Did you know Savannah, Georgia is known for its shopping? I didn’t either! But on a recent long weekend there, which you can read about here, I got to know this charming southern city. And took a first-hand look at the amazing Savannah boutique scene.
Unlike many other cute cities (including my home in Old Town, Alexandria, VA), Savannah has a thriving independent boutique community. You’ll see “big box” stores like Urban Outfitters, Vineyard Vines, and other household names there. But you’ll also find a great mix of reasonably priced, locally owned stores. Which makes Savannah boutique shopping a unique and fun experience.
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Sip N Shop Tour
Speaking of unique, Savannah has a really fun way for you and the girls to experience its shopping. The Sip and Shop Tour is probably less of a true “tour” and more of a shopping excursion.
But it’s perfect for small groups of girlfriends, bachelorette parties, or just someone who’s looking for a local to show them some of the awesome Savannah boutiques.
The owner, Jami, is a school teacher – which explains her enthusiasm and ability to herd a group of grown women on a shopping mission!
The Sip N Shop is definitely a tour unlike any other. For around 3 hours, you’ll walk some of the best of the Savannah boutiques – each of which offers discounts and wine (let’s be honest, is there a better combination?)
And the best part is that Jami has offered my readers a discount when you use the code CUSTOM10 to sign up for a tour. Woot woot! So if you’re thinking about a trip to Savannah – just do it. I promise you’ll enjoy it!
And yes, you might end up spending more than planned, but at least the discounts make you feel like you’re getting a deal.
On our tour, we started off at The Grove for some champagne and popsicle drinks (which were seriously delicious on a warm day) and then proceeded to stores like The Posh Loft, Midge, and Kendra Scott jewelry.
And we got a sneak peek at the brand new boutique, Morgan Rae. In a small upstairs space, it was chock full of fun finds at varying price points. For this bag lover, she carries some really fun bags at reasonable prices.
If you can’t get to Savannah to shop, you can also check out many of the stores’ websites.
The Posh Loft, for example, has a great online shopping portal that offers a ton in addition to what they carry in-store. Their clothes have a really fun vibe and at reasonable prices.
Both my teenage stepdaughter and I found some great pieces (which I’ll post on social media soon, so make sure you’re following me).
I’m still dying over a weekender bag I saw there that is also on their website . . . so, Christmas list, here I come.
AND, most important, The Posh Loft is offering my readers 10% off all your purchases if you use my special code: cameron10.
You can use the code online OR mention it in person in the store! So you should definitely check them out!
Kendra Scott often runs sales and if you’re a member of Rakuten (if you aren’t, you should be, and you can join here), you’ll get cashback shopping on kendrascott.com. I’ve earned more than $400 in 10 months.
Also, if it’s your birthday month, Kendra Scott gives you 50% off of one piece. Yes, it was my birthday month while we were there. And yes, I bought something!
Other Great Boutiques
One of the things I’ve noticed in my many years of travel is how few truly unique shops there are in different cities. I don’t mean unique as to theme, I mean unique as to offerings.
I’ve gone to stores in Alaska and seen the very same t-shirt and pajama sets that I’ve found in Montana and Maine. (which is so frustrating when you’re looking for souvenirs!) And as cute as I find Mud Pie items to be, they seem to be in every home goods boutique in every city.
Savannah is the exception. Its local boutiques seem to carry a lot of offerings that aren’t the normal fare. Things that would make cute gifts for loved ones – or yourself.
Even the clothing stores carried brands that I don’t see much in the D.C. area. And many of the boutiques seemed very reasonably priced.
Fab’rik, although a chain, fit right in with the Savannah boutique scene, and had some cute options for my teenage stepdaughter. I found a few cute bags there. Although by the time we arrived, we had finished our Sip N Shop tour, so I had to restrain myself from actually buying anything.
One Fish Two Fish carries a great selection of home accessories, jewelry, and art. And its sister store, The Annex,carries fashionable resort wear in what was previously an art-deco style gas station across the street.
Satchel, owned and run by a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, offers unique ready to wear and custom made leather goods.
Mamie Ruth | M. Liz Studios Boutique is a partnership between Emily Bargeron and Mary Liz Craft, who design and make their jewelry and clothing lines in house. It’s got a distinct boho/hipster/western feel. The clothes are made from sustainable materials and the jewelry is comprised of natural elements.
Carol’s Boutique has been around for more than 30 years and offers everything from beachwear to special occasion finds. And offers a “club car” for men to relax while their ladies shop.
Outside of the clothing scene, we explored a lot of other Savannah boutiques. We loved the Capital Bee Company. They provide honey to a lot of local restaurants and coffee shops. And beyond selling honey, they’ve got some super cute gifts.
We lingered there for the better part of an hour, combing through their gifts and talking to their owner, Thomas Hinely.
We were captivated by his story. A local Savannah-an (is that a word?), Thomas went from nursing school to making honey. He sourced honey from around the country and hand-poured each jar.
After selling it at craft shows up and down the east coast, he started a website and began to distribute the honey wholesale.
He began Capital Bee in 2013 and opened the store four years later. Today, all of Capital Bee’s honey is still hand poured and jarred in their Savannah warehouse.
Craig and the kids really enjoyed the New York Boutique, a haven for tennis shoes. The unusual venue is unlike other athletic shoe stores in that they carry versions of shoes that your average Foot Locker won’t have.
For example, we found some special edition Nike’s that weren’t anywhere else we had seen. And Addidas Stan Smiths in the traditional green, but also red and black.
Housed in an 1870’s-era building, The Paris Market, which has been featured in Martha Stewart, Vogue, Goop, and Southern Living, is exactly what the name describes. It feels so Parisian that of course, they have a small cafe that serves macarons and coffee.
According to its website, the owners travel the world, “to source unique and fantastical pieces, both big and small, modern and antique: from hand-crafted jewelry and accessories to custom-made lighting, French-milled soaps to hard-to-come-by kitchen tools.”
I first discovered Emily McCarthy when I received a wonderful monogrammed cheeseboard as a wedding gift. I loved it so much that I looked up this store it had come from. Emily McCarthy offers a huge selection of monogrammed items, as well as cute hostess gifts, holiday entertaining accessories, and clothes.
I’m putting Byrd’s Famous Cookies in the shopping category rather than the “eat and drink” because its stores are so fun. They have a cookie bar where you can try all of their cookies.
And their cookies are good. Like, really good. Like, there’s a reason they’ve been around since 1924.
They’re miniature in size but have a huge taste. And a ton of flavors from key lime to chocolate chip, and even savory flavors. Byrd’s has several locations around the city – I highly encourage you to check them out.
I hope this has given you some great places to start as you explore the Savannah boutique scene. And I just know that you’ll enjoy it as much as we did.
Have you spent time in Savannah and know some additional stores we should mention? Comment below!