It’s no big surprise that Savannah is a hotbed for design, both interior and exterior. It does boast SCAD, one of the premier art institutions in the country, after all and a smattering of designers and artisans of all walks. But so much talent busting at the seams in a tiny city can be bad on the wallet, as we bachelorettes would soon find out. The shopping in Savannah is, simply, out of this world.
The first night in Savannah, we stayed in and played games with the intention to rise early and head to Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room. HA. Wishful thinking. This was a bit of a lackadaisical group who liked to sleep in so we didn’t actually leave the house until 2pm. At which point, we decided to forgo food and made straight for Broughton Street instead. I ditched my DSLR in favor of my iPhone (becoming increasingly common) and new OlloClip to give you a sneak peek into Savannah’s best shops.
First stop: The Paris Market. Can I just tell you how much I absolutely adore this store? It might be my favorite shopping for home decor anywhere, not just Savannah. It’s well-stocked with unique trinkets and travel-style accents from around the world. Not cheap but still fun to peruse.
And the fact that they had a photo booth at the entrance is pure social media gold.
Now, I’d been to The Paris Market on my first visit to town but this was before I owned an 1800s Victorian home. Let’s just say had I come down to shop in Savannah in a truck, I would have left with half the store.
I came across some of the photos I snapped last time I was in the store two years ago when the displays were drastically different (and I was actually toting around my DSLR).
Seriously, how pretty is this place?
Globes and maps and vintage luggage and clocks? Custom made for me.
Savannah Bee Co. was the our next shopping stop in Savannah. If you’ve been visiting these parts for awhile, you may remember that I met Savannah Bee’s founder Ted Dennard, a fellow Sewanee alum, a couple years back.
Since then, I have become a bona fide Savannah Bee fan, having stocked up in various Whole Foods and retail stores across the South.
The store has expanded since I last visited to include a mead tasting room and other fun offerings. Of course, they still provide complimentary honey (and honeycomb tastings), so arrive hungry.
Next, we popped into a jewelry store and then hit up an amazing, upscale furniture shop 24e Design, another place I would have liked to own everything and yet could afford nothing.
Then we found my favorite affordable Savannah boutique to date: Villa Savannah, a Z Gallerie-like home decor and clothing shop with a local slant. I didn’t manage to snap any interior shots but I did succeed in walking out with an awesome anchor scarf and a pair of yellow crown hooks for my Lemon Room.
On Saturday, heavy with hangovers, we brunched at Gryphon Tea Room, which was conveniently located right across the street from the shopSCAD store, a shop I had visited two years back and which we took a quick peek inside again.
It features all handmade products from students—from soaps to wall art to jewelry—and while pricier than my budget allows, there are some real finds.
Still, I was getting antsy to walk and realized we must be close to the Downtown Design District my Savannah friend Amy had raved about. Sure enough, we were not more than three blocks away! So off to Whitaker Street we went.
Our first stop was at One Fish, Two Fish, and I’m pretty sure collectively we could have purchased the entire store.
Instead, I left with just an anchor necklace to match the anchor scarf I had procured at Villa the day before. We also dropped in One Fish, Two Fish’s Annex across the street, but it was very Lilly Pulitzer (i.e. not my style). The main store was much more my speed (i.e. contemporary and bold).
I could have shopped for days in Savannah—there were plenty of chain stores at the end of Broughton near the water like Kate Space, Marc Jacobs and Anthrologie—but that’s all we squeezed in the bachelorette itinerary.