Sandfly Women Business Owners Collaborate to Support Buy Local Efforts

Sandfly Women Business Owners Collaborate to Support Buy Local Efforts

WHO: Sandfly Women Business Owners
WHAT: Recently Gather to Showcase Growth and Style in Sandfly in Support of Buy Local
WHERE: 7 Bluff Drive, Isle of Hope, GA
WHY: To Showcase Growth and Style in Sandfly in Support of Buy Local
ACTION TAKEN: Group forms collaboration in Sandfly to help community efforts and revitalize historical area with shopping destinations, business services and culinary offerings.


Women Business Owners Gather to Showcase Growth and Style in Sandfly in Support of Buy Local 
Savannah’s fastest growing destination for shopping, eating, and exploring

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah’s lowcountry enclave of Sandfly is quickly becoming a prime daytrip destination, thanks to its vibrant, creative community of women business owners. The area’s rich historical culture has been greatly enhanced by a boom in retail offerings from luxury brand home goods and apparel, local artisans’ wares and several multi-cultural eateries. The balance of history and commerce makes Sandfly a unique local magnet for residents and those visiting the Savannah area.

A recent gathering of 25 local businesses owned by women successfully showcased the best of Sandfly’s diverse contributions to the area’s tourism draws. Organized by Mary Dugas of and styled by Sebrell Smith Designer Events, the event featured visually stunning displays from a variety of local ventures, including designer clothing and high-end décor, jewelry and handcrafted accessories, artwork, and bath and beauty products. Culinary contributions included fresh baked artisanal breads, seared ahi tuna, a gourmet anti-pasta display, wine and cupcakes, all from local restaurants and shops.

Dugas noted, “It was beyond exciting to see all of the gorgeous products and merchandise from these thriving local businesses, all brought together in one place. Sandfly has such a wealth of options for visitors to explore, and these industrious women are a big reason for that.”

Featuring a mix of retail and home-based businesses, the event in all its splendor was captured by Sandfly’s own Katie Joyner Photography at the home of Summer Home owner Summer Marshall. See a gallery of the photos.

“Our first meeting started as a welcoming party for Dr. Canfield when she opened Sandfly Family Dental,” said Marjorie Young, CEO of Carriage Trade Public Relations, “Once we all got together, we knew we had to keep meeting as a group. I am glad these businesses collectively worked to encourage Buy Local efforts as Mary kept the momentum going. Our next meeting is Friday, Jan. 16 at Cutters Point Coffee Shop.”

With an eye toward community and philanthropy, women-owned businesses in the Sandfly area are committed to giving back. Donations to local Savannah causes and partnerships between local products and service providers, ensuring that success for one will promote success for all. Further demonstrating their dedication to community, 26 businesses in Sandfly will join together at next month’s Sandfly Holiday Open House and Toy Drive (Dec. 11, 2014, 4:30PM-8:30PM). Businesses will provide special discounts for shoppers who donate, while everyone attending will enjoy celebrations, live music, and dinner specials. The collection of toys will benefit 21st Century Community Learning Centers.

Mary Dugas
Sandfly Savannah

Dr Angela Caufield – Sandfly Family Dental
Kristi Como – Nonstop Fitness
Marcella Dillard – Cents & Sensibility
Mary Dugas –
Lauren Feus – James Gunn
Becky Frame – LOCAL COLOR Fine Art & Framing
Katie Joyner – Katie Joyner Photography
Barbara Justice – Retail Retreat
Amber Lair – Sandfly Market Place
Beth Lane – Smallcakes
Summer Marshall – Summer Home
Kendall McCurry – Carlisle Collection – Per Se
Patti O’Donnell – Cutters Point Coffee
Liz Palles – Cents & Sensibility
Michelle Quattlebaum – Driftaway Cafe
Jenny Quick – EJ Scandals
Janet Savadge – Great Harvest Bread Co.
Joyce Shanks – Fiore Italian Bar & Grill
Sebrell Smith – Sebrell Smith Designer Events
Kate Taylor – Savannah Power Yoga
Brigette VanBaelen – Complete Marine Service
Krystle Venticinque – Sandfly Market Place
Olivia Wardlaw – Livvy Boutique
Judi Weaver – Sandfly Custom Framing
LeeAnn Williams – Great Harvest Bread Co.
Cynthia Wright – Carriage Trade PR
Marjorie Young – Carriage Trade PR
Ami Zipperer – Herb Creek Landscape Supply

PHOTOS: View complete high res-gallery in Dropbox:










Sitting on ground L to R: Jenny Quick, Barbara Justice, Kate Taylor, Mary Dugas, Kendall McCurry, Amber Lair
Sitting on chairs L to R: Lauren Feus, Patti O’Donnel, Ami Zipperer, LeeAnn Williams, Sebrell Smith, Judy Weaver, Joyce Shanks, Krystle Venticinque, Summer Marshall
Standing L to R – Beth Lane, Becky Frame, Michelle Quattlebaum, Brigette VanBaelen, Janet Savadge, Liz Palles, Marcella Dillard, Olivia Wardlaw, Kristi Como, Dr. Angela Canfield, Marjorie Young, Cynthia Wright

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