Second Annual South’s Greatest Kids Contest

Written by Anthony Guza

The new school year is just beginning and it is once again time for South magazine’s Annual South’s Greatest Kids Contest! We would love to hear about his or her hobbies, interests, activities and whatever else makes him or her one of the South’s Greatest Kids! Please include the child’s age, as we will be featuring three categories for the contest: Baby, Toddler, and Kids. View last year’s precious participants by clicking here. We’re no longer accepting entries for the South’s 2nd Annual Greatest Kids Contest however, please check back to vote for your favorite kid.


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Dick Blick Art Materials Grand Opening Event

Written by Anthony Guza

Join Dick Blick Art Materials at its Grand Opening from September 13 to September 27, where everyone is invited to come in, have a look around, and say hello to some familiar faces from three blocks away. Blick recently acquired Primary Art Supply and is opening its new superstore at 318 East Broughton Street. The new store is estimated to be three times the size of Primary’s former location further west on Broughton Street at over 11,000 square feet, and will be just half a block from SCAD’s Jen Library.

In addition to Primary’s entire staff of employees, co-owners Amy Spurlock and Robyn Reeder have been retained to work with Blick in sales and marketing roles. They plan to continue their history of positive community and school involvement in the Savannah area. The hope is that the new location will also revitalize the East end of Broughton by acting as a retail anchor for the area, which has struggled to develop in recent years.


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Leopold’s 93rd Birthday Celebration

Whether you’re looking for a sweet treat or a break from the heat, Leopold’s is the place to be this Saturday, August 18. They are celebrating their 93rd birthday with a block party complete with games, music, face painting, contests and prizes. The best part may be the 93-cent single scoops (cup, sugar or cake cone) and the 2:30 p.m. cake cutting. Check out leopoldsicecream.com for more information.

Image courtesy of Leopold’s Ice Cream.


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More Pet-Friendly Eateries

By Katherine Olson

In the most recent issue of South, we pointed out a few restaurants for you and your pet to try together. In a city that’s so pet-friendly, we didn’t want you to miss out on these restaurants and cafés either.


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The Death of Rim

In an industry characterized by fast-paced change and cut-throat competition, the one loved Blackberry has fallen to the way-side. Meant primarily for business types, devoted “CrackBerry” users have learned that there’s an app for just about anything on the iPhone. RIM’s sales plummeted after the release of the first iPhone in June 2007, and they have been struggling to keep pace every since. MBAOnline.com chronicles the rise and fall of RIM as they prepare to debut Blackberry 10 OS in October.



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Broughton Street’s Dog Days of Summer

River Street ushers in the first Friday of every month with fireworks, and Broughton Street is joining in on the action. The Dog Days of Summer on Friday, August 3, is a pet-friendly event with after-hours shopping for you and treats for your four-legged companion. Shops will remain open until 9 p.m., and many will have treats and water available for dogs. Oliver Bentley’s Barking Bakery treats will also be available at several locations.

Many of the vendors will donate a portion of the proceeds to support the Humane Society of Greater Savannah.TailsSpin, located for the night at Clipper Trading Co., is offering nail clippings for a $5 donation to the Humane Society. Find out more information at Broughton Street’s Facebook page.


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Get ‘Em While They’re Hot!

By Elizabeth Hover

The August/September Issue 40 of South magazine hit shelves on August 1, but act fast to scoop up your copy because this edition will be gone before you know it! This is the annual “Power Professionals” issue, and it highlights influential local attorneys and business people, including former professional wrestler and mixed martial arts fighter Sean Haire, who shares his journey from 17-time Toughman competition winner, to personal trainer and eventually to becoming a hairstylist.

Grab this issue for information on the local legal scene, including the opening of Savannah’s new law school, and a special feature on the Savannah/Chatham County Counter Narcotics Team. Learn from Savannah’s most successful women as they share their experiences and give their best advice to others looking to climb the ladder.

To secure your copy of this issue, hurry over to Parker’s on Drayton Street, Barnes and Noble on Abercorn Street, or the Savannah History Museum on MLK Boulevard. Sold out? South magazine is sold at 40 locations in the Savannah area; click here to find one near you, or look for our new “Get your copy here” stickers on retailers’ windows throughout the city. Don’t live in Savannah? Find us all throughout the South in select Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, Tractor Supply, Walmart, Kroger, Food Lion and Publix stores.


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The Devil Came Down to Georgia

By Jeff Vrabel
Photography by Colin Douglas Gray

From personal training and embodying wrestler personas like The Devil’s Advocate to bouncing at night clubs and instructing personal security classes, Sean Haire has made a career of jumping from one tough-guy profession to the next. Now he’s trying his hand at something new: hair styling.

Sean Haire is a former professional wrestler/mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter who has also been a 17-time Toughman competition winner, boxer, personal trainer, strip club bouncer, bodyguard, trainer of other bodyguards, and three-time WCW World Tag Team Wrestling Champion. He still looks the part: At 41, he’s 6′5″, 280 pounds, and with the fire-and-spiderweb tattoos, it’s hard to miss him in a coffee shop that’s currently really into Jack Johnson music.

Two or three times during our interview, Haire says something cool and outside the window, perfectly timed lightning shatters the sky. Some people have a flair for the dramatic. Which is one of the reasons he plans to make a great hair stylist.

He’s also got a flair for the gregarious, and a disarming forthrightness. He mentions, not without regret, the days and nights that found him “really mean,” and then worries how that would sound in this article. His past has been on occasion messy—I mention I used to work at the paper on Hilton Head, and he responds half-jokingly, “Oh, so you’ve read some bad stuff about me.”

On the other hand, he has an awful lot of pictures of his cat on his phone.

Over the course of two hours, we blaze through his history as a fighter (street and otherwise), his handwritten and long-abandoned professional wrestling personas (including Sean O’Haire and the never-quite-finalized Devil’s Advocate), his partially reconstructed and reinforced titanium jaw and orbital socket, the National Kodak Medallion of Excellence award he won for photography in high school, the time he fought a K-1 kickboxing champion and didn’t know it (he lost), his boxing stint in New Jersey, several stories involving “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, two marriages, two divorces, an almost-detour into professional mountain biking, his girlfriend of four years, a Savannah anesthesiologist he calls a “calming influence” and enough WCW/WWE name-dropping to deeply entertain a writer who grew up watching scrambled WrestleManias on pay-per-view.

One could be forgiven for struggling to find the thread that connects all of this, but before long it’s clearer: a mix of constant motion, found opportunities and an inclination to take the unplanned detours at the moments when many people would find excuses to back away. Sean finds a way to think, “Why not?”

To read the full story, grab a copy of South magazine.


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Unearthing Savannah’s Lost Treasures

With a background in journalism and a passion for history, hosting National Geographic’s America’s Lost Treasures is a dream job for Kinga Philipps. “My father is a geologist. History, culture and travel are ingrained in me,” Philipps explains. “Broadcast journalism gave me the opportunity to go out and explore the world.”

Filmed in museums in 10 different cities, the America’s Lost Treasures program gives locals an opportunity to bring family heirlooms, garage sale bargains and found objects to be evaluated by Philipps and co-host Curt Doussett. Philipps says Savannah was one city everyone from the show agreed on visiting. “We were really looking for the flavor of the country. Each city is a representative of the country as a whole while having a distinct character of its own. Savannah is one of the few places that exist in real life exactly the way I envisioned.”


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What’s Hot This Week in the South

Summertime in the city promises exciting networking events and entertainment throughout the week and into the weekend. Here are some of this week’s hottest happenings that are not to be missed, including the 2012 Teen, Miss and Mrs. All-Star United States Pageant Finals on Saturday, July 28.


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Express’ Rock the Sidewalk comes to Savannah

Express’ Rock the Sidewalk comes to Savannah

When it comes to fashion, Savannahians are as in know as any New Yorker. As testimony to our trend setting fashionistas, Express is taking over Monterey Square Friday at 6:30 p.m. for an outdoor fashion show. The high turnout for similar Express runway shows in New York, Chicago and Las Vegas set the stage for this must see event.

“Our holiday collection needed to be in a location that enhanced and complimented the clothing,” explains Jennifer Bayley, Express’ senior manager of public relations. “The charm and Southern elegance of Savannah reflects our collection.” Expect to see tuxedo jackets worn over dresses with pops of colored fur in the women’s collection, and bow ties with colored jeans for the men.

A 70-foor runway has been constructed at Gordon and Bull streets, and the public is invited to join the party for free. The images from the fashion show will be in over 600 stores, and delivered to over 12 million people through the catalog and direct mailings. Express will have other freebies at the event, including bottles of Hint Water. Those who come to strut their stuff in Express clothing will have chances to win gift cards.

Find out more about Rock the Sidewalk by following Express’ LisaG on Twitter.


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Breakthrough Pain-Free Laser Hair Removal

One of the greatest perks of living in Coastal Georgia is the ability to go to the beach for most of the year. The water stays warm longer, and at dusk you can often see dolphins close to the shoreline. While the beach means flip-flops and sun dresses are wardrobe staples, it also requires us to keep up with any unwanted dark hair. End the battle with your razor with the LightSheer Duet. This innovative, pain-free laser technology is only available at Chatham Skin and Cancer Center. As an added perk, South readers will receive 10 percent off during July.

Anyone that has ever experienced laser hair removal knows that not only is it painful, but to see real results takes multiple sessions. The new technology requires fewer treatments, so the majority of hair is gone within four to six treatments. The LightSheer Duet works faster, covering a whole leg or back in only 10-15 minutes, to permanently remove hair. Unlike waxing, which can be painful and leave skin irritated, you don’t have to grow your hair out before you go.

Not sure if the LightSheer Duet is right for you? Check out what Dr. Doris Day has to say about it on Good Morning America . If you’re ready to make an appointment, just submit your request online .


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South’s Top Ten

A list of the top ten events you can’t afford to miss for the upcoming week.

July 9
The Odd Lot Improv Comedy Troupe

July 10
A Night of Jivamukti & Kirtan with The Jais

Hostess City Toastmasters Club

July 11
Jukebox Journey

July 12

Masquers Summer Theatre: Love’s Labor’s Lost
BNI Downtown Networking Club

July 13
Jukebox Journey

July 14
Savannah Live!
Stonehenge/Nightlights Reunion
Folk Art Family Day
Savannah Derby Devils Live!


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SCENES of the Week

The Bakery with a PURPOSE owner, Belinda Baptiste, hosted a Caribbean party Tuesday to kick off her new breakfast menu. Local author Joan Kornblatt was present for a book signing. Proceeds from her book, COLORS: The Book for Haiti, benefit Haitian children in need. Click here to see more photos from the event.

Tybee YMCA campers said “mahalo” to Tropical Storm Debbie Wednesday as they hung ten in a gnarly surf during Tybee YMCA’s Surf School. Click here to see photos from the event.

Cspotters kicked back and relaxed at the Flip Flop Tiki Bar Wednesday afternoon during their monthly networking social. Click here to see photos from the event.

The Savannah Area Tourism Leadership Council Membership Social and Hospitality Night met at the Massie Heritage School. Members unwound and socialized with other members Thursday evening. Click here to see more photos from the event.


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South’s Top Ten

A list of the top ten events you can’t afford to miss for the upcoming week.

June 26
Surf Camp
Hostess City Toastmasters Club

June 27
Murphy’s Law Public House Trivia Event

June 28
Savannah Live!
BNI Downtown Networking Club

June 29
Bay Street Theatre Presents “Bug”
True Grit (1969) – Classic Westerns Weekend
Fashion Boot Camp “Shoe Art”

June 30
3:10 to Yuma (2007) & Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) – Classic Westerns Weekend

July 1
Savannah Winds Annual Patriotic Concert


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SCENES of the Week

Last week started off with a big turnout of local business leaders and elected officials during the Downtown Business Association’s first legislative Meet & Greet at 24e Monday. Click here to see photos from the event.


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Shout! The Mod Musical

Throw your hands up and Shout! Off-Broadway’s smash mod musical is at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina this summer, bringing back the swinging sounds and styles of the sixties. It’s the dawn of women’s liberation and London is rocking to the songs of English pop stars Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield, and Lulu.


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JCB Mud Run 2012 Video

Nearly 2000 wild-eyed participants turned out for the JCB Mud Run on Saturday for what was one of 2012’s greatest events. Close to five miles of mud, trenches, ditches and ponds made up the landscape that would be the course for these runners. Beat down, exhausted and muddy from head to toe, most crawled to the showers and then headed to South Magazine’s after-party to take in some grub from Liveoak Restaurant Group and listened to tunes from the Train Wrecks. Savannah Distributing was on hand to ensure that the celebration had a nice edge to it and by noon most had hobbled home with a muddy smile.


Video courtesy of Joshua Jasso


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South’s Top Ten

A list of the top ten events you can’t afford to miss for the upcoming week.

June 19:
Arts Center of Coastal Carolina Presents “Shout! The Mod Musical”
Sesame Street Live Show

June 21:
Juneteenth Lecture by author Beverly Jenkins

June 22:
Bay Street Theatre Presents “Bug”
Savannah Uncorked: An Extraordinary Wine Event
Performance by David Pleasant

June 23:
17th Annual Savannah Asian Festival
Juneteenth at the Jepson
Laughs for Lemonade
Gazing in the Garden (Astronomy) & Movie Night


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SCENES of the Week

On Wednesday, locals enjoyed “Cocktails at the Crypt,” this summer’s newest mid-week wind-down event. Every second Wednesday of the month, The Crypt will host an evening of socializing, live music, raffled gifts, delicious signature cocktails, and tapas-style treats while raising money for local charitable organizations. This month they are collecting items for Savannah’s SAFE Shelter. Click here to see photos from the event.


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