SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Kathy Kanis, Hillary Liz Giddens Timmons (owner), Heather Murphy Chris Hunt REALTORS HOME IDEAS TEAM Two Women and a Warehouse Keller Williams Realty 912.239.9665 or 912.257.8995 Savannah Downtown 5224-A Skidaway Road (at DeRenne) 912.232.8580 Savannah, Ga 31404 www.giddensmurphygroup.com www.twowomenandawarehouse.com Liz: 912.308.6020 Heather: 912.398.6368 Savannah is all abuzz about Two Women and a Warehouse. If you Liz Giddens and Heather Murphy are a great team. Their phi- haven’t ventured out Skidaway Road in a while, you are in for an losophy of “putting the client ﬁrst” has kept them consistently amazing shopping adventure. Hillary Timmons, owner of Two busy regardless of the market trends. Knowing the local mar- Women and a Warehouse, is impassioned by the challenge of travel- ing around the Southeast to bring Savannah an eclectic mix of qual- ket inside and out, staying accessible to clients and responding ity second-hand furniture, antiques and home décor. quickly to their needs also makes this team truly stand out as professionals. They both also share a passion for houses and real Timmons’ says her main goal is to “create an entirely different store estate that shows when you meet them. You know immediately and ‘idea house’ every week.” As unpretentious as its name, the that these two women LOVE what they do! entire staff loves to assist customers who really need to “design on a dime.” If you’re looking for unique home décor pieces, gently used furniture, kitchenware, art, lamps, rugs, collectibles, patio furnish- Liz worked in pharmaceuticals sales before getting her license ings and more, then grab some friends and plan a shopping trip! and joining Keller Williams Realty. She is very involved in the community! Liz has always been drawn to older homes, and she “Come by Wednesday through Saturday and visit with me, Kathy or specializes in selling the areas of Ardsley Park and the Islands Chris to see what’s new in our cozy shop,” says Hillary. “Yes, Two Women and a Warehouse has a cozy feel but we are much larger as well as the Historic District where she lives. than we look from the outside. Including the main store front, there are also two large warehouses out back. Kathy, the store manager, Heather has always had a love for real estate. This Savannah will be glad to help you ﬁnd your heart’s desire. If you would like native has been selling real estate for ﬁve years joining Keller us to hold, deliver or set up a piece, Chris, the warehouse manager, Williams Realty in May 2006. Her prior job experience was in re- is the guy to see.” tail management, and she also worked with her husband, Sean, Two Women and a Warehouse also sells ﬁne furniture pieces reﬁn- at SavannahMenu.com. Heather was drawn to the “the sky’s the ished and lacquered by Savannah’s local mid-century guru, Roger limit” aspect of real estate sales. Her expertise is southside Sa- Brucker. Stunning rebar and polished wood creations are present- vannah, Richmond Hill and West Chatham. ed by gallery artist Robert Evans, and artist Pendelton Malphrus delivers “over-the-top” oyster shell creations (her chandelier is a must-see). In 2007 and 2008 , the Giddens Murphy Group was the No.1 Keller Williams Real Estate Team in Savannah. They were the “Whether your decor is mid-century modern, traditional, antique, No. 2 Keller Williams Real Estate Team in Georgia for 2008. retro or a mix of many styles, we have amazing pieces at amazing prices,” says Hillary. “We are also an authorized dealer for the Big Liz and Heather complement each other with their life experi- Green Egg and ‘egg’cessories, and hand crafted Swamp Creek out- door wooden furniture--wonderful for your garden or patio.” ences. They work well together because they both believe that it is all about making the client happy, and they love the chal- Find out more at www.twowomenandawarehouse.com or call lenges that their jobs bring every day. “Our clients make our job 912-239-9665 for directions, questions or just to let them know fun and exciting. We are fortunate to have a career that is also what’s on your wish list. They are committed to do whatever it our passion.” takes to make you one of their “regulars.” SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Jennifer Paige Jan G. Welsh OWNER Casey Welsh Expectations Boutique CO-OWNERS 912.356.5661 7720 Waters Ave. Savannah, Ga 31406 Just For Baby & More 912.355.4455 7701 Waters Avenue Savannah, Ga 31404 www.justforbaby.net Expectations Maternity has been in business for more than six years. Jen- Polka-dots mark the “spot” at Just for Baby & More’s brand-new location nifer Paige took over ownership of Expectations in May 2007 with the goal on Waters Ave. If you have yet to see the bright colored spots splashed of offering exceptional customer service combined with hip and trendy all over their building, owners Jan Gaudry Welsh, Casey Welsh and their maternity clothes for moms-to-be. As a mother of three, Jennifer under- families actually painted them themselves! “It was a fun and natural stands how important it is for expectant mothers to feel beautiful during progression moving to a larger building and carrying an extended product this special time. line,” says Jan. That expansion is the “More” in Just for Baby & More. Previously Just After the birth of her ﬁrst son, Jennifer started working part time at Bleu- for Baby located across the street, they still carry everything for baby: belle Boutique in downtown Savannah. She worked very closely with the infant furniture, bedding, room décor, strollers and car-seats. However, owner, Heather Burge, and learned the ins and outs of the retail world. their move was essential to keep up with the needs of their customers. Because Bleubelle was so young itself, and it was just Heather and her, “As our baby customers grow-up, their parents come back to us looking Jennifer grew to love Bleubelle as if it were her own store. When the op- for youth furniture,” says Casey. “In order to respond to that need, we portunity to buy Expectations came along, she decided it was the perfect had to have a larger showroom and onsite warehouse. Now we are able chance to take what she had learned and put her own personal touch to to provide youth furniture including bunk beds, loft beds, bean bag chairs the store. Now after owning Expectations for two years, Jennifer realizes and much more.” how perfect her decision was. She gets to enjoy being a mother while help- ing other expectant mothers on their journeys. Jan, a native of Savannah, grew up helping at her family’s local retail fur- niture store and previously owned a baby store in the 1980’s. When Casey was pregnant with her ﬁrst child, Jan and Casey discovered they desired Expectations Maternity Boutique offers a selection of chic and stylish ma- a one-stop shopping destination for baby products. With Jan’s extensive ternity clothes for the fashionable mom-to-be. The boutique offers the retail and business background, and Casey a new mom with a communi- latest styles from designers such as Citizens of Humanity, Paige Premi- cations degree, they decided to combine that experience and open a baby um Denim, Olian, Ripe, Japanese Weekend, Maternal America, Michael store together in Savannah. They just celebrated four years in business! Stars, and many more. Since they are both moms (Casey just gave birth to her second child), Jan In 2009, the boutique grew into a new location located at 7720 Waters and Casey understand how extremely busy everyone is today. They re- Ave. The new store is open and bright and allows plenty of room for an cently opened their online store, www.justforbaby.net, to help make the expanded line of inventory. Besides offering maternity clothes for work shopping experience even more convenient. The website also has gift reg- and play, you will also ﬁnd baby clothes, nursing and transitional wear, istry available that includes gift-wrapping and shipping. designer diaper bags, and fun and unique gifts. “We continue to bring the best products for babies, children and their fam- “Our customers mean everything to us, and we cannot put into words how ilies to our community,” says Jan. Casey adds, “We believe in Savannah, and Savannahians have shown their trust in us. Owning Just for Baby & appreciative we are when they visit our wonderful store. This is a beauti- More brings so many new customer friendships…our future is bright…we ful time for women, and they deserve to feel beautiful. We look forward to hope to continue making more friends.” meeting you and being a part of your special journey.” Jennifer and her staff invite all expecting moms to come on by and check out the charming new boutique! SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION PHOTO BY LYN BONHAM PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTO BY LYN BONHAM PHOTOGRAPHY Jincey M. Davis Courtney B. Victor Melissa Quibodeaux SPA OWNER/BEAUTY GURU Glow MedSpa & Beauty Boutique/ SALON OWNERS Glow Bronzing & Beauty Boutique Salon Eden 912.354.9898 415 Eisenhower Dr., Suite 1B After graduating from Vanderbilt University, Savannah native Court- Combined 25 Years Salon Experience ney Buntin Victor followed her Big City dreams and moved to New York City where she began working with top designer Michael Kors. Courtney immediately found her true passion while working backstage at fashion shows and photo shoots — learning the best insider tricks from top make- Salon Eden of Governor’s Square has created a new team who lives up artists. Courtney’s next invaluable experience came from working with by the slogan: “Hair is WHERE CREATION BEGINS; after all, it is bridal designer Melissa Sweet. Courtney was then hired as head of the your only constant accessory!” New owners, Jincey Davis and Melissa cosmetics division for Barneys, New York. This priceless experience intro- Quibodeaux, toyed for years with the idea of opening an updated sa- duced Courtney to the vast availability of upscale cosmetics and skin care lon that offers the modern theory of beautiful glamorous hair. They products that had not yet made their way to Savannah. now have a successful collaboration fueled by their love of the beauty industry. At the same time Courtney was working for Barneys, her father, Dr. Jules Victor III, opened Innovative Aesthetics — a laser center that brought Hailing from southwest Texas, Melissa lived all over the U.S. and the most advanced laser treatments to Savannah. In June 2007, Court- ney moved back to Savannah, and she and her father set out to create an Europe before settling in Savannah, where her father was stationed entirely new concept unlike anything Savannah had seen before; a true in 1985. She began her career in the beauty business 14 years ago, merging of medicine combined with beauty and pampering. The result of and her training inspired her to pursue an education from the streets this partnership is Glow MedSpa. of 5th Avenue in New York to the prestigious Vidal Sassoon Salon in Miami, Fla. Glow MedSpa offers the most advanced and cutting-edge medical aes- thetic treatments such as Botox, Juvederm, medical microdermabrasion, Jincey grew up on an old farming plantation in the small town of Stil- chemical peels and prescription-strength clinical skincare and permanent son, Ga. She moved to Savannah to pursue her career as a stylist make-up. The laser technology, originally found at Innovative Aesthetics, and enrolled in The Academy of Pivot Point Concepts Cosmetology has empowered the Glow Medical aestheticians and laser technicians to School. She was educated for ﬁve years at the Redken Exchange on perform medically based treatments that are non-invasive. Glow MedSpa 5th Avenue in New York, where her main focus was color correction, offers advanced options for permanent hair removal, leg vein therapy, la- multi-tonal color application, and of course, achieving the perfect ser collagen rebuilding and laser acne treatments. Bombshell Blonde! Glow MedSpa’s atmosphere, ambiance and menu of spa services are un- “We wanted a salon that offers everything from short, trendy haircuts like anything else in Savannah. The amazing success of Glow MedSpa with great, rich color to long, ﬂowing styles with beautiful highlights, has led to the opening of a second business- Glow Bronzing and Beauty “says Melissa. Jincey agrees. “Trendy cuts are great, but unlike color, Boutique on Broughton Street. At this stylish new location clients will they cannot be changed as easily without a growing-out process. We ﬁnd the services Glow has become famous for- Savannah’s best beauty simplify that by adding luscious length with custom extensions; you boutique, eyelash extensions, eyelash tinting and perming, SunFx spray tanning, Brazilian bikini waxes and eyebrow shaping. This new Beauty can have the best of both worlds and live the life of a glamorous and Bronzing Boutique will feature the same lines and products that have celebrity!” made Glow MedSpa the ultimate beauty destination! The vision is just as important as the location to these entrepreneurs. Courtney’s entrepreneurial savvy has paid off. Just one year after launch- Governor’s Square is a place ﬁlled with successful businesses owned ing Glow, she was recognized as a young business achiever in the Savan- by conﬁdent women. “It’s inspiring to have great neighbors like nah Business Journal’s “40 under 40.” She is a frequent contributor to Courtney Buntin-Victor, owner of Glow Med Spa, and Kathy Speno local publications, and her web site Beauty Blog is a popular read for those of Speno Fitness,” says Jincey. “Networking is easy to do with busi- in the know. Courtney gives back to the community by contributing to nesses that you have a common goal with. It’s great to see women countless local charities and fundraisers. She was an integral part of the succeeding together.” “Heal In Style” event — a day of beauty for those suffering from cancer. SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Carol Morgan Marcia Stinson CO-OWNER CO-OWNER Molly Maid of Savannah 912.898.1011 Comfort Keepers www.mollymaid.com/GA/savannah 912.356.0111 7370 Hodgson Memorial Dr., Suite C-8 FAMILY: Cdr. Jerry Collins, USN ret., Morgan and Patrick Savannah, Ga 31406 www.comfortkeepers.com MISSION: To be the most recognized, admired and email@example.com respected business in home services. Working out of her home ﬁve years ago, Carol Morgan sent her ﬁrst Molly Several years ago, Marcia Stinson experienced the angst of a gravely Maid team out in the company car to clean. Since then, the business has ill parent living in a remote city, while the other parent served as outgrown the home ofﬁce, and MOLLY MAID cars can be seen scooting the primary caregiver. “The stress that places on the entire family all over the Savannah area. This year Savannah Magazine readers voted is unbearable,” said Marcia. Later she discovered that this stress MOLLY MAID runner-up for best house-cleaning service. “Thank you, could be mitigated with the help of an agency like Comfort Keep- we are honored.” ers. Comfort Keepers provides non-medical, in-home care for fami- lies that need assistance in the care of a loved one. Marcia decided Carol has an undergraduate degree in recreation from Georgia Southern University and a master’s degree from Armstrong Atlantic State Univer- that if she could help other families avoid this dilemma, her dreams sity. Originally from Aiken, S.C., Carol and her family moved to Savan- would be fulﬁlled. nah after her husband, Jerry Collins, retired from the Navy. Carol loves to travel and meet new people but after 11 moves in 16 years, she’s glad to In 2005 Marcia and her husband, Greg, bought the franchise ter- be back in the Southeast and a permanent part of a community. ritory for a Comfort Keepers in Savannah. The goal for their busi- ness was to provide unparalleled customer service. “We strive for Carol was working part time with special needs children when the boat- the kind of service many of our clients experienced when they were yard where Jerry worked closed. What at ﬁrst appeared to be a detriment growing up,” she said. “We do this by abiding by our policy of only turned into an opportunity. They decided to open their own business. hiring the kind of employee we would employ to care for one of our MOLLY MAID’s professionalism and community involvement sold Carol own family members.” and Jerry on the franchise. The company’s motto “We work hard and have fun!” cinched the deal. Comfort Keepers is licensed by the State of Georgia, which has strict guidelines for companies that are entrusted with the care of seniors “Coming home to a clean house is so satisfying. We are proud to offer or those recovering from an illness or surgery. “Our Certiﬁed Nurs- this service. Just call the ofﬁce, and we’ll set up a free in-home estimate. There is no contract. We know we must earn the customer’s patronage on ing Assistants help clients with activities of daily living like bathing, each visit. Our Molly MAIDS are trained, bonded and insured. They work grooming, errands, light housekeeping, taking them to appointments, very hard to please our customers. In fact, at MOLLY MAID, customer and medication reminders,” said Marcia. “It takes a very special per- satisfaction is guaranteed.” son to provide this kind of care, and we are blessed to employ some of the best caregivers available in Savannah.” Since opening the business, Carol has worked to help the community through the Ms. Molly Foundation. Every October the Foundation spon- Owning and operating Comfort Keepers has fulﬁlled Marcia’s dreams. sors the Making a Difference Drive. This year, thanks to the generous con- “Being entrusted with the care of a family’s loved one is the highest tributions of MOLLY MAID customers, the foundation raised more than honor our business can receive,” she said. “Our formula seems to be $125,000. MOLLY MAID of Savannah delivered two carloads of goods working because many of our clients come to Comfort Keepers from plus a sizable check to the local S.A.F.E. Shelter. referrals of other families we have served, or from business associ- ates in the industry that know of our penchant for excellent service “Jerry and I, along with our employees, are proud and excited to give back and special care. Our team loves what they do, and happy clients are to our community. We are just a small business, but we are able to Make a Difference, and that’s what it’s all about.” the greatest compliment for our efforts.” SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION PHOTO BY LYN BONHAM PHOTOGRAPHY Phyllis Livingood Cathi Denham PRESIDENT OWNER Livingoods At Home Pet Sitters 912.352.4392 Savannah 912.355.9656 6700 Skidaway Rd, Savannah, Ga 31406 6203 Abercorn St., Suite 109 843.379.5800 Okatie Savannah, Ga 31405 63 Riverwalk Blvd, Riverwalk Business Park www.athomepetsitters.net Ridgeland, SC 29936 In today’s business environment, many family-owned businesses Cathi Denham, owner of At Home Pet Sitters, has been keeping Sa- are often bought out by larger companies or simply can not sur- vannah pets happy since 2000. vive the ‘big box’ competition. Not only has Livingood’s ‘survived’ Cathi started AHPS with the idea that it would be a small, personal this trend, but they continue to grow and expand their business service catering to the pet-loving people in the city and surrounding areas. AHPS has grown to include a staff of eight sitters and an through hard work, commitment and integrity. At the same time ofﬁce person. Phyllis Livingood has left an exceptional legacy for her two sons, Scott and Todd, who are also active in the business. Originally from New Jersey, Cathi moved to Georgia when she met her husband, Billy. After living in Macon for nine years, Billy’s com- Thirty-three years ago Phyllis and husband, Dale, decided to take pany transferred him to Savannah. While in Macon, Cathi owned a a risk and open their own business. Dale transformed his 20 years nail salon. She had no interest working in the beauty ﬁeld when she of manufacturing and retail experience into the successful business relocated to Savannah, so she had to decide what work she wanted they both currently operate. Under Phyllis’s continued leadership, to do. While staying at a friend’s house, she met her friend’s pet sit- ter and asked a few questions; that’s when she decided that she had Livingood’s has grown into the success it is today. Livingood’s found her new profession! began as a very small store in midtown Savannah with Phyllis, Dale and one other employee in a 1,500 square-foot showroom and Having always had cats and dogs in her life, Cathi was sure that warehouse. Today, Livingood’s operates out of three locations (Sa- caring for pets in Savannah homes was the job for her. She did lots vannah, Pooler and Okatie, SC) with a total of over 60,000 square of research, obtained insurance and bonding and joined the profes- feet of showrooms and warehouse. This growth has allowed Liv- sional association. At Home Pet Sitters became a reality. Cathi has ingood’s to stay competitive in today’s business arena and position earned accreditation through Pet Sitters International, the largest themselves for the future. professional pet-sitters association in the country. At Home Pet Sitters is dedicated to providing the highest quality pet In today’s current economic environment, Phyllis’s 33 years of ex- care for all pets in Savannah. Cathi and her staff visit customer pets perience allows her to be ‘patient and positive’ about the future. in their homes. They feed, walk, pet, play with, brush, and love all As VP of Sales, Phyllis’s son Scott works closely with their com- the pets as if they are their very own. They will even sing to them! mercial and residential clients. Her other son Todd lends his ex- Pet sitters are required to be certiﬁed in pet ﬁrst aid/CPR, and they pertise to the purchasing and merchandising side of the business must pass a background check. All sitters, like Cathi, must have a as VP of Operations. In the future, Scott and Todd are focusing on huge love for animals and be willing to work with them in all kinds diversifying the business by offering an on-line component to Liv- of situations. ingood’s (www.LivingoodsOnline.com). Phyllis’s vision and keen AHPS’ goal is to make sure pets are given the care they are accus- business sense has positioned the company to accommodate this tomed to receiving each time they visit with them. diversity and expansion. Combined with her sons’ youthful energy For the ultimate in home pet care, call At Home Pet Sitters because, and ideas, Phyllis continues to guide Livingood’s through the cur- “We love them, when you have to leave them!” rent economic down turn and into the future. Woofs and meows! SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Pictured left to right: Nicole Cormican, Hayley Gregory, Kim Swann (owner), Lori Strickland, Cari Clark Anastasia Macdonald and Kendall Encinas PRESIDENT/CREATIVE DIRECTOR SALON TEAM Clark Creative Salon Della Vita “A Creative Communications Company” 912.231.0427 912.233.1160 128 W. Liberty Street 517 E. Gordon St. Savannah, Ga 31401 Savannah, Ga 31401 www.salondellavita.com www.clarkcreativedesign.com Arriving in Savannah as a SCAD student, Kim Swann has always Do you want your creative to “matter”? Clark Creative does just that. felt right at home. Halfway through attending SCAD, Kim followed a Creating powerful brand experiences and watching the world around strong calling to leave for Atlanta to paint with her grandmother. “I re- react has proven to be one of the most rewarding aspects of what Clark alized I had another dream of becoming a hairstylist that seemed like Creative does. A proven leader in creative design, we combine brand a great time and place to fulﬁll,” says Kim. “I attended Rofﬂer Barber essence and heritage with passion. We put personality to the brand. College, where much like art school I continued my journey learning We excel in visual communications specializing in brand development, color theory, design and texture.” marketing & advertising, sales promotion, packaging, and web. As design and marketing professionals, we work to translate creative, con- “My experience in raising the salon through ten years makes me love cepts, and insights into brands with personalities that work hard. We my career because there is always more to learn,” continues Kim. She are believers of the “Big Idea”, but are advocates in making those ideas reﬂects warmly to working under Ted Annis, owner of Designs 804 a reality through activation. Salon when arriving back in Savannah. “I have much gratitude to Ted and his staff, Michael and Ella; Ella for introducing me to the Owner and Creative Director, Cari Clark opened Clark Creative in Lowcountry culture of Savannah by taking me shrimping and crab- 2004. Clark now leads a team of world-class talent that has produced bing, and Ted for his patience, cutting inspiration, and a great start to award-winning concepts and design work in advertising, sales promo- spreading my wings in the salon business.” tion, web, packaging and logo development. Recently, partnering with marketing and advertising specialist Nicole Ivey, Clark Creative has nearly 25 years of combined creative, marketing and advertising know- “Nothing’s more constant than change” is a quote from Terrie Brown how. that Kim has never forgotten. Kim purchased the salon from Terrie in October of 1999. “I have always valued Terrie’s philosophies and Clark’s mission of empowering clients with valuable tools to build their strive to maintain the quality and soul Terrie put into the salon,” says brand, and Ivey’s passion for solving brand and business problems, sets Kim. This inﬂuence is apparent if you have been a client of the salon Clark Creative apart from any other creative house or agency around. over time. Kim has a knack for changing the atmosphere of the salon, Combined, Clark and Ivey’s experiences have transcended across a and presently has a version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night painted on the wide variety of categories to serve most any brand or business. Our ﬂoor of the front room and what a friend of hers calls “Prince” purple in work runs the gamut – no job or budget too small, or too large. the cutting rooms. Kim recognizes that Salon Della Vita brings people together to ﬁnd in their own special way--whether receiving a styling Most notably, Cari has worked with the Savannah Bee Company, de- service, purchasing locally made jewelry, or attending an art show-- veloping their brand and communications (1999-2007). Her work for what may spark their own individual creativity in life. “I hope that not SBC has been published in Southern Living, Oprah Magazine, InStyle only do their fresh new hairstyles, but also the atmosphere, relaxing Magazine, and The New York Times, among many others. shampoos and caring team bring out our clients best self,” says Kim. Clark recently served as President for the Savannah Downtown Busi- The salon offers natural manicures on Friday; hair and makeup ser- ness Association, is founder of a creative professionals networking vices Tuesday through Saturday. Using the very best products is im- association, cSpot. Most recently, the agency received recognition as portant to Kim, including Goldwell, Phyto, Davines, Purology, Jane the 2008 Business of the Year from Buy Local. The entire team also Iredale and Sparitual. Art shows often occur at the salon to promote participates as members of local, regional and national advertising and local artists and give clients a variety of creative atmospheres. marketing organizations. SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Heather Davis Erin Coburn Janice Anderson OWNER Monkee’s of Savannah JEWELERS 912.354.1212 5525 Abercorn St. Savannah, Ga 31405 Anderson Jewelers 912.355.8515 FAMILY: Sons, William, 14 and Jack, 7 260 Eisenhower Dr. EDUCATION: Undergraduate from UNCW in Geology and Savannah, Ga 31404 Marine Science; MBA from Queens University in Charlotte www.andersonjewelers.com GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Being a mother Janice Anderson is running the business her father-in-law started in In 2005, Erin Coburn made her move to Savannah from her native 1943. Red Anderson Jewelers began operation in the Liberty Bank hometown of Charlotte, N.C., with her family. Up until the move, building at Bull and Broughton Street over 65 years ago. When Erin had been working with Wachovia in its business banking divi- Oglethorpe Mall was built, the Andersons transitioned to become the sion. Having been in the corporate environment for 12 years, Erin ﬁne jewelers for Belk Department store. Then, Janice decided it was felt a need to make a change by realizing her dream of owning her time to become an independent jeweler once again. She moved the own business. operation into a 1000 square foot storefront on Eisenhower Drive, and eventually upgraded into the newer, 3500 square foot building at Coming from the high-end shopping scene in Charlotte, Erin noticed the corner of Eisenhower and Hodgson Memorial Drive, where they a need for a special boutique on the south side of Savannah. Familiar are located today. “We’ve got so much more space which we needed,” with other Monkee’s stores in North Carolina, Erin decided bring this says Janice. “It’s bright and open with beautiful cherry showcases.” unique and exclusive shopping experience to the area. She opened There is a spacious gallery, a much appreciated lounge area for men, her Monkee’s store in 2006 in the Abercorn Walk shopping center on a private room for appraisals and diamond buying, and enough extra Abercorn Street. Erin’s concept for her store was that it would have space for an on-site lab! a boutique atmosphere akin to being in your best friend’s closet. Erin has accomplished this by creating a beautiful space in which shoppers Janice Anderson prides herself on the uniqueness of her product and can browse and buy in a relaxed environment. the quality of Anderson’s service. “You’ll ﬁnd we’re not cookie cutter. In 2007, Erin was invited to participate in a Telfair fashion show by You’re not going to ﬁnd what I have somewhere else. When we buy, providing all of the shoes for the original pieces. “It was a huge com- we try to ﬁnd things that are unusual that other stores won’t have. mitment and honor to be included in this worthwhile event. I was so She searches to ﬁnd new and semi-precious stones, and there’s al- excited to be a part of it all,” Erin said. In 2008, local clothing design- ways a good selection of estate jewelry. “I try to drive my customers er, Cate Lyon, asked Erin to provide the shoes for her new signature to buy something for the value of the stone and the metal,” Janice label, Hant Blu. “I was extremely honored to be invited by Cate to ac- advises. “I tell them not to buy just the name- buy something that cessorize her creations. It was a compliment to me and our product.” will not be dated, that they will not tire of.” Erin continues to carry exclusive lines for the Savannah shopping The jewelry store is truly a family affair. Her daughter Heather scene, and she gives her customers the very best in style and customer Davis has the artistic ability and handles a lot of the buying and service. “Owning Monkee’s has allowed me share my creativity with the custom design. “She’s the one people always ask for,” says her women who enjoy expressing themselves through fashion. I also love proud mom. “She remembers everything customers have bought in every aspect of being an entrepreneur, from the business side to the the past and she knows their tastes and what they like.” ﬂexibility; it’s an all-around win-win for me and my children.“ “We have wonderful customer service and we are as happy to repair The Monkee’s store continues to be successful in a lagging economy as we are to sell you something new. Service is what this business because of the quality of the product and the service from Erin and is built on. It’s a hometown business, doing business the way people her staff. Just be sure to remember that shopping at Monkee’s may did it a long time ago.” mean you will need a bigger closet! SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Dawn Gilbert Tammy Ray RN, BSN, M.Ed., LPC EVENT PLANNER AND PUBLIC RELATIONS PROFESSIONAL OWNER The Detail Department 912.604.1267 Savannah Therapy Solutions www.thedetaildepartment.com 912.547.8200 Details. Most people try to avoid them. Tammy Moseley Ray goes running 340 Eisenhower Drive, Bldg. 500, Suite 520 after them with a clipboard and a checklist in hand. She’s passionate about what she does, and what she does is event planning and public relations. Savannah, Ga 31406 Tammy launched The Detail Department in 2006 and clients have included: www.savannahtherapysolutions.com Bradley Creek Seafood Callen Trust Coastal Empire Council Boy Scouts of America Cumulus Broadcasting Dawn Elizabeth Gilbert, RN, BSN, LPC, is the owner of Savannah Thera- Efﬁngham Industrial Development Authority py Solutions at 340 Eisenhower Drive, Building 500, Suite 520, in Savan- Georgia Historical Society nah. Dawn received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Purdue Uni- Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire versity and her master’s degree in psychotherapy from Georgia Southern. HostSouth IN THE KNOW Marketing & Public Relations She is nationally board-certiﬁed. Jackson Printing Legal Marketing Association Dawn is currently pursuing her doctorate in counseling psychology. She Massie Heritage Center offers many modalities of therapy such as cognitive behavioral, reality Mopper-Stapen, Realtors therapy and person-centered therapy, and she is certiﬁed in biofeedback. One Fish Two Fish She uses an eclectic approach that combines many of these therapies into River Street Sweets a model suited to the individual’s needs. Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce Savannah Magazine Simons Political Group She combines her medical knowledge gained through her 16 years in nurs- Universal Balance Wellness & Pilates Studio ing with holistic healing therapy techniques that incorporate both one’s mental as well as physical states. She offers biofeedback, a treatment Events have included galas to celebrate the 275th anniversary of the colony’s modality that allows an individual to regain control that is often lost due founding for Georgia Historical Society, the Chamber of Commerce’s 200th to life’s stressful routine or trauma that may have caused anguish and anniversary and Massie Heritage Center’s 150th anniversary; also, an elec- despair. Biofeedback is a valuable tool that one can utilize for a lifetime. tion night dinner for Georgia State Senator Eric Johnson, an upscale ground- breaking ceremony for a Portuguese company opening near Savannah, the Biofeedback assists in maintaining mental wellness and, in turn, physi- “Best of Savannah” party for Savannah Magazine and a tennis tournament cal well-being. Certain disorders stem from mental stressors that can for the Boy Scouts of America. Public relations and marketing projects have turn into physical ailments, such as migraine headaches, gastro-intestinal included annual reports, mail order catalogs, press conferences, press kits, disorders, ﬁbromyalgia, attention deﬁcit-hyperactivity disorder and atten- press releases and ribbon cuttings. tion deﬁcit disorder and many others. Tammy graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree Dawn works with children, adolescents, adults, couples and the elderly. in journalism and a master’s degree in mass communication. She is a past president of the Junior League of Savannah and the Savannah Advertising She offers assistance with assertiveness training, stress reduction, an- Federation, and has served on the board of directors for various community ger management, pre- and post-surgery stress, and pre-bariatric surgery organizations including CrimeStoppers, Downtown Business Association and counseling. Her goal is to guide the individual to obtain his/her maximum Second Harvest Food Bank. A member of the Savannah Technical College level of functioning that will provide the person with emotional strength Community Council, she has chaired committees for other organizations, such and stability in life. as American Diabetes Association, Chamber of Commerce and Savannah Book Festival. She has been honored for outstanding service by the Savannah Savannah Therapy Solutions honors most major insurances and employee Advertising Federation, Junior League of Savannah and American Diabetes Association. In addition, she was recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 profes- assistance programs. Appointments are scheduled to meet the patient’s sional by the Savannah Business Report & Journal and received an ADDY needs. Through the holistic healing approach, the mind/body theory, award from the Savannah Advertising Federation. Dawn guides individuals to obtain their maximum level of functioning, which will provide them with emotional strength and stability in their Tammy has been dotting the ‘i’s and crossing the ‘t’s for more than a decade lives. Contact Savannah Therapy Solutions at 912-547-8200 or visit Dawn with a signature style marked by a drive for perfection, a creative touch and on the Web at savannahtherapysolution.com. a ﬂair for distinctive details! SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Elizabeth Berksteiner Ashley Love & Bonnie Boyette OWNER/STYLIST OWNERS/INTERIOR DESIGNERS Shear Elegance Salon Xpressions & Designs 912.356.0033 8507 Ferguson Ave. 7400 A. Skidaway Road Savannah, Ga 31406 Savannah, Ga 31406 www.xpressionsanddesigns.com PICTURED LEFT TO RIGHT: Misha Smart, Ashley Love, Heather Shoemaker Elizabeth Berksteiner Born and raised in Georgia, Liz moved to Savannah in 1978 to pursue a degree in business administration. Upon completion, she decided to go into the ﬁeld of education and then became a certiﬁed teacher. Liz Ashley Love always knew she wanted to be a hair stylist. taught in the Savannah Chatham County Public School system for 12 Realizing this dream, she traveled to London to train at the years. In 2000, Liz opened an event and wedding planning business, Vidal Sassoon Academy. Ashley then returned to Savannah Xpressions. Then, six years later, she went back to school to become a where she strengthened her skills as a stylist. To her amaze- certiﬁed interior designer. ment, Ashley continued to further her dream and opened her own salon by the age of 23! Ashley discovered the space on Bonnie Boyette Bonnie, another Georgia native, earned her bachelor’s degree in In- Ferguson Avenue in Sandﬂy and immediately knew it would terior Design from the University of Georgia. After graduation, she be perfect. Shear Elegance Salon become the ﬁrst salon and moved to Destin, Florida to begin her design career for a local design spa in Sandﬂy in November 2007. With a staff of eight, Shear ﬁrm. Then, in 2005, Bonnie founded Design Effects in Savannah. Elegance is a full-service salon and spa with services ranging from cuts and color to nails and massages. One of the newest businesses to ﬁnd its home in Sandﬂy is Xpressions and Designs. This unique design business is the concept of owners Liz Berkensteiner and Bonnie Boyette, who met and became friends in A short time after the salon opened, Shear Elegance needed 2004. In 2008, they merged their talents to create a design business more space. “I wanted to have more availability for my clients, focused on their love for people and creating beautiful and comfortable so we renovated the top ﬂoor of the salon to accommodate our spaces. “We want our clients to walk in the shop and feel at home. Our growth. I want every one of our clients to relax and enjoy a shop is not only a business, but also a way to connect to the community day at the spa,” Ashley explained. The staff members of the and serve others.” day spa bring an array of new services to Shear Elegance. Xpressions and Designs is a full-service interior design showroom in- Two of these staff members include Heather Shoemaker and cluding custom bedding, window treatments, furniture, lighting, wall- Misha Smart. Heather, a massage therapist, uses many paper, accessories and remodeling services. If you have a need, these styles of massage therapy to include neuromuscular medical ladies will fulﬁll it. One of their clients, Savannah Highlands, noted: therapy, the popular hot-stone massage and more. Misha, “These two interior designers know their business when it comes to an esthetician, brings eight years of experience to the spa. color and decorating. Their work and expertise is unique in such a way Her extensive menu of treatments includes specialty facials, that when you walk into one of their model homes, you feel as if you want to live there. I would recommend them to anyone.” glycolic peels, body waxing and lash/brow tinting. The salon also includes four stylists who are either Redken-educated or Vidal Sassoon-certiﬁed. Ashley is very thankful for the continued support of her cli- ents. “I am proud to be able to continue to grow in a slow economy. We are happy to be able to provide a luxury environ- ment to our clients — an environment where they can relax and feel great about themselves,” Ashley said. SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Dr. Ruth Ann Jamie Olejarz Palmer OWNER/DIRECTOR LOWER SCHOOL PRINCIPAL A Class Act Savannah Christian Preparatory School Dance Center MISSION: Develop the whole person to the glory of God 912.748.4199 Pooler, Ga PERSONAL VISION: That every child will experience AClassActDanceCenter.com success in the school environment, developing his or her AClassActDanceCenter@gmail.com God-given gifts to the greatest extent possible. Last July, Dr. Ruth Ann Palmer joined a team of caring and commit- Experience technique at its ﬁnest … Become A Class Act Dancer! ted educators at Savannah Christian Preparatory School, to work with them on behalf of every child in the Lower School as the new princi- Training your child is a responsibility that Jamie Olejarz takes very seri- pal. If you ask her how many children she has, she will respond: “Two ously. At A Class Act Dance Center, she is committed to doing what is grown children and 656 others!” Each one is loved, and her commit- right for her students by providing a caring and happy environment to ment to these children and their parents is one that has guided her help foster their development. She believes that students need structure professional life – a passionate pursuit of excellence in education. and discipline, infused with fun! She has developed programs to teach children from age 2½ through advanced proper technique, dance terminol- Bringing to Savannah three decades of experience as a teacher and ogy and history, making them well-rounded students. school administrator, Dr. Palmer has taught and supervised student teachers with Ohio University in their elite Laboratory School and was Jamie moved to Savannah in 2006 and opened A Class Act Dance Center named Athens County “Teacher of the Year.” As a school administra- in Pooler in the summer of 2007. Jamie studied dance and early child- tor in North Carolina, Dr. Palmer received the county’s Outstanding hood education at Towson University and received professional teaching Young Educator award. During her service to St. Petersburg Chris- experience from New Jersey powerhouse dance studio, Robin Horneff’s tian School as head of school, she was nominated by the Association of Performing Arts Center. With 25 years of dance experience, Jamie has Christian Schools International and received both state and national studied under the instruction of Rockette Barbara Creighton and Kelly recognition culminating in being named a National Distinguished Larkin of The Larkin Dance Family. She has also taken classes from Principal. Under her leadership, St. Petersburg Christian School was renowned choreographers Mandy Moore, Mia Michaels, and Tyce Diorio, recognized by the Department of Education as a No Child Left Behind all from So You Think You Can Dance. When she lived close to New York –Blue Ribbon School. City, she regularly took classes at the Broadway Dance Center and Steps, and she danced in the pilot episode for Larry King Live’s “Star-Search” Savannah Christian is also made up of high achieving, goal-oriented show. students. Cheering them on are involved, supportive parents and highly qualiﬁed, dedicated teachers. The result is that more than 70 Jamie is proud to be serving a two-year term on the board of directors percent achieve honors each grading period, and most children score of the Chamber of Commerce in Pooler. She knows the importance of well above the national average on standardized tests. Equally impor- community involvement and actively involves her students in community tant, they are taught God’s word and to follow the Golden Rule as they service. A Class Act Dance Center students have achieved a lot in the relate to others. past year — in dance and in the community. They have won top awards at regional competitions for technique, costumes and choreography. Christy Adhering to the mission of “developing the whole person,” Savannah Simmons took the title of Junior Miss Bravo! in Athens, Ga. Jamie’s Christian provides a strong ﬁne arts program, emphasizes physical students have danced in nursing homes, raised funds for Alzheimer’s re- ﬁtness in P.E. and provides outstanding experiences in Spanish, be- search, planted trees for the Pooler recreational complex and planted sod ginning with Pre-kindergarten, while ﬁfth graders engage in Latin. at Pooler Elementary, just to name a few. Children receive hands-on technological instructional experiences through the use of the Internet and Smart Boards in every classroom. A Class Act Dance Center offers programs in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, Dr. Palmer is brimming over with ideas for continuing to develop this lyrical/contemporary, modern, and more. Pilates and self-defense classes outstanding program. If you ask her for her vision for the SCPS Lower are also available. For information on classes, please call 912-748-4199 or School, she would enthusiastically respond: “The sky’s the limit!” visit AClassActDanceCenter.com. SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION PHOTO BY LYN BONHAM PHOTOGRAPHY Nancy Lavely Cecilia Russo PRESIDENT, CEO CKD, CBD, ASID, NCIDQ Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC 912.665.0005 KITCHEN & BATH DESIGNER firstname.lastname@example.org YEARS IN PROFESSION: 15 Signature Savannah Kitchen & Bath SERVING CLIENTS SUCH AS: American Red Cross 912.352.3131 Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance www.signaturesavannah.com Olde Pink House Southern Graces Indulgent Catering, Delicious Design Southeastern Network Agency Tour de Georgia Nancy Lavely is one of only 14 people in Georgia to be certiﬁed in Cecilia Russo knows how to throw a party! both kitchen and bath design through the NKBA (National Kitchen Whether it’s a party for 500 of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s friends for the Tour & Bath Association). In addition, she is an interior designer, licensed de Georgia or more than 1,400 runners for the inaugural Susan G. Komen in Georgia by the Architectural and Engineering board, making her Savannah Race for the Cure or hundreds of Savannah’s young profession- truly one of a kind. With a background in home design and construc- als for the 1st Annual Paint the Town Red campaign, Cecilia is a natural tion and an art degree in addition to an interior design degree, she is at creatively visioning, organizing and efﬁciently strategizing events and ready to tackle any project. campaigns that bring diverse people together and inspire their best efforts on behalf of truly important causes. With ease and grace, she simply gets Nancy’s father was a contractor, and she grew up in construction. the job done, no matter the size. “I love what I do,” says Cecilia. “People She got her ﬁrst drawing board at the age of 15 and began “tweaking” are my passion!” plans for her dad. She would design different facades for the same It should come as no surprise that Cecilia is the one to call when it’s time speculative plan going in subdivisions. If the home was sold before to make things happen. This native daughter of Savannah has been deeply construction, she would make interior changes for the new owner. rooted in the community for generations, and it is her innate ability to navi- Later in life, she went to a drafting school in Memphis, Tenn., after gate this connectedness that gives Cecilia a decided advantage in serving attending Ole Miss as an art major. She worked for an architec- her clients. Her career successes have included serving as Director of De- tural ﬁrm doing their residential design/drafting, before the advent velopment and Major Gifts at both Benedictine Military School and Georgia of computers. She also freelanced and worked with contractors. One Institute of Technology, setting records in Savannah as the Membership builder said: “I don’t know what to call you because I can’t say you Director at the First City Club and working as Vice President of Accounts are a draftsman. I think I’ll call you the ‘lady drawer.’” at Abshire Public Relations. As President and CEO of Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC, Cecilia has quickly She later went back to school to get an interior design degree. In the garnered the respect of both local and national clients who appreciate her early ’90s, she began specializing in kitchens and baths. She began ability to connect them with their most important constituents. Her skills studying for the CKD certiﬁcation when she had the seven years of in marketing, public relations, fund-raising and event planning combine experience required for testing. It took another ten years of studying with extensive experience in both the corporate and nonproﬁt worlds to and testing to get all of her certiﬁcations. Presently, she is serving form a uniquely broad base of opportunity for clients such as the American her third year as a juror for the National Council of Interior Design Red Cross, Southern Graces Indulgent Catering, Delicious Design, Hilton Qualiﬁcation examination in Nashville. Things come full circle, and Head Island Concours d’Elegance, Southeastern Network Agency and soon hand drafting is now in vogue again. Although Nancy also uses eLowcountry.com. 20/20, an industry-speciﬁc computer program, considered a lost art Cecilia was recognized at a young age when voted as one of Savannah’s form, many clients prefer it over computer generated drawings. top “40 Business Leaders Under 40” by the Savannah Business Report and Journal. Equally enthusiastic explaining the imperative need for disaster Nancy’s specialty is space planning for residential renovations. She relief training or joining in her father Charlie’s grand stories with her con- loves the challenge of “thinking outside the box” to come up with tagious laugh, she always has a smile on her face and in her heart. clever solutions for re-conﬁgurated spaces. Her clients typically want a new and updated look that works better for the way they live today. “Bringing people together is the very heart of marketing,” says Russo. Sometimes this means an addition to an existing footprint, but often “That I can do this for terriﬁc causes as well as wonderful clients makes problems can be solved without adding on. my job a joy.” SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Debra A. Larson Rachel Carson FRANCHISE OWNER PRESIDENT and CEO Home Instead Senior Care 912.355.0099 | 843.355.0099 | 877.855.0098 Hospice Savannah, Inc. 7505 Waters Ave #F1 912.355.2289 Savannah, Ga 31406 www.hospicesavannah.org www.homeinstead.com YEARS IN BUSINESS: 10 When patients and their families are faced with life-limiting illnesses, Rachel Carson has a BS in Biology from Furman University and a Debra Anthony Larson believes they should consider consulting Hospice Physical Therapy degree from Duke University and is a Certiﬁed Senior Savannah. “It’s so overwhelming for caregivers. So scary not to know Advisor. Savannah has been her home since 1975. As a therapist she what to expect. With 30 years of experience in end-of-life care, we can loved making a real difference in the lives of her patients by helping them be your guide — your travel agent, if you will — as you embark on a reach their goals and says “that feeling is very addictive.” journey you have never taken before.” After retiring as a therapist, she began to look for ways to continue mak- Debra, an MSW from Michigan State University, came to Hospice Sa- ing a real difference. In 1999, she found Home Instead Senior Care and vannah in 2007 as the Directer of Quality; she served as interim CEO bought the franchise serving Savannah, Bryan, Efﬁngham, Jasper and Beaufort counties. Founded in Omaha, Neb., in 1994, Home Instead Se- for eight months before being named President and CEO earlier this nior Care was the ﬁrst company in America to provide non-medical, in- year. Originally a Buckeye from Ohio, she and chef-husband Greg left home service. The company now has more than 830 ofﬁces in 15 countries, their lakeside home in northern Michigan and wintered in Savannah providing a range of services including companionship, meal preparation, for several years before making the decision to move here. Now happily light housekeeping, medication reminders, shopping/errands, incidental ensconced in her Ardsley Park home, she loves the ease with which con- transportation, personal care and Dementia care. nections and friendships can be forged in our community, wasting no time in becoming a volunteer for the Telfair Museum and the Savannah In December Home Instead ofﬁces across America give back to their com- Music Festival. munities through the Be A Santa To A Senior program. Believing that nobody should be forgotten — especially during the holiday season — lone- Debra’s prior experience includes 25 years of administrative responsi- ly needy seniors, who would not otherwise receive presents, are identiﬁed bilities with Mercy Hospital, Trinity Healthcare System, in Grayling, and their wish lists ﬁlled. Each year Home Instead also sponsors the Mich., and more than ﬁve years with Changesmith, LLC, in Ann Arbor, Give a Caregiver A Break national essay contest, coordinated by Car- Mich., providing Joint Commission and compliance readiness services ing Today magazine. Family caregivers are invited to write essays about to health-care systems throughout the United States. She is honored their care-giving experience and to send them to www.caringtoday.com/ to have been chosen to lead such an established and highly regarded hi contest. The contest runs from March 1 to June 15. The prizes include community organization. a grand prize of $5,000 in free services, two second-place prizes of $2,500 and 12 “extraordinary caregiver awards”. “In addition to constantly seeking ways to improve our patient care, I feel driven to encourage families to access our services earlier, rather Rachel deals with issues facing today’s seniors and their families during “Ask the Expert” on radio station WBMQ-630 AM at 9 a.m. on Fridays, than later. There is so much our wonderful staff can do to help lift the and she invites you to listen. As the Age Wave of Boomers approaches, Ra- heavy burden of worry if they can just have some time! Too often fami- chel and her wonderful team look forward to continuing quality services lies or physicians wait until the last minute before calling us. Family to the senior community. Look for the colorfully wrapped PT Cruisers as members tell me: ‘I wish we’d known about your care earlier.’” they move throughout the area! Non proﬁt Hospice Savannah is celebrating its 30th year of service dur- ing 2009 and provides hospice care and bereavement support to residents of Bryan, Chatham, Efﬁngham, Liberty and Long counties. Its mission is to provide the best services and resources for the community on dying, death, grief and loss. SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Carlette Cormier Cheryl Smoak, Amy Davis, Jackie Pickering (owner), Lisa Swinson, Not shown: Haley Pickering, OWNER/DESIGNER Linda Halliburton, Terri Benton CC’s Designs GIFT STORE TEAM 912.927.4020 Polka Dots 131 White Magnolia Circle Savannah, Ga 31419 912.898.3730 107 Charlotte Road, Suite E www.carlettes.com Savannah, Ga 31410 In 1987, with a small toddler at home and her husband recently laid off, “It’s like shopping in your best friend’s closet.” This is how a cus- Carlette Cormier needed employment. She decided to move to Savannah tomer recently described their shopping experience at Polka Dots, to ﬁnd a job. A friend in the area was working at a local wallpaper store a new gift store that opened last November on Whitemarsh Island. and recommended her to a local designer who was inquiring about help This description seems very ﬁtting to owner Jackie Pickering and with some window treatments. After seeing the work Carlette had done in her own home, the designer was sold, and CC’s Designs and a new career her team. for Carlette was born. “My friends and I work here at the store,” says Jackie. “Because we Despite the fact that Carlette was new to the area and a complete un- all knew each other previously, it makes for a great team environ- known, her reputation for creating beautiful window treatments spread ment. We love being at Polka Dots and helping customers. I think quickly. Through word-of-mouth advertising, the small business with customers notice that.” humble beginnings evolved into an award-winning design and fabrication company. Carlette has received 8 different national awards for her work. Jackie, originally from Akron, Ohio, moved to Savannah’s islands Services include the design and installation of window treatments, beauti- with her husband over 22 years ago. After a successful teaching ca- ful bedding, canopies, upholstered walls and ceilings plus much more. reer of 12 years, she chose to stay home and raise her two children. Carlette continues to challenge herself by exploring new avenues of her Once grown, she wanted to return to work but desired a new career talent. One of her fellow instructors, Jeanelle Dech (Adaptive Textiles) path. After noticing a need for a gift shop on the islands, she took began digital printing custom fabrics. This gave Carlette an idea for ex- a leap of faith and opened Polka Dots. panding her business, exploring her talent and creating an opportunity to give something back to her city. Carlette has designed a unique toile “Our focus is to provide quality gifts at fair prices, conveniently, fabric showcasing some of Savannah’s beautiful historic landmarks. With with outstanding customer service,” says Jackie. With the advice this distinctive Savannah toile and a new corporation, Carlette’s LLC, she from friends and family, Jackie chose “pretty and practical” vendors is now creating tote bags, aprons, napkins, tea towels and other unique pieces featuring Savannah. not seen elsewhere on the islands—Vera Bradley, Eliza B., Coton Colors Pottery, Tervis Tumblers and Leather Man Ltd., to name a few. Polka Dots also offers monogramming and will make your purchase gift ready. “The hottest gifts right now are terry cloth beach towel lounge covers with custom monograms, and Switch- Flops,” says Jackie. “We can’t keep these two items in stock!” And with continued help from the team where each member has their own area of expertise to contribute, Jackie sees only more fabulous gift items ﬂying off Polka Dot’s shelves. “Customers and the community, I truly believe, want us to succeed,” says Jackie. “They seem happy we are here.” SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Jana G. Feiler Erin P. Salzer REGIONAL BRANCH MANAGER Jamie Smith LANDSCAPE DESIGNER BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Freda Smith Erin P. Salzer Landscape Design 843.368.1863 CEO www.erinpsalzer.com Coastal Home Care, Inc. 912.354.3680 www.coastalhomecare.us Coastal Home Care, Inc. is a women-powered business, and it is “all Creating innovative designs is what drives Erin P. Salzer. Her designs in the family” for the founder and early developers. become unique spaces, landscapes and gardens that integrate art, environ- ment, personal taste and functionality. She is self-sufﬁcient and as a one- Freda Smith is the CEO of the company, and Jana Goldberg Feiler person team, she works well with other landscape professionals. Her style is client-speciﬁc and site-speciﬁc, whether traditional, modern or eclectic, is the branch manager of the Savannah ofﬁce. Jana is the niece of but her work is always thoughtful, powerful, high quality, one-of-a-kind original company founders, Martin and Laura Miller. To carry on landscape and garden designs. In addition to her distinct artistic ﬂair, she the family tradition, Freda’s daughter, Jamie Smith, now works with is committed to the use of sustainable design principles: to create a space the company as a business developer. that is beneﬁcial for both the client and the environment. “Long before women held positions of responsibility in business, this Erin was born in New Orleans and raised in Beaufort, S.C. She spent company recognized the power and strength of women in what had many years in Michigan, Pennsylvania and abroad. She received her bach- traditionally been a man’s world. I believe it is a core reason for our elor’s degree in Fine Art from Carnegie Mellon University, and a master’s success. Two of the most signiﬁcant women in my life, my wife and in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. She also my sister, Ellen Goldberg, quickly became the backbone of this busi- attended Gerrit Rietveld Academy of Art and Design in Amsterdam, Neth- erlands . ness,” said President and Chairman of the Board Martin Miller. The Millers live in the Historic District. She began her career in Philadelphia as an intern and then a full-time employee at an architecture and engineering ﬁrm. Later, she returned to Freda joined the company, which was known then as Eldercare, 20 South Carolina and worked for many landscape architecture ﬁrms, includ- years ago to manage operations, and she became an owner as well ing Edward Pinckney and Associates in Bluffton and Wood & Partners on as CEO and CFO. She oversees the operations and ﬁnance of the Hilton Head Island. company, serving about 600 people in the coastal Georgia area. She is married to Bill Smith, a local guitarist. With her knowledge and work experience, she decided to start her own ﬁrm in 2005. Erin P. Salzer Landscape Design is an all-encompassing business. Erin handles project management, client interaction, planting design, con- Coastal Home Care cares for clients in their homes by providing ac- struction documentation and rendering. She also uses her ﬁne arts degree tivities of daily living services, such as personal care, errands, com- to market her business and work with clients online. panionship, as well as skilled nursing. The Company has had a pres- ence in Savannah since 1980. She has worked with top architecture ﬁrms including Allison Ramsey Ar- chitects as well as many local developers and private clients. She is also Jana is the regional branch manager and is responsible for opera- the main landscape designer for Callawassie Island, a National Wildlife tions in the coastal region. She is involved with Young Jewish Sa- Federation community, where she is redesigning the landscape in an un- vannah, and is married to Preston Feiler. They have an 8-month precedented all-native sustainable manner. Her work has been featured in old son, Brice. Jamie is very involved in the community with Young Coastal Living and Cottage Living magazines as well as on Animal Planet’s Professionals of Savannah and the Telfair Museum. In her ﬁeld, she “Backyard Habitats.” Erin P. Salzer is the 2008 recipient of the Pinnacle Award for SC Homebuilders Assoc. for “Best Landscape Design” for Saluda is involved with the Greater Savannah Coalition on Aging and the River Club in Lexington, SC. She also received the Regal Award for best Coastal Georgia Alzheimers’ Association. Entrance Design in Columbia, SC. SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Maria Jimenez Kathy Puljung Amy Shepard OWNER FULL-SERVICE HAIR SALON Budget Blinds 912.441.6441 912.691.0768 P.O. Box 2982 WINNER Savannah, Ga 31402 Best Window www.budgetblinds.com HOMES Treatment email@example.com Company MISSION: The joint venture of Maria’s Salon and Glamour*Us “I’m not from the south but I got here as quick as I could,” begins Kathy is the brainchild of Maria Jimenez and Amy Shepard. Puljung, owner of the Budget Blinds franchise in Savannah. “I am origi- nally from Chicago, but fell in love with Savannah when I was 19 and Located at 224 Stephenson Ave in Savannah it offers a visited an uncle who lived here. Savannah is like living the present in wide variety of services including a full service hair sa- the past with historical buildings, slower pace and great weather. I don’t lon, skincare and make-up consultations, wardrobe con- envy my associates who carry their samples and installs through the wind sultations and a wide range of hair and cosmoceutical and snow up north!” products. When Kathy mentions carrying samples…she is referring to the very premise and business model behind Budget Blinds. Instead of custom- Maria Jimenez opened her shop in early 2005 after ers coming to a retail store, Kathy brings everything right to your home. moving here from Hood River, Oregon where she was “Customers are serviced at their convenience, and are able to view the the proprietor of a very prosperous hair salon. She has product in their own home environment,” says Kathy. “This allows them been internationally trained including working directly to visualize color and style with their furnishings and décor without hav- with Vidal Sasoon in Paris. Always staying at the cut- ing to search. We bring it all to you and make suggestions.” ting edge of the hair styling community, she regularly attends National Hair Conventions to learn the latest in A real estate agent for 20 years, Kathy was looking for a career change and the idea of owning her own business was very appealing. But she techniques. also wanted to utilize her love of homes, decor and design that made her such a successful agent. “I was actually a previous customer of Budget With much encouragement from Maria to use her talents Blinds when the franchise was owned by Melanie Sweet,” says Kathy. “I in her own business rather than working for others, Amy was pleased with the product and service I received from Budget Blinds, Shepard opened Glamour*Us this year located within knew they had a terriﬁc reputation…so it seemed like the perfect ﬁt. I Maria’s Salon. Specializing in what is known as “Image purchased the Savannah franchise in 2005.” Consulting,” she offers skincare, make-up and wardrobe Budget Blinds carries a full line of fabrics (over 1,500 to choose from) and consultations. Her background is varied, having worked reputable lines such as Hunter Douglas, Kathy Ireland, Springs, Lafay- with national make-up artists at the Lancome Corpora- ette, Castec and Norman Shutters. They do custom draperies, bedspreads, tion, to developing personal relationships with associ- throw pillows, a full-line of custom plantation shutters, and much more. ates at Gucci in Charleston and Neiman Marcus in both In addition, their custom soft treatments are usually delivered within 2-3 Orlando and Miami. weeks, and installers are experienced with top-notch service. “We pride ourselves on service and that ‘personal touch’,” says Kathy. Our appearance is the ﬁrst impression others have of us, “Although each franchise is owned locally, we have a very supportive cor- and it can make or break a person socially and profes- porate ofﬁce with a great national advertising campaign. Budget Blinds sionally. Maria and Amy believe they offer every client continues to expand, and I look forward to serving Savannah for many a unique and exciting experience to develop a whole new years to come.” image…and outlook on life! SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Marianne McBay Tonja Hathaway, Traci Lopez, Marsha Graves, WEDDING COORDINATOR Carla Estep, Cathy Shuman MORTGAGE LENDERS Wed Accompli Weddings & Events 912.598.9339 New South Federal Savings Bank www.wedaccoompli.com firstname.lastname@example.org 912.355.1553 Toll Free 800.556.1553 300 Commercial Ct. Savannah, Ga 31406 Marianne McBay believes in following her bliss, and what could be more New South Federal Savings Bank is among the nation’s top producers of blissful than weddings. Her path to wedding planning began with years residential mortgage lenders. They provide ﬁnancing for the purchases of charity work in the Philadelphia area and in Princeton, N.J., where of homes for ﬁrst-time buyers, as well as those looking for a million-dollar she helped create events for organizations such as The Princeton Medical dream home. “Our focus is on residential,” says Marsha Graves, vice president and branch manager. “Our company provides conventional, Center, the American Repertory Ballet and The North Princeton Develop- FHA, VA, and rural housing, ﬁxed and adjustable mortgages,” she ex- mental Center. As owner of a retail store, Fin de Siglo, in Lambertville, plains. N.J., she specialized in decorative accessories, including tabletop décor, giving her an opportunity to implement her strong sense of style and love New South Federal Savings Bank has the answer to your home-buying or of interesting color palettes to tell an ever-changing “story.” re-ﬁnancing needs. This ‘Fab Five’ brings an astounding 53 years of com- bined expertise to the mortgage lending business! Mutual respect and the Later, working for the nonproﬁt, MDA, she honed organizational and drive for excellent customer service are the winning combination to this multi-tasking skills. Her ﬁrst fundraising gala, attended by top execu- successful team. “We work well together because we have mutual respect for one another, and we genuinely care about each other’s well-being,” tives of companies such as Dupont and MBNA, netted a half million dol- Marsha says of her team. lars. “I have a powerful drive to make a difference, having logged many hours as a volunteer throughout my life.” In June 2007, she completed Marsha, a Savannah native, attributes her success to the extensive con- the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego for The Leukemia & Lymphoma tacts and strong relationships she has diligently developed over the past Society’s Team-in-Training. 20 years. “I pride myself on excellent customer service throughout my business. It is extremely important to maintain those crucial relation- It was her move to Savannah in January 2005 and her daughter’s engage- ships – from realtors to home buyers!” Marsha has found this same com- ment several months later that convinced Marianne to enter the wedding mitment in her four loan ofﬁcers. business. “I fell madly in love with Savannah and its endless possibili- As a 18-year professional, Traci Lopez, loan ofﬁcer attributes her success ties while doing extensive wedding research, and I took the Association of to hard work, determination and being available to her clients at any time. Bridal Consultant’s course and exams while attending wedding seminars Her positive attitude and fortitude keeps her in the President’s Club. around the country.” Cathy Shuman, loan ofﬁcer, works with a variety of clients and works And so, Wed Accompli Weddings & Events was born, taking its name from hard to ensure that the loan process is as easy as possible! She uses her a favorite French phrase, fait accompli, meaning an accomplished fact, or extensive experience, showing all of the borrowers and real estate agents “done deal.” she works with the highest degree of ethical professionalism, kindness and commitment. Her greatest joy as a wedding planner is getting to know a bride and groom, their personalities, dreams, tastes, hobbies and cultures. Listen- Carla Estep, loan ofﬁcer, takes pride in assisting her clients during to- day’s volatile market. Carla takes the time to learn about each client’s ing closely, she translates these into a wedding that is uniquely beautiful speciﬁc needs, paying extra attention to the details. She ensures her cli- and meaningful for them. “I think a couple’s engagement period should ents arrive at the closing table with conﬁdence! be an enjoyable, relaxing time.” Seeing the bride walk down the aisle in- evitably brings a tear for Marianne. “After months of planning together, Tonja Hathaway, loan ofﬁcer, always ﬁnds the right ﬁnancial solution we become good friends!” to ﬁt the need! She is highly motivated and takes excellent care of her clients! Carla is a true professional and always gets the job done. Wed Accompli Weddings & Events will design a personal wedding pack- age to suit your needs. The highly professional, experienced ‘Fab Five’ is ready to service any resi- dential mortgage!