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Whitney Herndon

Local

Years in the Golden Isles: 17 years and cannot imagine living anywhere else!

A local you admire: There are so many, but if I am forced to choose just one, it goes to Sam Van Eeden. Lucky enough to be his neighbor on Newcastle Street, I am often inspired by his witty, well-traveled way of life. He embodies so much of the spirit of Downtown Brunswick – authentic, thought-provoking, honest, kind and, of course, he has his own unique style too!

Describe your perfect Saturday in the Golden Isles: This is my foolproof itinerary for any Saturday in the BQK! Start with an easy run around the Old Town neighborhood to check out the progress of the many historic home renovations. Then stop for an iced coffee at Daddy Cate’s (they have the best ice) and pop around a few shops like On the Fly, Dot & Army and Brown’s Antiques. Be sure to snap some photos in front of the beautiful murals from the Brunswick Mural Project and post to your social media! Lunch at Indigo Coastal Shanty is a must. You don’t even need to look at the menu, just order the special! After a little yard work or laundry at home, hop on your bike and head down to Mary Ross Waterfront Park to watch the most amazing sunset. Then head over to Reid’s Apothecary for dinner and finish up the night sitting on the front porch chatting with your neighbors.

What is one thing every visitor must do before leaving the Golden Isles? Go to the The Study at Reid’s. Cool venue, craft cocktails and great music. Just be sure to get the password to get in!

Tell us the story behind Grace Graffiti: GG began as a side hustle in our home, making wooden home accents. We grew from online retail and weekend markets to a wholesale manufacturing business. Now our products are carried in boutiques and big box stores nationwide.

What is the best part about being a small business in the Golden Isles? We have so many resources to help small businesses thrive! Brunswick Glynn County Development, UGA Small Business Development, The Southern C, Downtown Development Authority … the list could go on. The community of businesses here are each other’s biggest supporters too. We all want to see each other succeed!

What does Grace Graffiti’s “American Handmade” mean? We choose to design, craft and ship our products directly from our studio. We love telling the story behind our products and connecting with our customers.

What is your favorite part about being a local? We are a tight-knit community among businesses and residents because we are all so passionate about the history of our city, how vibrant it is today and committed to help Downtown Brunswick reach its full potential!