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Katie Nussbaum

New Savannah hotel district to mix pterodactyls, France and science

Pterodactyls, a pipe organ and Leopold’s Ice Cream are a few things you can expect when hotelier Richard Kessler’s upscale 670,000 square-feet, $270 million development opens on the west end of River Street in a couple of years.

This rendering shows the proposed Plant Riverside development being planned for an abandoned industrial zone on West River Street. (Courtesy The Kessler Collection)

Entrepreneur opening film studio in Savannah

As the local filming industry continues to grow, Savannah entrepreneur Rodney Dickey is on track to fill a huge void in the scene with the opening of River Oaks Film Studios.

This warehouse at 198 Gulfstream Road is slated to become River Oaks Film Studios. Savannah entrepreneur Rodney Dickey is spearheading the project. (Photo special to the SMN)

Promoter plans new 1,000-seat arena on Bay St.

A new downtown concert venue will soon be welcoming well known acts in music and entertainment plus about 1,000 attendees when it opens its doors in February.

This digital rendering shows Savannah’s newest entertainment venue, The Stage on Bay. The facility, located at 1200 West Bay St., will open in early 2017. (Photo special to the Savannah Morning News )

Team builds new way to help surgeons see inside their work

A few years ago while working late into the night during a challenging surgery to reattach a severed hand, orthopedic microsurgeon Greg Kolovich knew there had to be a more efficient way to take the X-rays and photographs that helped guide him through surgery.

The Micro C team, from left, Kirby Sisk, Evan Ruff and Greg Kolovich. The team plans to shop their innovation to markets overseas while waiting for FDA approval. (Photo special to Savannah Morning News)

Gated community planned for Pooler

Developer Epcon Communities has announced plans for a new 31-lot maintenance-free community in Pooler.

New gated community planned for Pooler

Televisions, computers top lists for holiday shopping

Televisions, laptops and gaming consoles were the most sought after items for many Savannah shoppers, who got a jump start on their holiday shopping on Thursday evening.

A man buys a Television from Best Buy on Abercorn Street on Thursday. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Rezoning for proposed mini-storage warehouse on Savannah's eastside denied

Rezoning that would have paved the way for a proposed mini-storage warehouse facility behind Whole Foods on Victory Drive was denied Tuesday by the Metropolitan Planning Commission in a 10-3 vote.

This aerial photo shows the area behind Whole Foods on Victory Drive where a developer wants to build a mini-storage warehouse. The Metropolitan Planning Commission on Tuesday denied a proposal to rezone the site. (Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Planning Commission)

Stewart Income Tax & Business Services opens

With nearly 80 clients in Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Texas, Jennifer Stewart of Stewart Income Tax & Business Services has a lot to celebrate.

Jennifer Stewart cuts the ribbon during a grand opening celebration for her new business location. (Photo special to the Savannah Morning News)

Goodwill announces training plan for hospitality jobs

From valet attendants to chefs and general managers, Savannah’s tourism and hospitality industry is responsible for more than 26,000 jobs across the Hostess City.

Winckler talks about the organization’s hospitality training program. (Photo by Bunny Ware/

Jobs top business focus for legislators

Protecting Savannah’s business climate against legislation with negative impacts on the job climate topped a list of seven legislative priorities Savannah business leaders presented to lawmakers Wednesday at the annual Eggs &Issues breakfast.

Senator Lester Jackson, left, and Rep. Ron Stephens talk at the annual Eggs and Issues Legislative Breakfast.

Savannah Riverboat Cruises adds one of the country's largest riverboats to its fleet

At 230 feet long and more than six stories high, it’s hard to miss the Georgia Queen riverboat anchored at the Savannah Riverboat Cruises’ dock on River Street.
Captain Johnathan Claughton, owner of Savannah Riverboat Cruises, speaks in front of their newest cruise ship, The Georgia Queen. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Restaurateur honored for his work in hospitality

Jamie Durrence, managing partner of Daniel Reed Hospitality, the driving force behind The Public Kitchen and Bar, Local 11ten and Soho South Café, was honored by the Georgia Restaurant Association on Sunday during the annual GRACE Awards Gala.

Jamie Durrence, center, managing partner of Daniel Reed Hospitality was named Restaurateur of the Year by the Georgia Restaurant Association during the annual GRACE Awards Gala Sunday night. Pictured with Durrence are Karen Bremer (L), CEO of the Georgia Restaurant Association and Krista Schulte (R), Region Vice President, East, The Coca-Cola Company. (Photo special to the Savannah Morning News)

Savannah artists lure tourists by showcasing local art scene

Millions of visitors descend on Savannah every year, and the lures vary. For many it's the architecture or the ever-expanding food scene, but during a marketing trip to New York City last month Visit Savannah officials touted another growing scene to capture attention: Art.

Goodwill opens its new flagship, outlet

Known for having that retro shirt or the perfect table you can’t find anywhere else, Goodwill of Southeast Georgia is again introducing something new to the Low Country, an outlet store and a new midtown flagship location.

The new Goodwill flagship location at 220 Eisenhower Dr. The 6,800-square-foot location will officially open with a ribbon cutting on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of Goodwill of Southeast Georgia)

CEO Michael Owens addresses tourism in Savannah at monthly event

Savannah’s hospitality industry is no doubt a driving force in the local economy, but often times residents express feelings of disconnect or frustration with the issues that stem from new hotel construction, parking and overcrowding.


Pinkie Masters closes again

After relocating to Upper Factors Walk earlier this year Pinkie Masters is again closed for business. The news comes just a year after it was announced that the original location at 318 Drayton St. was set to close.

Savannah's Byrd Cookie Company opens fourth area store

Forget the champagne, the celebration was all about cookies and milk on Thursday as Byrd Cookie Company officially opened the doors to its fourth retail location at 423 E. River St.
Byrd Cookie Company CEO Stephanie Lindley alongside Geoff Repella (L) and Benny Curl (R) speaks at the grand opening and ribbon cutting for of the company's newest store at 423 East River Street on Thursday. (Bunny Ware/

MPC postpones vote on ministorage warehouse zoning

The Metropolitan Planning Commission on Tuesday postponed their vote on a petition that would have amended the Savannah Zoning Ordinance and ultimately given the go-ahead to a proposed mini-storage warehouse at 2803 Limerick Ave., behind the Whole Foods Shopping Center on Victory Drive.

Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Planning Commission - This aerial photo shows the area behind Whole Foods on Victory Drive where a developer wants to build a ministorage warehouse. The Metropolitan Planning Commission on Tuesday, delayed a vote on a proposed zoning text amendment for the site.

Savannah company provides custom Christmas decor

With temperatures often reaching the 70s during December, it can be a little difficult for Savannah residents to get into the holiday spirit, but one Savannah company is hoping to change that by offering custom holiday decorating services for homes and commercial buildings.

Photos courtesy of TideWater Landscape Management - Christmas Decor by TideWater Landscape Management is shown on the Ronald McDonald House last year. The company offers custom holiday decor for residential and commercial buildings.