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.
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.
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 re-create the restaurant’s fried chicken or season their bathwater.
As a kid, Shannon Scott wasn’t interested in Disney World; he wanted to vacation in Colonial Williamsburg. He had an unabashed love and voracious appetite for history, preferring the drama of true stories to that of fairytales. Since 1995, he has translated that passion into a viable career sharing the rich history and lore of Savannah.
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.
Savannah Pet Sitters owner and operator Erica Deeb personally tends to pets in the homes of absent owners, and is fully trained to dispense first aid, CPR, and love to your beastly best friend. Erica’s services free up to three critters from the stress of an owner's absence with comprehensive care. The dog-sitting service ($25/day for one household) includes providing pooches food and water, two daily bathroom breaks, one 30-minute walk, and any needed medication. The cat-sitting service ($12/day) includes granting felines food and water, litter-box cleaning, and any needed medication.