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 April 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!
June Hot Spots stay "Hot" all month!
Built Of Barnwood
Built of Barnwood is located inside Century Hall at 112 S. Second Street
The Hot Spot known as BOB, or Built of Barnwood, has customers worldwide buying artwork, home furnishings and design accent pieces made from vintage wood and other reclaimed building materials. Open for a year, the business is already looking to expand.
Built Of Barnwood is the brainchild of brothers Bob and Ian Somerhalder and Bob’s son Peyton.
Bob and Peyton handle the day-to-day operation and when Ian’s not appearing in “The Vampire Diaries,” he helps in the design, promotion and branding of the rapidly growing business.
In addition to making home decor and furniture from recycled goods, the Somerhalders create other “green” and sustainable lifestyle products. A best seller is the famous “Ian” Crosses made of reclaimed wood and embellished with concrete fleur de lis centerpieces.
Built Of Barnwood is the exclusive Swan Creek Candle Company retailer in the Bay St. Louis-Waveland area and is a Swan Creek Wax dealer as well. On Second Saturday there will be demonstrations all day on how to create and refill your very own unique candles.
Built of Barnwood also will be serving some amazing Caribbean BBQ and cool Island beverages in keeping with the pirate theme.
From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., DJ McClain will be spinning tunes from the front porch of Century Hall, welcoming all to come on in and check out the 13 unique stores inside this one amazing destination.
Built Of Barnwood invites all visitors to come check out the “Bounty” of things to do when you spend the day and evening in the Bay.
Identity Vintage is located at 131 Main Street Suite A
Identity Vintage owner Suzi Walters says the transition to the summer season means “lots of really fun and colorful, light and breezy fashion choices in addition to all the things in stock that people have come to expect.”
If you’re nostalgic for the ‘50s, ‘60s or ‘70s, Identity Vintage will take you back to those distinctive fashions. The store specializes in vintage and retro clothes, shoes, jewelry and other accessories. The clothing has all been carefully restored by hand, then professionally cleaned so it is ready to wear out of the shop or out of bag.
Identity Vintage is a favorite shopping destination for prom dresses or any special occasion, casual or formal. The seasonal merchandise for summer includes vintage petticoats, sparkly vintage jewelry, beautiful handbags, floppy summer hats, colorful sarongs and bathing suit coverups for the beach or poolside. “We have all the summer staples that everybody needs to stash in their tote bag.”
Prices are some of the most affordable anywhere, said Suzi. “So throw on a pair of flip flops and come down to Old Town,” she said. “This shop is a fun place.”
Part of the fun feeling in the store is reflected in the front window where the red-headed mannequin named Florence resides. Her vintage outfits are changed regularly, Walter says, reflecting the beauty and whimsy of Bay St. Louis.
For Second Saturday, local favorite Rochelle Harper will start singing at 6 p.m. right in front of Identity Vintage and tasty refreshments will be served inside.
“Rochelle will take requests and lead the singalongs in the store and on the sidewalk,” Suzi promises. “Come and have fun and celebrate life!”