Savannah Shopping

You’l find this hard to believe, but I didn’t do a lot of shopping on this trip.  There were just too many other interesting things to do.  But I do have a few words about Savannah retail.

The main traditional shopping street, Broughton Street, suffered the fate of many US shopping districts after the rise of the shopping mall.  For years, there were very few downtown stores.  But that has all changed and downtown has made a comeback.  Many of the stores are chains – Gap, Banana Republic, Starbucks – but most are local like The Paris Market.

This is the kind of store you wander into and see a hundred things you think you *must* have.  Very pretty, very eclectic, very Parisian.

It’s a combination of new and old.  Downstairs there is a whole section of vintage photos.  I didn’t take the time to go through these baskets of $1 snapshots, but now I’m wishing I’d have taken a one hour rest break and plowed through them.  I’d have needed more like 3 or 4 hours, in reality though.

There is one antiques mall in downtown Savannah, and I did wander through it.  Other downtown stores I loved were Terra Cotta, which said vintage on the door, but I didn’t see any in the store.  No matter, because the things they have are darling, and there’s more than just clothing.  Again, a nice eclectic mix of Stuff.  And Nourish has wonderful soaps, candles and bath scrubs, made in Savannah.

But the most fun about shopping in Savannah is that you can be wandering through a residential area, and up pops a nice little paper goods shop, or a gourmet convenience store or a store devoted to Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.  It’s the randomness and serendipity of it all that makes it so much fun!


Posted by Victoria Rickert:

I love seeing other sites, even if is from a distance, like the armchair traveler. I was thinking of writing about my town, the shops the street people (as in the way of fashion) Thanks for the inspiration, from Ashland, Oregon. Loved the photos and story.:) 

Wednesday, June 23rd 2010 @ 5:58 PM

Posted by Lin VintageVoyager:

Gosh, i *really* want to visit Savannah now… 

Thursday, June 24th 2010 @ 6:41 AM

Posted by Karen/Small Earth Vintage:

What Lin said–this makes me want to travel to Savannah even more! What a fab-looking shop. 

Thursday, June 24th 2010 @ 6:57 AM

Posted by Couture Allure:

LOVE The Paris Market and always make it a point to go there when we visit Savannah. My favorite restaurant is Soho South. They serve a Tomato Bisque that is out of this world. And they keep the recipe top secret, too! You must go there the next time you’re in Savannah. 

Friday, June 25th 2010 @ 10:01 AM

Posted by Lisa:

Thank you for sharing this – my husband and I are headed to Savannah on our way to Florida next week and I’ll be sure to check out Paris Market! 

Friday, June 25th 2010 @ 12:45 PM

Posted by Lizzie:

Victoria, that’s a great idea; I ought to do a shopping guide to Asheville. 

Jody, one of the great things about Savannah is that there are so many wonderful restaurants and bakeries. I’ll have to put Soho South on my list!

Lisa, have a wonderful trip. It’s a beautiful city!

Saturday, June 26th 2010 @ 7:05 PM

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