Okay, ladies, gather your friends, slip on something comfortable, throw a tote bag over your arm and start your girlfriend’s getaway in Savannah. Head to Gallery Espresso for a coffee to energize you for a full day ahead. This neighborhood favorite has chairs to sink into and an atmosphere that encourages the contemplation of just about anything. But today you are on a mission to have fun, so fuel up and head out.
Walk around the corner on Bull Street and wander through Red Clover to pick up something fashionable, comfortable and priced just right. Their clothes are sassy, packable and fun. Shoes and jewelry will complete the look. With good reason, the shop has been named the Best Affordable Boutique, Best Clothing Boutique, Best Accessories, and is on many other “Best” lists.
Practically next door, Southern Charm Antiques boasts all things charming. Perhaps you need a silver mint julep cup, chandelier, or porcelain soup tureen. Maybe your dear aunt should have another salt cellar for her collection, or a piece of vintage jewelry. Wander through the rooms to find at least one item on your Christmas list; get ahead of the game.
Shopping and browsing has undoubtedly made you hungry and thirsty. Fortunately the nearby Public Kitchen and Bar offers a place to repose and sip a “Sage Advice” cocktail. It’s difficult deciding between salads, sandwiches, burgers and entrees. When in doubt, close your eyes, put your finger somewhere on the menu and order that. Or have the Goddess Burger. Do not tarry after you’ve eaten; there are places to go and things to do.
To ease your conscience, walk off some of those calories. Okay, it’s less than a dozen blocks to Jepson Center for the Arts, but any exercise is good exercise. Current exhibits always delight and might even educate you a bit. Are you thinking, “Walking, education? This was supposed to be a fun day of shopping!” Silly girl, what do you think is going on here? Of course they have a fabulous gift shop.
You should be feeling pretty good: you’ve exercised and experienced some culture. It’s time to treat yourself to ZIA Boutique. Zia makes several of the wonderful pieces in his shop and curates jewelry that is exotic but still affordable. His multi-cultural background and extensive travels collide in beautiful and unusual treasures. Buy something for yourself to remember this day; buy something for your best friend too.
Need a pick-me-up? Head down the street to Le Café Gourmet for a French pastry and beverage. Take home some breakfast pastries; you’ll thank yourself. Memorize the menu because you’ll want to return for breakfast or lunch.
The last shopping stop is Terra Cotta, a Savannah fashionista favorite since 1996. Clothing, shoes, jewelry, gifts galore, and pampering must-haves are found in this boutique. Leave laden with shopping bags and a big smile.
Now comes that glorious time to sit down, slip out of your shoes at Jen’s and Friends, celebrate over cocktails and dish about the day. This cozy little bar offers more than 300 martinis and 200 beers, as well as wine and other cocktails. Kick back and make plans to get together again soon.