Blocks past the famous Historic District and just beyond legendary Forsyth Park lies another Savannah district, one that has been growing steadily for years and is the place to be for emerging artists and local businesses: Starland District.
Although the exact dimension of this distinctive area varies according to who you ask, most people agree the roughly 35 blocks start at the base of the southern part of Forsyth Park and run until Victory Drive with Bull Street at the center. Although the area was a booming business center during the first half of the 20th century, the 1950s brought about a dramatic decline in locals and businesses. So when John Deaderick and Greg Jacobs graduated from SCAD in the 1990s, they dreamed up an artsy, lively neighborhood to replace the worn-down, crumbling, nameless expanse. They wanted a sense of community for the locals and a unique Savannah charm to lure visitors, and they’ve succeeded.
When you find yourself in the Starland District, an area populated with hip stores, awesome eats and a magnetic atmosphere, here are some things that you should definitely do!
Marvel at Amazing Art
Not only do the buildings and homes within this district scream art, but the numerous galleries and studio spaces that call this area home are also, obviously, full of art. Try visiting Sulfur Studios or Non-Fiction Gallery! The eclectic atmosphere and vibe of the district attracts emerging artists to set up their masterpieces for tourists and art enthusiasts to enjoy. Foxy Loxy Cafe merges coffee with local artistry to create an inviting and relaxed vibe. If you’re lucky enough to stop by the Starland District during the time of their quarterly Art March, you should take advantage of the free self-guided tour. It takes you through numerous galleries within the district (and a few outside the area) that feature local and regional artists’ exhibits.
First Friday Events
Savannah has a love affair with First Friday events, and the Starland District is no different. They’ve created monthly mini-festivals are coordinated by the local businesses, restaurants, artists and residents of the district. These events are the perfect opportunity for tourists to experience life like the locals and celebrate all that this area has to offer!
The list of stores in the Starland District is impressive to say the least. This lengthy roster includes everything from art galleries to vintage clothing and even record stores. Some stores include House of Strut, Graveface Records & Curiosities and The Vicar’s Wife. Shopaholics could spend the entire day roaming and wandering from place to place!
The atmosphere of the Starland District is what attracts not only growing businesses and Savannahians to the area, but also tourists from around the globe. The collection of buildings meld the Victorian with the modern and create a uniqueness that is 100% Starland.
Feast on Good Food
One of the major components of simple southern hospitality is good food, and the Starland District isn’t lacking in this area. Whether you’re craving a juicy burger, decadent dessert or strong cup of coffee, they’ve got you covered. Some restaurants to check out include Starland Café & Gallery, Back in the Day Bakery, Elizabeth on 37th, Foxy Loxy Café, and Green Truck Pub.
Play with Cats
Did you know Savannah has a cat cafe? That's right! Purrvana Cafe & Cat Lounge is located in an adorable Starland District house. Grab a cup of coffee and head inside a seperate room that has playful cats of all shapes and sizes. Best of all, the cats in Purrvana are all adoptable!