This delightful antiques and interiors store mixes vintage pieces with new designs to stylish effect. Owner Phillip Hunter has a well-trained eye for good design and an appreciation for the Savannah pace of life that is evidenced in how comfortable he makes his visitors feel about lingering. Glass lamps, wire chandeliers, artistic vases and carved-bone creatures add an at-home atmosphere to the furniture displays. On the second floor are more small rooms filled with tables, mirrors, chests and fabric samples.
Arthur Smith Antiques
One of the oldest and most respected antiques dealers in the region, Arthur Smith, Jr., established an impeccable reputation in his almost fifty years of selling. He died in 2008, but his family has kept his store on Bull Street running. A source for serious collectors and curators, it offers decorative pieces, rugs, china and furniture of the highest quality. You may find an 18th-century burl-walnut chest with carved Corinthian corners or a rare Minton mourning service made to commemorate the death of Prince Albert in the late 19th century.
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Owner Tara Kirkland has her finger on the pulse of teen fashion and displays it with verve in her little shop in the Design District. She sells supersoft T-shirts that are eco-friendly, costume jewelry, hip sunglasses and trendy shoes and bags. It’s all slouchy, sexy and flirty, like a teen's closet, which is what the boutique resembles.
E. Shaver Bookseller
Considered the best bookstore in Savannah, Shaver’s stands on stately Madison Square. Its vast collection of tomes is artfully arranged in a series of small rooms, with separate ones devoted to antique maps, cooking, art, history, fiction, paperbacks and children’s works. The owners clearly love books and book lovers, and the atmosphere will remind you of favorite neighborhood bookstores of the past.
James Hogan designs ready-to-wear and couture lines inspired by such style icons as Grace Kelly and Jackie O. His boutique in the Design District sells both his collections as well as those by international designers who share his classic sensibility, like Etro.
This stationery shop next to Circa Lighting sells many lines of fine paper products, including Vera Wang, Crane and Lilly Pulitzer. Visitors, though, will especially appreciate its large collection of humorous cards and cocktail napkins with wicked sayings.
Mercer House Carriage Shop
The museum shop of the Mercer Williams House sells tickets for tours of the house made famous in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, where Jim Williams’ sister still lives, as well as a perky collection of housewares and clothing. The buyer, who is based in Atlanta, clearly has a predilection for the beach and preppy colors, but you can find some cute resort clothes, hostess gifts and knickknacks.
One Fish Two Fish
This lovely store stocks housewares, furniture (mainly new but some vintage), linens, books, pajamas, pillows and jewelry divided among appropriately themed rooms: a mini-library and office lined with books, a bedroom with linens and throws and a living area seemingly plucked from a Ralph Lauren–designed beach house. Among the treasures displayed are Roberta Freymann quilts, Diptyque candles, Barbara Barry guest soaps, Dash & Albert rugs and creative fashion jewelry.
The unifying theme of this magical emporium of old and new treasures may be nothing more than what the name implies: a love of Paris and flea markets. There’s a cabinet of curiosities that includes starfish, blowfish and butterflies, a table piled with beautifully packaged soaps and another groaning under stacks of great coffee-table books. In one corner stands a case of candy jars, in another displays of whimsical jewelry. The main floor has an old-fashioned zinc bar where customers can buy coffee or a cool drink, like water flavored with fresh watermelon and mint. Downstairs, a garden room displays hats, tools, vases, urns, lanterns; metal chairs hang from the ceiling. Another area is arranged like a dining room, with a massive country table, antlers on the wall and piles of white china. Other decorative delights include old leather rugby balls, antique suitcases, baskets and boccie balls.
Savannah Bee Company
Featured in the New York Times for its wonderful artisanal honeys, the Savannah Bee Company has now expanded throughout the city. (The West Broughton location is its flagship store.) You’ll find several signature honeys, which also sweeten the drinks served at the in-store Honey Bar. A children’s zone in the shape of a beehive is filled with bee toys and books to entertain little ones while their parents browse. You’ll also find such bee-related products as beeswax hand cream, honey body wash and royal jelly body butter. All are also available online.
On the ground floor level of the original SCAD building, a former armory, this boutique sells arts and crafts made by SCAD students, professors and the university’s Working Class Studio—an eclectic collection of everything from whimsical patchwork dresses, handmade soaps, flamboyant pillows and knit fashions to one-of-a-kind beaded and gold jewelry and unusual baby gifts (a bib with a bar code). Paintings, photographs and prints that hang on the walls range from as little as $25 for a whimsical dog print to several thousands dollars for a mixed-media landscape. (It is also possible to visit the paintings building, where a regularly rotated selection of undergraduate and graduate works are available for purchase.) Twice a year SCAD hosts a studio-night open-house art fair that has become a regional cultural highlight, drawing people from Atlanta to view students’ works and visit their studios.
Southern Charm Antiques
Having been a collector for some time, dealer Gregory Richards started some thirty years ago bringing his finds to fairs. His business has since grown steadily. He no longer does fairs, and instead offers his treasures in this shop on Bull Street and online. While Richards specializes in American crystal and porcelain, his stock now includes fine pieces from Europe and Asia. He has also added small furniture, silver, books and prints. You might pick up a set of eight tall-stem crystal wine glasses engraved with grapes for a few hundred dollars or a set of Limoges dessert plates from the late 19th century for the same price.
The Book Lady
A Savannah institution now run by a protégé of the original owner, the Book Lady sells gently used and rare books, with a focus on regional fiction and historical titles.
This is the place to come if you are interested in antique maps or prints. The collection of Southern maps is first-rate, of course, but many other regions are represented. You’ll also find charming prints and antique books that the owner has amassed from old family collections.