South Magazine - April-May 2016

Soul Proprietors Screening Event

The second annual Soul Proprietors Screening Event was held on April 28th at the Jepson Center for the Arts with an opening VIP reception where guests could meet the film crews and faces behind the scenes. The competition featured three Savannah based businesses who were paired with their own film crew who was tasked to capture the essence of the business by creating its documentary in just five short days. The winning film crew featured Fleet Feet Sports Savannah and took home the the $5000 grand prize. Susan G. Komen was the featured charity selected by Fleet Feet to receive a percentage of the proceeds raised from the event. Photos by Traci Scarpati with Cool Savannah Photography

Welcome to the Island Life


Veteran Owned. Family Oriented.

Brothers Major Daniel and Captain Tyler Merritt, the president and CEO, respectively, spoke to us with passion and excitement for, Nine Line, their company and foundation. Now about three years old and with current monthly production numbers that out-perform companies double their size, Nine Line Apparel has already started making waves in the clothing sector.

The Lowcountry Idol

A young artist from a Southern city, in this case a musician from Beaufort, wants to “make it big.” That’s what drives Lee Jean, Jr., the 16-year-old Bluffton singer who is making waves on the final season of American Idol.

The Story of the Chicken Finger

To get the real story of how the beloved chicken finger was invented, you have to go back farther than 40 years to when Alben Yarborough, Ansley Williams, and Dusty Yarborough were kids growing up in the tiny town of Thomaston, Ga.

Adventure Awaits

The South is full of mystique and wonder. Behind every moss-draped oak or down every dirt road is another adventure just waiting to be told. This is where memories are made. This is where stories are told. This is where life happens.

'Cue it Up

The very word barbecue drips with images of the American South. We set out on a hunt for BBQ off the beaten path and found out some interesting places that had their own take on what true Southern barbecue really is.

South's Greatest Destinations

The Lowcountry is one of the most beautiful destinations in the country (and no we aren’t just biased). The beautiful beaches, the towering trees dripping with Spanish moss, the history and culture of our cities, and the incredibly warm and generous people are just a few reasons why millions flock to this region every year.

Who Lives in Tent City?

Homelessness and the growth of tent cities, now confirmed in all 50 states, is a national crisis. Savannah’s homeless population has hovered for decades at approximately 4,000, which includes nearly 300 veterans and 1,000 chronically homeless individuals. Roughly 160 people live outdoors year-round. Another 500-600 shuffle between shelters and the wild.

Kicking Into High Gear

Savannah, Statesboro and the surrounding area are prime assist players in the continuing development of a feeder system that keeps Americans formidable in international competition and perhaps one day bring the ultimate prize of a World Cup men's title. Further representative of the soccer boom in the area is the arrival of Tormenta FC, a player development league professional team in Statesboro.

The Diary of a Ghost Hunt

If you’ve lived in Savannah for a certain period of time, it doesn’t matter if you believe in ghosts or not, the paranormal tends to consume part of your life. Our hubris in describing this little Victorian city by the sea, drips like Spanish moss out of our mouths with stories of all the characters we’ve encountered.

Global Eco Adventures

When you’ve seen the Earth from some of the highest mountain heights and lowest ocean depths like Tom Mullikin has, you think differently about its beauty and its people, its resilience and its fragility. And you want others to think differently too.

The Most Adventurous Job

Storm Soldiers II, set to be released in late 2016, walks us through not only a day in lives of the linemen, but also the lives of their families. “Most of the time when a lineman leaves his home, his family has no idea when he’ll be back or if he’ll even be back at all,” says Stone.

It's a Muddy Business

The Greeks once called running “the world’s most accessible sport.” Its endless virtues are as utilitarian as they are beautiful. Four and a half million years ago we learned to walk upright and almost immediately turned those baby steps into long strides, but how has it evolved?

Larry Vickers, Tactical Genius

When al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden was killed with an HK416 in Pakistan on May 2, 2011, it was a U.S. Navy SEAL who pulled the trigger. A half a world away, retired U.S. Army 1st SFOD-Delta veteran Larry Vickers felt a swell of pride and a personal connection to the deed, and for good reason: The most notorious terrorist in history was taken out with a weapon Vickers had helped to develop.

Wet Willies

Savannah is home to many titles, but The World's Greatest Daiquiris might be her best.

Smoke Cartel

The folks at Smoke Cartel feel the values of Savannah reflect their values as a business.

Moon River

Located in one of the most haunted buildings in Savannah, Moon River Brewing Company is also one of the best places to grab a bite.

Gypsy World

Travel and Adventure....clearly a vibe you will feel as you enter the one and only Gypsy World.

Hyatt Regency Savannah

Right on the Savannah River, Hyatt Regency Savannah offers an excellent locale for exploring everything Savannah has to offer.

Savannah Coffee Roasters

Nowhere else in Savannah can you enjoy authentic French Croissants with a delicious award winning coffee - the Captain's Choice.