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Katie Nussbaum

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.

Savannah area housing sales remain strong

For the seventh month in a row, home sales across Bryan, Effingham and Chatham counties have surpassed the Savannah Area Realtors monthly goal of 500 units.

Dulany chief outlines the company's long history

Dulany Industries Inc., one of the oldest privately owned and continually operated industrial corporations in the United States, hasundergone its share of transitions and industry changes, but one thing that has remained the same is the company’s commitment to familyand the community.

Outback won't reopen on Drayton Street

Outback Steakhouse, at 7 Drayton St., will not reopen after sustaining damage during Hurricane Matthew, according to Elizabeth Watts,director of media and community relations for Bloomin Brands.

Job Creators Network makes stop in Savannah

On Friday, the Job Creators Network brought its Bring Small Business Back tour to the Coastal Georgia Center to help educate area small business owners on the many rules and regulations set forth by the government when it comes to small businesses.

Alfredo Ortiz, Job Creators Network’s president and CEO, speaks at the Bring Small Business Back tour Friday at the Coastal Georgia Center. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

New stores headed for Savannah's Broughton Street

Four new stores are coming to Savannah’s Broughton Street as part of Atlanta developer Ben Carter’s Broughton Street Collection

Insurance claims, FEMA registration continue to rise in Savannah after Hurricane Matthew

Individual assistance from FEMA became available on Tuesday for area residents, and by the end of the first day there had been more than 9,000 registrations from the eligible areas, which are Bryan, Bulloch, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, McIntosh and Wayne counties, according to a FEMA representative.

Area residents wait in line to register for FEMA assistance on Wednesday at the Home Depot on Abercorn Street. More than 9,000 people have registered for assistance across seven Georgia counties since Tuesday morning. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

New city of Savannah office building planned for Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Construction of a new city of Savannah office building was approved by a unanimous vote from the Metropolitan Planning Commission on Tuesday.

This image shows a newly proposed City of Savannah office building at 916 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. The building was approved by the Metropolitan Planning Commission on Tuesday and will be used for staff office and entrepreneurial services for the Community and Economic Development Bureau. (Rendering by Kern & Co., LLC)

Allstate uses drones to survey storm damage

It will likely been a while before Isle of Hope resident Tami Smith is able to sleep in her own bed. A tree slammed through the roof of her second story bedroom during Hurricane Matthew leaving behind a large hole in the roof, pieces of insulation and a large amount of debris.

An image taken with a drone inspecting damages on the roof of a home located in Isle of Hope for Allstate. (Contributed by Allstate/for Savannah Morning News)

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)