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July 22 - Matthew Reardon Early Learning Academy Opening in Savannah Aug. 14

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

July 22, 2019 - The Matthew Reardon Early Learning Academy will open on Aug. 14, 2019 at 11500 Middleground Road, Savannah GA, 31419.

An open house will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., and tours are available by appointment the week of Aug. 5-9.

The Early Learning Academy (ELA) is a place for all children to learn through teacher-guided intentional play, meaningful interactions, and inquisitive exploration.

ELA’s goal is to incorporate all children in safe, creative, language-enriched classrooms where learning becomes a fun daily experience. The program is designed to foster all educational and emotional developmental areas for toddlers (18 months) to pre-kindergarten (48-60 months).

According to ELA Director Ciarra Torres, “Inclusion preschools are becoming increasingly popular in today’s society. Family diversity and individual acceptance are widely recognized as beneficial to the entire community. ELA’s mission is to create a facility where all children, with and without developmental differences, are cherished and encouraged to blossom into the persons they are meant to be. Every child deserves the opportunity to learn from others in a loving, safe, comfortable, and educational environment.”

Thirty years of research has shown that all children benefit tremendously in a setting which fosters increased opportunities to learn leadership skills, develop empathy, and broaden language acquisition and peer interactions.

Low child to teacher ratios (4:1) permit staff to focus on each individual child’s development, goals, and progress. ELA’s teaching staff consists of highly trained and caring teachers who collectively bring 30+ years of preschool teaching experience in the Savannah area to Southside’s newest educational gem. ELA classrooms and playground are well-equipped and spacious, far exceeding minimum space requirements.

Dr. Gail G. McGee, PhD, founder of the Walden School at Emory University, is consulting with ELA to replicate components of Walden for inclusive early education. Modeled on learning through incidental teaching, Walden methodology takes advantage of naturally occurring “incidents” to teach important skills. Parental involvement is a key component in the program, including professionally-led training sessions for all families on topics such as behavior management, incidental teaching at home, language enrichment, and much more.

The Early Learning Academy is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a formal educational program from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information visit 

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July 18 - Anne Pappas Interiors Opens New Full-Service Design Studio and Showroom in Downtown Savannah

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

July 18, 2019 - Anne Pappas Interiors, one of Georgia’s leading interior design firms, recently opened a new full-service design studio and showroom at 101 W. Liberty Street in the heart of Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District.

“We’re thrilled to open our new design studio and showroom in downtown Savannah, serving clients across the region,” said Pappas. “This inspiring space will allow our talented team of designers to provide exceptional creative services to clientele who appreciate the art of design.”

Located at the corner of Liberty Street and Whitaker Street in the former Barroll and Barroll building, Anne Pappas Interiors offers a variety of interior design services tailored to each individual project, providing seamless support from concept through installation. The new showroom also features a wide range of fabrics, finishes and decorative elements for residential and commercial projects. 

The building also serves as the headquarters for Abode Fine Home Staging, a collaboration between Pappas and project manager Mary Eckwall, providing strategic home staging services for luxury real estate clients and private community developers. 

A member of Coastal Living and Southern Living’s exclusive Designer Network, Pappas offers a fresh, inspired approach to interior design, incorporating a variety of textures and design elements inspired by nature, travel and global style. This talented designer often brings back unique textiles, art and furnishings from her travels abroad to India and throughout Europe for projects here in the Lowcountry. 

A former staff designer for the Savannah College of Art and Design’s campuses in Savannah, Atlanta and Hong Kong, Pappas has worked on major commercial projects as well as residential interior design projects at luxury communities in coastal Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. Pappas was recently selected as the official designer for Starland Village, an exciting new mixed-use development currently under construction at Bull Street and 38th Street in the heart of Savannah’s Starland neighborhood. 

Anne Pappas Interiors is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment.

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July 10 - FEMA Urges Savannah Residents to Prepare for Hurricane Season Now

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

July 10, 2019 - FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program are urging Savannah residents to act now to prepare for hurricane season before it’s too late. Last year’s hurricane season caused nearly $50 billion in damage. During Hurricane Michael, Savannah received nearly eight inches of rain, which led to wide-spread flooding. It could happen again this year. NOAA is predicting 4-8 hurricanes, including 2-4 storms category 3 or higher.

With hurricane season now here, one of the most important steps you can take to prepare is to buy flood insurance, which allows individuals, communities and businesses to recover faster and more fully after a disaster. 

Whether it’s a major flood or just an inch of water, flood insurance helps cover the cost of flood damage and allows you to get back to normal faster after a storm. Just one inch of water in an average-sized home can cost more than $25,000 in repairs, and most homeowners and renters policies typically do not cover flood damage. 

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. Don’t wait, purchase flood insurance today because a policy typically takes 30 days to go into effect. 

In addition to purchasing flood insurance, you should prepare by creating an evacuation plan, stocking an emergency kit with enough supplies (food, medicine, water, etc.) for at least three days for your family and pets, keeping important documents in a safe place and taking measures to protect property from storm damage.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-427-4661.

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July 16 - Feed The Hungry and St. Joseph’s/Candler to Open The Empowerment Center

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

July 16, 2019 - Rep. Carl Gilliard and St. Joseph’s/Candler are partnering to create The Empowerment Center to help families rise up out of poverty.

“We recognize the difficulties that the working poor have and we want to help their families become successful and sustainable,” said Rep. Gilliard, who founded Feed The Hungry in 2009. “The Empowerment Center is going to change the narrative on poverty.”

St. Joseph’s/Candler is providing and renovating space next to the health system’s Good Samaritan Clinic in Garden City to house The Empowerment Center. Rep. Gilliard will bring in a number of different local and state agencies that can help people gain skills or find resources to help with employment, education or certifications.

“A healthy life is marked by more than just the absence of disease. People need a good education, life skills, job training and a safe home,” said Paul P. Hinchey, President & CEO of St. Joseph’s/Candler. “The Empowerment Center fits squarely into our mission and history of community outreach and we are extremely excited to partner with Rep. Gilliard to improve the lives of those in our community.”

This is a natural partnership for two entities who have spent their existence helping those in need. 

Gilliard is currently a state Representative covering western Chatham County but has spent his life working for civil rights and fighting violence plaguing cities. He founded the Chatham County Youth Commission, Project L.O.V.E. Inc, several anti-crime initiatives and spread his message on many different media outlets. In 2009 he began Feed the Hungry and has provided more than one million servings of hot food and fresh produce. The organization has grown into 12 cities in Georgia and two in South Carolina. 

St. Joseph’s/Candler lives its important mission to treat illness and promote wellness for all people. And not just in healthcare. The health system’s St. Mary’s Community Center, St. Mary’s Health Center, Good Samaritan Clinic and African-American Health Resource and Information Center had more than 78,000 contacts with people last year needing help free of charge. St. Joseph’s/Candler community outreach programs help provide that.

The Empowerment Center will host and partner with:

  • The Georgia Department of Labor
  • The Georgia Department of Transportation DBE Certification Program
  • The Georgia Department of Community Affairs
  • New Beginnings Conflict Resolution Program
  • Small business development through the Georgia Secretary of State
  • Equal Opportunity Authority

Some of the regularly-scheduled classes will include topics on:

  • Soft skills
  • Financial literacy
  • Conflict resolution
  • New home buyer programs
  • College prep

The Empowerment Center is located at 4704 Augusta Road in Garden City.

Upcoming events at The Empowerment Center

July 16, 11 a.m.:  Family Health and Wellness Day. Free health screenings and 200 free watermelons to the first attendees. Presented by Clover Health.

July 17 11 a.m.: Expungement Clinic and Lunch with the Chatham County Sheriff's Office. (Presented by Georgia Legal Services)

July 18 11 a.m.: Job Fair (Presented by EOA).

July 19 Noon: DBE Certification presented by the Georgia Department of (Transportation DBE Supportive Services)

July 20 10 a.m.: Georgia Dream Program Down Payment Assistance Program. (Presented by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs).

The week of July 22-26 the Empowerment Center will do exclusive hiring events to help people get into careers. They will also focus on registration for a GED program in partnership with Savannah Technical College, as well as financial literacy and soft skills training.

To register for any program visit or call 912-436-7380.


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July 1 - Parker’s Kitchen Opens First Charleston-Area Store in Moncks Corner

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

July 1, 2019 - Parker’s Kitchen, one of the nation’s leading foodservice and convenience store companies, recently opened its first Charleston-area retail store at 115 S. Highway 52 in Moncks Corner, S.C., strategically expanding its corporate footprint into the fast-growing metro Charleston market. 

The company’s 58th location is part of a larger plan to expand the Parker’s Kitchen footprint from its headquarters in Savannah, Ga. to Charleston, S.C. and beyond. The newest Moncks Corner store is located near Main Street and the expanding population base in Berkeley County.

“We’re thrilled to open our newest store in Moncks Corner and to serve the needs of our customers in Berkeley County,” said Parker’s Kitchen founder and CEO Greg Parker. “We have aggressive growth plans for the Charleston area and look forward to sharing our award-winning food, exceptional customer service and incredible attention to detail with customers across the region. At Parker’s Kitchen, we have a deep commitment to elevating the convenience store experience in Charleston and giving back to every community where we do business.”

The new Moncks Corner store is the first of eight Parker’s Kitchen locations expected to open in the metro Charleston area in 2019, marking a $50 million investment by the company. Other locations opening this year include Summerville, Goose Creek, North Charleston, Cane Bay and West Ashley. The retailer plans to employ 1,200 people across the region.

The new Parker’s Kitchen in Moncks Corner serves fresh, never-frozen, antibiotic-free, double-breaded Chicken Tenders as well as popular items like cheese grits, breakfast casserole and much more. All food is homemade on-site from the freshest ingredients by Parker’s Kitchen chefs who take pride in cooking for the communities where they live and work. The new store also sells freshly brewed sweet tea and lemonade as well as Bean to Cup Guaranteed Fresh Coffee, where every cup is ground and brewed on demand. 

All food items are prepared fresh by Parker’s team members and can be enjoyed on-site or to-go. The Moncks Corner location includes convenient ordering kiosks as well as indoor seating.

“Our award-winning Southern-inspired food -- which is available for breakfast, lunch or dinner -- is an ideal alternative to traditional fast food,” said Parker. “We recently won the Convenience Foodservice Leader of the Year Award for our delicious menu of items made from scratch daily with fresh ingredients, like your grandmother would make.”

Parker’s Kitchen is strategically redefining America’s convenience store industry, offering customers high-quality products, freshly prepared food and superior customer service at 58 retail stores throughout coastal Georgia and South Carolina. Headquartered in Savannah, Ga., Parker’s Kitchen has a commitment to exceeding customer expectations and has repeatedly been recognized as one of the nation’s leading convenience store companies. The company sells 2.4 million chicken tenders and 6.5 million fountain drinks annually.    

The new location in Moncks Corner features a dedicated Parker’s Kitchen team, led by Store Manager Tracey Graham and Kitchen Manager Jennifer Jackson. 

Founded in 1976, Parker’s Kitchen has earned accolades for its award-winning Fueling the Community charitable initiative, innovative mobile app and acclaimed Parker’s Rewards program, which has saved customers $10 million+ since its inception. 

Parker’s Kitchen also gives back to every community where stores are located through the Fueling the Community Program, which donates a portion of the profit of every gallon of gas sold on the first Wednesday of the month to schools in South Carolina and Georgia. In addition, the company endows the Parker College of Business at Georgia Southern University and the Parker’s Emergency and Trauma Center at Memorial Hospital in Savannah, Ga.

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