Savannah is a great city, full of great people doing great things. So next time you are ready to hit the town but can’t figure out where to go then check out Scout’s, “My Favorite Things” series. We will get the inside scoop from influential community members on where they spend their down time in our great city. Safely supporting local business is essential to keeping our city vital and is needed now more than ever.

The Savannah African Art Museum (SAAM) inspires conversations about the beauty, power and diversity of African arts and culture. The museum is a great Savannah platform for global understanding through an African Lens and a source to use to develop activities for curious students. The museum’s target audience is specifically geared to the youth of Savannah and specifically 7th graders. The non-profit institution was built around the extraordinary personal collection of Donald Kole. SAAM currently has an exhibit called Roots: History, Hair, Culture. This exhibit explores and highlights the importance of hair in major cultures from West and Central Africa. Today we will be interviewing Billie Stultz (B.F.A., art history, 2016) the executive director and head curator of the Savannah African Art Museum.

Please tell people the best way to support the Savannah African Art Museum?

The best way to support the museum is through volunteering. We are always looking for volunteer docents to lead tours through the museum and contribute through internships.

Your favorite place to grab a cocktail in Savannah and why?

Savoy Society for a cocktail, because it’s a laid-back bar, with a beautiful aesthetic.

The restaurant or restaurants you eat out at the most?

Amigos Latin Taqueria – They are a bit of a drive out on the south side of Savannah, but by far have the best tacos and Horchata. 
Moon River Brewing – The best wings and house brews in Savannah. If you get the wings you have to get them Moon River style. 
Kool Vibes Pizza and Wings – Amazing brick oven pizza. They have really cool takes on pizzas, wings and sandwiches that add a Caribbean kick. 
Sweet Spice – No other Caribbean restaurant compares to their rice and peas, curry goat, and plantains.  

Where do you go to get your comfort food fix?

Munchies Bar-B-Q on Montgomery St

Where do you go to unwind?

Foxy Loxy for sure. It’s nice to be able to sit in the courtyard and unwind with a coffee.

Do you have a retail store or stores that you can’t live without?

Starlandia is my guilty pleasure. I think it’s such a fantastic concept for second hand art supplies especially in such an artsy town like Savannah. It’s a great way to repurpose barely used and sometimes new art supplies that otherwise would be thrown out.

Picker Joes – I have always loved antiquing since I was young. It’s the excitement of never knowing what you will find. Picker Joes always has a really cool vibe and selection of antiques, taxidermy, and furniture.  

Graveface Records and Curiosities – By far my favorite place to shop in Savannah. They have a wide array of records and music, but my favorite things are the oddities. If you’re into taxidermy and osteology you can find a wide selection of local made taxidermy and articulated skeletons for a reasonable price. Similar to the above listed places, you never know what you will find, and it makes it exciting.  

A Savannah business that you find inspiring?

Zack’s gas station on Ogeechee Rd. The Abdallah family are really amazing people and they will go out of their way for someone in need. Zeek and Sam are the owners and they are the definition of strong work ethic. The store/gas station itself is a local family business that serves their community in many ways, especially as a promotional platform to bring awareness to Down Syndrome. The store is named after Zack Abdallah, the youngest son of Zeek and Sam, who has Down Syndrome. You will find Zack there almost every day greeting guests and jamming out to music.  Zack’s is the most welcoming place I have ever been in Savannah! They know all of their customers and treat everyone who walks in in such a warm friendly way. I always feel safe, welcome, and like I am family when I am there even if I’m just grabbing some of Sam’s delicious home brewed coffee. The Abdallah family and their business, Zack’s, inspire me to be a better person and to work as hard as I can to serve the Savannah community in a similar way though the Savannah African Art Museum and the museum’s mission. They are such an inspiration and pillars of the community that should be recognized more often. I try to stop by as much as possible. 

What is your favorite sweet treat in Savannah?

The Chocolate Buttercream Cake from Gallery Espresso. The head baker Chike Cole is a wizard with desserts and I am always excited to see what he comes up with next!

If someone was visiting Savannah for the first time, what’s the one thing they should not miss?

Watching the sunset above River Street, preferably on a  rooftop bar.