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Georgia-native, vintner: Napa Valley bruised, needs support in recovery

The Savannah Food & #38;Wine Festival begins next week, offering Savannahians a chance to meet West Coast wine leaders.

Wet Willie’s goes all in for breast cancer awareness

Emily Dickinson, the executive vice president for Wet Willie’s Management Corp., says the best way for your business to host successful fundraising campaigns is to make sure your entire staff is educated and invested in the cause you are supporting.

Greg Parker celebrates 40 years with more growth, more service and dedication to his team

With a brand built on fast, fresh and friendly, Parker’s has been ranked on Inc.’s elite list of the top 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. for four consecutive years, and Parker said they plan to build 17 new stores in the next 13 months while adding drive-thru food service to many stores.  

Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News - Greg Parker and Terri Heidmann outside Parker's Market on Drayton St.

Spanky's celebrates 40 years on River Street

Keeping the doors open on your first restaurant for 40 years is an accomplishment, but keeping those doors open for 40 years in Savannah where restaurants open and close almost overnight is worthy of a big celebration.

Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News - Original owners of Spanky's Ansley Williams, Dusty Yarbrough, and Alben Yarbrough stand in front of the River Street location.

Seacrest Partners celebrate 10 years of success

Seacrest Partners will celebrate 10 years as a locally owned and operated business in Savannah this year. If you’ve ever started a business from scratch in Savannah, then you realize what an accomplishment that is.

Moon River District offers Savannah's Lowcounty experience

Savannah is known for its history, architecture and those beautiful, majestic oaks draped in Spanish Moss. But one group wants to make sure tourists — as well as locals — know that Savannah’s history and beauty go beyond the downtown Historic District.

Savannah Morning News file photo- Oaks line the entrance to Wormsloe Historic Site. The Moon River committee hopes more tourists will visit the site.

Couple goes all natural at The Hipster Hound

An entrepreneurial spirit is in full force inside the home of Tonya and Nick Rintye. The couple started a new online business in February called The Hipster Hound.

Kim Wade/Savannah Morning News- Tonya Rintye decorates a fresh batch of iced dog treats to sell at her online store, The Hipster Hound. Tonya and husband Nick opened the business in February to offer safe, chemical-free dog treats and sprays to customers.

Couple brings Kona Ice to Savannah

It’s easy to day dream about owning your own business. Sure you get to be your own boss, but what about the difficult parts like trying to juggle your day job that pays the bills while trying to find time for your family?

Jamie and Jennifer Hodge longed to become small business owners, but being parents was their No. 1 priority. They finally found the solution. In early April, the duo took the reins of a local Kona Ice franchise.

Jamie Hodge and his daughter, Sophie, 10, both of Savannah work in their Kona Ice truck Saturday while Ian Brown, 3, of Kennesaw reaches for more flavored syrup for his shaved ice at the Chatham County’s Sheriff’s Office. - Ian Maule/Savannah Morning News

B's Cracklin' Barbeque destroyed by fire

B's Cracklin' Barbeque on Coffee Bluff Villa Road caught fire and burned to the ground early Thursday morning.

B's Cracklin' Barbeque destroyed by fire

Southern Tide makes a splash in Savannah

From koozies to children’s wear to swimwear, housewares and their signature, top-selling Skipjack Polo shirts, Southern Tide is practically a household name here in the Lowcountry.

Models wait for their next photo shoot while wearing Southern Tide's swimwear at Brice Hotel in Savannah on Thursday.

One Love Animal Rescue takes top honors at volunteer awards

The nominees at United Way HandsOn Savannah’s 36th annual Volunteer Recognition and Awards luncheon on Wednesday at Savannah Station represent some of the hardest working volunteers in our community.

Photos by Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News - “Carl,” a guide dog in training at the Islands Veterinary Science program, joins Vanessa Lewallan, left, Dana Bertagnolli and Karrie Bulski, center, of One Love Animal Rescue, winners of this year’s Herschel V. Jenkins Volunteer of the Year Award.

Designers of The Grey recognized by James Beard Foundation

The James Beard Foundation has announced its final round of nominees for this year’s awards, and Savannah’s new kid on the block, The Grey, made the cut.

Interior of The Grey, which is located at 109 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd.

Miss Sophie teams up with Enmark