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FIFTY COMPANIES CELEBRATING SUCCESS

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BEAUTY & THE BEES:

MODEL SAVANNAH CHRISTINE AND THE WILMINGTON ISLAND WILDFLOWER BEEHIVE OF THE SAVANNAH BEE CO.

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Features

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50 GREATEST MOMENTS A look back on the greatest moments of South's eight years.

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Billion dollar fitness swan overcomes obstacles.

America's fir t couple of hospitality settles down in Savannah.

Jamie and Bobby Deen re-boot the family business.

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WHO IS FORBES RILEY?

HOME AT LAST

THE LADY'S SONS

50 COMPANIES CELEBRATING SUCCESS

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Contents

CHIT CHATS 32 CLUB SOUTH

GO SOUTH 180 HIT THE ROAD

34 SLANG Emily Bargeron of Mamie Ruth

DINE SOUTH 194 SALTED & STYLED

St. Baldrick's Day, Tybee Ballroom Party, The Art of Great Fashion

36 HIGH COTTON Savannah Bee's Ted Dennard 38 IN THE STUDIO Metal artist Shelley Smith 40 SOUTHERN STYLE Pawley's Island Hammocks celebrates its 125th anniversary 42 TRUE SOUTH Backyard chicken farming 44 CULTURED The Accomplices, Save the Date with Mary Kay Andrews 46 SOUTHERN ADVENTURE Stand up paddle surfin

STYLE SOUTH 96 BEAUTY GUIDE A hint of gold

98 FABULOUS FEMALES Eight of the region's fabulous females in their 50s 106 STARS OF THE SOUTH The results are in for the 2014 hottest singles and greatest moms and dads

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Our best places to eat, play, stay, and shop in Atlanta and down the Coastal South

Libbie Summers and Chia Cong 196 SOUTHERN SIPPIN' Savannah Bourbon Company 198 SMALL BITES Roberto Leoci's Pacci and other new hotspots in town

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PLAY SOUTH 212 MUD, SWEAT & CHEERS The 2014 JCB Mud Run 213 BEST FESTS

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214 EVENTS CALENDAR 222 SCENES OF THE SOUTH Tourism Awards and Scholarship Dinner, Diamond Ball, Telfair's Marilyn exhibition opening, Pete Liakakis Roast 226 MOUTH OF THE SOUTH Something to Crow About! Why South's totem is the Rooster; exploring its symolism and impact on culture.

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PUBLISHER’S LETTER

TIME TO RE-BRAND. “You re-branded yourself,” he said. “I barely recognized you.” He was a guy that I see in the gym quite of ten. We rarely speak. I guess my new “brand” was reason enough to strike up a conversation. The fact that my new look—a shaved head in honor St. Baldrick’s Day—was never intended to be a personal branding statement didn’t matter. I was really warming up to my leaner, meaner image. Hair is highly overrated. The happy truth is that aside from my shorn locks (skillfully done by Rob Horton of Rob’s Salon), the entire South crew, dubbed South Baldzine, re-branded the same way and raised over $10,000 f or the f ight against pediatric cancer. Even my wif e f orsook her lovely Publisher, Michael Brooks and wife Frankie "re-branded" by Rob Horton tresses to join us chrome-domes (se e page 28). A strange-but-happy day. It was such a simple and seemingly insignificant gesture. But it meant a lot to St. Baldrick’s goals and its staff, lead by Dr. Yael Elfassy, who, you may recall, graced our January cover with an immaculately buffed scalp. We owed her one. And, of course, the kids always deserve our support. But as I was standing there in the gym, I was thinking of me. I was reminded of how simple changes can make large and far-reaching waves. It was already working for me. People took notice. They looked closely, as if they were seeing a new side of me. It was time to do the same for South. Just like an old hairstyle, our design, look and feel had grown on me. It was comfortable and familiar. We knew how it to keep it neatly groomed. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, for many businesses, it’s a very good thing. But not for us. Much of our mission involves reinvention and reinterpretation. Worse, others in our region were starting to look and feel a lot like us. It was time to do some of that re-stuff. Quick. So, as promised in our last issue, we have been hard at work tearing down the last eight years of design and rebuilding a fresh new magazine in its place just in time for our 50th issue. And this time we have a secret ingredient. Nope, we’re not telling. The Colonel keeps his formula a secret, and we love and revere the Colonel and his tasty chicken. What we can tell you is that we think you won’t be able to put this issue down; whether or not you can work out why is not important. You’ll never know how much heart, soul and downright hard work went into the pages of this issue, but we know you’ll feel it. Just relax, kick back and enjoy the changes, the fresh perspective, and the wonderful unfamiliarity of it all; sort of like I’m doing with my head. Many thanks, God Bless & Keep Reading.

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ABOUT THE COVERS

Beauty and the Bees: Our 50th cover was art directed by Michael Brooks and photographed by Jabberpics. Model, Savannah Christine was wearing a top from Villa and a bee necklace by Shelly Smith. Location was at the Savannah Bee Company headquarters. The bees are the makers of wildfl wer honey, aka Southern gold.

Commemorative Edition: This special edition cover had a limited run of only one thousand copies. Designed by Tom White, this cover is one you will want to get your hands on! The symbol of the bee and honey sticks appear throughout the design, signifying our goldenanniversary issue.

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EDITOR’S LETTER

publisher/creative director Michael Brooks

I HEARD THAT fifty is the new thirty. It sure feels like it! The number is a resonant milestone, shimmering with a golden glow, and there is a confidence that comes with having survived fifty of anything. Although I have not been here for all 50 issues of the magazine, this anniversary gave me the opportunity to carefully peruse all 50 issues and to reach out to others in order to identify our 50 greatest moments. Retrospective aside, this issue contains rich new content about the arts, business, Southern lifestyle, and travel. As we expand our readership in the triad region between Atlanta, Charleston, and Jacksonville with a concentration on the Coastal South, our Savannah base remains strongly rooted. Paula with Robin Greco and Jenny Gentry Being a woman "of a certain age" myself, it was a great experience to work with a distinguished group of "real" women of Savannah in their 50s who appear in our fashion spread. They feel freer and more confident than ever and were willing to speak their minds as never before. Each is celebrating life a little more each day and we were happy to join in! Paula Deen’s sons, Jamie and Bobby, best embody the region’s rich commerce, creativity, resilience, and friendly nature. The "Sons" graciously opened themselves up in an interview about their 25th anniversary milestone, and their plans f or the f uture. This silver-lining story touches on everything that is great about the South: food, family, loyalty, faith, and charity. It is truly heartwarming to get to know a family who has pulled through so much together. From rags to riches to persecution and resurrection, this is one of the great American comeback stories with much cause for celebration. We encourage you all to celebrate either living in or visiting the Coastal South with our travel section, which you can count on for every issue. The style of the South is something people emulate the world over. We not only take you on the road, but also into some of the region’s most elegant private homes. Karen and Ted Kleisner opened up their spectacular historic home in Savannah to us. It is hard to believe they decorated it themselves, but they truly know how to live with things they love and have created a home where their family at the center. Summertime in the South is sweet and sultry. Take it in slowly, and let it work its magic on you!

–Paula S. Fogarty, Editor

editor Paula S . Fogarty art director Aaron B ernstein advertising art director Kim Kuprijanow circulation and financial manager Ivy Bevill account executive Katie Pollock web editor Mary Z immer contributing art director Hector Sanchez, Tom White contributing editor Janice S hay copy editor Cameron Spencer editorial assistant Audrey L atimer beauty editor Lady K atherine Taylor contributing writers Clark B yron, E lizabeth D anos, S injin Hilaski, L auren Hunsberger, M arna Ashburn-Krajeski, A udrey L atimer contributing photographers Jabberpics, John Alexander, Alexandra Arnold, Ashley Bauman, Kim Branagan, Bailey Davidson, Chia Chong, Judy Duffy, Andrew Forino, Colin Gray, Christine Hall, Jay Hooker, Angela Hopper-Lee, Geoff Johnson, Nikki Krecicki, Anthony Neste, Mallory Prevatt, Kelly Roetto, Pablo Serrano, Cedric Smith, Travis Teate, Zoe Christou Welsh editorial intern E lizabeth D anos art intern Mallory P revatt south mag a zin e i s p ubl ish ed b imon t h l y b y b a d in k , b r o ok s a dv er t ising d esig n, i nc . r epr od uc t ion by a n y me a ns of t h e w hol e or p a r t of b a d i n k wit hout w r it t en p er mission f r om t h e p ubl ish er is p r oh ibit ed. v ie ws e x pr essed i n t h e e dit or ia l pag es d o n o t i mpl y o ur e n dor semen t . w e w el c ome your p r od uc t n e ws. i nc l ude p r ic es, pho t os a n d dig it a l f il es w it h y our p r ess r el e a se. pl e a se f or wa r d p r od uc t s a mpl es a n d m edia k it s t o r ev ie ws ed ito r , south mag a zin e, 1 1 6 bul l s t r eet , s ava nna h , g eor g ia 3 1401 . w e c a n no t b e r espon sibl e f or unsol ic it ed p r od uc t s a mpl es. s ubsc r ipt ion r at es: u. s.: $19 for one year; $28 for two years; s ing l e c opies: $ 4.95. c h a ng e of a ddr ess n o t ic e: s ix t o e ig h t week s p r ior t o mov ing , pl e a se c l ip t h e m a il ing l a bel f r om t h e most r ec en t i ssue a n d s en d i t a l on g w it h y our n e w a ddr ess t o: south mag a zin e, c h a ng e of a ddr ess n o t ic e, 1 1 6 bul l s t r eet , s ava nna h , g a 3 1401 , a t t n: c ir c ul at ion

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CONTRIBUTORS

ELIZABETH DANOS

ASHLEY BORDERS Ashley Borders is an international entrepreneur who started and owns two fashion companies; the first she started at age 16. While working for multinational firms abroad, Ashley has lived in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Germany, Italy, Scotland, United Kingdom, and China. She has dressed celebrities from Kate Middleton to Melanie Griffith to Tom Cruise and worked the catwalks of Haute Couture in Europe and USA. In addition, she has spent several years as a costumer for television and feature fi ms. Borders also has founded the Bedouin Charity which teaches and encourages work skills and training for women in developing countries. She now contributes her talent and style insights to South through wardrobe styling and industry editorials. See Ashley's work in "Fabulous Females in their 50s" on page 98.

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Liz has grown up in Savannah; she loves it so much that she can't seem to bring herself to leave. She is a senior at Armstrong State University, studying English Communications. She is a lover of fashion and words, and is constantly looking for ways to combine the two. When Liz isn’t writing, she enjoys riding her single speed and having boat days with her puppy, Hampton. Read Liz's work in "Fabulous Females in their 50s" on page 98.

JOHN ALEXANDER

Originally from Columbia Maryland, John studied at UMBC and completed a BA in Graphic Design in 1998. He has photographed for many of Savannah’s most prestigious businesses, including Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, Efacec, Savannah International Trade and Convention Center and has been a regular contributor for South magazine since 2010. See Lauren's work in "50 Companies Celebrating Success" on page 116.

ANTHONY NESTE

Anthony has worked as a freelance photographer since the 70s, shooting for clients such as Sport Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and H.B.O., among others. With 30+ years of experience under his belt, he now enjoys shooting fashion and glamour around the country. Anthony runs private and group workshops in Flagler Beach, Florida. See Anthony's work in "Who Is Forbes Riley?" on page 49 and Go South on page 180.

LAUREN HUNSBERGER

Lauren Hunsberger is a writer and editor who was born and raised in the Southeast, but eventually found her way to the Northwest. She still visits the beautiful beaches and quirky people of Savannah regularly, but these days is more often found exploring and writing about the mountains of Seattle. Lauren is a former Manager Editor of South. See Lauren's work in "Shooting Black, White, and Gray" on page 90.

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ChitChats

CLUB SOUTH SLANG HIGH COTTON IN THE STUDIO SOUTHERN STYLE TRUE SOUTH CULTURED ADVENTURE

RECLAIM YOUR ROOTS Welcome to the new South! Our Chit Chat section brings you information about innovation and cutting-edge lifestyle and business developments in the Coastal South. We are happy to introduce you to some of the regions prominent artists and leaders. Artist Shelley Smith, maker of the fashion in this image. fuses oldschool Southern style with contemporary metal-smithing. See page 38. Savannah Bee Company Founder and President, Ted Dennard, shares his leadershhip practices. See page 36. The Accomplices are a hot new band creating "The New Savannah Sound." They discuss the emerging new sound of Savannah with us. See page 44.

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CLUB SOUTH

ST. BALDRICK'S DAY This past March, St. Baldrick’s held a fundraising event for children with cancer in City Market. Well over one hundred people came out and shave d the ir heads to support the cause. Over $70,000 we re raise d, which completely surpassed the goal of $30,000. Top participants were David Moze r, Micah Rie gne r, and Morgan Webb. Top teams were Team Warriors for William (raising over $18,000!), Team The Life Shave rs, and South Baldazine (that’s us!). Our very own Michael Brooks and Mary Zimmer shaved their heads for our cause . The e ve nt was a huge success, to say the least.

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TYBEE BALLROOM PARTY

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This past March, South magazine held our travel and adventure issue release party at the Tybee Island Wedding Chapel on the ope ning night of the Grand Ballroom. Food vendors included Thrive, Cape Creations, Paul Kennedy Catering, Savannah Event Catering, Elizabeth’s on 37th, and Gigi’s Cupcakes. The night was a huge success and an absolute blast, from the cupcakes to the company. Hosts Stacye and Lannie Jarre ll also ope rate Oce anfront Cottage Rentals with the most luxurious rental properties on the island, so you can live like a native after your events! The Tybee Wedding Chapel and Ballroom is located minutes from Tybee beach and a quick ride from downtown Savannah. The perfect place to host your next event–we certainly enjoyed ours!

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MARC JACOBS AT THE JEPSON The Te lfairs’ Je pson Ce nte r hosted the extravagant Art of Gre at Fashion e ve nt honoring the American icons Marc Jacobs and Marilyn Monroe . The new interactive show featured models (courtesy of Halo Mode ls and Tale nt) standing on the grand staircase of the Jepson Center as professional fashion photographers staged fashion shoots in and around the galle rie s. The crowd was one of the most diverse and included distinguished members of the Telfair Academy Guild, students, and members of the arts and business communities. 1. Cora Bett Thomas and Denise Regan 2. June and Derrell Ray 3. Josh Poole, Ruel Joyner, Meredith Gray, and Jon Peters 4. Alice and Bob Jepson 5. Micah Bunn, Billy Zerillo, Adam Intrator 6. Emily and Rob Horton

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SLANG / FROM A SASSY SOUTHERNER

“Slap Me Some Skin” EMILY BARGERON is Southern, through and through–so much so that she had to Google "Southern slang’" because it is so much a part of her vocabulary. From the small one-light town of Louisville, Georgia, south of Augusta, Emily has tapped a vein in Southern culture with her spin on bohemian fashion. Her clothing

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company, Mamie Ruth, is named after her beloved grandmother who had her own quirky set of expressions such as “over yonder,” which really means nowhere at all, just go figure it out. Emily loves “Slap me some skin,” because she is a nouveaux-hippie chick, and this bit of slang is all about showing people some love.

Emily cites her grandmother as her inspiration for fashion design and remembers, “Playing in her jewelry and button boxes with feathers and pins and playing dress-up in her outfit .” A graduate of Georgia Southern’s fashion design program, Emily debuted at Charleston’s Fashion Week in 2009. With her design studio in

Savannah, 50 retail outlets represent her collections, and she attends the trade shows in New York, Atlanta, Miami, and Los Angeles. She is also a lover of music and attends the Coachella Music Festival and will be going to Bonnaroo as well. Emily described her decidedly southern take on bohemian style as being rooted in the free use of color, pattern, and whimsy. “I remember being in New York City with a bunch of Georgia Southern students, and people asking us where we were from. We MAMIE didn’t get how LOCATIONS different we CHARLESTON were then. We Li Brunettes, 616 Long Point were dressed in Rd #C lots of colors, (843) 881-2636 shorts, hats, SAVANNAH and flip flop Custard, while they were 422 Whitaker St all in gray and (912) 232-4733 black and earth J Paige, 1070 Custard RD tones,” she (912) 897-1525 explained. She says the JACKSONVILLE Southern take Sidney Cardel's, 412 second st S on bohemian (904) 372-4000 style is so much "cooler’"because “the climate makes us wear lighter, more colorful things. And we have ridiculously Southern patterns like seersucker with little animals on it, and we stick out like a sore thumb. But it is a beautiful thumb.” One of Emily’s greatest senses of accomplishment is giving people the confidence to wear bold colors and patterns. Wearing headbands and headdresses is Emily’s best advice for a bad hair day. She said, “At least you are rocking the bad hair!” She combines feathers, velvet, and other patterns for her branded headwear, and for complimentary accessories, Emily has partnered with Savannah-based Satchel for handbags, and Mary Liz for jewelry. Check out her new collections, trunk shows, and "slap her some skin" at mamieruth.com. n

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HIGH COTTON / SOUTHERN LEADERS TELL ALL

Busy as a Bee! Savannah Bee Company Founder and President Ted Dennard

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ED DENNARD is the visionary founder of what is now becoming a global brand with a wide range of honey-based products from honeys and Meade to bath and body products. He shared his thoughts on corporate leadership, marketing, and product development that have made the Savannah Bee Company a success. His passion for giving back with his non-profi organization The Bee Cause Project is commendable.

THE BRIEF 500 SAVANAH BEE COMPANY BY THE NUMBERS

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JUST BEE CAUSE JUST BEE CAUSE

"Last year I created The Bee Cause Project, a non-profi organization dedicated to raising a generation that understands, loves and protects honeybees. Our mission is to install observation beehives in 1,000 schools. We have installed 25 to date and should be closer to 50 by year's-end. It may be the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. To see those children light up when the hive is unveiled is so great I can’t stand it!"

BALANCING ACT

ON LEADERSHIP "My leadership style is more like a queen bee (there is no king bee). While set up as the titular leader, the real work is done by everyone else. I put in about 55 hours or more a week, and a queen bee can lay up to 3,000 eggs a day, but mostly I inspire the company to believe our dreams can be reached. Formally we have a bottom-up leadership style with a healthy dose of top-down when called for.

NUTS AND BOLTS

CREATING A CORPORATE CULTURE "I strive to create a healthy, happy place where everyone is glad to come to work. I’m not so naive as to think we get it right all the time, but I look around and see people laughing and seemingly glad to be here. It isn’t often we have someone quit. Like my queen bee analogy, she [the leader] sets the tone and the mood of the hive. Sometimes I feel like my most important job is just being available,

appreciative of what each person is doing and making sure they have what they need to be successful. Not to mention I am hopelessly optimistic and truly believe that we can do anything!

MOTIVATING PEOPLE "For the most part, everyone here is fire up to get us to our goals, and you need both of those to really make it work.They have heart in it and are rewarded as they should be."

"I don’t feel like I balance life at home and work very well. I should be at work and at home twice as much as I am. Maybe that is balance? One of my personal goals is to spend more time alone to clear my head, like going surfing. his time helps me be a better father, husband, and leader."

ADVICE FOR START-UPS

"If you are going to do something, it’s more important to do something you are passionate about than to do something to make money. I didn’t mean to start this business; it just happened because I started doing something I believed in and was passionate about."

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

HIRING EXPERTS

ON MARKETING

"We are constantly developing new products. I want to produce and create healthy products based on what honeybees produce. Our strategy is pretty deliberate, with new products brought to market being the most logical to follow those already existing."

"Honestly, I am good at improving a process but am terrible at managing others to maintain a process. I have hired others who are great at this, especially my CEO, Gordon Matthews, who excels at process improvement and management."

"Marketing is everything you do, every point of contact with someone outside the company. Our customer service is pretty simple: Make them happy through kindness, helping them understand the bigger picture and generosity."

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True Grit The Art of Shelley Smith

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native of the Mississippi Delta, Shelley Smith harvests the raw grit of what she calls the dying old South to create her metal sculptures, jewelry, and decorative arts. Her primary material is the metal from 55-gallon oil drums that she forges into her unique creations. She recently returned to Savannah to create the bee-inspired necklace and edgy Southern Belle dress for this 50th issue. Shelly’s work is on the one hand masculine and industrial, yet on the other hand, it is feminine and fragile.

GOING OUT TO SEE ART

Delicate birds, roses, and bees counterbalance the machismo of the oil-drum steel, which Shelley pounds until it seems paperthin. The only finish is a clear coat after the objects are complete, and the only colors that are present are from the original drums themselves. Other metals such as chains and copper are introduced as enhancing elements. Of her work she states, “I tend to use materials associated with anything but beauty. I recycle 55-gallon oil drums, mostly decrepit, to create items that sometimes seem almost fragile, and yet I don’t try to make the pieces into something they are not. There is a still raw, primitive look to my work…a constant reminder of my Southern roots.” Shelley returned to Savannah after being away for over three years to make the dress, necklace and other items out of a space at Southern Pine Company. She was so inspired by being in a wood and furniture factory that she was compelled to make a bed and a chandelier. Shelley may have to stay here, or at least return often, to work out a new collection for the home. In any event, stay tuned! Her iconic cuff , magical headdresses, animal sculptures, and garden vases are available on her website at 55gallonstudio.com. n

HALSEY INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART AT THE COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON MAY 22 – JULY 12 The Insistent Image: Recurrent Motifs in the Art of Shepard Fairey and Jasper Johns features new work by Shepard Fairey and a survey of prints made between 1982 and 2012

by Jasper Johns at Universal Limited Art Editions. Fairey is commonly known for his graphic image of President Obama's initial campaign and his ubiquitous OBEY graphics. Johns is most widely known for his depictions of the American flag and argets in the mid twentieth century.

ART ON THE RISE

Savannah is full of bright young things that understand the importance of grassroots fundraising. The owners of Desotorow Gallery founded Art Rise Savannah. You may know them as the organizers of the popular First Friday Art March that takes us into the emerging gallery scene south of Gaston Street. Their unique new programs include fellowships for artist exhibitions and the Mobile Art Program with Non-Fiction Gallery that bring world-class artists to town for exhibits, lectures, and workshops. They recently brought in the only true "green" artist, Marshall Carbee, for this program! Collectors such as Bob Dylan and First Lady Laura Bush have collected Carbee’s work. Art Rise Savannah offers impo tant fellowships for visiting and local artists as well to exhibit their works in Savannah for extended periods. Visit artrisesavannah. org, nonfiction allery.com, and marshallcarbee.com.

Both artists share a passion for reusing graphic elements to find fres meanings through creative juxtapositions and associations. Often, they successfully transform the banal into the iconic. The works of each artist are displayed separately in order to emphasize their individuality.

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SOUTHERN STYLE / LOCAL PRODUCTS Ta l e n t H AY L E Y W ( R I S E M O D E L S ) S p e c i a l T h a n k s S TA C Y E JA R R E L L , O C E A N F R O N T C O T TA G E S

Just Swingin’ Pawley's Island Hammocks celebrates 125 years

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Nothing signals the fact that you are in the South and it is darn-well time to relax better than the sight of a hammock hanging on the porch or between a pair of trees. Since 1889, Pawley’s Island Rope Hammocks has set the standard for hammocks. Riverboat captain Joshua John Ward ferried rice around coastal Georgetown, South Carolina and was frustrated by sleeping on grass-filled mattresses that conducted too much heat. Sailors' hammocks were cramped and hard to get into and out of. Cap’n Josh set out to improve the situation by using ropes tied with large openings in a lattice-patterned weave for better circulation. The slats at each end made them easy to get into and out of, making the Pawley’s Island Hammock the most classical and comfortable, even today. pawleysislandhammocks.com

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2 LEOCI’S RASPBERRY JALAPENO JAM

Savannah culinary superstar Roberto Leoci brought home fir t place from the Taste of Georgia Show with his Leoci’s Raspberry and Jalapeno Jam. It is his most used packaged product on cheese boards, in desserts, and in salad dressings leocisfin foods.com

3 KISS MY Are your lips in need of refinement after a long winter or too much sun? Cari GRITS

Phelps, proprietor of Salacia Salts, makes Kiss My Grits lip scrub in Savannah with Georgia stone ground white corn grits, organic sugar, organic cocnut oil, pecan oil, Atlantic sea salt, and and vitamin E. You will want to use it daily for the best feeling and tasting lips! salaciasalts.com

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TRUE SOUTH / WHERE WE COME FROM

BOW WOW POW WOW

Backyard Chicken Farming

The trend of suburban chicken farming is on the rise in the South. Not only is it visually endearing but also good for your family and land. Here are five reasons you should consider owning your own chickens:

They make the perfect accessory for any contemporary Southern home.

No more buying eggs at the grocery store; these will be right outside your door and chemical free!

They will eat anything you give them. No more throwing leftovers into the trashcan; these things are like vacuums.

Chickens will fertilize your land. Once again, no more harmful chemicals!

Lane Huerta, owner and designer of Lovelane, is notorious in Savannah for her unique and stunning handmade designs. From pillows to tea towels, she is an extremely talented artist that is continually inspired by her life in Savannah. She even made a custom print of Mongo for us! Lane makes a huge effort to use recycled and eco-friendly products. Her showroom, Swamp Kitty, is located in the Starland District. lovelanedesigns.com.

If you decide to get a rooster, you won’t need that pesky alarm clock anymore!

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CONCERT PICKS

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hat do you get when you put a jazz cat, a rocker, a bluegrasser, and a funk man with Southern roots in a band? You get what people are calling the "New Savannah Sound." The Accomplices fuse blue grass, folk, funk, and American rock with a dose of psychedelia. Their recently released record, A Truck, a Train, an Old Dump Pile, is their second and was released in Svannah in May. Songs on the record represent the diversity of their work. “Blue” is a lovely mix of blue grass and folk, “Darlin’ Cory” throws out some trippy wa-wa sounds with haunting distant strings and a dobro slide guitar. "Into the Sun” is a dirgey little ditty that makes you want to dance in a golden field of wheat.

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For her 23rd novel, Save the Date, Mary Kay Andrews discovered the juicy plot on the streets of Savannah. We sat down with Andrews on one of her recent commutes between Atlanta and Savannah to ask her about the new book: SM: 23 novels in 23 years! How? MKA: It begins with the idea. I ask lots of “what ifs.” I chew on the idea for a while. I bounce the idea off my editor and agen . I write a synopsis, which can be one page or 15 to 16 pages. And then, I write.

What is this new sound? Guitarist Matt Eckstein (the rocker) explained that it is like Savannah's melting pot of cultures. Drummer Stan Ray (the funk man) likens their music not to a gumbo, but to a Lowcountry boil. Upright bass player Zach Smith (the jazz cat) explained that many places in the South, like Nashville and New Orleans, have their own distinctive sound. They claim that Savannah’s music scene died in the 1980s and it has been making a comeback over the past ten years. The emerging Savannah sound is a great mix of many sounds. “Savannah’s music scene is small but strong. We are a big part of the scene now, and that is what we love about it here. There is so much opportunity to make new sounds,” said Colleen Heine (the blue-grasser). They have a big following of "Super Fans." One, the intrepid Joe Mercer, weighed in about the band, "The Accomplices’ vast range spans all the way from a laid-back rootsy acoustic folk vibe to a full- on psychedelic face melting rock n' roll show." The music inspires dancing, and the band’s big message to Savannah is “It is okay to dance, Savannah! This ain’t Charleston!" For tours and records, visit: theaccomplicesband.com n

No matter what your taste in music might be, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! SAVANNAH

The Blues Brothers (June 14) 7:00 at Trustees (savannahboxoffic com) ATLANTA

Jack Johnson (June 3) 7:30 at Tabernacle (atlantaconcerts.net) Elvis Costello (June 19) Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (atlantaconcerts.net) Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (June 21) 8:00 at Chastain Park Amphitheatre (atlantaconcerts.net) CHARLESTON

Ray Lamontagne (July 16) 7:30 at North Charleston Performing Arts Center (northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com)

LeAnn Rimes (July 17) 6:30 at North Charleston Performing Arts Center (northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com) JACKSONVILLE

Andy Grammer (June 19) Freebird Café (jacksonvilleconcerts.net)

Dave Matthews Band (July 15) Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena (jacksonvilleconcerts.net) ST. AUGUSTINE

Boston (June 7) 7:30 at St. Augustine Amphitheatre (staugamp. sjcvenues.com/ index.aspx) Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson (July 31) 6:00 at St. Augustine Amphitheatre (staugamp. sjcvenues.com/ index.aspx)

SM: Do you think about the characters in your older novels? MKA: Once the book is handed in, edited, and revised, it’s time for a new set of characters, but I am fond of Weezie Foley, who loves to go junking, like I do. She’s been the main character in four of my novels. Book launch and signing: June 3, 4 p.m., Andaz Hotel, Savannah

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SOUTHERN ADVENTURE / EXPLORE, DISCOVER, ENJOY

FAST FACTS Nickname: SUP Pun: “What’s up?” Calories burned: 250 – 500 (per hour) Record set: In 2011, Alex Linnell was first to paddle surf the Mississippi River for 2,323 miles!

LET’S DO THIS! LEARN HOW: Charleston SUP Safaris Folly Beach, SC charlestonsupsafaris.com

East Coast Paddleboarding Tybee Island, GA eastcoastpaddleboarding.com

AOK Watersports Tybee Island, GA aokwatersports.com

Atlantic Paddlesurfing Hilton Head, SC

Get On Up

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With plenty of water to explore, staying cool and active in the south this summer is a cinch. PADDLE SURF Surfers are always thinking outside of a box and inventing new twists on riding the ocean. The sport of Stand-Up Paddle Surfing was invented in Hawaii and is not to be confused with "paddle boarding," where one is kneeling on the board and paddling with their arms in a butterfl -like stroke. Paddle Surfing enables surfers to paddle further into the ocean than usual, and paddlers race on rivers and lakes, and ride waves, too. Popularized by superstar surfers Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama, paddle surfing allows

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riders to view incoming sets better. The fir t female paddle surfer, Deb Thomas, and her husband Warren of Santa Barbara, California, own Standup Paddle Sports and helped establish the popular sport. Why not get a workout the next time you want to explore the waters of Hilton Head Island and try Stand-Up Paddle Boarding? This fast growing sport may look challenging but a little balance is all you need. Lessons are only $40 for a one-hour class that will have you skimming the Calibogue Sound. Keep an eye out for dolphins! See the sidebar for more information.

BIKE, HIKE, AND KAYAK From wildlife preserves to pine forests, salt marshes, coastlines, and historic cities, the Lowcountry is a place you want to see up close. Escapades Bike Tours offers an easy 6-day tour of Georgia and South Carolina that features beautiful plantations, a visit to Sapelo Island, Jekyll Island, and a stop over in Savannah. Explore historic Savannah and Beaufort by foot, kayak the Altamaha River Bioreserve, and enjoy some of the region’s most charming Bed and Breakfasts. The average bike tour covers 20 to 45 miles. For more, visit escapadesbiketours.com

Jacksonville Surf Training & Surf Camp Neptune Beach, FL jacksonvillesurftraining.com

WATCH IT! DIG THE COMPETITIONS: June 13 BIC One Design & Palmetto Paddle Race Series, Hilton Head Island, SC palmettopaddlesports.com

July 13 Shem Creek SUP Shootout, Charleston, SC standandpaddle.com

Photograph by Jabberpics Location: Thanks to Glen Barroncini of Atlantic Paddlesurfin Model: Caroline Welliver

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Who is Forbes Riley? FROM UGLY DUCKLING TO BILLION-DOLLAR FITNESS SWAN, FORBES RILEY INSPIRES US TO OVERCOME OBSTACLES PAULA S. FOGARTY PORTRAIT BY ANTHONY NESTE

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WHEN I PHONED FORBES RILEY for this interview, I expected a highenergy performance, but not one as compassionate and candid. In addition to being an actress and fitness expert, Forbes is a martial arts expert, and I therefore expected her to be more guarded. She spoke with me for over an hour from her St. Petersburg, Florida, production TV studio. Forbes was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame in 2010, only two years after she leveraged everything to invest in her trademark fitness product, SpinGym. Sales of this product on Home Shopping Network in January reached $1.5 million in 24 hours! She is now the host of her own TV show, Forbes Living, which is partially a talk show about overcoming obstacles, and partially a platform for business innovators. It is almost impossible to pinpoint the beginning of her career because there is no identifiable path. She is composed of multiple facets: actress, TV host, inventor, top sales person for HSN, Broadway dancer, and fitness guru. According to Forbes, she was never looking f or the money but f or the adventure. Early on, she was asked to set up snow volleyball games for a group of sponsors at Colorado ski resorts and to lead people afterward into the bar and do a stand-up comedy routine. Her act, as she quipped, was “Brought to You by Jose Cuervo: Because When You Drink, I’m Funny.” This shtick caught the attention of ESPN executives who called her a year later and asked her to be the host of a new series called The X Games. “I knew nothing about sports, and when they called me to offer me an outrageous sum for a few days’ work, I wondered if they had the right number,” said Forbes. Nonetheless, she was the inaugural host of this show, which has been wildly popular for three years. Originally from Long Island, Forbes worked on Broadway with greats like Bob Fosse and Christopher Reeve. At one point, she went to an audition for a Fit TV show in which she was asked to sell the producer a pen. “My mom used to write me long hand-written notes that I have saved. And so I answered the question by saying, ‘A pen can reach out and touch somebody’s heart,’ ” she explained. This is one of her gifts: to find the essence of things and communicate about it enthusiasti-

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cally. After she answered the question, Jake Steinfeld, of Body by Jake, walked out from the production booth and said, “She’s the one!” Forbes was hired on the spot not only for Jake but also for many other infomercials, including Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer, Montel Williams’ HealthMaster, Abs of Steel and Buns of Steel. In aggregate, she has sold over two billion dollars’ worth of products and has won nine TV hosting awards. WHO DOES FORBES WANT TO BE?: My burning question was, “You’ve had such a diverse career, where are you going with all this?” to which she replied, “I want to become recognized as the health and wellness Martha Stewart to effect transformational change in people.” She stumped me by asking, “Who is the female Martha Stewart or Suze Orman of fitness today for Baby Boomers?” I came up short, with the exception of reminiscing about Suzanne Somers and Jane Fonda. Given her multifaceted skills, why does she want to do this now? As an actress, she can be many people, but at age 53, she is honoring the many obstacles she has overcome, the most foundational one being the ugly little girl that she was. “I had a seriously bad nose, frizzy hair, was overweight, with P h o t o g r a p h s c o u r t e s y o f Fo r b e s R i l e y

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Forbes’s advice to her clients and followers is to start making changes in eating and exercise habits by writing them down for six weeks. braces, no friends and lived a lot in my head,” she explained. She dreamed big as a little girl and suffered when her father had an industrial accident that required fifteen surgeries on his hand over the course of three years in the hospital. These surgeries f inancially crippled her family, but one day her father’s doctor of f ered to f ix her nose. Af ter eight years, her entire exterior changed; her nose was fixed, her braces were off, and she started smiling. Her outside finally matched her inside. Not having money f or Forbes's college education, her mother signed her up f or NBC’s Miss Teenage America pageant hosted by Bob Hope, which of f ered scholarship money. She was crowned Miss Teenage New York at age 16. “I could not stop smiling because I had a new Farrah Fawcett smile. I just knew that I was going to win. You have to believe it. I dream of things and then

achieve them,” she said. This sort of karmic connection with the universe is something that her clients and colleagues call “Forbes’d.” You know you’ve made it when you become a verb! Not only is she confronting and caring for the ugly little girl within, but she is also confronting near-death experiences, the death of her parents and the murder of her husband’s f oster Little Brother in a gangrelated incident. Her signature mantras include “You are the sum of the obstacles you overcome” and “Nothing tastes as good as fit feels.” OVERCOMING OBSTACLES: Af ter her mother’s funeral, she was slated to get on Flight 93 on September 11, 2001, but fate intervened and she was routed through Denver to California. After this escape from death, she decided to change her lif e and to have children. She “Forbes’d” these, too, and was pregnant with

twins shortly thereaf ter. She tipped the scales at over 200 pounds during the pregnancy at age 41 and gave up the idea of doing anything related to fitness on camera until the phone call came to work with Jack LaLanne. She f orged herself into presentable shape in three months, but it was Jack LaLanne who really changed her lif e and philosophy on fitness and food. Forbes has sold millions of dollars of Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer and has a forthcoming book, You Don’t Know Jack about Juicing for Your Health. After the twins were born, she landed the lead role in a Fox TV series pilot called Fashion House, a sort of Devil Wears Prada f or TV, yet she was told that her name was not big enough, so Bo Derek stepped in as the lead for one season. Forbes’s agent advised her to brand herself, and this is where she is today. After all her struggles with weight and self-image, Forbes Riley has finally hit suc-

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1. Forbes fl xing it up with fitne s guru Jack LaLanne 2. Her adorable twins join Forbes dockside for some family fun

cess with her diet and fitness regimens, which she now enthusiastically shares with others. She wears a size 2/4 now and, at 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 128 pounds. “I have always been at about 165 pounds my whole life, but now I maintain this weight through clean eating and keeping my metabolism up with my SpinGym,” said Forbes, who engages people everywhere she goes with the SpinGym, including saunas, elevators, and shopping malls. She just demonstrated the product to the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team with great success. The SpinGym is a hand-held weighted resistance device with a round disk in the middle of two strings. It can go anywhere, so it is easy for a person to use it to stay fit. “My goal every day is to have one person tell me that I inspired them. In order to do that, I have to really engage people. The SpinGym does this every time!” she exclaimed. RE-DEFINING DIET AND EATING LIKE ANIMALS: What about f ood? Forbes has redef ined diet as the acronym Decisions I Eat Today. Dieting is, Forbes reminds us, about making choices, and another Forbesism is, “You can’t out exercise a bad diet.” She eats “clean food” and quotes Jack LaLanne, who said, “If man made it, don’t eat it.” Her regular food routine includes a terrible tasting glass of cider vinegar in the morning to jumpstart her liver, followed a bit later by fruits, such as pineapple or mango. Then she exercises with the SpinGym. She uses the SpinGym three times a day for just five minutes to keep her metabolism up and recommends others to do the same. It is easy, and it is deceivingly effective. She then has an egg white and vegetable omelet—and sometimes adds cheese, as she does not deprive herself. Forbes and her family juice regu-

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larly, and her husband just completed a ten-day juice fast. The rest of her food choices include vitamin-rich vegetables, fish, organic peanut butter, whole grains and nuts. Her secret is shopping around the outside of the grocery store, where the clean food is. Forbes’s advice to her clients and followers is to start making changes in eating and exercise habits by writing them down for six weeks. Making a list of everything you eat, every day, brings a level of consciousness to your own habits. The critical step is sharing this via email with your circle of friends who are aware of your desire to change habits. “By the time you have contemplated a brownie, knowing that you are emailing your sister or friend, and then having to decide to do it or not, it is easier just to put it down. Accountability and transparency are big parts of lifestyle-change success,” she said. Forbes Riley’s system is available in the form of a personal lifestyle journal: e.a.t.: A Journal for What You Eat, and What’s Eating You on her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ForbesRileyFanPage. “This personalized journaling and accountability really works. There are simply things I just don’t want anymore, like brownies,” said Forbes. Her foundational belief is that diets do not work, but lif estyle does. We need to be educated about the food available to us in order for us to make better choices. “It’s not about cheating; it’s about choices. We should eat like animals. They eat the same thing every day in the wild and don’t have weight problems,” she advised. Her new TV series, Forbes Living explores healthy living, lifestyle guidance, and great new product discoveries. Visit www.forbesliving.com for times and listings in your region, and remember Forbes’s guiding principle: “You are the sum of the obstacles you overcome.” n

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HOM E AT L AST

America’s First Couple of Hospitality Settles Down in Savannah Pa u l a S . Fo g a r t y Photographs by Bailey Davidson

Ted and Karen Kleisner open the doors of one of the most elegant historic Southern homes and great collections of decorative arts. Karen decorated it, and Ted helped with the collections over the course of their long and happy marriage.

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Stately Home GET THE LOOK 1. Living room: Zara Rug from Istanbul, sofa fabric is a Kravet chenille, Rococo pier tables from Carleton Varney of Dorothy Draper & Co.

by William Wolk, artist in residence at the Greenbrier Resort.

2. 18 C. English grandfather clock. Search at Sotheby's or Christie's auction houses. Painting at stair landing: "Diamonds on Water,"

4. Dining chairs by Dorothy Draper, ca. 1930s. Fabric: Scalamandre "Drummond" in Gold. Round mahogany dining table from Lee

3. Custom kitchen by Savannah Kitchen and Bath.

Smith Antiques, Savannah. For the wall color, try Benjamin Moore's "Terra Cotta." 5. The library is filled with ed's first edition boo collection. A unique table with a ship-bell base sits between the cozy plaid chenillecovered chairs.

The 1842 Savannah townhome of Karen and Ted Kleisner is their fourth home in the city, and according to Karen, their last. The couple has spent a lifetime entertaining others as Ted’s career as a top hotelier required a lifestyle of entertainment. Retired from Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company in 2013, Ted is also the former CEO of CSX Hotels, Inc., once owner of the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia where he and Karen entertained 200 nights per year! Their fi e-story brick townhouse has been custom-renovated to entertain their children, fi e grandchildren, and friends. I met the Kleisners years ago when I was working with the famous American decorator Carleton Varney on designing and manufacturing the Greenbrier’s furniture, so I fully expected a home that was decorated to the nines. Karen, who has always practiced interior design and worked with designer Bitsy Schwabe and Kuykendall Interiors, decorated the entire house, and the Kleisner's unique collection of antiques and decorative arts is displayed in a warm, comfortable way that announces the house as an elegant and happy family home. A year and a half of renovations by Hansen Architects and Lukejohn Dickson of Savannah Kitchen and Bath under Karen’s guidance have rendered this home as one of Savannah’s fine t. Karen said she got her sense of color from Carleton Varney, owner of the prestigious Dorothy

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“WE HAD DINNER WITH J.C. ROY WHO EXPLAINED THAT THE SUN IN THE SKY IS HOW HE PAINTS THEM, AS SQUARES. I THOUGHT IT LOOKED LIKE A WINDOW TO HEAVEN.” Draper & Co., Inc. firm.Anyone who knows Carleton knows that he is America’s Mr. Color! Karen has been in love with Savannah’s architecture since the couple fir t moved to town in 1973 when Ted was brought in as the General Manager of the DeSoto Hilton. The home had great structural bones, yet the Kleisners were challenged by the many weightbearing beams when it came time to open the house up by moving walls. They commend Lukejohn Dickson and the Hansen teams for their excellent work in maintaining the structural integrity of the house while opening up the rooms of the former downstairs apartment. Gracing the entryway is an unusually wide staircase for the period, making a grand gesture of welcome. An elevator was already in place, and the two-and-a-half car garage made this home the perfect finaldestination for the Kleisners and their extended family. The collection of objects were purchased by the Kleisners at auctions, through antique shops, and some with assistance from Varney. The open living and dining room plan is painted in a cozy terra cotta color that is the anchor color of the Zara rugs from Istanbul. The Cowtan & Tout silk embroidered curtains in the living room are augmented by Roman shades in the same fabric. The neutral chenille-covered sofas with a touch of formal bullion fringe soften the formal Bergere, wooden side chairs and 18th-century Italian Baroque side tables flankingthe fireplace.A chinoiserie-decorated cocktail table welcomes conversation in the middle of the room and Karen’s Southern decorating books grace almost every tabletop. The painting by Jean Claude Roy was purchased from Savannah’s Bohemian Gallery. Karen said, “We had dinner with J.C. Roy ,who explained that the sun in the sky is how he paints them, as squares. I thought it looked like a window to heaven.” The family dining room is centered by a round mahogany table purchased from Lee Smith Antiques in Savannah and is surrounded by the most unusual dining chairs with “portholes” on the crest rails. Ted explained that Dorothy Drap-

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er originally designed the chairs in the 1930s for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad’s Cleveland Union Terminal Tower. The company once owned the Greenbrier Resort when Draper was their original decorator. The sideboard is likely 7.Custom bath by Savanan English centennial object and was purchased nah Kitchen and Bath. in Savannah at Jere’s Antiques. The convex Wallpaper: Schumachmirror is highly unusual, as most Federal mirer's "Hibiscus Damask.' rors of this type would have had an eagle on top, 8. Soothing green texrather than the hippocampus carving, and the tured grass cloth covers girandole candlesticks flanking it are a rarity. the walls in SchumachTed loves to cook, so the oversized pullman er’s 'Sachi, Arrow Root.' kitchen is perfect for preparing large meals for family gatherings. Convenient refrigerated beverage drawers free up space for food products in the main refrigerator. All the appliances in the kitchen are by Viking, and Savannah Kitchen and Bath completed the design and installation. At the end of the kitchen is a small balcony overlooking the courtyard off the carriage house, which now serves as the couple’s offic Sleeping arrangements in the home are ideal for family visits, as the fift floorconsists of a dormitory for the grandchildren, the fourth is a private guest suite,and the third is the Kleisner’s Master suite. This arrangement affords the family lots of privacy for extended visits. Soothing green grass cloth graces the walls of the Master bedroom, which is furnished with a mix of fine Georgian antiques, German Meissen vases, a Sevres urn, and a reproduction of the 1855 painting, The Young Martyr, by Paul Delacroche. I don’t know what it is about that image. I just couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I had it copied for the bedroom,” said Karen. After forty-two years of marriage, the Kleisners have developed a personal style with objects that they love and are proud to tell stories about each one. “We love going to auctions and antiquing,” explained Ted. The passion they have for home, hearth, and family is more than evident in this stunningly renovated historic home that exudes Southern grace and hospitality. n 6. A traditional mud room makes life convenient for any kind of weather.

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her career course. Even though she had been with the Food Network for 14 years, mere allegations of racism caused them and others to drop the Deen brand. Jamie Jamie and Bobby Deen, in the basement of their Congress Street The Lady & Sons restaurightfully pointed out the absurdity of the situation, “… rant in Savannah. Bobby Deen exclaimed about being on top, “It gets windy up there!” The An elected government officia [can] take pictures of his Deens' rise to success—like almost all—did not happen overnight. The diehard fans of private parts and then be back in the race for Mayor of Paula Deen know her story well, but the Sons shed some new emotional light on their distant New York City, [but] someone says my mom is not fi and recent pasts, confirming the basis for the unconditional love of their mother’s fans. to sell chicken? Is it unusual that the men seem to get Their beyond-humble beginnings in Albany, Georgia, were fraught with an alcoholic, abusive a pass and the ladies get hit hard?” Naysayers came out father, sixteen moves for the reason that he couldn’t keep a job, and their mother’s debilitatof the woodwork, claiming that the brand was damaged ing agoraphobia, which prevented her from functioning well with people. When their beyond resuscitation. Well, ladies and gentlemen, the parents divorced and they finally settled in Savannah on 60th street, Jamie and Bobby went other thing about America is that we love a comeback to work for Paula, delivering her home-cooked meals under the name of “The Bag Lady.” story! I argue that Paula Deen and her brand never reThe Sons do not remember this period fondly—to say the least—and in a podcast Bobby ally went away. stated, “I was never, never excited about it! I didn’t have any faith in anything.” We all The sales of her magazine increased 40 percent durlikely know that Paula Deen’s enterprise became one great American success story of hard ing this period, and sales for her new line of chicken for work paying off; however, the ironical thing about success in American business is that as Springer Mountain Farms are up 30 percent over last seemingly fast as you rise, the faster you may fall. To quote America’s iconic rock band, the year. One of Deen’s champions during this debacle was Grateful Dead, “The more that you give, the more it will take.” This seems to be the case Jeff Scheffe , CEO of Universal Furniture, which makes for the Deen family, who is now happily celebrating the 25th year of the opening of what her licensed collection, who stated in the Huffingt Post, “Obviously, we feel terrible for Paula … We have was once dubbed America’s #1 restaurant by USA Today, The Lady & Sons. observed her as being kind and one who treated those It is Windy at the Top: Once on top of the world and unguarded around her with respect. Yes, she has acknowledged around her adoring fans, Paula Deen found her spirits crashed to the saying some hurtful things, but she has apologized, and we accept that.” ground by Lisa Jackson, a disgruntled and opportunistic employee. To date, the We Support Paula Deen Facebook page has over 612,000 likes. Jackson charged Deen with allegations of operating a racist and Numbers like that speak loudly to savvy brand investors such as Jahm sexually inappropriate work environment in June of 2013, but the Najafi charges were dismissed in October “with prejudice,” meaning that Re-Booting the Brand: With a recent infusion of capital between $75 they could not be brought against her again by Jackson. Bobby and $100 million, Phoenix-based Najafi Media has formed Paula Deen pointed out how strange it is that the media has solely focused on Ventures. The new entity will re-structure the brand in such a way as to the success of Paula Deen, not the chicanery of Lisa Jackson. Why give the Deens closer control of the enterprise, and the Sons will play a didn’t Matt Lauer have her on the Today Show? I guess it doesn’t sell as many tickets. As Bobby said, “Nobody cares about her. She doesn’t larger role in it. “Very few businesses have the opportunity to start where sell chicken! She is not on T.V..” Welcome to the big-top media circus! we did and then have the opportunity to re-boot it to grow it stronger and In the interim, networks, retailers, and licensees, including The smarter. The previous administration [practiced] a style of business where Food Network, Novo Nordisk, Target, Wal Mart, QVC, Smithfield, and it was difficul for Bobby and me to keep up with what was going on. This JC Penney, canceled their mother’s contracts, temporarily derailing [new venture] is going to be very open-door, and Bobby and I will be very

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3 active in everything,” Jamie explained. Plans were announced recently to open up Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen restaurant and retail store in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, at Dollywood in the fall, which will be filled with her furniture collection from Universal. It will be a 4,000 square foot space near a $70 million dollar convention center. Dollywood is visited by nearly 10 million visitors a year. “We used to go to the Smoky Mountains with our grandfather as kids, and we are really looking forward to returning,” Jamie added. The retail operation should be open in June, and the restaurant is slated for an October opening. Additionally, Paula Deen Live will launch with a 20show nation-wide tour this year and will feature Paula cooking and sharing personal stories with her husband, and sea-faring man, Michael. In a recent press release, Paula stated, “I cannot wait to get on the road and meet so many of my amazing fans during these shows.” The shows kick off Saturday, June 21, and will continue throughout the year. Visit pauladeen.com for live show times. So how does a family stick together through so much and still come out of yet another quagmire not unscathed, but stronger? The answer lies in a strong family bond that is borne of overcoming obstacles together. “Mom is doing great. She feels better than ever, and I think we all see this as an opportunity to re-structure in a tighter way,” said Jamie. Strong ties to their employees as an extension of their family gets them through tough times. Let’s face it, the restaurant business is one of the toughest, and as Bobby pointed out, most fail. “It doesn’t feel like 25 years have passed, but more like 50!” he exclaimed. The Deens tend to incubate their staff members by starting them at the entry level and promoting them from within. This is grass-roots leadership at its fine t. Cutting to the chase, I asked what that week of June 19, 2013 was like f or the f amily, when the worldwide media exploded with the news of Paula’s alleged use of a racial slur over 20 years ago. The reactions of the Sons characterized their different personalities beautifully–Jamie, like his mother, looks at the big picture and is more slow to react, and Bobby comes out swinging. Jamie is clearly the older brother and protective of Bobby. “It was unjust and very opportunistic. It was frustrating because there was never any context put on anything Mom ever said. What she admitted to saying was when she was a bank teller in 1981 a man came in and stuck a gun to her face. When she came home to tell Daddy about it, she described it in a very visceral way. That is all she admitted to, but we are a nation of headline readers, and nobody wants to know the context of a story,” said Bobby. “My Mom and Jamie have the ability to see the bigger picture. I just want to choke somebody sometimes,” he added. The genuine intelligence and compassion exhibited by the Deen brothers bodes well for the future of their new enterprise, as does their contrast in personalities.

“MOM IS DOING GREAT. SHE FEELS BETTER THAN EVER, AND I THINK WE ALL SEE THIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO RE-STRUCTURE IN A TIGHTER WAY” Different But Equal: Jamie is a long distance runner, and Bobby is a wrestler. Jamie is a long-time family man, and Bobby is a recent newlywed. Bobby’s passion for music and guitars has driven him to amass an impressive collection of axes. Jamie is surrounded by an extensive library at home and says he would love to be a writer of social commentary. Despite their contrast in personalities, their bond is their love of family and food. Their cooking styles are not that different, but Bobby admits that influence from his Venezuelan wife, Claudia, is sneaking into his cooking. Like Jamie, Claudia is a long-distance runner with a popular health and fitness blog, chicaloverde.com. Jamie’s Jamie Deen’s Good Food cookbook ref lects his love of the written word in his introduction wherein he describes his humble introduction to cooking by his Granny Paul in the tiny kitchen of her trailer in Lee County, Georgia. The early emphasis on garden-grown fruits and vegetables on Jamie’s diet compels him to create dishes such as his Kale and White Bean Soup, Crunchy Curried Rice Salad with Apples and Green Onions, and Wild Rice and Swiss Chard Gratin. The book is masterf ully produced with beautif ul photography, making it appropriate for the fine t of cocktail tables. His favorite component to the book is the back, in which his adorable son Jack has written his own set of recipes from his home restaurant, Rooster’s Café. His Cheesy Eggs, Almond Crunch Mix, and Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies will keep any youngster occupied in the kitchen. Jamie’s television show, Home for Dinner airs on the Food Network, Thursdays at 9:30. Bobby’s new book, Bobby Dean’s Everyday Eats, is a great new take on low-calorie, easy-to-make recipes in under 30 minutes. But make no mistake: it is not f ull of bland dishes that deprive you! Pork Cubano Sandwiches, Pasta with Beef Bolognese, and Raspberry Mouse are included alongside Salmon and Cherry Tomato Salad, and Veggie Burgers. His last book, From Mama’s Table to Mine made it to #1 on the New York Times best-seller list. His TV show, Not My Mamas Meals airs on the Cooking Channel four days a week at 12:00 p.m.. Proud Mama Keep on Rollin’: The Lady has every right to be proud of her sons. Children are a refl ction of the love and nurturing from their parents, and these men clearly demonstrate that they were “raised right,” as we say in the South. They seem to know what is important in life. Jamie shared that their father is even doing well in his sobriety and that they are all close again. The f amily quietly gives back with their considerable support of such causes as the Salvation Army, America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, and through their own The Bag Lady Foundation, which supports women and f amilies in need. For more info, visit bagladyfoundation.org. It seems that the best is yet to come in the next chapter of the Deen f amily story, and we look forward to reading along! n J U N E / J U LY 2014

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Curating 50 issues to highlight some great moments was no easy task as our writers, photographers, and editors have been among some of the best in the country. Our subjects have been as colorful, deep, and soulful as is our Southern region. This section is a tribute to all the friends we have made along the way and to the issues we have brought forth with a look at where they stand today. Edited by Elizabeth Danos, Paula S. Fogarty, Sinjin Hilaski, Audrey Latimer

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The red carpet scene is one we have enjoyed creating in Savannah, and our citizenry has had a blast with us soaking up what Andy Warhol would call their "fifteen minutes of fame." We knew we were on to something after our FIFTH ANNIVERSARY PARTY at the Telfair Museums' Jepson Center in 2011. Public relations expert Jennifer Abshire, of Abshire Public Relations

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said, "The South magazine 5th Anniversary party was so over the top. I felt like Savannah's social scene had finally made the big time." Sonny Seiler was our emcee, country star Billy Currington crashed the party, and we all enjoyed a great video surrounded by some of Savannah's finest cha acters such as Stratton Leopold, Lady Chablis, and Forrest Gump. One of our other

favorite parties was our SEVENTH ANNIVERSARY PARTY, taking the crowd back to the 1920s in full swing. From the beginning we have treated our audience like superstars and continue to do so today. We love our readers and are guided by what makes them tick, party, and read. Thank you all for stepping up to our red carpet.

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Our own living mascot, MONGO, has led a busy career in the publishing and television worlds. He is perhaps best known for the television series for South TV with Old Savannah Tours' Forrest Gump. Mongo has also posed for pictures with his mother, Frankie Brooks, at the Mansion of Forsyth Park and has generally kept spirits high in the creativelycharged halls of South. Mongo is enjoying retirement with his family on Wilmington Island, but he comes into the office very now and then to check up on everything. Use the QR code below to watch the episodes!

UGA –THE SOUTH’S MOST LEGENDARY MASCOT

Back in 2009, Uga VII served as the University of Georgia’s mascot from 2008-2009 until he died unexpectedly from heart failure. Next came Uga VIII, who was mascot from 2010-2011 until he died from canine lymphoma. Now UGA IX (aka Russ) is serving as UGA’s live mascot. Russ broke the color barrier of an all-white mascot by popular demand, even though Sonny Seiler—whose family have been the keepers of the Ugas since 1956—was hesitant to crown Russ due to his brown spots. Russ stood in as the unofficia mascot for 23 games and was finally crowned in August 2012.

Readers choice for cover that makes you go "Awww": The winner of the "Cutest Cover" contest is our December/January 2012 issue with Miss Mckinley Figueroa, one of South's Greatest Kids.

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One Fashion Spread and a Wedding

When Sarah Hauser woke up on June 22, 2013, she had no idea it was going to be her wedding day. She and her boyfriend of three years, Lito Diaz, were supposed to be models f or a photo shoot for South; however, it turned into a surprise marriage proposal and wedding all wrapped into one. Staged at the Mackey House in Savannah, Sarah and Lito posed for photographs and when he got down on one knee, she assumed it was for the photography shoot. When their families, who were all in on Diaz’s plan, showed up Hauser knew it was the real deal. She said yes, both to marrying Diaz and doing it right that very minute. Diaz explained that his friend Jennifer Hagan was the mastermind behind the scenes, “Jenn and I for about three months put this together, from the location to the cake. South played a huge role, being a sponsor."

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Seven PAULA DEEN: THE GLOVES ARE STILL ON!

A professional cook since 1989, PAULA DEEN was featured in our February/March 2007 issue in a boxing robe, and she is still swinging today! The shoot was really a fun 8-hour day with her staff and family members hanging out and enjoying the d y in a sweaty, smelly gym. Perhaps one of the most influential outhern women in the country, despite recent setbacks, Paula’s Lady and Sons on Congress Street in Historic Downtown Savannah is by far one of the most acclaimed restaurants in the country. Although it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for Paula, she and her sons are not pulling any punches going into the future with the newly formed Paula Deen Ventures.

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South Highlights the Region’s Stance on Gun Use Although we have crafted many features on the use of guns and the attendant issues and practices on the topic, two features generated rich dialogue. In the June/July 2006 issue we shed light on an interesting binary: WOMEN AND FIREARMS. Here we are, eight years later, and the industry continues to grow. From hunting to self-protection, guns continue to serve women in various ways. Whether it’s spending an afternoon in the woods hunting quail with girlfriends or packing a pearlhandled pistol for self-defense, firearms are becoming more significant in women’s lives.

In the April/May issue 2013, Congressman JOHN BARROW with a World War II M-1 Garand graced the cover that garnered fans and foes alike. Barrow boomed, “These are my guns and ain’t nobody gonna take them away,” in one of his early political ads. The comment was made at the height of the nation’s fervent discussions on whether or not to reinstitute and expand the Firearm Owners’ Protection Act of 1986 viewed as unconstitutional by many gun right advocates. Since his statement, Georgia legislators funneling House Bill 875-the Safe Carry Protection Act-through to the Georgia Senate, setting the stage for the recently passed House Bill 60, popularly dubbed the "Guns Everywhere" law, effecti e this summer.

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SOUTH BRINGS RISING ART STARS TO OUR READERS Photograph by NIKKI KRECICKI

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It’s been seven years (February/March 2007) since mixed media artist and Louisiana native MARCUS KENNEY met with South and shared his inspirations for the collages and assemblages for which he has become renowned. He recovers and reuses discarded paper products such as checks, money, or magazines, as well as animal forms, shells, beads, doll parts, feathers and other materials in his works of art. Kenney’s collages and assemblages convey depravity, humor, and hope in pop culture, politics, and the world at large.

Since 2007, Kenney became a resident artist at the Lux Art Institute in Encinitas, California and has been reviewed by the New York Times, Art in America, and the New York Arts Magazine. Such prestigious galleries as Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, Eileen Braziel Fine Arts, Santa Fe, and Florida Mining, Jacksonville, carry his totemic works. Kenney has regularly exhibited at Art Basel and across the country including at the Jepson Center, Savannah; Morris Museum of Art, Augusta; Macon Museum of Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel; Mobile Museum of Art, Alabama, and the list goes on!! J U N E / J U LY 2014

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In the April/May 2007 issue, we introduced you to the international chanteuse of contemporary soul, INDIA ARIE. Now residing in Atlanta, Savannah was lucky enough to host singer/ songwriter India Arie while she attended Savannah College of Art and Design. Originally interested in jewelry design, she soon realized that music was her true calling. India Arie’s popularity continues to grow; she has been nominated for more than twenty Grammy Awards and has won four. Her latest record, “SongVersation” debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200 chart in June of 2013. Arie influence the world as an ambassador for UNICEF.

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13 LORI JUDGE QUEEN OF THE URBAN JUNGLE

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The Great Recession, as it has come to be known, swept through the global economy crippling the U.S. housing market and leaving in its wake a treacherous real estate jungle. Enter LORI JUDGE and her EcoBrokers’ expansive and technologically contemporary approach to combating a crippled economy. When we pictured Lori for the September 2011 cover, it was HER idea, not ours, to bring a snake! Judge stated, “I’m basically a nice farm girl from the Midwest, but I wanted to set myself apart from my competitors as smart, sexy, and fearless. I figured it was a pretty fearless move to put a 170 pound snake on my body!” She tamed this snake as deftly as she is taming Savannah’s once precarious real estate jungle. Six years since the real estate bubble burst, Savannahians can thank the indefatigable Lori Judge for reeling in Ben Carter Enterprises and their intended multi-million dollar investment in the development of Broughton Street. Ben warned us all of the dangers of walking down Broughton Street with Lori, who told him he wasn’t thinking big enough!

She said, “I hear a lot that I’ve got ‘big balls.’ I guess that’s supposed to be a compliment. But I’m a woman, and I am pretty sure I don’t have balls. I think it’s time to come up with a new way to describe a woman who is willing to take risks and to stand her ground.” Judge sought growth in a down market by expanding into rental properties in 2012 when she also launched Judge Commercial with Rhett Mouchet. Today, Judge has a team of sixteen agents, three managers, and an offic staff “I don’t regret doing the snake cover at all; it got attention and has had longer legs than any piece of marketing I could have done. But I’m in a very different place now. I spend time with my family on our farm. I enjoy surrounding myself with artists and recently launched the Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection. I sold my motorcycle for a Vespa; it’s a lot easier to get on a scooter wearing a skirt. I have everything I need—wait, almost. I do want a jet. That would be the ultimate luxury!” she said. You go, woman!

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14 Rare Moments With Savannah’s Iconic Characters LADY CHABLIS has been causing a stir in Savannah for quite some time. Now residing in Columbia, South Carolina, she visits Savannah and Club One regularly to perform her legendary shows. There’s no denying she has brought in huge revenue to Savannah’s tourism industry, and she is well aware of her own impact. From trashing hotel rooms to wooing John Cusack, Lady Chablis always leaves a lasting impression. This unpublished image of Lady Chablis with film industry veteran STRATTON LEOPOLD was a rare moment for South magazine in our Oct/Nov 2008 issue. We continue to connect our region’s interesting characters! Stratton Leopold continues to give back to our community by taking on the restoration of the Lucas Theater’s 19th-century pipe organ! Now this gives a new meaning to the title "organ donor."

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The retail development along Broughton Street has not been an easy ride coming out of our deep recession. We proudly cover those who have taken risks and blazed a trail such as SAVANNAH BEE COMPANY and 24e. The immense work Ted Dennard and Savannah Bee Company have done since our April/May 2008 profile is commendable. They have grown revenues by 2.5 times and landing a spot on Inc. Magazine’s 5000’s list for two consecutive years. August/September 2006 issue championed Ruel Joyner's vision at 24E for a great interior design source all over the southeast. As the head of the Downtown Business Authority, Ruel continues to provide leadership excellence in developing Savannah’s small businesses.

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One of the most emotionally powerful stories we brought to our public was that of the homeless in Savannah (Dec/ Jan 2007). Homelessness has always been a hot topic in Savannah. With over 26 percent of Savannah residents living below the poverty line, homelessness is as present as ever. Although it may seem impossible, Savannah is taking drastic steps to eradicate the issue of homelessness. From community events like homeless camp cleanups to meals in the park, every effor helps. In our December/ January 2007 issue, we gave homelessness a face and a name by profiling fi e of Savannah’s more visible homeless men, causing our readers to react in a positive and heartfelt way. Efforts to help the homeless can be channeled through such organizations as Union Mission (unionmission.org), and Old Savannah City Mission (oscm.org).

17 Rare Moments with Savannah’s Iconic Characters

Our community is renowned for its characters, some high, and some low, on the economic totem pole. Savannah has always been a garden city where its diverse characters mix and mingle daily. In the August/September 2007 issue we introduced you to CHARLES DAVID MOODY who has been making himself known in the squares of downtown Savannah for as far back as we can remember. Always nattily clad in a suit, tie, and hat, toting prophetic signs of things to come, he gleefully offer his messages of truth and freedom through the grace of God. Mr. Moody is steadfast in his beliefs, and he articulates them to anyone who will listen. Back in 2007 when we last interviewed Mr. Moody, he was typically posted around Broughton and Bull. Lately he’s been seen and overheard in the Forsyth Park area, with his signature straw hat and sign in hand. J U N E / J U LY 2014

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18. Shooting in Black, White, & Gray A VISIT WITH SOUTH'S FIRST PHOTO EDITOR AND HIS JUMP TO NYC, VH1 AND MTV –LAUREN HUNSBERGER

OT TOO LONG AGO, Colin Gray was having a really bad morning. His best friend got on a train to move away, he was dealing with a recent breakup, and he says he was otherwise just having “pretty much the worst day ever.” But despite the rocky start, Gray still made it to work at his offic in downtown Manhattan. Gray works as a photo editor for VH1.com and MTV.com. He is part of a fi e-person creative team that manages the photography of the mega pop-culture websites. On a daily basis, much of his job consists of editing, retouching, and researching photos of the largest celebrities, musicians, and artists in the world. The job, however, also comes with a very large perk. Every now and then, Gray gets the chance to take photos of the talent that comes through the offic . Since taking the job in August of 2011, he has photographed the likes of Adam Sandler, Anne Hathaway, Alan Thicke, Shailene Woodley, Adam Lambert, Rachel Dratch, Norman Reedus, Snooki, Jason Statham, and the list goes on and on. “In the last two and half years, it has changed my portfolio 3,000 percent,” Gray says. On that rough morning, the opportunity to photograph any one of those people would have certainly brightened his day. Af ter all, making portraits of celebrities and artists is why Gray decided to move to New York in 2009 in the fir t place. However, with how things were going, his expectations weren’t too high. But before the story goes any further, there’s something that needs to be known about Gray. “All I really know about is photography and rappers,” he says. Although he laughs, it’s obvious that his love for hip-hop music is no joke. And it’s this genuine appreciation for the genre that gave one man and one man only the ability to turn

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Gray’s horrible, terrible, no-good, rotten morning into one of the best days of his career. That man was Snoop Dogg. “Nothing better could’ve happened,” Gray says. Although the photo shoot was brief, Gray got a portrait worthy enough for his portfolio that includes other hip-hop royalty like Big Boi, Quest Love, Two Chainz, and more. Gray says days and opportunities like that make surviving the photography industry—with all its uncertainty and competition, especially in New York—worth it. While it may have seemed a lucky twist of fate for Gray that day, he is not lost on the fact that the opportunity and talent needed to shoot Snoop Dogg doesn’t really come along by chance. Before he worked for MTV, Gray, 33, was a features photographer for The New York Post, and he spent some time assisting and working with other New York photographers, such as Victoria Will. He says these jobs helped him get to know the city, the industry, and the people much better, but it’s certainly not where he cut his teeth. His photography roots are right here in the South. “Paula Deen was the fir t celebrity I’ve ever shot. It was such a cool shoot. She was such a good sport,” Gray says of the 2007 shoot. “I had come up with the concept prior to the shoot. I knew she had struggled with some social issues and was now this success, so I had the idea to portray her as a fighte .” Gray shot Deen and her whole crew in Savannah for the cover of the then newly launched South magazine, where he worked as the photo editor and staff photographer since 2005. “I had to get her hyped up. I told her, ‘Act like I’m your opponent,’” Gray says. “Within just a few minutes, it started getting loud and playful, and she said some of the funniest things I’ve ever heard come out of a woman’s mouth.” Gray had connected with South magazine when he was freshly graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), where he received his degree in photography. “I was there when we were working on the very fir t issue,” Gray says. “It was definitely a challenge. When I started, it was myself, Jacob Cottingham as the editor, Michael was the creative director and he did design, and there was one sales person. The four of us pretty much did everything.” Gray says the learning curve during those years was great, as were the creative rewards. During his time at school and the magazine, Gray also f ell in with a group of about f our other local photographers, all of whom worked together and contributed to the gritty, raw, and unapologetically Southern direction of the photography that the magazine has since become known f or by locals and applauded by regional magazine associations.

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“As far as getting the chance to help create the overall look, it was really cool. It was kind of a collaborative effort between me and a few other photographers,” Gray says. But working for South was about much more for Gray than learning to photograph famous personalities. When asked, Gray says two of the most memorable shoots involve no household names at all. One of them was a photo series he did covering the issue of homelessness in the city, and the other was a photo series about the different religious figure in Savannah. That particular spread, entitled “Faces of Faith,” he says, was a bit hectic from the start. But in the end, it was another much earlier but equally def ining moment in his career, one not unlike the Snoop Dogg experience or Paula Deen brawl. “The shoot turned out way better than I ever could have imagined. Before we started shooting, I had drawn sketches where each two-page spread was a mirror of itself compositionally,” Gray says. “The point was that here are all these faith leaders of different religions, but in the end, they all have the same goal of a good spiritual life and positivity.” Photographing all the major religious figures in the city turned out to be quite a feat, but when he finished shooting the very last subject, he knew it had all been worth it. “It all came together perfectly. I looked at the pictures on the back of the camera in the church [of the last shoot], and it was this spiritual moment,” Gray says. “I stayed and cried for like 10 minutes because it was the most beautiful thing. I’m getting a little teary eyed just thinking about it now.” Aside from his job with MTV, Gray is currently breaking into the fashion industry, shooting for clients such as Andre Leon Talley and at events like New York Fashion Week. ■

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Tom Hanks expanded Savannah’s map of characters with Forrest Gump. After the success of the film, tlanta-born JOHN SANDIFER gave the role of Forrest a shot in Savannah. It was immediately a hit with the tourists, and John even did a mini series in collaboration with South magazine and graced our October/November 2010 cover.

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Few other Savannahians carry as much clout among Hollywood stars and New Yorkers as does Bobby Zarem. From scoring dope for Dustin Hoffman in 1973 to the “I Love New York” campaign, which Zarem claimed “literally saved” the city, it’s no wonder how the nearly 80-year-old publicist made his name shine among the stars. In 2006, David Field photographed Bobby in Times Square. In 2010, Bobby left the Big Apple and returned to his childhood home in Savannah's Ardsley Park, where he is resuming work on his memoirs.

HEEEERE'S SONNY

In the October/November 2011 issue we featured Emmy-winning WTOC news anchor SONNY DIXON. Having served as a State Representative in the Georgia General Assembly from 1989-1997, he has also been the recipient of the Freedom Award given by the Veteran’s Council of Chatham County for his outstanding military support.

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In 2007 the GULLAH/GEECHEE NATION – a medley of traditional West African dialects and spiritual beliefs infused with English and Christianity – found itself endangered and facing further encroachment from comyas (newcomers) and land developers. Despite protests, the development of Daufuskie Island, formerly a Gullah hotbed, continues with the indigenous population essentially facing extinction within the coming generations. Combating displacement, the Gullah/Geechee communities have employed education as their tool in ensuring cultural survival. As Geechee Kunda Museum curator Jim Bacote explained seven years ago, “As long as the world has knowledge of our culture, it will survive.”

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South Uncovers the Mysteries of the Region’s Vanishing Cultures

Just over eight years ago, Mike Hostillo spent twenty-four hours taken hostage by his client Robbie Brower. With four previous felony charges, Hostillo advised his client to plead guilty resulting in a decade of incarceration. Brower held Hostillo accountable for the sentence, continuously threatening to execute him. Brower had a list of ten desired targets including Michael Jackson and President George Bush, but Hostillo was number one. About this event Hostillo said, “It changed my whole life and made me a better guy. [I’ve] started a different model for m business.” His practice centers upon personal injury cases with an emphasis on tending to clients concerns and desired outcomes in their cases.

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Covering Senseless Tragedy South’s coverage of the tragic shooting of JASON STATTS AND DAVID WILLIAMS in Ardsley Park drew emotional responses. Both men were shot in the neck after playing their firs and only set with their band. David lost the function of one of his vocal cords, but other than that he has no other physical damage. Jason was not so fortunate. Now paralyzed due to spinal column injury, he struggles not only with medical problems but also with paying those medical expenses. Jason has a fantastic support group that has held numerous fundraisers for his benefi .

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Georgia’s homegrown rock star was supposed to be a dentist, if it wasn’t for his younger brother Duane who helped unleash Gregg’s inner creativity. The Allman Brothers created what is now a distinctly Southern sound that has inspired many followers. Their legendary love and celebration of family and friends is also distinctly Southern. Gregg has been touring for over forty years and has announced that this would be his last year of touring. Through all of Gregg’s tragedies, we thought he was perhaps in the clear, however, he met with a hard one in February this year. Filming of his biopic Midnight Rider was halted by the tragic death of Sarah Jones while filming on a live train tressel over the Altamaha River. South's special correspondent, Tom Stack, has been following Allman for what he says is his last tour. From Atlanta's Fox Theater tribute with guests such as Taj Mahal, Jackson Browne, and Vince Gill, to the recent Beacon Theater run in New York, Stack says he never sounded better. Thanks for sharing your vision, creativity, heart and soul, Gregg! Your photoshoot for our February/March 2010 issue is a favorite.

In 2012, BILLY CURRINGTON paid an unexpected visit as a surprise guest at our 6th year anniversary party hosted at the Jepson Center. A few months later, Billy later faced a legal altrication that is still being sorted, but has nonetheless proved to be a mere speed bump on his road to success. Now an arena headliner act, Billy has released his latest album, We Are Tonight. See Billy live on June 7 in Pensacola or on June 13 at the Winstock Country Music Festival. For more, visit billycurrington.com.

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Faces of Faith

Preserving history in Savannah is no new thing. Through conserving the city’s original, rich architecture, nearly every block offers an adequately ornate structure to house an assembly of the faithful, be they Jewish, Muslim, Greek Orthodox, Catholic, or Bahá’í. In our December/January 2007, issue Colin Gray and Adam Kuehl used Savannah’s rich liturgical backdrop to create this compelling artistic photo essay that depicts each face of faith as an artistic icon. In keeping with Colonial Georgia’s founding principles, the city of Savannah has become a hotbed of intermingling religious and spiritual faiths.

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28 Award Winning Moments Our fi e-year anniversary “Faces” issue in February of 2011 was the recipient of the 2012 GAMMA "Best Issue" Gold Award and the Gold Award for "Best Photography" for the circus-inspired fashion spread photographed by Tim Johnson and styled by Mitchell Hall. The judges stated that “the photo essay provided incredible creativity and color to the reader. It was spot on bringing the reader into the photo, there with the subject. Bravo."

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The team here at South definitely had our trend sensors turned on high when we highlighted an up-and-coming hookah bar as well as a new group of people with unique street style that called themselves “hipsters.” In our August/September 2010 issue, hookah was the new sensation around Savannah, and the vintage-loving subculture of "hipsters" was just starting to turn some heads. Today, The Mirage Mediterranean Bar & Grill is still a popular spot and Savannah has even gotten a second hookah lounge called Persepolis. The hipsters are now part of the mainstream.

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Meet GoSouth, the new RV we use at events around the region. South magazine staffers love to entertain clients inside and under the awning at events with great food, beverages, and even chair massages after long marathons! Look for our mobile red-carpet party on wheels at your next event!

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When we coined the nickname “THE JOGFATHER” for Robert Espinoza back in the December/ January 2013 issue, we had no idea it would stick. We did, however, think that the racing scene here in Savannah would continue to grow, and it sure has. It seems like every weekend there is a new race happening, and it all comes back to Espinoza. In 2014 alone, there are approximately 140 races in the Savannah area including a kids triathlon, a mother daughter 5k, and the popular Rock n’ Roll Savannah Marathon.

Paying homage to the fitness fad that is known as the Mud Run, we nabbed the Gold for “Best Single Cover” at the 2013 GAMMA Awards. Photographer Tim Johnson was behind the lens, and our very own Michael Brooks acted as creative director. The judges stated “South magazine does it again with a super photo complemented by strong typography. This magazine could easily compete on the newsstand with any national magazine. It has heart, guts, and quality.” We would have to agree! Cover girl CASSY LANGLEY recently competed in her fir t professional level bodybuilding show at the WBNF/INBF Iron Eagle Show on March 22 held at the Savannah Country Day School and promoted by local legend Rodney “Gunz” Helaire (see our Dec/Jan 14 issue for full article). Coached by Helaire, Cassy placed 2nd in a class of 7 and said, “I am working on a more proportioned physique for the next show.”

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34 Libbie is a culinary genius, and we were happy to be her first gig as a food stylis . “I had been doing a freelance job for Martha Stewart set styling for some of her holiday shows and was less than excited about it. Across the studio I saw people having fun and working on food. I found out they were ‘food-stylists.’ At that moment, I decided that's what I'm going to do. I called up South and Michael said they were working on a project and needed a stylist for some hamburgers and asked if I was interested. ‘YES!! I can so style a hamburger!’ I had never styled anything, let alone the elusive hamburger. I went online and read all that I could and learned what I needed to have in a ‘food stylist's kit’ –heat guns, pins, card board, paint brushes, tweezers, oil, super glue, etc. $200 later with a brand new kit, I showed up to style some burgers for the “Head of the Class” piece. Thanks, Michael!"

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Any who knows Libbie knows there is always more: “I adore Colin Gray and his photography. When he called to ask if I would work with him on an ad with chocolates for South, I was in. He had an idea of chocolates popping out of a bag, so we tried to figure out how to make that happen. We decided on stringing the chocolates from fishin wire and me tying them onto my fin ers and working them like a marionette above the bag. It was a complete $#&%^ show, but was so fun. Colin captured the shot and I love it. It's in my professional portfolio under ‘playing with food’.” Residing in Savannah with her husband, son, and dog, Libbie is the author of two books: The Whole Hog Cookbook and Sweet and Vicious: Baking with Attitude. Libbie also has a wildly successful blog entitled Salted and Styled that was co-created with photographer Chia Chong. Purchase Libbie’s books on Amazon, and visit saltedandstyled.com.

Fashion giant ANDRÉ LEON TALLEY sang Savannah’s praises when we sat down with him in March of 2013. The former editor-at-large of Vogue and fashion icon still finds time to visit and advise th fashion department at SCAD. “Savannah is an extraordinary city of great elegance and culture,” he stated. We were thrilled to have featured him at the height of his Vogue career. He went on last year to the International Editorship of Numero Russia and recently resigned reportedly over Russia’s anti-homosexuality laws. Fashion giant MARC JACOBS has strong ties to Savannah with his store on Broughton Street opened in 2007 and the recent Telfair Museums' "Art of Great Fashion" event, which honored this American icon. He graced our April/May 2014 cover.

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Thirty six APRIL JOHNSTON This SCAD grad has made a name for herself in the fashion industry since leaving in 2010. Placing in the top 5 on the show Project Runway, Johnston was brought back again for the show's "All Stars” season. She is now based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she is creating her handmade fashion line called Mangled Courtesan. She is now busy teaching as an adjunct professor at Philadelphia University and with a fashion camp called “The Handwork Studio,” which teaches kids the basics of sewing and fashion design. For her new collections, visit mangledcourtesan.com.

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37 A Briefing on Pete Liakakis

It’s been a little over a year since PETE LIAKAKIS stepped down as Chatham County Commission Chairman and passed the gavel along to current Chairman Al Scott. Contrary to our portrait of him in boxer shorts, Liakakis hasn’t found much time to chill in front of the TV; he is busy maintaining multiple businesses and serving as the current Chairman for the Chatham Area Transit Authority. Pete still finds time to engage the community. Offerin himself to Savannah’s fir t ever “roast and toast,” Savannahians’ favorite politician will bear the brunt of jokes to benefit Horizons Savannah’s six-week summer enrichment program for underserved, low-income public school students.

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Made famous by his New York Times best-selling book, Seal Team Six, Memoirs of an Elite Navy Seal Sniper, DR. HOWARD WASDIN is becoming one of the most well-known writers of our time. A former US Navy SEAL Team Six Sniper, Howard has plenty of stories to tell. In his novel he recalls the moment that a bullet hit his shinbone, which basically took off hi lower leg, and the fact that if he had moved half a second quicker, he could have saved it. He has written numerous novels about his experience as a Navy SEAL member, and he is now working as a chiropractor in Jesup, Georgia.

Championing Georgia's Business Leaders

While we may occasionally forget our founding principle, Non Sibi Sed Aliis, recent Georgia Trustees ARTHUR BLANK AND BILLY PAYNE have given more than

CARLOS MOLEDA, JD GREER, AND SCOTT RIGSBY have all endured life-altering injuries, but this is not what makes these men remarkable. The fact that they have used their stories to help others who are recovering from similar injuries is what makes them so commendable. These three men are also athletes. Carlos Moleda has worked through Paralyzed Veterans of America, helping other veterans cope with their new lives. JD Greer has worked as a mentor for Wounded Warriors, a non-profit that helps veterans with any number of mental and/or physical injuries. Scott Rigsby has started his own non-profit, the Scott Rigsby Foundation. The organization's goal of the is to inspire those who live with mobility challenges to live a healthy life style. We salute the men and women who defend America’s freedoms. could be asked. Payne changed Augusta National Golf Club’s antiquated rules and inducted former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice while Blank pledged at least

half his wealth to charities. It’s no surprise that the pair were named Georgia Trustees. They were featured in our December/January 2014 issue.

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South Gives Savannah’s Film Industry Some Love

Former director of Tourism and Film Services for the city, JAY SELF is the long-time champion of Savannah as a cinematic chameleon. He is now head of corporate affairs for edient Studios located in Effingham ounty. Self left his position with the city over an alleged controversy around the Spongebob 2 movie. He praises the Film Commission team today. but warns, “We must keep our eyes on those who have and continue to risk our future for their own political and personal gain.” Self cites many reasons for the fil industry’s attraction to Savannah, such as the unique aesthetics of the built and natural environments, tax incentives, and pool of local talent. Self explained that smaller productions in the $2 million range will be the most successful here until full production studios like Medient are up and running. J U N E / J U LY 2014

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We are privileged to have known and worked with so many special people and take the time now to remember a few dearly departed souls from our region.

RON HIGGINS (1964 – 2010)

Both a friend and leader to the community of Savannah, “Hollywood” Ron Higgins was the founder of Savannah Movie Tours. He conducted tours of Savannah’s film industry on his 16-seater coach, the back of which boasted an image of himself as Forrest Gump. He worked on films such as Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, The Gift, Something to Talk About, Forrest Gump, and The Legend of Bagger Vance. Named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 and 2008 by the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, Ron wil be remembered as one of the great idea generators of Savannah.

RAY ELLIS (1921 - 2013) Ray Ellis spent the majority of his life painting all over the world. He was the recipient of the Salmagundi Club’s Medal of Honor for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts. His work has been featured in exhibitions all over the globe, including his permanent collection in the White House. The Ray Ellis Gallery is still located in Savannah at 205 West Congress Street.

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BEN TUCKER (1930-2013)

Ben Tucker was one of the Savannah's most prized musicians. One of the greatest bass players in the world, Ben played a critical role in the development of Savannah’s music scene. Howard Paul, President/CEO of Benedetto Guitars Inc. as well as lifelong friend of Ben said, “Ben’s biggest legacy in Savannah, to me, was his great effort to promote racial integration and equality. He was a fine example to the entire community, and he brought out the best in people." Ben and Howard were both founding members of the Club of Savannah Harbor. Howard said, "Ben was a hoot on the golf course."

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FLOYD ADAMS (1945-2014)

The fir t African-American mayor of Savannah, Adams was an extremely active citizen. He was publisher of the Savannah Herald, city council member, and the 63rd mayor of Savannah. Scott Center recalls, “He was both passionate and pragmatic. For Floyd, it was all about Savannah. A charming man, Floyd never met a stranger." Center says it was Floyd's charismatic nature that made him a great mayor and said, "He created the prototype of how a mayor should govern in the post-segregation south."

JAY HIERS (1971 – 2011)

WILLIAM WEBB (2010 – 2014)

The nephew of Paula Deen and previous manager of the famous Lady and Sons, Jay Hiers was a Georgia boy through and through. A native of Albany, Georgia, and a 1994 graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, Jay was a talented artist, and he loved Savannah and the people in it. Jay worked for Paula Deen since 2006, and his April 26, 2011 death was a shock to all who knew him. Nicknamed “Jay Bird” by the family, Hiers will always be remembered as one of the greatest hosts of the South and a great friend to South magazine. His cousins Bobby and Jamie Deen recently shared their memories of Jay. Bobby said “Jay was always the life of the party. He was the kind of guy who walked into a room and was like a magnet. Everyone just always wanted to be around him.” The cousins were all very close and Bobby said that he still feels Jay's presence.

Voted one of South’s greatest kids, William Webb was one of the sweetest children we have worked with. William was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of pediatric cancer, at the age of three. During his short

life, he touched many. William passed away on February 5, 2014. Although he is known for his battle with cancer, he was a normal boy who liked normal boy things like feeding ducks, swinging, and riding in the boat with

his grandfather. On William’s Facebook page, his parents commented, “He was brave beyond measure and brought happiness to more people than we will ever know.” His Facebook page has over 12,000 likes! He was so loved.

SARAH JONES (1986 – 2014) Tragedy struck during the filming o Midnight Rider, the Gregg Allman biopic, when a train on the Wayne Co., Georgia tracks hit Sarah Jones on February 20 of this year. Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, Sarah was making her way in the film indust y having worked on the Vampire Diaries and Army Wives crews and more. She was honored at the Academy Awards and in ceremonies throughout the country. Her tragic death has caused the movie industry to take a serious look at safety protocols. She was loved by many and will continue to be missed.

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The work of DAN WINTERS is somewhat of a jumble of artistic genius. His cover for our November/December 2012 issue put a new spin on a Southern aesthetic. When we sat down with him in the fall of 2012, it was obvious he was a photography legend in the making, if not already. In his new book, Road to Seeing, he sheds light on his legendary career that boasts countless awards, numerous celebrity portraits, and work in some of the world’s top publications. Winters shares his personal experiences in the book, as well as his own philosophy of photography to the student of photography wishing to capture the world with a camera lens. We were privileged to have brought him to our readers’ attention as his fame was ascending.

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The South is brimming with talent; some of America's best artists, actors, chefs, authors, designers, athletes, and politicians have come out of our region. South magazine is known for having highly creative photography and graphic imagery ,and our covers have sizzled with celebrity and otherwise provocative imagery. Covers such as those with Jamie Deen, Jamie Alexander, Elizabeth Mitchell, Gregg Allman, Andre Leon Tally, and Marc Jacobs have sent our issues flying off t newsstands. Profiles on such ell-known celebrities from the South go a long way of dispelling the myths of the South as being perhaps a little bit "slower" than the rest of the country! Our August/September 2010 “Hipsters & Hookas” issue won the Gold award for best cover. The judges noted that this cover confronted all convention, “From the layered photography to the over-the-top photo with its rockabilly model, doublefisting a hoo ah.” Michael Brooks stated, “To be in the company of other magazines like Garden & Gun, Charlotte Magazine, and TechNation is a huge honor.”

47 HERE COME THE JUDGES & WHAT'S UP, DOC? South enjoys the distinction of being the first in the region to introduce our reader to Savannah’s wielders of the juris gavels. The Honorables who have graced our issues include B. Avant Edenfield, Louisa Abbo , Hermann Coolidge, Ron Ginsberg, Tammy Stokes, and Claire Cornwell-Williams. We were also the first to call out the Gre test Doctors in our region. We appreciate those willing to take charge to create a bold, compelling energy to shed a fun light on all of our professional imagery.

48. Reader’s choice for best professional cover The December/January 2014 cover featuring pediatrician, Dr. Yael Elfassy won first plac for Best Professional Cover. Yael is leader of the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which raises money and awareness for kids with cancer.

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Professional photographer and filmma er DAVID FIELD shot our dramatic covers f or the December 2006 issues. In our very f irst issue (February/March 2006), we covered Field who was, at the time, a fairly recent graduate student from SCAD. Now he is located in New York, where he continues to pursue photography and, more recently, film. He has shown in museums such as the Guggenheim. When shooting our dramatic winter wonderland series for the December/January 2006 issue, he turned an empty building into a frozen forest. The results were great, but the owner of the building, GIUSSEPPE PINO VENETICO OF IL PASTICHIO, was charged big bucks to clean up the mess. Field had to pay him back with a free ad for South about which he said, "You see his entire staff sitting at a table smoking cigars, looking like the cast of the Sopranos. Funny stuff!"

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Our Inaugural Cover Photography by Russ Bryant

First impressions are lasting and our inaugural cover back in February of 2006 drew great attention. Model Jenny Lane channeled her inner Colonial soldier, and the cover embodied what the magazine represented: recognizing and fostering the lessons and traditions of the South’s past, but advocating the changes and progressive moves the new South has made. This cover garnered much praise from our readers. “I just saw your first i sue and I am really impressed with its quality. I am glad to see that in Savannah there are people willing to take artistic risks."

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FABULOUS 50s PAGE 98 HOTTEST SINGLES PAGE 106 GREATEST MOMS AND DADS PAGE 110

A HINT OF GOLD This summer, it's all about the gold, from shiny glitter to muted metallic. Whether you're laying on the beach or enjoying a night out on the town, a drop of gold is just what you need to complete any look. Urban Decay Naked3 $54, sephora.com This palette is made up of rose-hued neutrals with a hint of shine. Perfect for summer nights. Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector $36, sephora.com This primer is ideal for summer nights in the South. Made to target oilprone areas and to keep your face looking and feeling fresh all day. –Elizabeth Danos

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The "real" women in this fashion spread are in their fifties, and they all concur unanimously that the ir live s have ne ve r be e n be tte r. The consensus during this fun-filled fashion shoot was that they are more confident in expressing the mse lve s and standing up for the mse lve s. The y worry le ss and le ss about what othe rs think and more about how they feel. Taking care of the ir physical and e motional he alth while juggling big careers and families is a priority for each of them, and it shows. Each of them also said they are having more fun now than they e ve r have . For the se fabulous wome n of Savannah in their 50s, the best is yet to come! E d i t e d b y E L I Z A B ET H DA N O S Photography by AARON BERNSTEIN

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Occupation: Brand Strategy & Brand Philanthropy for Fashion, Beauty, Lifestyle Brands On her career: “I’ve learned to only take on clients that are fun, positive, and have good energy. If I am going to work, it might as well be enjoyable.”

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Occupation: Wants to create a Wildlife Rescue Center Advice to younger women: “The most important thing in life is to be passionate, follow your dreams, and be kind and helpful to others.”

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Occupation: Retail Specialist, Anthropologie On beauty: “Less is more, and moisturizer is my best friend.” 2

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Occupation: Market President, SVP Wells Fargo Bank On her career: “I try hard not to take myself as seriously as I did when I was in my thirties.” 3

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Occupation: Stay-at-home Mom About Aging: “Embrace yourself at every age and be the best version of yourself you can be–not someone else’s version.”

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Occupation: Business Consultant Anit-Aging Tips: "For me it's always been about 3 simple things: (1) protect your skin/face with sunscreen; (2) weekly face scrub and moisturizer and (3) drink plenty of water for rehydration of your skin."

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Occupation: Philanthropist, Tennis Star, Salsa Dancer, Adoring Grandmother About Aging: Top secrets: My hair. I have to have smooth, straight hair and can't live without my stylist Christie Owens. And can't live without Botox! You can get injected, have it work right away and no one can tell you have had anything done, and you can look years younger in about a week!

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TINA TYUS-SHAW Shirt Elizabeth and James available at Copper Penny Dress Kate Spade Jewelry Gaucho Boots Corral available at Globe Shoe Co.

Occupation: News Anchor, WTOC On style and fashion: “Sometimes I like to walk on the wild side. It’s all about enjoying myself tastefully. I know how to turn it on and turn it off.”

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Cohen’s Retreat his sanctuary for artists and creators alike is located on Skidaway Road in Savannah. The property, which rests on over 5 acres, consists of the main building of over 10,000 feet that boasts 11 themed decorator showrooms. There are also 16 energy-efficien cottages on the property available for rent to live in or for use as studios. Cohen’s sells art, kitchenware, candles, furniture, and more. One exciting new development is Art Tank, which will be hosting classes, workshops, and lectures. Stop by and attend a Pinterest party, or you can spend a “crafternoon” with friends. Whether you are an artist or an admirer of the arts, this is the place for you. Additionally, The Blue Rooster Café is open for casual breakfast and lunch from 9 to 4 p.m., and a premier farm-to-table restaurant will be opening soon. Cohen’s Retreat is revolutionizing the fine and culinary art scenes in Savannah, and we look forward to seeing the results. Cohen’s is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 5715 Skidaway Road, Savannah, GA, (912) 355-3336, cohensretreat.com.

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NAME: Omar Portigliatti AGE: 30 HOMETOWN: Turin, Italy PROFESSION: Jewelry Designer ANY DATING ADVICE FOR OTHER SINGLES? Don't try too hard. WHAT FEATURE ARE YOU MOST ATTRACTED TO? A really nice smile. CELEBRITY CRUSH: Charlize Theron

These Southerners are living the single life and look oh-so good while doing it. But as everyone knows, a little summer lovin’ is never out of the question. South sat down with the winners of our Hottest Singles Contest to find out what they think is hot, what is not, and what it takes to win their hearts.

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NAME: Amanda Bryant AGE: 33 HOMETOWN: Savannah, GA PROFESSION: Stylist ANY DATING ADVICE FOR OTHER SINGLES? Never take dating advice. BIGGEST TURN OFF? No sense of humor. CELEBRITY CRUSH: Gerard Butler Hair and make-up by Michelle Peth

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NAME: Amber Craft AGE: 29 HOMETOWN: Savannah, Georgia PROFESSION: Diagnostic Medical Sonographer DATING ADVICE? Just be yourself! WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST TURN OFF? Bad teeth. CELEBRITY CRUSH? Ryan Gosling

NAME: Smith Mathews AGE: 28 HOMETOWN: Guyton, Georgia PROFESSION: Brewmaster, Managing Partner & Founder of Southbound Brewing Co. DATING ADVICE? Don't get overly worked up, be yourself, and hold out for the right person. It'll be worth it.   CELEBRITY CRUSH? Most definit ly Jennifer Aniston. I've always had a thing for her.

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NAME: Haneef Haqq AGE: 30 HOMETOWN: Moreno Valley, California PROFESSION: Bank Examiner ANY DATING ADVICE FOR OTHER SINGLES? Enjoy your freedom and explore yourself. Love life. WHAT FEATURE ARE YOU MOST ATTRACTED TO? Her eyes.

NAME: Marla Szczepaniec AGE: 37 HOMETOWN: Savannah, Georgia PROFESSION: Operations Manager DATING ADVICE? If I could say one thing from my experiences, I would say to be patient. While finding the right one might feel like work , it shouldn't be. Find happiness within yourself and live your life. Love will find you in many different ways. WHAT FEATURE ARE YOU MOST ATTRACTED TO?: An outgoing personality. Someone who loves life is always fun to be around.

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NAME: Nicole Edge AGE: 32 HOMETOWN: Detroit, Michigan PROFESSION: Professional Belly Dancer and Owner of Kleo’s Sewing Studio WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A RELATIONSHIP? Someone who is kind and an animal lover. WHAT'S YOUR BIGGEST TURN OFF? People who are inconsiderate and rude.

NAME: Richard Kramer AGE: 28 HOMETOWN: Guyton, Georgia PROFESSION: Bartender IDEAL FIRST DATE? Good food and good drinks always bring good times. It allows you an opportunity to get to know the person you're out with. WHAT FEATURE ARE YOU MOST ATTRACTED TO? Beautiful eyes will melt me in a second.

NAME: Nicole Rene Schwalge AGE: 25 HOMETOWN: Portland, Oregon PROFESSION: Bridal Boutique Owner and Wedding Planner WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST TURN OFF? Guys that are liars and players. Anything sketchy is not okay. WHO IS YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH? Channing Tatum

NAME: Cody Knowles AGE: 29 HOMETOWN: Leesburg, Georgia PROFESSION: Marketing Director at World of Beer IDEAL FIRST DATE? Something off key and unique like dressing up as superheroes and walking around saying “hi” to kids. WHO IS YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH? Jennifer Lawrence

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JOESPH LANGLEY On raising his daughter, Carleigh: “My greatest joys raising my daughter have been watching her grow, learn, laugh, and, most of all, being her best friend. As soon as I walk through the door she yells "Daddy Daddy" and that just melts my heart.”

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On raising his daughter, Sophia (5 months): “One of the greatest joys is when I come home from work and she instantly recognizes my face and then starts to laugh and smile real wide.”

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LORI PICLEMEISTER Advice for new parents: “It matters what you say. They will believe what you say to them and about them. Psychologists tell us that for every negative statement, it takes ten positive statements to counteract.”

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THE PAST DECADE HAS BEEN CHALLENGING FOR COMPANIES STRIVING TO SUCCEED. THEY HAVE MADE IT THROUGH THE YEARS AND DEMONSTRATED STRENGTH AND STAYING POWER. IN CELEBRATION OF OUR 50TH ISSUE, WE INVITE YOU TO BE A PART OF THIS COMMEMORATIVE MILESTONE. S P E C I A L

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THE FIDUCIARY GROUP MALCOLM BUTLER, JD, PRESIDENT/CEO

• Wealth Management • Retirement Plans • Trusts and Estates WHEN Founded in Savannah by Lee Butler in 1970.

WHY They really enjoy helping people save more and grow their wealth through sound advice and disciplined investment management. People trust The Fiduciary Group to do what’s right for them. 310 COMMERCIAL DRIVE SAVANNAH, GA 912.303.9000 TFGINVEST.COM

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WHAT A registered investment advisory firm providing investment management and financial advice for individuals, families, trusts, estates, and retirement plans. This company has a great team of advisors with diverse expertise and advanced degrees in law, business, finance, and accounting. As fiduciaries, they act solely in their clients’ best interests, they provide independent objective advice, and they do not sell any products.

Our firm tag line is ‘Conserve. Plan. Grow.’ We think it’s a great recipe for financial success.” —Malcolm Butler

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SAVANNAH BEE COMPANY Locally Owned and Operated National Brand • Hand Crafted Honey Food Products WHO: Ted Dennard, Founder. WHEN: In January of 2002 he quit his job, mortgaged his house, and put all his money into the venture—the Savannah Bee Company. WHAT: Savannah Bee Company carries honey wine, and they make single flower honeys, lip gloss, body butter, lotions, and hair care products. They are passionate about honeybees and all they do for the environment. WHY: Honey tastes great and nourishes the body inside and out. Savannah Bee Company also educates customers on the important work of bees to sustain plant and animal life. The latest buzz is their Bee Cause Project—a non-profit organization dedicated to raising a generation who understands, loves, and protects honeybees. Already they have installed 25 glass observation beehives in schools, and their goal is 1000.

104 WEST BROUGHTON STREET • SAVANNAH, GA • 912.233.7873 | 1 WEST RIVER STREET SAVANNAH, GA • 912.234.7088 | 211 JOHNNY MERCER BOULEVARD • 912.234.0688 216 KING STREET • CHARLESTON, SC • 843.722.5664 • SAVANNAHBEE.COM

Left Page, Left to right: (Back row) Gordon Matthews, Kate Dowdle, Ted Dennard, Hillary Deal. (Front row) Diana Smirl, Allie Smith. Right Page, Left to right: Jay Randall, Heather Donn, Nicole Maks, Maria Lancaster, Andrea Burg.

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To see children light up when a hive is unveiled is so fantastic. The work we are doing with the Bee Cause is the most rewarding thing I have ever done." —Ted Dennard

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CORDASCO & COMPANY, P.C. Tax Planning & Preparation • Collaborative Accounting Solutions • Accounting and Auditing Services WHO: Rob Cordasco, James Rahal, Mark Haney, Kathy Anderson. WHEN: Founded by Rob Cordasco in 2007. WHAT: As a boutique CPA firm, Cordasco & Company provides high-end tax and accounting services with a primary focus on tax planning and preparation. They are well-positioned to navigate the changing tide of tax law and rely heavily on state-of-the-art technologies. WHY: The firm fosters long-term relationships with clients, using technical ability, expertise, and creativity. This is an unusual combination in the industry.

109 OGLETHORPE PROFESSIONAL COURT • SAVANNAH, GA • 912.353.7800 • CORDASCOCPA.COM

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We are not your parents' accounting firm. We are very progressive. We combine highly technical skills,strong communications and leveraged technology to provide our clients with the highest level of services and proven results." —Rob Cordasco

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Cosmetic surgery is not about vanity. It’s about confidence and quality of life.” —Dr. Joel L. Shanklin

Left page, Left to right: Dr. Joel Shanklin, Dr. Meghan McGovern, Dr. Luke Curtsinger (sitting), Dr. Michael Huntly, Donna Thiffault, LME Right page, Left to right: Elizabeth Turner, MBA; Jessica Earley. Back row: Christy Linton, Mary Haskins, RN, Elaine Coleman (Not pictured: Kathy Conner)

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COASTAL EMPIRE PLASTIC SURGERY Cosmetic Surgery • Non-Surgical Facial Enhancements • Reconstructive Surgery WHO: Joel L. Shanklin, MD, FACS; Meghan K. McGovern, MD; Luke J. Curtsinger, MD, FACS; Michael R. Huntly, MD, FACS. WHEN: The practice and center was founded by Dr. Shanklin in 2003. WHAT: More beautiful. More youthful. More you. Coastal Empire’s state-of-the-art, licensed surgical center is equipped to perform all of their cosmetic surgical procedures, combining the safety of a hospital environment with convenience and privacy. Their main goal is to help patients improve their appearance and restore a more youthful look. WHY: The goal of the four surgeons is to help others achieve their dreams. The doctors are passionate about what they do, and this is what keeps patients coming back. They have locations in Savannah, Statesboro, Rincon, Jesup, Hinesville, and Bluffton.

900 MOHAWK STREET • SAVANNAH, GA • 912.920.2090 • COASTALEMPIREPLASTICSURGERY.COM

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OLIVER MANER LLP Trial and Transactional Attorneys WHEN: Founded in 1897. WHAT: The firm of Oliver Maner has been a vibrant and productive member of the Savannah legal community for more than 100 years. Their lawyers place high priority on philanthropic and civic activities, which better the local community and the State of Georgia. WHY: The attorneys at Oliver Maner have an excellent track record against some of the largest firms in the United States. They are willing to take on complex cases and to try them without hesitation. The legal counsel and tax advice they provide to individuals, families, and businesses is first-rate.

218 WEST STATE STREET • SAVANNAH, GA • 912.236.3311 • OLIVERMANER.COM

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Left to right (first row): Douglas J. Giorgio, III, Partner; David H. Dickey, Partner; Benjamin M. Perkins, Partner; R. Benjamin Lingle, Associate; Paul H. Threlkeld, Partner; Patrick T. O’Connor, Managing Partner; William P. Franklin, Jr., Partner; Lee A. Summerford, Partner; Timothy D. Roberts, Partner; William J. Hunter, Partner; Douglas E. Herman, Partner; George T. Major, Associate; Zachary S. Howard, Associate. (Not pictured: I. Gregory Hodges, Partner; Christopher L. Ray, Partner)

Left to right (second row): Kelin L. Murphy, Associate; Blake L. Greco, Associate; Lauren H. Meadows, Associate; Julian R. Friedman, of Counsel; Bryan S. Schivera, Associate; Joe E. Mathews, Associate; T. Lawrence Evans, Associate; Justin T. Jones, Associate; Alison S. Kennickell, Partner; Robert W. Schivera, Partner; James P. Gerard, Partner; Patricia T. Paul, Partner; Andrew M. Wilkes, Partner.

Oliver Maner is proud of its heritage as a leading law firm in Savannah for more than 100 years. We look forward to continuing the pursuit of excellence and service to this great community for generations to come." —Pat O’Connor, Managing Partner

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Our beautiful homes and attention to individual needs make our guests feel like they belong to our special island community." —Stacye Jarrell

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OCEANFRONT COTTAGE RENTALS Tybee Island’s Premier Luxury Rental Agency WHO: Stacye and Lannie Jarrell, Owners. WHEN: Founded in 1997. In 2003 and 2012 they were awarded "Small Business of the Year" by the Savannah Chatham County Chamber of Commerce. WHAT: Tybee Island’s leading luxury vacation rental agency with award-winning service accolades. WHY: The properties are tastefully decorated with every imaginable luxury amenity, whether they are oceanfront, or on the marsh. Concierge services include the fulfillment of grocery and transportation needs and booking parties at the Tybee Wedding Chapel and Grand Ballroom.

717 1ST STREET • TYBEE ISLAND, GA • 912.786.0054 • OCEANFRONTCOTTAGE.COM

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TYBEE ISLAND WEDDING CHAPEL Full Service Wedding, Corporate, and Banquet Facility WHO: Ray Anaya, Director of Events; Carla Michael, Assistant Director of Events. WHEN: The Wedding Chapel was opened in April 2011 after the church was used in the Miley Cyrus movie, The Last Song. It was voted "Best of Weddings" 2012–2014 on TheKnot.com and "Bride’s Choice" 2012–2014 on Wedding.Wire.com. The recent addition to the chapel is the Grand Ballroom, which opened in March 2014. WHAT: This elegant venue is used for a wide variety of events with full service accommodations. The chapel and ballroom host weddings, corporate functions, special celebrations. WHY: They accommodate 180 or more people and cater to individual needs with concierge services from our award-winning professional staff. The staff is attentive and pay attention to every detail to make your soiree swing!

1114 U.S. 80 • TYBEE ISLAND, GA • TOLL FREE: 800.786.5889 • PHONE: 912.786.0054 • TYBEEWEDDINGCHAPEL.COM

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Planning a wedding is an experience. It is a collaboration of many planning elements that lead up to one of the biggest days of your life. You should cherish every moment... from the engagement to the 'I do'." —Ray Anaya, Venue Director

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HUNTERMACLEAN Introducing the Next Generation of Success WHEN: Tracing its history to 1879, HunterMaclean has been an integral part of Savannah business for more than 130 years. WHAT: The firm’s success has been built by the professional excellence of generations of attorneys, and its future will be built by the young attorneys pictured here. WHY: HunterMaclean attorneys get to know their clients and the industries they work in to help them navigate a constantly evolving business landscape. The firm represents companies and individuals throughout the United States, with a focus on Georgia and the Southeast. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, banks and hospitals, professional service organizations, nonprofit corporations, family businesses, and startup ventures.

200 EAST SAINT JULIAN STREET • SAVANNAH, GA • 912.236.0261 • HUNTERMACLEAN.COM BANK OF AMERICA PLAZA • 777 GLOUCESTER STREET, SUITE 400 • BRUNSWICK, GA • 912.262.5996

Top row, Left to right: Rachel Young Fields, William J. Gallagher III (seated), Allan C. Galis, Gregory O. DeBacker, David M. Burkoff, Carson Bacon Penney, Deanne E. Clarke, Daniel J. Monahan, Parker C. Morgan, Daniel R. Crook, Kate C. Lawson. Bottom row, Left to right: Edgar M. Smith, Shayna A. Bowen, Colin A. McRae, Bradley M. Harmon, Courtney L. Valentine, Nicholas J. Laybourn, Heather Hammonds Lundy

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The firm seeks out young attorneys who not only possess legal talent but will also invest themselves in the Savannah community and help it grow. We are proud to have such accomplished and dedicated young professionals practicing at HunterMaclean." 窶認rank S. Macgill, Managing Partner

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SISTERS OF THE NEW SOUTH The Best Soul Food in Savannah WHO: Kenneth and Vicky Brown, Owners. Jurrell and Precious Howell, Mall Boulevard Owners. WHEN: Kenneth’s background in the food service industry and Vicky’s love of cooking convinced them to open their first restaurant in 2009. WHAT: Husband-and-wife owners Vicky and Kenneth Brown envisioned a place offering the food you remember from your mother’s or grandmother’s table. Traditional dishes such as fried chicken and smothered pork chops are served with mashed potatoes, okra, yams, and macaroni and cheese. WHY: The name says it all—Sisters of the New South is about family. Vicky is the youngest of eight daughters, and her sisters, nieces, and nephews help run the three locations. She and Kenneth strive to create a friendly atmosphere where customers are greeted, remembered, and treated like family.

2605 SKIDAWAY ROAD • SAVANNAH, GA • 912.335.2761 | 110 MALL BOULEVARD • SAVANNAH, GA • 912.355.1330 103 CANAL STREET • POOLER, GA • 912.748.6700 • THESISTERSOFTHENEWSOUTH.COM

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You can call it soul food, comfort food, or Southern cooking. It doesn’t matter what your background is or where you’re from, this is the food you grew up on." —Kenneth Brown

Left to right: Jurrell Howell, Dorothy Bing, Kenneth Brown, Shireas Peek, Vicky Brown, Esterline Bing, and Betty Miller

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Back row: Dr. Rod Strickland, Dr. Brad Durham, Brooke White; Front Office Coordinator; Lar Algatt, New Patient Coordinator/Hygienist; Kim Hughes, Practice Coordinator Front row: Kristin Pullum, Office Coordinator; Jennifer Hart, Hygienist; Nikki White, Lab Coordinator; Sonya Prater, Hygienist; Sherri Merritt, Dr. Durham’s Treatment Coordinator; Dawn Billotte, Dr. Strickland’s Treatment Coordinator

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BEYOND EXCEPTIONAL DENTISTRY Beyond Exceptional is an Adjective as Much as the Name of the Practice WHO: Brad Durham, DMD, and Rod Strickland, DDS WHEN: 25 years in practice. WHAT: Folks in Savannah know them as the creators of beautiful smiles. Around the country and the globe they are known for far more. WHY: Dr. Durham is a consultant, author, and researcher, and speaks internationally. He leads workshops attracting dentists from all over the world. Dr. Strickland is the inventor of the “Facelift Denture™,” which draws patients from across the region. He trains dentists in this innovative procedure that renews smiles and can take years off the appearance without surgery.

1317 ABERCORN STREET • SAVANNAH, GA • 912.234.8282 • BRADDURHAMDMD.COM 29 PLANTATION PARK DRIVE #301 • BLUFFTON, SC • 843.706.2999

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SAVANNAH KITCHEN AND BATH LUKEJOHN DICKSON, OWNER; AMY DICKSON, CREATIVE DIRECTOR

• Driven by Design • Largest Selection of Kitchen and Bath Products in the Region • Strong Client Relationships 925 EAST 37TH STREET SAVANNAH, GA 912.236.9299 SAVANNAHKITCHENANDBATH.COM

WHEN: Lukejohn originally launched DC4 as a design/build firm in 2004. After an expansion, new location, and name change, they began focusing exclusively on kitchen and bath design and products. WHAT: As a design-driven interior contractor, Savannah Kitchen & Bath’s (SKB) primary focus is on satisfying client’s aesthetic needs, not selling products. With a primary focus on customer satisfaction, everything else falls into place. WHY: Savannah Kitchen & Bath recognizes that clients are different and so are their needs. Whether the goal is to renovate, modernize, or create a personal sanctuary in the home, SKB provides a strong team of in-house designers, project managers, lead carpenters, and installers, all dedicated to quality execution. They transform the construction and remodeling process into a rewarding experience.

We are a turnkey interior contractor and base all of our work on design excellence and quality execution.” —Lukejohn Dickson

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Dept 7 on Broughton Street in Downtown Savannah, was designed by SKB.

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DANIEL DEFENSE MARTY DANIEL, FOUNDER/CEO

• AR-15 Style Guns • Gun Barrels • Rifle Rail Systems 1101 WARFIGHTER WAY BLACK CREEK, GA 912.851.3234 DANIELDEFENSE.COM

WHEN: In 2009, Daniel Defense moved to a 38,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Black Creek, Georgia. They anticipate employing 284 Georgians there and adding millions to the local economy by 2018. WHAT: Daniel Defense has grown into a company that designs, engineers, manufactures, and sells rifles and small arms parts and accessories used by military, law enforcement, and civilians seeking premium rifles for home defense, hunting, and sport shooting. Truly a local operation, Daniel Defense began in the corner of a shop in Savannah. Owner Marty Daniel, a shooter and firearms enthusiast, wanted to create accessories for his M16 rifle. He soon found a wider demand for his products, and so Daniel Defense was founded. WHY: Daniel Defense is the sole source provider of rifle rail systems to the United States military Special Operations Command. To date, they have delivered 30,000 units to this elite unit.

Our business relies on confidence in relationships. Having a successful company like this is about having the right people. I have a team who knows how we operate, and they are why we are successful.” —Marty Daniel 138

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RIVER STREET SWEETS TIM AND JENNIFER STRICKLAND, OWNERS

• World Famous Pralines • Bear Claws and Chocolates • Glazed Pecans, Brittle, and more 13 EAST RIVER STREET SAVANNAH, GA 912.234.4608 RIVERSTREETSWEETS.COM

WHEN: River Street Sweets started as a family owned gift shop when the doors opened on historic river street in 1973. Over forty years later, siblings Jennifer and Tim Strickland own and operate this family tradition. They take great care and pride in their scrumptious gourmet Southern candies, with good old-fashioned hospitality! WHAT: River Street Sweets is all about making people happy! Every guest in the store enjoys a free sample of World Famous Pralines while watching all kinds of candy made by hand right before their eyes. The entertainment aspect and the interaction with the cooks make a visit to River Street Sweets special. WHY: Nothing smells better than a candy store, so people are drawn in by the delicious aromas and linger because of all the mouth-watering selections. This turns shopping at River Street Sweets into an event for all ages. A sad face is a rare event in the shop. People smile because it is deliciously fun!

It’s all about the Praline.” —Tim and Jennifer Strickland

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JUDGE REALTY LORI JUDGE, BROKER/CEO

• Full Service Boutique Brokerage for Residential and Commercial Properties • Locally Owned and Operated Specializing in Local Markets • Judge Commercial Specializes in Leasing, Sales, and Asset Management 347 ABERCORN STREET SAVANNAH, GA 912.236.1000 JUDGEREALTY.COM

WHEN: Founded in 2005. WHAT: Lori Judge leads a company of 16 agents, three licensed property managers, and a dedicated support staff and continues to focus on her passion for this community. Judge Realty is 100 percent woman-owned, and the team manages almost 200 residential units and 40 commercial properties, and that number is growing. Judge Commercial has operated since 2012, offering a full range of services that covers leasing, sales, and asset management. It was the lead acquisition brokerage firm on the $75 million Broughton Street project, transforming empty storefronts into a bustling mixed-use district. WHY: Lori Judge and her family are dedicated to the growth of their community through the enrichment of the local economy and community. Judge Realty’s personal attention to clients' needs fosters long-term relationships.

This spring I unveiled the Judge Realty permanent art collection, a cultural venture that supports local and regional artists. I am passionate about supporting our arts and community.” —Lori Judge 142

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FINANCIAL SERVICES, UNLIMITED MICHAEL M. DOBBS, FINANCIAL CONSULTANT

• Small Business Benefit Plans • Estate & Retirement Planning • Life Insurance WHEN Michael M. Dobbs has personally been in business for 48 years. After graduating from the University of Georgia, he chose this career, never wanting to do anything else.

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WHAT Financial Services, Unlimited works with small businesses, physicians, attorneys, and professionals. They specialize in disability products, both short, and long-term, estate and retirement planning, including long-term care. They are affiliated with AXA-Equitable, a company that has been serving customers’ needs for over 100 years.

We are celebrating the fact that our success is because of our clients and the trust and confidence they have in our organization." —Michael M. Dobbs

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WHY Dobbs and his associates receive a great deal of satisfaction in helping clients achieve their goals. They educate families and small business owners, helping them maintain their dignity through good times and bad. Their innovative solutions solve problems. 37 WEST FAIRMONT AVENUE, SUITE 212 SAVANNAH, GA 912.921.1370 MICHAEL.DOBBS@AXA-ADVISORS.COM

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GENESIS MEDICAL SPA DR. KATHY CHU, MD OWNER

• Facials and Chemical Peels • Ultherapy and Injectables • Laser Hair Removal, Laser Vein • Treatment, and IPL WHEN Founded by Dr. Kathy Chu, M.D. in September 2007.

WHY “Genesis” means origin, beginning, or source. Founding Genesis was exactly that for Dr. Chu, a practicing physician for over 20 years who had seen firsthand the effects of time on maturing skin. She created a spa where clients relax while receiving appropriate services to enhance their lives. At Genesis Medical Spa of Savannah, modern science meets a luxurious environment to provide an extraordinary experience.

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WHAT A medical spa founded and owned by an M.D., Genesis provides safe, effective, beautifying skin treatments to bring out the best in clients. The staff carefully selects the most effective technology for the procedures, helping clients achieve the lasting, vibrant results they desire. With a focus on personal attention, all services are offered in a cozy and friendly setting, avoiding the clinical feel of the traditional medical office environment. Genesis also offers complimentary consultations to help clients decide what is exactly right for them.

Back row, Left to right: Patsy Herrmann, Aesthetician; Georgia Thomas, Medical Office Assistant; Front row, Left to right: Haley Spring, Medical Aesthetician; Dr. Kathy Chu, MD, Founder; Jessica Porter, Medical Aesthetician

4451 PAULSEN STREET, SUITE B SAVANNAH, GA 912.354.4095 GENESISSAVANNAH.COM

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We offer medical-grade services for coping with aging, stress, and other environmental factors of the skin." —Dr. Kathy Chu

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PATRICK'S UNIFORMS & GUN RANGE RICK AND PAT GRACE, OWNERS

• Quality Uniforms at a Fair Price • Custom Embroidery & Screen Printing • Indoor Gun Range WHEN Patrick’s Uniforms began in Savannah, Georgia 30 years ago, as a uniform supplier for law enforcement and public safety employees.

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WHAT With their recent expansion into a 30,000 square foot building, they’ve become the area’s most complete uniform store. Their clientele now includes the hospitality industry, medical professionals, and much more.

A bad day at the range is better than a good day at the office." —Rick Grace

WHY Their new operation includes a ten-lane indoor gun range. Owner and former Marine Rick Grace says the range is “a nice compliment to the law enforcement clientele that we serve.” It is the most advanced range system they could find, complete with computerized lanes and a powerful air filtration system. The gun range has brought a diverse customer base to their growing business, but uniform customization is still the heart and soul of Patrick’s. 2307 WEST HWY 80 GARDEN CITY, GA 912.355.0205 PATRICKSUNIFORMS.COM ADDITIONAL LOCATIONS INCLUDE JACKSONVILLE, FL AND TAMPA, FL

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NEW RIVER AUTO MALL WARNER PEACOCK, PRESIDENT/CEO

• Sales and Service of New and • Used Vehicles • 15 Top New Car Brands at 12 • • Dealerships in One Location in the • Lowcountry, plus Two Dealerships • in Columbia, South Carolina • NRAM Remanufacturing Center • New River Wellness Institute WHEN Founded in 2001.

WHY People like to do business with them because they are active community citizens and great ambassadors for their brands. People refer their friends and family to them because they have great client relationships. They have a “zero dissatisfied customers” policy, which is the engine that drives their business. 5001 HWY 278 HARDEEVILLE, SC NEWRIVERAUTOMALL.COM

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WHAT Having 12 dealerships in one location makes them unique. They are the only dealerships between Jacksonville and Charleston that sell Audi, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Porsche vehicles. Plus, they service all makes and models for their clients. New River Auto Mall employs more than 400 people and contributes greatly to the local community.

We love being involved with many of the local non-profit organizations and are proud of what we are able to contribute to our community and economy." —Warner Peacock

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AMERIS BANK AUSTEN D. CARROLL, MARKET PRESIDENT, SAVANNAH

• Checking and Savings • Personal and Commercial Lending • with an SBA Preferred Lender Status • Treasury and Cash Management • Services • Investment Services WHEN Founded in 1971 as the American Banking Company.

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WHAT A publicly traded company with total assets of $3.49 billion as of the end of the first quarter 2014, Ameris Bank has 68 full-service banking locations in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Alabama, with headquarters in Moultrie, Georgia. The bank has a mortgage division, including wholesale lending, correspondent services, warehouse lending, and over 50 mortgage bankers. Ameris also offers Investment Services through a partnership with Raymond James. Ameris Bank currently has four locations in the Savannah area, including locations on Bull Street, on Mall Blvd, in Pooler, and in Richmond Hill.

We are excited about our growth in expertise, size, and revenue. Our Commercial Lending, SBA, and Treasury and Cash Management team of experienced bankers are ready to work with local businesses in Savannah." —Austen D. Carroll

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WHY Ameris Bank is a larger community bank and can provide customers with pricing, products, and services like that of a regional bank but with the sharp focus on customer service and local involvement of a community bank. 300 BULL STREET SAVANNAH, GA 912.238.1699 AMERISBANK.COM

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MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER MAGGIE GILL, PRESIDENT/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER; RAMON MEGUIAR, M.D., SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT & CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER

• The only academic medical center • with an affiliati n with Mercer • University School of Medicine and • six physician residency programs. • The only Level 1 trauma center in • Southeast Georgia and one of only • five in the state. • The region's only children's hospital • and Level III neonatal intensive • care nursery. WHEN Memorial was founded in 1955 and takes pride in its roots as a “living memorial” to our nation’s war dead.

WHY Patients come to Memorial because of its commitment to providing safe, reliable, highquality clinical care. The hospital is well-respected, and the staff cares for all patients in our community and region who need our services. 4700 WATERS AVENUE SAVANNAH, GA 912.350.8000 MEMORIALHEALTH.COM

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WHAT Memorial Health is a nonprofit healthcare system serving 35 counties in Southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. Memorial University Medical Center is a 654bed nationally recognized hospital and home to the Savannah Campus of Mercer University School of Medicine.

The healthcare industry is rapidly changing. To be successful, hospital leaders must support excellent patient care and fin ways to provide healthcare more efficient y while putting the patient at the core of everything." —Maggie Gill J U N E / J U LY 2014

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SECURITY ASSOCIATES OF COASTAL GEORGIA, LLC ERICA A. LUMPERT, CEO

• Armed/Unarmed Security Patrols • Security Officers for Warehouses • and Commercial Buildings • Concierge Security/Event Security WHEN Founded in 2013. WHAT Security Associates of Coastal Georgia (SACG) offers an extensive range of custom security solutions and are uniquely positioned to provide progressive security and safety services.

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WHY People patronize Security Associates because their experienced guards know how to properly interact with clients, and they are trained to focus on potential crime so that business owners don’t have to. 35 BARNARD STREET, SUITE 300 SAVANNAH, GA 912.631.4236 Left to right: David Williams, Site Supervisor; Camelia Kimble, Security Officer; Erica A. Lumpert, CEO; Delicia Sanders, Scheduling Supervisor; Thomas Paro, Security Officer.

We always make our clients feel Safe, Secured, and Protected."

5479 CATHER'S CREEK DRIVE HIRAM, GA 404.731.4720 SECURITYACG.COM Lic. No.PSC002135

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LEOCI'S TRATTORIA ROBERTO LEOCI, CO-OWNER/EXECUTIVE CHEF

• Italian Dining • Organic Food Line • Fresh Ingredients WHEN Founded in December 2009.

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WHAT Leoci’s is a farm-to-table restaurant with a back-to-basics style of Italian cuisine. They take pride in baking house-made bread daily and cooking pasta with farmfresh ingredients. The restaurant is inviting with its casual al fresco atmosphere. At Leoci’s you experience the taste and feel of Italy. WHY Patrons admire Chef Leoci’s creations and organic food line, which includes a variety of jams, relishes, pickles, and a line of charcuterie developed with Hunter Cattle. These products are now available at Kroger, Whole Foods, and other local stores. 606 ABERCORN STREET SAVANNAH, GA 912.335.7027 LEOCIS.COM

These days consumers are more concerned about what goes into their bodies. Eating healthy is not always about a certain type of food or portion size. I believe it’s looking at the whole process from start to finis . When you dine with us at Leoci’s or purchase our products, you can be confident you know exactly what you’re getting." —Roberto Leoci

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SAVANNAH MARKET DAVE SCROGGS, OWNER

• Unique Selection of Craft Beers • Specialty Wines • Premium Cigars WHEN Founded in 2009.

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WHAT They are an independently owned and operated neighborhood market serving the needs of local residents. Fresh coffee, bagels, sandwiches, fruit, and a large variety of snacks and beverages keep customers coming back. The interesting selection of beers, wines, and cigars distinguish them from the larger chain markets. WHY They love responding to customers requests. The customers help guide the unique selection of products. They are excited by the new One West Victory student housing project that will bring in more students.

We love serving the people of our neighborhood in a personalized way that makes us all feel like part of a community. Our products and staff cater to the diverse population that surrounds us."

130 EAST VICTORY DRIVE CORNER OF ABERCORN & VICTORY SAVANNAH, GA 912.201.9463 FACEBOOK.COM/SAVMARKET

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BRASSERIE 529 JOHN ROELLE, OWNER

• Farm-to-Table French Restaurant • A Unique, Accessible Dining Experience • Hand-selected Beers and Wine WHEN Open since February 2011. WHAT Brasserie 529 offers superb, French-inspired cuisine, topnotch service, and expert wine recommendations. Husband-andwife owners John and Amber Roelle source local ingredients and ensure everything is made in-house, from the breads to cured meats and their desserts. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ZOE CHRISTOU WELSH

WHY An outdoor patio and plenty of private, off-street parking enhance an evening of memorable dining. 529 EAST LIBERTY STREET SAVANNAH, GA 912.844.3421 BRASSERIE529.COM Bottom row, Left to right: Amy Ansin, John Roelle, Amber Roelle,Owners and Operators Top row, Left to right: Lorenzo Cooper, Chef de Cuisine; Ross Florence, Front of House Staff; Robert Westbrook, Line Cook; Chris Wells, General Manager; Brandon Leonard, Sous Chef; (Not Pictured: Sabrina Simon & Sam Marzullo)

We have a lot of loyal customers because we have high standards, amazing food, and a warm atmosphere." —John Roelle

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PIER COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE RYAN T. SCHNEIDER, CCIM, PRESIDENT

• Commercial Real Estate • Property Management • Real Estate Team of Brokers • and Associates

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WHEN The Hugh Armstrong Real Estate Company was founded in 1956 and led by Hugh “Mack” Armstrong, Jr. until his stepson, Ryan T. Schneider, took over in 2002 and later renamed the company PIER Commercial Realty. They recently formed two new companies: PIER Commercial Real Estate Brokerage, LLC (d/b/a PIER Commercial Real Estate) and Pier Commercial Real Estate Management, LLC. WHAT They are driven by the highest levels of professionalism, excellence, and respect for their clients. PIER represents buyers, sellers, tenants, and landlords and manages commercial properties.

We understand that our business is about people and property. The more you understand how they fit together, the more successful you will be." —Ryan T. Schneider

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WHY They strive to match the right business or investor with the right property for the long term. Whether their clients are tenants, landlords, owners, or buyers, PIER is the one-stop shop. They take pride in creating the right match. 5105 PAULSEN STREET SAVANNAH, GA 912.354.2210 PIERCOMMERCIAL.COM

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THE KENNICKELL GROUP AL KENNICKELL, PRESIDENT

• Digital Print On Demand • Conventional Printing plus All Size/ • Wide Format Signage • Worldwide Distributed Printing and • Fulfillment Network

WHAT The Kennickell Group maintains an 80,000 square foot direct mail and fulfillment center and a 45,000 square foot commercial sheet-fed printing operation, including digital print, web-to-print, and print-on-demand services. Their ability to print anything from small to large, simple to complex makes them unique in the market. Kennickell’s clients only have to make one call for anything they need. WHY Kennickell is always looking for new opportunities and has made it a priority to evolve. They have reinvented themselves in numerous ways and will continue to move forward with technology and trends. 1700 EAST PRESIDENT STREET SAVANNAH, GA 912.233.4532 KENNICKELL.COM S P E C I A L A D V E R T O R I A L S E C T I O N | C E L E B R AT I N G S U C C E S S

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WHEN The Kennickell Group was founded in 1892 in Savannah, Georgia, by Al’s grandfather, Milton Kennickell. Al is the third generation in his family to own and lead the business. Today five family members represent four generations of the Kennickell family working in the company.

Kennickell Management Team: Jana Johnson, Al Kennickell, and David Rosenblum

No matter your age or how long you have been in business, never stop trying to learn new things and become better at what you do." —Al Kennickell

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SAVANNAH RIVERBOAT CRUISES CAPTAIN JONATHAN CLAUGHTON, OWNER

• Dinners, Brunches, and Luncheons • Sightseeing, Special Occasions, • and Celebrations • Most Unique Venue in Savannah • Accommodating up to 600 Guests • per Vessel. WHEN Savannah Riverboat Cruises will mark their 25th year in business in 2015.

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WHAT Savannah’s only one-ofa-kind riverboat tour and true waterfront dining cruises shows off Savannah from the most unique perspective, the river’s, which you can’t find anywhere else. Their team has years of experience in the maritime and hospitality industry. A very special blend of talents come together to welcome you aboard Savannah’s most unique dining experience to enjoy exceptional cuisine and create unforgettable memories.

We are Savannah’s only truly waterfront restaurant and event venue." —Captain Jonathan Claughton

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WHY There’s no better way to spend a few hours than taking a leisurely cruise on the Savannah River. 9 EAST RIVER STREET SAVANNAH, GA 912.232.6404 SAVANNAHRIVERBOAT.COM

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GLOBE SHOE COMPANY JOHN AND AMY SUSSMAN

• Chic and Trendy Designer Footwear • Shoes for Every Occasion • Specialty Accessories for Men • and Women WHEN Sol Lesser, their grandfather, bought the business in the late 1940s. Seymour Sussman, their father, taught them the fundamentals.

WHY Exceptional customer service, a broad range of sizes, and ontrend merchandise are the secrets to Globe Shoe Company’s success. Standards such as these have kept Globe on top of the shoe industry for the past several decades. 17 EAST BROUGHTON STREET SAVANNAH, GA 912.232.8161

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WHAT Sister and brother team Amy and John Sussman operate the store today. With brands like Stuart Weitzman, Van Eli to Sam Edelman, Globe Shoe Company has a variety of styles and sizes to satisfy any customer. Stuart Weitzman, one of Globe’s long-time designers says, “Throughout the three generations of our relationship, Globe has maintained strict attention to detail, fit, and quality, which are specialties of mine.”

A fitting tradition since 1892."

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VILLA SAVANNAH DEAN CALDARELLI, OWNER

• Personalized Customer Service • Distinctly Exclusive Merchandise • Purveyors of the Best and Latest • • Home and Fashion Merchandise WHEN Founded in 2005. WHAT Villa provides an exceptional lifestyle shopping experience by offering highly styled coordinated vignettes of clothing and home furnishings throughout the store. They create the story line of a life well-lived where the customer is the main character!

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WHY Everyone is welcome in the Villa. The talented team at Villa helps clients design their lives with beauty through their unique selection of products. 109 WEST BROUGHTON STREET SAVANNAH, GA 912.233.2870 SHOPVILLASAVANNAH.COM

I strive daily to create an experience that the Villa Savannah client will never forget. It’s a life experience. Every single item is hand selected by the owners of the Villa, but it is done with great purpose and pride as it is our passion." —Dean Caldarelli

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JOHN B. ROURKE DON MCELVEEN AND ALAN TANENBAUM, OWNERS

• Men's Tailored Clothing & Haberdashery • Custom-Made Clothing & Shirts • Unique Gentlemen's Gifts & Finery WHEN John B. Rourke opened his store in downtown Savannah in 1949. It was purchased by the current owners in 1983. After several expansions in the mid 80's, Rourke's became the first store to sign a long term lease in Market Walk and is the only original store still there.

WHY The professional sales staff is eager to assist with the perfect selections and will ensure you have a proper fit. We build relationships and friendships with our clients. 7135 HODGSON MEMORIAL DRIVE SAVANNAH, GA 912.355.1211 JOHNBROURKE.COM

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WHAT Integrity, quality, and service are their trademarks. With luxury menswear in high demand, they continually strive to provide customers with the finest brands available. They offer top lines of tailored and custom clothing, sportswear, business wear, footwear, and a unique variety of accessories and gift items. Left to right: Alan Tanenbaum, Don McElveen, Alex Gold, Mark Lanier, Patti Hendricks

With the current improvements taking place in the center, we are confident that we will continue to grow and remain the finest menswear store in Savannah." —Don McElveen & Alan Tanenbaum

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CELLULAR SALES JOSH KELLER AND BRIAN SNYDER, DIRECTORS

• Smart Phones • Mobile Broadband Service • Home Phone Connect, an • Alternative to Home Phone Service WHEN Josh Keller and business partner Brian Snyder opened their first Verizon retail store in the Savannah area in 2002.

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WHAT The parent company, Cellular Sales of Knoxville, began in 1993, followed by the premier of the Savannah locations in the Fall of 2002. They expanded to twenty locations, eight of which are in the Savannah area which employ 140 sales representatives and twelve administrative positions.

Back row, Left to right: John Chao, Sales Team Leader; Dean Estridge, Sales Team Leader; Ivory Wilson, Lead Retail Sales Representative; Eric Garwes, Business Account Executive; Ketan Chauhan, Lead Retail Sales Representative Front row, Left to right: Selena Osborne, Lead Retail Sales Representative; Caitlin Elliott-Wall, Business Account Executive

You can’t have a happy customer if you don’t have a happy sales person."

WHY They have entrepreneurialminded sales people who go out of their way to service customers and build their own business. The team “door dazzles” by greeting customers as they enter the store and finding out their primary needs. “We don’t like to see people wait,” says Keller. EIGHT LOCATIONS IN THE SAVANNAH AREA CELLULARSALES.COM

—Josh Keller, Regional Director

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fab'rik BREE THOMAS, OWNER

• Fashion Forward Women's Boutique • Affordable Prices • Unique Selection & One-of-a-Kind Pieces WHEN Since September 2010.

WHY At fab’rik, they don’t just sell clothes—they create an experience and build relationships that last a lifetime. Trained to cater to customers, their team’s goal is to make clients feel better about themselves when they walk out. 318 WEST BROUGHTON STREET SAVANNAH, GA 912.234.8470 fabrikstyle.com

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WHAT Located on the desirable high-style Broughton Street strip, fab’rik delivers first-class service to every customer who steps through the door. Their tailored Personal Styling Program offers a more intimate, individualized approach than typical boutiques provide. Owner Bree Thomas loves showcasing the latest trends for her customers in a fun and inviting atmosphere.

We strive to WOW our customers daily. It's a goal of mine to always fin ways to spice things up and deliver high fashion at consistent prices." —Bree Thomas

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KBRS TOMMY DAVIS, PRESIDENT/CEO

• Manufacturer of Innovative, • Premium Quality Shower and • Deck Systems • Seamless Waterproofing Specialists • Custom Design with any Shape, any • Size, and any Drain Location WHEN Founded over 20 years ago by Tommy Davis, an avid surfer who grew up on the Southeastern Coast. Learning how to make his own surfboards inspired him to design a new manufacturing process that brought a revolutionary product to market.

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WHAT Industry leading manufacturer of Tileable Shower and Deck Systems.

The unique nature of our products, based on surfboa d construction, allows KBRS to do things no other company can do, taking away the limitations that have kept the traditional shower design in its ‘box’ and offers our customers simply a better way."

WHY KBRS generated a new idea and grew unique products into a major national brand. By manufacturing the most comprehensive systems available anywhere, KBRS maintains the edge in a competitive market. SAVANNAH, GA 866.912.3211 KBRSINC.COM

—Tommy Davis

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THE CONNER LAW GROUP MIKE CONNER MANAGING PARTNER

• Complex Commercial Litigation • Tort Litigation • Business and Organizational Planning • Corporate Law WHEN In seven of the past eight years, managing partner Mike Conner has been selected as a Georgia Super Lawyer by his peers, and the firm has been included among the US News and World Report Best Law Firms for the past three years.

WHY The firm adheres to the belief that integrity and diligence are always the best choice. The practice is wholly dedicated to the highest level of professionalism in client relationships, and that approach has fostered client loyalty as well as earned the respect of our peers.

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WHAT The Conner Law Group is a litigation and business law firm representing individuals and companies throughout south Georgia. The practice’s work may range from providing expert counsel for businesses, local governments, and financial institutions to managing complex commercial litigation for larger corporations or representing people who have been injured in life-altering automobile collisions or workplace accidents.

Left to right: Justin Bargeron, Associate; Mike Conner, Managing Partner; Patrick Hinchey, Associate

7 EAST CONGRESS STREET SUITE 715 SAVANNAH, GA 912.373.8967 711 EAST CHERRY STREET
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We work hard, treat everyone with the respect they deserve, and do things the right way. I am humbled by the trust our clients place in me and in our firm.” —Mike Conner, Managing Partner

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GAUCHO SAVANNAH ROSS ARNSDORFF, CEO; DEE SUTLIVE, STYLIST; CAROL DEASON, STYLIST

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• Award Winner at the Forefront of • Savannah Fashion • Cutting-edge Classical Styles • Artfully Dressing Women WHEN Locally owned and operated since 1989, Ross Arnsdorff named the shop Gaucho after Argentinian cowboys who exude confidence and panache. WHAT Gaucho is remodeling and expanding the original store on the corner of Bull and Liberty Streets to accommodate their collection from the Broughton Street location. These outlier modern classic fashions will be consolidated in one place in early June. PHOTOGRAPHY BY IZZY HUDGINS

WHY Customers with a taste for easy yet dramatic pieces shop here. Gaucho has a passion for dressing women in the distinctive bold and artful styles.

Where wardrobing is an art."

251 BULL STREET SAVANNAH, GA 912.232.7414 GAUCHOSAVANNAH.COM

—Ross Arnsdorff

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COASTAL EAR, NOSE & THROAT DAVID S. OLIVER, MD, FACS AND JOHN SHEFFIELD PA-C

• Sinusitis Treatment • Snoring and Sleep Apnea • Thyroid and Salivary Gland Diseases WHEN Celebrating their fifth year in practice as Coastal Ear, Nose and Throat, Dr. David Oliver and John Sheffield, PA-C have 50 years of combined experience.

WHY The doctor and staff are concerned with excellent patient care, and they use state-of-the-art techniques to treat illness. They make themselves Available when patients need them. The doctor and staff are Affable, and we have the Ability to use state of the art techniques to treat illness. These are the 3 "A's" of success.

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WHAT Coastal ENT provides Savannah and the region with the most advanced comprehensive medical and surgical care for adults and children. In-office and minimally invasive treatment of sinusitis, snoring, sleep apnea, thyroid and salivary gland diseases is our focus.

Left to right: David S. Oliver, MD. Physician, Surgeon; Rhonda R. Oliver, CPC, Practice Administrator

322 COMMERCIAL DRIVE SUITE 2 SAVANNAH, GA 912.355.2335 DAVIDOLIVERMD.COM

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WARD'S AUTO PAINTING & BODYWORKS ROBBIE WARD, OWNER

• Collision Repair • Frame Straightening • Automotive Paint Refinishin WHEN Robbie Ward opened his first Ward’s Auto Painting & Bodyworks in 2000. Over the next six years, he added two shops in Savannah and one in Hinesville. WHAT From the moment a car is brought in until it is delivered, Ward’s strives to keep the customer informed and happy throughout the process. An accident disrupts daily life, so the trained technicians at Ward’s work hard to minimize additional inconvenience. Their goal is to get the vehicle repaired as quickly as possible without sacrificing quality. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN ALEX ANDER

WHY The staff of skilled technicians, efficient administrators, and effective managers are hard working and loyal because the business is a team effort. 1028 HIGHWAY 80 GARDEN CITY, GA 912.966.1028

Left to right: Justin Vonhurbulous, Paint Technician; Robbie Ward, Owner; Jody Patrick, Paint Technician

We have to be great every time to keep our customers coming back." —Robbie Ward

15002 ABERCORN EXTENSION SAVANNAH, GA 912.925.2030 3005 GIBBONS STREET SAVANNAH, GA 912.233.4500 3643 EAST OGLETHORPE HWY HINESVILLE, GA 31313 912.877.9273 WARDSAUTOPAINTING.COM

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SAVANNAH QUARTERS COUNTRY CLUB SunCal

• Greg Norman Designed Golf Course • Resort-style Pool Interconnecting • with Junior Olympic Lap Pool and • Spectacular Water Slide • Exceptional Service

WHAT Savannah Quarters Country Club, nestled on 1,200 acres of rolling greens, is located near the intersection of I-95 and I-16, just ten minutes away from historic Savannah. The club is situated conveniently close to downtown, but members feel they are a world away. The amenities include an 18-hole Greg Norman Signature Golf Course featuring select tees for a variety of skills levels, an 11acre practice facility, resort style swimming pool with a spectacular waterslide and Junior Olympic lap pool, Har-Tru tennis courts, private dining and event facilities, and a new state-of-the-art fitness center coming in January 2015. WHY The staff prides itself on providing premium attention to members from the moment they arrive because our members deserve the very best.

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WHEN Founded in 2001, Savannah Quarters Country Club is a full-service private club offering activities for the entire family and services to accommodate all business needs.

Left to right: Zsofi olopencza, Club Tennis Pro; Robert Stevenson, Director of Golf; Kristine Compton, Membership Director

Every smile makes us know we're doing something right." —Kristine Compton, Membership Director

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LIVINGOOD'S PHYLLIS LIVINGOOD, CO-FOUNDER/PRESIDENT; DALE LIVINGOOD, CO-FOUNDER

• Sales of Major Home Appliances • Sales of Mattresses • Professional Delivery and Installation WHEN Livingood’s was founded in 1976 by Dale and Phyllis Livingood.

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WHAT Livingood’s helps people with their home appliance and mattress needs and focuses on developing personal relationships with customers. From Sub Zero, Wolf, and Viking to G.E., Whirlpool, and Frigidaire, they offer the topnamed brands at the best prices. WHY Their team of 45 dedicated individuals takes pride in learning about their customers’ needs. For over three decades, Livingood’s has offered unparalleled service and advice along with a wide selection of products. Front row, Left to right: Dale Livingood, Co-founder; Phyllis Livingood, Co-founder and President; Back row, Left to right: Todd Livingood,Vice President; Scott Livingood, Vice President

In a world of impersonal, big-box stores, we provide a personalized shopping experience with exceptional service. This is why our customers continue to shop with us after 38 years."

6700 SKIDAWAY ROAD SAVANNAH, GA 912.352.4392 63 RIVERWALK BLVD. OKATIE, SC 843.379.5800 LIVINGOODSONLINE.COM

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SOUTHERN MOTORS HONDA ROSS KAMINSKY, CO-OWNER AND GENERAL MANAGER

• Quality • Customer Service • Honest Values WHEN A family-owned and operated business for 85 years. WHAT Southern Motors prides themselves on giving people good deals on new and used cars. Their main goal even after the sale is to treat customers with special attention and maintain a long-term relationship with them.

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WHY They mesh smart business practices with family principles of community involvement, such as sponsoring Camp Aloha through Hospice Savannah. 10300 ABERCORN STREET SAVANNAH, GA 877.463.8097 SOUTHERNMOTORSHONDA.NET Left to right: Tyrone Dunbar, 21 years; Andy Pigman, 25 years; Marleny Neal, 8 years; (in back) David Bailey, 20 years; Ben Heyward, 36 years

My goal is to be here another 85, years and that takes good service, good cars, and good people, which we have." —Ross Kaminsky, Co-owner & General Manager

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GREG HALL HOMES GREG HALL, FOUNDER/CEO

• Quality Construction • Custom Renovations • One-of-a-Kind Designs WHEN Founded in 1984, Greg Hall has completed more than 1,200 single family homes.

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WHAT Greg Hall Homes offer services that range from home renovations to complete design and build of luxury homes. They oversee each phase, from design to completion – all the steps required to make a client’s vision a reality, including cost estimating, design review submissions and approvals, building specifications, permitting, contract management, and interior/exterior design selections. Greg Hall participated on several design boards, including the Southern Living Magazine’s House Plans Builder Board for six years and has built two Southern Living magazine's show homes.

I love the idea of taking your heart out for a walk and bringing it home." —Greg Hall

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WHY He has a passion for building homes, especially unique designs that have never been done before. His responsive, personalized service to clients makes their home building project enjoyable. He takes the extra steps necessary to make sure the design and construction process goes smoothly. 19 BARTOW POINT DRIVE SAVANNAH, GA 912.313.0457 GREGHALLHOMES.COM

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CHATHAM AREA TRANSIT DR. CHADWICK L. REESE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/CEO

• Safe, Affordable, Environmentally • Responsible Transportation • Mobility Manager for Chatham County • and Surrounding Areas • CAT Bike Sharing Program

WHAT Chatham Area Transit is more than just a bus company. The multimodal authority provides a central hub for local transit services, including buses, bicyclists, and pedestrians. CAT offers express and local buses, paratransit services for passengers with disabilities, and CAT Bike, the first municipal bike sharing program in Georgia. They also operate a fare-free downtown transportation system that includes the dot Shuttle, Savannah Belles Ferry, and the River Street Streetcar.

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WHEN Chatham Area Transit was officially established in 1987, replacing the existing Savannah Transit Authority.

Left to right: Ramond Robinson, Chief Development Officer; Terri Harrison, Chief Financial Officer; Dr. Chadwick L. Reese, Executive Director/CEO; Sheila Michael, Director of Human Resources; Curtis Koleber, Chief Operations Officer

WHY CAT connects people to jobs, education, medical care, and other community services, all while reducing pollution, easing traffic, and helping the community thrive. CHATHAM AREA TRANSIT 610 WEST OGLETHORPE AVENUE SAVANNAH, GA 31401 CATCHACAT.ORG

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Our goal is to empower this community by encouraging economic growth and mobility choices for every citizen." —Dr. Chadwick L. Reese, Executive Director/CEO

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KEVIN C. DICKINSON DENTISTRY DR. KEVIN C. DICKINSON, DDS, FOUNDER/CEO

• Restorative Care • Reconstruction • Aesthetic Dentistry WHEN A full-service dental office in Savannah for 28 years. WHAT Kevin C. Dickinson Dentistry understands every patient is different, so they tailor their approaches and treatments to fit individual needs and preferences.

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WHY Dr. Dickinson and staff are obsessed with service and passionate about details. They maintain complete oversight of all lab processes and material to ensure their patients look in the mirror and have the “Wow!” experience. 815 EAST 68TH STREET SAVANNAH , GA 912.352.4338 DICKINSONDDS.COM

My staff and I are dedicated to changing dental culture. We acknowledge the fear and avoidance we hear about so often and replace it with a relaxed, happy experience." —Kevin C. Dickinson, DDS

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY ASHLEY BAUMANN. PICTURED ON THE CONSTRUCTION SITE DURING THE EXTERIOR RESTORATION OF THE JULIETTE GORDON LOW BIRTHPLACE.

LOTT + BARBER ARCHITECTS FORREST LOTT, FAIA, PRESIDENT; SCOTT BARBER, AIA, VICE PRESIDENT

窶「 Architecture 窶「 Planning 窶「 Integrated Project Delivery WHEN Founded 1990. WHAT Lott + Barber is a Savannahbased firm specializing in higher education, healthcare, commercial, light industrial, and multi-family design. WHY The firm began with the foundation of quality design and exceptional service. Although it has grown from a small office in a downtown residence to our current 6,000 square foot location, the founding members are still actively involved in the day-to-day operation of the practice. While the name has changed several times over the past two decades, the focus on quality and service to our clients remains constant. Our team has experience in the design of new facilities as well as existing building renovations. Each architect uses Building Information Modeling to produce well-coordinated construction documents that are easier for owners and users to understand.

Counter Clockwise from the Top: Forrest Lott, FAIA, President; Scott Barber, AIA, Vice President; Susan Lott, Administrator; Ashley Baumann, Graphic Designer; Steven Stowers, AIA, Architect; Bryan Harder, Architect; Todd Naugle, AIA, Architect

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SWBC MORTGAGE MARSHA GRAVES, BRANCH MANAGER

• Residential Mortgage Lending • Mortgage Processing • Mortgage Funding • Georgia Residential Mortgage Licensee WHEN Founded in 1976, SWBC started as an insurance company and is now the largest privately held financial institution in America.

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WHAT Their “claim to fame” is the fact that they are able to handle every part of a client transaction in their office and that is huge as local processing leads to a more efficient and timely closing.

Left to right: Traci Lopez, Ga. #26085 NMLS #198401, Senior Loan Officer; Phyllis Cheong Ga. #36239 NMLS #658829, Senior Loan Officer; Kathleen Efird, Ga. #38288 NMLS #1033558, Senior Loan Officer; Marsha Graves, Ga. #26060 NMLS #193427, Branch Manager; Brenda Williamson, Ga. #36508 NMLS #659081, Loan Officer; Carla Estep, Ga. #26054 NMLS #200443, Senior Loan Officer.

Work hard and then work harder. Consistency is the key to success."

WHY SWBC was recently named one of the “50 Best Companies to Work For” by Mortgage Executive magazine. They have products for individuals, families, businesses, and financial institutions and can serve many needs for individuals and businesses. 300 COMMERCIAL COURT SAVANNAH, GA 912.368.2612 SWBC.COM SWBCMORTGAGE.COM

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FIRST CHATHAM BANK BRIAN FOSTER, PRESIDENT/CEO

• Consumer Banking • Business Banking • Professional Services WHEN Founded in 2001.

WHY Because First Chatham Bank is locally based, many of the current employees who helped start the bank are still on the front lines. The fact that they really know their customers distinguishes First Chatham from other nationally branded banks. Their innovative products allow customers to use First Chatham Bank as a one-stop-shop for all their banking needs. FOR LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT CHATHAM COUNTY, VISIT FIRSTCHATHAM.COM

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WHAT First Chatham Bank is a locally headquartered community bank, which has grown since inception due to offering great service with local decision-making. From personal banking products, such as checking and savings accounts, to business products such as payroll solutions and merchant card processing, First Chatham is positioned to serve a wide variety of clients.

We are a traditional bank meeting the needs of our customers and communities with innovative products delivered with exceptional service." —Brian Foster

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SPA BLEU MORGAN GODWIN, OWNER

• Organic Facials • Massage Therapy • Manicures and Pedicures WHEN Founded in 2010.

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WHAT Spa Bleu is an organic, boutique day spa focusing on therapeutic, effective treatments to enhance daily life and overall well-being. Spa services are more than just a luxury but an outlet for improving quality of life. Spa Bleu therapists and technicians receive regular training, stay up-to-date on the latest in the industry, and always provide high-quality services.

Left to right: Keelah Kracht, Licensed Massage Practitioner; Cora Crystal, Licensed Nail Technician; Tamela Westerfield, Licensed Master Cosmetologist; Ginger Parsons, Licensed Master Cosmetologist; Joanyliz Berrios, Licensed Massage Practitioner; Tyler Blocker, Lead Spa Coordinator; Addie Daniels, Spa Coordinator; Jasmin Gonzalez, Spa Operations Manager

We believe life is precious, and we should strive to enjoy every moment to its fullest."

WHY They maintain an up-to-date spa menu and offer the latest in contemporary as well as traditional spa treatments. Clients visit because of the high standard of customer service, excellent products, and outstanding spa treatments. Spa Bleu is the winner of “Best Day Spa” in Savannah two years in a row. 101 BULL STREET SAVANNAH, GA 912.236.1490 SPABLEU-SAV.COM

—Morgan Godwin

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SAVANNAH TIRE HURLEY S. COOK JR., CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER; TREY COOK, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

• New Tire Sales and Installation • Complete Automotive Repair • Oil Changes and All Factory • Scheduled Maintenance WHEN Savannah Tire was founded by M.J. Kicklighter in 1951 and is currently a third family generation owned company.

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WHAT Savannah Tire is a locally owned retail tire and automotive repair business with nine branch locations in Savannah, Garden City, Pooler, and Richmond Hill. They guarantee the best tire price or the customer will receive $100 cash. WHY Customers come to Savannah Tire to get advice they trust, added value with each purchase, and exceptional customer service, all in a convenient, clean environment with professional employees. Left to right: Hurley S. Cook Jr., Chief Executive Officer; Trey Cook, Chief Operating Officer

NINE LOCATIONS IN SAVANNAH, GARDEN CITY, POOLER, AND RICHMOND HILL SAVANNAHTIRE.COM

I am proud to wake up each day and work beside my family, our employees, and our customers to make Savannah Tire a great company to work for and do business with." —Trey Cook, Chief Operating Officer

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CHRISTINE HALL PHOTOGRAPHY CHRISTINE HALL, FOUNDER/CEO

• Portrait Professional • 2008 Kodak’s Photographer to Watch • Published in Paula Deen, The Knot, • Inside Weddings, and Delta Sky • • Magazines WHEN Christine Hall values the relationships with her clients and being invited to document family celebrations.

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WHAT Christine Hall Photography began in Christine's downtown Savannah apartment in 1997. Six years ago, Christine purchased a studio in Ardsley Park, and today she employs a full-time studio manager, a custom framer, an editor, and a graphic designer. This allows her to stay focused on her clients and their photography needs.

I can't imagine not having a camera in my hand, and I totally enjoy all of my clients." —Christine Hall

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WHY From weddings to maternity sessions and beyond, Christine is passionate about photography for all family events. Her close relationships with clients helps capture their memorable moments. 3301 WATERS AVENUE SAVANNAH, GA 912.353.1989 CHRISTINEHALLPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

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JANI-KING GREG LARD, MASTER FRANCHISE OWNER; ROGER CALVERT, REGIONAL DIRECTOR

• Complete Facility Maintenance • Entrepreneurial Opportunities • through Franchising • Tile Floor Maintenance WHEN Jani-King was founded by Jim Cavanaugh in 1969 as a commercial cleaning company. Having a true entrepreneurial spirit, Mr. Cavanaugh was the first to utilize the concept of franchising in the commercial cleaning industry in 1974.

WHY Their customers do business with Jani-King because they get the results they desire. Not only do they benefit from having a dedicated franchisee clean their facility, they also have total support from a local Jani-King office that provides on-site inspections, customer service calls, and other valued services.

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WHAT Jani-King’s concept and support structure set us apart from our competitors. Through franchising, Jani-King’s program delivers dedicated business owners who have a vested interest and are trained to exceed service goals. Every franchise owner receives administrative and operational support through a local regional office as well as overall support from Jani-King’s global headquarters, both providing opportunities for advanced learning and new business signings.

Jani-King combines the best of both worlds: a local small business owner with a large corporate structure for support." —Greg Lard

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HIT THE ROAD As summertime rolls in, hit the road with friends and family throughout the coastal South. Oh, and don't forget "the other Georgia," Atlanta. Our editors are always on the road and guiding you to some of the best places to eat, stay, play, and shop. From Charleston all the way to the Jacksonville beaches, we are constantly discovering new and tried-and-true destinations. Pack up your worries and enjoy the sultry summertime in the south! COOL OFF with the coast's best hidden ice cream spots. Our picks: The Sugar Shack on Tybee Island (tybeesugarshack. com), Ellen's Ice Cream in Charleston (ellensicecream.com), and Sally's Ice Cream in Flagler Beach (pictured).

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EAT FAT MATT’S RIB SHACK Nightly blues from some of Atlanta’s fine t bands accompanies some of the fine t Barbeque and Ribs dishes in Georgia in an authentic, unpretentious atmosphere. Southern staples such as Chopped Pork Sandwiches, Rib Sandwiches, Chicken & Ribs, Collard Greens, Mac 'n' Cheese, and Cole Slaw satisfy the appetite and the soul. 1811 Piedmont Avenue, (404) 607-1622, fatmattsribshack.com

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URBAN WATER WAYS Escape the urban jungle for a piece of paradise in Atlanta. Set out on a raft, kayak, or inner tube from the picturesque Powers Island Park River to the Chatahoochie River with the guides at Urban

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( STAY ) ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN For 35 years the Atlanta Botanical Garden has provided a natural escape from the city. Traveling art exhibitions blend human creativity with the natural settings among the camellias, azaleas, and myriad forms of flo a, fauna, and wildlife. The Café is a perfect place to enjoy lunch after a tour. 1345 Piedmont Ave., NE, altantabotanicalgarden.org

ARTMORE Situated in midtown in the center of Atlanta’s Cultural Art District, this boutique hotel offers ultra chic hotel suites and rooms in a fully renovated 1924 historic building. Custom bedding and large rooms add to the great value of the Artmore. The outdoor courtyard features a large fountain and fireplace with hi toric trees and is a perfect place to

relax in the evening before heading out to a show with friends. The Studio Lounge is a totally hip place to enjoy top-shelf wines and drinks with a great selection of gourmet specialty dishes. We think the Artmore is one of the greatest values in boutique hotel experiences in Atlanta! 1302 West Peachtree St. NW, (404) 876-6100, artmorehotel.com

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EAT TWO BOROUGHS LARDER A new spot on Coming Street hosts young professionals, college students, professors, artists, and families. It’s like a small general store from another era. Everything on the shelves is for sale, but it is no Cracker Barrel. No reservations are accepted, but as a walkin you will be greeted with great hospitality and charm. The food is stupendous, and it reeks Southern. They feature humanely raised meat products, fine wine, fine swin and great beers. 186 Coming St, 29403 (843) 637-3722, twoboroughslarder.com

STAY PLANTER'S INN Situated in the heart of downtown Charleston, The Planter's Inn is housed in a nineteenth-century historic building. Part of Relais & Chateaux, the exclusive French-based collection of luxury hotels, the inn embodies luxury with exquisitely decorated interiors, every possible ammenity is arragned by their concierge staff. each d y begins with coffee service in the parlor. Indulge in the awardwinning Penisular Grill, which is a local hot-spot. this is the perfect location for weddings and other special events. Live the good life in the city's most luxurios Proprietor's Suite! 112 North Market Street, (843) 722-2345, plantersinn.com

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( SHOP ) JLINSNIDER A vintage haven on King Street, JLINSNIDER caters new and vintage clothing, shoes, and accessories. Founder Jamie Lin Snider started selling her one-of-a-kind designs in 2005 and opened shop in Charleston in 2011. Pair new designs with great finds from the 50s, 60s and 70s in this chic boutiques. 539 King St, (843) 751-6075, jlinsnider. myshopify.com

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(PLAY) KELLY SEAHORSE RANCH Only a short jaunt from Jacksonville you can enjoy a beautiful horseback rides on Amelia Island and the Jacksonville beaches with the premier riding outfi . Exclusively endorsed by the Florida Park Service and situatied in the maritime forest of the Amelia Island State Park, Kelly Seahorse Ranch guides and horses are first class and is one of the top things to do in this southern coastal region. (904) 491-5166, kellyranchinc.net

EAT MOJO BARBEQUE If you are seeking great Southern comfort food, live Blues, and folk art, MOJOs is your place. Todd Linberry, owner, has brought his North Carolina barbeque roots to North Florida and shares his passion for Southern comfort nightly with locals and tourists. Expect a hearty mix of collard greens, black eyed peas, and mac 'n' cheese go along with a great dose of barbeque and blues in this down home joint. 3572 St. Johns Avenue (904) 381-6670, mojobbq.com

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STAY RITZ-CARLTON AMELIA ISLAND Indulge in an oceanfront suite for a long weekend of pampering and play. There are lots of kids activities to keep them busy while you enjoy the spa or the private 19-hole golf course. This Ritz-Carlton

property is one of their most luxurious with great events on their breathtaking oceanfront. Visit for their Fourth of July bash on the beach! Dine in the AAA award-winning Salt. 4750 Amelia Island Parkway (904)277-1100, ritzcarlton. com

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STAY SARAH GIBBES BARNWELL HOUSE Vacation rental houses are on the rise in America. This gorgeous hisotric rental house in downtown Beaufort offers a step back in time but with all the convenience of modern day luxury. After a full renovation in April 2013, this house is both classic and fresh with its three luxurious bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms. For more information visit vrbo.com/47220#location

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BREAKWATER “New Southern Cuisine” is created by Chef Gary Lang and Chef Elizabeth Shaw at this incredibly chic eatery. Their lighter version of Southern fare incorporates culinary influences from around th world to create dishes such as Short Ribs Agrodolce and Southern Fried Chicken Breasts. The bar is a hot night-spot for locals and visitors. 203 Carteret Street (843) 379-0052, breakwatersc.com

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THE BEAUFORT WATER FESTIVAL is one of the city’s biggest events of the year. There will be an Arts and Crafts Market, raft races, badminton and bocce tournaments, air shows, children’s fishin tournaments, shrimp boat

tours, live music, boat bingo, children’s activities, as well as plenty of food and drinks. The annual Dragon Boat Race also takes place during the Water Festival on July 26. Racing in a 48-foot-long vessel with twenty paddlers, this is a race you don’t want

to miss. The race encourages the spirit of wellness and competition as cancer survivors and water sport enthusiasts alike take to the water. For more information on the festival and race, visit bftwaterfestival.com or dragonboatbeaufort.org

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(STAY) VILLA BY THE SEA Live like a Tybee native in the home of Stayce and Lannie Jarrell, owners of Oceanfront Cottage Rentals. This 5-bedroom home features a palatial master suite on the top floor with a sitting room an a private deck with breathtaking views. Entertain friends and family in the large gourmet kitchen with open living area and enjoy the pool and easy beach access! A hot tub awaits you for relaxing under the stars after a full day on the beach. 717 1st Street, 800-786-5889, oceanfrontcottage.com

PLAY CAPTAIN DEREK'S DOLPHIN TOUR Frolic with the dolphins on Captain Derek’s Wave-Creating Dolphin Surfing Machine It is the only boat on the island that is powered by 700 horsepower with a top speed of 30 knots. The dolphins find yo and play alongside the boat as you tour Ft. Pulaski, Cockspur and Tybee lighthouses, and barrier islands. This tour is approved by the Coast Guard for up to 90 passengers. Reservations are recommended. Tickets for adults are 15$, children are $8.00. Hwy 80, (912) 658-2322 reelmn.com

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EAT THE CRAB SHACK The Crab Shack, located off a boat hoist, has a waterfront view and also features a pool of live alligators that can be fed by guests. The outdoor area has a bar, and various TVs for watching sports and is wrapped in beautiful strands of lights that illuminate off the water. Don’t TYBEE ISLAND SOCIAL CLUB Perhaps one of the most charming and cozy places to settle in for a meal and some of the island's best cocktails, the Tybee Island Social Club is the vision of Sarah and Kurtis Schumm. The excellent food dishes featured include the Short Rib Tacos and the Love Me Tender duck. Specialty

let this aid-back atmosphere fool you; the bar-b-q, shrimp, and crab dishes are the best in Georgia. Located at 40 Estill Hammock Road, (912) 786-9857, thecrabshack.com

drinks include their Social Sangria, which is a South magazine favorite! Live music is featured Fridays and Saturday evenings and for Sunday brunch. Open Mic nights, WINESdays, and other special events are always going on in the freshest club on the island. 1311 Butler Avenue, (912) 4724004, tybeeislandsocialclub.com

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STAY OMNI HILTON HEAD OCEANFRONT RESORT Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort is not shy when it comes to contemporary luxury. The resort has an avant-garde feel due to its recent rejuvenation. Replete with numerous swimming pools, 323 studio suites, and easy beach access, this private beach resort is packed with tennis courts, upscale dining, and spa retreats. Your tropical paradise awaits. (800) 843-6664, and omnihotels.com

(PLAY) AERIAL ADVENTURE On April 1, Broad Creek Marina Adventures is opening a new branch to their already mega-successful ZipLine Hilton Head business. Aerial Adventure Hilton Head is a two-hour experience that involves multiple activities throughout the six ability courses. With a variety of courses, there is a level designed for anyone and everyone from 5-year-olds to Marines. Activities include skyak, Spiderman web walk, hula hoop hill, a climbing wall, roller coater log bridge, and much, much more! Don’t miss out on this fun adventure for the whole family. For more information, visit ziplinehiltonhead.com/aerial-adventure.php.

HIT 'EM STRAIGHT! There is no better place to brush up on your golf game than Hilton Head Island. The Golf Learning Center at the Sea Pines Resort offers 1-, 2-, and

3-day schools to work out some of those mind-body coordination issues keeping you from driving long or putting short. PGA- trained instructors will consudt 5 hours of

instruction each day. Lunch is included, and you will leave with a personalized improvement manual. (843) 758-4540, golfacademy.net

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CAMELLIA ART With a diverse collection of paintings, Camellia Art is the go-to place for fine art in Hilton Head. With artists from all over the country, Camellia Art is known for its own unique and eclectic style. Works include oil paintings, abstract paintings, and sculpture. Piece below: "Two Tone" by Greg Osterhaus. 1 Offic Way, (843) 785-3535, cameliaart.com

SKULL CREEK BOAT HOUSE Skull Creek Boat House is a great place to watch the sunset on the waterfront and enjoy the best surf and turf selections from lobster to steak and pasta dishes. Pull up under the live oak trees or up to the Buoy Bar on the terrace for some adult beverages while the kids decorate the sidewalks with chalk. 379 Squire Pope Road, www.skullcreekboathouse.com

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Savannah's Food Fashionistas Go National! Libbie Summers and Chia Chong are the creative minds behind the blog, Salted and Styled. Their commercial and editorial food-inspired work has been featured in publications north and south of the equator and has garnered a National Book Review award, two International IACP awards, and most recently a National BH&G award. Although from different parts of the world, Libbie and Chia come together in Savannah, Georgia to create, work, and play. See their latest project, South's 50 Greatest Dishes, on page 201.

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Julep Cups

Savannah Bourbon This spirit is not just for high-falutin’ Northerners!

us bottle and label for our shipments is like a version of Duck Dynasty.”

The Savannah Difference THINK DUCK DYNASTY goes to the Kentucky Derby. Craft bourbons are growing fast in the South. Savannah Bourbon was started three years ago by a small group of high school buddies from Georgia. Charles Barfield, Dan Rosenbluth, and Jim Valentine banded together to launch Savannah Bourbon last January, and sales are off the charts. Valentine said, “Watching

The difference is in the grains used to make the mashbill, like silver corn, from the Savannah region. They are more costly, but they make a better product. Barfield said, “I could pour you a bourbon aged just one year from a premium mashbill and it would be far superior to an eightyear-old bourbon made with mediocre mashbill.” Their Savannah 88 premium bourbon rivals

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WHERE TO BUY Habersham Beverage Center (4681 Habersham St.); Johnnie Ganem Package Store (501 Habersham St.); Savannah Beverage Mart (8641 White Bluff oad); Wilmington Island Beverage (Hwy. 80 East) WHERE TO DRINK Belford’s (313 W. Julian St.); Local 11 Ten (1110 Bull St.); Savannah Yacht Club (730 Bradley Point Road); Six Pence Pub (245 Bull St.); SoHo Café (12 W. Liberty)

any other in the world, and their fl vored Sweet Tea Bourbon is one of the hottest sellers in every retail and bar that carries it.

The Future

“We are proud that our state now has a bourbon!” exclaimed Barfield. Look for new fl vored products in the near future, expansion into the Florida market, and a move from their current Milledgeville,Georgia distillery to Savannah.

The Mint Julep cocktail is a classic in the South. This yummy cocktail is made up of bourbon, sugar, water, and, of course, mint leaf. This delectable drink is traditionally served in a silver cup, known as the “Mint Julep Cup.” Get your very own silver cup at One Fish Two Fish, located on Whitaker Street and Jones Street. onefishsto e. com ($28)

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Savannah Elizabeth on 37th is known for their Mint Juleps made with fresh mint from their kitchen garden that is infused with Tennessee Whiskey and combined with simple syrup. 105 E. 37th Street, 912-236-5547 Atlanta The Bourbon Bar has a new twist on the old recipe by combining Woodford Reserve with blackberry mint and sparkling rose water! 3315 Peachtree Road, 404946-9070 Charleston The Gin Joint's famous Mint Julep mixes Buffalo Trace bourbon and mint-infused Everclear tincture as one of their many prohibition-style cocktails. 183 E. Bay Street, 843-577-6111

Looking for perfection in a cup on a warm summer eventing? We have found it! Jamie Deen’s Georgia Peach Perfection, is made up of 8 fresh mint leaves, the juice from one lime, ice, club soda, peach nectar, and two ounces of gin.

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Papa Leoci

Savannah’s growing culinary scene expands with exciting new venues!

THE NEWLY OPENED Brice Hotel hosts the independent, locally owned Pacci Italian Kitchen and Bar. Melding the rustic with the contemporary cultures, Pacci replicates both the taste and ambience of quaint Italy. With a community bar, unpretentious dining room, outdoor seating, and a secret courtyard for more intimate encounters, Pacci brings the sense of community back to coastal Italian cuisine. Led by Savannah’s Chef Roberto Leoci, Pacci will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner alongside their charcuterie bar, filled with house-cured meats, as well as community suppers Wednesday nights and their Punch Drunk Brunch. So slow down, Savannah, stop in and share the elegant sense of Italian community in one of the Hostess City’s soon-tobe hit restaurants. 601 East Bay Street, (912) 233.6002, paccisavannah.com

ALSO NEW IN TOWN ... THE FLORENCE The new One West Victory student housing facility is the home to The Florence. Hugh Acheson’s most recent addition to an impressive list of establishments, Influence by traditional Italian cuisine, The Florence features locally sourced, sustainable products from Walker Organics,

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Grassroots Farms, and Hammons Flatland Farm, all of which are located in Georgia. Boasting an oven built in Naples, The Florence celebrates rustic Italian dining and simplicity in cuisine creation. Helmed by Chef Kyle Jacovino, who has recently returned from studying in Italy’s EmiliaRomagna region, The Florence will bring the

true taste of Italy to the Hostess City. 1 West Victory Drive, 912.236.0001, theflo encesavannah.com DEPT. 7 EAST The newest bistro on Broughton Street, Dept. 7 East provides a charming, hip environment, featuring great Southern sandwiches and small bites. Meta Adler has occupied her family's

Adler's Department Store building serving some of our favorites like the Italian Divorce Soup and Redneck Eggrolls. Don't miss Thursday nights for live music shows with great acts like The Velvet Caravan. 7 E. Broughton Street, 912232-0215, dept7east.com

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700 Drayton Restaurant

The Mansion on forsyth Park's opulence doesn’t end with its artwork and architecture. With an ingredient-driven regionally inspired menu, the staff f 700 Drayton creates cuisine with an emphasis on both technique and presentation. Try the special Bronzed Local Wrecfish–served on top of boursin grits with a smoked tomato coulis, sugar snap peas and finished with a tomato jam. 700 Drayton Street, Savannah, 912.238.5158, mansionforsythpark. com/dining

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AJ’s Dockside

Situated on Tybee Island’s beautiful back river, AJ’s offers some of the finest seafood complemented by their scenic outdoor seating and kayak rentals. Stop in, rent a kayak, explore more of the Lowcountry, and end the evening with their signature Crispy Scored Flounder– a whole fl under scored, fried and finished with a sweet chili glaze. 1315 Chatham Avenue, Tybee Island, GA 31328, 912.786.9533, ajsdocksidetybee.com

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a.Lure Restaurant

Situated in Savannah’s Historic District, a.Lure’s award-winning cuisine stems from the desire to make contemporary Lowcountry food with local and regional Lowcountry ingredients. Step into a.Lure’s sleek,

chic atmosphere and sample their Thai Curry Duck–a curry rubbed duck breast with quinoa, black lentils, sesame nappa cabbage, and coconut lemongrass finished with a Thai curry sauce and mango green tomato chow chow. 309 West Congress Street, 912.233.2111, aluresavannah.com

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Angel’s BBQ

This is one of Savannah’s favorite barbecue joints, with many folks having to get a weekly fix of their signature barbecue sandwiches. Offering a huge variety of sauces on tap from which to choose, Angel’s caters to every palate. Eat at one of a few tables in, or order to take home for a full meal with BBQ Baked Beans and Coleslaw! 21 W. Oglethorpe, 912.495.0902, angels-bbq.com

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Anna’s

Named after owner Frank Cavaleri’s beloved grandmother, Anna’s melds traditional Italian with Savannah’s Southern flavors. Enjoy the pet-friendly outdoor patio or intimate interior and Anna’s signature Bayou Chicken in a rich Cajun cream sauce with peppers and onions atop a bed of rice. 314 West St. Julian Street, 912.236.2066

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Aqua Star Seafood Kitchen

Just a free ferry ride across the river lies Savannah’s first-class seafood

dining experience, replete with panoramic view of the Savannah River. Aqua Star’s homegrown menu utilizes the best global ingredients to prepare dishes that are second to none. Try the specialWild Harvest Scallops- sautéed in duck fat with garlic, plum tomatoes, basil broth, and porcini risotto. 1 Resort Drive, 912.201.2085, westinsavannah. com/aquastar

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An expansion of Byrd Cookie Company, B.Tillman sources ingredients from local and regional suppliers, which means seasonal menu changes and new weekly dishes complemented by an extensive wine and cocktail list. Early rising Savannahians can catch B.Tillman’s signature salad frisee every Sunday brunch or occasionally as a dinner or lunch special. Try the signature Salad Frisee–Poached egg, crisp green apples, pommes frites and house made béarnaise. 6700 Waters Avenue, 912.721.1564, byrdcookiecompany.com

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D best outdoor dining and America’s top 10 burgers. Try the signature The Wormsloe, with pimento cheese and a fried green tomato. 11108 Abercorn Street, 912.927.8700, 13 E Broughton Street, 912.231.0986; 209 West Congress Street, bdburgers.net

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Belford’s Savannah

Centered in the heart of Savannah’s Historic District, Belford’s casual Southern cuisine features regional favorites and a modern flair. Try the Grilled Bone-In Pork Chop– 14oz white marble pork chop served with savory apple brioche bread pudding, Granny Smith apple slaw and a bourbon demi glace. 315 West St. Julian Street, belfordssavannah.com

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Bonna Bella Yacht Club

With large decks overlooking the water, the Bonna Bella Yacht Club offers Savannah’s best panoramic view of the marshland and neighboring islands. Employing fresh locally sourced seafood Bonna Bella encourages patrons to bask in the Lowcountry’s tidal beauty while enjoying their summer signature Chargrilled Oysters served with Asiago cheese and spinach. 2740 Livingston Avenue, 912.352.3133, bonnabellayachtclub.com

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Brasserie 529

In the simplest way, Brasserie 529 is true to its name. Refined, yet relaxed, Brasserie serves French-inspired cuisine in a traditional brasserie ambience, white linen adorned tables and all. Charcuterie, duck leg confit ith seasonal sauce. 529 East Liberty Street, Savannah, GA 31401, 912.238.0045, brasserie529.com

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Chart House

Spanning three fl ors, the Chart House’s river-view dining room coupled with their first fl or bar, lounge, and outdoor patio is second to none in the coastal city. Try the Peach Mahi-Seared mahi with caramelized Vidalia onions, jumbo lump crabmeat, mango coulis, and lemon shallot butter. 202 West Bay Street, 912.234.6686, chart-house.com

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Coco’s Sunset Grille

Seated on the shore of Lazarett Creek behind Tybee Island, Coco’s offbeat location offers one of the best views in the Lowcountry. Near an operating marina Coco’s seafood makes a short journey from the boat to the kitchen and then your dinner plate. Hangout in Tybee’s hideaway with one of Coco’s craft cocktails and their signature Bourbon Glazed Salmon- a fresh Atlantic salmon grilled to taste with sautéed green beans and mashed potatoes. Old U.S. Hwy 80, Tybee Island, 31328, 912.786.7810, cocostybee.com

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With over 80 years of service, Savannah’s second oldest restaurant still serves some of the city’s greatest comfort food to tourists and locals alike. Enjoy one of their many great brews and dine on the house’s new special Brown Ale Burger made with a 100% ground chuck patty seasoned with Savannah Brown Ale, finished with a jalapeño cream cheese, lettuce, tomato, onionn and one of their classic sides. 301 West Jones Street, 912.232.9929, crystalbeerparlor.com

This Broughton Street rising star is fast becoming known for its new twists on Southern food. From "Pimmenah Cheese" sandwiches and classic deviled eggs, to Italian Divroce soup, the selection process can be a challenge in this very chic eatery.

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Try Croque Mademoiselle is a southern take on Croque Monsieur with ham and pimento cheese and pepper jelly on a ciabatta. 7 E. Broughton Street, 912-232-0154, dept7east.com

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Driftaway Café

Nestled near the Isle of Hope and the quaint Sandfly community, Driftaway Café is a Savannah staple for casual fine dining. Led by Executive Chef Kirk Blaine, Driftaway is known for its twist on tradition with modern flair. specialty dish: Cast iron grilled diver scallops on goat cheese and crab carbonara with smoked bacon, parmesan and herbs. 7400 Skidaway Road, 912.303.0999, driftawaycafe.com

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Dub’s, A Public House

Balancing the traditional and modern is an ever-present issue in Savannah, and no sports bar does it better than Dub’s Pub. Dub’s chefs Bud Mills and Garret Swain prepare prime game time food such as their signature Dub’s Burger. Try the Dub’s Burger– A hand-pattied burger that is a blend of ground short rib, chuck and sirloin, served with jalapeno beer cheese, pe,ppered bacon, spicy ketchup and fresh jalapenos. 225 West River Street, 912.200.3652, liveoakstore.com/dubspub

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Fiddler’s Southside

Offering unique seafood pairings alongside traditional American fare, Fiddler’s Seafood is devoted to the memory of Savannah’s formative families who nurtured and left their permanent mark on the seafood industry in the coastal community. Try the Low Country Boil and Fiddler’s Steamed Shellfish Tower. 7201 Hodgson Memorial Drive, 912.351.2274, liveoakstore.com/fiddlers

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Flying Fish

Designed with socializing in mind, Flying Fish’s casual cuisine, al fresco dining, and laid-back atmosphere make this place a prime destination. Catch your favorite game and split Flying Fish’s signature Steampot: a pound of both crab legs and shrimp cooked with sausage, corn, and potatoes, served alongside Southern slaw and hush puppies. 7906 East US Hwy 80, 912.897.2009, facebook.com/flyingfish.savannah

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An amalgamation of private fine dining, catering, and retail, Form offers an eclectic selection of wines, full to-go dinners, and over 45 cheeses from all over the world alongside a selection of domestic charcuterie. Stop by and order some of Form’s famous New York Style Cheesecake. 1801 Habersham Street, 912.236.7642, form-cwg.com

Elizabeth's on 37th

Voted as “the best restaurant on the Georgia coast,” Elizabeth’s on 37th serves the freshest Southern farm-to-table cuisine around. This two-time James Bead Award-winning restaurant never disappoints with their famous Blackeyed Pea Patties and signature dishes such as the Local Flounder plated with Half Moon river Clams topped with Wild Mushrooms, Spinach, and a Goat Cheese and Cauliflower Flan. 105 E. 37th Street, 912.236.5547, elizabethon37th.net

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dishes at great values. the Kobe Burgers and Sushi rolls are to die for, but we love the Fire House Spicy Wrap ith fresh avocado, grilled bell pepper, sweet onion, mushroom, zucchini, and rice. For locations in Charleston and Savannah, visit firestreetfood.com

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Foxy Loxy Café

Located in the growing SoFo(South of Forsyth) Savannah district, Foxy Loxy is a hometown favorite serving local PERC coffee, Tex-Mex fare, house-made baked goods, and a daily changing blackboard of tacos, soup and quiches. Alongside their Fire and Wine nights and Acoustic Tuesdays, Foxy Loxy just recently started serving brunch and their signature Foxy Haystack. Foxy Loxy Café, 1919 Bull Street, 912.401.0543, foxyloxycafe.com; The Coffee Fox, 102 West Broughton Street, 912.401.0399, thecoffeefox.com

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Goose Feathers

Voted one of the top 101 Great Breakfasts and two-time recipient of the Award of Excellence from Trip Advisor, Goose Feathers’ faithful following of locals and tourists comes as no surprise. Try the Savannah Style Eggs Benedict–All the fixings of a traditional eggs benedict, served on a Goose Feathers hand-made butter croissant. The Eggetarian ismade with pesto, tomatoes and cheese. 39 Barnard Street, 912.233.4683 goosefeatherscafe.com

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Celebrating 90 years in business, this Savannah institution is known for its barbecue, chicken, and its creme pies! We love the Spicy Buttermilk Fried Chicken. You can now attempt to make some of the famous dishes at home with their first cookbook! 1651 E. Victory Drive,912-354-7810, johnnyharris. com

With five local locations boasting quality and affordability, these family-owned and operated restaurants bring a taste of del sur to the South. With a family environment, children’s menu, and a full bar, Jalapeños has something for everyone at five fine locations. Grab a monster margarita and settle in to try fajitas jalapeno sliced tender rib-eye steak with onions, mushrooms and Parmesan cheese alongside rice, beans, and flour tortillas. For the 4 locations, visit jalapenosinc.com

Enter the underground and you’ll find yourself in Jazz’s swanky settings replete with serpentine bar and an array of Americanized tapas dishes with gluten and vegetarian options. Featuring craft cocktails and small batch bourbons, Jazz’d Tapas Bar offers great live music, and a new signature Thai Chicken– thai chicken salad, crispy wontons, cellophane noodles, top bibb lettuce and are dressed with a Sambal sesame vinaigrette. 52 Barnard Street, 912.236.7777, jazzdsavannah.com

Scouring the city for true Southern tastes can be difficult. The Lady & Sons is one of Savannah’s most sought-after down-home dining destinations. Serving traditional Southern cuisine, the Lady & Sons features signature dishes by Paula Deen as well as the Lady’s Southern Buffet. specialty dish: Chicken Pot Pie–Freshly seasoned chicken and vegetables in a rich, creamy sauce finished with a flaky puff astry on top. 102 West Congress Street, 912.233.2600, ladyandsons.com

In keeping with Italian tradition, Leoci’s Trattoria prides itself on its handsome spread of locally sourced ingredients rather than Italian imports. Noting the chef’s zeal for local ingredients the Georgia Restaurant Association named Chef Roberto Leoci

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As one can surmise from the name, the fare at Local 11Ten is sourced from local purveyors as much as possible. Executive Chef Brandy Williamson employs her classic French culinary training with the influence of Southern cuisine to produce unique expressions of familiar flavors. Try the Day Boat Catch- Locally sourced Blue Marlin Seafood, prepared with the freshest and most readily available ingredients. 1110 Bull Street, 912.790.9000, local11ten.com

Macelwee’s family-owned and operated establishment has been serving Tybee Island fresh seaside cuisine since 1982. Enjoy the ocean view and try Lynn’s Favorite: a lightly blackened fish fillet over angel hair pasta with snow peas, red peppers and broccolli finished with an herb crème sauce. 101 Lowell Avenue, 912.786.8888, macelweesontybee.com

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Molly McGuire’s

Nestled on Wilmington Island, Molly McGuire’s atmosphere is quintessentially Southern. Sheltered by willow trees alongside the fresh water lagoon, Molly’s mix with nature is prime for patrons hoping to enjoy a cool coastal breeze, a variety of live music, and the sounds of the South. Try the Wild Caught Domestic Shrimp, Mouth-watering Atlantic shrimp served any which way you’d like. 216 Johnny Mercer Boulevard, 912.898.0852, liveoakstore.com/ mollymcguires

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Moon River Brewing

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Belford’s Savannah Grilled Bone-In Pork Chop #9 nah-inspired menu, Moon River’s amiable atmosphere is family-friendly and perfect for listening to live music. Head over and try their Chicken and Sausage Creole–a tender, boneless chicken breast sautéed with housemade smoked sausage, bell peppers, diced tomatoes and onions atop a bed of Lowcountry rice. 21 West Bay Street, 912.447.0943, moonriverbrewing.com

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North Beach Bar & Grill

Offering an expansive fusion of traditional Southern dishes with a Carribbean flair, North Beach Bar & Grill uses local seafood alongside only the freshest ingredients in their casual environment. Take a break from the beach and bounce over to try North Beach Bar & Grill’s signature Crab Cakes and Jerk Chicken. 33 Meddin Drive, Tybee Island, 912.786.4442, northbeachandgrill.net

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The Public is transforming the scene of casual downtown dining. With a bistro-style menu The Public offers quality fare in an approachable, relaxed environment. From the Savannah Philly to the Georgia Buffalo Black & Blue burger. Try the Exceptional Hamburgers- Created with organic, grass fed beef from D.C. Durrence Farm located in Glenville, Georgia. 1 West Liberty Street, 912.200.4045, thepublickitcen.com

Breaking the embargo, Rancho Alegre brings Cuban cuisine to Savannah. Renowned for their delectable, made-to-order traditional island dishes Rancho Alegre features dishes de la familia alongside some of the finest live music in the city. Enjoy their famed Paella Valenciana–a rice base with calamari, shrimp, mussels, clams,

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Shrimp Factory

Situated in an 1850s King Cotton Warehouse, The River House is the home of signature Savannah seafood flavor. With a history of using only the finest locally available seafood, The River House’s exceptional specialty items come as no surprise and serve as fine examples of local fare. Try the Shrimp & Grits- Blackened shrimp, country ham, and parmesan grits. 125 West River Street, 912.234.1900, liveoakstore.com/riverhouse

With just over two decades of service, Savannah Riverboat Cruises has remained a mainstay of Savannah’s riverfront. From their variety cruises to delicious dining experience, the Riverboat Cruise is Savannah’s most unique full-service venue for weddings, reunions, and more. Try the Dinner Entertainment Cruises, Saturday Lunch Cruise, Sunday Brunch Cruise, Thursday Murder Mystery Cruise and Monday Gospel Dinner Cruise. 9 East River Street, 912.232.6404, savannahriverboat.com

Located in an 1820s historic building on the river, The Shrimp Factory is the place to watch the boats go by while enjoying their signature Shrimp & Deviled Crab dish. Deliciously made up of fried fantail shrimp and baked deviled crab with Savannah red rice, hush puppies and specialty sauces, this is a local favorite! 313 E. River Street, 912-236-4229, theshrimpfactory.com

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New Sisters of the New South

This is the best soul food in Savannah! Everything is special with their down-home Southern soulfood, but we love the fried chicken. Every dish comes with three sides. Add collard greens, mashed potatoes, and an okra and tomato side for a rib-sticking delicious meal. For the 4 locations, visit thesistersoft enewsouth.com

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SoHo South Café

Originally opened in 1997 and aptly named after the eclectic New York neighborhood, SoHo South is a staple for lunches, Sunday brunches, and weekend dinners. SoHo is a reflection of the community it serves. Set a dinner date and enjoy SoHo’s exquisite Osso Bucco using Savannah River Farms pork with cauliflower puree, sautéed greens, and pan jus. 12 West Liberty Street, 912.233.1633, sohosouthcafe.com

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Sundae Café

Casual, yet upscale, Tybee Island’s Sundae Café features a twist on traditional dishes that pair well with their impressive collection of martini flavors. Pair a Sour Apple Martini with Sundae’s Sweet and Spicy Pistachio Crusted Tuna served with Jack Daniels sweet potato soufflé, a citrus

glaze and vegetable medley. 304 First Street, 912.786.7692, sundaecafe.com

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Not only does Ta Ca feature Savannah's finest suchi and Japanese fusion dishes it also serves the largest selection of Japanese beers and sakes. The House Special Ta Ca Hibachi dinner includes Jumbo Shrimp, Scallops, and Lobster served with fried rice, soup, and salad. 513 E. Oglethorpe, 912-232-8222, tacasushi.com

Located in the heart of downtown Savannah, Tequila Town offers customers traditional and contemporary Mexican dishes alongside tweaked Tex-Mex recipes, ensuring something for every palate. Stop in, try

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D their expansive tequila selection and settle in with their signature Chiles Rellenos- a peeled and roasted poblano pepper filled with either shredded chicken, pork carnitas, or queso fresco and finished with a ranchero sauce. 109 Whitaker Street, 912.236.3222, tequilastown.com

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Tybee Island Social Club

Opened in 2010 by designer and musician owners, the Tybee Island Social Club is one of the island’s great culinary and social destinations. We love their signature Fish Tacos–lime marinated whitefish with a strip of bacon and pear puree paired with chorizo and fresh cilantro or try their pescatarian version with white-

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fish, a chipotle aioli, and greens on a corn tortilla. 1311 Butler Avenue, Tybee Island, 912.472.4044, tybeeislandsocialclub.com

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Hyatt Regency’s Vu Lounge is the pinnacle of refinement with a selection of cigars from the humidor, cocktails made with rooftop garden-grown ingredients, and a chic lounge. Try the Angus Burger–all natural Angus Burger prepared with aged white cheddar cheese, horseradish sauce, and onion jam on a brioche bun. 2 West Bay Street, 912.238.1234, savannah.hyatt.com

Offering Japanese and Thai favorites, like curry and sushi, alongside balanced Asian cuisine menu, Wasabi’s and Kanpai bring the Far East to the Southeast. Try the Rainbow Roll–California roll topped with fresh salmon, tuna and avocado. For the multiple locations visit, sushisavannah.com

Initially opened in 1990, Wet Willie’s has become a staple in the River Street scene and is doing so well that they’ve expanded to both Tybee Island and City Market. Serving up cool daiquiris and even cooler times; Willie’s is a destination for tourists and locals alike. Grab an Attitude Improvement and try Willie’s Famous oven baked, herb-marinated Tequila Wings finished with their homemade tequila sauce. For multiple destinations, visit wetwillies.com

Walk into Wright Square Café and the scent of fresh ground coffee, herbs, and baked goods greets you. While the smells greet you it’s the imported chocolates and culinary concoctions that sit you down and keep Savannahians and tourists alike coming back for more. Try the signature Baked Chicken Wrap–baked chicken, carmelized onions in fig preserves, are accompanied by Feta cheese, pecans , lettuce and tomato. 21 West York Street, 912.238.1150, wrightsquarecafe.com

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MUD, SWEAT, & CHEERS JCB Mud Run (Pooler, June 21)

Get ready to partake in the muddiest party on the planet. The JCB Mud Run is the most fun you will have, and probably the filthiest you’ll get all month! With an obstacle course, live bands, and tons of mud, this is a race you’ll regret not doing. All proceeds raised from the JCB Mud Run will benefi the Lady Bamford Center for Early Childhood Development. There will be over 4 miles of mud and obstacles. The race starts at 8 a.mm and is $50 per person. So get your two-person team ready and register today! For more information, visit jcbmudrun.com

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Florida Country Superfest

(Jacksonville, June 14–15) Get your country on and get down at Jacksonville’s EverBank Field with great country acts, including Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, and Florida Georgia Line. This two-day, two-night festival will transform EverBank Field into a unique stadium festival atmosphere. For more information, visit floridacountrysuperfest.com

Charle ston Carife st! Ge t in touch with your inner-island self June 12-15.

Best Fests! Its time to party in the sultry South! Spoleto Arts Festival

(Charleston, SC, June 1–9) Each spring the city of Charleston is filled with the music of renowned artists as well as new performers in opera; theater; dance, and chamber; symphonic; choral;and jazz music, during Spoleto Festival USA. To find performance dates and purchase tickets, visit spoletousa.org

Atlanta Fringe Festival

(Atlanta, June 5) The Atlanta Fringe Festival will be taking place June 5-8, with a preview party on June 4. With 22 productions in this year’s lineup, from dancers to comedians, this festival will be tons of fun for everyone. For more information, visit atlantafringe.org

2nd Annual Blues, Jazz, and BBQ Festival (Savannah, June 6–7) Get ready for a day filled with great music and scrumptious food at this year’s Blues, Jazz, & BBQ at Rousakis Riverfront Plaza. This event is open to the public and will feature some of the best restaurants, catering companies, musicians, and artists that Savannah has to offer. Head down to the river on Friday, 4-10 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, visit riverstreetsavannah.com

IMR Indie Music Festival

(Atlanta, June 12–15) Atlanta plays host to 40 of the most talented indie bands and musicians from all across the country in this

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four-day festival. Stay for a show or soak up as many as you can. For the complete band list, visit imrmusicfestival.com

Carifest

(Charleston, SC, June 12–15) Take a trip to the Caribbean without even leaving Charleston during Carifest. This four day cultural festival includes a carnival street parade, performers, music, food, and symposium. For more information, visit charlestoncarifest.com

Hilton Head Harbourfest

(June 17–August 12) Habourfest at Shelter Cove Harbour is not a festival you are going to want to miss. Starting in mid-June and running until mid-August, this family-friendly fest has music, food, arts and crafts, entertainment, and fireworks on Tuesdays. This festival is free of charge. For more information, visit palmettodunes.com

go toward education in the Athens-Clark County area. For more information, visit athfest.com

Atlanta Summer Beer Festival

(Atlanta, June 21) The Atlanta Summer Beer Festival at the Masquerade Music Park will offer 150 beers, including local Atlanta breweries and two stages featuring live music. Tickets are $35 in advance. For more information, visit atlantasummerbeerfest.com

Old Fourth Ward Park Arts Festival

(Atlanta, June 28–29) Everything from fine arts and crafts, a street market, food vendors, and live acoustic music is combined for an arts festival located at Historic Fourth Ward Park. Go explore and see what treasures await. For more information, visit oldfourthwardparkartsfestival.com

Athfest Music and Arts Festival

(Athens, June 20) Put on by AthFest Educates, proceeds from this festival Jam out at the Athfe st Music and Arts Fe stival, Athens, June 20.

Omg! Oh My Georgia! Festival and Farmers Market

(Perry, June 14–15) Taking place at the Georgia National Fairgrounds, this event will feature arts and crafts vendors from the area, as well as small businesses and fresh and local produce. This event is perfect for the whole family. For more information, visit festivalnet.com

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Events Calendar The region hustles and bustles with fun-filled summer celebrations!

RUNS The Great Escape

(Savannah, June 7) This run takes place at night. The objective is to escape “prison” by climbing walls, dodging guards, crawling, climbing, and running as fast as you can. You can work with a teammate, and those who make it to the end will receive medals. Registration fee is $30 to 50. For more information, visit facebook.com/thegreatescape5k

Survive the Five K

(Savannah, June 7) Beginning at the Isle of Hope Pool, kids run at 8:00 a.m. and a 5K at 8:15 a.m.. The proceeds from this event will benefit he Survivorship Program at the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. For more information, visit fleetfeetsavannah.com

Tybee Island Sprint

(Tybee, June 8) This triathlon’s swimming portion will be a 750 meter ocean swim. The bike portion takes place through a scenic, nearly flat area on Tybee. The run will be through the surrounding Tybee neighborhoods. For more information, visit setupevents.com

Girls Gone Tri—Session 3

(Bluffton, June 14) This triathlon will be taking place in Bluffton, South Carolina

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at 8:00 a.m. There will be a 250yard pool swim, a 10-mile bike ride, and a 2- mile run. For more information, visit multisportfi nessllc.com

Beach Bum Triathlon at Hilton Head Island

(HHI, June 21) Taking place at Coligny Beach on Hilton Head Island, this triathlon consists of a .25 mile-swim in the ocean, a 6-mile beach bike ride, and a 3-mile beach run. Compete with a team or on your own. For more information, visit gotrievents.com

Hilton Head Island Kids Triathlon

(HHI, June 28) Taking place at the Island Recreation Center on Hilton Head Island, this triathlon is geared toward children ages 4-14 years old. For more information, visit gotrievents.com

Color Vibe 5K

(Jacksonville, June 28) Get ready to paint the town rainbow when the Color Vibe 5K comes to Jacksonville. Slip on your running shoes and get blasted with color along the way. At finish line you and your fellow

runners can let loose in an all-out dance party. For more information, visit thecolorvibe.com

Get Inspired 6K

(Jacksonville, June 28) Run for a good cause at the 2nd annual Get Inspired 6K in Jacksonville. This isn’t just a wayto spend the day with family and friends; you can help raise awareness for HIV/AIDS and its impact. For more information, visit getinspiredrunjax.org

Firecracker 4 Miler

(Mount Pleasant, SC, July 4) The Firecracker 4 Miler in

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Hilton Head Firecracker 5000

(Hilton Head, July 4) This 4th of July, why not participate in a good old-fashioned 5k? The 29th Hilton Head Firecracker 5000 Road Race and Family Fun Walk is the largest and oldest road race in Beaufort County. Starting at 8 a.m. at Jarvis Park on Hilton Head Island, this is the perfect way to work up an appetite for that afternoon 4th of July barbeque. Registration: $25 for kids and $30 for adults. For more information, visit bearfootsports.com

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The Peachtree Road Race July 4

(Atlanta, July 4) The Peachtree Road Race is the largest 10K in the world and attracts runners from all over the country. This year on the 4th of July, it will celebrate its 45th running. Kick off our celebrations this year with this Independence Day tradition. For more information, visit peachtreeroadrace.org

Summer Sizzler 5K

(Savannah, July 12) Taking place at the J.C. Cannon Fields on Wilmington Island, the proceeds from this 5k will benefi the Zoe Foundation, who help pay for the funeral and burial costs for families who have lost infants. Registration fee: $25 to $30. For more information, visit fleetfeetsavannah.com Ge t dirty at the JCB Mud Run on June 21 in Pooler.

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(Savannah, May 30–June 15) America’s beloved Ogre and his princess come to life in this live performance at the Savannah Children’s Theater. Tickets for children are $12.00, adults are $15.00, military and seniors are $12.00. All show times are 3:00 p.m. For more information, visit savannahchildrenstheater.org

Savannah Live

(Savannah, June 1 to July 31) Experience everything from pop, rock, Broadway, and jazz during the two hour variety show. Song, dance, and even some comedy are sure to keep you entertained. For more information, visit savannahtheatre.com

Blues, Jazz, and BBQ Festival

(Savannah, June 6&7) Indulge in deep Southern blues, cool jazz, and juicy BBQ during this 2nd annual festival. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Rousakis Riverfront Plaza, Savannah. For details, visit reverstreetsavannah.com Jukebox Journey (Savannah, June 3–28) Take a trip back in time with the live performances of classic jukebox music right in downtown Savannah. Award-winning singers, dancers, and an awesome band take the stage in Jukebox Journey at the Savannah Theatre at 8 p.m. For more information, visit savannahtheatre.com

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nity to “meet and greet” the alligators, turtles, snakes, and other little creatures that can be found on Hilton Head. Learn about these animals, snap some pictures, and hold a few if you’re brave enough. The cost if $10 for

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(Tybee Island, June 7) This tour benefi s the Tybee Island Maritime Academy, The Rising TYdes Community Pantry, and the Fresh Air Home. The tour features 9 spectacular homes and goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine! Advance tickets can be purchased for $40 and $45 the day of the tour, and this includes lunch. Get your tickets at Gayle Bolton’s Gallery by the Sea, 1016 Hwy. 80 East, Tybee Island, and E. Shaver’s Bookstore, 326 Bull Street. For more information, visit tybeetourofhomes.com

The Bonaventure Historical Society Tours of Bonaventure Cemetery

(Savannah, June 8) Every second Sunday, knowledgeable BHS volunteers conduct walking tours of the cemetery.

Lace up your comfortable shoes, grab a bottle of water, and bring your friends on an enchanting tour of Savannah’s famous cemetery. Tours are offered at 2:00, 2:30, and 3:00 p.m. The cemetery is open to the public daily from 8 am to 5 pm. For more information, visit bonaventurehistorical.org

Camp Dig it

(Hilton Head, June 10– August 12) Let your inner archeologist out at Camp Dig It. Led by a professional archeologist, participants can “excavate” a simulated site and find artifacts while using real archeological methods. This is the perfect interactive family program while the kids are out of school. The cost is $12 per person, and reservations are required. For more information, call the Coastal Discovery Museum at 843-689-6767 ext. 223

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P Vinyl Appreciation Night

(Savannah, June 12) Vinyl Appreciation Night at Foxy Loxy is the place to go to hear and share your favorite music on vinyl. The night starts at 8pm at their Bull Street location. For more information, visit Foxyloxycafe.com

Father’s Day Cruise

(June 15) Spend this Father’s Day on the river courtesy of Savannah Riverboat Cruises. Attend the Father’s Day brunch, which boards at 11:30 a.m., or go to the dinner at 6:00 p.m. Whatever you choose, you and the special man (or men) in your life are guaranteed to have a fun time. For more information, visit savannahriverboat.com

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(Hilton Head, June 17 to August 14) Join in the summertime family friendly festivities with Hilton Head’s annual Harbourfest. It will feature weekly fireworks, children’s activities, and astounding performances by family entertainer Shannon Tanner & the Oyster Reefers. Harbourfest is free and open to the public. For more information, visit hiltonheadisland.com

Toddler 3rd Thursday at Jepson Center

(Savannah, June 19) These events are great for parents, grandparents, and caregivers to entertain and inspire preschoolers ages 3 to 5 years to explore the artwork in the Telfair exhibitions. Together you will complete an art project that relates to the tour. A different

project is offered each month! For more information, visit telfair.org

Fort Pulaski Bird Walk

(Savannah, starting June 21) Every third Sunday a series of bird walks is offered at the Fort Pulaski Monument Park in partnership with the Audubon society. Birders will meet a member of the Ogeechee Audubon Society at the park’s Entrance Station at 8:00 a.m. The walks are free and no reservations are required! For more information, call 912-786-5787 X104

Jazz – Just Across the Park

(Savannah, June 29) Come to the Mansion on Forsyth Park for the Coastal Jazz Association’s event featuring the musical stylings of Lenore Raphael. She is considered to be one of America’s most swinging mainstream pianists today! For more information, visit coastaljazz.org

The Savannah Winds Patriotic Concert

(Savannah, June 29) Enjoy an afternoon of music celebrating America at the Armstrong Fine Arts Gallery. Tickets are $12 to 20 and must be purchased online at tickets.armstrong.edu or by visiting Armstrong Fine Arts Hall. For more information, call 912-344-2556

Independence Day Fireworks on Tybee Island

(Tybee Island, July 3) Kick off merica’s birthday celebration on Tybee Island this year. Bring the whole family, some snacks, and of course your red, white, and blue. Enjoy the fireworks from any of the eastern beaches. The show starts at 9:15 p.m. For more information, visit visittybee.com

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First Friday for Folk Music (Savannah, July 4) Enjoy live musical performances during a production of the Savannah Folk Music Society at Stewart Hall, First Presbyterian Church from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise

Join the crowds for July 4th on River St., downtown, Savannah.

Tybee Arts Association Show and Sale

(Tybee Island, July 4–7) Shop local artists’ work. Browse through paintings, driftwood sculptures, jewelry, photography,

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and much more at this unique art show. For more information, visit tybeearts.org

(Savannah, July 4) Celebrate America’s independence with a Savannah Riverboat Cruise. Boarding is at 8:00 p.m., sailing is at 9:00 p.m., and the riverboat will return at 10:30 p.m. There will be music, dancing, food, and, of course, fireworks! For more information, visit savannahriverboat.com

Atlanta Street Food Festival

(Atlanta, July 12) Enjoy the tastes of many of Atlanta's favorite food trucks in Piedmont Park! From noon to 8

p.m., the festival will showcase over 40 vendors, local merchants, and live entertainment. For more information visit entertainment. accessatlanta.com

Greater Jacksonville 34th Kingfish Tournament

(Jacksonville, July 21 to July 26) Grab some bait, fishing poles, the family, and head on down to Jacksonville for the 34th annual Kingfish Tournament, presented by assorted sponsors and AT&T. Featuring a friendly, yet competitive, atmosphere the Kingfish Tournament has a junior and adult tournament as well as live music by local Jacksonville artists replete with a multiday food festival showcasing coastal cuisine. For more information visit kingfishtournament.com

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TOURISM AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIP DINNER | FEBRUARY 26, 2014 This past February, the Tourism Leadership Council held its annual Tourism Awards and Scholarship Dinner. Paula Deen was in attendance and making a comeback after recently announcing the formulation of Paula Deen Ventures. The Awards Ceremony kicked off an the winners were announced. Jamie Parks of Savor Savannah won the Service Leader Award. Kelli Brunson, Pulkit Chawla, Andrew Lawrence, and Randi Parton were all Scholarship Recipients. Marquell Jones of The Olde Pink House as well as Nick Webb of Lady and Sons received the Service Star Award.

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DIAMOND BALL | FEBRUARY 11, 2014 This year, the second annual Diamond Ball took place at the Mackey House. Hosted by the Women’s Survivor Alliance, the event was a celebration of survivors of cancer, while also remembering those who have passed away. When South talked to Jennifer Hagan, coordinator of the event, she had only positive things to say about the night, “We’re so excited for the turnout, it’s so great to see so many people out supporting these survivors.”

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MARILYN MONROE AT THE TELFAIR | APRIL 3, 2014 The Opening Lecture for Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon was given by Telfair Museums’ Director and CEO, Lisa Grove. The lecture took place on April 3 and was followed by a reception. This event precedes the opening of the internationally traveling exhibition which features over 100 works inspired by Marilyn Monroe.

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ROAST & TOAST FOR PETE LIAKAKIS | APRIL 11, 2014 Delicious food, great music, and lots of roasting and toasting. The 2014 Roast and Toast was in honor of Pete Liakakis and his service to the community. The evening included dinner by Thrive and music by City Hotel. Proceeds from the event will benefit orizons Savannah’s six-week summer enrichment programs for underserved public school students.

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MOUTH OF THE SOUTH

CHICKEN SLANG Chicken life is so much part of our culture, it has spawned an entire language that we all use, but most of us don’t really think about it. In a sense, we have adopted much of their culture. Here is some of our favorite Chicken slang:

Something to Crow About The Rooster may be our greatest “Mouth of the South.” The co-creator of Southern fried chicken, the Rooster also serves as a “wake up call” harkening us to a new day. We also know him to be one who vigilantly watches over us on weathervanes. Long known by ancient cultures as a symbol of showing one’s many facets of brilliance, the Rooster is South magazine’s totem for our 50th issue anniversary.

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THE MEANING ➽ In dreams, the Rooster is the keeper of time, reminding us of its passage, and so it is a fi ting icon as we reflect upon our past and contemplate our future. Join us in heeding the cock’s crow to remember our pasts as we create better futures. Yes, we know that the cocks may crow, the hens lay the eggs! Like the Rooster’s progeny, we are nothing without our readers. After our vigilant watch for 50 issues, we harken a new future with you all. Peace to all in the barnyard, y’all!

Hen-pecked Cooped-up Flew the coop Ruffle the feathers Walking on eggshells Like a chicken with its head cut off Cocky Cackling hens A good egg Cock and bull story Up with the chickens Rule the roost Mother hen Amazing chicks The sky is falling This is just chicken feed Nest egg Like a chicken on a june bug Every egg is made from scratch Cockeyed Egg on your face Tastes just like chicken

THE MYTHOLOGY ➽ Chinese: Believed to ward off evil. A symbol of courage, kindness, confidence, and loyalty. Greek: Signifies the Sun beating out the dark. Celtic and Norse: The Rooster calls for those who have died in battle.

PECKING ORDER ➽ Chicken society is quite complex and is maintained by keeping up what is called the “pecking order.” Young chicks start bullying one another from the start to establish pecking order. Chickens must work things out among themselves; dominant Roosters at the top of the hierarchy are the ones who crow and look out for the entire flock. More submissive Roosters and cockerels do not crow or breed with hens when the lead Rooster is around.

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