Southern Style: Local Products

It’s no secret that we love Southern made products. Here are three that we featured in our 50th issue.

Nothing signals the fact that you are in the South and it is darn-well time to relax better than the sight of a hammock hanging on the porch or between a pair of trees. Since 1889, Pawley’s Island Rope Hammocks has set the standard for hammocks. Riverboat captain Joshua John Ward ferried rice around coastal Georgetown, South Carolina and was frustrated by sleeping on grass-filled mattresses that conduct­ed too much heat. Sailors’ ham­mocks were cramped and hard to get into and out of. Cap’n Josh set out to improve the situation by using ropes tied with large openings in a lattice-patterned weave for better circulation. The slats at each end made them easy to get into and out of, making the Pawley’s Island Hammock the most classical and comfortable, even today.


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YIA YIA’S KITCHEN

Yia Yia’s Kitchen is one of our favorite Savannah secrets. The Greek bakery, which opened its doors on June 8 of this year, has without a doubt, some of the best (and most authentic) Greek food in the Savannah area. Whether you’re looking for a sweet treat or special ingredients for a delicious dinner, like gyro meat or lamb, Yia Yia’s has it all. From savory cheeses to genuine Greek yogurt (not your typical John Stamos yogurt), they always go the extra mile when it comes to quality products. Yia Yia’s is a family owned shop, and the service is superb. Their knowledge of what they sell really sets them apart. And we all know that, other than the fabulous Olympia Café on River Street, it’s not easy to come across true Greek food in Savannah.

The Stathopoulos family, owners and operators, take great care in ensuring that all of their products are authentic and of the best quality.


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Top Choice Events for this Week: July 23-27

This week promises a variety of events to suit your every mood.

Savannah Media Mixer – Wednesday, July 23

Join GPB for cocktails at Ampersand this Wednesday for a casual evening of conversation. This is a chance for members of the media and PR professionals to get together.

Andaz Salon Adam Turoni- Chocolatier – Thursday, July 24

On July 24, Andaz Salon will feature chocolatier Adam Turoni. Adam is the 24 year-old proprietor of Chocolat located at 323 West Broughton Street. Since its beginning in 2010, Chocolat has been featured in Southern Living Magazine, on “Paula’s Best Dishes,” and many other local publications.


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G-TAC Defensive Action Shoot

The Charity Defensive Action Shoot will be held on July 26, 2014. Global Tactical Training Group instructors will set up a number of defensive and combat situations which participants will engage in. Stage can be shot with just pistol, or with pistol, rifle, and/or shotgun.

G-TAC has secured equipment and gear donations from several industry partners that will be used as giveaways and door prizes for participants in the action shoot. This event will help raise funds for the charities “A Kidney for Zachary” and “Prayers for Jack Rollins.” Four-year old Jack Rollins has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer. Seven-year old Zachary Pritchett is in need of a kidney transplant. Put your skills and gear to the test while helping to support these two causes.


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Security Associates of Coastal Georgia Celebrates 1st Anniversary

We would like to say congratulations to Security Associates of Coastal Georgia, LLC for marking their one-year anniversary last week. Erica A. Lumpert who had a successful career serving as the president and co-founder of Saber Security & Investigations, is now the owner and CEO of SACG.

Security Associates of Coastal Georgia, LLC observed its first birthday on July 8 and celebrated with employees on July 10 with a Town Hall Meeting, where Lumpert announced a pension fund that she has set up for employees. The event ending with a training session and cake from Sweet Carolina Cupcakes.


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Savannah/Chatham CASA at Martinis

This Wednesday, the networking event, Martinis at the Mansion will feature Savannah/Chatham County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Inc. Martinis will be the kickoff celebration for the 7th Annual Dancing with the Savannah Stars campaign. CASA will announce the Savannah Stars for this year.

Savannah/Chatham County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit foundation that recruits and trains volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused or neglected children who are under the jurisdiction of the Chatham County Juvenile Court. Volunteers provide individualized attention for these children, which alone is something many of them have not had access to. With the help and support of the volunteers, the agency is able to bring urgency to a child’s needs, both in and out of the courtroom. If you are interested in offering your help visit savannahcasa.org. You can also become a Friend of CASA and provide your own unique expertise for special projects throughout the year.


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Top Choice Events for this Week: July 13-20

One of the greatest things about Savannah is its ability to turn nearly every celebration into a good cause and vice versa. Take a look at some of our favorite events for this week.

Martinis at the Mansion x CASA – Wednesday, July 16

It’s that time again. This month’s Martinis at the Mansion will feature Savannah/Chatham County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Inc. CASA will announce the Savannah Stars for the 7th Annual Dancing with Savannah Stars fundraising event. Martinis, which lasts from 5:30-7:30, features drink and appetizer specials, and a silent auction from which proceeds will go to CASA. We can’t wait to see you there!


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Greatest Boutiques in Downtown Savannah

Savannah has many things to offer, and a unique shopping scene is one of them. Whatever might take you downtown, there’s a good chance you’ll end up doing a little shopping. Here are a few of the best shops in the area; all scattered around the city’s historic district. No matter what your style might be, there is something for everyone. So get out, do some shopping, and see some of the beautiful sights while you’re at it.

Red Clover

Red Clover offers shoppers everything from bohemian maxi dresser to classic pieces perfect for any occasion. With affordable price points, Red Clover will fit almost any budget. Not to mention, the architecture of the store itself is pretty spectacular. The whitewashed brick exterior, located in historic downtown Savannah, is inviting and charming, a perfectly accurate reflection of Savannah. 244 Bull Street, shopredclover.com.


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Slang From a Sassy Southerner: Emily Bargeron

Read about more cutting-edge life-style and business developments in the Coastal South in our Chit Chats section of the 2014 June/July issue of South magazine.

EMILY BARGERON is Southern through and through–so much so that she had to Google “Southern slang’” because it is so much a part of her vocabu­lary. From the small one-light town of Louisville, Georgia, south of Augusta, Emily has tapped a vein in Southern culture with her spin on bohemian fashion. Her clothing company, Mamie Ruth, is named after her beloved grandmother who had her own quirky set of expressions such as “over yonder,” which really means nowhere at all, just go figure it out. Emily loves “Slap me some skin,” because she is a nouveaux-hippie chick, and this bit of slang is all about showing people some love.


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TYBEE ISLAND – SOUTH’S GREATEST DESTINATIONS

Tybee Island Light Station

Known as Savannah’s Beach, Tybee Island continues to gain well-deserved recognition, including AOL’s Top 10 City Beaches in America, Atlanta Journal-Consti­tution’s “Best One-Tank Getaways,” and Creative Loafing’s “Best Beach Retreat.” Five miles of uninterrupted public beach awaits visitors to this island retreat only 20 minutes from downtown Savannah. The sur­rounding salt marshes overflow with birds and wildlife, making this des­tination perfect for stroll­ing and kayaking nature lovers. Third Thursdays feature the best free con­certs in the Lowcountry! tybeeisland.com


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10 Reasons River Street Isn’t Just for Tourists

Why should Bob and Wendy from Idaho be the only ones to enjoy some of the best Savannah has to offer? Coming from a local’s perspective, here are the top ten reasons you should venture down to River Street.

1. The Views

River Street spans the entire waterfront of downtown Savannah. If you think that, as a local, you’re too cool to head down there, you’re missing out on the wonderful views of the river that made Savannah the hub it is today.


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Top Choice Events for this Week: July 7-13

This week, Savannah promises an excellent mix of delicious food, great networking, good (and adorable) causes, and so much more.

SDBA Luncheon with Guest Speaker David Kennedy – Tuesday, July 8

Dr. David Kennedy, the director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City will speak at the SDBA luncheon on Tuesday, June 8.

The luncheon will take place at the Charles H. Morris Center beginning with networking at 11:30am.


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How and Where to Celebrate the Fourth in Savannah

Here are a few suggestions for celebrating our nation’s 238th birthday this Friday in Savannah. From River Street to Tybee Island, there will plenty of ways to join in the festivities. And we promise, you won’t run out of things to do.

Watermelon Crawl

The Watermelon Crawl will start at Lake Mayer, and make 6-mile and 8-mile loops through Isle of Hope, before winding its way back to Lake Mayer. It isn’t a race, just a fun opportunity for people to come together, get some exercise, and enjoy some delicious watermelon. Pre-registration is not required, and there is no registration fee. So come on out, and do the crawl.


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One-Week Beach Vacation: What to Pack

Summer is in full swing and I am guessing most of you, like myself, have caught the travel bug. I have always gone on some sort of summer road trip (sometimes 34 straight hours in the car) since I was little, and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon. When it comes to packing however, it seems like one long endless battle. There is the fear of way over packing (guilty) or not even coming close to packing enough. I have found that the secret to making everything you need successfully fit into your tiny little suitcase is mixing and matching a few key pieces in order to create multiple outfits.

Living in costal Georgia, there is by no means a shortage of beachfront to explore for a week. From Savannah’s own Tybee Island, to Hilton Head, to the entire Florida coast, it’s safe to say that most of us will be spending some time soaking up the sun in the Lowcountry this summer. I have come up with a list that will make packing for your beach trip easy, stress free, and hopefully fun.


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4th of July Fireworks – Georgia & South Carolina Coasts

“Today we celebrate our Independence Day!” Well, not today, but we can’t pass up the use of a classic line from a classic (yes, classic) film. If you find yourself in search of some top choice fireworks shows and parties along our Georgia and South Carolina Coasts for the 2014 Fourth of July Celebration, we have some suggestions for you.

Savannah

Yes, we are partial to Savannah festivities, but the River Street Fourth of July Festival & Fireworks Extravaganza is quite a show any way you look at it. In addition to a fireworks display, beginning at 9pm Friday night, there will be live music on the Arbor stage. The River Street Fourth of July Celebration goes from July 4 through July 6 with arts and craft exhibitors, food vendors, and local bands (Those Cats, The Hypnotics, and Radio Birds).


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Top Choice Events for this Week: June 30-July 5

By the end of the week we’ll be celebrating our Independence Day. You’re probably making big family plans for the weekend. Here, we’ve listed a few spectacular events leading up to the Fourth and some to help you celebrate.

4th Annual I Pledge for Ice Cream Project Kick-Off – Tuesday, July 1

To start your Fourth of July week, take your little ones to Leopold’s Ice Cream, where they can recite the Pledge of Allegiance and get a free child’s scoop of their choice flavor.


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Greatest Late Night Food in Savannah

It’s 1am on a Friday/Saturday. You just saw your favorite band play at your favorite bar, or maybe you’re in Savannah for the weekend and you’re taking in as much of the spirited nigh-life as possible. Either way, that appetizer you shared with your friends at 5 o’clock just isn’t cutting it anymore. But where should you go for the best late night sustenance in downtown Savannah?

Congress Street Social Club

As you walk down Congress Street, you smell something enticing in the air. While your nose leads you to the source of the aroma like a divining rod, you think to yourself, “Who is grilling burgers at 2:30 in the morning?” And then you end up in the courtyard of the Congress Street Social Club.  The grill opens at 10pm every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. Regular kitchen hours are 11am to midnight.

Hours
Monday through Saturday: 11am – 3am
Sunday: 12:30pm – 2am


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SCAD Reception for Katherine Sandoz “tahoe hybrids”

This Friday, June 27, the SCAD Savannah Gallery Art Hop Reception for Katherine Sandoz’ series of abstract “tahoe hybrids” will take place at the Pinnacle Gallery. The series summons the memories of mid-century summer road tripping, lake lounging, and great American landscapes. One of the pieces measures 8’ x 20’ and depicts Sand Harbor of Lake Tahoe.

The multimedia artist describes her work and presentation of these pieces: “Inspired by Lake Tahoe’s outsize views of sky, rocks and water, the ‘tahoe hybrids’ works explore space, color and shape.  It’s fitting that one of SCAD’s most intimate galleries now hosts my largest scale non-public art work to date and on its west facing wall.”


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BOAT DAY ESSENTIALS: WHAT YOU MUST BRING

It’s that time of year. The sun is out, and it’s time to put those boats in the water and soak up some rays. Whatever you pack to make your boating day unique for you, here are a few things you should keep in mind when you’re thinking of essentials for your fun-filled day out on the open water:

Water, Water, Water
You can’t take too much with you. It’s better to come home with extra than to be stuck out there without it. While your cooler will surely be packed with other necessary libations, it’s best to have a generous amount of water for everyone on board. Dehydration is a good way to ruin a lovely summer day.


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Top Choice Events for this Week: June 23-29

Once again, the menial tasks of the typical work week take a backseat to art, theatre, and fun in the Savannah area. Here are a few events we’re looking forward to.

Puppy Trot Not – Tuesday, June 24

It’s the dead of summer and there’s another run to participate in every weekend. How would you like to not run? The Puppy Not Trot is your chance to do just that. You can sign up to not run a 5k,10k, half marathon or marathon to help support the Coastal Pet Rescue. The packet pick up party will be at Tubby’s Tankhouse on Thunderbolt this Tuesday. The finish line gathering will be on Sunday, June 29 at Grayson Stadium with the Savannah Sand Gnats and TailsSpin’s Bark in Park.


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