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Katie Nussbaum

Savannah area home sales see growth, stabilization in 2016

The local housing market ended 2016 on a high note with 517 units sold across Chatham, Bryan and Effingham counties during December. Breaking the coveted 500 units in December, which is typically a slow month, was a testament to the overall positive year in the local market.

Savannah area feels big impact from 2016 film, TV numbers

If you thought you saw a few more glimpses of celebrities and movie cameras on the streets of Savannah and Tybee Island during 2016, you were right.

Patel family builds legacy in hotels

Second-generation hoteliers Riki and Kris Patel aren’t too focused on their titles at HOS Management, the hotel development firm that their father Kirit and uncle, Anil Patel, founded more than 30 years ago.

City Manager talks solutions, priorities at monthly luncheon

Fresh off his first 90 days as Savannah’s new City Manager, Rob Hernandez said on Wednesday during the Savannah Downtown Business Association luncheon that his top priority remains developing a long term strategic plan for the Savannah community that can help guide the city into the coming years.

City Manager Rob Hernandez

Customers say Savannah start-up didn't deliver product

Savannah-based tech company Aetho promised its initial product, Aeon – a handheld stabilizer for GoPro cameras – would be easier to use than a smartphone, but paying customers from around the globe say the local startup has failed to deliver and has stopped responding to emails and phone calls.

Ian Nott, co-founder and CTO of Aetho, holds a prototype of the Aeon, a handheld stabilizer for GoPro cameras. The company began preselling it last year, but customers say it has failed to deliver and isn’t responding to emails or phone calls. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News file photo)

Kmart closing list includes Savannah, 3 other Georgia stores

The Savannah Kmart store at 33 W. Montgomery Cross Road is among four Georgia locations that will close by the end of March, according to Sears Holdings Corporation, which announced the closures earlier this week.

Savannah Stalwart: Johnnie Ganem's

Johnnie Ganem’s is a third-generation family-run business. We sell domestic and imported wine, liquor and beer, as well as provide full-service bar catering. Customer service has always been our No. 1 priority.

Louise Ganem, Marianne Ganem Poppell and Evelyn Ganem of Johnnie Ganem’s package and wine shop. (Photo courtesy of Johnnie Ganem’s)

Savannah Stalwart: Hospice Savannah

Our mission keeps us focused on providing our community the best services and resources on living with a life-limiting illness, dying, death, grief and loss throughout Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, Liberty and Long counties. However, with community support and the work of our foundation, we are much more than hospice.

Hospice Savannah’s Hospice House is on Eisenhower Drive. (Steve Bisson/ Savannah Morning News file photo)

Savannah Stalwart: Wright Security Systems

We specialize in the design, installation, service and monitoring of security and fire alarm systems and offers video recording and in-home automation for residential and commercial markets.

Noel Wright, owner of Wright Security Systems, and technician Timothy Peck. (Courtesy of Wright Security)

Savannah Stalwart: Globe Shoe Company

Globe Shoe Company is a Savannah family owned retailer offering a wide variety of quality shoes and accessories for women and men, said siblings, Amy and John Sussman, owners of Globe.

Globe Shoes/Savannah Morning News File Photo

Savannah film studio partners with equipment firm

River Oaks Film Studios has announced an exclusive three-year partnership with MBS Equipment Co. to provide production equipment to productions filming in the studio and the Savannah area.

River Oaks Film Studios will open early next year in a 150,000-square-foot warehouse at 198 Gulfstream Road. The studio has announced a partnership with an equipment firm tenant, California-based MBS Equipment Co. (Photo special to the Savannah Morning News)

Savannah Stalwart: Kimball’s Mobile Electronics

Location and hours.

Mike Kimball, owner of Kimball’s Mobile Electronics. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah Stalwart: Kimball's Mobile Electronics

We are a store that sells and installs all types electronics and accessories for cars, trucks and SUVs. Our specialty is really doing customcar stereo installation work so we can give our customers something that they can be proud of, said owner Mike Kimball.

Mike Kimball, owner of Kimball's Mobile Electronics. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah Stalwart: Kirschner Furs

We’re a unique source for outerwear, we’re not just fur and we do all types of outerwear. We are the oldest full service furrier in the southeast, and we also sell and we take things on consignment and trade-ins. Another large part of our business is restyles and remodels, said JoAnne Ellis, CEO of Kirschner.

In business since 1895, Kirschner Furs offers coats, scarves and wraps along with handbags and other accessories. (Photo courtesy of Kirschner Furs)

Armstrong releases State of Small Business survey

The newly formed Small Business Institute at Armstrong State University along with the Armstrong Department of Economics has released its inaugural State of Small Business survey, which examines the growth and challenges faced by local small businesses.

Restaurant owner grateful to bounce back after hurricane blow

When Hurricane Matthew tore through Savannah during early October thousands of homes and businesses suffered power outages due to high winds and hundreds of downed trees. Area restaurants faced the loss of thousands of dollars’ worth of food.

Owners of Bella’s Italian Cafe and Fiore Italian Grill and Bar, Joyce and Jim Shanks, said the support from the community their restaurants received following Hurricane Matthew has been tremendous. (Photo special to the Savannah Morning News)

Lark Hotels plans 55-room Bay Street location

Massachusetts-based Lark Hotels will make its first entrance to the Southeastern market with a 55-room boutique hotel at the corner of Bay and Habersham streets.

Chamber celebrates 2016, looks ahead to more milestones in 2017

When Dick Estus came to Savannah in the early 1970s, the native New Yorker brought with him the inspiration for Savannah’s first visitors’ center and essentially helped lay the groundwork for tourism in the city.

Chairman Whip Triplett recognizes Dick Estus with the Oglethorpe Leadership Award during Savannah Area Chamber Luncheon on Tuesday afternoon. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Friends, colleagues laud Konter's work over decades

Real estate agent Harriet Konter has been honored with a lot of ‘firsts’ in her life.

Realtor Harriet Konter sits in her midtown Savannah office last week. The native Savannahian has been in the real estate business since 1961. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Kessler breaks ground for $270 million Plant Riverside District

On Wednesday, hotelier Richard Kessler alongside local government and business leaders and dozens of others who have been involved in the project, broke ground for his $270 million, 670,000 square-foot development, The Plant Riverside District on the west end of River Street.

Attendants make their way passed the old Savannah Electric plant on the west end of River Street that Kessler broke ground on Wednesday afternoon. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)