2014 Artist Showcase Hosts
Old Town Bay St. Louis offers some of the most unique shopping, lodging and dining experiences on the Gulf Coast, with over 70 businesses ranging from fine dining restaurants to elegant B&Bs to top fashion boutiques.
Click here for an ArtsAlive! 2014 event map showing the locations of all Showcase Hosts below!
Click here for an ArtsAlive! 2014 event map showing the locations of all Showcase Hosts below!
111 N. Second Street
Located just off Main Street, owners Sylvia and Ed Young’s antiques and collectible mall contains over 35 vendors and over a dozen artists in 7,000 square feet of space. Corridors lined with everything from vintage fishing lures and hand tools to crystal glassware and furniture wind back and around in a delightful maze, leaving customers wondering exactly where they entered. Sylvia Young jokes in a take-off on the Gilligan Island’s theme song that “shoppers come in for a three-hour tour and may get lost.”
In addition to antiques, the shop carries repurposed furniture, locally created art for both home and garden. She and Ed lead the way through the enormous shop, explaining that they carry everything from “new to deco, to vintage.” Best sellers in the mall include Shabby Chic to antique furniture, home décor, jewelry, books, patio furnishings, and art.
Bay-tique, 203B North Second Street
Located in the heart of Old Town, Bay-Tique has something for everyone, including stylish (yet affordable) Bay attire for men and women, souvenirs, gifts and beach supplies. Shoppers will also find locally created clothing, accessories, jewelry and artwork.
The T-shirts and souvenirs found in the shop are specifically chosen and designed to promote Bay St. Louis, Hancock County and Mississippi. While owner Jane Alford dedicates a large part of her shop space to products and art produced locally, she also carries internationally popular brands like Billabong, Quiksilver, Roxy and Sanuk. The shop’s motto is “Bay ware for all seasons!”
Alford, who also owns The Carroll House Bed & Breakfast says that the idea of Bay-Tique evolved from listening to her guests comment on what they’d like to see while visiting Bay St. Louis. So Alford came up with Bay-tique, to capture the laid-back, funky, artsy, seaside community feel of “the Bay.”
220 Main St.
One of the oldest continuously operating businesses in Old Town, Clay Creations is a working clay studio with a showroom. Owners Mark Currier and Jenise McCardell also share their show-stopping art deco building with Gallery 220, a cooperative featuring work by twenty local artists.
Clay Creations began in the 1980’s as the brainchild of artist Jenise McCardell, fashions small ceramic sculptures of regional homes, schools and churches in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast. The business has become a family affair through the years, as McCardell has been joined by her husband, potter Mark Currier and daughter Devon.
The pieces are sculpted from white clay, hand-painted and fired twice in a hire temperature kiln. Over 1,000 different Clay Creation designs are on display in the studio/showroom.
“People collect memories through my art,” says McCardell. “My favorite creations are custom pieces I make for customers who provide photos of their homes or businesses.”
Ferrill Photography and Bay Body Therapy –
212 B Main Street
Located in the heart of Old Town, these businesses share a charming building consisting of a common consultation room but yet separate studio and massage rooms.
Linda Ferrill, owner of Ferrill Photography, specializes in Children and Family Portraits, Newborn and Maternity Sessions, Weddings and Engagement Portraits, as well as Senior Portraits and Headshots. Sessions can be booked for both in studio or outdoor locations. Gift Certificates are also available. She can be reached at 228-216-7898 or email@example.com
Peggy Johnson, owner of Bay Body Therapy, specializes in Fibromyalgia, Pain, and Stress Relief. Her Massage Therapies include: Swedish, Sports, Prenatal, Deep Tissue, and Neuromuscular. Her Therapeutic Services also include: Stretching, Reflexology, Couples Massage, Infant Massage, and Home Visits. Spa Parties and Gift Certificates are also available. She can be reached at 228-304-0484 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The French Potager
213 Main Street
The French Potager carries a fascinating array of antiques, gifts, plants and accessories for home and garden. The shop is the brain-child of Martha Whitney Butler. Butler may be one of the youngest shop owners in Old Town, but she’s also one of the most savvy – and probably has more business experience than many corporate executives.
The daughter of antique dealers in Birmingham, Butler’s opened her first shop in a prestigious antiques mall when she was only 16 years old. By the time she entered college at Ole Miss, she’d already been on antique buying trips to Europe and was a veteran at hunting for bargains in Parisian flea markets. While earning her degree in art history and English, she earned pocket money by ferreting out collectibles from thrift stores, then reselling her finds to antique dealers.
Working at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Butler learned the nuts and bolts of running a museum, then in 2009, visited Bay St. Louis for the first time to apply as manager of the Alice Moseley Museum.
“I fell in love with Bay St. Louis instantly,” says Butler. “I didn’t want to leave and ended up moving down the next weekend.”
Gallery 220 -
220 Main St.
At Gallery 220, you'll find the work of over twenty artists showcased in this unique building that adds a splash of Art Deco architecture to Old Town. The building is even rumored to be haunted by a turn of the century spirit - but that only adds to the charm of one of the liveliest shops in Old Town.
Representing 20 talented artists to the public, collectors, designers, and corporations, the gallery offers an eclectic collection of contemporary art that will bring life and inspiration to any environment . The artists at 220 are career professionals, passionate about their work and dedicated to excellence, understanding that original art can chamber the very atmosphere of any room.
The artists take turns minding the gallery, so visitors can count on interesting conversations. And since all participating artists frequently bring in new work - you'll want to stop in often.
200 Main Street
This incredible shop has something for everyone in the Heart of Old Town featuring antiques, collectibles, toys, tools, pottery, furniture, ceramics, jewelry, linens, art, books, ephemera, sports, prints, comics, coins, primitives, Retro, Deco, Victorian, Mission, and Howard Products for all wood furniture!
We buy and sell estates of all sizes. Auctioneer Jack Schornick, (MS Auctioneer #975), is available for estate and benefit auctions. We are Open Daily from 10:00 - 5:00. NEW! NEW! NEW! BLOSSOMING this year with our BOUTIQUE NURSERY featuring Heirloom seeds and starts, organic fertilizers and amendments! 228-467-8170, email: Magnoliaantiques@att.net.
The Screaming Porch Gift Co.
106 S. Second Street
The Screaming Porch Creative Factory creates their own acclaimed product line and purveys other lines, carefully chosen to meet their standard of fun and creativity. Many of the finds in this unique experience of a shop are hand made, locally and regionally.
Their own Product line includes The Mississippi Pickle Fork™, The Promised Land Church Fan™, The Hot Flash Purse Fan™ and a decadent line of hand crafted soaps, creme´ and candles under their cleverly branded vintage Mississippi map theme.
You'll also find hand sewn goods made by the owner and her two home schooled daughters. One of a kind "Smocking Jackets" and a just launched line of vintage bow ties that every consummate bow tie wearer will covet. Do not miss this shop.
Sycamore House Restaurant
210 Main St.
Although the Sycamore House has arrived as a major Gulf Coast dining destination, it has somehow managed to bypass pretension altogether. Located in the stately Landmark Building, a sign out front reads, “Come Casual, We’ll Supply the Elegance.”
Inside, diners will find high ceiling room and tables draped with linens, set with glimmering silverware and china fit for royalty.
But the menu is what has built the Sycamore House a fan-base of foodies who drive over regularly from New Orleans. The menu ranges from melt-in-your-mouth steaks to gourmet specialties like cassoulet of local rabbit. Scrumptious appetizers at the bar can turn a glass of wine into a perfect late evening meal. The restaurant also magically serves up bistro food like burgers and gourmet pizzas for families or couples seeking escape from fast-food mania.
One of the best parts? The bill! Prices begin at $10.95for a ½ lb. burger and $17.99 for a shrimp pizza.
116 North Beach, Blvd.
While our sign says we're the best in Bay St. Louis, many of our fans believe we serve up some of the finest cuisine on the entire Gulf Coast!
A lot has changed since we opened in 1994 - in fact, our home is now a fantastic new two-story building on the beachfront, with a balcony bar upstairs, The Blue Marlin. This balcony bar is the Bay’s favorite place to be and hits all the right notes with a delicious menu, specialty drinks, friendly servers and a welcoming decor that makes you feel right at home.
What hasn't changed through the years is our commitment to quality, our tip-top service and the family recipes that have made us a regional dining destination.
We can host your holiday gatherings, parties or business meetings too! Just call to reserve a private room in the restaurant or the Blue Marlin.
Bay Town Inn, 208 North Beach Blvd.
The Bay Town Inn is an eleven room bed and breakfast in the heart of Bay St. Louis. It is located across the street from the new Harbor, and just steps away are great restaurants, intriguing shops and galleries featuring some of the finest creations on the coast. The Inn's suites include a parlor, small kitchen area, full bath and separate bedroom with a king bed. Enjoy a light, continental breakfast during the week and a complete-served-to-your-suite breakfast on the weekends. The Bay is known for many things - the arts, the food, the beach, the warmth of the people. The Bay Town Inn is proud to be, once again, a part of this beautiful community.
111-A Main Street
Coastal Living at it's finest - Bay Breeze offers everything for the Gulf Coast lifestyle, from home furnishings, outdoor living furnishings and accessories and water sport equipment like Confluence Kayaks and SUPatx Paddle Boards.
You'll find pottery, gifts, hammocks, mexican blankets, fountains and garden furniture as well. And don't forget, at Bay Breeze, you can rent a bike or a kayak to explore the scenic beach bike trails and waterways of the Mississippi Gulf Coast!
The Bonner Collection
108 S. Beach Blvd.
French Settlement Building After being located at Beach and Main St. before Katrina, Patsy and Jim Bonner are so happy to bring the Bonner Collection back to 108 S. Beach Blvd. at the French Settlement. Come visit and see Jim's varied watercolors, unique gifts and home decor and a wonderful collection of jewelry.
Century Hall - 112 South Second Street
Sometimes called the best-kept secret in Bay St. Louis, Century Hall fills three levels of a hundred year old building with a unique blend of old and new. An eclectic mix of merchants and artists offering items ranging from architectural salvage and elegant antiques to trendy fashions and Catherine Popesco jewelry. Some of the shops include “Time after Time” antiques and collectibles, “Bijoubel” jewelry and accessories, “Paper Moon” vintage/retro and jewelry, “Boesch and Co.” repurposed furniture and fine woodworking, “Family Tradition” beachy décor and art, “Built of Barn wood” home furnishings and candles, “Charbonnet” furniture and antiques, “Jessi J’s” a serendiptal boutique, “The Trading Post” collectibles and coins, and “Steampunk Curiosities” art by John Walrod. With thirteen unique shops under one historic roof, Century Hall offers something for everyone.
300 S. Second St.
The Cypress Café is a modern Café with a cozy and friendly atmosphere. Nestled between the shoofly, tennis courts and City Park. The café is located in the Historic City Hall Building built in 1905.
Once inside you can see the old jail cells, Sea Coast Echo archives and articles from the 1900’s. This café features mouth-watering pastries, gourmet burgers, soups, salads, wraps, and Panini sandwiches, and much much more. This is a great hotspot for lunch.
While in the café, feel free to shop our gift boutique. It's unique and gourmet items sure to please anyone. Grab an irresistible dessert before strolling around City Park and the duck pond. You don’t want to miss this cafe.’ It’s sure to be one of your favorite spots in Bay St Louis.
126 Main Street
Inside Maggie Mays
Fashion Express may not be the largest shop in Old Town, but it’s the oldest – and there’s a good reason for that. Owner Jean Ann Thriffiley has been an Old Town merchant for over twenty years, carefully selecting each item she stocks with two qualities in mind: elegance and affordability.
In fact, she’s represented the renown coast designer Maurice Milleur since 1991, carrying his stunning pewter jewelry and giftware lines. The shop features a large selection of Milleur’s work.
Discriminating shoppers will also find brass and verdigris jewelry by Elaine Coyne, fused glass jewelry by Connie Bennett sterling silver and gem stones, and fun costume jewelry by J. Lauren - which comes with a lifetime guarantee. Wearables in Fashion Express include fun ladies’ apparel like scarves and shrugs and beachwear that’s as comfortable as it is eye-catching. Gift-giving is especially simple with free gift-wrapping.
126 Main Street
The Mockingbird Cafe
110 South Second Street
Built in 1868 and boasting a rare three-sided gallery, the Mockingbird Café is a small, charmingly eclectic venue located two blocks from the Beachfront, Old Town Bay St. Louis.
The 'bird is the preferred hangout of the young, young at heart, slightly underground, artsy, volunteers, old hippies and generally, anyone with an easy spirit who doesn't think you should put extra starch in your underwear.
We've been called the Living Room of the Bay, and that is true. When the Mockingbird was born, out of the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, locals and volunteers alike found the 'bird to be a welcome and comforting presence in the trying, chaotic times after the storm.
In the years since, the Mockingbird Cafè has evolved from coffee shop & gathering place into a respected restaurant and art gallery.
The walls of the 'bird are filled with the creations of local artist and photographers.
Offering Specialty Coffees, Food and Drink, Happy Hour and other events, the Mockingbird has days and evenings filled with much enjoyment and relaxation.
201 Main Street
Mississippi Magazine named Social Chair the Best Gift Shop in the entire state for 2013, verifying what locals already know. In fact, owner and interior designer Yuki Northington who wound up in the bright spotlight of HGTV’s Design Star show in 2012.
Northington’s design talents came in handy when she moved into one of the oldest commercial buildings on the Gulf Coast last year. The 170 year old building is now filled with a lively melange of merchandise, from home décor to fun fashion accessories. The shop has also become the “go-to” registry place for creative brides.
Shoppers will find art prints and originals by Yuki herself at Social Chair, where custom framing made from locally reclaimed wood is available at very affordable prices. Works by other regional artists include cards by Anne Madden, hand painted signs by Jennifer Jordan and jewelry by Susan Shaw. Social Chair is a “DON’T MISS” on any trip to the Bay!
Twin Light Creations
136 Main St.
Located in an 1890's restored cottage, in the heart of Old Town, Twin Light Creations specializes in an eclectic collection of home and garden decor.
We carry an astonishing array of irresistable items like one of a kind copper oil lamps, nature photographs printed on recycled wood and room making wall sculptures.
Yard art moves up into an entirely new level in the gardens. Hand made metal art spins in the wind while colorful birds dance and wind chimes play a musical melody.
We love it when people step into the shop and say "WOW!" So we keep things new and fresh for our regular customers. And we pride ourselves on quality and service, working hard to keep our prices down, appealing to all budgets. Since we first opened there has been one steadfast rule that continues to work for us today: "If we wouldn't buy an item ourselves, we don't sell it."