From thousands of reader surveys comes our inimitable Best of Everything list. Categories run from appetizers to desserts, bike shops to barbershops. Here, the year’s best of shopping, including women’s clothes, men’s clothes, jewelry stores and more.
17 E. Broughton St.
Amy Sussman remembers her first pair of shoes from Globe Shoe Company: black patent Mary Janes by Stride Rite. She grew up in the store, after all, along with her younger brother John Sussman. Today, the siblings are third-generation co-owners of the 125-year-old business, bought by their grandfather Sol Lesser in the 1930s.
A second location opened in the Twelve Oaks Shopping Cneter in 2011. “On a daily basis, customers share stories of shopping at Globe with their grandparents and parents,” she says. “We’re proud to be part of those memories.”
Globe offers a wide selection of sizes and widths, as well as a broad line-up of contemporary brands including Sam Edelman, Frye, Sorel, Hunter, Cole Haan and Birkenstock. These days, Amy says, customers at both stores are all about “function meets fashion,” gravitating toward block heels and athleisure styles. And they don’t only respond to trend, they also set them: John points out that Globe was one of the first stores in the Southeast to start carrying the Stuart Weitzman brand–another perennial top seller.
While the boutique has certainly evolved with the times over the past century, the Sussmans say Globe’s essential DNA remains the same.
“Our customers will say, ‘We haven’t had anyone provide us this level of service in years,'” John notes. “We tell them that not everything in the world has to change.”
Runner up: Shoe Be Do (now Carlisle of York)
244 Bull St.
The stock of stylish finds by emerging designers at Red Clover changes as frequently as their adorable window displays overlooking Bull Street. This budget-friendly boutique, owned by college pals Leah Lancaster Riffle and Thu Tran, nails the breezy bohemian vibe every time.
Runner up: Kathi Rich
20 W. Broughton St.
A shop for the sharp-dressing Southern gent, J. Parker Limited offers preppy finds and a wide selection of well-made menswear: Think polos, seersucker suits, khakis and tailored apparel for both leisure and formal occasions.
Runner up: John B. Rourke
7360 Skidaway Road #L2
When shopping in Sandfly, a stop at Livvy’s for cheap-chic closet staples and trend-driven wardrobe updates is a must. Quality garments in eye-catching brights and patterns are a hallmark of this boutique, owned by Savannah native Olivia Wardlaw.
Runner up: Red Clover
4 E. Liberty St.
SCAD grad Elizabeth Seeger opened Satchel, her hybrid boutique-slash-studio, in 2006. She’s now assisted by a team of “Satchelettes” who buzz away on sewing machines, custom-designing handbags in an array of luxe leathers, linings and hardware. Pieces can be bought in-store or made to order.
Runner up: Spartina 449
2 E. Broughton St.
Fourth-generation family business Levy Jewelers is Savannah’s trusted choice for a little—or a lot—of sparkle and shine. Its attention-getting windows at Bull and Broughton exhibit designer brands alongside an impressive collection of fine estate jewelry.
Runner up: Harkleroad
15 E. Broughton St.
Whether camping, kayaking, hiking or fishing, Half-Moon Outfitters is the place to prep for any outdoor adventure. The shop carries more than 100 brands, from Carhartt to Columbia Sportswear, Patagonia to Pendleton, Reef to Roxy.
Runner up: Fleet Feet
14 E. Broughton St.
Enter on Broughton Street and climb the metal stairs to Civvies New & Recycled Clothing, where a treasure trove of goods awaits. There’s a whole rack of loud Hawaiian shirts, as well as a wall of perfectly punk dresses and another of covetable vintage denim. The back counter is devoted to consignment, where customers can sell wares on the spot.
Runner up: The Future on Forsyth Park
5500 Abercorn St.
Heather Burge makes it easy for brides to say yes to the dress at BleuBelle Bridal, her premier salon with a beautiful selection of gowns by Pronovias, Paloma Blanca, Watters, Christos and other in-demand designers. BleuBelle also carries shoes and accessories to complete a look, along with bridesmaid and mother-of-the-bride dresses.
Runner up: Ivory and Beau
Antiques and Collectibles
9 Jefferson St.
If you can’t find it at Jere’s Antiques, it might not exist. The collector’s paradise, owned by Jere Meyers, features original and rare 18th, 19th and 20th century antiques in a 33,000-square-foot showroom. It’s also a destination for furniture that’s crafted in-house using traditional techniques.
Runner up: Picker Joe’s
2428 Abercorn St.
Lifestyle designer Emily McCarthy stocks her cheerful boutique with home and entertainment pieces in signature geometric patterns. From tea towels and barware to his-and-hers champagne glasses and ice buckets, the shop is a win for gifts galore—just try to walk out without buying something for yourself, too.
Runner up: Polka Dots
409 Whitaker St.
With walls lined top-to-bottom with greeting cards, wrapping paper and stationery sets, La Paperie charms like a handwritten note. Stock includes letterpress printing, designer stationery collections and handmade papers with pressed botanicals.
Runner up: Emily McCarthy
104 W. Broughton St.
Founder and head beekeeper Ted Dennard’s love for honeybees blossomed into the Savannah Bee Company, whose artisanal honeys and health and beauty products are now sold in stores across the South.
Runner up: Byrd Cookie