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August 26, 2014
Sandfly is ready for the Fall Festival season!

Community   The Community Events Calendar is filling up for Fall!  Wormsloe Historic Site has an educational event over Labor Day weekend and free admission for Your State Parks Day in September. The Safe Kids Savannah Youth Triathlon is at the Aquatic Center and Lake Mayer on September 6th.  And Day on the Island Tour of Homes, Next Generation’s BBQ, Brews & Bluegrass, and the Isle of Hope Art & Music Festival are all in October. Registration is now open for artists to join the festival.  More information can be found on the new Isle of Hope Historical Association website. SandflySavannah.com is a proud sponsor of the Festival again this year!  
The Lake Mayer Community Center is now hosting 'Dance Thursdays'.  Free dance classes every Thursday for fun and exercise for all ages.  Check the Community Events Calendar for classes, times and all other Sandfly events.  We want you to know what's happening in your community!

In other Community News, South State Bank recently make a $100,000 donation to Bethesda to establish the South State Bank Center for Young Entrepreneurship. The Center, in conjunction with Bethesda’s work-study curriculum, offers studies in principles of sound business development, financial management, and integrity in the workplace to the students of Bethesda Academy.


Business   The first meeting of Women in Sandfly Business was held at Driftaway Café on August 15th.  The next meeting will be Friday, January 16th, 2015 at Cutter’s Point at 8am. If you are a woman business owner in the Sandfly area, send us your contact information and we’ll send you a reminder.  RETAIL RETREAT: A Dog Bakery and Boutique opened last week in Norwood Market.  Their press release has all the details.  


women in business in Sandfly

Culture    Inspired by all of the great artists that live right here in the Sandfly area, SandflySavannah.com has added a Local Art section to the website.  We will list and promote all local artists (for free) in continued support of Sandfly's rich and unique low country culture.  If you're an artist looking for exposure or know one, send contact information to contact@sandflysavannah.com to be included on the site.  We will be looking for input as well!  Great live music continues in Sandfly.  You’re listening to Eric Britt on the Sandfly homepage player right now and you can hear him live at Driftaway Cafe Saturday, August 30th.  Check the Community Calendar for MANY live music events over the holiday weekend!

Lowcountry Lifestyle    There are three new featured listings on the Real Estate page.  Wonderful opportunities to live on Liberty Creek, Rose Avenue steps away from the IOH Marina, and in the heart of the most sought after neighborhood in Savannah.  Share with your friends! 


We’re mixing up our format a little bit.  We’ll be posting news and stories more often and sending out update emails once a month.  Check back regularly for Sandfly Community news as it happens.  Following us on Facebook and Twitter is also a great way to keep up with every day events and sales.
We always want to hear from the community about what you would like to know more about so please send us your comments and make sure you are signed up for email updates.  The Labor Day holiday weekend is upon us.  We wish everyone a fun and safe holiday! 

Keep in touch and we’ll keep you up with what’s happening in Sandfly!



July 27, 2014

As the back to school shopping has begun, there’s much to report from Sandfly.

Community   First of all, a big CONGRATULATIONS to the Isle of Hope Sharks! In the city meet on July 12th, the Sharks placed 1st in small teams and 2nd overall in the city. Go Sharks! Wormsloe Plantation has announced two events for August. Georgia’s First 4th and Tools and Skill That Build a Colony. Great fun for the kids. The Sandfly area has a new crime prevention officer.  APO Christopher Kersey can be reached at 912 525-3008 if you have questions or concerns.  For the entire month of August, Great Harvest Bread Company will be sharing the proceeds of their fresh and tasty dog treats with the Humane Society for Greater Savannah to fund an Operation New Hope class! The Isle of Hope Volunteer Fire Department is currently looking for volunteers. Contact Assistant Fire Chief Marcus Wilson at 912 658-9228 for more information. And, Fiore Italian Bar & Grill is losing some staff to college this fall so they are hiring. It’s great to have jobs in the neighborhood.



Business News    Cents & Sensibility is now handling estate sales. If you’re serious about downsizing for a move and don’t know what to do about all that furniture, call the experts at Cents & Sensibility and they will catalog, price, and run the estate sale from your home. The Pink Door is changing their name to Livvy this fall. They will still have great style at reasonable prices. Dr. Angela Canfield is opening Sandfly Family Dental in Norwood Plaza next month. What a great addition to the neighborhood! And lastly, McDonalds has broken ground next to Zaxby’s in front of Walmart. So goes progress.



Culture   In case you didn’t notice, there is always great live music in Sandfly. Driftaway and Your Pie regularly have singer songwriters playing outside at dinner time while Fiore’ brings in live instrumental artists playing instruments such as guitar, harp, or piano. Sandfly Sports Bar covers the late night fun with local and regional bands on their stage. You can always find who’s playing where & when on our Community Calendar and if you have your volume turned up, you’ll hear that we now stream music from one of the artists playing around Sandfly. Right now you’re listening to Eric Britt from the band American Hologram.



Day Trips to Sandfly  
Have you ever visited the Day Trips page? We always get a great response when we use social media to let people know what’s going on and what to do in Sandfly. Help us spread the word! We want to know what you think would be the perfect Day Trip to Sandfly. Send your suggestions to contact@sandflysavannah.com. We’ll post our favorite and that person will receive a $25 gift certificate to Driftaway Café.

Keep in touch and we'll keep you up with what's going on in Sandfly!


July 2, 2014

Happy 4th of July neighbors! We will all agree that a summer celebration on the coast is something special. Everyone is looking forward to fun with family and friends on the water or next to the grill for this long holiday weekend.  Check the Community Calendar for a list of activities and fun in Sandfly.  There is live music at Driftaway Café and Sandfly Sports Bar Saturday night!  We have much to celebrate in Sandfly!

New business   Norwood Plaza has two businesses opening. Retail Retreat Dog Bakery & Boutique is opening next door to Nourish.  Their mission: “To celebrate the incredible bond that exists between animals and people.”  And it goes on from there with love and support for dogs, people and community.  Go to ILoveRetailRetreat.com (great website name) for all the details.  AND….a Verizon store is opening next to Cutter’s Point.  Verizon, along with Nonstop Fitness are advertising positions available.  Great thing to see employment opportunities in the neighborhood.  Neighbors from Dutch Island have started a business selling surplus an unneeded items on ebay.  The Mulberry Pickers bring a container to your home, you fill it, and they sell it on ebay and split the profits 50/50.  Start cleaning out those drawers and closets and make some money hassle free. Contact them at TheMulberryPickers@gmail.com.

Business change   4Kids Toy Store closed a few months ago, but Sandfly Market Place expanded into their space and now occupies 12,000 square feet with over 50 vendors and new items coming in every day.  It’s the best treasure hunt in town!  Ozzy’s departure made more room for Jalapeno’s.  Deb’s Pub and Grub has new owners and a new name.  The Norwood Tavern has a new menu and dart league matches.  Connect Savannah did a great story on the Tavern.  Stop in and see what's new!  Sweet Tea Home & Gifts has a new owner, congratulations to Katy Sauers Dukes!  AND, Sandfly Bar & Grill has a new name and a new website.  Check out SandflySportsBar.com for menus and events.

Environment   Many will be interested to know that The Coastal Resources Division (CRD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources recently deployed donated concrete culvert, metal chicken transport cages, and steel structures as the latest additions to Artificial Reef SAV, six nautical miles southeast of Tybee Island.  It’s an incredible preservation program that will benefit us all greatly.  Read the full press release here. Very interesting!

Community   A great community is built by good neighbors.  Savannah Power Yoga now uses Nourish Natural Products in the studio.  Great Harvest Bread Company continues to reach out in support of local business.  They have partnered with Bethesda Academy Farm and Gardens to offer seasonal breads and muffins and use Bethesda eggs in their breads.  Read here for more info. Bethesda Farm Stand is in full swing.  If you haven’t already, subscribe here to Bethesda Academy Farm and Gardens newsletter to know what will be available each week.  And spread the word!

More local   Long time residents are thrilled to see Polk’s Produce back on their original corner. They are set up at Herb Creek on Friday’s and Saturday’s this summer.  They tell us Polk’s will be there until the produce runs out!

On July 4th, it will have been one year since this community website launched.  It has been an incredible honor and a great adventure to bring you information on local business, culture, charity, and events.  Sandfly is a special place and we are grateful to live here.  Thank you for listening!

We want to hear from you! Send us your home business for a FREE listing and let us know what you'd like to hear more about.  Keep in touch and we'll keep you up on what's happening in Sandfly!




NEWS ARCHIVE 

 

    
    
    
   Listen to artists that can be heard in Sandfly. 
   Artist -  Eric Britt
   Song - Asheville Mountain Blues
   Eric will be at Driftaway Cafe on 8/30










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