The first time I encountered work that came out of Liquid Sands Glass Gallery was at Cup to Cup coffee shop in Savannah, a nice little downtown coffee and pastry spot, which has several blown-glass pendant lights that were custom made for them by an outfit represented in the Liquid Sands Glass Gallery. Liquid Sands curates a collection of glasswork and jewelry made by over 40 American artists and craftspeople including gallery owner Kym Miller, whose mosaics are on display there. The shop sells only American- made glass lighting, sculpture, wall art, vases, paperweights and other artistic visions rendered in (mostly) glass.
Liquid Sands Glass Gallery; 5 W. York Street; Savannah, Ga.; 912-232-3600; www.liquidsandsglassgallery.com/
I think of Mamie Ruth's as a kind of nouveau hippie chic clothier. I scored big points recently when I bought a certain fine lady a funky maxi dress there. All Mamie Ruth's garments are high quality and handmade in Savannah with eco-conscious design and production. The shop has women's clothing, bags and accessories. Owner Emily Bargeron named the line Mamie Ruth after her grandmother. M. Liz is Mary Liz Craft, who creates the shop's naturalistic jewelry.
Mamie Ruth; 107 W. Liberty Street; Savannah Ga.; 912-495-5291; www.mamieruth-mliz.com/
The Paris Market and Brocante is a decidedly cool boutique offering hand-picked goods from all over the world including home décor items, bath and beauty products, lighting, accessories and jewelry, candles and a smattering of furniture and books. The multi-story shop has a rustic-elegant vibe, a friendly staff and a little coffee and pastry operation tucked away over to the side. Oh, brocante means "flea market." Don't feel bad. I had to look it up.
The Paris Market and Brocante; 36 W. Broughton Street; Savannah, Ga.; 912-232-1500; theparismarket.com/