Welcome to Old Town Bay St. Louis!
Mississippi Gulf Coast
Our authentic character, historic buildings, and friendly folks are just a few of the reasons why Budget Travel Magazine named us one of the "Coolest Small Towns in America" in 2013. And Coastal Living Magazine named Bay St. Louis one of the top ten small beach towns in the country in 2010! Explore Old Town using the menu above - or check out quick links to individual merchants below. Come play for a day, you may want to stay!
Second Saturday Artwalk
Happy New Year!
Use the alphabetical list below or search by category from the menu bar above to learn more about members of the Old Town Merchants Association!
Coolest in the South!
In Budget Travel Magazine's annual contest, Bay St. Louis was chosen as one of the top three Coolest Small Towns in the country for 2013 - and we ranked above other Southern contenders by a long shot. That makes us the Coolest Small Town in the South by our way of thinking and gives us major bragging rights! So start bragging! Here's the link to the whole article. Share it with friends and business associates. To read the article in Budget Travel On-line, click here!
The Anchor House
125 Main St. Suite C
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
Come see us! Cold drinks, smoothies, teas, & more,or just come get framed
Anchor House opened May 1 doing double duty as a coffee house and custom frame shop and both are enjoying a growing popularity.
Owner Nick Graham previously worked as a trim carpenter but had to learn coffee making for his new venture. “I didn’t know anything about how to make espresso,” he admitted.
The shop’s coffee comes from Coast Roast in Long Beach. “There’s a daily brew and we also have lattes and espresso in any flavor you want. We also do smoothies and frozen coffee,” he said.
There’s also hot and cold tea in multiple flavors including traditional Southern sweet or unsweet tea, oolong and jasmine tea. All the teas are organic.
Anchor House caters mainly to customers who want their coffee-to-go but there are a few tables available.
Customers looking for framing can choose from trim samples and orders are assembled in his garage. “I make my own trim with a coastal distress look in any color you want,” he said.
On Second Saturday, Anchor House will offer a 20 percent discount and special pricing on frames - you can also get a free sample of homemade Kahlua.
112 S. Second St.
inside Bay Emporium
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
Fun gifts. Local driftwood. Antiques/vintage. Interior accents. Rugs.
Amy Covington moved her shop, Flair, from Harrison County to the first floor of Bay Emporium in May and in November took over a bigger space on the second floor. The shop sells fun gifts, charming antique and vintage pieces and Mad Mats (stylish indoor-outdoor rugs). High-Style Eclectic could be a good subtitle for the shop.
Covington calls Flair “a very happy accident” and said it started as a hobby with her love of antiques. She began combining vintage pieces with trendy ones and found the new-old combination was a hit with customers. “I was having good success and here we are a Hot Spot. It’s been a really wild and exciting ride.”
Covington said her goal is to make sure all of Flair’s merchandise falls into the “that’s so cool. Where did you get that?” category. Shoppers will find a wide range of products — gumbo spoons, Dammit Dolls (having a bad day? Take out your frustrations guilt-free by tossing one of these colorful stuffed dolls around), vintage cookbooks, beach-inspired home decor and jewelry.
Covington graduated with a master's degree in public relations and is best known on the coast for her career in marketing and tourism. About eighteen months ago, while reassessing "what I wanted to do with the rest of my life," she acted on a long time dream by moving to Bay St. Louis.
"My heart is in Bay St. Louis," says Covington. "I'm very grateful to be here. The people here are following their bliss. They're authentic and very inspiring."
Covington had her first taste of working in retail as a 15 year old working in a clothing store. She never lost her affection for stylishness, as the shop's name demonstrates. “My definition of style is originality and that’s what I wanted for my shop. To me it seemed like a natural fit.”
She moved into Bay Emporium in May 2014 and finds the space a perfect fit as well. One of the stand-out historic buildings in Bay St. Louis, it's centrally located in Old Town and houses thirteen shops under one roof. Covington attributes a lot of her success to being located in the Emporium, which she calls a "real shopping destination now."
Flair allows Covington to exercise her creative side too. Some of the shops most popular items are the trees and crosses made from driftwood pieces that she and fiance Mack Hudson gather on their beach walks.
“It’s a cool thing for visitors to take home a piece of Bay St. Louis,” she said.
Flair will celebrate its Second Saturday Hot Spot status with food, entertainment, sale prices and specials.