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February 2015

The Savannah Mall Celebrates Youth Art Month

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The Savannah Mall Celebrates Youth Art Month

(SAVANNAH, GA) During the month of March, the Savannah Mall will use Dillard’s Court to showcase visual arts projects created by students from 53 area schools in recognition of National Youth Art Month (YAM). The theme of this year’s event is “Make it Pop!”

YAM is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art and art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. The YAM Exhibit at the Savannah Mall will kick off with an opening ceremony on Saturday, February 28 at 12 p.m. The ceremony will feature students from Bloomingdale Elementary performing excerpts from Peter Pan, pianists from Savannah Arts Academy, and a prize drawing at 1:30 p.m. The Youth Art Month exhibit will remain on display until Sunday, March 29.

“The arts are critical to a well rounded education in the 21st Century,” said Catriona Schaefer, teacher specialist for visual arts with Savannah Chatham County Public Schools. “They are an essential language through which we communicate with other cultures around the world. The arts develop the critical thinking and problem solving skills that allow our students to be competitive on the world stage. In our schools, the arts foster engagement by promoting active and complex learning.”

Established in 1961, YAM provides a forum for acknowledging skills that are not possible in other subjects. The Council for Art Education (CFAE), a sponsor of Youth Art Month, adopted the national theme, “Start With Art, Learn for Life.” The Council strives to promote that art education develops self-esteem, appreciation of the work of others, self-expression, cooperation with others, and critical thinking skills. CFAE regards these skills as “vital to the success of our future leaders – our children.”

For more information about Youth Art Month exhibit at the Savannah Mall, call Becky Orsi-Faircloth, marketing/specialty leasing manager at 912.927.7467 or visit http://savannahmall.com 

ABOUT SAVANNAH MALL
Originated in 1990, the Savannah Mall, located at 14045 Abercorn St., features anchor stores Bass Pro Shops, Dillard’s, Target, Burlington Coat Factory and A.C. Moore. The 960,000-square-foot, two-level mall is also home to Pole Position Raceway, Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Gymboree, Game Stop, Champs, Hibbet Sporting Goods, Kay Jewelers, Marks & Morgan Jewelers, Shoe Dept., Zales Jewelers, Rue 21, Cato, Savannah Piano, Fitness Emporium, Relentless Records and Vapors Smoke Shop. Virginia College offers a variety of classes in areas such as cosmetology, medical billing, culinary arts, business, healthcare and more. The Savannah Mall’s Food Court features Chick-fil-a, Savannah Gyro, Sbarro Italian Eatery, Saigon Flavors, China Max, Sakkio Japan, Cajun Café and Subway. Other dining options at the mall include Ruby Tuesdays and Texas Roadhouse, along with Savannah Candy Co., Cold Stone Creamery and the Nutty Bavarian. The Savannah Mall plans to open Wing Shack. The Savannah Mall has a double-decker carousel in the Food Court and soft play area on the lower level for children. For leasing information, contact Becky Orsi-Faircloth, marketing/specialty leasing manager at 912.927.9663 or orsib@urbanretail.com . For more information about the Savannah Mall, call 912.927.7467 or visit http://savannahmall.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912.844.9990

This Valentine’s Day: Keep Your Love Local at Any Age or Stage

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This Valentine’s Day: Keep Your Love Local at Any Age or Stage
By Cecilia Russo
Each year on February 14th, St. Valentine’s Day is celebrated around the world. And while this celebration can mean many things to many people, the most commonly observed Valentine’s Day tradition and custom is expressing one’s affection with an exchange of gifts. Depending on your relationship status though, finding the perfect gift for your special someone may be a hard decision.
As a Savannah native, not only do I love this city but I love to support our local vendors. Before buying the box of chocolates from the corner drugstore or teddy bear as big as your great dane from Walmart, consider some of these local shopping suggestions that make giving gifts simple at any relationship stage. 
Just Started Dating?
For couples who are experiencing the first blooms of romance, it’s better to keep the Valentine’s Day gift simple. Bigger is not always better in this situation. For your leading lady, consider giving her a facial from Low Country Dermatology. The calming atmosphere will put her at ease while their botanicals and masques will leave her feeling refreshed and revived. For your main mister, give him some sweet honey from Savannah Bee Company. Try their different flavors and pick out something unique to his tastes.
Dating Six Months to a Year?

At this point, you’re obviously committed to the relationship. You know each other’s likes and dislikes. So, for a Valentine’s Day gift, consider something sweet or scented. Stop by Chocolat Atelier on Broughton St. and choose a couple of divine cocoa creations from Adam Turoni. If you’d rather follow your nose, call up Natalie Evans with Low Country Luxe and pick out a hand-poured, soy-based candle. The Moonshine label might be perfect for your man. Each of these gifts are hand crafted by the artists and are sure to wow your sweetheart. 
Dating for Two Years or Longer?
Your relationship is at a very serious stage and you might even possibly see yourself marrying your valentine one day. However, being together for this long might make your V’day seem unoriginal or unanticipated. Spice things up with a "Stay-cation" of sorts. Plan a couples weekend in the Hostess City. Start with a private carriage ride from Historic Savannah Carriage Tours and a bottle of wine. Have them drop you off in front of your favorite restaurant. One of my favorites is 45 Bistro. For a small but thoughtful gift for him, pick him up a Filson leather dopp bag from Rivers & Glen Trading Co. He can use it to pack his personal items for your weekend. 
Just Got Engaged? 
Now, what do you get her after you’ve already given her that perfect diamond ring? You could give her a blue piece of jewelry, colored diamond or gem. Most brides want to follow the tradition of wearing something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue on her wedding day. That new or blue piece of jewelry will be a perfect accent for your bride to wear on your wedding day. Meet with Craig Burgess of A&C Gold and Diamonds for one of his Signature Design necklaces. For your hubby-to-be, think about surprising him with a donation to Savannah Tree Foundation. For a donation of $25 or more, STF’s Plant-a-Tree program enables you to dedicate a tree in Savannah to further express your deep rooted love. 
Ever After?
Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to rekindle that spark. Although you may feel like you’ve seen and done it all in Savannah, why not put a new twist on a familiar place? Step one: call Johnnie Ganem’s and reserve your favorite bottle of bubbly. Step two: call my dad, Charlie Russo at Russo’s Seafood, and order up some lobsters. And finally, step three: light the candles and lay down a blanket. Turn your living room into a private picnic for two. Your sweetheart will love the simplicity yet thoughtfulness of your night-in. And both of you can finally relax in the comfort of your own home. 
Whether you have been dating for a couple weeks or a lifetime, ensure this Valentine’s Day ends with a kiss.
Cecilia Russo is a marketing and public relations professional focusing on community relations and online positioning. She has developed strong relationships within a broad base of local and regional businesses, corporations and charities.
Contact:
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
info@crussomarketing.com
912.665.0005 
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The Bowen Law Group Appoints New Legal Assistant

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The Bowen Law Group Appoints New Legal Assistant
Emily L. Rice Joins Savannah Business Law Firm

(Savannah, GA) The Bowen Law Group is pleased to announce that Emily L. Rice has joined the business law firm as a Legal Assistant. Rice will be responsible for client relations, legal research and comprehensive litigation support.

“We are so pleased to have Emily on board,” said Charles Bowen, Founding Partner. “She has a tremendous amount of talent, intelligence and personality, and I am confident that she will be a great asset to our firm.”

Rice’s previous employment includes extensive experience in management and customer relations in the fashion industry. She is a graduate of Armstrong State University with a degree in Communication Sciences and she is a former member of the Junior League of Savannah.

“I am truly excited to be given this opportunity by The Bowen Law Group,” said Rice. “It is rewarding to be part of a practice that builds its principles upon a true passion for justice and which is so firmly dedicated to ensuring the success of its clients. I believe The Bowen Law Group will greatly enhance both my personal and professional growth.”

A native of Savannah, Rice enjoys crafting, traveling, exercising and musical theatre.

 

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ABOUT THE BOWEN LAW GROUP 

The Bowen Law Group was founded in 2012 by Savannah business attorney Charles Bowen. Bowen received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is a member of the Georgia Bar. Bowen opened The Bowen Law Group after running the Savannah branches of two large Atlanta law firms for eight years and previously serving for ten years as a partner in a respected Savannah litigation firm. The Bowen Law Group focuses on commercial, banking and manufacturing law and also offers comprehensive mediation services. Corporate law has deep ties to the Bowen family. Bowen’s great-grandfather (whose desk and other heirlooms are on display in the office) was an esteemed business attorney in New Orleans, a legacy that Bowen hopes to continue in Savannah. With panoramic views of the city and the Savannah River, The Bowen Law Group is located on the top floor of the Manger Building at 7 East Congress Street. For more information, call 912.544.2050 or visit thebowenlawgroup.com.

CONTACT
Emily L. Rice
The Bowen Law Group
912-544-2056
erice@thebowenlawgroup.com
thebowenlawgroup.com

MEDIA INQUIRIES
Marjorie Young 
Carriage Trade PR, Inc. 
912.844.9990
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

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LDSS Unveils New Logo Portraying Heart and 21 Connection

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LDSS Unveils New Logo Portraying Heart and 21 Connection

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS), a family support group to benefit people with Down syndrome, announced that it has rebranded. LDSS will begin operating under the new logo effective immediately. The rebrand is the positive outcome of the nonprofit organization’s growth and advancement in the greater Savannah area, recent achievements, and increasing recognition. The rebranding will continue to build and foster LDSS’s unparalleled dedication to offering family support through local leadership, outreach, education and advocacy to champion and celebrate acceptance and inclusion of those with different abilities.

“LDSS’s re-branding represents our evolution and direction,” said board president, Joe Marchese. “The new logo encompasses the love we have for all people with the third copy of the 21st chromosome that causes Down Syndrome.”

The logo was created and donated by Brennan Hussey, who is the sister of Sean Hussey, age nine, who has Down Syndrome. The imagery used on the logo has significant meaning to the group as the 21 represents “trisomy 21” which is the clinical marker for Down Syndrome, and the heart represents the vision of a welcoming and inclusive community.

With the adoption of its logo and new brand identity, LDSS kicks off the beginning changes and celebrations associated with this year being the group’s 10th anniversary. Brian Hussey, father of the artist who donated the logo, said, “We are excited to unveil our new logo in conjunction with our 10th anniversary and Buddy Walk celebration. Currently, we are looking for sponsors for the 10th annual Buddy Walk; anyone interested in supporting our group and our children can call me at 912-220-1924.”

For more information about LDSS or how to get involved, visit http://www.ldssga.org/

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ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY: 

The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is a support group to benefit people with Down Syndrome and their families through local leadership in support, outreach, education and advocacy. Meetings are held every 4th Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact with one another. LDSS encourage people to bring their children. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit http://www.ldssga.org/

CONTACT
Candy Bogardus 
jcbogardus@gmail.com
912-663-8573

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade PR
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNITY HEADLINES, FEBRUARY 9, 2015

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  COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES™


Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.

Celebrating 20 Years
creating  positive word-of-mouth
for small businesses in their community and online
by using reputation management strategies
 
HAPPENING NOW

(SAVANNAH, GA) Sweet Southern Sass, formerly known as Lydene’s Gifts and Collectibles, is on the move. The store, which has been a Savannah Mall fixture for more than a decade, is moving to center court, and has also been renamed to reflect its expanded line of merchandise. For more information, visit  https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/locally-owned-savannah-mall-store-announces-grand-re-opening-event/?utm_source=Feb+9+2015+sav&utm_campaign=2%2F2%2F2015&utm_medium=email 

 

(BUSINESS INSIDER)15 Successful Entrepreneurs Share the Most Important Lessons they Learned in their 30s. http://www.businessinsider.com/lessons-entrepreneurs-learned-in-their-30s-2015-2?utm_source=Feb+9+2015+sav&utm_campaign=2%2F2%2F2015&utm_medium=email

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmark’s 2015 Encourage Health Educational Series presents their 2015 lineup helping nonprofit organizations. The series will feature four presentations throughout the year, with the first lecture, "5 Strategies for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity," presented on Tuesday, February 24 from 11:30am to 1:00pm by Nathan Mikeska, BS Nutrition, CPT, CWC and Courtney Peterson, Certified Health Education Specialist and wellness coach at Ourlife Health. RSVP FOR A FREE LUNCH:  http://healthysavannah.org/event-sign-up-page/?utm_source=Feb+9+2015+sav&utm_campaign=2%2F2%2F2015&utm_medium=email 

 

(INC.) 6 Motivation Secrets to Inspire Your Employees   

 http://www.inc.com/jayson-demers/6-motivation-secrets-to-inspire-your-employees.html?utm_source=Feb+9+2015+sav&utm_campaign=2%2F2%2F2015&utm_medium=email
 

(STATESBORO, GA) The Mexican Consulate will visit Statesboro February 9th through the 13th. Mobile Consulate (out of Atlanta) for citizens of Mexico will be visiting the Statesboro Goodwill Job Connection Center to renew ID cards, passports or take care of other official business with the consulate. For more information, visit

https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/media-advisory-for-the-mexican-consulate-visit-to-statesboro-february-dates/ 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah’s Small Business Council presents 2015’s first speed networking session where each attendee will have 30 seconds to present who they are and what their company does. The event will take place on February 11 from 8-9am at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront. For more information, 912.644.6458

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah SCORE announces the Top Ten Tips Lecture Series, entitled "Top 10 Tips to Make Your Small Business Lawsuit-Proof." The presentation will be held in the SCORE conference room, 111 E. Liberty Street, Savannah, on Wednesday, February 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The expert speaker will be business attorney Charles Bowen, founder of The Bowen Law Group. The lecture is free and open to the public. Please RSVP with SCORE at 912-652-4335. For more information, visit  https://carriagetradepr.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1750&Itemid=16&utm_source=Feb+9+2015+sav&utm_campaign=2%2F2%2F2015&utm_medium=email

(SAVANNAH, GA) Citizenship Classes- American Red Cross of Southeast and Coastal Georgia in partnership with Live Oak Public Libraries presents FREE Citizenship Classes to help  students prepare for their naturalization test and interview. The classes will be held from February 28-March 28, 2015 at the Southwest Chatham Library.Open to permanent residents , aliens, and  refugees that have current office status with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services. Space is limited. Class is FREE but registration is REQUIRED. For more information and registration call 912-651-5300

(SAVANNAH, GA.) Terry Beaudreault has joined Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty as a sales associate. Bringing a wealth of corporate experience, Beaudreault excels at understanding what buyers want, accurate pricing, handling negotiations, listening, and paying attention to details, as well as understanding financials. For more information, visit https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/terry-beaudreault-joins-celia-dunn-sothebys-international-realty-as-a-sales-associate/

(HOSPICE SAVANNAH) Preparing for Approaching Death. https://www.hospicenet.org/html/preparing_for.html?utm_source=Feb+9+2015+sav&utm_campaign=2%2F2%2F2015&utm_medium=email 

 

(A&C GOLD & DIAMONDS) Ten interesting facts you never knew about Pearls: In 1916, Jacques Cartier bought his 5th Avenue store by trading two pearl necklaces for the land. Harvesting pearls from mollusks does not kill the animals, as they can be re-implanted and used to make more pearls. For more information visit, http://www.pearlllc.com/info_tenfacts.htm?utm_source=Feb+9+2015+sav&utm_campaign=2%2F2%2F2015&utm_medium=email 

 

(ANGELA CANFIELD, DDS) Did you know that oral cancer kills one person every hour and the majority of those are men? To learn how regular check-ups can reduce your risk of oral cancer visit  http://premierdentaldesignsblog.com/2014/07/men-33-less-likely-than-women-to-seek-preventive-dental-care-whats-up-dude/?utm_source=Feb+9+2015+sav&utm_campaign=2%2F2%2F2015&utm_medium=email 

 

(THE BOWEN LAW GROUP) Online information about all court cases pending in Chatham County. http://www.thebowenlawgroup.com/blog/2013/03/chatham-county-docket-search?utm_source=Feb+9+2015+sav&utm_campaign=2%2F2%2F2015&utm_medium=email 

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Coastal Center for Developmental Services, Inc. (CCDS), a leading local service provider for adults with developmental disabilities, is happy to announce that Kendra B. Boyle has been hired as its new Financial Manager. In this role, Kendra will conduct and supervise all agency financial transactions. http://www.ccds-sav.org/?utm_source=Feb+9+2015+sav&utm_campaign=2%2F2%2F2015&utm_medium=email 

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) For the latest updates, please follow Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter on Twitter: https://twitter.com/parkplaceyes 

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Coastal Pet Rescue is celebrating 12 years in business. To celebrate, they are sharing their adoption success stories on their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CoastalPetRescue. For more information on Coastal Pet Rescue and to view their adoptable pets, visit: http://coastalpetrescue.org/?utm_source=Feb+9+2015+sav&utm_campaign=2%2F2%2F2015&utm_medium=email 

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) By physically connecting with another person, partner yoga provides insight into the understanding of oneself at a deeper level. This Valentine’s Day, Hannah Lancaster and Christine Bellmore of Savannah Yoga Center will be hosting a partner yoga workshop Saturday, February 14 from 10:30-12. http://savannahyoga.com/events/shakti-partners/?utm_source=Feb+9+2015+sav&utm_campaign=2%2F2%2F2015&utm_medium=email 

 

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty presents 300 Bull Street, the penthouse of the DeSoto Condominium with a commanding view of the Historic District. Large wrap-around windows offer dramatic light in the rooms that have extremely high ceilings. This skybox condo has three floors. http://celiadunnsir.com/savannah/idx/mls-131742-300_bull_street_savannah_ga_31401?utm_source=Feb+9+2015+sav&utm_campaign=2%2F2%2F2015&utm_medium=email 

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Friends of Music organization announces that grant applications are now being accepted until Wednesday, April 15. These grants are meant to help fund programs that fulfill their mission, which is to support, sponsor and promote music programs and musical education in the greater Savannah area. For more information, visit https://carriagetradepr.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1753&Itemid=16&utm_source=Feb+9+2015+sav&utm_campaign=2%2F2%2F2015&utm_medium=email 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

(RICHMOND HILL, GA) Rotary Annual Fundraiser- Abba Girlz Tribute Band performs live in concert at the City Center on Saturday, February 14th 2015 from 6:30-10:30pm. The City Center will be transformed into a 1970’s nightclub with a Greek flair. There will be a silent and live auction including: a ride in an airplane simulator, trips to Tybee and North Carolina, Ford Plantation experiences, a Hugo Boss suit, dining and grooming options, gift baskets, Yeti coolers and much, much more. There will also be a 50/50 raffle as well as a range of wonderful raffle prizes. http://www.rotaryofrichmondhill.org/?utm_source=Feb+9+2015+sav&utm_campaign=2%2F2%2F2015&utm_medium=email 

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) For the 3rd year the American Red Cross will host the Youth Hero Volunteer Service Awards breakfast and honor 15 youth and local business leader Celia Dunn, set for 8:00 am Friday, April 17, 2014 at Savannah State University. 

All funds raised with support the mission to assist victims of disasters. Go to http://undefinedwww.redcross.org/ga/savannah?utm_source=Feb+9+2015+sav&utm_campaign=2%2F2%2F2015&utm_medium=email  for sponsorship and ticket information or call 912-651-5349.  

  

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) A unique boutique featuring clothing, household decorations and accessories, jewelry and delicacies is to be held Friday & Saturday, Feb. 20-21 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Proceeds from the Market benefit two local charities serving at-risk children in Savannah. The market is open 10 am to 6:30 on Friday and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday. For more information, contact Judy Kenney at 912-598-5421.

 

(MIDWAY, GA) The Grass Strip Foundation and the Coastal Empire Miata Club invite everyone to attend the 2015 Wings & Wheels Fly In at the Berg Park Aerodrome on Saturday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you would like more information, contact Steve Berg at stevebee@coastalnow.com or call (912) 884-8666. See video from last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-ts=1422503916&x-yt-cl=85027636&v=_Fpkn721fpU 

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Learn to become an advocate for change in your community. LIFE Disability Resource Center for Southeast Georgia is offering a 1 day class on April 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the LIFE Conference Room. For more information, visit http://www.lifecil.com/about-us/

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Friends of Music organization announces that grant applications are now being accepted until Wednesday, April 15. These grants are meant to help fund programs that fulfill their mission, which is to support, sponsor and promote music programs and musical education in the greater Savannah area. For more information, visit https://carriagetradepr.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1753&Itemid=16&utm_source=Feb+9+2015+sav&utm_campaign=2%2F2%2F2015&utm_medium=email 

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Join AWWIN (Assisting Working Women In Need) on Friday May 8, 2015 at the Mighty Eight Air Force Museum in Pooler, GA as they will honor some trailblazing women in our communities. Guests will have the opportunity to meet ten outstanding women leaders in the community as they are honored as the AWWIN Top Ten Working Women Of The Year. To purchase tickets: http://www.awwin.org/content/get-your-2015-tickets-awwin-top-ten-gala

 

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Join AWWIN (Assisting Working Women In Need) on Friday May 8, 2015 at the Mighty Eight Air Force Museum in Pooler, GA as they will honor some trailblazing women in our communities. Guests will have the opportunity to meet ten outstanding women leaders in the community as they are honored as the AWWIN Top Ten Working Women Of The Year. To purchase tickets: http://www.awwin.org/content/get-your-2015-tickets-awwin-top-ten-gala  

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Did you start your company in 1995? If so – there will be a collaborative celebration on March 19, from 5pm to 7pm on the 10th floor of the Manger Building. Toast at 6pm. Please contact marjorie@carriagetradepr.com for more info.

 

 

 

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Announces 2015 President and Officers

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is happy to announce Joe Marchese will serve his second year as President of the LDSS. Marchese is a founding member of LDSS has been a member of the board since it’s inception in 2006.
Marchese is the President and Owner of Marchese Construction and the Director of Sustainable Initiatives. As an Accredited Professional in the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Program, Marchese has over seventeen years of experience in the construction industry.
Marchese replaced Candy Bogardus as President of the LDSS  and its Board of Directors. Bogardus will continue to serve LDSS as Immediate Past President.
The 2015 Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Officers consist of: Allyson Harvin, Vice President; Brian Hussey, Treasurer; Traci Shreck, Secretary.
LDSS also welcomes Harris Martin, newly elected Board of Director Member, and Attorney with Bouhan Falligant LLP. The 2015 LDSS Board of Directors consist of: John Bogardus, Jamie Deen, Wendy Fears, Allyson Harvin, Brian Hussey, Harris Martin, Joe Marchese, Kristin Nyce, Kevin Sheehan, Traci Shreck and Dr. Ben Spitalnick.
For more information, contact Brian Hussey at bhussey@firstchatham.com
ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY: 
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is a support group to benefit people with Down Syndrome and their families through local leadership in support, outreach, education and advocacy. Meetings are held every 4th Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact with one another. LDSS encourage people to bring their children. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit http://www.ldssga.org/
CONTACT
Brian Hussey
BRIANmannionhussey@me.com
www.ldssga.org
Candy Bogardus 
jcbogardus@gmail.com 
912-663-8573
MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912.844.9990

Locally Owned Savannah Mall Store Announces Grand Re-Opening Event

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Locally Owned Savannah Mall Store Announces Grand Re-Opening Event

Sweet Southern Sass invites the community to Ice Princess Party

(Savannah, GA) Sweet Southern Sass, formerly known as Lydene’s Gifts and Collectibles, is on the move. The store, which has been a Savannah Mall fixture for more than a decade, is moving to center court, and has also been renamed to reflect its expanded line of merchandise. The public is invited to the grand opening celebration of Sweet Southern Sass on Saturday, February 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A ribbon cutting will kick off the celebration at 10 a.m.

“All of the characters from a very popular children’s animated movie will be there, including the Ice Princess and her sister, plus their favorite snowman,” said owner Lydene Fiocca. “We plan to have many other similar family-fun events in the coming months at both of our Savannah Mall stores.”

Some of the new lines of boutique merchandise, including trendy t-shirts along with women’s clothing and jewelry, feature the Simply Southern® collection, Ginger Snaps™ jewelry and Lily Grace tees. The store is also carrying Fripp and Folly™ tees for men.

Fiocca’s other store, Southern Sass, is being renamed “Sweet Southern Sass Too” and will soon feature kids-only merchandise. Fiocca is moving all of the store’s current adult clothing lines to the larger Sweet Southern Sass store, located directly across the Mall’s center court.

“In addition to several lines of children’s tees, clothes and accessories, Sweet Southern Sass Too will feature a stage for character appearances and for kids to come up for some karaoke sing-alongs,” explained Fiocca. “In the future, we’ll be hosting special snow day events featuring the characters in a space decorated like an ice castle.”

For more information, call Lydene Fiocca at 912-925-1800 or visit the Sassy Southern Kids Facebook page.

ABOUT SWEET SOUTHERN SASS AND SWEET SOUTHERN SASS TOO 
Savannah native Lydene Fiocca opened Lydene’s Gifts and Collectibles in Garden City, Ga. one week before the terror attacks of September 2001. Afraid the business might not survive, Fiocca opened a temporary store at Savannah Mall to attract attention. The response was so overwhelming she decided to stay on at the Mall. She later added a second store, Southern Sass, which carried men’s tees along with women’s and children’s clothing. In 2015, Lydene’s Gifts and Collectibles was renamed Sweet Southern Sass, and moved to a larger space near the Mall’s center court. The new store features women’s clothing, jewelry, gifts and collectibles, while Southern Sass was renamed Sweet Southern Sass Too and now exclusively carries children’s merchandise including Mud Pie®, Missy’s Prissy’s, Mustard Pie and Feltman Brothers®. The mission of both stores is to make customers feel like family. They are located directly across from each other on the lower level near the center court of Savannah Mall. Store hours are 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM Monday through Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. For more information, call Lydene Fiocca at 912-925-1800 or visit the Sassy Southern Kids Facebook page.

ABOUT SAVANNAH MALL
Originated in 1990, the Savannah Mall, located at 14045 Abercorn St., features anchor stores Bass Pro Shops, Dillard’s, Target, Burlington Coat Factory and A.C. Moore. The 960,000-square-foot, two-level mall is also home to Pole Position Raceway, Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Gymboree, Game Stop, Champs, Hibbet Sporting Goods, Kay Jewelers, Marks & Morgan Jewelers, Shoe Dept., Zales Jewelers, Rue 21, Cato, Savannah Piano, Fitness Emporium, Relentless Records and Vapors Smoke Shop. Virginia College offers a variety of classes in areas such as cosmetology, medical billing, culinary arts, business, healthcare and more. The Savannah Mall’s Food Court features Chick-fil-a, Savannah Gyro, Sbarro Italian Eatery, Saigon Flavors, China Max, Sakkio Japan, Cajun Café and Subway. Other dining options at the mall include Ruby Tuesdays and Texas Roadhouse, along with Savannah Candy Co., Cold Stone Creamery and the Nutty Bavarian. The Savannah Mall plans to open Wing Shack. The Savannah Mall has a double-decker carousel in the Food Court and soft play area on the lower level for children. For leasing information, contact Becky Orsi-Faircloth, marketing/specialty leasing manager at 912.927.9663
 or orsib@urbanretail.com. For more information about the Savannah Mall, call 912.927.7467 or visit www.savannahmall.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912.844.9990

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Terry Beaudreault joins Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty as a sales associate

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Terry Beaudreault joins Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty as a sales associate

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) – January 30, 2015 – Terry Beaudreault has joined Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty as a sales associate.

Bringing a wealth of corporate experience, Beaudreault excels at understanding what buyers want, accurate pricing, handling negotiations, listening, and paying attention to details, as well as understanding financials.

“The key to my success has always been listening to the customers’ needs and wants and delivering products that developed a lasting relationship with the customer,” said Beaudreault. “It first comes from learning the market and trends and delivering a product that the customer loves.”

“I always think of what I can do better, how I can make it better,” said Beaudreault, who brings more than 36 years of retail experience in planning, selling and buying for customers from the East Coast to the West Coast. “I listen carefully, always follow through, and have great negotiating skills.”

Prior to her real estate career, Beaudreault worked at JCPenney corporate headquarters for more than 20 years as Director of Planning and Allocation for women’s sportswear. Working hand-in-hand with marketing, systems, finance and buyers, she developed forecasts and sales systems. She designed sales and profit plans for more than 1100 stores nationwide as well as internet sales.

Prior to her work at JCPenney corporate headquarters, she was Financial Director to two CEOs, a store manager, a buyer and a recruiter. She won several awards for leadership and achieving goals for teams.

Beaudreault moved to Savannah four years ago with her husband, Ray, after falling in love with the city more than a decade before. They love exploring all the neighborhoods in Savannah.

Beaudreault served on the New Neighbors board at The Landings and is active with several groups and organizations. She enjoys golfing, biking, walking, bocce, tennis, working out and going to the beach.

Known for its tradition of integrity, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in residential properties in Savannah and the Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina. Founded in 1981, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty is noted for outstanding service to its clients, thorough knowledge of Savannah and the South Carolina Low Country, and excellent staff, in addition to having one of the region’s top property management departments. The owners are natives of Savannah who have more than 60 years’ combined experience in real estate. The offices are located at 9, 13, and 17 West Charlton Street on Madison Square in Savannah and 52 Calhoun St. in Bluffton, S.C.

For more information, call Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty at (912) 234-3323 or visit www.celiadunnsir.com. To contact the Bluffton office, call (843) 836-3900.

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CONTACT
Lori Combs
912-234-3323
Lori.Combs@sothebysrealty.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912.844.9990

Park Place Outreach and Safe Shelter to Hold Rally Against Dating Violence

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Park Place Outreach and Safe Shelter to Hold Rally Against Dating Violence

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter’s Street Outreach Program has teamed up with Safe Shelter to host the Teen Domestic Violence Prevention Rally on Saturday, February 14 at Forsyth Park. The rally will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. During the rally, there will be several information booths set up around the park and poetry readings.
According to LoveIsRespect.org, One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, and girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence. Violent relationships in adolescence can have serious ramifications by putting the victims at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and further domestic violence.
"This rally is a proactive way the Street Outreach Program can provide information on places for teens to go when they need assistance or support," said Kenneth Brown, Director of the Street Outreach Program, "We want promote healthy dating habits and increase awareness to prevent teen domestic violence." 
Funded on and off since 1997, the Street Outreach Program team offers mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to teens and young adults up to age 21 that are in need and might not come in to the shelter.
Safe Shelter received a grant from Verizon Wireless to help raise awareness about teen domestic violence, which is the goal of this rally. For more information, visit http://parkplaceyes.org or join the group on Facebook (ParkPlace) and Twitter (@parkplaceyes). 
MORE INFORMATION ON PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY SHELTER
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, located at 514 E. Henry St., provides support for troubled children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. Opened in 1984, the shelter, open 24 hours a day, offers youth, between the ages of 11 and 17, a safe and loving environment. Homeless, abused or runaway teenagers can self-admit themselves into this shelter. The Street Outreach Program team offers mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to teens and young adults up to age 21 that are in need and might not come in to the shelter. Whenever possible, the organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter is an equal opportunity provider and employer. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, the Park Place Outreach Shelter has helped over 6,000 individuals. For more information, please visit http://parkplaceyes.org or join the group on Facebook (ParkPlace) and Twitter (@parkplaceyes). 
CONTACT
Linda K. Hilts 
Park Place Outreach
Youth Emergency Shelter
514 E. Henry Street 
Savannah, GA. 31401 
912-234-4048 Fax 912-651-3621 
www.parkplaceyes.org
MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912.844.9990

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNITY HEADLINES, FEBRUARY 2, 2015

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COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES™


Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.

Celebrating 20 Years
creating  positive word-of-mouth
for small businesses in their community and online
by using reputation management strategies
 
HAPPENING NOW

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees announces that Charles Bowen will be the second speaker in the 2015 Leadership NOW Lecture Series on Tuesday, February 3 at the Savannah Jaycees headquarters, located at 101 Atlas Street. Open networking begins at 5:30 p.m. and the program will run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free and open to the public: Visit https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2015/01/14/charles-bowen-of-the-bowen-law-group-to-speak-at-leadership-now-lecture-on-tuesday-february-3/ 

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(STATESBORO, GA) The Mexican Consulate will visit Statesboro February 9th through the 13th. Mobile Consulate (out of Atlanta) for citizens of Mexico will be visiting the Statesboro Goodwill Job Connection Center to renew ID cards, passports or take care of other official business with the consulate. For more information, visit https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/media-advisory-for-the-mexican-consulate-visit-to-statesboro-february-dates/  

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Sweet Southern Sass, formerly known as Lydene’s Gifts and Collectibles, is on the move. The store, which has been a Savannah Mall fixture for more than a decade, is moving to center court, and has also been renamed to reflect its expanded line of merchandise. The public is invited to the grand opening celebration of Sweet Southern Sass on Saturday, February 7 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. For more information call 912-925-1800  

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Coastal Center for Developmental Services, Inc. (CCDS), a leading local service provider for adults with developmental disabilities, is happy to announce that Kendra B. Boyle has been hired as its new Financial Manager. In this role, Kendra will conduct and supervise all agency financial transactions. http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001Sf_kdtFGtjaZqqOkO7lq1N0VEiQETzns-ifZbvbRSQqwp3-ctE6jfaxSmH2CkpPg7iC4j7dZtUt4IKmDFu3PPK08rqqhVGk0rp_yItTsjH-zooDVrK4G6g80X53Fe8esM19LU9GGSS4nQ9HslToEi9CfhlL531GHuCjOkGHESdpubzzVx8oFVlTfOeNle6sGaR0l0WoFqQIDg-CHdsyUYJVUDNTCPhklH7ne0Y4l5k4bSXeGQE7QZKcYKYY7D19mybxZdztpYPVH_cfi_4H5nSFHb53Qc-Gy2Omd92uTJoY=&c=IX-VAzP-_tjfeQNXolwkldSb3dgFBWSnfCTr6a453SQMJzLxN45sjA==&ch=M9Zei-k9IjqArF6g1eVdfHnJNKw-NJLPhImcXVN5ACLm3oR3AbL0lg== 

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Tickets for the February 6th Gala are on sale now. The annual Celebration of Love Gala will benefit Park Place Outreach. There will be fine food, musical entertainment and items up for auction. All of the funds raised will help Park Place Outreach continue their mission of helping at risk youth and their families. Go to parkplaceyes.org to get your tickets today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5ZGp1pV4SY&feature=youtu.be 

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Learn to become an advocate for change in your community. LIFE Disability Resource Center for Southeast Georgia is offering a 1 day class on April 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the LIFE Conference Room. For more information, visit http://www.lifecil.com/about-us/

(HOSPICE SAVANNAH) Loss after Loss: Dealing with the Death of Someone for Whom You Have Provided Care – When Feelings of Grief Turn to Thoughts of Suicide. www.HospiceSavannah.org/GriefSupportHelp 

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(A&C GOLD & DIAMONDS) Intriguing facts about jewelry you never knew: The Heart of the Ocean, from James Cameron’s "Titanic" was not completely fictitious – it is believed that a rather large sapphire went down with Titanic on that fateful night. Also, engagement rings were declared necessary for marriage by Pope Nicholas I in 860 A.D. For more intriguing facts visit, http://izismile.com/2013/10/31/intriguing_facts_about_jewellery_that_you_never_knew_25_pics.html 

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Award winning yoga company, Kids Yogaverse, is coming to Savannah Yoga Center to host a FREE Family Yoga Class. "Highly recommended" by the US Surgeon General, Kids Yogaverse inspires grown ups and nurtures kids through teacher training programs, award winning stories, apps and activity books. For more information: www.savannahyoga.com or (912) 232-2994.

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(SAVANNAH, GA) South University in Savannah has created a program advisory committee comprised of local communications professionals who will guide the institution’s growing public relations degree programs. The advisory committee is made up of Lesley Francis of Lesley Francis PR, Marjorie Young of Carriage Trade PR, and Herbert Goodwin of Razor Sharp Records South. For more information, visit https://carriagetradepr.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1756&Itemid=16 

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(SAVANNAH, GA) A unique boutique featuring clothing, household decorations and accessories, jewelry and delicacies is to be held Friday & Saturday, Feb. 20-21 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Proceeds from the Market benefit two local charities serving at-risk children in Savannah. The market is open 10 am to 6:30 on Friday and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday. For more information, contact Judy Kenney at 912-598-5421.

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Coastal Pet Rescue introduces Daisy, a 12 week old female black Labrador/great dane mix. Daisy is good with children and needs a home. All new adoptions include current shots, microchips, and all pets are spayed/neutered. For more information on Daisy and to see other adoptable pets, visit: http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2015-d-036-daisy/ 

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(BLUFFTON, SC) Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty presents 17 Lakewood Court, Bluffton, South Carolina. This 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom house is 2,616 square feet and features an outdoor stone fireplace under a covered porch. For more information, contact Janet Boyden at 770-595-8139 and visit: http://celiadunnsir.com/listings/17-lakewood-court/ 

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(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Friends of Music organization announces that grant applications are now being accepted until Wednesday, April 15. These grants are meant to help fund programs that fulfill their mission, which is to support, sponsor and promote music programs and musical education in the greater Savannah area. For more information, visit https://carriagetradepr.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1753&Itemid=16 

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(INC) 31 Creativity Hacks for Left-Brain Thinkers (Infographic)

Creativity is critical in business, but what do you do if you’re not naturally creative? http://www.inc.com/larry-kim/31-creativity-hacks-for-left-brain-thinkers-infographic.html

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah City Council unanimously passed a Complete Streets
Ordinance at the Thursday, January 22 council meeting. The Complete Streets
ordinance is intended to provide "a safe, convenient or comfortable travel experience" for all users, including people who walk, ride bicycles, use transit and drive cars. Implementation of the ordinance will make Complete Streets practices a regular part of its day-to-day operations, "including applying pertinent principles to appropriate transportation projects and programs."

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmark’s 2015 Encourage Health Educational Series presents their 2015 lineup helping nonprofit organizations. The series will feature four presentations throughout the year, with the first lecture, "5 Strategies for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity," presented on Tuesday, February 24 from 11:30am to 1:00pm by Nathan Mikeska, BS Nutrition, CPT, CWC and Courtney Peterson, Certified Health Education Specialist and wellness coach at Ourlife Health. RSVP FOR A FREE LUNCH: http://healthysavannah.org/event-sign-up-page/ 

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah’s Small Business Council presents 2015’s first speed networking session where Each attendee will have 30 seconds to present who they are and what their company does to the other attendees. The event will take place on February 11 from 8-9am at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront. For more information, 912.644.6458

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(SAVANNAH, GA) The Small Business Council will be hosting a SMART luncheon on Tuesday, February 3 on "Improvements to the City of Savannah’s Business & Permitting Processes" and "Construction & Permitting Trends." For more information, contact Stephanie Boaen, 912-644-6458 or SBoaen@SavannahChamber.com.

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Feb 7th Savannah AMBUCS will hold their 38th Annual AMBUCS Extravaganza on Feb 7th from 6pm to 10pm at the Johnny Harris Banquet Center.  Savannah AMBUCS credo is "Inspiring Mobility and Independence For People With Different Abilities." We are selling 250 raffle tickets for $100 each for a chance to win $10000.  For more information contact Kevin Sheehan at 912-658-3739 or check out savannahambucs.com
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( SAVANNAH, GA) Feb 7th– Savannah AMBUCS will have a Kickoff Celebration  for "50 Years of AMBUC Bowling"  It will begin at 10am at AMF Savannah Lanes on Tibet Ave. Chatham County Commission Al Scott will present a proclamation and Mayor Edna Jackson will try and attend as well.   For more information contact Kevin Sheehan at 912-658-3739 or check out savannahambucs.com.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

(MIDWAY, GA) The Grass Strip Foundation and the Coastal Empire Miata Club invite everyone to attend the 2015 Wings & Wheels Fly In at the Berg Park Aerodrome on Saturday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you would like more information, contact Steve Berg at stevebee@coastalnow.com or call (912) 884-8666. See video from last year:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-ts=1422503916&x-yt-cl=85027636&v=_Fpkn721fpU
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(SAVANNAH, GA) Join AWWIN (Assisting Working Women In Need) on Friday May 8, 2015 at the Mighty Eight Air Force Museum in Pooler, GA as they will honor some trailblazing women in our communities. Guests will have the opportunity to meet ten outstanding women leaders in the community as they are honored as the AWWIN Top Ten Working Women Of The Year. To purchase tickets: http://www.awwin.org/content/get-your-2015-tickets-awwin-top-ten-gala  

(SAVANNAH, GA) 20th Anniversary of Carriage Trade PR on Friday, March 27 from 5pm to 7pm at Savannah Coffee Roasters on Liberty. Celebration toast at 6pm. RSVP to marjorie@carriagetradepr.com