There isn't really anything to do on Jones St., but it's my favorite scenic route through the city. Known as the most popular street in town for real estate, most of these townhomes look similar from the exterior, but are famous for their extravagantly decorated interiors. From the east side of Savannah to the west, lots of fantastic restaurants and shops are located at Jones and its cross-streets. Plus it's shady enough to provide some cool while walking through the sweltering summer!
Easily accessed from the aforementioned Jones Street and Whitaker, Number Four Eleven is my favorite place in Savannah because it's where I work! I might be biased, but I'm pretty sure this store is owned by the two most wonderful women in Savannah who also have the best taste! I've learned so much while working at the shop, and it's been one of the best jobs I've ever had! Not to mention all the goods I've snagged: custom monogrammed table linens, kaarskoker candle sleeves, a cute burlap tote, amazing earrings, a john robshaw quilt, beautiful scarves, and some gorgeous lamps! WINNER!
On the topic of shopping, Savannah is extra-special enough to have it's very own Marc by Marc Jacobs store in the retail epicenter of Broughton Street. I was intimidated to go inside, for fear of falling in love with things that were a million dollars a piece, but one day Collin and I ventured in and I was pleasantly surprised. While there were definitely some amazing dresses with impressive price tags, there were lots of unique accessories at perfectly reasonable prices. In this next picture you can see a wall of rain boots - I bought the ones on the bottom in orange and yellow. So excited for nasty winter weather with my rubber Marc boots!
Obviously, I have a thing for bees, but most everyone falls in love with this charming shop just a few doors down Broughton Street from Marc Jacobs. Savannah Bee Company was opened officially in 2002 after four years of 'buzz' (pardon the pun) around town about Ted Dennard's fabulous local honey. Everything about Savannah Bee Co. is centered around a true love and respect for bees and their fruitfulness. You can taste the newest seasonal honeys at the honey bar, and even learn about bees and their amazing creation in a giant bee hive inside the store! If you know me, you know that I've spent lots of time cuddled inside this hive watching the educational bee videos. I'm a total child/dork about things like bees (and the planets).
My favorite product is the Beeswax Hand Cream. It has a thick, silky texture and a subtle natural beeswax scent. The store is full of treasures, all bee and wax related. Even honeyed coffee and encaustic beeswax for artists!
Now, on to more food! Harris Baking Co. at Drayton and Liberty is my favorite fix for breakfast and always a great lunch. They offer a great selection of made-to-order breakfast sandwiches and pastries, and it's a good place to go for a seated morning with friends or family. They also have a great Soup/Salad/Sweet deal for lunch which includes generous portions of their Regency salad, French Onion soup, bread pudding (which I always substitute out for doughnut holes, haha), and bread with garlic-cheese spread. Whenever I'm particularly hungry at work, I choose Harris Bakery for a lunch that's filling but not sickeningly so. Not to mention that the Harris family has been serving Savannah for fifty years and are exceptionally friendly!
(I didn't take this picture. I was too hungry to remember my camera.)
Just a little way down Drayton Street is another serious gem - Zunzi's South African inspired take out. There is absolutely no place to stand at Zunzi's... I usually phone in my orders and then drive by, when their phone is working. Needless to say, the husband-and-wife team is usually too busy for their own good making the best sandwiches in Savannah. The most popular? The Conquistador. I watch the guy slice up a roasted breast of chicken and then drown it in a heavenly and tangy 'special sauce.' It's basically incredible.
And now... the BEST for last. Back in the Day Bakery is probably my most favorite place in the world. Everything at the bakery is made from scratch... even the sprinkles. The decor is that cutesy pastel retro girly thing - does that have a name? Very Betsey Johnson. The girls who work there are always clad in floral dresses and ruffled aprons.
But the food. Oh my. No matter what I think I'll get when I buy a pastry or a cookie or a cupcake - it's always three hundred times better than I thought. My favorites are the Cinnamon Biscone, the Blueberry Muffin... but all fade in comparison to the Saturday morning Cinnamon Bun. Doughy and thick, coated in butter and caramel and then topped with cream cheese frosting (oh my goodness):
So there's my recap of Savannah. Even typing out this post made me a little sad to leave, but excited to return on visits and come back to my favorite places! Definitely try out my recommendations and let me know if you feel the same way!