Posted on July 29, 2014 by Taylor Kigar
Down several blocks on the last stretch of Whitaker Street right before Forsyth Park, a quickly growing area known as the Design District is taking off! It’s also home to one of the most famous restaurants in town. Check them all out:
Custard is an adorable women’s boutique, run by Tara Kirkland, that opened on Whitaker in 2008. Custard is all about dressing women in fashion-forward and unique clothing. The style of products are bright, bold and current, and Tara believes in keeping things local, eco-friendly, and fun. In the boutique, you’ll find shoes, bags, jewelry, clothes, and other gift items. Some of the brands in the store are Earnest Sewn, French Connection, Super Maggie, Funktional, By Boe, Tano, Gillian Julius, Jeffrey Campbell, ALL Black, boyNYC and Miss Oops, along with an evolving selection of others. In 2012, Tara also expanded to Greenville, South Carolina, in the historic West End.
422 Whitaker Street
For more information call: (912) 232-4733
Okay so what makes Circa Lighting so special? It’s really all about the style. Some of the most inventive, statement making fixtures reside in this showcase room and storeroom. From big hanging pendants and lanterns to bold lamps and crystals, you really have to check out what they have, even if it’s just to window shop.
400 Whitaker Street
For more information call: (912) 447-1008
Mrs. Wilkes House and Dining Room
“In 1943, a young Sema Wilkes took over a boardinghouse in historic downtown Savannah. Her goal was modest: to make a living by offering comfortable lodging and homestyle Southern cooking served family style in the downstairs dining room. Mrs. Wilkes picked up where the previous proprietor left off, cultivating relationships with nearby farmers who dug sweet potatoes for her in the fall and shelled whippoorwhill peas in the summer.”
From there, Mrs. Wilkes has become a must visit place in Savannah for the experience and the southern cooking! Here’s what it’s like:
The restaurant is open only Monday-Friday, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. for lunch. No reservations are taken. A line starts to wind down Jones Street often leading down Whitaker, and many people show up as early as 9:30 a.m.! At 11, finally, the doors open and the first lunch is seated. There are a handful of tables seating 10 people each, and if your whole party doesn’t fill up the 10 top table, in the spirit of the boarding house, you’ll be seated next to strangers. So get ready to make friends!
Also, there’s no need to order. The menu changes daily and everything will be waiting for you when you walk in, just like eating at mom’s house. Depending on the season, the tabletops will be crowded platters of their famous fried chicken and cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffle, black-eyed peas, okra gumbo, corn muffins, macaroni and cheese, potatoes, candied yams, and so much more. You have the choice of either water or sweet tea as a drink, and as you pass the 12 different dishes of the day around, the strangers become family. Pace yourself so you get to try everything you want! It’s just like thanksgiving. For dessert you have the option of peach cobbler or banana pudding.
Once everyone is done, you take your own dishes to the kitchen and pay $18 per adult, ½ price for kids 12 and under! And it’s cash only so make sure to hit the ATM beforehand!
107 W Jones Street
For more information call: (912) 232-5997
One Fish Two Fish
In 1998 Jennifer Beaufait Grayson opened the doors to One Fish Two Fish in Midtown, but she made the move to Whitaker in 2002 to be closer to her customers. The store holds furniture, home accessories, jewelry, gift items, and more. In 2010, The Annex was added just right across the street in an old renovated gas station, and Jennifer now has her own boutique as a sister store. One Fish Two Fish is also accessible online and ships internationally!
401 Whitaker Street
For more information call: (912) 447-4600
Number Four Eleven
Number Four Eleven opened in 2006 under the owners Claire Lindley Reeve and Courtland Smith Stevens. This quaint shop is filled with crisp table and bed linens alongside unique vintage furniture pieces. It’s the perfect place shop for your home and mixes classic and fresh ideas into storefront. One of the really special things about Number Four Eleven is that you have the option to add an heirloom quality monogram to any of your items!
411 Whitaker Street
For more information call: (912)443-0065
La Paperie is a great specialty paper store, offering stationery, journals, and perfect gifts for brides or mothers-to-be. Owner Debbie Lewis has created a welcoming shop focused on diverse selections and carrying something for every customer. Some of her designer stationery collections include both pre-printed and custom invitations from Vera Wang and William Arthur, among others. The Neah Bay Douglas collection features hand-pressed botanicals on handmade papers as well as letterpress printing. La Paperie also has monogrammed items including notecards, embossers, stamps, wax seals. They are also happy to offer custom orders and can ship directly to you.
409 Whitaker Street
For more information call: (912) 443-9349
The Future on Forsyth
The Future on Forsyth is a thrift store with a modern twist. They specialize in new, used, vintage, and retro clothing for both men and women. It’s here, you’ll find vintage dresses, jackets, purses, jewelry, and shoes all gathered personally by the store’s owner, Lauren McCoy, who studied fashion at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She rummages through flea markets, junk shops and estate sales to find unique pieces to sell in The Future. It’s a fun store with the eclectic style that you’ll see many locals sporting around town.
106 W Gwinnett Street
For more information call: (912) 235-2476