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Tybee Island's Impressive Female Business Scene

By: Brittany Howard

Ladies, it's time to flex those girl power muscles — oh wait, you already are! Tybee Island isn't just a picturesque paradise — it's also brimming with phenomenal women running the show. From charming boutiques to luxurious lodgings and mouth-watering eateries, this seaside haven is ‌a confirmation of the strength of female entrepreneurship. 

It's time we gave these fierce ladies the recognition they deserve - and a standing ovation while we're at it.

Let's Shop Around 🛍️

Kelly & Company: Kelly Swope

Welcome to Kelly & Company, where they specialize in "An Essential Oil Experience" right here in the heart of Tybee Island. Their team is more than plant enthusiasts​ — they're aromatherapy aficionados. They carefully distill these aromatic plants to create a vast collection of chemical components that serve a variety of purposes — to protect, heal​ and attract all at once. These natural ingredients are carefully chosen for their therapeutic benefits to help support your physical, psychological and spiritual well-being. So come on in and experience the power of essential oils. Your mind, body​ and soul will thank you.

Seaside Sisters: Susan Kelleher

Get your shopping fix at Seaside Sisters, the chic boutique owned by the fabulous Susan Kelleher. This gem on Tybee Island is chock full of unique gifts, stylish home decor​ and trendy threads, all handcrafted by local artisans. It's the ultimate girl-power experience — supporting our fellow ladies has never looked so good!

T.S. Chu's: Mola Chu Jung

Step into T.S. Chu's, Tybee's answer to a one-stop shop. Run by the fabulous Mola Chu Jung, this department store has it all — from beach essentials to lightbulbs and cleaning supplies. It's like a treasure trove of necessities, with a side of quirky island souvenirs to spice up your coastal escape.

BabyQuip: Stephanie Jackson

Meet Stephanie Jackson, the boss mama behind BabyQuip. With two energetic boys in tow, she's been living, working and playing in sunny Savannah for a whopping 15 years. Whether you're here for a vacay, a work trip to historic Savannah or just visiting family in The Landings, she's got you covered. From prepping for your precious kiddos' every need to dishing out the best family-friendly activities, Stephanie's got the inside scoop. 

Tours & Experiences 🏄‍♀️

Tybee Tour Company: Jacilyn Ledford

Jacilyn Ledford's brainchild, Tybee Tour Company, boasts a collection of guided adventures around the island. Stroll through the past with their walking tours of iconic homes, or make a splash with their dolphin-watching excursions. Trust us, there's no such thing as a dull moment with this team.

Tybee Shark Teeth Tours: Katelynne Brown

Join the tooth-hunting party with Katelynne Brown at Tybee Shark Teeth Tours! It's the perfect family outing where we'll scour the island's beaches for ancient shark teeth and other prehistoric treasures. It's a tour that's sure to make your inner archaeologist roar! 

East Coast Paddleboarding: Cathy Liberatori

Join East Coast Paddleboarding, where Cathy Liberatori reigns as the queen of Tybee Island's aquatic adventures. Rent a paddleboard or kayak and rule the water, or join forces with one of their savvy instructors for an epic guided tour. The possibilities are endless, and the fun is always afloat.

Tybee Wellness Retreats: Angela Lightsey

Under the reign of the fabulous Angela Lightsey, Tybee Wellness Retreats serves up an array of soul-soothing experiences. From downward-dogging in yoga to reaching nirvana in meditation and even getting kneaded like dough in a massage, this company has got your wellness needs covered. And if that's not enough, they also dish out workshops and retreats to help you grow and glow like the goddess you are. Talk about a total package.

Sea Kayak Georgia: Marsha Henson

Ahoy, y'all! Come check out Sea Kayak Georgia, the perfect destination for thrilling adventures led by the incredible Marsha Henson. Explore the stunning waterways of Tybee Island and encounter adorable dolphins and other fascinating creatures up close. It's like a water safari, but with all the excitement and none of the risk!

Tales of the South: Linda Odom

Nestled amid the beguiling allure of Tybee Island, Tales of the South, a venture lovingly helmed by the esteemed Linda Odom, extends an invitation to an extraordinary journey through time. This meticulously curated tour grants guests an immersive experience, plunging them into the depths of the island's storied past. Prepare to embark on a captivating odyssey that unveils hidden gems, from venerable abodes steeped in ancient tales to hallowed grounds whispering secrets of bygone eras, each carefully chosen site composing a vivid mosaic of Tybee's remarkable heritage.

Your Island Home Away 🏝️

Mermaid Cottages: Diane Kaufman

Won't you come and be part of their world? Join forces with Diane Kaufman, the Head Mermaid in charge at Mermaid Cottages, and discover the perfect vacation rental on Tybee Island. With a range of cozy cottages and spacious beach houses, we've got you covered whether you're a lone mermaid or part of a mer-family.

Coastline Concierge Rentals: Jane Hall

Looking for a vacation that combines class and calm? Look no further than Coastline Concierge, founded by owner Jane Hall. These rental properties have been carefully curated, offering you a divine escape, each promising an unforgettable experience. Their portfolio caters to all tastes and preferences, from swanky beachfront condos to cozy homes. But what truly sets them apart is a commitment to superior service. Think private chefs, exclusive excursions​ and impeccable attention to detail. Choose Coastline Concierge and get ready to be pampered beyond your wildest expectations. Because life's too short for mediocre getaways.

Tybee Island Rentals: Mary Hall

Need a place to stay while you soak up the sun on Tybee Island's beaches? Look no further than Tybee Island Rentals, spearheaded by the incredible Mary Hall. With beachfront condos, charming cottages, and spacious houses, you'll feel like royalty in no time. And let's not forget the cherry on top — private pools and hot tubs. Don't mind if we do!

Beachside Colony Resort: Stacey Becker

Stacey Becker, come on down! Experience ultimate luxury at Beachside Colony Resort, a serene haven situated on the beachfront. And did we mention the all-female staff?? This resort is perfect for families, with plenty of fun water activities available. Choose from a variety of stunning condos and villas, each offering a unique and delightful experience. And let's not forget the highlight — a heated pool overlooking Mid Beach, and the must-visit The Deck Beach Bar and Kitchen. It's truly a chef's masterpiece! Who run the world? GIRLS!

1-18th Street Tybee Island, Oceanfront Cottage Rentals: Stacye Jarrell 

Move over, mere mortals, for Stacye Jarrell, the queen of hospitality, holds court at not one, but TWO stunning establishments: 1-18th Street Tybee Island, a direct oceanfront property, and Oceanfront Cottage Rentals, a collection of gorgeous island abodes. Prepare to bask in the glory of the sun and sea, as each property boasts beach access that will have you living your best life with breathtaking views of the ocean.

Somewhere In Time and Somewhere In Time Too: Rebecca Senter

Step into a realm of nostalgia and elegance at Somewhere In Time and Somewhere In Time Too, where Rebecca Senter, a talented designer and decorator, has created enchanting bed and breakfasts that transport guests to a bygone era of timeless charm.

My Beach House Vacation Rentals: Lauren Davis

Uncover the ultimate beach abode at My Beach House Vacation Rentals, where Lauren Davis, the mastermind behind this curated collection, has hand-selected only the crème de la crème of properties for the ultimate vacation experience. Get ready to soak up the sun, style and prime real estate like a pro.

Beachview Inn & Spa: Karen Kelly

Nestled just a stone's throw from the mesmerizing expanse of the ocean, Beachview Inn & Spa, owned by the affable Karen Kelly, exudes an aura of unadulterated luxury and tranquility. This bed and breakfast seamlessly blends old-world charm with contemporary elegance, offering discerning guests a haven of comfort and rejuvenation. Beyond its inviting threshold lies a treasure trove of exquisitely appointed accommodations, each meticulously designed to cater to the most discerning tastes and preferences. Furthermore, the inn boasts a comprehensive array of spa services and amenities, ensuring that guests can indulge in the ultimate pampering experience.

Restaurants 🦀

Fannies on the Beach: Jenni Orr

Jenni Orr's Fannies on the Beach is THE spot for ocean-side dining and cocktail sipping on the sand. With a menu swimming with seafood and other delicious options, it's no wonder this place is making waves.

Tybean Coffee Bar: Beth Martin

And who's the culinary cutie behind this caffeine-fueled operation? None other than the fabulous Beth Martin. Located smack dab in the center of Tybee Island, this cozy spot serves up a mean cup of Joe, along with delectable sandwiches and pastries. And let's not forget the must-have business merch because who wouldn't want to rock some Tybean attire? So come on in, grab a cup of liquid motivation and bask in the glory of Beth's caffeinated genius.

Pier 16: Natalia Navon

Natalia Navon's culinary kingdom, Pier 16, is where she reigns as the goddess of deliciousness at her family's restaurant, nestled just steps from the sandy shores of Tybee Island. With a rooftop deck boasting breathtaking views of Tybrisa Street, plus two outdoor decks and a swanky rooftop bar, Pier 16 is the ultimate spot for a good time. They take pride in using only the finest, sustainable ingredients — think succulent fresh fish, plump Georgia shrimp and USDA Prime steaks. Each dish is a masterpiece, tantalizing all five senses with its exquisite presentation and mouth-watering flavors. And if you're feeling parched, they've got you covered with not one, but two fully-stocked bars.

Salt Island Fish & Beer: Emily Liebtag

Legend has it that the Euchee Tribe named this spot 'Tybee' for its salty goodness, and owner Emily Liebtag has fully embraced the briny lifestyle at Salt Island Fish & Beer. From seasoning our bites to elevating our sips, salt reigns supreme here. We're practically mermaids, breathing in the salty breeze and frolicking in the ocean's embrace. Just like salt brings harmony to our palates, it also brings balance to our work and play. Cheers to a life well-seasoned!

Sunrise Restaurant: Agnes Yao

In Savannah's bustling culinary scene, one establishment stands out as a beacon of gastronomic excellence: Sunrise Savannah, the brainchild of the innovative owner, Agnes Yao. Since its inception in 1987, this culinary haven has been captivating the palates of discerning diners across Savannah, Tybee​ and Wilmington Islands.

Beyond its three meticulously curated full-service restaurant locations, Sunrise Savannah extends its culinary expertise to cater to a diverse range of events, transforming local gatherings, business functions​ and office parties into unforgettable culinary experiences. Not only do they provide 3 full-service restaurant locations, but they are also available to cater to local events, business functions or office parties!

Ok, Some Boys Are Allowed 🤭

Latitude 32: Keith and Jennifer Drazek

Step right up and get your dose of Tybee Island vibes with the fashion-forward duo Keith and Jennifer Drazek at Latitude 32. Established in 2007, this stylish hotspot is your one-stop shop for quality apparel and accessories that perfectly capture the laid-back essence of this beachy paradise. It's not just a store but a community connection we're all about. Swing by and say 'hey' next time you're in the neighborhood.

Wild Zinnia: Jenn & Ricardo Ochoa

Meet Jenn and Ricardo Ochoa, the dynamic duo behind Wild Zinnia - the ultimate family-owned biz on Tybee Island. These two are lovingly ingrained within the community. Their mission? To provide one-of-a-kind souvenirs that perfectly embody the island's charm for islanders and out-of-towners alike with a mix of artisan and Bohemian styles. And did we mention their shop's name is a nod to Tybee's official flower? That's right, they're all about the zinnia life. Plus, they've got something for everyone - ladies, gents and mini beach bums included.

Irritable Pelican Gallery & Pelican's Palette: William and Sarah Bernzott

The Irritable Pelican Gallery & Pelican's Palette is where creativity meets sass on Tybee Island. Here, you'll meet creative owners William and Sarah Bernzott of this one-of-a-kind art hub. Explore their collection of charming local art or brush up on your own skills with the guidance of expert instructors. No grumpy pelicans allowed, only happy strokes and vibrant masterpieces.

Surf Song Bed & Breakfast: Jeremy and Megan Gonyou 

Looking for a beach getaway that's equal parts charm and convenience? Look no further than Surf Song Bed and Breakfast, where the charming tag team Jeremy and Megan Gonyou will make you feel at home. From cozy rooms to a refreshing in-ground pool, this B&B has it all. And let's be honest, nothing says "welcome home" like a poolside cocktail after a day of riding the waves.

Tybee Island Inn: Chris and Vasa Best

Tucked away on the picturesque Tybee Island lies the charming Tybee Island Inn, owned by power couple Chris and Vasa Best. It's the ultimate choice for savvy travelers visiting Savannah, just a quick 20-minute jaunt away. Their prime location near the beach and the iconic Tybee lighthouse perfectly captures the island's laid-back vibes with a touch of sophistication. Their guest rooms are straight out of a seafaring dream and feature luxurious king and queen-size beds, with themed options like Mermaid, Dolphin and Lighthouse to add some whimsy. Each room has a private bath, air conditioning and cable TV, ensuring maximum comfort for all guests. You can relax and unwind in your room or mingle with other guests in the family room or outdoor patio area. And don't even get us started on the mouth-watering homemade Southern-style breakfast. Your entire clan is welcome, including your furry companions.

Wow, what a stellar lineup! It's no wonder Tybee Island leaves a lasting mark on both visitors and us locals. So, when your toes hit that sandy shore, make sure to give a shout-out to this amazing crew.

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