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!
Bay Featured In News With A TWIST!
Welcome Cruisers & Car Lovers
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!
New Free Trolley Service in Old Town
It runs Thurs - Sundays and makes stops throughout Old Town. The entire route will take approximately 40 minutes round trip.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday trolley service will extend through the evening hours from 5pm to 10pm.
The trolley also accepts bicyclists. It features a drop-down bike rack in the front that will carry two bikes.
Click here for route map, schedule and more details!
BSL Makes "Best Of!"
Recently, Bay St. Louis was one of only twelve Mississippi locations to be selected for the "Official Best Of Mississippi" feature. Nominees underwent a rigorous selection process. See why we were chosen "Best Pleasure Seeker's Paradise" below!
125 Main Street
Becky Shubert is gearing up for Cruisin’ the Coast. She and her husband Randy’s store, Southern Accents at 125 Main Street, is right in the thick of where all the action is going to be when thousands of people and classic cars take over Old Town Bay St. Louis.
Becky says she plans to get a new shipment of goods in prior to the influx of auto enthusiasts October 7-11 (Cruisin’ runs October 4-11, with the biggest crowds hitting Bay St. Louis that Wednesday through the weekend), which also encompasses Bay St. Louis’s Second Saturday Art Walk. The store currently stocks a variety of gift items and home decor like candles, silver serving bowls, trays, and utensils, plaques and art to hang on the wall, onesies and other baby gifts and clothing, and a large selection of T-shirts, tea towels, clutches and tchotchkes.
While Becky says Cruisin’ the Coast certainly brings increased business to Southern Accents each year, what she really looks forward to is the fun that she and her husband have during the big event. “We set up a tent out front and sell T-shirts and things out there,” she says, “and we’re almost like a drive-through. We sell cold drinks, so sometimes one of the cars driving by will stop, and we’ll take it to them!”
Also this month for Second Saturday, Southern Accents will host music from about 4 p.m. as local guitarist/singer Kelsey Moran sets up in front of the store. Local favorite Moran sings and plays a great selection of classic rock and country with a mean, hollow-body Ibanez guitar.
Shubert has other big plans for Southern Accents. Before the end of the year she and Randy will expand into the space next door, effectively doubling their showroom, and broaden inventory to include women’s clothing, with shirts, pants, skirts, scarves, legwear, and jewelry. Becky says she will make some changes to the current inventory, but will continue to stock their best-selling gifts, T-shirts and other items in what is the current space.
Becky, a mother of five (four girls and one boy), says her daughters will be helping her select inventory for the new expanded area. She is excited to embark on the process with her girls, who are in their late teens and twenties. “They give me really good ideas,” Becky says.
220 Main Street
Jenise McCardell sits at a workbench with a clear view of anyone walking through the door of Gallery 220, an artists’ collective located at 220 Main Street that showcases a constantly evolving flow of work by more than 20 artists.
For the Second Saturday Art Walk in Bay St. Louis each month, the Gallery features one or two artists. October’s featured artists are Barbara Beaudry Brodtmann and Janet G. Densmore. Second Saturday this month will be especially exciting, with the influx of visitors in town for Cruisin’ the Coast, which runs October 4–11. Stop in, say hello, and view work that spans an array of mediums and styles from the artists in the Gallery 220 collective.
Barbara Brodtmann knows watercolor. The local painter, one of Gallery 220’s featured artists for October, not only paints in watercolor on canvas and paper, but also conducts workshops at businesses and at private functions.
Brotdmann is motivated by light and color, and finds inspiration in nature and the marine life on the beaches and in the marshes of the Gulf Coast. She loves animals: crabs, alligators, frogs, and birds are frequently her subjects.
Whether painting an evening sky or a commissioned portrait of someone’s grandchild, writing the story of a New Orleans voodoo priestess or editing video for trial attorneys, Janet Densmore is going for one thing, and that’s the truth – the truth of that thing, drawn from a place of truth within herself.
The painter, writer, videographer, documentarian, and former performance artist and artists’ model works out of her studio in the Bay Artists’ Co-op, doing commissioned portraiture as well as her personally inspired pieces from oils and pastels.
Densmore is also compiling a body of work she will complete in the coming months that will include paintings, drawings, and 3-D assemblages exploring themes around identity and today’s technological culture.
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!