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Business with Promise: Film Biz Recycling & Prop Shop

Film Biz Recycling & Prop Shop has had a footprint since 2008, but the prop house is brand new to Savannah, having opened its doors in April. Current president and Georgia native Samita Wolfe relocated the 501(c)3 non-profit from Brooklyn, New York to the Hostess City after high rent prices forced founder Eva Radke to close down.

Samita Wolfe sits with her dog “Herry Smith” at Film Biz Recycling & Pro Shop. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Despite age and doubters, bull market looks to keep running

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street is forecasting another year of gains for stocks in 2018, even as worries rise that the end may be nearing for one of the market’s greatest runs in history.

In this Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, file photo, traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Wall Street is forecasting another year of gains in 2018, even as warning signals flash that the end may be nearing for one of the stock market’s greatest runs in history. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Media face challenges in rush to sexual misconduct reckoning

NEW YORK (AP) — Talk-show host Tavis Smiley isn’t just angry at PBS for firing him on sexual misconduct charges. He’s angry about his depiction in the media.

In this April 27, 2016 file photo, Tavis Smiley appears at the 33rd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Los Angeles. Smiley said that he isn’t just angry at PBS for firing him on sexual misconduct charges. He’s angry about his depiction in the media. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)

US industries can start counting their benefits from tax law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Craft breweries are raising a glass to the Republicans’ new tax overhaul: It cuts the excise tax on beer. Retailers, long saddled with heavy tax bills, will get relief. So will some high-profile names in corporate finance, led by Wells Fargo.

This Dec. 11, 2013, file photo, shows a beer at a microbrewery in Birmingham, Ala. Craft breweries are raising a glass to the Republicans’ new tax overhaul: It cuts the excise tax on beer. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

Report: Coastal Empire economy remains strong despite Irma

The Savannah economy maintained strong economic growth through the end of the third quarter, despite disruptions from Hurricane Irma in September. The information comes from the Coastal Empire Economic Monitor, published by Armstrong State University, set for release on Monday.

The CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt passes City Hall in September. Hurricane Irma caused activity at the Georgia Ports Authority to dip about one percent in September, but overall activity is about 10 percent ahead of last year, according to Armstrong State University’s Coastal Empire Economic Monitor. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News file photo)




City Talk: Good news for the holidays

Have you been hoping for some good news here at the holidays?

A Visit From Santa: An economics poem

During his career watching the financial markets as former chief U.S. economist at Nomura Securities, David Resler made it a holiday tradition to write a “review and outlook” for the economy in the style of Clement Moore’s classic, “A Visit from St. Nicholas.”

Business news: Low Country Dermatology donates to ‘holiday store’

Low Country Dermatology donates to ‘holiday store’

Michael Owens: Savannah becoming year-round destination

Those who have lived here for many years remember a time when spring was the busiest time for visitors in Savannah. From St. Patrick’s Day until the summer heat of June was peak season, but in November and December things slowed down considerably. In 2009, just 18 percent of guests visited in the fourth quarter of the year.

Get Bach to work: Company orchestras a German tradition

By David McHugh

In this Friday Nov. 24, 2017 photo, conductor Johanna Weitkamp performs with the SAP orchestra in Mannheim, Germany. Some big corporations think performing Beethoven symphonies helps employees team up on projects at work, with the orchestras serving as a public relations tool while helping forge the creative teamwork that companies need to compete in the business world. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

What households need to know about the tax bill’s impact

By Sarah Skidmore Sell and Ken Sweet

Papy: A labor of love, looking back on 2017

We have this rule at The Creative Coast — we don’t brag about us. It’s about you — you who make up the community and are hustling and grinding to better themselves and better Savannah. But today, we are throwing that out the window and taking a moment to brag — a year-end brag.

Weekly Ship Schedule

Weekly Ship Schedule

Savannah icon, restaurateur Billy Lee dies

A great friend to many in Savannah has died.

Billy Lee, left, and friend Nate Shaffer (Photo courtesy of Nate Shaffer)

Preservation tax credit squeaks through in new tax bill

In the last 15 years the Historic Tax Credit has helped preserve hundreds of Savannah buildings while contributing more than $7 million in labor income to the local economy. The credit remains the best tool that cities have to fight blight, according to Historic Savannah Foundation president and CEO Daniel Carey.

Executive Profile: Gill and Edward Wagstaff


DNR extends food shrimp season

Shrimpers have a little more time to fill their nets this winter.

Planned Skidaway senior living facility clears height hurdle

The Chatham County Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday approved an 11-foot height variance for ornamental tower entrance on a planned senior living facility on Skidaway Island, despite staunch opposition from several nearby residents.

Ramsey: Proper tipping shows gratitude for people, work

The holiday season is traditionally a time for showing gratitude. In the midst of the frenzy of decorating, shopping, baking, and partying, it’s easy to lose to sight of what this celebrating is all about. Whatever your reason for joining in the spirit, keep in mind that this is a point in time when you can thank those people who provide services and make your life easier.