Past Forsyth Park there is a flourishing arts and culture scene that a lot of people still don’t know about. If you’re feeling adventurous, come on down to “SoFo” for great art, music, and shopping! Here’s where to go:
Graveface Records and Curiosities
A couple years ago Ryan Graveface, the bassist for popular band Black Moth Super Rainbow, brought the Historic District their first record store, Graveface Records. Along with great priced vinyl of all genres, the store is also stocked with curiosities like weird taxidermy, effects pedals for musicians, bitters, and cocktail supplies. The Graveface name is also a label that works with local and distant bands to bring fresh talent and shows to the Savannah music scene. It’s a unique stop and definitely a must visit when you’re in town, even if you don’t collect records.
Located at 5 W. 40th Street
For more information, call (912) 335-8018.
Non- Fiction Gallery
Non-Fiction Gallery has been passed down from owner to owner for quite a few years now, but is currently owned by Heather Macrae-Trulson, Sam Bryer, Naimar Ramirez and Ben Tollefson. The gallery is by far in the best hands now as it has ever been and arguably house the best exhibitions in “SoFo”. The group also recently just started the MAP project, partially funded by Art Rise Savannah, a program that exists to bring big name outside artists to the Savannah community, and also to aid Savannah artists and get there work more exposure elsewhere in the country. So if you’re at all artistically inclined, check out some of their past exhibitions, and come down past the park when they participate in the First Friday Art March for a great show!
Located at 1522 Bull Street
For more information, call (912) 662-5152.
Gypsy Girl Vintage
One of the newest additions to the “SoFo” district is a lovely boutique called Gypsy Girl Vintage, opened only a few months ago. The shop is owned by Indre Palencia Leja and Lisa Garneau Doyle, and though not all of the store is actually vintage, there are still a lot of great items from the Victorian Era through the 1980s. It’s a great stop for really fun, unique, wearable vintage jewelry, clothing, and accessories, and because the merchandise in the store is always changing, it’s already been highly recommended by locals!
Located at 2414 DeSoto Street
For more information, call (912) 856-8515.
Fresh Exhibitions is the gallery owned by Art Rise Savannah themselves. Though the gallery is very small, the art is always at a high caliber and sits at the hub of all the action on Desotorow during the Art March. The coolest thing about Fresh Exhibitions is the Exhibition Fellowships held every few months. Local Savannah artists apply for the fellowship to get a three week spot in the gallery, and in turn the opening is held during the Art March, as well as essential help with showcards, promotion and set up.
Located at 2427 De Soto Avenue
For more information, call (912) 376-9953.
But there aren’t just great galleries and shops hiding past the park, there’s also a whole set of restaurants and coffee shops beyond Forsyth Park just waiting to be discovered. And they’re the ones locals frequent.