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!
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!
Alternate Reality Artist Gallery
441 Main St.
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
Another Hot Spot in March is Alternate Reality Artist Gallery at 441 Main St., which features artists from all walks of life. Combining all of their works under one roof, owner Nicholas Carter says, creates an eclectic and cohesive collection.
“We are known as an Artist Gallery because the artist is our focus; the fingers holding the paintbrush, the eye behind the lens, the hands working the clay and the minds and hearts in which creativity is born,” Nicholas said. “All producing an array of art, which is truly a parallel universe of perspective, our own Alternate Reality…"
The gallery has been open for two years in the distinctive building that houses the offices of unabridged Architecture, and now Nicholas is expanding with a new concept. He is joining forces with Kerrie Loya of 100 Men Hall to add Essential Elements to the gallery.
It’s a concept boutique “with a highly curated collection of the best of the best items and products designed to help you achieve your personal wellness goals,” said Nicholas.
There will be art, jewelry, clothing, organic yoga mats, body and hair products, literature and gifts. Everything is organic and available in limited quantities. Fitness guru Kerrie will offer personalized yoga sessions as part of the boutique experience.
On Second Saturday Nicholas and Kerrie will kick off the Fabulosity Pop-up Boutique sale, which was such a great success last year. The pop-up tag sale will feature high-end fashions, accessories and more at low-end prices.
Shop for shoes, skirts, dresses, coats, jeans, purses and more from Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Prada, Christian Dior, Manolo Blahnik, Dolce & Gabbana other top-tier fashion brands.
111B Main Street
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
Biz-Zee Bee, which sells stylishly classic clothing for children, has been open at 111B Main St. for almost a year. Owner Janelle Graham moved to Old Town last May from Highway 90 and immediately saw an increase in foot traffic at her shop. “We have more customers, more tourists now,” Janelle said. “Being down here has made all the difference.”
The shop is celebrating its 10th year in business this year. “The time went by so quickly. My two kids have grown up in Biz-Zee Bee,” she said.
As a mom, Janelle knows the importance of stylish, high quality children’s clothing and accessories offered at a good price. Her customers can see for themselves how well-made the clothing is, and that quality has turned many of them into return customers who help spread the word about Bizzee Bee.
The shop is filling up with spring and summer merchandise that it’s known for. “We tend to carry more traditional smocked outfits and clothing with nautical themes: mermaids, sailboats and crabs,” Janelle said.
Little boys' items include long-sleeved fishing shirts, shorts, and hats just like their dads wear. “We’re near the new harbor and we thought those things would be popular,” she said. Besides the nautical-themed clothing, the shop sells toys, dance outfits, and shoes.
Biz-Zee Bee also offers a special touch to personalize clothing and accessories. Janelle and her aunt Janelle Hilliard use high-tech sewing machines to embroider names and initials on merchandise purchased at Biz-Zee Bee and elsewhere.