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Kathy Kanis, Hillary                                                     Liz Giddens
Timmons (owner),                                                         Heather Murphy
Chris Hunt
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                                                                                         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 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 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.”
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Jennifer Paige                                                                 Jan G. Welsh
OWNER                                                                          Casey Welsh
Expectations Boutique                                                          CO-OWNERS
7720 Waters Ave.
Savannah, Ga 31406                                                             Just For Baby & More
                                                                               7701 Waters Avenue
                                                                               Savannah, Ga 31404

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,, 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!
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                                                                                           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
            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
                                                                                      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.
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Carol Morgan                                                                   Marcia Stinson
Molly Maid of Savannah
912.898.1011                                                                   Comfort Keepers                                                  912.356.0111
                                                                               7370 Hodgson Memorial Dr., Suite C-8
FAMILY: Cdr. Jerry Collins, USN ret., Morgan and Patrick                       Savannah, Ga 31406
MISSION: To be the most recognized, admired and                      
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.”
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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                  
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 ( 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!
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Pictured left to right: Nicole
Cormican, Hayley Gregory, Kim
Swann (owner), Lori Strickland,                                             Cari Clark
Anastasia Macdonald and
Kendall Encinas                                                             PRESIDENT/CREATIVE DIRECTOR
                                                                            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                                            

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
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.
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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                                                  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!
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Dawn Gilbert                                                                   Tammy Ray
RN, BSN, M.Ed., LPC                                                            EVENT PLANNER AND
                                                                               PUBLIC RELATIONS PROFESSIONAL
OWNER                                                                          The Detail Department
Savannah Therapy Solutions                                           
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:                                               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                                     a flair for distinctive details!
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Elizabeth Berksteiner                                                     Ashley Love
& Bonnie Boyette                                                          OWNER/STYLIST
                                                                          Shear Elegance Salon
Xpressions & Designs                                                      912.356.0033
                                                                          8507 Ferguson Ave.
7400 A. Skidaway Road                                                     Savannah, Ga 31406
Savannah, Ga 31406                                              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.
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Dr. Ruth Ann                                                             Jamie Olejarz
                                                                         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
success in the school environment, developing his or her
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!”
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                                                                               PHOTO BY LYN BONHAM PHOTOGRAPHY
Nancy Lavely                                                              Cecilia Russo
                                                                          PRESIDENT, CEO
CKD, CBD, ASID, NCIDQ                                                     Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
KITCHEN & BATH DESIGNER                                         
                                                                          YEARS IN PROFESSION: 15
Signature Savannah Kitchen & Bath                                         SERVING CLIENTS SUCH AS:
                                                                          American Red Cross
912.352.3131                                                              Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance                                                 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   
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.”
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Debra A. Larson                                                             Rachel Carson
                                                                            FRANCHISE OWNER
                                                                            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                                           

                                                                            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
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.
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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
                                                                             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.”
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Jana G. Feiler                                                            Erin P. Salzer

Jamie Smith                                                               LANDSCAPE DESIGNER

Freda Smith                                                               Erin P. Salzer Landscape Design
Coastal Home Care, Inc.

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
                                                             Budget Blinds
912.691.0768                                                 P.O. Box 2982
                                                             Savannah, Ga 31402                                        Best Window

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!”
                                                             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                                                          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!

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