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!
November Second Saturday "Hot Spots"
stay "Hot" all month!
305 Main Street
After spending a day shopping in Old Town, many will want to visit again and again — or even purchase a home away from home here. Ronnie and Sandy Robert, owners of Bay Cottages vacation rentals, provide a place for visitors to “live like a local” and enjoy the charm of a small town with friendly residents.
Real estate is about location, location, location, so the Roberts chose a1920 registered historic building on Main Street in Old Town. The cottages are only a half-mile from the public beach and fishing pier. A world-class golf course and casinos are a short drive away.
Bay Cottages also is a prime location for families coming in for weddings, reunions or just to have fun during many of the great festivals throughout the year along the Gulf Coast.
The colorful stucco house is set up as a duplex – with both sides offering privacy and a relaxing setting. Each separate “cottage” is named - The Southern Comfort and Latitude Adjustment. They feature hardwood floors, beaded-board walls and ceilings and comfortable furnishings, providing an atmosphere that feels like home. Both cottages offer two bedrooms, one and half baths, and fully equipped kitchens with laundry facilities and off-street parking.
Find additional information on Bay Cottages at www.vrbo.com, Property # 313124 and Property # 400259, or contact property manager Manieri Real Estate at 466-4793.
For Second Saturday, look for Bay Cottages band playing in front of the Starfish Cafe, 211 Main Street, just a few doors down from the rentals. You can also pick up a brochure about the cottage rentals at the Starfish!
Twin Light Creations
136 Main St.
228. 469. 0011
Before owners Pam Collins and Joy Panks opened Twin Light Creations, the friends spent months traveling around the country gathering their favorite retailing ideas and seeking out the work of fine craftsmen and unique products.
Collins had worked in retail for much of her career, while Panks was a drafter. Both had lived in New Orleans, where they put in long hours for decades, before making the break to become entrepreneurs. The two moved to Bay St. Louis and opened Twin Light Creations on Main Street in 2000, offering unique garden and home décor. When they expanded the business in 2007, they chose a nearby 1890’s bungalow that’s one of the historic stars of Old Town.
Collins explains that even with over a decade of experience, when shopping for product lines to carry, the two women still hunt for items that have a “wow!” factor.
That "Wow" factor is apparent all the way through the shop and out into the gardens, which also serves as a showroom. Inside, you'll find an array of eclectic home decor items, while the lush garden beside and behind the cottage is filled with unique yard art designed to make any space relaxing. Find colorful coastal flair in metal and wood crabs, fish and shrimp, handmade wind chimes and glass, copper and brass bird feeders, hand-blown glass birdbaths, hand-painted platters and more.
When creating your own “secret spot,” Collins and Panks say look for garden art that not only is a reflection of your individuality but also makes a statement about the setting being created.
During Second Saturday, Becky Eymard, “The One-Woman Band,” will be playing on the front porch from 4 – 7pm. They’ll be serving refreshments and a selection of hot h’orderves inside. Look through their large selection of holiday garden art that’s just arrived, including solar-powered yard-art that “is especially hot right now,” according to Collins.