WHITAKER@JONES, LLC: CIRCA LIGHTING and ONE FISH TWO FISH
GALE SINGER AND JENNIFER GRAYSON
401 – 409 WHITAKER STREET AND 101 WEST JONES STREET
SAVANNAH, GA 31401
(912) 447-1008 CIRCA LIGHTING
(912) 447-4600 ONE FISH TWO FISH
Gale Singer, owner of Circa Lighting, and Jennifer Grayson, owner of One Fish Two Fish, have know each other for several years having been neighboring shopkeepers in the Whitaker/Jones building in downtown Savannah. Gale and Jennifer struck a friendship over those years that comes from their love of the neighborhood where their businesses are located as well as a dedication to their clientele and customers. When the building came up for sale in the Fall of 2002, Gale and Jennifer sprang into action to preserve not only their business locations, but the cornerstone of their neighborhood. Gale and Jennifer immediately contracted to purchase the building. The successful operating history of both businesses made their purchase of the real estate a logical step to take – it would provide stability for the two stores – which would not have been the case had the building been purchased by another individual or party.
Gale and Jennifer began working with SunTrust Bank to obtain the financing for the building acquisition. SunTrust recommended that Gale and Jennifer obtain an SBA 504 loan for the building acquisition, and as such, referred them to SBAC to begin the process. An application was prepared and submitted to SBA which was subsequently approved. The transfer of ownership for the building occurred in the Spring of 2003 and has allowed both Gale and Jennifer to expand their businesses and make aesthetic changes to the building to enhance their business operations.
The Whitaker@Jones complex is home to other businesses – an art gallery and an antique shop to name a few. The complex fits quite nicely as the cornerstone to a residential neighborhood on a busy thoroughfare of downtown Savannah. Gale and Jennifer have painstakingly improved the image of the complex with beautiful landscaping that compliments both the businesses as well as the neighborhood. Their love of the building and its impact on the community is evident in the upkeep they have provided to the building.
Take a walking tour of Savannah that brings you through the historic district of downtown. You will inevitably pass by the Whitaker@Jones complex. Stop in at Circa Lighting to see the latest in period lighting fixtures or at One Fish Two Fish for unique gift items and delicious desserts and treats. You’ll be glad you stopped in, and Gale and Jennifer enjoy hosting visitors to the City and their stores.