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Eva Fedderly

Duffy Street shoemaker brings traditions to new generation

To Savannah’s bespoke shoemaker, Marcell Mrsan, precision and simplicity are the key ingredients in crafting beautiful shoes that last.

Marcell Mrsan displays a pair of handmade shoes. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah Bananas owner teaches lesson in ‘Standing Out’

When Jesse Cole and his wife, Emily, bought the Savannah Bananas baseball team in October 2015, they poured their focus — and their funds — into traditional marketing.

Jesse Cole, owner of the Savannah Bananas, talks with fans during a game. (Savannah Morning News file photo)

Sandfly’s Holiday Fair celebrates neighborhood, businesses

Sandfly Market Place will have its fifth annual holiday fundraiser this Saturday, and this time they are bringing the neighbors. The antique mall has partnered with five Sandfly businesses to host a family-friendly block party.

Savannah meets New York City with holiday pop-up store

From her chic “Santa’s workshop” on Lincoln Street, event designer Rebecca Gardner launched her holiday initiative, Sugarplum Pop-Up, where Savannah artisans found and crafted fine goods and quirky holiday-themed goodies, which are sold both online and at the St. Regis New York.

Party Crown Star by artist Trish Andersen (Photo by Chia Chong)

Hotel Indigo partners with retailer for city-inspired fashions

In order to inspire travelers to visit Savannah and stay at Hotel Indigo Savannah Historic District, Hotel Indigo partnered with global online fashion retailer ASOS to curate a clothing collection inspired by the city of Savannah.

Georgia-native and social media influencer Asiyami Gold selected pieces from ASOS’s men’s and women’s clothing website, which Gold then grouped and curated into the collection inspired by the city of Savannah. (Photo courtesy Asiyami Gold)

Culture of space: How office environments affect productivity, creativity

Many Americans spend nearly half of their waking hours working, thus it’s crucial that the spaces in which they work ignite productivity, alertness, and comfort.

Interior designer Amy Porch with Hansen Architects likes the windows that allow a lot of natural light in her office. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Business owners plan ahead for holiday celebrations

As one of the most celebratory times of the year approaches, Savannah business owners prepare now to celebrate the holidays, whether that means giving back to their employees, the community, or throwing a blowout fete. No matter which way business owners and employees are choosing to rejoice, there are myriad elements to consider when hosting a holiday celebration.

Jack Thacher, son of Jane Vaden Thacher and Peter Thacher, addresses the entire Vaden extended family. Photo by Nichole Barrali.

Group brings focus to self-driving cars

Clinton Edminster says he’s been dreaming of self-driving cars for a while, and now he’s working to get Savannah ready for the real thing.

Clinton Edminster, founder of Self-Driving Vehicle Coalition of Coastal Georgia, spoke Wednesday to the Technology Association of Georgia at Bull Street Labs.

Entrepreneur turns picnic fun into business

Chelsea Rowe has always loved a great picnic — and she thinks everyone else should, too.

Chelsea Rowe (Contributed photo)

Experts give tips on how to find the right gig, the right employee

Finding a job or hiring the right candidate can be a job. Whether hiring new employees or looking for a job, it’s vital for both the candidate and the employer to be honest when finding the right match.

Film industry programs, work keep grads in Savannah

Thanks to state tax incentives for Hollywood filmmakers, the film industry is burgeoning in Savannah, and local students are discovering they don’t need to move to Los Angeles or New York City to find work and shape their careers.

Kareem McMichael, Jeff Williams, and Josiah Whitfield attend the recent Savannah Area Film Office networking event. (Photo by Eva Fedderly)

Logistics experts: Organization lessons translate to smaller businesses

With one of the biggest shipping operations in the country, Savannah is known for its port, warehouses and operating logistics. Some of the area’s best logistics experts say the lessons from the large endeavors will translate to making any size business run as successfully and efficiently as possible.

Savannah couple find career in elopement

Husband and wife team Bryan and Phyllis Fulton discovered the idea for their business, Savannah Simple Elopement, four years ago when they got married in Savannah and found people aren’t allowed to be married in the courthouse.

A Savannah Simple Elopement wedding. (Photo courtesy Bryan Fulton)

Financial ignorance can take toll at work, home

It’s July, and for many business owners, mid-year is an opportune time for a financial reset to keep the year’s goal in focus to alleviate headaches later. It’s the same for individuals, and growing financial stresses may create workplace and productivity problems for them and their employer.

Wilmington Island shop creates custom pieces of furniture

Bart Haigh moved from Connecticut to Savannah two years ago where he launched a custom furniture design shop, Haigh Wood Shop, out of his garage on Wilmington Island.

Bart Haigh, owner of Haigh Wood Shop, builds custom furniture at his shop on Wilmington Island. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Film roles mean big bucks for Savannah business

In movie plots, small entreprenuers often realize big dreams through hard work and timing. It’s a true story for many local businesses as the film industry discovers Savannah.

Film roles mean big bucks for Savannah business

In movie plots, small entreprenuers often realize big dreams through hard work and timing. It’s a true story for many local businesses as the film industry discovers Savannah.

Savannah woman uses business to empower girls

Nikki White says her career started in business, but her heart has always been in the nonprofit sector.

Nikki White

Continuing education enhances business, brings its own rewards

The “abilities” — availability, flexibility and affordability — are luring more business professionals than ever to pursue continuing education. And many are finding it the key to advancement, say educators who have made lifetime learning their business.

Good plans put outside space to work

Spring is here, and many businesses look to invest in outdoor spaces, helping properties gain value and look attractive at the same time.