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Katie Nussbaum

‘Balancing old world and new’ at Cup to Cup Café

During its first year, Cup to Cup Café at 140 Abercorn St. has been serving up something a little different.

James Spano

Local breweries celebrate state’s new alcohol-selling bill

Local breweries are raising a glass after Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 85 into law last weekMay 8 allowing breweries and distilleries to sell directly to consumers. 
Members of the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild board of directors, Nancy Palmer, Chris Heron, Joel Iverson, Carly Wiggins and Bob Sandage celebrate after the signing of Senate Bill 85 at the state capital earlier this month. The bill will update the regulations surrounding Georgia breweries and distilleries, putting them on par with other states across the country. (Photo special to the Savannah Morning News)

More Savannah tourists spent more money in 2016

Last year, the Hostess City welcomed more visitors than ever and those guests spent more money while they were here.

A tour group walks in front of the Hamilton-Turner House earlier this year. According to an annual study compiled by Longwoods International for Visit Savannah, 13.9 million people visited Savannah and spent about $2.8 billion in 2016. (Robert Cooper/ Savannah Morning News file photo)

Hotel plan gets sent back again to appeals board

On Wednesday, several members of the Historic District Review Board clarified that they were not confused when they voted to approve a contested bonus story of a hotel at Tattnall and Liberty Streets in February. It was just the latest move for a proposal that’s been volleyed back and forth for weeks.

A rendering of a new hotel proposed for Liberty and Tattnall Street. An appeal challenging the proposed bonus story will once again go back before the City of Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals. (Rendering courtesy of Lynch Associates Architects)

Broughton Street projects bring awards for preservation efforts

Broughton Street and the transformation of 16 buildings along the historic corridor by Atlanta developer Ben Carter and his team received statewide recognition last month by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.

Images provided by Hansen Architects using Georgia Historical Society photos - This series of photos shows the facade changes to 32 east Broughton St. The restoration of 16 buildings along the historic corridor by Atlanta developer Ben Carter, Hansen Architects, DPR Construction and Tharpe Engineering Group received statewide recognition last month by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.

Streetscape project remains finishing touch

As developer Ben Carter’s restoration and construction project on Broughton Street project nears its end, one of the final pieces of bringing the street back to life as a downtown shopping destination will be upgrading the streetscape, according to Quito Anderson, CEO of Ben Carter Enterprises.

Ben Carter’s footprint stays steady in Pooler

Before the restoration of numerous buildings along Broughton Street in downtown Savannah, developer Ben Carter already had a shovel in the ground a little west of downtown in Pooler.

Dede Dunn of Bluffton found a lot of good deals on the first day of shopping at the outlet mall. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News file photo)

Hugh Acheson: Despite rumors, The Florence isn’t closing in Savannah

Although it’s listed for lease, acclaimed chef and restauranteur Hugh Acheson said his Savannah restaurant, The Florence, isn’t closing.

Woof Gang expands territory in Savannah

Woof Gang Bakery has certainly marked its territory in Savannah. What started as one store in City Market has grown to four with more on the way for the neighborhood pet store that specializes in quality foods, treats, chews and pet accessories with a personalized touch.

Appeals board sends hotel request back to review, OKs new bar

The Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday voted to send plans for a proposed hotel at Tattnall and Liberty streets back to the Historic District Board of Review after an appeal was filed challenging a bonus story approved by the HDBR in February.

Savannah-area homes sales hit high mark in March

March was a record month for home sales and housing market inventory in Bryan, Chatham and Effingham counties. During the month, 629 homes sold – a six-year high and inventory hit a six year low coming in at just under five months, according to monthly data released by Savannah Multi-List Corp.

Three downtown SCAD properties on market

The Savannah College of Art and Design has listed three of its properties on the market with commercial real estate company CBRE. The college maintains more than 60 buildings around Savannah and an equestrian center in Hardeeville, S.C.

Appeal challenges downtown hotel’s height

The City of Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday will hear a petition challenging the bonus story of a proposed hotel at Tattnall and Liberty Streets.

The City of Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday will hear a petition to appeal a February decision to grant a bonus story to the Liberty Street. Nearby residents say the project isn't compatible with the area. (Rendering courtesy of Lynch Associates Architects)
This rendering shows a conceptual plan for a five-building hotel development off of President Street. The Metropolitan Planning Commission voted to rezone the eight-acre site, which is being developed by HD Companies, on Tuesday. The recommendation will now move to Savannah City Council for final review. (Rendering courtesy of HD Companies/via Metropolitan Planning Commission)

From the dumpster to the big screen: Savannah welcomes first prop house

The next time a production filming in Savannah needs a cigarette machine, books or other prop décor they won’t have to look very far to find it.

Painting internship provides experience, credibility to Georgia Southern Student

For the first time Young Entrepreneurs Across America is offering Georgia college students the chance to operate their own business and gain real world experience through its Student Painters internship.

A helping hand: Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity continues outreach in Savannah

Since 1983, Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity has partnered with more than 130 families in Chatham County to help them realize their dream of owning an affordable home, and this year the nonprofit aims to add seven more local families to that list.

MLK block to get new life for local business

Home to several businesses since the early 1900s, including a nickel and dime store owned by the Tenenbaum family and most recently, Thrifty Supply Center, the 300 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. is getting a facelift and a new life.

America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia opens new volunteer center

America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia provided more than 12 million pounds of food to those in need last year, and that number is set to rise thanks to a new volunteer center.

Trip Tollison, center, past board president of America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, speaks to the crowd before cutting the ribbon at the organization’s new volunteer center on Thursday. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Review board OKs Liberty Street hotel design

The Savannah Historic Review Board on Wednesday approved the design details for the Liberty Hotel, which is slated to be built across from the Savannah Civic Center at the corner of Tattnall and Liberty Streets.
A rendering of a new hotel proposed for Liberty and Tattnall Street. The Historic Review Board approved the design details of the development on Wednesday. (Rendering courtesy of Lynch Associates Architects)