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Shift dresses are typically rectangular in shape and tend to be comfy and forgiving since they aren't fitted. Also called a column dress, the shift dress is a great choice for polished professionals needing a conservative, fashionable outfit for work.
These dresses look fabulous on women with athletic, lean shapes and women with an apple-like figure. This kind of dress doesn't work well with a belt, so ladies with an hourglass figure may not be able to show off their curves in a shift. Try pairing this dress with a nice pair of heels for a beautiful new look!
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Wrap dresses are one of the most popular styles on the market, because they give ladies of most shapes and sizes a flattering, fashionable dress option.
If you have an hourglass, apple, or generally curvy body shape, you're going to love wrap dresses. This style of dress offers a natural waist while placing emphasis on your bust. Wrap dresses give you a balanced silhouette and, with a knee-length fit, are great for any type of color or style, both day and nightwear.
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Unless you're feeling extra sassy, chances are you're wearing a top at this very moment. Tops are garments that cover the top half of your body. At Copper Penny, we have an endless selection of tops in a wide range of styles - from basic tees to blouses and everything in between. If you're looking for the highest quality women's tops in Port Wentworth, GA, you just hit the jackpot!

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Women's Poplin Tops in Port Wentworth

Sometimes called broadcloth tops, poplins have classic characteristics and are often woven with an over/under weave. This kind of weave gives more substance to your top while also giving you room to breathe. Poplin shirts are typically soft and smooth, and are great for everyday business attire, some formal occasions, and for certain ceremonies. Sweet and feminine, our Bruna poplin eyelet bib top features ruffles at the sleeves and an eyelet lace yoke at the front. Pair your poplin with your favorite pair of shorts or jeans for a contemporary, relaxed look.

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Women's Wrap Tops in Port Wentworth

Great for wearing solo or layered over a camisole or tank top, wrap tops are lightweight, versatile, and great for many different occasions. Wrap tops go well with jeans, maxi dresses, and high-waisted jeans or trousers. Our V-Neck Wrap SLV Top by Jayden is uber-popular at Copper Penny and the perfect choice for dressing down or dressing up. The choice is yours!

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For a dose of feminine fashion, be sure you add an off-the-shoulder top to your everyday wardrobe. A casual, sexy choice, off-the-shoulder tops have unique necklines that cut across your upper arms and chest, leaving your shoulders bare. The result is a flirty flash of skin, which elongates your neck and gives a relaxed, "daytime casual" look. Our Nola off-the-shoulder top pairs perfectly with shorts or even a flowy skirt and is hand-woven in Spain using Jacquard fabric.

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Who doesn't love a good tank top?! Tank tops are lightweight, versatile, and equally great for lounging in the yard or running errands on weekends. Tank tops lend an air of simplicity to your outfit and can be styled in endless ways. Take our Velvet Heart Victory Tank, for instance. This tank is a refreshing update on our classic sleeveless tank top, complete with fray details and a scoop neck. Throw in the fact that it's machine washable, and you have a wardrobe winner.

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Having trouble finding the best top for your size and style? As the most trusted women's clothing boutique in Port Wentworth, GA, Copper Penny has helped women discover new looks in the Lowcountry for more than two decades. We take pride in providing a personalized, boutique experience for our customers. If you have questions, give us a call or swing by one of our locations. We would be happy to give you our professional opinion.

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When choosing a women's top for your outfit, you have to consider how comfortable, confident, and beautiful you will feel. The best way to feel your best in an outfit is to make sure it fits correctly. To get started, you'll want to take your measurements. For most women's tops, the best areas to focus on are your hips, waist, and chest.

  • Hip Measurements: Measuring your hips is fairly easy. Take your measuring tape and use it to wrap around the widest area of your hips.
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  • Chest Measurements: For an accurate chest measurement, take the end of your measuring tape and place it on the fullest area of your bust. From there, wrap the tape around your body, under your armpits, and around the blades of your shoulders. Then, wrap the tape tightly from the back of your body to the front, where you started.
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Comfort food headed to Port Wentworth in a new 'sit-down' restaurant

All-American classics such as grilled ribeye, crab cakes and more comfort food are on their way to Port Wentworth with the opening of Georgia Comfort Kitchen in a few weeks."What Port Wentworth residents need is somewhere local that they can go for a family meal," said Avril Roy-Smith, who is running for Council At-Large Post 1, during a recent meeting. "And I understand that Georgia Comfort Kitchen is going to be a sit-down, and it's important for us to have somewhere we can go take our friends and relat...

All-American classics such as grilled ribeye, crab cakes and more comfort food are on their way to Port Wentworth with the opening of Georgia Comfort Kitchen in a few weeks.

"What Port Wentworth residents need is somewhere local that they can go for a family meal," said Avril Roy-Smith, who is running for Council At-Large Post 1, during a recent meeting. "And I understand that Georgia Comfort Kitchen is going to be a sit-down, and it's important for us to have somewhere we can go take our friends and relatives, and the income from the tourists coming up Highway 95 will be important."

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Georgia Comfort Kitchen will be at 109 Traveler's Way, where the Sweet Tea Grille was located. It will be a full-service restaurant with a bar and a lunch buffet seven day a week, according to Joseph McDermott, the owner and general manager. The bar will have 12 beers on tap, mostly serving Georgia beers.

McDermott said they learned that Sweet Tea had closed and the building was going to be for sale, and they thought it would be the perfect location. They started planning in March to open the restaurant this fall.

"We thought that this was what the community wanted and needed after speaking to a lot of people," McDermott said. "We will be open in just a few weeks, and we look forward to entertaining travelers and locals with families during the holiday season."

Karen Hughes, a Port Wentworth resident said that residents have not only been asking for sit-down restaurants, but also other places to shop in the area.

"I've lived here since 2008, and there's been maybe 15 new businesses, most of which has been built within the last couple of years," Hughes said. "I'm happy to hear that we will be getting a restaurant in the old location of Sweet Tea."

Although there are already two other "sit-down" restaurants in Port Wentworth, Milan Bar & Grill, Mexican Agave Bar & Grill, Roy-Smith said that she is excited for the new restaurant because it's more southern, comfort food.

“We are excited to have Port Wentworth’s newest full-service sit-down restaurants, the Georgia Comfort Kitchen," said Port Wentworth Director of Economic Development James Touchton. "With Pulkit’s extensive background in the culinary world and proven track record, I would make a reservation as soon as its open, because this will be a place where citizens, vacationers and locals flock to. I know this will be the first of many world-class unique restaurants to establish in our city on the heels the Ghost Pirates Training Facility and the incredible energized growth we are seeing within the city."

Destini Ambus is the general assignment reporter for Chatham County municipalities for Savannah Morning News. You can reach her at dambus@gannett.com

What the new Georgia Ports Authority partnership facility means for Port Wentworth

NFI Industries' Savannah transload facility, in partnership with Georgia Ports Authority, seeks to save time and money with this first of its kind facility in Port Wentworth. The partnership, and facility, which helps to reduce costs, increase inventory flow and supply chain flexibility is also a mark of the Ports growth in the last decade.The Ports have grown about 7% consistently over the last 10-15 years, according to Vice President of Sales and Marketing for GPA Flavio Batista. It is the third busiest gateway in the...

NFI Industries' Savannah transload facility, in partnership with Georgia Ports Authority, seeks to save time and money with this first of its kind facility in Port Wentworth. The partnership, and facility, which helps to reduce costs, increase inventory flow and supply chain flexibility is also a mark of the Ports growth in the last decade.

The Ports have grown about 7% consistently over the last 10-15 years, according to Vice President of Sales and Marketing for GPA Flavio Batista. It is the third busiest gateway in the country, the second busiest in the east coast and has and will continue to expand in the future, Batista said.

"As the port continues to grow its capacity - in berth and in yard capacity - NFI is a great partner for us," Batista said. "As we grow, we bring more containers to the port and customers are looking at getting their containers in and out and getting their products closer to the final customer, and this NFI building will make it happen."

International shipping containers are taken from their ships at the Garden City Terminal to the transloading facility at NFI's request, before being taken less than a mile down the road to the facility. Once unloaded, NFI employees inspect, sorts, and loads freight to their designated domestic locations.

They're then loaded on trailers to be distributed across the U.S.

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"It's very fast, very efficient to get to the inbound containers, because we're really close to the port," said President of Port Services for NFI Aaron Brown. "On the outbound side, we're translating 20 foot or 40 foot containers into 53-foot trailers, so we can get three inbound containers into two outbound containers. This building is built for capacity and for speed."

The facility has been running for about two months now, and Brown said they're still getting fully ramped up with about 100-250 employees.

"It's not unrealistic to think that we could have, five, six, seven, 800-plus employees working in the building once we get fully utilized," Brown said. "It's built to be seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, so we're really excited about the capacity to not just support our customers but to support job growth opportunities for Savannah."

GPA CEO and President Griff Lynch spoke at the ribbon-cutting Tuesday morning, thanking everyone who had made an investment to the conception and completion of the facility.

"We're happy to be partners with you, and we're looking forward to many, many years to grow together," Lynch said.

Sidney Brown, CEO of NFI also spoke at the end of the ceremony.

"We're ready, we're excited for the future," Brown said. "We want you all to be a part of this incredible journey as we look forward to the chapters ahead with NFI, GPA and the greater Savannah community."

Destini Ambus is the general assignment reporter for Chatham County municipalities for the Savannah Morning News. You can reach her at dambus@gannett.com

'It's already cooking.' Port Wentworth's new economic development head wants balanced growth

A city marred by decades of unbalanced growth hires its first economic development director. James Touchton said he's committed to residents' quality of life.When James Touchton applied to become Port Wentworth’s first director of economic development, one word came to his mind about the city: potential.Port Wentworth is one of the fastest-growing cities in coastal Georgia and neighbors the fastest-growing port in the nation, the ...

A city marred by decades of unbalanced growth hires its first economic development director. James Touchton said he's committed to residents' quality of life.

When James Touchton applied to become Port Wentworth’s first director of economic development, one word came to his mind about the city: potential.

Port Wentworth is one of the fastest-growing cities in coastal Georgia and neighbors the fastest-growing port in the nation, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA). The region is poised for massive population growth and investments in the coming years – key ingredients that, if handled properly, can make a city thrive.

“It’s already cooking,” said Touchton. “I want to build an area where others want to come here and they want to experience what we have to offer, too.”

What does Touchton bring to the job?

Touchton has 15 years of experience working with issues related to economic development, policy, government affairs, transportation, planning and zoning and community relations. His previous roles include serving as the longtime director of policy and government affairs for the Council for Quality Growth in the metro Atlanta region and working as a senior policy analyst with the Georgia Senate.

Touchton received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kennesaw State University where he served as the student government president. He’s also been in other leadership roles with Advance Atlanta, the Policy Leadership Institute, Leadership Cobb Economic Development Day Committee and worked to establish the Council for Quality Growth’s Emerging Leaders Initiative.

“I’ve been in the metro Atlanta area for 22 years. I’ve seen the growth, I’ve learned from people smarter than I am, learned the good things and the bad things,” he said.

The experiences have taught Touchton to look at development holistically, an approach that Port Wentworth City Manager Steve Davis said is sorely needed to balance out the growth that has occurred in the last few decades.

“The decision to move forward with this position was due to the increased growth and demand for more commercial development. We have made tremendous progress in redoing our ordinances and internal processes in development services and we needed someone to bring those efforts together with more quality-of-life growth needs in our city,” said Davis in an email statement to the Savannah Morning News.

What challenges will Touchton face?

Port Wentworth has struggled with industrial encroachment and suburban sprawl for the last several decades. A housing development boom in the early 2000s more than doubled the population, alleviating earlier concerns of people leaving the city due to port expansions. However, commercial amenities and infrastructure improvements have lagged behind.

In the last year, the city government has made moves to try and remedy the issue and drive the city towards the “live, work, play” lifestyle, said Davis.

“Restaurants, medical, banking, events, are all at the top of that list,” said the city manager. “James is going to be the catalyst to bring all of this together and make sure our plans with transit and parks merge well with the future developments that are quickly coming our way.”

The economic development director's role, like most city staff, reports to the city manager. Touchton describes the scope of his responsibilities as learning the city, networking with people and working with developers, elected officials and residents. And, ultimately, “translating all of this information into success.”

In his position, Touchton will be responsible for guiding the city’s economic development activities, including business outreach, retention, expansion and recruitment among other duties.

With more than 5,000 new housing units slated to come online in the city in the next few years, growth is not slowing down in Port Wentworth. Larger economic development projects spurring growth in the region will also continue to add pressure on the city’s resources and infrastructure.

Touchton said he looks at the incoming development through a critical lens. It’s more than about "just bringing in money." Growth involves building code enforcement, police and fire, and making sure residents can build their family and have a quality of life while doing so.

With the Council for Quality Growth, Touchton helped push for the Transportation Funding Act of 2015, which infused millions of dollars into the state’s transit systems. As the organization’s previous director of policy and government affairs, he worked with various associations and state agencies to advocate for the bill.

“Partnerships is what I’m a big believer in,” said Touchton, echoing the relationships he’s had to build between government entities and private companies in the past.

Port Wentworth has had a tumultuous history, marked by years of political turmoil. But working with different personalities while trying to achieve similar goals is a familiar playing ground for Touchton.

“Everyone’s got a past, but it’s learning from that and respecting it. My philosophy is very simple – servant leadership,” he said.

Touchton will be present at city council meetings and encourages residents to reach out. Residents “make this city and make this job,” he emphasized. The economic development director can be contacted at jtouchton@cityofportwentworth.com and 912-724-9202.

Nancy Guan is the general assignment reporter covering Chatham County municipalities. Reach her at nguan@gannett.com or on Twitter @nancyguann.

Port Wentworth Council candidates face off in forum, discuss housing, traffic

Six Port Wentworth candidates recently participated in a forum, discussing residents' traffic concerns, quality of life improvements and affordable housing.The forum included Mayor Pro Tem Thomas Barbee and LaShawn Benton, running for At-Large Post 2; incumbent Mark Stephens, running unopposed for District 2; Shawn Randerwala, running unopposed for District 4; and ArtLise Alston-Cone and Avril Roy-Smith, running for the At-Large Post 1.Addressing needs and concerns of residentsModerator Dawn Baker of WTO...

Six Port Wentworth candidates recently participated in a forum, discussing residents' traffic concerns, quality of life improvements and affordable housing.

The forum included Mayor Pro Tem Thomas Barbee and LaShawn Benton, running for At-Large Post 2; incumbent Mark Stephens, running unopposed for District 2; Shawn Randerwala, running unopposed for District 4; and ArtLise Alston-Cone and Avril Roy-Smith, running for the At-Large Post 1.

Addressing needs and concerns of residents

Moderator Dawn Baker of WTOC asked the candidates Thursday at the CLIC Center what they consider the biggest need for the residents of Port Wentworth.

All of the candidates agreed that the biggest issues were mitigating traffic, more restaurants and improving public service.

"I believe that our opinions that we keep sharing with our state leadership has fallen on deaf ears, because we've been asking them to make Highway 21 six lanes and nothing has been done about it," said Barbee.

He noted traffic mitigation tactics that the council has implemented, including a Benton Boulevard extension. He also mentioned the partnership with Chatham Area Transit to extend an existing route to the city.

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Roy-Smith said the city needs an identity.

"There's absolutely no cohesive identity," Roy-Smith said. "I think if the city can actually come up with an identity, then maybe we could get some citizen involvement."

Baker asked District 2 Incumbent Stephens about the benefits of the new transit service for residents, and if the $400,000 annual cost was a meaningful use of city funds.

"First of all, yes it is," Stephens said. "It's going to work to help eliminate some of the traffic, because less people will be taking cars."

Baker asked all of the candidates what their plan of action was for the first 90 days, if elected.

"The first 90 days for me would be to send out a survey to citizens," Alston-Cone said. "I would like to know what it is that you want. What do you feel are our most pressing issues?"

She also said she would fill all of the city's potholes.

Roy-Smith said something similar and added that she would try and make concrete plans about the things she's been hearing from residents.

Quality of life improvements

Baker asked Randerwala about his plans to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors, and how businesses affects residents.

"More restaurants in the area will definitely be better for the citizens," Randerwala said.

As a large port city, Randerwala said warehouse development seems inevitable, but it can be steered away from residences with buffers.

She asked Barbee and Benton how they felt the new recreation facility would serve residents.

"I think that it will benefit the kids, and moms, and adults overall," Benton said. "It will attract more people that want to come and stay in our city ... it's going to bring more home ownership and people who want to come and stay in Port Wentworth."

Barbee echoed Benton's sentiment.

"It's definitely a benefit for the city," Barbee said. "It has already been an economic driver because it caught the attention of a semi-pro hockey team that decided to choose us out of 108 other cities to build their 90,000 square-foot facility and put in two hockey rinks and a restaurant."

Baker asked Alston-Cone and Roy-Smith about their plans to secure post offices and other vital services.

"I would certainly start the discussions with the United States Postal Service about the possibility of getting an office," Roy-Smith said. "But there are other services we need even more than the post office. We need medical, dental, even a library. Those things we can get."

Alston-Cone agreed with the need for medical offices and more small businesses. But as an educator, she'd like to research first and connect with folks that would guide her.

"As far as other resources, I definitely would like to have our own high school, and I think we can with the population growth in this area," Alston-Cone said.

Affordable housing

The city of Port Wentworth recently approved the zoning amendment for a new housing development, LEO Cottages at Port Wentworth. LEO at the Sanctuary in Rincon is owned by the same company, Advenir, and the monthly rent sits at $1,653 up to $2,599.

The city also announced in August that Habitat for Humanity Coastal Georgia executives signed a letter of intent to build affordable housing on Cantyre Street.

Baker asked the candidates what the city has done right and what it has done wrong in bringing in new types of housing.

Randerwala and Stephens shared the same view: It's up to the builder to build affordable housing.

"If there's somebody wanting to build it, we will approve it to make sure that it's affordable for every citizen," Randerwala said.

Roy-Smith said it's up to the builders to decide and that the city can't control prices outside its limits.

"The market prices are totally out of our control," Roy-Smith said. "We can just keep trying to encourage smaller houses, smaller duplexes that can begin at a price people can afford."

Alston-Cone said that she doesn't see where the city has done anything wrong as some of it is out of their hands.

Barbee said he doesn't think the city has done anything wrong, and has done a lot of things right by allowing builders to build. He also encouraged residents to get with Habitat for Humanity if they are looking for affordable homes.

Benton had a slightly different opinion.

"I want to listen to the people," Benton said. "What's affordable for the builders is not affordable for the people. What we need to do is read those contracts, make them bring something affordable for the people."

Destini Ambus is the general assignment reporter for Chatham County municipalities for the Savannah Morning News. You can reach her at dambus@gannett.com.

Effingham native Hannah Dasher to headline Port Wentworth Oyster Roast, BBQ and Music Festival

Effingham County native and country music singer Hannah Dasher said she's been feeling a little homesick − so she's making her way back to Port Wentworth this weekend for the 12th annual Oyster Roast, BBQ and music festival."When I do get to come, it's never for very long," Dasher said. "The band is going to come and I'll at least get to see my mom and squeeze her and my grandmother, whom I love so much."Dasher, who's headlining the festival will preform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, at 7224 GA...

Effingham County native and country music singer Hannah Dasher said she's been feeling a little homesick − so she's making her way back to Port Wentworth this weekend for the 12th annual Oyster Roast, BBQ and music festival.

"When I do get to come, it's never for very long," Dasher said. "The band is going to come and I'll at least get to see my mom and squeeze her and my grandmother, whom I love so much."

Dasher, who's headlining the festival will preform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, at 7224 GA-21. The festival is from 1 to 9 p.m., with the oysters being served at 3 p.m. If you get there early, and are a little hungry, there will be food, beverages and souvenirs available to purchase at individual vendors.

The entire event, however, is free and will honor veterans with the singing of the national anthem, a special salute and a military appreciation tent. Effingham County native Luke Lander will also be preforming and there will be fireworks display at the end of the night.

When the event first started in 2011, it was originally just a small after-hours market for businesses and the community, and ended up becoming so popular that it continued to grow to the large event it is today.

April Cameron, the newly-appointed CEO of the chamber, is excited for the event on Saturday, because it will be one of her first opportunities to interact with community members and businesses.

"I want to say that there were a couple of thousand people that came last year," Cameron said. "I think I'm going to have a great opportunity to talk with people in the city and hopefully surrounding areas too."

Dasher is excited to be welcomed back to her home, the place that influenced so much of what she does now. Her grandmother is a lot of the inspiration behind her viral cooking TikToks that lead to her exposure and amassing a following of over 1 million people on the platform. Her father influenced her love of artists like Jerry Reed, Burt Reynolds, while her father influenced an appreciation for 1970s rock 'n' roll.

"Growing up in Savannah and the low country, that is the mecca of old Southern culture," Dasher said. "I went to the Savannah Civic Center to see my first concert and it was Alan Jackson, and I think Savannah is perfect because you have the best of all worlds right there, with the farmland, the beach and the city, so I think all of that really impacted and shaped me."

Dasher is an independent artist based in Nashville, headlining her first tour this year. She released an album on Oct. 20, and said that there's something for everyone and hopes that people come out and see the show on Saturday.

It is recommended that children wear socks and closed toed shoes to participate in the kids' zone activities and bring earplugs for the fireworks show. Leashed pets are welcome to attend the event.

“We are grateful to the City of Port Wentworth for their continued support, which allows us to host this popular event each year,” said Board Chairwoman, Trisha Boyett in a press release. “We welcome everyone to join us and enjoy a good time and an exciting concert and fireworks with the members of the Port Wentworth community!”

Cameron also wanted to give special thanks to Boy Scout Troop 665, who helps with the oyster roasting.

Destini Ambus is the general assignment reporter for Chatham County municipalities for the Savannah Morning News. You can reach her at dambus@gannett.com

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