The Best of Savannah

Best of Savannah 2021

Best of Savannah results are in!

Five of Connect Savannah’s “Best of” winners, Brittany Merrill, voted “Best Local Influencer,” Chiryia Moore, owner of Chiriya’s Thai Cuisine, voted “Best Thai Restaurant;” Chelsea Phillips, voted “Best Realtor;” TJ Rentiers, voted “Best Firefighter;” and Kewaan Drayton, co-founder of The Savannah Underground, voted “Best Local Theatre Production,” celebrate having made the list of Savannah’s favorite people, businesses and organizations as photographed by Adriana Iris Boatwright, voted “Best Local Photographer,” from the Peregrin rooftop bar, voted “Best Hotel Bar.”
Most of you know the drill by now, but for those who don’t – here’s the deal:

• The winners are the ones who get the most votes from our readers.

• New and/or otherwise noteworthy winners receive an extended profile, with photo. This is something we do at our editorial discretion, to highlight new winners, new categories, or some otherwise remarkable winner.

*All other winners receive a short blurb.

Keep an eye open on runners-up, as they often win the following year.

As in the past, readers voted on their favorites in seven main categories:

Food and Restaurant;

Nightlife and Drink;

Music and Culture;

Recreation, Health, and Beauty;

City Life and Public Affairs;

Shopping and Services;

and Media.

I would personally like to thank everyone involved in this year’s publication.

Noelle Wiehe, Editor, who did the majority of this work. I’m not sure what we would have done without her. Her efforts truly were “best of”.

Brandy Simpkins, Community/Event Journalist, contributed heavily to the editorial sections of this issue and assisted our editor in many aspects.

Jamie Burton, Multimedia Journalist, keeps our readers in the know throughout the day on all of our social media platforms.

Hunter McCumber, our Senior Art Director/ Production Manager, who has the vision and artistic talent that few possess. He went above and beyond to make this edition a visual success. Our amazing sales team Bucky Bryant, Lauren Wolverton, and Logan Hinton. They are always up for a challenge and will meet and exceed any goal you throw in front of them.

Mandy Younce, Regional Digital Sales Director, for making sure we are the best digital company in the market.

The distribution is done by the one and only Mayor of The Original Pinkie Masters, Wayne Franklin.

Office Manager Wendy Wickham takes on every task and no question ever goes unanswered. Wendy keeps all of us in line.

We have some awesome contributors that pitched in to make this a special edition too: Chris Sweat, Bunny Ware, Brittany Herren, Lindy Moody, Nicole Youngblut, Melissa Hayes, Beth Stewart, DJ Hellerman and Frank Ricci.

We also got the “Best Local Photographer” to shoot the cover photo, Adrianna Iris Boatwright did a beautiful job, as always.

We are thankful for Peregrin for providing us with a beautiful location.

Thanks to Charles H. Morris and everyone at the Kehoe Iron Works for hosting the awards ceremony.

We hope you enjoy the issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together. We appreciate everyone who voted. Now, it’s time to celebrate!


- Erica Baskin, publisher

Welcome to the Best of Edition

My creative director and I spent a moment or two working to find alternate words to put on this cover. The whole issue is already formed around our “Best of” competition. So, what else could we use to describe what all readers could find inside of this issue?

Well, we landed on what we had from the start. The folks, events, businesses listed are simply what their titles state: they’re the best.

Being a wordsmith in all aspects of my life -most of the time- I simply wanted to state just that. These winners are chosen because they’re the best at what they do, what they’ve done or what they offer the community we live in on an everyday basis. They were voted, they won and now they celebrate.

Please enjoy our compounded list of The Best of Savannah 2021.

- Noelle Wiehe, editor-in-chief

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