There's no need to trek all over Savannah if you're looking to spruce up your wardrobe. Abercorn Walk, located in Midtown Savannah, 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.
Recommended for Best of Savannah's Midtown because: Abercorn Walk has Savannah's best selection of women's clothing stores all in one place, including Loft, Chico's, White House | Black Market, Francesca's and more.
Amy's expert tip: Just a few steps from Abercorn Walk is another small shopping center, which features Gigi's Cupcakes. The frosting-laden cupcakes are the perfect indulgent treat after an afternoon of shopping.
Located in Midtown's Habersham Village Shopping Center, TailsSpin is a pet food and accessory store that specializes in hypo-allergenic and natural pet foods and treats. All products are free of corn, wheat, soy, articifial colors, flavors and animal by-products. In addition to carrying a great selection of healthy pet food and treats for both dogs and cats, TailsSpin also has an extensive selection of pet toys from name brands such as Kong, Tuffy, Fluff and Tuff, Zanies and Savvy Tabby, among others, along with collars, leashes and other practical pet ware. TailsSpin has additional locations in nearby Pooler and in Macon.
Recommended for Best of Savannah's Midtown because: Your four-legged friend deserves a souvenir too. Stop by TailsSpin to pick up cool gear--or essentials like organic food--for your cat or dog.
Amy's expert tip: Pick up a container of No More "O," an instant stain and odor remover made locally in Savannah from natural ingredients.
Tucked away in a quiet corner in Midtown's 12 Oaks Shopping Center, Kitchenware Outfitters is the place in Savannah to stock up on kitchen gadgets. The store carries a number of name brands, including Calphalon, KitchenAid, Le Creuset, All-Clad, Wusthof, Cuisinart, Nordic Ware, Swiss Diamond and more. From top-of-the-line pots and pans and gorgeous coffee makers to potato peelers and salt and pepper shakers, Kitchenware Outfitters has something for every budget and style. The store also has a nice selection of cookbooks and gourmet food. The locally, family-owned business has a great reputation for customer service and boasts a knowledgeable staff.
Recommended for Best of Savannah's Midtown because: You're bound to find a cool gadget at Kitchenware Outfitters, a culinary specialty store that sells everything from high-end coffee makers to gourmet salsa.
Amy's expert tip: Sign up for one of Kitchenware Outfitters' awesome cooking classes. Details are available on the store's website.
Savannah Wine Cellar, located in Midtown's 12 Oaks Shopping Center, is a wine aficionados dream come true. The store, which resembles an old-world wine cellar, features Napa Tasting technology, a unique self-serve system that allows patrons to sample from up to 40 varieties of wine. Patrons simply put money onto a reloadable card, and place the card in the wine tasting machine to receive either a one- or two-ounce sample of the wine of their choice. Savannah Wine Cellar has more than 400 wines in stock, including cabernet, chardonnay, grenache, merlot, pinot noir, savignon blanc, shiraz, syrah and more. The store offers wine education classes, a hand-poured tasting on Saturday evenings and special events throughout the year.
Recommended for Best of Savannah's Midtown because: Savannah Wine Cellar turns wine tasting into a unique experience thanks to an on-demand tasting system that allows patrons to choose from 40 varieties.
Amy's expert tip: If you're thinking about taking a bottle back home, plan to bring it with you; Georgia law prohibits the shipment of alcoholic beverages. The store will gladly ship non-alcoholic wine and accessories.
This patisserie specializes in French macarons, a tasty confection consisting of two meringue-based layers and a buttercream or chocolate ganache filling. The macarons, which are made on site, come in a variety of flavors, including key lime, Meyer lemon, raspberry, vanilla bean, chocolate ganache, pistachio, bourbon pecan, hazelnut, coconut and more. The macarons can be purchased individually or by the box and can also be arranged as platters or in gift packages for special occasions. The store can ship the treats anywhere in the country. For those who want to enjoy the tasty treats in the store, tables are available, along with beverages including coffee and tea.
Recommended for Best of Savannah's Midtown because: You'll be blown away by how much delectable flavor is packed in to each one of Maison de Macarons' little cookies.
Amy's expert tip: Don't pass up the key lime macaron.
River Street Sweets is a family-owned business that first opened its doors on River Street in the 1970s. Today the company operates eight stores in Savannah, Atlanta, Charleston and Myrtle Beach and ships its confections around the world. The company's newest Savannah store in Midtown's Habersham Village features an array of River Street Sweets favorites, including the company's signature pralines (a delicious, sugary cluster with cream, butter and pecans), along with fudge, glazed pecans, bear claws, cookies, truffles, saltwater taffy and other gourmet sweet treats. The store features ample seating, offers free samples of its confections and has a great selection of pre-wrapped gift baskets.
Recommended for Best of Savannah's Midtown because: If you're craving something sweet but want to avoid touristy areas, then visit River Street Sweets' Habersham Village location. Free samples are available.
Amy's expert tip: If you're in the mood for chocolate, try River Street Sweets' chocolate-covered pralines.
For more than 60 years, this family-owned baby and children's store has been decorating the nurseries of newborns and dressing little ones in name-brand fashions. In addition to carrying an array of baby furniture, the store has a lovely selection of clothing and accessories for babies and toddlers, including onesies made with organic fabrics, adorable dresses and soft blankets. Punch & Judy also boasts a fantastic selection of gifts. From trendy diaper bags and colorful teething beads perfect for moms-to-be to wooden building blocks and Madame Alexander dolls for older kids, you're sure to find the perfect gift for that special someone. Gift-wrapping is always free and includes Punch & Judy's signature bow and sticker.
Recommended for Best of Savannah's Midtown because: A Savannah tradition for generations, Punch & Judy has a fantastic selection of items for babies, toddlers and older children. It's impossible to leave empty-handed.
Amy's expert tip: Be sure to check out Punch & Judy's new selection of Vera Bradley baby items.
This long-time Savannah favorite has a large selection of designer shoes for both men and women. Brands include Stuart Weitzman, Donald J Pliner, Cole Haan, Sam Edelman, Vanelli, Thierry Rabotin, Gentle Souls, Munro, Jeffrey Campbell, Ugg, Ecco, Mephisto and more. Globe also carries exquisite designer handbags and accessories, including jewelry and sunglasses. The store was founded in 1902 and still maintains its original location on Broughton Street in Downtown Savannah. A second location, in Midtown's 12 Oaks Shopping Center, gives customers access to easy parking. Service is always personable, and staff members go out of their way to help customers find the perfect shoe and the perfect fit.
Recommended for Best of Savannah's Midtown because: Globe Shoe Co. is the best place in Savannah to find designer footwear. The personable service is a throwback to shoe stores of yore.
Amy's expert tip: Be sure to check out Globe's great selection of Fly London shoes.
This hip boutique, located in the 12 Oaks Shopping Center in Midtown Savannah, is a favorite among local fashionistas. The store carries a number of designer lines, including Diane von Furstenberg, Milly, Tory Burch, Calypso, Waverly Grey, Michael Stars, Alice + Olivia, Ella Moss, Tart, 7 for All Mankind, Joe's Jeans and more. Proprietor Heather Burge, who opened the store when she was just 21, has an eye for contemporary style and has stocked her boutique with everything from the latest denim looks to chic dresses perfect for a night on the town. BleuBelle's friendly staff members always go out of their way to help customers find the perfect look. Adjoining BleuBelle Bridal carries a drool-worthy selection of wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses.
Recommended for Best of Savannah's Midtown because: The place for fashionistas, BleuBelle Boutique offers personable service and the latest designer duds. Adjoining BleuBelle Bridal will make you want to say 'I do.'
Amy's expert tip: Check out BleuBelle's Facebook page to see the latest looks and find out what's on sale.
Byrd Cookie Company's famous treats are available around the world, but you'll never find a better selection than at the company's charming Waters Avenue store. A Savannah tradition since the 1920s, Byrd Cookie Company makes a variety of delectable treats, including the subtly sweet benne wafers, perfectly tart key lime coolers and decadent red velvet cookies. Samples of all cookie varieties are readily available, making the decision-making process highly enjoyable. The store also offers a terrific selection of gourmet items, including jams, sauces and crackers, as well as unique gifts items. The company's restaurant, B. Tillman, is located next door and serves Southern-inspired lunch and dinner.
Recommended for Best of Savannah's Midtown because: Byrd cookies have been a Savannah favorite for years. You can buy the cookies anywhere, but the best selection is at Waters Ave store.
Amy's expert tip: Be sure to try Byrd's restaurant, B. Tillman.