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CITY TALK: Proposed alcohol revisions raise questions about Savannah's leaders

"A multi-departmental City team including representatives from Police, Fire, the Revenue Department and the City Attorney's Office has been meeting for more than a year to draft comprehensive revisions to Savannah's Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance.

Visual search to shop: gimmick or game changing?

NEW YORK - Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them. It's a great idea - but it doesn't quite work.

New Bluffton storage site stirs curiosity, concern

After finding out that a new self-storage site was setting up in Bluffton, one woman called a reporter wanting to know how large it would be.

BiS in brief: Apprentice program recruiting motivated job-seekers

Step Up Savannah's Chatham Apprentice Program (CAP) is recruiting for the next "E3: Educate, Empower, Employ" job skills training program, scheduled to start on Sept. 22 and run through Oct. 16.

Casting call for 'Magic Mike' sequel held

Savannah's had a hot summer and the heat is only going to continue to rise once filming for the "Magic Mike" sequel begins this month.

Hobby Lobby holds grand opening in Savannah

Hobby Lobby, a national retail chain of craft and home decor stores, held its grand opening with a ribbon cutting Monday morning at its first Savannah location.  ...

As Savannah grows, so do the number of P.R. firms

When Neilie Dunn decided to launch her own public relations firm earlier this year, she made a promise to herself.

CITY TALK: Top Deck offers spectacular view of Savannah River

I finally made it to Top Deck last week. That's the bar atop the new Cotton Sail Hotel at 126 W. Bay St. Top Deck offers commanding views of the Savannah River, especially looking toward the port.

Area economy surging for third quarter in row

Bolstered by growth in consumer confidence, tourism and overall employment, the Savannah metro area economy continued to surge through the first half of 2014, Armstrong State University economist Michael Toma said last week.

Newsmakers

BRYAN BELLAMY New job title: Director of corporate compliance Company: D. J. Powers Inc. Duties: Bellamy will manage all areas of compliance for operations for D. J. Powers. Related experience: He has ten years of U.S. Customs compliance experience....

BiS in brief: Bethesda Academy receives Lean Six Sigma certification

'Stand Down for Homelessness' coming in September The eleventh annual Veterans Stand Down for Homelessness Resource and Job Fair will be held Sept. 16 and 17 at the Savannah Civic Center from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Robmark Web launches three sites for Revlon

Robmark Web, a Savannah-based website development company, has just launched the last of three websites they designed for Revlon Professional — Creme of Nature Straight From Eden, Roux Beauty and Lottabody — each of which were created for different lines of hair care products.

Bitcoins: What you need to know about the cryptocurrency

While Bitcoin gains traction as a burgeoning digital payment system, the concerns regarding its use grow as well.

BiS in brief: Management firm buys Carriage House apartments

Kole Management, a Savannah-based apartment management company, has acquired Carriage House Apartments, a 144-unit apartment community at 125 Tibet Ave.

Startups offer banking for smartphone users

NEW YORK - The latest banks are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Startups, such as Moven and Simple, offer banking that's designed specifically for smartphones, enabling users to track their spending on the go.

U.S. consumer spending dips 0.1 percent

WASHINGTON - U.S. consumer spending fell in July, with a drop in auto purchases accounting for most of the weakness. Income growth also slowed. Consumer spending edged down 0.1 percent last month after a 0.

Mediant changing name to 'Moon River Studios,' announces reverse stock split

A reverse stock split and name change are in the works for Medient Studios, Inc. The company is planning a film studio on 1,500 acres at Interstate 16 and Old River Road in Effingham County. Medient CEO, Jake Shapiro, said the 1 for 1,000 stock split could make shares in the company more valuable an...

Developer gets height increase for future rooftop restaurant and bar

A hotel developer was granted extra height for a future project near River Street, a petition filed after hotelier Richard Kessler received a controversial height map amendment earlier this summer.

Another No. 1 ranking for our port

July might have been Georgia Ports' best month ever for containers, but it turns out the first half of 2014 wasn't so shabby either.

Court OKs $11,600 for Daufuskie land

A Daufuskie Island lot that was purchased for more than $200,000 about a decade ago was sold again for less than $12,000. And that's OK, the S.C. Court of Appeals said on Aug. 13.

BiS in brief: Wright Security celebrates 25th anniversary

Savannah-based home and office security provider Wright Security Systems, Inc. is celebrating 25 years in business.

U.S. bank earnings up 5.2 pct in 2Q

WASHINGTON - U.S. banks' earnings rose 5.2 percent in the April-June quarter from a year earlier, as banks reduced their expenses and lending marked its fastest pace since 2007. The data issued Wednesday by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Proposed Jasmine Avenue apartment complex worries neighbors

A proposed $25 million waterfront apartment complex got an initial OK this week from the Metropolitan Planning Commission despite some backlash from neighbors worried about safety and boat access.

Savannah's Meddin Studios sold to SCAD

The Savannah College of Art and Design has bought the beleaguered Meddin Studios, a SCAD spokesman said this week.

Recalls rock auto industry, shake consumer confidence

Any company will lose the trust of its customers when it ignores safety hazards. This is especially true when a company sacrifices safety to keep costs low for the bottom line. It is a universal truth that safety is not an option, but a requirement.

BiS in brief: New pet store opens on Skidaway

New pet store opens on Skidaway Retail Retreat Dog Bakery & Boutique opened Aug. 22 in Sandfly at 7360 Skidaway Road, Suite L-4.

Forecast: Savannah jobs to grow 2.2 percent

ATLANTA - Georgia's economy will continue adding jobs and growing personal income for the rest of the year despite potential international problems, according to a university economic forecast released Wednesday.

Sequel to Magic Mike filming in Savannah

The Savannah Film Office announced Wednesday that the sequel to the Magic Mike, a 2012 feature film about male strippers, is scheduled to film in the area beginning in September. The announcement said that local crew and service providers are being sought for the production. Resumes and other inform...

UPDATE: Medient announces reverse stock buy-back, name change

A reverse stock split and name change are in the works for Medient Studios, Inc. The company is planning a film studio on 1,500 acres at Interstate 16 and Old River Road in Effingham County.

BEA WRAY: Doubling down on Savannah's future

MBAs Across America is a movement of graduate level business students and entrepreneurs working to revitalize America. They, like I, believe “that the future of America lies in the hands of entrepreneurs, not just in New York and Silicon Valley but in small towns and big cities far from the coast ...

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