The 2017 event will take place in Olde Town Bay St. Louis. If your business is located in that area we would love to have you host!
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.
Coming soon Click here for an ArtsAlive! 2017 event map showing the locations of all Showcase Hosts below!
Coming soon Click here for an ArtsAlive! 2017 event map showing the locations of all Showcase Hosts below!
131 Main St. St. B
Your local independent bookstore in the heart of Old Town Bay Saint Louis. Bay Books has a large selection of new or used books in stock and we are happy to order anything you might want. We also have tons of toys, cards, and lots of stationery as well as First Communion and Confirmation gifts. Feel free to come by and check out our latest selection of great reads.
There is always something new and interesting to see at Bay Books. We pride ourselves on being both knowledgeable and helpful resources when shopping for a great book or gift. We are only half a block from the Gulf of Mexico and are located in the heart of Old Town Bay St. Louis.
Bay Book's regular business hours are Monday - Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
209 Main St.
Located in a cute historical clapboard vacation cottage built over a hundred years ago.– perfectly “Bohemian”.
The Gallery is a diverse business incubator for up and coming local artists who are members of the creative economy as well as established artists. This diverse eclectic mix has allowed a wonderful mix of art inventory. The public enjoys the new and exciting creative pieces that arrive every week from the exhibitors at the gallery who exhibit both inside the gallery and outside in Bohemian Art Alley.
The Gallery is owned by Dani Davis and Kathleen Johnson (Backwater Studio) who both have a long history of working in a broad art spectrum themselves and are also from entirely different geographic locations in the United States and Australia.
Exhibit spaces are available at the Bohemian Gallery both inside and outside on weekends and during Festivals.
The Bohemian Gallery is dedicated to promoting artists from the Creative Economy and provides a platform every Saturday for them to exhibit outside in Bohemian Art Alley. The gallery provides the display area, the tents, tables, and lights for those artists who do not have those fixtures who are just starting up and also assists them with their artistic marketing. The gallery also provides a service to all artists to repair their Canopy Display tents when they are damaged and not usable due to broken and bent struts. The Gallery has a large inventory of various brands of used Canopy Parts from every kind established artists have donated their damaged tents to for this project. Some of those donated tents are repaired and donated to up and coming artists for Exhibits and Shows. If you know an artist who would qualify for such a tent – please feel free to contact the Bohemian Gallery. You will also find, at the Gallery, canopy weights of various sizes for your canopy tents. Kathleen Johnson will also be providing safety talks on Festival Safety for Canopy Tents at the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce Festivals this year.
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 St.
Walking through the doors of Magnolia Antiques you enter a world of the past, one that brings memories flooding back with each step. Corridors weave through 3000 feet lined with cases and shelves and furniture from another, simpler era. But you have to wonder, who’s the mastermind behind this magical array of collectibles and antiques?
There are actually four masterminds now. Glenda and Jack Schornick originally opened Magnolia Antiques in Old Town in 2007. Then in 2013, Schornick’s daughter, Shay Coss relocated from California and became part of daily operations.
The shop is located in a huge storefront at the corner of Main and Second Streets, one that housed a department store for over fifty years.
It’s still a department store of sorts. There’s the kitchenware department and the depression-glass department and the quirky-knick-knack department and the vintage-camera department. And then rows upon rows of items that could simply be categorized under a “Cool and Amazing Things” heading.
Magnolia Antiques boasts a large collection of playable ukuleles thanks to the keen eye of Glenda’s husband Jack. The store also features lots of mid-century modern pieces that their daughter Shay enjoys. It’s a family affair at Magnolia Antiques, which makes for a wide variety of finds — from furniture to jewelry and toys, antique coins and so much more.
Another unique find at Magnolia Antiques: Betty Steckman’s photography postcards from Bay St. Louis and Waveland. Schotnick recently bought all the postcards from Steckman’s family.
“To us, we represent the epitome of recycling,” says Glenda. “We have all that stuff you loved in your great-grandmother’s house, from pottery to kitchenware, from serious antiques to vintage and collectibles. “We don't focus on one particular thing. We have something for everyone from every time period. It may not be all vintage, but it’s all collectible.”
Smith & Lens Gallery
A small gallery of goodness nestled in the heart of old town, Smith & Lens
Features different art every month. From local and far away artists to group
and juried shows, the gallery is moving to the beat of their own bongos.
Prepare to have fun while being wowed.
Gallery owners and resident artists are SMITH (silversmith) sandy Maggio and
LENS (photographer) Ann Dinwiddie madden.
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. 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.
Social Chair is a “DON’T MISS” on any trip to the Bay!
111 Main St. Ste. D
This exciting new shop and gallery has gifts and art for everyone including Crabtree Evelyn products, Caspari napkins & placemats and Tervis Cups and Crestview lamps. Also at Bay Life you will find Mississippi products like Oxford soy candles, Thimblepress Greeting cards, and AO Jewelry. Featured local regional artists include the popular Tehle McGuffee's coastal art as well as Tracy Steiffel's hand- painted pillows , Lisa Hymel's seaglass artwork and Shirley Kautz's colorful bouys.
112 South Second Street
The best kept secret in Bay St. Louis, Bay Emporium fills three levels of a hundred year old building with a unique blend of old and new. An eclectic mix of merchants and artists, this collection offers items ranging from architectural salvage and elegant antiques to trendy fashions and jewelry. Some of the shops include “Steampunk Curiosities” art by John Walrod, “Time after Time” antiques, collectibles, and candles, “Flair” beachy décor and gifts, “Voila” French inspired goods, “Boesch and Co.” repurposed furniture and fine woodworking, “In-2-Details” home furnishings and antiques, “Bella Mar Boutique” contemporary chic clothing, and “Paper Moon” art, vintage/retro, and jewelry. With thirteen unique shops under one historic roof, Bay Emporium offers something for everyone.
126 Main St.
The coast's finest resort wear for men and women.
An eclectic boutique for women and men specializing in Made in USA linen cotton and natural fiber clothing. We also have coordinating jewelry, accessories, shoes, scarves and handbags. If you life Flax, Cut Loose, Jones Wear, Mosaic, Matchpoint, Banana Blue for women or Tommy Bahama, Weekender, Tori Richard for men. Size XS to XL and plus 1X to 3X.
The French Potager
213 Main Street
The French Potager carries a fascinating array of antiques, gifts, plants and accessories for home and garden. It also operates as a full-service flower shop. 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.”
Hancock County Courthouse
152 Main Street
This historic courthouse in downtown Bay St. Louis, built in 1911, was considered the crown jewel and heart of Main Street. When it was reopened in 2009, the company that did the renovation received an award from the state’s engineering council for the restoration of the building to its original character.
Artists will be located INSIDE the building as well as on the grounds.
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.
131 Main St. Ste. C & D
The irresistible scent of fresh-baked loaves lures people walking down Main Street into the Serious Bread Bakery. Once inside, the cafe area offers a menu with several new items like tabouli and hummus, as well as a selection of sweets that will have your mouth watering. Best of all, the bakery serves samples, although be warned: the samples simply make it harder to choose.
Al Jensen is a retired oceanographer who traveled around the world during his career, sampling breads in every country he visited. Frustrated by the lack of artisan breads on the coast, this staff-of-life connoisseur later decided to solve the problem by becoming a baker himself.
Jensen pursued his new vocation “seriously.” After several workshops with a world-renowned baker in Vermont, he and his wife Vivian began selling the loaves in regional farmers markets, finding that their offerings were snapped up by a public hungry for more.
The Jensens stay busy: they opened the Serious Bread Bakery, beginning with the bakery and expanding into a coffee/sandwich shop next door to feature their baked goods. The pair creates seasonal and specialty breads (including challah and Irish soda bread) - in addition to the nine different types offered regularly.
“We like our city and most of all, we enjoy our customers,” says Al “The Breadman” Jensen.