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Countdown to Savannah: Shopping in Savannah (Part 2)

Written by Palma

In early 2007, we started our official Countdown to Savannah. Each Sunday, we posted a different topic about this special city where we met for our first Great Slow Travel Gathering in Spring 2008.

With 63 posts over 14+ months, we learned a lot about the many facets of this historic, hospitable and intriguing American city. Our weekly posts touched on Savannah's history, famous people, architecture, food, culture, surrounding area and much more. We hope this information acquaints you with Savannah, entices you to visit this historic city, and prepares you for a very memorable trip.

An Important Part of Vacation Planning

For me, SHOPPING is always part of my vacation planning! The first installment of this two-part series provided some insight into some of the major shopping centers in Savannah. This article offers a glimpse of some of the Specialty Shops as well as some great Coffee and Tea Shops.

Specialty Shops

Byrd Cookie Company & Gourmet Marketplace

6700 Waters Avenue; www.byrdcookiecompany.com
Home of Scotch Oatmeal cookies (featured on Rachael Ray’s TV show), and Savannah favorite called Bene wafers (unhulled sesame seed wafers). They sell gourmet products, sweets, treats, decorative tins and condiments.

Peanut Shop of Savannah

407 East River Street
Peanut brittle, roasted, plain, and all kinds of peanuts! There are candies and key lime jelly, too.

True Grits

107 East River Street
A gift shop with 250 kinds of hot sauce, souvenirs, and a whole section of nautical items and civil war items.

Harry Barker

411 East Liberty Street; www.harrybarker.com
Gourmet pooch snacks and gifts for your favorite pup. Oprah is a huge fan!

The Book Lady

6 East Liberty Street
A quaint bookstore with sections for browsing on art, architecture, religion, fiction, and the usual. There is also a section called “Pretty Books”, and one called “Nice Old Books”.


226 West Broughton Street; www.beadstro.com
Largest selection of beads and findings in Savannah.

Coffeehouses and Tea Rooms

Gallery Espresso

234 Bull Street
Coffee, espresso drinks and baked goods. The walls are filled with art by locals, and it is open for the night owls until 1:00 a.m.

The Sentient Bean

13 East Park Avenue (at the north end of Forsythe Park)
Fair trade and organic coffee, light food, music, film screenings, poetry, speeches, classes, and a bulletin board with all kinds of flyers and events posted.

Savannah Tea Room

7 East Broughton Street
Afternoon Tea, sandwiches, scones and desserts.

Gryphon Tea Room

337 Bull Street
Traditional tea service between 4 and 6p.m.


All About Savannah: Links to many information pages about Savannah (where to eat, where to stay, places of interest, getting around town, and more)

Author: Palma is an Italian-American, Marriage Family Therapist from Palm Desert, CA, who loves all things Italian: Italian people, food, music, art, ceramics, etc.

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