So, tell us about yourselves.
Hey! My name is Jamie Burton and I am from New York. No, not the city, upstate New York. I don’t think I have what you guys call the “New York accent” but others seem to think I do. I was lucky enough to get a job in broadcasting that brought me to Savannah in July of 2020. Every single day since then, I have fallen more in love with The Hostess City.
This April, I switched gears and started working for Connect Savannah, and it has been nothing short of amazing. I run Connect’s social media, I write for the paper, I help plan events, I do a bit of sales, and I am now one of the hosts of our new podcast “What Are We Doing?”
I’m Lauren Wolverton, and I currently do a little bit of everything at Connect Savannah. I’m originally from Mississippi, and moved to Savannah after visiting here for my twenty-first birthday. I kind of fell in love with the city and never let it go. So, I took a job as a producer at a television station here right after college. Now at Connect, I do a little marketing with local businesses, I write stories, I do some event planning—oh, and I co-host our new podcast!
What is the “What are we doing?” podcast?
Every week, Lauren and I will pick our favorite stories from that week’s issue of Connect and dive a bit deeper. Some of these stories may spark fanatical dialogue between the two of us, so be prepared! And be on the lookout for a few special guests to make appearances throughout the series. Look for it every week on Spotify, YouTube and connectsavannah.com.
We’ll wrap up the episode with a segment called “What are we doing?” Where are we eating this weekend? Where are we getting drinks? Where are we shopping? What music are we listening to? We’ll tell you our plans for the week and tell you what’s out there for you to do, too. It’s all about running down the weekly local happenings. There’s so much going on in this town, and we’re here to keep it all straight!
What are some of your favorite podcasts to listen to?
My go-to podcast whether I’m on a walk, lying by the pool, or driving to work is “Girls Gotta Eat.” The two girls hosting the podcast, Rayna Greenberg and Ashley Hesseltine, are a lot like Lauren and me, actually, which is probably why I love it so much! They play off of each other’s every word, so if you listen to that podcast, be prepared for the spontaneous thoughts and statements.
Another podcast I really enjoy is “The Rachel Hollis Podcast.” Rachel dives into dating advice, everyday life questions, and other topics in a deeper way. If you’re really trying to get in your feelings, give this one a listen. She also has written a book titled “Girl, Wash Your Face,” which is a great read.
I love to listen to “The Morning Toast” while I eat lunch. I’m super into pop culture, so that’s my daily dose. I also listen to Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Live” after watching all my Bravo-TV shows. I put “The Joe Rogan Experience” on when I clean the house or take a road trip. His guests are always so interesting to listen to. I also love “Girls Gotta Eat.” I’m actually seeing them live this weekend in Charleston. I listen to so many podcasts that I will probably sound like a combination of all of these hosts when I talk!
Where is your go-to for dinner and a drink in Savannah?
A go-to dinner of mine in Savannah is Fire Street Food. I have never been disappointed by their food or their wine pours. Don’t even get me started on their bubble tea! Don’t walk, but run there to try the French Coffee bubble tea. It’s amazing!
A fun cocktail spot I really enjoy is Artillery Bar. The mood of the bar is automatically set when you walk in with its dimmed lights and that historic building. No matter what your go-to spirit is, there’s a drink for you there. The entire menu is full of special drinks for you and a friend or partner to enjoy.
I live midtown, so I grab a beer at Starland Yard, Hop Atomica, or Two Tides on the weekends. I like to end the night at Lone Wolf Lounge. They’re open late and they have a killer cocktail menu. I eat literally everything, so it’s hard for me to narrow down a “go-to” spot.
In Midtown, I love Over Yonder because they’re open super late and they have boiled peanuts on the menu. I also love Ardsley Station. Their staff is incredible and they’ve got Skrewball whiskey behind the bar. That’s a huge plus for me!