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 July Second Saturday "Hot SpotS"
stay "Hot" all month!
Look for the upcoming Hot Spot features here the week before every Second Saturday!
111 N. Second St.
Antiques Maison is located just off Main Street, at 111N. Second Street. Owners Sylvia and Ed Young’s antiques and collectible mall contains over 35 vendors and over a dozen artists in 7,000 square feet of space.
Corridors lined with everything from vintage fishing lures and hand tools to crystal glassware and furniture wind back and around in a delightful maze. Sometimes customers wonder exactly where they entered. Sylvia Young jokes in a take-off on the Gilligan Island’s theme song that “shoppers come in for a three-hour tour and may get lost.”
In addition to antiques, the shop carries repurposed furniture and locally created art for both home and garden.
There’s also an attached vacation rental – a spacious and fully-furnished house. “Heart of Old Town,” has two bedrooms and two baths, sleeps seven people and is available for rent by the night or by the week (for more information, call 228.493.6316, or ask Sylvia about it when you’re in the shop).
But there’s more. Lots more.
Sylvia and Ed are opening another “mall of wonders” nearby at 317 Ulman Avenue. The new location, Antique Maison Ulman, is a few blocks from Main Street and adjacent to one of the Bay’s favorite historic attractions – the St. Augustine seminary, church and grotto.
The new shop contains more than 6,000 square feet, which mean plenty of room for new vendors and merchandise. The Ulman store will be focusing on home, garden and patio décor, collectibles and “shabby chic” furnishings.
In addition, the Youngs will soon open Bay St. Louis’s first tearoom at the Ulman Ave. location. A large variety of teas will be served, along with elegant sandwiches, soups and sweets. The Tea Room will be open from 11am – 2pm (closed Sundays). The Youngs expect that tearoom will catch on as a popular place for locals to relax, since it offers an outside deck and WiFi.
It also has a private room that can be booked for private parties or luncheon business meetings.
Sylvia explains that tearoom parties are extremely popular now for little girls’ birthday parties, as well as wedding, bridal and baby showers.
“Before, you’d have to go to Ocean Springs or Covington to find a tearoom,” she says. “It’s wonderful to be able to offer something completely new to our area.”
For the July Second Saturday, the Youngs will be celebrating their Hot Spot status at the original location of Antique Maison (111 North Second Street). Look for refreshments and live music on the street. The Ulman Ave. location will also be open all day during Second Saturday (watch for details on the August Second Saturday, when the new Ulman Ave. location will be having a ribbon-cutting event).
111B Main St.
Bizzee Bee is an Old Town newcomer, moving from their original Hwy. 90 location two months ago. But the business has been a coast favorite since opening in 2005. Owner Janelle Graham has established a huge cadre of loyal customers who appreciate the high quality children’s clothing and accessories she carries.
Business has been booming since the move. While her regular customers followed her, tourists are now delighted to discover her as well. And since Bay St. Louis has a tendency to turn day-trippers into repeat-regulars, Graham is building a whole new customer base.
The main draws are the stylish lines of clothing for both boys (newborn to age 7) and girls (newborn to age 12). A mother of two, Jannelle has tough standards for what she carries in the shop. She insists on merchandise with great quality, fun style, and good price points.
She believes another reason for the increase in business recently is the fact that people who shop online are tired of being disappointed with they receive their orders.
“Often the quality’s just not there, but you can’t tell that in a picture online. Here, it’s easy to see how well our things are made,” says Janelle.
Her stock includes smocked outfits, coastal wear, nautical-themed clothing and toys. Bizzee Bee also caters to local dance troupes, with shoes and clothes for ballet, jazz and tap. Particularly hot items this summer are shimmery mermaid style swimsuits for little girls. Gift-wrapping is free too, making the shop easy for shower-shoppers.
The folks at Bizzee Bee also stay very “Bizzee” embroidering accessories and items of clothing. Graham and her aunt Janelle Hilliard can often be found at two high tech sewing machines in the back of the store, customizing everything from purses to newborn clothing. Graham points out that they also embroider items that have been purchased elsewhere.
Both Graham and her aunt are enjoying their new location, for more than one reason.
“You really can’t beat the whole Old Town shopping experience,” she says. There’s hassle-free parking, friendly people, lots of other great businesses and restaurants - and the beach. Our customers love it and so do we!”