Exploring Savannah’s Starland District

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Photo: WSAV Starland Mural Project

By Charity Hayes |  Exploring Savannah’s Starland District isn’t only fun, it’s an absolute must when visiting Savannah. If you’re a local, you already know!

The Starland District has been up and coming for a several years now. Through the historic district and just past Forsyth Park you’ll find this little gem. This eccentric district has hipster style shops, art supply stores, pastry & coffee shops, a record store, art galleries and so much more.

The area was a bustling major business hub during the first half of the 20th century. The 1950s proved to be financially difficult on local businesses. The buildings became worn down and abandoned over time. Cue the 1990’s! Two SCAD graduates, Greg Jacobs and John Deaderick had a vision. They knew what was lacking was a sense of community for the locals. They also knew they needed that Savannah charm to lure in the visitors. Starland District was born! A lively artsy, neighborhood that always leaves you in a feel good mood. Let’s check it out!

But First…Coffee

foxy loxy
Photo: Foxy Loxy

Foxy Loxy Cafe is our go to! A stylish coffee shop with a menu of Tex-Mex fare. Also offering beer & wine, plus art displays & outdoor seating.
Usually for our quick morning grab and go, we like a Chai Latte and the Bengal Biscuit Sandwich.

We absolutely love enjoying the Mexican Mocha out by the fire pit. We also recommend the Tres Leches Cake, its light and airy sponge cake with whipped layers of sweetened milk filling. To. Die. For.

fire pit
Photo: Foxy Loxy

 

Shopping

If you need retail therapy, this is the place to be. Vintage clothing stores, a record and curiosity shop, art supplies for the creative mind and tons more. And if vintage is your deal, Starland District will definitely be a treat for you.

Starlandia

Calling all artists and creatives! Starlandia is the kind of art supply store that can get you right out of that creative funk that we all experience. From the lively colors to the upbeat staff and an amazing variety of supplies, Starlandia has just what you need, even if it is just some inspiration!

Strut

This cute little vintage clothing boutique will leave you wondering what decade you’re in. House of Strut offers clothing and accessories in a variety of sizes and styles from the 1920’s to the 2000’s.

Graveface
Photo: Sara Spicer

By far the coolest shop I’ve ever stumbled upon in Savannah. It was probably about six years ago that my daughter asked me to take her to Graveface Records. She was always into vintage type things, with records being one of them. We walked in and immediately I was like, wow cool! It’s a funky destination for used records & cassettes, plus taxidermy animals & pop culture novelties.
Not only did they have the current titles she was looking for there was a wealth of old records to browse. The shop is also filled with all types of cool little curiosities. We won’t give too much away, you have to go see for yourself.

 

Did Someone Say Food?

The dining options are abundant when Exploring Savannah’s Starland District. You can find everything from Tex-Mex to Burgers, BBQ and Asian Fusion. You won’t leave Starland hungry.

The Vault
Photo: Bring Fido

The Vault Kitchen & Market is a chic Asian fusion spot for creative bites & drinks. Named for its past life as the landmark Bank of America building, this industrial-chic Starland District hangout dishes up Asian fusion plates such as inventive dumplings, tacos and sushi, plus a creative cocktail and wine menu. The bright space has been modernized with large windows and exposed wood ceilings, some elements of its past remain, including decorative lock boxes and the vault itself, which lends to the charm of this spot.

Green Truck
Photo: Green Truck Neighborhood Pub

When you’re seeking out a juicy burger to sink those teeth into Green Truck Neighborhood Pub has the goods! I could literally eat a burger here every day. They have an amazing extensive menu even offering vegetarian options, with locally sourced food, drink & design.

poke shop
Photo: Nom Nom Poke Shop

Nom Nom Poke Shop offers Japanese Poké with fresh seasonal ingredients that are high quality & fresh (never frozen) protein options. Signature menu items and build your own options. Very clean with friendly cheerful staff to assist with ordering if you’ve never been. We understand how intimidating a new place, with out of the ordinary options on the menu can be.

 

Calling All Creatives

The Starland District attracts folks from all walks of life. There is something about Starland that just makes everyone feel welcomed. The vibe is easy and eccentric, which naturally lends to the comfort-ability you experience. Just walking the district you’ll see funky homes and art displayed everywhere. Don’t stop there though! Wander around and hit up these cool spots.

Sulfur
Photo: TripAdvisor

Sulfur Studios has local art on display for the community to enjoy. Every First Friday they have open studios from 6-9pm. They also have solo and group exhibitions featuring a wide range of media and themes. No matter your artistic style, you’ll find something to enjoy at Sulfur Studios.

Love Lane
Photo: Love Lane Designs

Love Lane Designs brings out the kid in all of us! Imaginations can run wild here. If you can dream it up Love Lane Designs can make it a reality. Princess crowns, superhero capes, adventure kits, wands, pirate costumes, face masks…yeah like we said, if you can dream it up. Be sure to pencil in some time for an outstanding adventure at Love Lane Designs!

 

starland sign
Photo: Daily Drops in the Bucket

With so much to do in the Starland District, one day may not be enough for you visitors. Locals already know this is the place to be. We’ve just touched the surface of what Starland offers.

You can get a fresh haircut, get your stretch on with some yoga, maybe grab a new body piercing (hey live a little!), some new ink might be your fancy or how about some fresh baked goods from Back In The Day Bakery.
What will you experience while Exploring Savannah’s Starland District?

 

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