Over the past twenty years, the monthly artwalk has become one of the most popular events in the region. Old Town stays lively all day, with many merchants and restaurants offering specials. The pace picks up from 4 – 8pm, when gallery openings and live music keep the streets humming with activity.
Each month, one or two Old Town businesses take the spotlight as “Hot Spots” and veteran Second Saturday patrons know these will be among the liveliest places to be during the event.
Our January Hot Spots
Stay Hot all Month!
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.
Second Saturday Happenings!
Antique Maison Ulman Tearoom - 317 Ulman Ave. Booths for rent, good food, sales on merchandise and beautiful ambiance
Bay Books - 131 Main Street - Philip L. Levin, MD, will be signing his latest book, On a Mission from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.
Bay Emporium - 112 S. Second Street - Thirteen shops under one historic roof. Start the new year by discovering new treasures inside Bay Emporium, fashions, candles, architectural salvage and reclaimed furntiure, jewelry and artwork from local artists, gifts, and home decor. Find all this and more under one warm and inviting roof.
The Bonner Collection - 108 S. Beach Blvd. Suite D. Come the shop for Second Saturday to enjoy refreshments and 10% off storewide and 50% off Holiday. Happy New Year to all and many thanks for a great Christmas season. Cheers!
California Drawstrings - 216 Main Street - storewide sale - 20 - 50% off!
Flair - 112 S. Second Street - The January Hot Spot! Add a little "flair" into your holidays with this distinctive shop inside Bay Emporium. Brilliant ideas, glittery wearables, and stylish home decor fill this fun and fancy collection.
George’s Girls - 108 S. Beach Blvd. Ste B, (inside the French Settlement building). Purveyors of Fine Linens. We have all your last minute gift needs, from shaving essentials and shiskey stones for the men to jewelry and luxury sleep wear for women, including quite a few items from Oprah's favorite things list! Come and in and let us help you find the perfect gift or something special for you!
Gallery 220 - 220 Main Street - This month, a silent auction of fun hand-painted bowls to benefit the Hancock Food Pantry! A limited number are available so come early! This artist's co-op is home to nearly two dozen artists and is THE PLACE TO BE on any Second Saturday! Serving up soup, refreshments, live music and lively artists!
Green Canyon Outfitters -108 S. Beach Blvd.- Come visit us upstairs at the French Settlement. You will find all of the latest activewear, ranging from Sunglasses, boots, yoga, fishing, hunting, and much more! We will be having lots of winter SALES and new spring merchandise coming in January!
Fashion Express - Down the long hall at Maggie May’s Art Gallery (126 Main Street), Swarovski crystal collections by Victoria Lynn and Victoria Cross in an array of stunning colors, great for Valentine's Day, complimentary gift wrap!
The French Potager - 213 Main Street - Stop by The French Potager and check out our wonderful selection of antiques, gifts, flowers, and books!
Magnolia Antiques - 200 Main Street - Magnolia Antiques at 200 Main Street is your center for collectibles and curiosities. We'll be serving our famous meatballs!
The Mockingbird Cafe - 110 South Second St. Live Music by Jeff Thompson from 6 - 9pm, Artist Laura Kidd Hurt will be showing her Mardi Gras headdresses, joining regulars Marsha Prejean, Kat Fitzpatrick, Diane Chunn, Sue Louvier and J.J. Foley. Local brews and dinner menu with famous Mockingburgers.
Serious Bread Bakery - Along with signature artisan breads, flatbreads and sweet things, you can also try out tomato basil soup, basil pesto, hummus, chicken salad, fiber-rich garbanzo bean salad and tabouli. As always, we offer samples of our baked goods.
Social Chair - 201 Main St. -It's Mardi Gras time at Social Chair. Mermaids & Seahorses abound. New shipments of beautiful bling for those balls have arrived. Major markdowns to make room for everything New.
Time After Time Antiques (Inside Bay Emporium), 112 S. Second St. Offering a unique array of antiques, furniture from different eras, collectibles, and home decor. Between the hours of 4PM and 8PM we offer 20% off furniture. Our selection changes monthly, so come see us. We also carry the pottery line of Swan Creek Candles.
Twin Lights Creations - 136 Main Street - Eclectic garden & home décor. It is the start of a new year and that means clear out the old. Find Christmas decorations up to 50% off original retail. New garden accessories are starting to arrive. Come enjoy the elements of nature and take a little of the “Light” with you!
2015 Hot Spots
100 Block/200 Block
February - Palm House /Cypress Cafe
March - Bizzee Bee/ Alternate Reality Gallery
April - Historical Society / Carroll House
May - Maggie Mays /The Rose Cottage
June - Cappy's Point / French Potager
July - 200 North Beach / Social Chair
August - Identity Vintage /Time After Time (inside Bay Emporium)
September - Little Theatre /Bay Cottage
October - Southern Accents /Gallery 220
November - Shoe Boutique (inside Maggie Mays) /Antique Maison on Ulman
December - Green Canyon/Clay Creations
100 block/200 block
Bay-Tique /Manieri Real Estate
George's Girls /California Drawstrings
Cajun Bay /Antique Maison
Fashion Express / Life's a Beach Cottage