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 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. Anywhere. Ever. It’s well-stocked with unique trinkets and travel-style accents from around the world. Not cheap but still fun to peruse.
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 Savannah in a truck, I would have left with half the shop.
Savannah Bee Co. was the next shop that grabbed our attention. 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.
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.
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.
Disclosure: Thanks to the folks AT&T for sending me the Olloclip 4-in-1 lens I used for all of the photos taken with my iPhone. it was fun toggling back and forth between wide angle, macro and fish eye on my iPhone 5s without having to deal with heavy DSLR lens attachments. While I love the concept of having four different options in one, I do wish there was an adjustable attachment that allowed me to use this on top of my phone case without removing it; the Mophie I use as a case/backup battery for my iPhone is tough to get off and as big a klutz as I am, I always fear I will drop and shatter that darn $800 device if it’s not cloaked in a shield of armor! Still, I do foresee using this lens more and more and think it’s a cool accessory to add to my photo kit.