New York City-based Roz Morris and Savannah local Abbie May Hastings collaborated to launch the Trustees’ Garden Pop-Up event to spotlight the two distinct cities’ entrepreneurs, artists, and designers for a 10-day event.
The unique retail event at 10 E. Broad Street, features 15 designers including Stone Morris, Scarabee, Brooke Atwood, Mamie Ruth and M.Liz, as well as a roster of other activities.
It opened Friday with an evening reception.
“We had the chance to do something with this space at Trustees’ Garden, so we jumped on it,” Morris said. “This building was originally a colonial apothecary garden in the 1700s.
“Outside is this beautiful, enchanting garden. We renovated this space to turn it into a place for designers.”
The pop-up shop coincides with the Savannah Film Festival, which Morris and Hastings say was strategic.
“We decided on this week because we wanted the pop-up event to be during a time when people are here from all over the world,” said Hastings.
Morris recruited a collection of her favorite New York City designers to participate in the show.
“I wanted to bring down some of my New York friends because they love Savannah. I feel like the Savannah scene is ready for this,” Hastings said. “I think the pop-up shop makes the retail scene in Savannah more interesting. It’s spontaneous.”
During the 10-day show, Hastings and Morris arranged events, such as yoga in the garden, afternoon tea, and a fete on Thursday with a local tasting menu prepared by Meta Adler featuring ingredients that were grown in the garden during the Colonial
Suggested donation for the tasting is $30 and proceeds benefit the Historic Savannah Foundation.
The pop-up event will end Saturday with a closing party.
“We’re doing a kids Halloween celebration with one of our Savannah children’s designers, Love Lane Designs. We’ll have costumes, kid-friendly ghost stories, and pumpkin carving,” Hastings said.
“Roz and Abbie bring two different skills sets: Roz is a dress designer and Abbie is a jewelry designer with retail shop experience. I hope these women will want to do more together,” said Charles Morris, owner of Trustees’ Garden and Roz Morris’ father. ”Any time you get local designers and creative people together, it’s positive. And it’s nice to get people down to this side of town.”
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