing Company celebrate after winning best Mid-Size Brewpub and Mid-Size Brewpub Brewer of the Year and a gold medal for best in Belgian-style White Ale for their Wild Wacky Wit at the Great American Beer Festival earlier this month. (Photo courtesy of Moon River Brewing Company)

Savannah Jaycees celebrate 75 years

From raising funds to renovate the Forsyth Park fountain and spearheading the effort to hire a Savannah City Manager to pushing for the installation of voting booths throughout Chatham County, the Savannah Jaycees have been one of the leading civic organizations for decades.

Photo special to the Savannah Morning News - The current members of the Savannah Jaycees.

Airport traffic stays on pace for record year

Despite the effects of Hurricane Irma, a record number of passengers have traveled through Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport this year, putting the airport on track for another record year.

As of September, 1.85 million passengers have passed through Savannah/Hilton Head International so far this year, which puts the airport on track to see a record number of travelers in 2017. (Photo courtesy Savannah Airport Commission)

Southbound Brewing Co. readies Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport location

Travelers to Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport will soon be able to enjoy their favorite cold beer from Southbound Brewing Company. The local brewery is in the final stages of opening a taphouse just outside of the security checkpoint in the Savannah Square section of the airport.

The bar at the new Southbound Brewing Company Taphouse, which will open at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport later this year. (Photo special to the Savannah Morning News)

Daniel Defense confirms layoffs as it prepares new facility

Bryan County-based Daniel Defense, manufacturer of firearms and accessories, has announced that they have significantly downsized their workforce over the past few weeks.

Nine Line Apparel opens new Savannah facility

For the founders of Nine Line Apparel, the concrete backing on their sign at their new facility is more than just a place to display the company logo.

Daniel Merritt, Gov. Nathan Deal and Myles Burke, along with Angela and Tyler Merritt, prepare to cut the ribbon at Nine Line Apparel’s new facility on Fort Argyle Road on Thursday. (Savannah Morning News/Katie Nussbaum)

Historic board OKs 51-unit apartment building

A new four-story apartment building on Montgomery Street was approved Wednesday by the Historic District Board of Review at its monthly meeting.

Board approves plan to encourage residential development downtown

The Metropolitan Planning Commission on Tuesday voted to approve an amendment to the City of Savannah Zoning Ordinance to remove density standards for several districts. The petition, which was brought by the city, aims to provide more incentives for residential development and create more balance for hotel and residential development.

The Metropolitan Planning Commission on Tuesday voted to approve an amendment to the City of Savannah Zoning Ordinance to remove density standards for several districts in an effort to encourage residential development. (Savannah Morning News/Katie Nussbaum)