In July 2014, Sylvia and Ed Young opened the Antique Maison Ulman Tea Room, managed by Missy Geisel. The Ulman location, a branch of Antique Maison on Second Street, is an ideal place for private events like showers, graduation parties, and wedding receptions.
Once owners of a business on the 2000 block of Magazine Street, the couple relocated to Bay St. Louis in 1990. A year later, they opened a tuxedo, bridal, and costume shop on Second Street. However, like many Bay St. Louis merchants, Hurricane Katrina played a role in the lives of Sylvia and Ed Young. After Katrina wrecked its havoc on the Second Street building, Sylvia and Ed renovated and reopened it as an antique store—Antique Maison.
The Antique Maison Ulman and Tea Room came later as did Sylvia’s latest vision—an outdoor garden. In the center of the garden stands the Heavenly Tea Garden Tree, an historical tree dedicated by Father Jim of St. Augustine Seminary.
In addition to two tea rooms, one private with seating up to twenty, the expansive main dining room, which holds thirty-five, and the garden and deck area, which adds additional seating for thirty-five, is the store itself. The Ulman branch of Antique Maison features three large display rooms housing antiques, nostalgia, and vintage in quality furniture, home décor, art, collectables, jewelry, china, and crystal. If guests do not find what they are looking for, Sylvia will happily walk them into the Quonset hut dedicated to special sale items and overflow. Treasures abound!
Sylvia delights in operating the Ulman site. She explains that many of her customers are just passing through. Some are visiting. Some are lost. Some just got off the highway and found themselves at the store. “I always play tour guide,” she says. “I take out the map and tell folks where things are, where to eat, and so forth.” Sylvia notes that her first-time customers often fall in love with Bay St Louis. Sometimes they mention buying a house, and she calls upon her 35 years in real estate to give them information.
The Antique Maison Ulman and Tea Room, Garden is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Tearoom offers a wide assortment of hot and cold teas, iced and hot coffees, soft drinks, and desserts. High Tea Windsor is offered, as well, albeit by reservation only. Reservations are requested 48 hours in advance. Antique Maison Ulman is open Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.