Welcome to Mo-Town


Mo Dixon does more before nine a.m. than most people do in a day. High-energy is an understatement. Welcome to Mo’s life.

That’s how Mo Dixon kicked off my first Hot Pilates class. She was not kidding. For 30 minutes, we did floor exercises, and I thought, “I got this.” The last 30 minutes consisted of high-intensity, low-impact interval training or HIIT in a 95 degree room, and I realized I did not, in fact, have it. “I didn’t do my job if you weren’t praying to Jesus at some point in my class,” Mo said.

Believe me, Mo, I prayed.

Like every class she teaches, Mo’s class was packed that night owing to her openness, verve and butt-kicking instruction. “I truly love what I do at the Hub. I want people, especially the women who come to class, to be strong, powerful, and leave feeling beautiful,” she says. Dixon runs some of the most popular classes at The Hub Savannah, a gym she attended for 11 years before becoming a teacher a little over two and a half years ago. That was right before Mrs. Dixon became Mo.

A difficult divorce changed a lot of things in her life. “Fitness and exercise got me through everything. I went through a 13-hour mediation, got up and taught a six a.m. Hot Pilates class the next day,” she says. If anything, it strengthened Dixon’s resolve to be the best mom, daughter, loyal friend, runner, tennis champion and fitness instructor she could be. “After an 18-year relationship, I had to rediscover who I was. I took the last two years to embrace that,” she explains.

Her priority through all of it is being a mom to Ashton, 26, Noah, 20 and JB, 11. Noah plays football at the College of the Holy Cross outside of Boston. The family makes a point to get to every game they can, and the team has embraced JB as their collective little brother. “My boys come first before anything. Everything I do — fitness, tennis, taking over my boutique — is to be a good role model to them,” she says.

“Alright y’all, Let’s do it. Let’s go. Lay down on the mat, look up at those fans and say, ‘Please come on soon.’”

The boutique is a new venture for Dixon. During her divorce, she joined the Savannah Country Club. She’d played against Lisa Harper who owned Lisa Lisa’s Gift Closet on Wilmington Island. After some tentative inquiring, Harper told Dixon she wanted to play together. In their second season as a doubles team, they only lost one match, advancing them from the B- to the A-team. It was a year after Dixon’s divorce, and she hadn’t moved up a level in 10 years. “It was about so much more than tennis for me. It was about being okay, moving on,” Dixon explains. The two went on to win the club championship over the summer.

That was the beginning of a beautiful friendship that ended in a business opportunity. Harper was ready to step away from the shop, and Dixon was ready to step in. “She became my partner on the court and in my ear guiding me with this business in my life,” Dixon says of the friendship.

On top of managing a business and competing at a high level in tennis, Mo runs marathons. “Running is where I feel most beautiful,” she says. She’s a member of the Savannah Striders Running Club and loves the clarity running brings her, explaining, “When I’m running eight to ten miles, that’s where I fix things.”

She’s also a 27-year vegan, although you wouldn’t know it from her superb slow-cooked Boston Butt. Being athletes, her boys can put down anything Mo cooks — all of it from scratch. Being Italian, cooking is important to her. It’s where she shows her love for the people in her life.

Getting your head around everything packed into Mo Dixon’s day could tire out the most well-rested among us. She runs, teaches Pilates, cooks everything from scratch, owns a boutique, hosts a book club, affectionately named Lits and Tits; she volunteers, and she’s a licensed chiropractor. In all of that, I wondered what Mo does to just…chill. “Honestly, I shoe shop online,” she says. “When I can’t sleep, or I need to take my mind off something, I look at beautiful shoes.” We all have our vices. “I truly feel there’s nothing in the world that can’t be solved with a glass of wine and a great pair of shoes,” she says. (Dixon is also a boxed wine connoisseur. She’ll take a Bota Box over a fancy vintage any day.)

A woman who is secure in her strength is a formidable force. As such, it’s easy to misjudge Dixon. She’s model thin, raises a beautiful family, wins tennis championships, and owns her own business. Her life was tailor-made for a #bossbabe hashtag. Dixon owns that truth fiercely. When we run up against that kind of confidence in a woman, we start looking for cracks in the armor, reasons to dismiss her or write off her success.

Dixon seems to feel that and forges ahead anyway, refusing to hold back or make herself small. She’s found her voice, and she’s using it. Literally. She finished our class with a hoarse, “Find yourself in the mirror. Look at yourself. Now smile. Namaste, y’all. Always my pleasure.”

Mo took over Lisa Lisa’s Gift Closet from her dear friend and tennis partner Lisa Harper. The shop allows Mo to indulge her shopping habit to outfit the store with the latest in fashion trends and low country style like clothes, shoes, jewelry, home goods and gifts. The store also hosts paint parties, private shopping and wine shopping parties. Here are just a few of the brands they stock:

•    Lulu B
•    Spartina 449
•    Mud Pie
•    Brighton Collectibles
•    Southern Tide for Men
•    Tyler Candles
•    Lilly Pulitzer
•    Kate Spade
•    Vera Bradley
•    Tennis and athleisure wear

Go to https://lisalisasgiftcloset.business.site/ for more

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Events Calendar

  • “Summon the Sea! Contemporary Artists and Moby Dick” Exhibition

    Oct 11, 2019
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Summon the Sea! Contemporary Artists and Moby Dick examines the work of six contemporary artists—Corey Arnold, Guy Ben-Ner, Patty Chang, Tristin...

  • Blowing Rock WinterFest

    Jan 23, 2020
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM @ Downtown Blowing Rock

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  • Savannah Jewish Film Festival

    Jan 22, 2020
    6:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Jewish Educational Alliance of Savannah

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  • Mountainfilm on Tour - Savannah

    Jan 23, 2020
    7:00 PM - 10:30 PM @ Trustees Theater

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  • Forsyth Farmer's Market

    Jun 29, 2019
    9:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ South end of Forsyth Park

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  • Beatles By Request

    Jan 25, 2020
    8:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Savannah Theatre

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  • Cocoa 5k Fun Run & Walk

    Feb 01, 2020
    8:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Crystal Coast Civic Center

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    Feb 01, 2020
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM @ Crystal Coast Civic Center

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    Jun 07, 2019
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    Feb 21, 2020
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    Mar 05, 2020
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Scenes of the South

Dining in the Dark 2020

The Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision held its annual Dining in the Dark event on Saturday, January 18th at the Embassy Suites Downtown Savannah. Guests were served a four-course meal in complete darkness by the Savannah Metro's SWAT team. Dining in the Dark serves to raise awareness about vision loss.

January Brews for a Cause

South magazine in collaboration with Southern Eagle Distributing hosted their monthly Brews for a Cause on Thursday, January 16th at the Savannah Taphouse in a successful effort to raise money and awareness for the Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision. The night featured delicious appetizers by Savannah Taphouse and a range of flavored Bud Light Seltzers provided by Southern Eagle. These events provide good food, fun entertainment, refreshing drinks and most importantly – raise money for a great cause! Be sure to be on the lookout for our next Brews in February!

Ford Plantation's Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting for Silk Hope

The Ford Plantation celebrated the completion of its two new Silk Hope model homes on January 10, 2020. The Silk Hope project is limited to 53 homes, on beautiful lots of buyers’ choosing amongst old oaks and a Lowcountry marsh setting. This member-backed project is the first new for sale residential development at The Ford Plantation in more than fifteen years and represents the final phase of home development to be offered. The Silk Hope community is the product of a collaboration of some of the world’s top residential architects and landscape designers and has been modeled to capture tranquil European village and Lowcountry architecture.

Mat Best Signs his New Best-seller at Nine Line

Veteran, entrepreneur and author Mat Best met fans and signed copies of his new book “Thank you for my Service” Thursday Dec. 12 at Nine Line Apparel. Best’s best-selling authorial debut chronicles his service as a U.S. Army Ranger. Best's Black Rifle Coffee co., partnered with Nine Line Apparel, has shops on River st. and off route 95 on Ft. Argyle rd.

Victory Antiques and Engel & Völkers' Holiday Party

Dickey Mopper and his team at Engel and Völkers celebrated the season at their annual holiday party on Wednesday Dec. 11, with a special appearance from the jolly fellow himself, Santa Claus. Mopper and company, celebrating alongside the crew of Victory Antiques, showed off the newest Engel and Völkers office at 1650 East Victory Dr. in Savannah.

Good Times Jazz Bar & Restaurant's 2nd Anniversary Celebration feat. Lady Leah

Jazz lovers celebrated Good Times Jazz bar's second anniversary on Nov. 8 and 9 featuring jazz vocalist Lady Leah and the culinary stylings of Good Times' chef Joe Randall, the dean of southern cuisine. In 2017 Randall teamed with Danielle and Stephen T. Moore to create one of the city's smoothest spots, a confluence of culture and taste fit for the soul of Savannah.

14th Annual Pearls to Pluff Mud Fundraiser

The 14th Annual Pearls to Pluff Mud Fundraiser was held on Friday, November 1st at the Swamp Fox Farms. Guests enjoyed listening to the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra while tasting New Orleans themed dishes. There was a silent and live auction held to raise money for the Focus Fund Campaign for the Cross Schools in Bluffton, SC.

Brews for a Cause November at Savannah Octane Bar

South magazine in collaboration with Southern Eagle Distributing hosted the last Brews for a Cause of 2019 at the Savannah Octane Bar on Thursday, November 21 in a successful effort to raise money and awareness for Georgia Police K9 Foundation. The night featured tasty chicken appetizers catered by Himalayan Curry Kitchen, and special brews from Wicked Weed and Monday Night Brewing provided by Southern Eagle. These events provide good food, fun entertainment, refreshing drinks and most importantly – raise money for a great cause! Be sure to be on the lookout for our next Brews in January!

6th Annual First Responders Luncheon

Harris Lowry Manton LLC hosted its 6th Annual First Responder Appreciation Luncheon on Monday, Oct. 28 at Daffin Park. Free lunch was offered as a “thank you” to local paramedics, firefights, police officers and emergency medical responders.

DineSouth's VIP Icebox

DineSouth 2019 VIP room sponsored by IceBound was a hit at this year’s event! With a special performance by Ken Roy, guests enjoyed exclusive vendors such as sushi from Rue de Jean and popsicles from Savannah Square Pops. Made complete with a full-serve bar, the VIP room was chillingly spectacular!