There's a reason why Savannah is known as the Hostess City of the South. Serving a multitude of interests - tourism, art, history, music, cuisine and nature - it's a city people from around the world can easily call home. So in this new year, I'm encouraging all of my fellow geekmates to abandon your hidden dens and go out and explore all of the neat little places that suit your interests. Here's my list of 13 geek hubs in the Coastal Empire. 13. Civvies + Graveface Records & Curiosities (vintage/fashion geeks) This is probably the coolest downtown partnership you'll find in Savannah right now. This week, Graveface Records & Curiosities opened a second shop inside Civvies on Broughton Street. So among all the cool clothing and typewriters that were already available in the store, shoppers can now browse through a killer assortment of new and used vinyl, toys, games and more. 22 E. Broughton St. 12. Institute of Cinematic Arts (techie geeks) With state-of-the-art equipment and flexible class times to meet your schedule, Savannah's Institute of the Cinematic Arts is a production company offering a new opportunity for people interested in technology and creative multimedia. ICA's workshops focus on everything from photography to filmmaking and provide a hands-on, intimate learning experience. instituteofcinematicarts.com 11. Pooler FunZone (hyper geeks) Amid all the kids running around with cotton candy and cheap plastic prizes are some serious gamers who play Dance Dance Revolution with mindless effort and shoot paintball guns like expert-level players in "Call of Duty." At Pooler's recently expanded Fun Zone, geeks of all ages can enjoy a variety of amusements such as arcades, go-karts, miniature golf and more. poolerfunzone.com 10. The Wormhole (lazy geeks) Unless you live in your mother's basement, The Wormhole is probably the only spot in Savannah where you can kick back on a comfy, worn-in sofa playing video games and drinking beer. Staying true to its name, this dark and cool venue provides plenty of space, books, arcade games, entertainment and a full bar to keep you immobile. 2307 Bull St., wormholebar.com 9. Comics & More (comic geeks) There's only one store in Savannah serving up the latest adventures of your favorite comic-book heroes. At Comics & More, you can find a variety of comics and merchandise such as action figures, trading cards, posters, apparel, magazines and graphic novels. According to store owner Chuck Durden, Comics & More will be under a new name, "Savannah Comics," soon. 137 E. Montgomery Crossroad, savannahcomics.com 8. Forsyth Park ("Potter" geeks) Muggles, don't be alarmed if you come across a bunch of people flying running on brooms as you're walking through one of the most scenic parks in America. If it's a nice warm day in the city, you just might find geeks getting active with role-playing games or a Quidditch match, the popular broom flying sport featured in the magical "Harry Potter" series. 7. Muse Arts Warehouse (art geeks) If you geek cultural arts, then no other venue provides a better variety than Muse Arts Warehouse. Muse is a nonprofit organization that promotes community strengthening through music, art, cinema, theater and comedy showcases. It's home to the popular ongoing series, Vinyl Appreciation Night - the last Sunday of each month - where DJs and record collectors share and trade their favorite vinyl records. musesavannah.org 6. The Book Lady (book geeks) Put away your Kindle and head over to Savannah's most adored used bookstore, nestled quietly beneath Liberty Street. The Book Lady houses more 50,000 books in 40 genres, making it the perfect place to hide away with a gently used edition of your favorite classic novel. The boutique also features other literary comforts such as a reading garden, author events, a book club, a wi-fi cafe and book repair. 6 E. Liberty St. 5. Home Run Video and Comics (video geeks) Just west of The Book Lady is a cool little corner hub at Liberty and Bull streets crammed with movies and comics to serve all geeks of the Coastal Empire. As the downtown extension of Comics & More, Home Run is frequented by tons of people in search of rare and new comics or indie, classic and recently released movies. Just two months ago, the store expanded to an additional room known as the "back vault room," which houses more comics and merchandise for visitors to explore. facebook.com/downtownsavannahcomics 4. Morningstar Gaming (game geeks) Morningstar Gaming is the premier venue for tabletop players and board game enthusiasts. Whether you prefer role-playing games, miniatures, Euro-style or strategy-based games, you can find it all at Morningstar - along with people eager to play them with you. It's also home to the Savannah Boardgamers, a group of tabletop players who host a game night there every Tuesday. 30 W. Montgomery Cross Road 3. The Sentient Bean (indie geeks) If you're really into obscure and underappreciated indie films, Wednesday nights at The Bean will provide you with the perfect mid-week fix. Going 10 years strong, the Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah hosts a movie screening there every Wednesday. 13 E. Park Ave., psychotronicfilmsavannah.org 2. "SYMK" Online Game Show (online geeks) Here's a cool place to hang without even leaving your house. Savannah's only online game show, "Something You May Know," isn't just an impressive feat for the city but also for the entire Web world of gaming. According to creators Emil Mrsic and Crystal Watts, "SYMK" is the only online game show that actually pays to play. So if you're tired of earning useless points on "Farmville" and you're ready to win cold hard cash, then prepare yourself for season three of "SYMK" this spring. Through a live video stream, Mrsic and Watts will ask three-tiered questions worth $25, $75 and $100 as players race to be the first to search, copy and paste the correct answer into the live group chat forum. symkshow.com 1. Planet Fun (all-around geeks) I double-dog dare you to walk into this store and not have a childlike urge to touch something - everything - on the shelves. Easily the coolest spot in downtown Savannah, Planet Fun tops my list of Coastal Empire geeky hangouts. Simply because there's no other place that can take on this store's vast collection of superheroes, Pokemon, Transformers, droids, Power Rangers or its expanding herd of My Little Pony toys and Care Bears. Planet Fun first arrived in June 2011 and has since maintained an ever-changing stock of nostalgic gems from the '80s and beyond. But an even greater reason to admire this store is for its support of the local art community. Store owner John Croley is passionate about offering the chance to view and purchase the work of artists in Savannah. "Since day one, I've wanted to get more," Croley says. "I'd love to have more local comics." In a store that stays packed with intrigued visitors and regular customers, Croley's corner of local talent receives full exposure, plenty of praise, "and they actually sell really well." The collection contains everything from knitted toys to adventure stories. Planet Fun's all-nurturing atmosphere for local artists and almost-forgotten toys makes it a one-of-a-kind venue for welcoming you to the most hospitable city in the South. "It's one of the nice things about this town," Croley says. "You feel like you fit in." 23 E. Broughton St. Janay Kingsberry is a web producer for SavannahNow.com. She studies journalism at Savannah State University. Find her on Twitter at @_LoisLane or email email@example.com.