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Local area businesses profiled by Business In Savannah.

BiS profile: Terry Post, Laser Light Engraving

Our main business is awards and trophies. Also corporate incentive awards, plaques, acrylic awards. We are an engraving shop. We can do individual style engraving like stainless steel and marking the metal with the laser. Also promotional products like ink pens, coffee cups, nametags. And we do signs.

BiS Profile: Mark Lebos - Strong Gym

Personal training, group fitness, rehab and massage. We work with shoulders, necks, hips and backs— (wherever) people have pain, injury, lack of function. We work with cancer patients, people with MS, Parkinson’s, neurological disorders from neuropathy, spinal cord injury, that kind of stuff.

BiS Profile: Coastal Consulting Management Group

CCMG is a financial management and tax advisory company that also specializes in valuation and litigation support. We are relationship driven and take an entrepreneurial approach in partnering with clients.

BiS Profile: Coastal Consulting Management Group

BiS Profile: Stathy Stathopoulos Yia Yia's Kitchen

The whole concept was a neighborhood bakery, deli and marketplace where everybody goes and hangs out. (Yia Yia’s also does catering.) … There’s this unique business in Ardsley Park …We try to get authentic – real Greek stuff.

BiS Profile: Stathy Stathopoulos Yia Yia's Kitchen

BIS profile: Lynda Beam, Lyndy Wheat of T.H. Guerry Lumber Company

We provide quality materials to builders, remodelers and do it yourselfers, with a strong emphasis for custom homes. 

Lynda G. Beam, owner of Guerry Lumber, and her daughter Lindy B. Wheat, VP of the company, stand in the lumber yard of their company located off Barnard Street. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

BIS profile: Sam Hubbard, Principal of Coastal Divorce Advisors, LLC

I have been providing financial advice and helping people manage their wealth and investment portfolios for more than 15 years.

BiS profile: Phyllis Livingood - Livingood's Appliance and Bedding

I’m most proud of the fact that my husband and I started this business and it has grown to a point where we have the ability to leave it to our children, our second generation.

BiS profile: Diane Lee of Georgia Tech

business profile - Diane Lee; director of Georgia Tech-Savannah


I’ve been in the restaurant business since I was 18. I’ve been a server and bartender. My husband’s the same way. We used to own a restaurant in Maryland before we came here — for 13 years. We opened here in October 2008. This will be our eighth year.


BiS profile: TERRY M. BEASLEY, Oelschig Nursery, Inc

Founder August Carl Oelschig (current nursery CEO Kurt Oelschig’s great-great-grandfather) was an immigrant from Germany who learned the flower business in Long Island. A couple of years later he moved to Savannah and started a nursery. in 1882. He started growing roses and shipped them back up north to New England. Most roses were coming from Europe at that time.

TERRY M. BEASLEY, Oelschig Nursery, Inc


O.C. Welch III opened his first car dealership in 1976, which was located at 111 E. DeRenne Avenue, but the business did not start there or with the dealership. It started with the detailing of cars for other new car dealerships in Savannah, which then lead to a sales position with a local dealership. It was followed by a used car dealership on Abercorn Street.


For almost 100 years, Byrd Cookie Company, a symbol of the heart of Savannah’s unique entrepreneurial spirit, still looking for 'undiscovered possibilities.' In 1924, Ben T. Byrd, Sr., known by family and friends as “Pop Byrd,” began baking small batches of cookies from his bakery in Savannah, Georgia, packing them in wooden crates, and personally delivering them to neighborhood markets in his Model T Ford. 


In 1974 Dale and Phyllis Livingood were transferred to Savannah from Atlanta with a major manufacturer of home appliances. At the time of the move, Dale had been working in the appliance industry for over 19 years. For many years, it had been a desire of Dale’s to own his own business, and with the move to Savannah, that desire was renewed. 


T.H. Guerry Lumber Company was founded in 1927 by T.H. Guerry, Sr. Known as “Pop” Guerry, he was in the timber business prior to opening T.H. Guerry Lumber. Today, Guerry Lumber is in the business of providing lumber, millwork, moulding, windows and doors to commercial and residential contractors, remodeling contractors and individuals.
L-R: Lynda Guerry Beam, Steve Chick and Lindy Beam Wheat


Optimal Hearing Systems is a service-oriented audiology and hearing health company that strives to improve hearing from A to Z. They test, treat, and improve hearing one patient at a time. Founded by Billy Pitt in 1961, the business is truly a family affair, with current president, Richard Pitt (Billy’s son), and his two sons, Nicholas and Dr. Gabriel Pitt, and daughter Veronica White as vice-presidents.
L-R: Veronica White, Richard Pitt, Billy Pitt and Dr. Gabriel Pitt. (Not pictured is Nicholas Pitt.)


From Sicily to Savannah: The story of building a seafood business that’s grown and prospered for over 130 years. Chances are, you know Mathews Seafood products from the plethora of fresh seafood restaurants in the Savannah area. But you may not know they’ve been providing food to regional restaurants since 1886.


In business for 82 years, Bernard Williams & Company was founded in 1934 by Bernard F. Williams, the father of Dick and Alan Williams, and the grandfather of Allen Williams.
L-R: Dick Williams, R. Allen Williams, Bernard Williams (portrait), and Alan Williams.


Founded in 1932 by George “Big Daddy” Hutson, Hutson Plumbing is a local commercial and residential plumbing company in its 4th generation of family ownership whose doors have been open for business in Savannah and the surrounding Low Country for 84 years. 

Seated, John Hutson. Standing (L-R), Lynn Moody, Adam Moody, Boyce Young


Remer Lane Insurance of Savannah is a full-service property and casualty insurance agency committed to providing clients with personalized service.
L-R Clockwise: Ashleigh Strickland, Suzanne Hill, Joyce Walsh, (standing) Clark Lane, Hermann Coolidge, Karey Fegal, Brooks Lane, Ellis Waters, (seated) Brinson Lane, Jonathan Lane, Laurie Allen, Mary Alice Nunn.


By simply putting down roots over 75 years ago, Mr. Critz’s vision for what an auto dealership could be has grown into a family business that is recognized throughout the region when mentioned with excellent customer service, community involvement and philanthropy. 

From left to right: Dale Critz, Jr., Dale Critz, III, Debbie Critz, Dale Critz, Sr., John B. Critz, and Lila Critz. On photo sticks from left to right: Laura Critz, Taylor Critz, Cay Critz.