Sometimes she is so caught up in embarking, she has no need to open up the good ole’ laptop. Whilst she feels an apology is due when she misses a post or two, The Embarkiste never says désolé for a weekend getaway. Once her former home, The Embarkiste knows the streets of Savannah Georgia better than any palm reader and their prey. With nearly six years in the making, here she shares her very own Shopping Guide to the charming southern riverside town, complete with the very best and most unique of local stores.
The Paris Market and Brocante : 36 W Broughton St.
Giving the home section of Anthropologie a run for their money, The Paris Market is an irresistible invitation to gaze upon worldly treasures from Paris, Florence, and the English countryside. Inspired by Parisian ‘Marche aux Puces,’ this candle lit jewelry box of a brocante is filled with rose scented creams, glistening champagne coupes, quirky topiaries, and dazzling seashells to display in the nest. The owners traverse the globe and bring forth it’s beauty to this Broughton Street Boutique. Oh, and she must also mention the French Garden Iced Tea in the PCM café… simply divine!
Terra Cotta Boutique : 34 Barnard St.
Just off of Ellis Square, Terra Cotta is one of Savannah’s oldest clothing boutiques and with good reason. With an ‘Anthropologie’ flare, this little trinket store has some of the best shoes and handbags in town, as well as a selection of dashing dresses perfect for any age and occasion. Complete with a shop cat, Terra Cotta prides itself with quality frocks that deserve a stroll in the local Forsyth park or somewhere upon a lover’s yacht in the Mediterranean.
Shop SCAD : 340 Bull St.
Showcasing the Savannah College of Art and Design’s boldest and brightest prodigies, there’s no denying the talent found within Shop SCAD. From original artworks, bold textiles, unique dining sets, and peculiar journals, you won’t find a single item in the shop sold elsewhere. The Embarkiste loves to step inside and be inspired to get crafty on the following weekend.
Sylvester and Co. Modern General : 205 W Broughton St.
The name says it all. This Modern General store has a brilliant selection of hand soaps, fragrant candles, and the occasional buttery leather chair, not to forget the cookie bar in the back (The Embarkiste suggests the ‘Double Dare Ya’.) Sylvester and Co. restores tradition, comfort, and old-time pleasures back into the home with objects ment to be shared within the company of friends and family. Here is a lovely little reminder to enjoy the simple things in life.
Other noteworthy lifestyle stores : Prospector Co.
Golden glass jars of gourmet honey illuminate this rustic storefront and allure your senses to step into a world of sweetness. Within 15 years, the Savannah Bee Company has grown from a passion for beekeeping into a strong line of delicious honeys made with lavender, wildflowers, and oranges; as well as a nourishing healthcare line and other dapper gifts found within their signature store. With free tastings and a mead bar in the back, food lovers and Embarkistes delight their tastebuds in this charming little hive.
E. Shaver Booksellers : 326 Bull St.
This something so “Notting Hill-ish” about quaint little bookstores. E. Shaver’s facade and interiors are fairly simple and set up like an old cottage in the English countryside, but there’s something in the air that inhabits this place and excites the book lovers soul. Perhaps it’s the dozen tiny rooms dedicated to poetry or adventure tales. In recent years, this little bookshop has also opened a co-joining tea salon, perfect for a weekday lunch with mumsy or a cherished friend from years ago.
Other noteworthy stationary shops : La Paperie
37th @ Abercorn Antiques : 201 E 37th St
Savannah wouldn’t be so without a handful of charming antique stores in old 19th century homes. With so many to choose from, The Embarkiste is particularly fond of this canary yellow Victorian dwelling that houses both antiques and cats that follow you around. Each room within the house has a different vendor, so a variety of price points and heirlooms are offered for any shopper. Here, she has found many lasting linens and the occasional birdcage to strike fancy into her heart, welcoming old memories into new ones.
photo sources and credits : photo 1 via Puttin’ on the Grits // 2 via Travel Noire // 3 by Alicia May for Terra Cotta // 4 via Will-O-The-Wisk // 5 via Sarah Mueller Designs // 6 via The Flavor Chaser // 7 via South Mag // 8 via 37th @ Abercorn Antiques *