Savvy Savannah Tours founders Rebecca King and Cyndie Parmerter pinpointed a problem with local tours: guests’ lack of connection to the content. Determined to bridge the gap between guides’ narratives and visitors’ imaginations without connecting their brains via electrodes, they designed a new brand of walking tour that sometimes incorporates interactive technology. The Scenes of Savannah Past guides are outfitted with iPads that display retro pictures of Savannah as they pass the locales in modern day. But other tours, such as the culinary Eat it and Like it or beer-tasting Savannah Suds, let the southern flavor of the city speak for itself.
At Bonnie Blue Walking Tours of Savannah, lifelong Savannah resident and licensed tour guide Bonnie leads tourists and curious residents through the streets and squares of her hometown on fully customized walking tours. The knowledgeable local employs her extensive knowledge of history, as well as her love for her home city, to entertain and inform patrons during historical walks and spooky ghost tours.
The six women who perform hair, makeup, and wardrobe styling for FashionShots are truly an elite team: among them, their work has been featured in Vogue, on E!, at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, and in Modern Salon magazine. Their impressive skill enables them to work on a variety of projects, from senior photos and boudoir shoots to headshots for aspiring models and commercial work.
Whatever the project, the complete hair-makeup-and-wardrobe experience is designed to make each client feel like a model for a day. Subjects will prep for their shoot by reviewing a Mood Board, an email from the photographer with suggestions for outfits, hair styles, and makeup. The day of, clients bring in 3-5 complete outfits, and will then be coached through the shoot by a photographer who is also a former model. Afterward, subjects will go through the images with the photographer, selecting their favorites for complete retouching and printing.
HandPicked's bauble boutiques brandish original, elegant adornments and sterling-silver jewelry handcrafted by artisans from around the world. HandPicked originals such as the Tiny Twinklers studs ($12) grant wishes for lonely lobes, and bare wrists find themselves encased in the turquoise globes of the For The Nurturing Center bracelet ($32), which pleases its parents by donating a percentage of proceeds to its namesake, a local therapeutic treatment center for child abuse.
Those who step into FORM's crimson and brick interior find savory treats; the three owners, Brian Torres, Claude Auerbach, and Jimmy Kleinschmidt, familiarize patrons with 60 cheeses. Among them are Sweetgrass Dairy green hill, three-and-a-half year old Boerenkaas gouda, chevres with cloudlike white rinds, and Parmigiano Reggiano, all of which pair with charcuterie such as wild-boar sausage or prosciutto from the celebrated artisans at La Quercia.
More than 400 wines, including organic offerings, stand in glassy ranks, their colorful labels hinting at wisps of oak, sprays of fruit, and lacelike bubbles and more than 200 of these wines are under $20. FORM also offers an exciting collection of gourmet foods to-go, which include house meatloaf with a rosemary gravy, roasted salmon with wasabi and ginger aoili, and quinoa salad with roasted vegetables and balsamic vinaigrette.
The screen-printing sultans at Celebritees have concocted a trio of T-shirt designs to help dress green-minded revelers for Savannah's 2011 St. Patrick's Day festivities. Declare your love of all things sudsy and shamrocked by donning a light green tee with a screen-printed six-pack of sweet shamrock soda and the slogan "Add fizz to your St. Patty's Day!" or show your support for colors with proper names by choosing between two Kelly green options—a classic four-leaf clover decal with the date "March 17th" printed on the back or a collection of festive cups advertising "Savannah's St. Patrick's Day Shenanigans.” Tees are available in sizes small through extra large. Buyers should call or email firstname.lastname@example.org with their desired size and design, and allow three business days for shipping.