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Local owners: How to start a restaurant

Roberto Leoci had wanted to be a chef ever since he was a kid. “I would always ask for my aunts’ recipes, and I would re-make the dish,” said Leoci, who comes from a large Italian family. And, he said, “I used to love my home economics class. I would always be cooking.” For all Leoci’s passion for food, “my father didn’t want me to be a chef. He said it was a hard life.”

How to start a restaurant

Artists have to work to survive

Tybee Island resident Brad D. Hook was excited to start a new job in April as general manager of the ice cream store Leopold’s of Savannah.

But his passion is painting.

Photos by Ian Maule/ Savannah Morning News- Painter Brad Hook paints in his home studio on Tybee Island on Thursday, June 25.

New Savannah ride-sharing service, taxis lock horns

His day job is as a patient care technician at Candler Hospital. But after that, he has a driving job. He books passengers and, using his own car, takes them to their destination. But Smalls is not a taxi driver — he is an independent contractor who offers ridesharing.

Photos by Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News Rufus Smalls checks his phone for his next Uber assignment.

Savannah Bee part of national Triscuit marketing campaign

The 90-second video on the Savannah Bee Company website features its founder and president, Ted Dennard, talking about his new honey.

BiS profile: Carey Anderson - Salon Isobe Hair and Nail Salon

“I’ve been doing hair for 21 years. I went to cosmetology school when I turned 18. I knew I wanted cosmetology. It’s my passion."

BiS profile: Carey Anderson - Salon Isobe Hair and Nail Salon

BiS profile: Fred Williams - developer and home builder

Pooler developer and home builder Fred Williams knows Port Wentworth like the back of his hand.

Of the 3,000 homes in that community, he said he’s built 1,600 himself or with partners — all in subdivisions called Rice Creek, Newport, Lakeshore and the Cove.

BiS Profile: Faith Brigitte Elliott - Island Seamstress

“Nothing’s impossible with the right amount of elbow grease … A small business is a good business. It doesn’t have to be a chain store to make it in business. It all boils down to elbow grease.”

BiS Profile: Brack Horne - General manager, Staples

We’re trying to go beyond office supplies. We got into iPads after Christmas and cellphones the end of February. We realize people want to be more mobile.

BiS Profile: Jessanna Smith, Tybee Teeth

“I just want all the patients to have the best dental experience that they could possibly have and all the staff have a happy atmosphere … And do the best dentistry we can possibly do.”

BiS Executive Profile: Mary Anne Hogan

Principal of St. Vincent’s Academy, the first lay principal since the Catholic academy’s inception in 1845.

BiS Business Profile: John and Josh Thomas

Co-owners of Half Moon Lawn Care and JThomas Catering & Events

'The neighborhood store'