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Expert predicts slowdown ahead for Savannah hotels

The state of the lodging industry across the nation has seen a bit of a slow down in the past year, but the industry is still operating on a high level, according to Mark Woodworth, senior managing director for CRBE Hotels.

Mark Woodworth, senior managing director for CRBE Hotels, Americas Research talks to hotel professionals Tuesday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Downtown. While Savannah's hotel market continues to be strong, Woodworth expects to see a slight dip in occupancy rates going into 2017. (Savannah Morning News photo)

Visit Savannah president talks selling city to younger travelers

There are many reasons why millions of people visit Savannah each year from diverse architecture and history to the foodie scene, but no matter what they’re looking for they want it to be authentic.

Visit Savannah president, Joe Marinelli talks about marketing to the millennial generation of travelers Thursday at the Tourism Leadership Council's monthly luncheon at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. (Spotted® photo by Bunny Ware)

Savannah area home sales continue upward

Home sales across Bryan, Chatham and Effingham counties continued their upward swing during July with 603 homes sold in the three counties, according to data released by Savannah Multi List Corp.

Tanger acquires sole ownership of Pooler center

The partnership between Ben Carter Enterprises and Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. has come to an end, according to a news release sent out by the outlet center on Monday.

Forsyth Farmers Market launches mobile app

Need to find out where to get fresh, locally grown produce? The new Forsyth Farmers Market mobile app has you covered.

Customers say goodbye to Savannah's Angel's BBQ

Sitting on the curb outside of Angel’s BBQ on Thursday, Adriana Normand, Sarah Burris and Lisa Warhurst were suffering from a case of barbecue broken heart. “My heart is just breaking,” Warhurst said of the news that the Savannah hole-in-the-wall barbecue joint would close for good on Saturday.

Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News - A menu hangs over customers waiting in line at the famed hole in the wall restaurant, Angel's BBQ, as they come one last time for a meal as the store prepares to close on August 13.

Developers plan class, commitment to Perry Lane Hotel project on Drayton

There is no better place to see the influx of development in Savannah than the few Drayton Street blocks between Liberty Street and Oglethorpe Avenue.

Construction workers lay reborn as they prepare the foundation for a hotel on Drayton Street. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah native finds baking business success comes in a bottle

Aundrea Dumas’ secret to success is in the bottle. The baker and Savannah native has recently partnered with Kroger stores to launch Cutie Cakes — Cupcakes in a Bottle. 

H&M on Broughton Street marks company's first Savannah store

Armed with bottled water and coffee, friends Sam Ikhwan, Ian Chase, Kathryn Larrabee, Sarah Mabry and Julian Rutlege had no trouble securing the first spots in line before H&M’s grand opening at noon Thursday on Broughton Street. “We’ve been here since 8:30... We’ve been waiting for a while,” Ikhwan said.

Customers line up for the opening of H&M on West Broughton Street. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Group rejects plea bargain after union campaign charges

Three men rejected a plea in Port Wentworth Municipal Court on Wednesday to reduce their charges to disorderly conduct, pay a fine and to not distribute leaflets near XPO Logistics.

Inland port, Kia agreement aims to cut local truck traffic

Cordele Intermodal Services will join forces with Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) to handle up to 30,000 TEU containers a year, which will supply the Kia plant in West Point. 
Gov. Nathan Deal announced the partnership Wednesday.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday that Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia has partnered with Cordele Intermodal Services to move cargo by rail from the Port of Savannah to the CIS container yard in Cordele. Above, Gov. Deal, center left, is joined by CIS President Jonathan Lafevers, Georgia Rep. Buddy Harden, KMMG Chief Administrative Officer Stuart C. Countess, Georgia Ports Authority Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood, and GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch at the rail yard, with finished vehicles on display. The arrangement with CIS saves transit costs for Kia Motors, while cutting millions of truck miles from state highways each year.(Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

Boutique brings Southern style to Broughton Street

Grace, grit and a little bit of American pop culture are a few of the inspirational factors behind Broughton Street’s newest locally owned boutique, Midge, U.S. made Clothing and Goods.

Margaret Lightsey, owner of Midge on West Broughton Street. Midge, Barbie’s best friend and the namesake of the store watches in the background. Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah businesses use Pokémon to get attention

You gotta catch them all — customers that is. Since the “Pokémon Go” craze took off earlier this month area businesses are increasingly looking to get in on the fun by offering discounts and other promotions for players.  “To understand how the Pokémon world works, you need to get in the game. Literally,” said Cynthia Wright of Carriage Trade Public Relations.  
Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News - People pass by and look through the windows of Planet Fun. Since the genesis of Pokemon Go, the store has seen an increase in sales of Pokemon merchandise.

Japanese delegates, city officials highlight importance of trade pact

As the United States and other countries work to negotiate a Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, Japanese delegates, Consul General Takashi Shinozuka of the Consulate General in Atlanta and Counselor Ryuichi Funatsu of the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. along with Savannah officials and business leaders gathered Thursday to highlight the importance of the city and Georgia Ports in the TPP agreement during a panel discussion at the World Trade Center Savannah.

Consul General Takashi Shinozuka of the Consulate General in Atlanta, left, walks with U.S. Representative Buddy Carter from a private meeting to a meeting with local business and community leaders at the World Trade Center Savannah. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Ampersand to close its doors

Downtown watering hole Ampersand will close its doors this weekend after nearly three years in business.

People celebrate a night out in downtown Savannah at Ampersand. The bar will close its doors this weekend after nearly three years in business.

TSA sees increase in firearms, other weapons in baggage

“We’re seeing an increase of prohibited items come through the checkpoints, a lot of knives, tools and another things we’re seeing an increase in is the number of firearms coming through checkpoints across the United States,” said TSA regional spokesperson Mark Howell, who was at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport on Tuesday.

Knives, ammunition and tools that were recently surrendered at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport were on display Tuesday as a reminder to passengers to double check baggage for prohibited items. About 50 pounds of these items are collected each month at the airport.

Area home sales hit record high in June

Home sales in Bryan, Chatham and Effingham counties reached a record high last month with 717 homes sold within the three-county area, according to data released by Savannah Multi List Corp. 

Paula Wallace: From teacher to SCAD founder

Paula Wallace’s vision and drive to found the Savannah College of Art and Design involved a lot of help from her family and two simple words: yes, and.

SCAD president Paula Wallace talks about her parents helping to start the college during a speech at the Tourism Leadership Council's monthly luncheon held at the Brice Hotel. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Demolition permit filed for Johnny Harris Restaurant

A demolition permit for Johnny Harris Restaurant has been applied for through the city of Savannah, according to records obtained through the city’s permit tracking website.

A line builds outside of Johnny Harris on its last day open after 92 years of business in Savannah. A permit to demolish the building was applied for earlier this week. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News file photo)

Board OKs 5-story hotel near Forsyth Park

The Savannah Historic District review board on Wednesday approved construction of a new hotel at 607 Drayton St. across from Forsyth Park and the Savannah Law School.

This rendering shows a newly planned hotel, which will be located across from Forsyth Park at 607 Drayton St. The Historic Review Board approved the height and mass of the five-story building on Wednesday. (Rendering by Gunn Meyerhoff Shay Architects)