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Katie Nussbaum

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)

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)