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Sept. 20 - Make Savannah Seeking Vendor Applications for 2019 Fall Festival

Savannah business Journal Staff Report

September 20, 2019 - Make Savannah is now seeking vendor applications for Fall Festival at Maven Makers, 415 W. Boundary St.. Complete with food, music and a bonfire for guests, the event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 4 to 8 p.m. Open to the public, the festival celebrates Savannah made and inspired goods, connecting shoppers with makers and encouraging the community to support local entrepreneurship. Makers are invited to apply by visiting and completing the online application. The deadline is Friday, Oct. 4 and the vendor fee is $65. All creatives are welcome.

Makers are entrepreneurs, craftsmen, artisans, photographers, writers, chefs, collectors, leather makers and designers with a product to sell. To qualify for selection, products must be handmade or innovated in the Savannah community. Applications are accepted from a broad range of product categories including custom jewelry, high quality craft and handmade items, food and beverage goods, tools, furniture and home accessories, artwork and more. Makers are selected based on the following product differentiators:

  • Local connectedness

  • Quality

  • Uniqueness

Spearheaded by Clark Creative Communications, Make Savannah is an online destination and networking group showcasing the inspirational brands, and the people behind them, that make Savannah distinctly special. provides Savannah brand lovers with a place to shop a curated selection of signature products all in one destination, learn about the Makers behind each product, and gift like a Savannahian. For more information, visit or call 912-233-1160.

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Sept. 18 - Lovelane Designs Releases New Band of Misfits Collection

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

September 18, 2019 - Lovelane Designs, a woman-owned heirloom playwear company known for its imaginative collection of super hero capes, fairytale costumes, and magical accessories has launched a new collection for Fall: Band of Misfits.

Band of Misfits
reveals five new characters to the Lovelane story book: an eclectic menagerie of mischief and magic, banded together through their love of self-expression and the offbeat.

The Fortune Teller (Cape) - This character is naturally intuitive with a penchant for mystery and magic. They're great at giving advice and solving complex problems.
The Raven (Cape and Headpiece) - A symbol of mischief, The Raven is not afraid of the dark and feels at home with a good book with topics ranging from poetry to the obscure.
The Stork (Cape and Headpiece) - A shining light that brightens any room, The Stork is lively yet graceful and able to soar over any problem that may arise.
The Majorette (Vest) - They dance to the beat of their own drum, and feel most themselves when surrounded by lively music and crowds of people.
The Ringmaster (Vest) - A natural-born leader, The Ringmaster has a knack for performance and prefers to be the star of the show. They make new friends easily and never leave the house without making a statement with their outfit.

The new band of characters fit sizes ⅔ up to 8yo and are hand printed, sewn, and sent with love from Savannah, GA.

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Sept. 11 - Starland Mural Project Announces Artists & Fundraising Goal for Starland Dairy Murals

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

September 11, 2019 - Public murals are coming to Savannah’s Starland District in a big new way. The Starland Mural Project aims to create eight new murals by eight local artists on the walls of the old Starland Dairy in the next two months. The project is seeking sponsors and donations to reach a $15,000 fundraising goal by mid October.

The crew of muralists includes local artists Amiri Farris, Dana Richardson, Jon Witzky, Jose Ray, Juliana Lupacchino, Kevin Bongang, Tyriq Maxwell, and Xavier Hutchins. The project is managed by Clinton Edminster, owner of Starlandia Supply, with technical support from local muralist Kyle Milsap.

“The Starland Mural Project is inspired by the idea that art should be for everyone. Murals are a way for our communities to declare our stories, the ones we’re making right now. It’s our little way of sharing who we are and who we want to be,” says Edminster. “We think this project will inspire others to see a blank wall as a space to tell a story and to encourage a new way for artists to work and thrive in our city.”

One of the goals of the Starland Mural Project is to provide a repeatable framework for permitting, funding, and painting of murals. The eight artists were selected to not only celebrate the history and opportunity of the Starland District but also to strengthen and broaden the talent pool of local muralists. “Our hope,” says Edminster, “is to not just make some cool murals, but to make the making of murals kinda cool.”

The eight artists will start painting their murals in October immediately following approval of the Historic Sites and Monuments Commission (HSMC) at their Oct. 3 hearing. The permit application and all other relevant documents will be shared on the project website as a resource for future applications. 

All sponsors and donations over $100 will be recognized on the projects Sponsor Wall located on the former entrance of the building. An online Go Fund Me campaign can be found on the project website. Individuals and corporations interested in sponsorship should visit for more information. 

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Sept. 11 - City of Savannah and Partners Hosting Third Annual Recycling Day

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

September 11, 2019 - The City of Savannah, Keep Savannah Beautiful, and Savannah State University are partnering to host the third annual recycling day event on Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The City and the Environmental Science Department at SSU encourage residents to bring any paper, glass, plastic, or cooking grease to the T.A. Wright Stadium Parking Lot.

De’Anna Dudley, Environmental Compliance Coordinator for the City of Savannah’s Sanitation Department describes the importance of recycling in our community. “There are many environmental, economic and community benefits that can be attained from recycling. It can reduce the amount of waste in landfills, prevent pollution, and save energy. It also creates a variety jobs in the recycling industry. Let’s all think green to keep Savannah clean.”

All residents are encouraged to bring listed recyclables during the collection event. A complete list of items accepted can be found at For other questions about recyclable items, contact De’Anna Dudley at 912-651-7519.

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Sept. 10 - Thomas & Hutton Opens New Office In Atlanta

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

September 10, 2019 - Thomas & Hutton hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at their new location at  5553 Peachtree Road, Suite 175, in Chamblee, GA The public was welcome to tour its office space, meet the staff, and enjoy light refreshments. Attendees included many local and civic business leaders as well as Georgia Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, and State Senator Frank Ginn.

With deep roots and extensive experience in the Atlanta Area, Thomas & Hutton’s Atlanta office is led by Atlanta Regional Director, Garrett Phelps, PE. Garrett has 21 years of experience in the planning, design, and management of land development and civil engineering projects including residential, mixed-use, office-institutional, commercial and municipal projects. Matt Dunagin, PE is leading Thomas & Hutton’s Environmental Department in the Atlanta region. Matt has 12 years of experience in managing infrastructure projects in transportation, utilities, water/wastewater, and natural gas. Matt and Garrett are  joined by Andy White, PE and Designers Zack Senn and Nick Wilson. The team will assist Phelps and Dunagin in providing the services of Thomas & Hutton on the local level and help foster Thomas & Hutton’s presence in the Atlanta region. 

One of Thomas & Hutton’s core values is giving back to the communities where they work. In celebration of the opening of the Atlanta office, Thomas & Hutton presented a donation to the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. Established in 1994, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper's mission is to advocate and secure the protection and stewardship of the Chattahoochee River, and its tributaries and watershed, to restore and preserve their ecological health for the people and wildlife that depend on the river system. 

Thomas & Hutton celebrates 73 years of creating transformative communities.  Founded in 1946 in Savannah, GA, Thomas & Hutton is a privately-held professional services company providing engineering, planning, landscape architecture, surveying, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and consulting services to public and private clients.  Thomas & Hutton has offices in Savannah, Brunswick, Atlanta, and Covington, Georgia; Charleston, Berkeley County, Columbia, Greenville, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Nashville, Tennessee. For more information, visit

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