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Key to the City

A Ten-Stop Savannah Tour with Elizabeth Knight

Key to the City BY lydia woolever 01/31/2012

Elizabeth taking Savannah by bike.

Though Elizabeth Thompson is a relatively new designer, she has an enthusiasm for all that’s old. That passion came in awfully handy when she lived in the historic, mysterious, Southern town of Savannah, Georgia, where she spent her early twenties studying jewelry design at SCAD—and where, she says, “time really moves more slowly.” Here, Elizabeth helps us navigate the cobblestone streets, showing off her 10 fave stops.

Oh-so-enticing Tybee Island.

Tybee Island

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"Its such a beatiful and calming haven and I am addicted to their waterlemon juice at breakfast. They also have Marmite, which I have a weakness for."
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Zia Boutique
“Zia, the namesake owner and designer, actually taught me how to run my own business. I worked there when it first opened, and he made everything look effortless. I smile looking back on that now, because there’s a serious amount of work that I didn’t know about going on behind-the-scenes.” (

River Street
“Like you’d imagine, it’s right along the Savannah River and has lots of fun bars and restaurants. In Savannah, there’s no open container law, so in the evening you can grab a drink from one of these spots and walk along the water.” (

The no-nonsense Clary’s signage.

Clary’s Café
“This spot is amazing—the best brunch in town—and is just down the block from my old apartment on Abercorn Street. It’s a diner setting, open since 1903, with almost anything you could think of on the menu. Definitely get a milkshake. (

Pinkies Master’s
“Pinkies is a dive bar that smells like beer, and what I love about it is that it never changes—which is something I love about Savannah in general. The students keep the town fresh, but she always stays true to her nature.”

“SCAD—Savannah College of Art and Design—makes up a huge part of the town. In the middle of downtown, they have this big gift store that carries art by their students and alumni. My jewelry has been carried there for about three years now.” (

The Jepson Center at The Telfair Academy
“It’s this new, modern building, full of paintings, sculptures, and works from local artists. It has a grand staircase and bright, white walls and these huge panes of glass that look out over a park. My friends got married there last year—it was one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever been to.” (

Forsyth Park’s fountain, built in 1858.

Forsyth Park
“This is a great, open place in the heart of downtown, with a beautiful, old fountain and dramatic Spanish moss everywhere. Bring your dogs. Play bocce. Sometimes I’d bring a sketchpad with me to work on new designs.”
Satchel Boutique and Studio
“The designer—her name is Elizabeth, too—has been working on Satchel for about as long as I have on Elizabeth Knight. It’s an adorable boutique with a beautiful workshop in the back that I’m jealous of.” (

Elizabeth on 37th
“They’re known for having a one-of-a-kind Southern menu—pan-seared sea scallops with tuna tartare and almond-crusted coastal grouper. It’s in a gorgeous, historic Georgia mansion. The triple chocolate cake…” (

Savannah photos courtesy of Jamie Beck.



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