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!
Our October Second Saturday "Hot Spots"
stay "Hot" all month!
Look for the upcoming Hot Spot features here the week before every Second Saturday!
The Butter Cup on Second St.
A cheerful full menu restaurant in Old Town. Breakfast & lunch served all day
112 N. Second Street
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
The Buttercup is the picture perfect sidewalk café. On any fair weather day, colorful umbrellas shade tables filled with families and friends. The yellow cottage that is the café’s home is painted a sunny yellow that lets diners know they’ve arrived at the “cheerful full-menu restaurant” described in the Old Town brochure.
Inside, the atmosphere is just as upbeat. Folks chat at tables in the front, while a bakery and ice cream counter separate the dining room from the kitchen. A Buttercup “experience” captures the friendly feel of an old-fashioned diner, the kind of place where patrons left with satisfied taste buds and feelings of goodwill.
That’s exactly what Buttercup owner Jamie Temple intended when he opened the restaurant eight years ago. Temple grew up in New Jersey, helping out at his grandparents’ diner, built to look like an old railroad car.
“I wanted to create a place that was affordable and fresh and happy,” Temple says.
It’s obvious he succeeded. Fun signs, fresh flowers and Mardi Gras décor lift the spirits, while the menu lives up to Temple’s “affordable” goal. Signature breakfasts, salads and burgers star on the menu, complemented by sides like roasted red potatoes, fruit salad and a standout-write-home-about potato salad.
Steeped in the restaurant/entrepreneur tradition, Temple moved South 35 years ago, after service in the Coast Guard brought him to New Orleans. Temple owned several iconic businesses there, including a popular bar, a swim club and a book store.
Temple and partner/husband Marnie Cossitt eventually bought a weekend place on the Mississippi Coast, deciding to move to Bay St. Louis full time. They built the Buttercup building shortly after Hurricane Katrina and opened in spring of 2006. The café, serving both breakfast and lunch, became an instant hit.
One group of friends met for breakfast at the Buttercup the morning it opened and for the past eight years, has started every day the same way. Several other small groups of friends and business people have regular “meetings” at the café as well. And since the Buttercup is both kid-friendly and dog-friendly (at least outside), it’s become a favorite daytime hangout for locals and tourists.
The homemade factor is one reason the restaurant has garnered so many fans. Muffins and cookies are baked on premises, while all salad dressings are made from scratch. In cool weather, homemade soups are menu favorites. Year around, specialties like flame-grilled burgers and Reuben sandwiches (“you’d swear you were in New York!”) keep customers coming back.
In addition to Temple’s informal entertainment during Second Saturday, the Buttercup will feature live music from 4 – 8pm by singer/songwriter Tabitha Eyrn. Many Buttercup regulars will recognize Eyrn as one of their favorite servers during the week. “She’s like a little hummingbird,” says Temple.
Fiesta Fair Trade
Mexican imports, jewelry, art, clothing & unique Fair Trade items
131 Main St. Suite A
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
228. 255. 5300
In the 100 block of Main Street, Fiesta Fair Trade brings an international flair to Old Town. It’s located at 131A Main St, nested neatly in with Suzi Walter’s Identity Vintage store.
Since 1986, owner Laurianne Manchester has been spending part of the year in the highlands of central Mexico, in a town known around the world for its extraordinary craftsmen. San Miguel de Allende’s artisans specialize in beading, ceramics, metal work, and carving – to name a few. Fiesta Fair Trade brings the artistry of this region to the Gulf Coast.
Fiesta’s newest jewelery line is a perfect example of great design coupled with old world craftsmanship. Laurianne took traditional designs and added her own twist, resulting in a fresh look that can go from formal to fun.
She calls the new line “Corazon Artisan Jewelry.” “Corazon” means “heart” in Spanish. The name’s especially meaningful since a portion of the profits is donated to community groups.
The Corazon line gives a nod to all sorts of traditional cultural icons, including St. Benedict. For fun, some pieces feature images of Frida Kahlo and even fleur de lis (which has an ancient history in many cultures, before it became the Saints emblem).
Along with the bracelets, rings and necklaces, Laurianne designed signature locket pieces. Some of the lockets have been incorporated into one-of-a-kind beaded necklaces, created in-house by shop-mate Suzi Walters.
“Corazon pieces are made by a three generation family of jewelers,” says Laurianne. “In fact, most of the things I sell are made by people I know.”
That’s important to her, because - like the mega-giant corporation Starbucks - she practices “Fair Trade.” This means she is committed to purchasing products directly from the people who produce them.
The artisans are paid a fair global price directly, so there’s no “middle man.” In Laurianne's case, that means the artisans she works with are able to make a decent living for their families.
“I want people to understand what Fair Trade is,” she says. “Then they can enjoy these fabulous products brought directly from the artisan - knowing in a small way, their purchase is helping make the world a better place.”