Abode Creatives Retreat

Get ready for the Fall Creatives Retreat!

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Date - October 16, 2021

Time - 10 am - 6 pm

Location - 5715 Skidaway Rd. - Cohen's Retreat Clubhouse

Who's it for - Any Creative Entrepreneur!

Cost - $100 ($75 for Abode in-house renters)

Cost includes coffee, lunch, and heavy hors d'oeuvres!


 Register Here

What to Expect:

We will be holding this retreat at the beautiful Cohen's Retreat Center on Skidaway Rd. Cohen's Retreat is a beautiful building specifically designed to cultivate an environment of relaxation and intentionality. It's a beautiful building and we think you'll love hanging here for the day.

Bringing together so many creative professionals is something we love to do and we hope this will be a useful and restful retreat for each and every person and business. Not only do we hope this will refresh you creatively, but we have also lined up a group of professionals in different fields essential to that of creative entrepreneurs that will help bolster your business know-how.

Speakers include:

Kate Strain 

Trademarking - that thing you didn't know you needed

kate strain trademark savannah

Kate Dodson Strain founded her firm, Strain Law in 2019 bringing a thorough knowledge of trademark, franchise, and business law acquired over 16 years first at a large regional firm and an intellectual property boutique firm. Kate has handled many trademark and other intellectual property matters at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board as well as in the state and federal courts. 



Marketing and Social Media - aka "the beast"

Marianne Ganem-Poppell is the Owner of Savannah Master Calendar, the Hostess City’s most comprehensive event and networking calendar, which is distributed to more than 44,000 local business professionals weekly. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Valdosta State University prior to spending more than a decade in the fast-paced world of fashion merchandising.

A third generation Savannahian, Marianne’s love of the Coastal Empire brought her back to her roots at the family’s thriving business, Johnnie Ganem’s, where she discovered a passion for helping local businesses succeed while simultaneously giving back to our community. Excelling in multiple customer service roles, Marianne has been able to gain a unique perspective on the customer experience. Specifically, she has identified teams who strategically operate with the intention of going above and beyond existing expectations in order to leave a lasting positive impression and build customer loyalty. This has become a true passion project within the ever changing world of marketing. As the owner of SMC, Marianne has been sought out to assist countless organizations implement and execute a solid, successful marketing path.

Marianne currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Business Association and is the 2021 Chairperson for the Small Business Council for the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce (as well as a Chamber Ambassador). She also sits on the marketing committee for the United Way of the Coastal Empire in addition to passionately championing numerous philanthropic initiatives, including the Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia Big Wigs and American Diabetes Association Kiss-a-Pig campaigns. Marianne is a graduate of the 2016 Leadership Savannah Class and was recently named a recipient of the Next Generation Rising Stars in Savannah, which honors local business leaders under the age of 40. Marianne and her husband Rob are the proud parents of three active boys: Lawson, Brady Thomas, and Palmer—and two shelties, Princess Paddle and Beau.


Janel Marie Varnadoe

CPA / Financial Planning  

CPA savannahJanel Marie Varnadoe, EA and President of J&S Accounting and Tax Services, LLC is a Florida native from the beautiful Florida Keys. Janel has a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting and a Bachelor’s in Legal Studies. Janel has received her enrolled agent license through the IRS, which is the highest credential the IRS awards. Janel strives to provide excellent service to her clients, which includes building trust, maintaining security with client information, consistency, and creating efficient systems that work for her client’s specific business needs. J&S specializes in QuickBooks training, small business start-up consulting, payroll and tax preparation. 

Amy Shippy

Business 101 - Nuts and Bolts

amy shippy business guruAmy Shippy is the cofounder of Marche’ de Macarons and owner of Blue Poppy Designs headquartered in Savannah, Ga. Amy is a strong business development professional with proven success in the food & beverage industry. Amy’s journey to success was built from impactful lessons that taught her the fundamentals of business success.

Amy was born and raised in Hilton Head, South Carolina, and later moved to Savannah, GA, in the ’90s to study Graphic Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). While at SCAD, Amy created her first business, a computer training company, as a spinoff service of a notable electronic superstore. Due to the success of the company, Amy found her footing and heart for entrepreneurship.



Lane Huerta


Lane Huerta began dreaming and designing in rural North Carolina, where as an only child, entertaining herself was the only option. Imagining adventures in the woods behind her house, she counts Pippi Longstocking and Punky Brewster as her earliest inspirations. A hankering for adventure led Lane to Savannah, Georgia in 2006, where she set up shop as Lovelane Designs in a sunny Victorian in the city’s Landmark Historic District. She began designing and screenprinting tea towels, pillows and other home décor and became a veteran of Indie Craft Parade and other artisan craft fairs—but it’s been her imaginative children’s designs that have captured the world’s attention.

In 2014, Etsy.com featured Lovelane’s Play Hard children’s wear on its homepage, and demand for its hand sewn, American-made capes and crowns have soared. Lane and her work have been featured on media platforms across the globe, including The Huffington Post, Today.com, Hooligan’s Magazine, Harper’s Brazil, and ABC World News Tonight. Lane continues to work, live and play in Savannah with her husband, Patrick, and her daughter, Clementine. Together they imagine the most amazing adventures!



The Location

cohen's retreat facade


We want you to stay and enjoy the day so we will be providing coffee in the morning as well as lunch and a light cocktail hour, though you are welcome to bring any of your own refreshments as well. If you have any dietary restrictions you can let us know in your registration form.

 cohen's retreat clubhouse

Our hope for this retreat is that you will also have time to reflect on your own business, that you will be inspired by the area and other attendees, and that you will have time to mingle and brainstorm with your fellow makers to better both your businesses.

Are you ready to join us?

Register Here


I'm just starting my business and am not an LLC, is this for me?

YES! We are gearing this Retreat for those who have just started or want to take the next step in their business goals.

Do I need to/ can I bring my own food?

We will be providing coffee, lunch, and a cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres but you are welcome to bring your own food, especially if you have dietary restrictions.

Will this be indoor or outdoor?

Both. The majority of our time will be spent inside for presentations, but the whole are will be available at any time to explore. 

If I'm not interested in all the speakers do I have to sit through their presentations?

While we have specifically chosen this lineup to help give you a well-rounded day if there is a topic that does not interest you you are more than welcome to use that time to explore, think, and otherwise relax on the grounds.

Can my business partner come for free?

Unfortunately because of our restricted capacity we are charging per individual, not per business. So even though you may be under the same company you will need to pay for each attendee individually. 

Ready to Register: Click HERE.