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Some business owners, residents elect to stay behind, deal with storm

Tybee Island and surrounding areas were quiet on Thursday after a mandatory evacuation in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Ed Alexander, who owns Dixie Pedaler & Golf Cart Rentals at the corner of Butler Avenue and Campbell Street on Tybee, said it has been a ghost town since the evacuation went into place.

Workers board up McDonough's in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah company spreading the love one shirt at a time

It’s an image known the world over, but now the iconic “I Love NY” design has inspired one local clothing company to bring the love a little closer to home with a T-shirt design aimed to spread community togetherness and love in light of the recent increase of crime in Savannah.

Local clothing company, Ink & Bones will be donating 100 percent of the proceeds from their 'I Still Love Savannah' T-shirt to four local charities. The T-shirt was designed in light of the recent spike in crime across the city. (Photo courtesy of Ink & Bones Clothing Co.)

Hotels, density and planning ahead

After 12 years at the helm of the Metropolitan Planning Commission, executive director Tom Thomson served his last day Friday with the organization, which is responsible for development, urban and transportation planning, historic preservation and much more in the Savannah community.

Tom Thomson

SCAD's Paula Wallace honored by American Institute of Architects

The American Institute of Architecture has selected Savannah College of Art and Design president and founder, Paula Wallace, as the recipient of the Roger Milliken Honorary AIA Legacy Award.

SCAD president Paula Wallace was the guest speaker at Tourism Leadership Council's monthly luncheon held at the Brice Hotel. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Alton Lane brings new level of sophistication to Savannah fashion scene

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Broughton Street, Alton Lane — an upscale men’s tailored apparel store that offers custom shirts, suits, tuxedos and blazers — is trying to bring a new level of sophistication and refinement to the men’s fashion scene in Savannah.

Founders of Alton Lane, Collin Hunter and Peyton Jenkins, will open the company's Savannah showroom at 223 W. Broughton Lane today. It's the tenth location for the upscale men’s tailored apparel store, which offers custom shirts, suits, tuxedos and blazers. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News )

SEC charges Effingham studio CEOs with fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a lawsuit against Effingham-based Moon River Studios in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.


Savannah-area home sales continue upward

Area home sales continued their upward climb in August with 635 homes sold across Bryan, Chatham and Effingham counties, according to data released this week by Savannah Multi-List Corp.

Actress, author Fran Drescher speaks at annual SmartWomen Luncheon and Expo

Actress and author Fran Drescher detailed her inspiring and often laughter-filled journey of creating and starring in the hit CBS show “The Nanny” and then finding out she had uterine cancer — something it took two years and eight doctors to diagnose — at the 14th annual SmartWomen Luncheon and Expo on Wednesday.

Fran Drescher speaks at the 14th annual SmartWomen Luncheon & Expo at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Parking garage approved for Trustees Garden site

Despite a few concerns about overall compatibility, the Savannah Historic Review Board approved the height and mass of a new parking garage and event space for the Trustees’ Garden lot on Wednesday.

This rendering shows the proposed parking garage and event space to be built on the Trustees lot. The Historic Review Board approved the height and mass of the structure on Wednesday. (Rendering by LS3P Dawson Architects)

Savannah16 Motor Coach Lines launch transportation from Savannah to Atlanta

Traveling to and from the Hostess City to Atlanta just became a lot easier. On Friday, Erin King and Michael Mullins of Savannah16 Motor Coach Lines, along with local government and hospitality industry officials, held a ceremonial ribbon-cutting for the new shuttle service that will connect travelers between Savannah and the Atlanta airport.

Erin King, center-left, of Savannah16 Motor Coach Lines joined by alderwoman Carol Bell and others officially launched the new Atlanta to Savannah shuttle service with a ribbon-cutting on Friday at the Hyatt Regency on Bay Street. The hotel will serve as the Savannah departure point for the service. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Toward more perfect parking: Mobility director outlines upcoming changes to downtown parking

For some Savannah residents and visitors finding a parking space downtown can be the bright spot in their day. For others, a major source of frustration. But as the city evolves, so does parking.

Sean Brandon, mobility and parking services director for the City of Savannah discusses proposed changes to downtown parking on Thursday at the Tourism Leadership Council's monthly luncheon. (Bunny Ware/

Savannah small business leaders learning to think big

A group of local small-business leaders gathered Wednesday to learn more about thinking big, at the first Big Business Symposium at the Savannah Civic Center. The event — hosted by the Small Business Chamber of Savannah — aimed to bridge the gap between larger businesses, federal and local government entities and small, emerging businesses.

Ammie Dover, president of the Small Business Chamber speaks during a panel presentation with representatives from Gulfstream Aerospace, City of Savannah, Memorial University Medical Center and Georgia Tech on Wednesday during the SBC's Big Business Symposium at the Savannah Civic Center. (Savannah Morning News photo)

Four Savannah area Wal-Mart stores launch grocery pickup service

Four Savannah-area Wal-Mart stores are taking the hassle out of grocery shopping by launching online grocery pickup.

Savannah chosen as pilot for small development planning

Savannah was recently chosen as one of five pilot cities across the country to participate in the project, which is funded by the Kresge and Knight Foundations and began about two years ago with the goal of developing a smarter approach for cities to make small development easier.

B's Cracklin' Barbeque to open Atlanta location

A delicious little piece of Savannah is heading to Atlanta later this month. Bryan and Nikki Furman, owners of B’s Cracklin’ Barbeque have announced a second location in Atlanta’s Riverside neighborhood on the upper west side.

Byan Furman, owner and head cook of B's Cracklin' Barbecue, cuts brisket in the kitchen of his newly re-opened restaurant last October. Bryan and his wife, Nikki Furman will be opening a second location in Atlanta next week. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News file photo)

Food and beverage industry veteran takes expertise on road

A few things come to mind when you think of Savannah, Spanish moss, to-go cups and more recently, a fast-growing foodie scene. But a restaurant needs more than just word of mouth to survive, and that’s where food and beverage industry veteran, Russ Blakeborough and his consulting company, Focus Food and Beverage, comes in.

Russ Blakeborough of Focus Food and Beverage works with a client. Blakeborough, who has more than 25 years in the food and beverage industry, recently launched Focus to help improve training, revenue and menus in hotels kitchens and restaurants. (Photo by Jack Caldwell/Special to the Savannah Morning News)

Rezoning approved for proposed West Savannah development

The Metropolitan Planning Commission on Tuesday approved rezoning for a 1.64-acre site in West Savannah that is slated to become a student-oriented housing development.

The Metropolitan Planning Commission on Tuesday approved rezoning for the site of the Seaboard freight station at 703 Louisville Road. The site is slated to become a student-oriented housing development. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

DeSoto Hotel to get new brand name

One of Savannah’s noted hotels will soon be returning to its roots. The Hilton Savannah DeSoto is slated to become The DeSoto by Sotherly in July 2017.

Savannah's Hilton DeSoto Hotel. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Hostess City says 'Welcome' seven different ways

The number of international visitors coming to Savannah is growing every year and while visitors have been able to translate the Visit Savannah website for some time, they now have the city at their fingertips thanks to a new mobile app and series of brochures in seven different languages to help them navigate the Hostess City.

The Haeupler family (L-R: Alino Haeupler, Dietmar Haeupler, Andrea Haeupler and Fabio Haeupler) from Schweinfurt, Germany, looks at brochures at Visit Savannah’s main Visitor Information Center on Martin Luther King Jr., Boulevard on Tuesday. Visit Savannah has recently developed a mobile app and brochures in seven different languages to help international visitors navigate the Hostess City. (Photo by Casey Jones for Visit Savannah)

Savannah zoning board quashes self-storage warehouse for a second time

A self-storage mini-warehouse that was denied variances by the Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals in March was quashed by the board again on Thursday.

This aerial photo shows the lots where developers planned to build a mini-storage warehouse on Savannah's eastside. The zoning board of appeals struck down the request for a variance on Thursday for the second time this year. (Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Planning Commission)