Ballastone Inn


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Jennifer and Jim Salandi decided that, after 25 years in the corporate world, it was time to “retire” and operate a bed and breakfast inn. After many years of travel — most often staying at bed and breakfast inn, the Salandis had definite ideas of what they liked, wanted and needed to do with the inn that they would one day operate. The Salandis traveled all over the country to find the right city for their inn, and fell in love with Savannah. With the task of choosing a city complete, the hard work began — choosing an existing bed and breakfast inn.

Jennifer and Jim began to visit Savannah regularly in order to “try” the different inns. The purpose of the visits was to get a first hand view of the inns to see which appealed to them most. Jennifer and Jim decided that the upscale, larger inns appealed to their idea of what they wanted. In an offbeat, offhand conversation with the owner of the Ballastone Inn, Jennifer and Jim learned that she was willing to discuss the possibility of selling the inn to the Salandis. That was when Jennifer and Jim knew that their decision had finally been made — Ballastone Inn appealed to them in a way no other Savannah inn did.

The Salandis began working with local lenders to acquire the inn. They were referred to SBAC for an SBA 504 loan for the purchase of the real estate and business. Darby Bank & Trust is SBAC’s partner in the SBA 504 loan that the Salandis obtained for the purchase of the inn.

The Salandis purchased the inn in June of 2002 and began the process of “sprucing up” the building and its surroundings. The Salandis have succeeded in transforming an already beautiful building and inn into a gorgeous representation of what the City of Savannah prides itself on — a grand dame of the South. The tender loving care that the Salandis have showered on the inn are evident — lush green plants and colorful flowers adorn the front and side courtyard. There are flags out front that attest to the heritage of the building, the city, and the owners.

Jennifer and Jim are proud of their new acquisition and that pride shows in every aspect of the Ballastone Inn. The Salandis are enjoying their new lives as innkeepers are there to greet and host guests at breakfast, lunch, tea time and cocktail hours. If you find yourself in Savannah and want to see what the “old South” looks like, stop by the Ballastone and ask Jennifer of Jim for a tour — they’d love to share their enthusiasm with you!