One-Stop Shopping and Endless Possibilities at Savannah's Malls and Shopping Centers
By Amy Pine
Whether you’re in the market for a new wardrobe, an exquisite piece of jewelry or a one-of-a-kind painting, Savannah’s malls and shopping centers are bound to have exactly what you’re looking for. The city’s two malls—the Oglethorpe Mall and the Savannah Mall—are both located on the Southside and are jam packed with department stores and retail chain stores that carry a huge selection of clothing, shoes, cosmetics, accessories and more. The always-busy Oglethorpe Mall boasts a Barnes and Noble and department stores Belk, J.C. Penney, Sears and Macy’s, while the quieter Savannah Mall is home to a Target, Bass Pro Shop and Dillard’s department store. If you’re looking for a unique Savannah experience and want to pick up souvenirs or artwork, head to City Market in the Historic District. The open-air market features a number of shops that are great for snagging that perfect gift to bring back home. There are also several shopping centers outside the Historic District that have hip, locally owned shops, including Norwood Plaza in the city's Sandfly neighborhood, and Midtown Savannah favorites 12 Oaks Shopping Center and Habersham Village. Two shopping centers on Abercorn Street, Abercorn Common on the Southside and Abercorn Walk in Midtown, have big-name chain stores that can’t be found in the malls, including ULTA and Williams-Sonoma. And every shopper like’s a bargain. For the best deals in town, head to Savannah Centre, home to T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, and Savannah Festival, the city’s only outlet center.
The Shoppes of Savannah
The only outlet shopping center in the area, Savannah Festival has several stores that appeal to a wide variety of shoppers. Some of the best deals at Savannah Festival can be found at the Osh Kosh and Carter's outlets, both of which carry clothing and accessories for children. Women have plenty to choose from at stores including Dress Barn/Dress Barn Woman, Maurice, BonWorth and the Leggs, Hanes, Bali, Playtex store, while men can spiff up their wardrobe at the Van Huesen outlet. And there's a little something for everyone at Beall's Outlet, Reebok, Famous Footwear, Rack Room Shoes and the Bass Company Store. (912-925-3089)
If you're the kind of shopper who likes to browse through rack after rack in search of that killer bargain, then head to Savannah Centre, home of T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, two popular chain stores that are filled with fashionable finds at reasonable prices. Other stores in Savannah Centre include Bed, Bath and Beyond, Toys"R"Us and Babies"R"Us, Jo-Anne's Fabrics, Dress Barn, Shoe Carnival and Rack Room Shoes, among others. Restaurants in the center include Jersey Mike's Subs, CiCi's Pizza and Seasons of Japan. And be sure to stop by Lovin' Spoons, a self-serve frozen yogurt joint. Kids will love loading on their toppings and playing in the real VW bug that's inside the shop.
The first LEED-certified retail center in the nation, Abercorn Common boasts many environmentally friendly features such as rooftop cisterns that collect and reuse rainwater, a highly reflective white roof that reflects away heat and keeps the buildings cooler, special parking spaces for hybrid vehicles, and ultra low-flow fixtures, toilets and waterless urinals that help make the shopping center 30-percent more water efficient than typical centers. But the center's real stars are its shops, which include Home Goods, Motherhood Maternity, Ashley Furniture HomeStore, Michaels, ULTA, Party City, Wild Birds Unlimited and Office Max, among others. There are also several places to grab a quick bite, including Smoothie King, Panera Bread, McDonald's, Firehouse Subs and Burger King.
The only place in town where you can buy a fishing rod, carton of milk and Coach purse all in one fell swoop, the Savannah Mall has a number of local and national stores that appeal to people with a variety of interests. The two-story mall is anchored by Target (the only one on the city's Southside), Dillard's, Bass Pro Shop and Burlington Coat Factory and also features national chains such as Gymboree, Bath and Body Works, Lane Bryant and Victoria's Secret. Savannah Mall is also home to several unique local businesses, among them Lydene's Gifts and Collectibles, Live Oak Orchids, Art Network and Savannah Piano. When it's time to eat, shoppers can grab a bite at the food court and restaurants including Ruby Tuesday and Texas Roadhouse. The mall also features a double-decker carousel--the only one of its kind in Georgia--and a free soft play area. (912-927-7467)
There's no need to trek all over Savannah if you're looking to spruce up your wardrobe. Abercorn Walk in Midtown boasts a variety of chain stores for women with varying tastes and styles, including Palm Avenue (a Lilly Pulitzer boutique), White House/Black Market, Loft, Chico's, Talbots, Coldwater Creek and Francesca's. Jo. A Banks carries a great selection of higher-end men's clothing, while furniture store Nadeau features beautiful handcrafted hardwood furniture. Foodies and chefs will enjoy browsing the goods at Williams-Sonoma, then walking on over to Fresh Market, a specialty grocery store with great produce, meat and gourmet goodies. At the end of your shopping excursion, head to Yobe Frozen Yogurt for some fro-yo or a smoothie, then test out the stressless chairs at Savannah Comfort. (Varies by Store)
A staple in Midtown for more than three decades, Habersham Village is comprised of four buildings in a two-block radius that feature a number of locally owned businesses. Grocery store Red and White, one of the few remaining local supermarkets in the city, has a great selection and helpful staff. Just across the street from Red and White are camera store Bay Camera Company, liquor store Habersham Beverage and Rite Aid. The northwest portion of Habersham Village features baby and children's store Punch & Judy, pet store Tails Spin, Savannah Rum Runners Bakery, Bikram Yoga Savannah and the Ogeechee River Coffee Company, which roasts and sells its own beans, along with restaurants Marco's Pizza, Barberitos and Bar Food. More restaurants are located on the northeast corner of the Habersham Village area, including Bella's Italian Cafe, Hirano's and Clary's Cafe.
12 Oaks Shopping Center
For Downtown-caliber boutiques in a convenient Midtown setting, head to 12 Oaks, a shopping center with several outstanding locally owned stores. BleuBelle Boutique, a favorite among Savannah fashionistas, has a great selection of designer clothes and accessories, while sister store BleuBelle Bridal Salon specializes in high-end wedding gowns. Globe Shoe Company, a long-time Savannah favorite, has an extensive selection of designer shoes for both men and women, along with exquisite handbags and accessories. Chefs and bakers will love Kitchenware Outfitters, which sells every kitchen item under the sun and even offers cooking classes. Those in search of that perfect bottle of wine will enjoy browsing the goods at Savannah Wine Cellar. Shoppers can get their coffee fix at Starbucks or grab a bite to eat at Bonefish Grill, Five Guys Burgers, the Atlanta Bread Company or Cancun Mexican restaurant. (Varies by Store)
This recently renovated shopping center in Savannah's trendy Sandfly neighborhood features several boutiques and shops, including hip clothing store The Pink Door Boutique, fine art and framing shop Local Color and lovely gift and houseware shop Summer Home. Shoppers who want to grab a bite to eat have a number of excellent choices, among them Italian eatery Fiore, casual pizza joint Your Pie, and Loc's Chicken and Waffles. The Great Harvest Bread Company boasts an array of freshly made bread products, along with tasty sandwiches and bakery items, while Cutters Point Coffee is a great spot to relax and enjoy a cup of joe. If you've indulged too much during your visit to Norwood Market, consider burning off some calories at the shopping center's well regard Savannah Power Yoga studio.
City Market is a favorite among visitors and locals alike. An ode to the original City Market, which was used by farmers and traders in the 18th century to sell their goods, the open-air market has a little bit of something for everyone. City Market is home to several art galleries, including the A.T. Hun Gallery, Jim Pennington Fine Art, Raffine Galerie, Signature Gallery, Stephen Kasun Gallery and Thomas Kinkade Gallery, along with several smaller galleries and artists who have space in the market's Art Center. There are several gift shops that boast an array of Savannah souvenirs and other goodies, among them All Things Georgia, Trolley Stop Gifts and Cinnamon Bear. Specialty retailers include Twinkle, which features fun fashion accessories, perfumery Scents of Savannah, bookstore Savannah Prose and Poetry, and Savannah Cigars. In addition to great shops, City Market also has a number of places to grab a light snack, sweet treat or hearty meal. (912-232-4903, 912-525-2489)
If you're looking for one-stop shopping, there's no better place in Savannah than the Oglethorpe Mall. Anchor stores include J.C. Penney, Macy's, Sears and Belk, all of which offer a huge selection of clothing, shoes, handbags and jewelry, items for the home, beauty products and more. Popular chain stores include Barnes and Noble, Steinmart, Gap, Old Navy, The Limited, Express, Aéropostale, Hollister Co., Charming Charlie, ALDO, Gymboree, Justice, Forever 21, Bath and Bodyworks and more. Kids will have plenty to keep them occupied between the free soft play area and the carrousel and train in the food court, which kids can ride for a small fee. Hungry shoppers can satisfy their cravings at La Parilla Mexican Restaurant, Romano's Macaroni Grill, Piccadilly Cafeteria and Dillinger's or at the mall's food court. (912-354-7038)
About Amy Pine
Amy's thrilled to have the opportunity to share her love of Savannah with the world. A Savannah native, Amy has more than 15 years of experience as a writer and editor, and her work has appeared in numerous local, regional and national publications. Prior to launching a freelance career, she was executive editor at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she served as editor of the college’s alumni magazine. Amy received a B.A. in English and communications from the University of Pennsylvania. She's currently putting the finishing touches on her young adult novel, The Girl in a Picture Frame.
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