Try as they might, home brewers cannot transform barley and hops into bubbly craft brews with the flick of a switch or a hearty whistle. For tools, equipment, and advice, brewers congregate at the Savannah Home Brew Shop, where they can sniff and sample specialty grains, yeast, and malts from Crosby & Baker. Students stock up on shiny new brewing equipment from Foxx while scouring available brewing books and magazines for the up-to-date trends and tips. The staff at Savannah Home Brew Shop can guide novices through their first fermented steps with home-brewing kits, as well as starter kits and supplies for wine makers. Seasoned brewers load up on brand-name liquid or dry yeasts, and hoist bulk bags of dry grain on their shoulders as they try to outrun the sprightly Saint Paulie girl that just stole their stein.
As a child, storyteller and researcher Shannon Scott preferred colonial Williamsburg over Disney World. That preference hasn't changed, but it may have taken a darker turn. Today, he leads private and group tours through some of Savannah's oldest and most haunted sites, his favorite being Bonaventure Cemetery. Here, he relays spine-tingling tales of murder, betrayal, and bootleggers while describing the many gravestone symbols and burial traditions you may come across. These stories and their spooky undercurrents are more than a hobby for Scott. He's racked up production and story credits for his work on Scariest Places on Earth, FEAR, and Ghost Hunters.
Watson’s Seafood hosts a stocked marketplace of fresh, seasonal fish and crustaceans for customers to purchase raw and cook at home or for fry-cooks to prepare in-house. Taste the Caribbean seas with a pound of fresh conch meats ($10.99) or exercise jaw muscles by gnawing on the shell of a medium male crab ($16). Fish fryers prepare succulent shrimp in either a mild or tongue-scorching variety ($8.99 per pound) and enlist tender crabmeat to jump into a seasoned low-country boil. Although Watson’s does not have seating on-site, customers may purchase fresh made meals, such as a duo of fried tilapia pieces and french fries ($3.99), to eat in the comfort of their own home or neighbor’s bathtub.
Certified massage therapist and licensed nurse Sandi James deeply believes that continual self-awareness and self-nurturing are essential to living a balanced life. She uses her experience in massage and reflexology to help clients achieve this balance, along with decreasing anxiety. To supplement the holistic side of her practice she offers several beauty treatments, such as eyelash extensions, to give clients the confidence to blink repetitively in front of a handsome toll collector.
Sisters of the New South flaunts its Southern heritage with a menu that highlights fried chicken, collard greens, and other soul-food staples. The restaurant lives by the motto ?real southern cooking,? and its chefs take pride in preparing each dish with the same care that their mothers would have used. Sisters even sells its unique blend of spices through an online store so that customers can recreate the restaurant?s fried chicken or season their bathwater.
The Fitness Club’s 24-hour access card unlocks the gym floor at any hour, allowing patrons to work out regardless of a tight or nontraditional schedule. The sprawling space houses elliptical trainers, treadmills, and recumbent bikes, as well as Nautilus weight-training machinery and free weights. During staffed hours, exercisers can enlist in personal training or a group fitness session in such disciplines as yoga, Zumba, or silver class, a workout tailored to seniors. Afterward, they can head to the locker rooms, which house showers, or diffuse muscular tension amid the club’s dry sauna.