South Magazine - Summer 2021

Salty Frog Gear

When Tyler Merritt describes grappling with post-war emotions and the adrenaline-seeking behavior in military veteran culture, there’s a glimpse into the unabashed dedication and passion that is infused in every aspect of what he does. “There’s nothing more exhilarating than being shot at,” he tells me — and I believe him. And it’s this sentiment that opens a window into the world of Nine Line Apparel.

South’s Greatest Bosses

The reputation of a great boss is not only measured in profits, but by the success of their team. Each of South’s 2021 Greatest Bosses contest winners were not selected by financial margins, but by the endorsement of their employees, community and peers. They come from a variety of different fields—medicine, real estate, food service, creative, etc.—but all share common leadership qualities; and, they can’t stop talking about their teams!

Murder on Middle Beach

What does a 2010 cold-case murder in Connecticut have to do with an alumnus of Savannah College of Art and Design? Young filmmaker, Madison Hamburg, found something of a safe harbor in Savannah as he dove into his past to make sense of his future.

Leave It To Leva

Entrepreneur, Activist, Restaurateur, Social Media Influencer, Wife & Mother, Leva Bonaparte takes on another title “Southern Charm’s” TV Reality Star

Year of the Dogs

and the primates, vulpes and swine too... For more than 20 years, Vincent J. Musi scoured the globe for that perfect 1/60th of a second where his camera reveals the beauty of nature. His affinity for animals, and his dogged determination to capture them at their most graceful, made him a favorite for National Geographic. Today, he captures the beauty of animals in a different way, with his special “The Underdogs” project which sees him training his lens on shelter dogs, revealing the beauty beneath their imperfections and quirks.

Redefining the Modern Icon

From professional climber, to law enforcement, Lee Vartanian’s past experience came in handy when he launched the company that would elevate the quality and style of the K-9 gear industry.

Chicken... of the Sea

With an Instagram following of over 51,000 and a verified blue check mark by her name, it could be said that this Florida native is on the path to stardom. As it is with most successful personalities, she has an agency and many TV appearances under her wing, but there is something very different about this celebrity that makes her stand out from the rest of the flock. Sammi is a chicken.

Mini Pig, Big World

Oliver may be a mini pig, but his heart is big and his travels are far and wide. This pig is racking up some serious miles with his humans and doggy sidekick.

The Ins and Outs of Pet Insurance

When it comes to new pets, it’s not the potty training, the torn-up furniture or the countless hours of walks that can push an owner over the edge, it’s the large vet bills. Having pet insurance can not only save you your sanity, but also ensure you aren’t spending exorbitant amounts of money out-of-pocket. We are here to help by bringing you the South’s top-rated pet insurance firms.

Gunner’s Three-Legged Comeback

What has three legs, fluffy, snow-white fur and a heart of gold? That’s Gunner, face of the SD Gunner Fund, based in Savannah, Georgia.

Companions for Heroes

To this organization, “heroes” not only refers to heroes in the military, but to heroes here at home, too. Every time an animal in need is paired with a hero, two lives are saved.

South's Greatest Pets 2021

While it is said that a pet’s job is to be a person’s best friend, any pet owner will tell you they do so much more than that – and that’s what makes these furry friends South’s Greatest Pets.

Legal Eagles 2021

No one ever calls a lawyer because everything is going just fine, thank you. No, we only call them when our backs are to the wall, in those moments that have the potential to change everything for the worse. They are the unsung heroes of the courtroom, fighting for our rights and ensuring that small voices are heard. And if you’ve watched even a few moments of television, you know that there are thousands upon thousands of lawyers out there. So how do you choose? South has taken the guesswork out of your search, putting the spotlight on eight who have raised the bar for the legal profession. Read all about them, then put their number in your phone for those moments you’ll need them most.

Dine South: The Art of Food

Featuring the work of Mary Britton Senseney. Once upon a time, if you were responsible for making food look good for a photo shoot, your title was usually something basic like home economist. However, as the concept matured, the phases “prop stylist”, “food stylist” and “food photographer” were coined and it now takes a team to create spectacular food photography.

Southern Sippin’

Bar.Food’s new sports bar has perfected all your favorite cocktails—with a fresh, intriguing twist.

Peas & carrots

a.Lure restaurant puts a twist on the dish that caught fame from the movie Forrest Gump.

Beach Dining: Tybee Island, GA

These five island-bound establishments serve mouth-watering bites with a side of seaside vibes and views, giving “surf and turf” a whole new meaning.

Seafood & Art Intertwine

Head to Bluffton, SC, this fall and enjoy a week full of events that will keep you coming back for more