During this confusing and uncertain time, there are still ways that you can safely contribute to our local community. Have you heard of the Firebox Initiative?
The following is an excerpt from their Facebook page:
The Firebox Initiative Inc. was founded by restaurant people for restaurant people. Griffin Bufkin and Harrison Sapp know what it means to suffer through tough times. When their restaurant, Southern Soul Barbeque, burned down on March 27, 2010 they did not know how they would get through. They quickly found out that their friends in the community and in the restaurant business would lift them up in their time of need. They have never forgotten that feeling and it is what drives their desire to help others with the Firebox Initiative.
The Firebox Initiative provides grants to employees of our restaurant community in Coastal Georgia. We help service industry employees who are in financial need because of an illness, accident or natural disaster. We will also help provide direct grants to restaurant employees who need help paying for funeral arrangements for immediate family members.
How can you help? It’s easy! All you have to do is order the following menu* items from local restaurants on the following days or simply go here to donate.
**Be sure to find the current menu on Firebox’s Facebook or Instagram pages as it rotates weekly.**
Just when you think you’ve finally done it all, St. Simons Island added a few more treats! Enjoy these charming new additions the next time you’re on the Island.
We’re updating our updates so if you see ** next to a place, that means it’s the New New of SSI and has been updated as of July 2020.
**Merci Bouquet Flower Truck: The name pretty much speaks for itself here but this build-a-bouquet beauty is more than pretty flowers. In addition to pop ups all over the island, you can even rent the truck for photo shoots, events, weddings and more! How cute is the idea of allowing guests to leave with their own bouquet!?
Saltwater SSI: Located mid-island in historic Moss House at 3405 Frederica Road, SALTWATER is a destination for coastal inspired clothing, gifts, home decor, jewelry, and accessories. (Note: also Saint Simons exclusive POLYWOOD Outdoor dealer.)
KJ Clothier: From high fashion + frills to the perfect hat + flip flops, KJ Clothier has it ALL for both men and women. This locally owned shop checks off all the adults on your list, whether you’re looking for yourself or for a gift for others, go ahead and add this shop to your must visit list! Follow them on Instagram (here) so you can see what’s new.
**Barrier Island Brewing: just down the street from our resort, this tasty place serves nothing but goodness in addition to their brewed on site beers. Highly recommended! If you go and don’t try the bacon wrapped dates stuffed with blue cheese, then we insist you go right back!
**Fiddlers 410 Arnold: This new eatery is brought to you by the same folks from Crab Daddy’s and is sure to stun with its marsh views. Stay tuned because they’ll be opening soon!
**Sammie’s: Located in Redfern Village, this is your go to one stop shop for the best beach sandwich. As their site says,”A Sammie is a simple sandwich, but not just any sandwich.” This no fuss business is all about your sandwich and chips to go whether golfing, fishing or headed to the house. Crafted with love and you can tell with each bite. First come first served, they can and will sell out!
**Silver Bluff Brewing: While not on the island, this one deserves an honorable mention. Located in downtown Brunswick, this new brewery has a beautiful indoor space with lots of seating and a beer garden perfect for gathering with your crew. They don’t have a kitchen per se but they welcome you to bring your own from other local restaurants to enjoy! If you follow along on social, then you’re sure to know when there’s a food truck parked there too.
**Chubb’s Diner: Located in Longview Plaza, this little diner is located in the old Huddle House on Frederica and has something for everyone. Be sure to follow them on social media as their specials are definitely a need to know!
**V’s Pizza is the newest of the new on this list and can be found in the same shopping center as Harris Teeter. This one just opened and all we’ve heard is yum, yum, yum!
**Smoothie King: You’re likely familiar with this smoothie chain so it speaks for itself here but us islanders are thrilled to finally welcome one to SSI! You can find this new favorite in the shopping center across from Home 2 Suites.
**Jimmy John’s: another chain you’ve likely heard of which means you can appreciate the need for a delicious sandwich that shows up quick. And you can’t argue over anyone that bakes fresh bread daily! This one is also located in the shopping strip across from the airport and the Home 2 Suites.
Frosty’s Griddle + Shake: This little treasure is located in the old Dairy Queen in the Village and is the brainchild of the gents from Southern Soul (so you know it’s delicious). Perfect for a classic burger and a creative ice cream.
Sea Salt Healthy Kitchen: Just like the name says, this new eatery is packed with good, healthy decisions. Think of them as your “local healthy choice, full of local, organic and sustainable ingredients transformed into the super foods your body needs and crave to function well”.
Demere Grill: Their website sums it up pretty well “a casual sports bar & eatery that caters to all. They have flat screens throughout for all the games with the Sunday ticket and most major sports packages, but also offer weekly entertainment, trivia and live bands. ” What’s not mentioned here: remember Tanner, a former manager from ECHO? He helped open it (Hi, Tanner!). Also, note they have Totchos. Yes, that is nachos made of tots.
Porch: “Authentic Nashville hot chicken is coming to St. Simons!” Your friends over at Palmer’s in the Village just introduced Porch SSI, a place so Southern you can sub your piece of bread with a waffle. On a scale of Naked to Napalm, how do you like your chicken? If you can’t answer that, then you need to make a pit stop soon. PS- they have Frose.
La Plancha: Well-known, island local, Dave Snyder is growing his brood of restaurants (Tramici + Halyard’s) with the his newest Mexican addition. We have it on great authority that the Plancha Margarita is the best way to quench your thirst and you can’t go wrong when ordering Short Rib Tacos or the Chicken Quesadilla. Avocado enthusiast? G U A C A M O L E. Do it.
Pelican Market: “Your neighborhood market, fused with fresh produce, coffee, bagels, baking & cleaning products, sundries, beach gear, local made products and ice cream!” Basically, your kitchen sink of options. Whether stocking up snacks + supplies for a trip to the beach or grabbing a casserole to throw in the oven for dinner, there’s something for everyone. FYI- if you come on the right day at the right time, you can leave with Del Sur Empanadas! Follow them on social media (Facebook or Instagram) + you’ll know what’s in stock and if it’s time for empanadas 😉
~Adventures + Activities~
**Island Airboat Tours: not quite on St. Simons, this tour can be taken from underneath the Sidney Lanier Bridge in Brunswick. If you’re looking for a new way to explore the marshes then we definitely recommend giving Capt. Robert a call at 912-223-2723!
WWII Home Front Museum: This exhibit was opened in December of 2018 and is already a must-do on your next St. Simons trip. “Developed by Coastal Georgia Historical Society and designed by Gallagher & Associates, lead exhibit designer at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, the Home Front Museum details this region’s multifaceted role during the war. Galleries of immersive exhibits recreate iconic home front scenes such as an A & P Food storefront and a military recruitment office. Interactive experiences allow visitors to try their hand at plane spotting, directing fighter pilot squadrons using radar technology, and building and joining the crew of a Liberty ship.”
Not convinced? Then you should also know that “Glynn County was unique. It was the location of three critical wartime facilities: an airship base, a radar training school (at The King and Prince Resort!), and a Liberty shipyard. The Georgia coast also experienced a devastating German U-boat attack on April 8, 1942, when U-boat 123 torpedoed two tankers just 13 miles off the coast of St. Simons Island, killing 22 merchant mariners and covering the beach with oil for weeks after.” Told you it was interesting. Go learn more! (There are also bundle passes to the light house and museum here.)
East Beach Yoga: Founded by Traci Jo Lee, EBY is your boutique yoga studio, offering classes, workshops, retreats and more. They’re also an official lululemon retailer and all around amazing people. Definitely make sure to vibe with them while you’re here. We suggest contacting them via Instagram, it’s one of their methods for reserving your space for class.
String of Pearls (formerly the Cloister Belle): The best way to take in the Golden Isles is from the water. Book sunset wine cruises, private charters + more aboard the String of Pearls. This 71′ long beauty is built of mahogany and teak, weighs 40 tons, and used to race Jack Kennedy’s sport fisherman on Cape Cod Bay. Pssst, numerous celebrities such as Bruce Springsteen, Brad Pitt, Pierce Brosnan, Harrison Ford, many statesman and a couple of princesses have enjoyed the boat over the years – indulge in your fancy side, you’re in great company.
The Tinted Tide: This paint-your-own pottery studio located here on the island offering walk-in painting all day, every day. Additionally, they host classes of various other art forms throughout the year. In the spring and summer they offer kids camps, in addition to monthly Ladies Nights where women can bring food, wine, and friends. They are also available for all kinds of parties, including showers, and work group events too.
Seen enough and ready to visit? That help is here. Looking for ideas on where to dine? We’ve got plenty of ideas here!