Shopping the Downtown Design District

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There is nothing I enjoy more than getting outside the house and browsing the amazing selection of linens, paper goods, clothing, accessories, & lighting that is a part of the Downtown Design District (DDD) in Savannah. DDD is poised in the high brow area of the historic district just north of Forsyth Park, roughly between Jones & Taylor Street with many of the stores having locations on the lane or as part of a carriage house of one of the homes on trust lots (homes facing the squares). For your fix of anything luxurious or fine, this is the area for you.

Who doesn’t love beautiful lighting? Circa Lighting of Savannah is amazing and they have not only a signature store but an Annex (across Whitaker) which houses sale items and one-offs. LOVE that.

The selection and quality of custom linens, accessories, No.4 Eleven is unmatched in Savannah. When I walk into the store, I want to scoop it up and take it all with me (sigh). The space is bi-level and so well-edited with gorgeous bamboo and garden pieces for extra appeal. I leave No. 4 Eleven always thinking about what a great hostess I could be if only I had X,Y, & Z.

One of my favorite stores for clothing is Custard (on Whitaker at Charlton) – lots of great accessories, funky shoes, awesome hipster jeans, and loads of unique names from overseas all at affordable prices and with GREAT customer service (one day I happened to have my pup with me out for a stroll and the shopkeeper let Tondee play out in her back courtyard while she dressed me – awesome service and totally thoughtful!). Shop Custard.

Finally, if you are here for a special occasion and need a unique arrangement for your Busy Bee Vacations cottage, I highly recommend Madame Chrysanthemum. Utterly charming and unique – you must take a peek inside or have Michelle send something to your cottage.

There are loads more shops to explore so take some time to pop in and support our downtown local small business owners.

For the Dogs!

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Tondee & Brutus enjoying another lovely day in pet friendly Savannah, Ga

Downtown Savannah Dog Park

Located just off of East Broad Street and just South of Liberty Street, the Downtown Dog Park is very popular from 7 to 9 AM as well as for the after work crowd from 5 PM on. There is running water and a small baby pool for hot summer days.

Location: East Broad Street at intersection with E. Taylor

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Tails Spin Pet Store

The ultimate stop for your pets and you – a great source for limited ingredient food and treats!  Tailsspin is a neighborhood corner store for your dog and offers great community programming (like free to low cost vaccinations) which is why we love to promote them!

Location:  4501 Habersham Street

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Phone: (912) 691-8788

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Catnip n' Biscuits is one of Savannah's best places to bring your pet into play.

Cat Nip n’ Biscuits Doggie Daycare

Tondee LOVES it here – its his favorite weekly treat.  If you decide to take a day trip, we highly recommend the pet-sitting service or on-site daycare facility that Catnip n’ Biscuits provides for your cat or dog! They also have grooming services and basic pet supplies.

Location:  2615 Skidaway Rd. Savannah GA 31404

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Phone: 912-349-5838

The Grateful Hound

A boutique for your pup! Make sure to stop by for “Yappy Hour” on select Friday nights when you are in town.

Location:  32 Barnard Street

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Phone: 912.236.PAWS

Busy Bee’s Shopping Picks

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Savannah, Ga Circa 1905 - Broughton Street looking east. Courtesy of

Shop Savannah like a local,  y’all!
Explore my favorite shopping haunts in Downtown Savannah. Check back often for interviews with shopowners and to hear about upcoming shopping events & steals n’ deals!
A few shopping districts that you will NOT want to miss:
Broughton Street:
Broughton Street is Downtown Savannah’s Traditional Shopping Corridor.  This article from Southern Living features some of my places to shop on Broughton Street and another article here (also from Southern Living) featuring more boutiques.Click here to see the Best of Broughton.
Downtown Desgn District – linens, couture, furniture. This is the high end spot to shop Savannah. A map with shops can be found here.
Shop Ellis Square– from kitchen accents to faux fur and dog collars, there’s something for everyone around this newly renovated square which was a parking garage!).

The Art Buzz….

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This past Friday night, a couple of my fabulous friends & I decided to try somehting new instead of the ole’ wine at a bar scene.  Alyson found out about Art Buzz Studio where, with a little bit of guidance and a whole lotta sangria, you can become an artist! We opted in for the “Awww Shucks” night because we all love the natural beauty of oysters and we are all are in love with the gorgeous ones that Bellamy Murphy creates.

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The Art Buzz Studio is owned by one fiesty Connie who, along with our instructor, Ryan, offered fun light-hearted instruction, some insight, and most importantly SANGRIA! The studio environment was wonderful –Connie played lots of vibrant samba sounds as well as some fun French tunes to keep the mood light and get our creative juices flowing!

Although our oyster-pieces were not gallery worthy, we were all pleased with what we could accomplish in two short hours! I’ve gotten back in touch with my inner artist and plan on painting more oysters with my niece, Alanna, in the future! The three of us had a great time and would recommend it to anyone who wants to shake it up or get in touch with their inner artist!

Art Buzz Studio – 1526 Bull Street – 912.484.3438

Auldbrass – Frank Lloyd Wright’s Only Plantation

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I am thrilled to have scored tickets to view the only plantation that Frank Lloyd Wright ever designed called Auldbrass for this coming weekend. Auldbrass is about an hour away in Yemassee, South Carolina. The compound of several buildings includes the main house, guest cottages, stables, &  dog kennels. The tour is an annual event put on by the Beaufort County Open Land Trust in conjunction with the owner of Auldbrass & Hollywood producer, Joel Silver.  The only other building remaining that was designed by FLW is the  “Broad Margin House” in Greenville.

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Reading about Auldbrass takes me back to my Georgia Tech School of Architecture days in my FLW class – I can not wait to see Wright’s “Usonian” principles of organic architecture and design expressed in a lowcountry setting!!!

I’ll be adding lots of exterior shots on the Buzz once I’m back in the SAV. ‘Til then, check out this helpful site for lots of photos:

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