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Andrew Phillips

Savannah tourism futures study casts an eye toward emerging trends in travel

When considering Savannah’s defining characteristics as a city and tourism destination, what’s the takeaway — are we a haunted city, a historical city, the most romantic city or simply a good place to get buzzed while staggering around River Street?

Photo by Beau Kester/ Round 1 Productions- A segway tour in Savannah’s Historic District. A new tourism futures study suggests ways to capitalize on Savannah’s assets to ensure sustainable growth.

CITY TALK: Savannah location of CO now open on Whitaker Street

On a quiet evening last week, a friend and I checked out CO, the new Asian fusion restaurant at 10 Whitaker St., between Bay and Bryan streets.

And I’m sure we’ll be going back.

CITY TALK: Savannah location of CO now open on Whitaker Street

BiS in brief: Jobs open at vacation rental firm

Tybee Vacation Rentals will be trying to hire about 70 workers for its vacation properties on Tybee Island next week.


Chatham Parkway new mecca for auto shoppers

Today, what was once a virtual wilderness west of the city boasts a growing list of auto dealerships, all within a few miles of each other.

Photos by Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News- The ground is being cleared in the foreground for the Carl Gregory Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram across from Chatham Parkway Lexus.

OWENS: Small steps can lead to big benefit

My focus is generally on the economic impact the tourism community has on Savannah and surrounding areas. But today, I’d like to focus on the environmental impact.

BiS in brief: Richmond Hill manufacturer recruiting workers

Caesarstone Technology is looking for more than 80 workers for its new plant set to open next month in Richmond Hill. The company manufactures quartz surfaces for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities and counters.


Google shaking up search engine recommendations on smartphones

Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones in a shift that’s expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information.

Associated Press file photo- The Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Brussels.

Barbie shows signs of life as Mattel plots comeback

Mattel, the toy company behind the plastic dolls, said there were some signs of improving demand for Barbie ahead of its planned makeover of the brand, including Barbie dolls with different skin tones, eye colors and nose shapes to better relate to multicultural girls and their mothers.

Mattel/The Associated Press- This photo provided by Mattel shows new Barbie dolls. Mattel, the toy company behind the plastic dolls, said there were some signs of improvement for Barbie after years of falling sales.

Fees, loans push banks to higher quarter profits

Wall Street and Main Street gave banks a boost last quarter. Fees from corporate mergers and commissions from trading fueled profits at big financial firms. But average Americans also helped by taking out more home loans and paying off their debts.


Shoppers descend on Pooler for Tanger Outlets grand opening

A blast of metallic confetti cut through the gray skies over Pooler to mark the grand opening of the new Tanger Outlets Savannah, as thousands of shoppers quickly filled the parking lot.

Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News HGTV’s “Property Brothers” Jonathan and Drew Scott greet the audience for the grand opening of Tanger Outlets Savannah.

BiS in brief: Georgia jobless rate unchanged at 6.3 percent

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March was 6.3 percent, unchanged from February and matching the lowest level since July 2008, the Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday.

PortSide: Quantum to host logistics open house

Quantum Inc. is looking for a few good logistics providers.

Actually, it’s hoping to find more than a few to introduce them to what this special company can do.

Yolanda Kennedy named St. Joseph's / Candler's McAuley Award winner

Yolanda Kennedy on Thursday was presented with the St. Joseph’s/Candler 2015 McAuley Award for her leadership and volunteer efforts with her employer and co-workers.

Photos by Ian Maule/Savannah Morning News - St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital President and CEO Paul Hinchey hugs Yolanda Kennedy, catering coordinator at the hospital, after presenting her with the McAuley Award on Thursday.

VIDEO: HGTV's Property Brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott help open Tanger Outlets Savannah

Among the guests at the grand opening ceremony for Tanger Outlets Savannah were Jonathan and Drew Scott, hosts of HGTV's hit show "Property Brothers."

VIDEO: Ribbon cutting ceremony officially opens Tanger Outlets Savannah

A ribbon cutting ceremony held this morning officially marked the grand opening of Tanger Outlets Savannah. 

SLIDESHOW: Tanger Outlets Savannah Grand Opening

Tanger Outlets Savannah is officially open!

Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News – HGTV’s Property Brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott greet the audience for the grand opening ceremonies at Tanger Outlets Savannah. Steven B. Tanger, President and CEO of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. is seated on the right.

SLIDESHOW: Tanger Outlets Savannah Pre-Opening Exclusive Event

A heavy rain could not stop a large crowd from coming out to get a pre-opening look at the new Tanger outlet mall near I-95. 

SLIDESHOW: Tanger Outlets Savannah Pre-Opening Exclusive Event

First hours of Tanger opening yields few traffic problems

An hour before developers and dignitaries were to cut the ribbon on the new, 400,000 square foot shopping center, traffic hadn't yet reached the gridlock city officials and mall personnel had warned of.

First hours of Tanger opening yields few traffic problems

Silver Airways to launch nonstop service between Savannah and Orlando

Florida-based Silver Airways today announced it will add daily nonstop flights between Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport and Orlando International Airport on June 23.

Silver Airways 34-seat Saab 340B Plus turbo-prop aircraft